Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Casual
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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4.6
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4.7
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Chicago
27 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

the food was really good! The service was good too. And the ambiance was the best part. We’d return.

KH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I came here for lunch with some friends. It was a delightful experience. We sat in the sun-filled main dining area. We had to wear sunglasses inside because it was so bright! The decor is beachy and summery and it made me happy!! Everything we ordered was delicious. Our waiter was attentive and gave us excellent service. He was also extremely good looking which was an added bonus. I would come back in a heartbeat and I highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to have a great meal in an inviting atmosphere.

JM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An outstanding dining experience in every respect. Bartenders, waitress and every other staff member went out of their way to be helpful and pleasant. Food was delicious (my favorite was the lobster special). Their margaritas are to die for.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Hamburger for second time was over done but when sent back came back hustvrught

HC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience out on the patio. Amazing drinks in a great atmosphere. Servers are friendly and helpful. 100% recommend.

CW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Service was not good neither was the food. The ambiance is nice. Just a place that looks good but everything else sucks. Wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone

C
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was yummy! The place is light, bright and beautiful! The service was impeccable! We love Tony! His the best for brunch!

A
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

We’ve enjoyed this restaurant many times before. Unfortunately we won’t be going back. We had a fifteen minute wait on our reservation without any explanation or apology. Service was lackluster.

TM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience, food and service. Drinks were yummy and the restaurant is clean and comfortable. Only negative was a crabby hostess.

J
Chicago
171 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came for my friend’s birthday. We both had the delicious fresh poke bowls. Our server was terrific. We enjoyed a warm chocolate chip cookie for dessert. She surprised us with it at the end. Very thoughtful. Beautiful atmosphere.

LW
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great lunch

DD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The apps and the cookies were our favorite. The fish dishes had good flavor but the pastas lacked a bit in that department. Service was great. Fun, playful attitude. Attentive but not overbearing.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely love this restaurant - from menu, to service and just overall warmth and hospitality!

DJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant! First time there - can't wait to return!

CT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite family celebratory VENUE! The staff is always so kind and the food is fantastic!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

It was too loud but ask else was great

EF
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is a little pricey but outside of that it was a wonderful time.

D
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

The atmosphere is really like no other! Not to mention the brunch is absolutely amazing!! Highly recommend this restaurant! They have a cute little bakery in the front of the restaurant as well if you're looking for a quick snack.

JH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

What a great place to spend a Sunday morning. The garage style doors were open to the fresh air making it feel like we really were in California. The mimosas were wonderful, made with fresh grapefruit juice I believe, and the food was fresh and tasty. Don't forget to grab a cookie on the way out! The salted chocolate chip are to die for!

F
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply loved it. Lots of great gluten-free options!

B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I’ve been to this restaurant many times and this is the first time the food was not good. Over cooked halibut, dry and tasteless. Cauliflower appetizer tasted raw and bland. The drinks were pretty good but the food was very disappointing. Probably won’t return.

J
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food. Service was pretty good.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Summer House Santa Monica has been the rave amongst my friend group for MONTHS and I finally got a chance to go! Drinks are good and reasonably priced, food is tasty, their veggie burger was delicious. The only thing I was pretty disappointed about was the fact that even though I had made an open table reservation and showed up on-time we still had to wait 20 min to get seated. Our server was amazing. Overall very good time. GET THE BURRATA.

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Food is overpriced and not amazing, good vibes though.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday - waitress was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great waitress and experience, awesome atmosphere

KV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

Food was tasty, there was a decent wine and cocktail selection, and our waitress was friendly. The main disappointment was in the ambiance. There seem to be two sides of the restaurant: one side for adult parties and one much noisier side for parties with young children. I can certainly appreciate a restaurant that caters to all sorts of dining parties; however, I booked a reservation for 3 about 48 hours ahead of time and we arrived on time. We were an obvious party of adults, yet were seated in the center of the noisy side. Understandably some of the onus was on me to request a table on the quieter side upon being seated on the noisy side, but this snafu was an obvious observation missed by the host staff and something I find very frustrating.
I think this restaurant is a great spot for all kinds of dining occasions as long as you request to be seated on the appropriate side. I would dine there again and make a specific request to be seated on the quiet side of the restaurant.

CM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good meal and service. Lively atmosphere. However at Friday at 6pm it was the KID hour and some people have children who scream and cry and don't leave their table or do anything about it!

RG
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I always thought this restaurant was overrated and was never thrilled with my meal however I thought I’d give it another try and I’m so glad I did. There were several new additions to the menu and everything was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service and spectacular atmosphere. I would definitely return.

JB
Chicago
84 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently excellent on all levels. That's why I love this place so much!

KW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to Summerhouse numerous times and have always had great experiences. This time was no exception. The food is consistently delicious, the restaurant is beautiful, light and bright with the ceiling atrium windows and the front windows that open, as is the private courtyard where we once had a family event. The waitstaff has always been efficient, friendly and helpful with suggestions which was true again with this experience where Natalia (sp?) was our server and offered great suggestions. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. My only wish was that the guacamole appetizer was larger!

OT
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

A wonderful place, would go back again.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food, ambiance was great. It is a little on the pricey side and the service we had was not very fast.

SH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner was great! We really enjoyed sitting in front outside. The fish tacos were good with a lot of flavors, but the trout was terrific. The tuna watermelon app was fantastic, a perfect combination of flavors. Cocktails were tasty but nothing special. A little bit on the pricy side but great for a special occasion.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great place to catch up with a friend for a simple/good meal.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant

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K
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So good! I went with my boyfriend and it was one of our favorite date places we’ve been so far. Everything we ordered was great, our waiter was wonderful and we never felt rushed even though it was a pretty busy night. Will definitely be going back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great summer menu, great server. Love the ambiance.

JW
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great avocado toast, cinnamon bread pudding, grilled cheese with bacon and coffee. Great service.

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