Summer House Santa Monica

4.6
5152 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Summer House presents an escape to the warmth and laid-back vibes of the West Coast complete with retractable glass ceiling and All-Seasons Courtyard patio.

The California-inspired menu from Chef Ben Goodnick highlights seasonal specialties made from scratch with locally sourced produce and fresh ingredients, along with market-driven pastas, artisan pizzas, and antipasti. Although the menu changes often with seasonal items, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are always provided.

At the Market counter, enjoy an irresistible selection of house-baked pastries, sourdough English muffins and signature oversized cookies, made fresh daily by Pastry Chef Erin Mooney.


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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5152 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was phenomenal. It was very busy so we waited about 15 minutes for our table but there was a nice waiting area. The food was delicious. Favorites were the truffle Parmesan fries, brussel sprouts and prosciutto & egg pizza! Our server Jake was great and on top of everything. We will definitely be back

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vipKids
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch with my girls. Couldn't have been a nicer experience. Food was excellent. Service was good and we did not feel rushed.

RJ
vipRebeccaJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Weird night at SHSM. Main restaurant was sold out for a private event so all patrons were jammed into Stella Barra space. Not my expectation when I made a reservation. Food was poorly prepared which is unexpected for SH...must be bc of the big event. My halibut was way overcooked and my friends well done steak was literally tartare. 3/4 meals were basically inedible. Our server was attentive at first but then disappeared before our meals were served and we never saw her again until she brought the dessert menus. Staffing is tight...I get it. Not our best experience, TBH. Cookies were amazing as always.

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vipJollyoak
Chicago
220 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seeing an old friend. Enjoyed our salads with grilled chicken. The m&m cookie was amazing. Next time
We must try the truffle fries! Our server was excellent!

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vipcatherinek
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ordered a crispy chicken sandwich, Malibu peanut noodle salad, shaved mushroom pizza, spicy pasta alla vodka w/a meatball and a bowl of their seasonal forest mushroom bisque. Food was great other than part of my pizza was burnt. You’d think they would have questioned serving it to me as it clearly wasn’t described as “blackened!” Seasonal forest mushroom bisque was exceptional! This is our 3rd time visiting the Summer House this year. We visit every time we come to town.

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BrianS
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great menu selection. A bit pricey for a more relaxed place. Great atmosphere. Service was also terrific.

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DAB1
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Understaffed, overpriced, fair quality, waited 30 minutes for my reservation was told at arrival they were 10-15 minutes behind, bars were closed told to go down the street in the rain if I wanted a cocktail Not returning

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vipAdonisS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

always a great time when I come here, food is always good and the portions are big enough I'm always taking something home.

JH
JacquelineH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, Cali-inspired ambiance makes for a perfect fun lunch day out!!

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vipBorgie
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food2service4ambience5

This is one of my fave spots in the neighborhood and even in Chicago. Love the vibe and food.
However yesterday we were a little less enthusiastic, the tuna watermelon avocado tartare was very very salty.

Rest, lovely as always!! Ps. Your hosts are very friendly nowadays, thnx!!!

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SammiA
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and on the higher side but we’ll worth it. Drinks are unique and delicious. Will be back again soon

DC
DesireeC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went here for Sunday brunch and had a great experience. The restaurant is beautiful aesthetically with a great brunch menu. Everything we had was delicious!

BC
vipBackinChicago
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Arrived on time for reservation, but were made to wait for a table (plenty of empty tables available, all clean). Maybe a covid staffing issue, but the restaurant was not busy and there appeared to be plenty of people working. Our service at the table was great; the hosts could use training. Food was marginal, chocolate cake for dessert was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service

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Maleeha
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I had the salmon breakfast sandwich...didnt love it but the truffle fries were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicago marathon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was extremely slow, 3% surcharge is off putting. Would rather tip employees extra.

JR
JesseR
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with new friends

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Had a reservation at 7:30. Sat down at 8:15. Once we sat down it was great but the wait was frustrating.

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DouglasR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food choices. Salads are healthy and large. Excellent ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are a senior (I’m 92, she’s 77) for a 7:15 reservation time, so we were right in the busiest and probably the loudest time. But the service and the servings were excellent. We will be back!

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vipCarrie
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good

KS
vipKimS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful from start to finish!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Joey X, was amazing. He knew the menu extremely well and was able to give us recommendations. He definitely insured that we had a very enjoyable experience. The food was amazing and we will definitely be returning in the future!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Went not for the first time but wasn’t pleased with the service. My waitress frequented every table but ours. Food was as good as usual but still tasty.

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BRIANAS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the vibe and the food and drinks. Definitely a great Brunch spot in a cute neighborhood.

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vipChicagolovedit
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

I absolutely love Summer House. It’s one of my all time favorites. I did not give it five stars across the board because this trip was a bit different from all my other visits. The food was great and our server was excellent. The issue I had was where my family and I were initially seated.

This is a nice size seating area and they have expanded since COVID. There were plenty of open seats throughout the restaurant. Please know, I understand needing to spread out the guests to accommodate the servers’ load, but what I could not comprehend is why all the African American patrons were place in the back, dimly lit patio. Literally, I do mean all the African Americans. My family and I promptly went back to the hostess and stated we were not sitting in the back. We were then seated in the main part of the restaurant.

I expect today’s businesses to be better than this.

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vipcaferienne
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service took a while to get our order but food arrived fast. I know everyone is understaffed so all in all it was a good experience. The left side dining room does feel quite a bit darker than the right and I’d never eaten on that side on previous visits so didn’t realize I should have requested bar or outdoor seating. Cocktail was tasty but strong. Truffle fries were crispy and delish. Cobb salad was more filling than I expected! But for 2 drinks (1 non-alc), fries and 2 salads, our bill was almost $80 before tip. Bit pricey but worth it for a once in a while tasty brunch with a bougie Cali ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and cocktails with excellent service in a great space!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricey but delicious!!

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HankM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Summer House and it's a great place for lunch or dinner. Had the ceasar salad with chicken and it was delicious. Our server, Jake, recommended a great bottle of wine. You can't leave without checking out their amazing cookie selection (Oatmeal Apple, thank you)!

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Erika
1 review