Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
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$30 and under
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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 beach house décor and a beautiful retractable glass ceiling.
The menu is California inspired and focuses on market driven ingredients, local and sustainable farming, and seasonal specialties, all complemented by a carefully curated list of California and Pacific North Coast wines.
The Market counter, shared with Stella Barra Pizzeria, offers a variety of our signature fresh-baked pastries, cookies, sourdough English muffins, along with locally sourced coffee and specialty espresso drinks.
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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was fine, good drinks, very good food and service! Very good dining experience!

MP
Grand Rapids
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been trying to get here for brunch for a while and it didn’t disappoint. Great food, service an ambiance. Will definitely not take so long to get back.

J
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place, the food and the people, Lettuce Entertain you strikes again!

JM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Beautiful space but the food was mediocre and over priced. We have no problem spending money at nice places but the food here just wasn’t good. The service was great and the dessert was good. Cocktails were just ok. Too many o her great restaurants in the cuty,we Won’t be back.

S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and atmosphere!
Wood grilled food amazing!!

D
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Chicago to visit our daughter. This was a suggestion from a friend! What a great gathering place! The food was phenomenal!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good but service is super slow.

KM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic. Husband had a sangria and I had the Rico Suave cocktail and neither of us enjoyed our drinks unfortunately.

AT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate outside it was terrific.

AA
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite place in Chicago! The decor and vibe is wonderful, and the food is consistently delicious! The waitstaff is always attentive and friendly. Favorite dishes include the Cobb salad, salmon entree, salmon burger (lunch only), and pasta and the fries are outstanding! Save room for the delicious cookies and brownies...they are phenomenal!

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, love the atmosphere, our favorite go to spot when in Chicago!

d
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had to send eggs Benedict back could not cut the muffin not even with a steak knife. Service very good.

Salad appetizer and dessert very good

E
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there to try the spicy avocado grilled cheese and it was great. Always have the ahi tuna tostadas..yum

CB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Summer House. The cocktails, food, and desserts are always great and I love the light and bright atmosphere. It also has a great kids' menu and there are always other kids around so I don't feel awkward bringing mine. Although it's a bit pricey, overall I think it's a great dining experience and worth the prices.

J
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had dinner on Saturday evening before catching a movie. Made reservation earlier in the day and were immediately seated despite the restaurant being pretty busy. We had a delicious meal and our server Connor was the best. She had a cheerful and welcoming personality - very nice. We’ll be back soon.

R
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We have breakfast there all the time. We went there for dinner and it was excellent! We love that place!

R
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place for a weekend brunch.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Awful! Had reservations waited 40 minutes to be seated and then another 10 at the table ! Trout was gross and we saw the sever twice! Don’t go!

MM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed my visit to Summer House. For starters, the ambiance is amazing. We ordered the tofu tacos (special) and kale salad and both were pretty good. I also grabbed a cookie from the bakery on my way out and enjoyed that as well. Will definitely be back to try more of their dinner items.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe! Yummy food. Awesome kids menu :)

MC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot easy for everyone. Food is outstanding

K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It is a lovely place for a dinner. Date night for us. A little pricey, so would not say it’s the kind of local place to stop in at. We ordered the crab cakes, Loch Duart Salmon and bacon carbonara along with chocolate cake for dessert. All was delicious except chocolate cake (good but nothing special). Service was good though we were a little worried to sit right by the outdoor patio. We thought we would be chilled, but after 10 min it was no issue. Vibe of place is light and airy. Just what we needed after all the rainy days!

d
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The server was fair she was to fast with the food and drinks and forgetting our little table things. The food was great. The wine servings also was great .

ML
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food, as always, was great. The atmosphere for lunch is light, bright and pleasurable. Unfortunately, there was a large bug on our table, chocolate on my chair which I luckily showed before sitting on it. And, we had to wave down our server multiple times to get our food order taken. As for dessert, we had to order from someone else cause we couldn't find our waitress.

S
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. It is bright, cheerful, and relaxing, with nice patio seating. Great food and service, and the staff were very accommodating. There is also a nice bakery at the front.

MS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food took a while to come out.

MW
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to SHSM before and have always enjoyed it, but this night was exceptional. We went for their special Rosh Hashanah dinner and top to bottom it was absolutely superb. The staff were very warm and welcoming, the plates were well thought out, the courses were timed well, and the food was even better than I had expected. It was a memorable experience.

d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Summer House Santa Monica for Rosh Hashanah dinner. We have never before gone out for a holiday meal and didn’t know what to expect.
All of the traditional menu items were served and they were all perfectly prepared. Dinner was great!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service.

D
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Summer House a number of times before going to the Steppenwolf Theater and it is always extremely reliable, in terms of food and service. I would say that as an older couple, we find the noise level to be sometimes a bit more than moderate, but the larger room still allows for the sound to disperse up a bit and permit normal conversation. The food is always fresh and well prepared and they did a beautiful job with boning out and presentation of the Mediterranean sea bass, which was delicious. I'm sure we will be returning (have also been there for brunch and it is equally good).

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Visited twice this week. First time was outstanding - food, service, experience. So good that we went back. Fairly simple menu but fit what my family/friends like - also very good with food allergies - as are all the lettuce entertain you spots I’ve been too. Ambiance light and bright. Second meal was cold, both the service and the food, so very disappointing. Food was also not as fresh, surprising for a Saturday. Not sure we will go back based on inconsistency - it was great vs. poor so not acceptable - 5 stars vs 1 star experience.

L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it. Great food, great cocktails and great service.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was horrific. I eat here all the time and was shocked by how slow it was and how inattentive the waitress was.

S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

They were very nice. We were running late and they held our table. We always enjoy our experience at Summer House. Our waitress was great!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good. Mimosas were a perfect champagne to OJ ratio and 10/10 recommend the giant cinnamon roll.

RW
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The ambience was bar none exceptional but the quality of the food was below average, and I wouldn’t recommend going back for quite sometime.

DG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

One of the meals was very disappointing. Fries we had for a snack were not good, cold. you could get a better cooked salmon at a grocery store in the buffet of pre-cooked options. Potatoes with it were cold and seemed undercooked based on consistency. The chocolate chip cookie from front counter was delicious and what I was used to with summer house. Not worth what it costs.

PW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Hostesses were glum; the table staff were on-the-mark; waitress friendly and helpful. The very limited menu offered nothing unique. The food had was heavily salted. A limited menu would be expected if only offering seasonal fare, but this was not the case. Even for Lincoln Park, the prices were high ($6.95 for a no-alcohol 6oz lemonade; $23.95 for gnocchi bolognese) for healthy (not gigantic) size portions.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Bad service, good food but was cold!!

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