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Summer House Santa Monica

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4075 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Summer House Santa Monica in Lincoln Park is now open for indoor and outdoor dining, with new responsible standards of service and distancing are in effect. The health and safety of our guests and employees always comes first. Steps we are taking include: dine-in services at reduced capacity, masks and gloves on all employees, disposable and digital menus, thorough sanitation procedures and continuous hand washing.

A few notes to help make your meal with us an enjoyable experience:

-Reservations are strongly encouraged for the main dining room as distanced dine-in seating is limited.

-Guests are required to wear a mask at all times when inside the restaurant, of course except while dining at your table.

-Please take care to arrive on time and limit your dining experience to 90 min as we would like to welcome back as many guests possible.

We appreciate your understanding, and thank you for your patronage of Summer House!

Support Summer House Santa Monica during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 4075 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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foodlover
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Fantastic venue, great atmosphere, and solid service. We never felt hurried to finish or move onto the next thing.

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Mmmm
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great menu, lots of outdoor space and a welcoming ambiance.

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Jess
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was very welcoming & they relocated tables for us to avoid the direct sunlight. Overall a great team works here.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We really liked the hygiene measures they have in place:
* All waiters wear masks and gloves
* Some tables have been removed to allow physical distancing
* They give you hand sanitizer at the entrance
* You scan a QR code (which is a sticker on the table) to get the menu on your phone
* They disinfect when someone leaves a table

Only problem is that they have no WIFI, that means you need to have Mobile data in order to view the menu. I didn’t have mobile data...

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AWYeah
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great spot. Unfortunately we couldn't eat in the atrium, but our server was wonderful.

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ArianaI
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved having brunch here with friends and I will definitely be back

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vipMichaelF
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an AMAZING experience. I proposed to my girlfriend earlier in the evening and her sister and her sister's fiancee flew in to join the celebration. I made the reservation at Summer House and they made the day so special. They placed us at the table under the "Yes" on the wall. We took our photos and the server brought over champagne my parents had called ahead and ordered for us.

They made us feel special from the beginning, the server was amazing she was patient with us (as you can imagine the texts and facetime happening as the news spread), our glasses were never empty, and she surprised us with desserts she had set aside before they sold out.

The food was amazing, we had brussels sprouts and the burrata to start and pastas (sorry I can't remember which ones) for the rest of us. Lastly, the cookies and Rice Krispy treats for dessert. Overall a great experience, I can't express how happy I am with the service and how they made us feel as special as the day was to us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We had great service and great food, but we were seated at the pizza section of the restaurant instead of the summer house part.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Me and my friend are from a minority background, we’re Latino. when we were greeted by the hostess it was the perhaps the most coldest and unfriendly greet I’ve ever got from any restaurant. “Yes? 😒”; not an “hi how can I help?!” Or even “how can I help?”.
When we went to he sat down the waiter took about 20 minutes before we even got his attention. The place didn’t look like it was busy either, maybe like 4 other tables besides us. When the waiter finally came, he gave us the question right away with “what can i get you today?!”. Not even telling us his name, or even greeting us the same kind of way 5 minutes before when another couple came after us; friendly, introduction, or even asking if we’re familiar with the place. Me and my friend came to the conclusion, that either because of maybe the staff was extremely busy, or because of our ethnicity. And the restaurant was not busy. It’s a place which we will remember as the place where judged by our skin.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fun, super great waitstaff!

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vipKristenS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Our waiter was fabulous and we want to adopt him.

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GretaD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the fun music and beautiful decor. The staff is so nice and the ambiance is great

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was perfect!

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Helen
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Food was good quality and the price was justified but wasn’t to die for, Bakery was amazing tho

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LeticiaB
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was nice time, we made reservations and not wait

JK
vipJackK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great 3rd date. Had a lot of fun. Felt very safe w/ social distancing, masks, and such. Will be back (at a social distance)

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vipEdwardF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Summer House offers an excellent guacamole dip appetizer that includes three sauces to go along with the homemade chips. The Cobb salad is fresh and light too.

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vipKate
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great. Thanks.

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vipJenS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Did a great job making us feel safe during these times

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SavannahU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was decent. Serving sizes were a hair small. Wine was pricey tho. $23 for a 9 oz poor of the house rosè.

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DebbieP
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We only stopped for drinks in the terrace
Was a lovely night out

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Veronica
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such delicious food along with beautiful scenery and outstanding service! I'll most definitely be back for another spectacular experience!

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mitchs
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was good, service was good. The open air seating was really nice.

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vipenriquec
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

our table was in the sun, no umbrella, so we were uncomfortable

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vipMichelleM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was great! Not sure why they think a 4% covid surcharge is a good idea though. We asked for it to be removed and gave it to our server instead.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fathers day

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ElidaV
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Hands down, great service, food and atmosphere.

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vipDupontGuy
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

Service was incredible. Order a variety of dishes because some hit the mark and some fall sort, but it all averages out in the end. Solid choice

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Carol
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is such a good place to eat during Chicago's reopening. Very large and airy and lots of attention paid to social distancing. And the food and service are still great.

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vipWorldpro
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

COVID has made for some peculiar circumstances. With the exception of our host, who was very welcoming, the staff at Summer House seemed to be on edge. One got the distinct impression that about half of the staff had no interest in being there. The drinks were fine. The pizza was very good. The skirt steak was a tough, with probably half of the steak ranging from very chewy to inedible. The thin fries were great. The Rigatoni Carbonara was very good but too al dente for my taste. The bakery steward at the front seemed somewhat surly and shut down operations before we were done, probably because business was slow or winding down - or she was bored. The spacing of tables was absolutely in accordance with city guidelines. Which meant that the amount of people able to be seated was easily half or less than normal. The menus are now only accessible via bar-code reader on your smart phone. So, if you don't have that app, download it before you visit. Our server seemed to have other things to do as he never delivered any food - that was done by other staff - and he disappeared for about 20 minutes at the end of our meal. We were done with everything and yet no server. To his credit, he was able to get us a couple of cookies even though the bakery station was shut down. That was our planned dessert and he very kindly comped those as he likely perceived that we had been waiting for his return. Those of us pioneers that choose to venture back out to support our favorite restaurants, are trying to work with you. We tip higher than usual and we're willing to accept the new 4% surcharge based on your lessened income. We also completely understand that there is no bar service, so no bartender in their right mind would go off of unemployment in order to accept a minimum wage salary with no actual tips generated from their service. Servers still rely on our generosity to make ends meet and yes, some people still don't get it. We're all trying to make this work.

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vipVictoria18
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday Lunch. Lovely setting. Great food and service. My only complaint is that we waited 25 minutes to be seated despite having made a reservation. This was. Bit annoying but luckily we were not in a hurry.

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Manda
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food/drinks! Amazing place for brunch or lunch with the gals!

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vipDeborahW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They are consistent and reliable. Always great for a birthday and very CDC compliant

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice place! The food was okay.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always a nice lunch or dinner spot

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Pleasantly surprised by the guacamole

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viplorir
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

So glad to be back at this place! Food and ambiance are the best!

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Chicagodiner
Chicago