Summer House Santa Monica

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4.7
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3411 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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 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.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.6

It's summer year round at Summer House Santa Monica. Don your finest Lululemon and chambray in an upscale dining environment.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 3411 People Are Saying
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Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was knowledgeable and engaging. Menu is varied and food is quite tasty. Specialty cocktails were excellent.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place, was able to get a rez at 9pm

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

Nice room and reservation time was honored, but entree food portions are small given the price point.

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T
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Summer House Santa Monica. Never disappoints. Always going to something tasty!

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

Katherine was a great waitress and even gave our DePaul graduate a free cookie . Loved the poke bowl . Great place !!!!

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DS
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great Friday lunch at SHSM. My siblings and nephews are in town and the restaurant was great about accommodating two toddlers (especially since we arrived early). The ambience and decor are beautiful, the food and wine was very good, and the kid’s meal options were fantastic. I’ll definitely be back!

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S
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was terrific! He was extremely conscientious about allergies. The weather was beautiful and we had a table by the open windows, which was lovely.

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KW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent table service and very good food but way too noisy and frenetic in general.

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

The restaurant was clean. It had a great ambiance. It’s a little loud from the after work crowd, but that is to be expected. It’s a great date spot.

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AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to sit outside and have a nice lunch. Busy during the lunch hour so I recommend a reservation

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had a really great dinner with some friends. The place is beautiful. The food was tasty and the service was good! Will definitely come back.

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OT
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wide selection
Energized atmosphere
Nice summer dining

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EO
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Connor was a great server, will ask for her section the next time we visit.
This is a shout out to the young moms who use restaurants for their toddler's play date location. Please order out and enjoy your meal at home so those dining in the restaurant can enjoy ours. I am a mom of 3, not hating, just be courteous to those who hired a sitter or want to have a conversation during lunch/dinner.

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

We love to lunch here. I wish they had better true vegan options but they have lots of salads that can be veganized. They have tofu and avocado to help your salads and an awesome vegan chocolate chunk cookie (I just ask for seasalt on it.) kids meals are healthy and awesome. They come on a cute divided glass plate and have kids cups and plastic straws. (We all know toddlers chew up the cardboard straws) They are really good with allergens. And the Rose cart is awesome (AIX is my personal fav). The environment is bright and beachy. All the staff are friendly. You will need reservations especially weekend lunch/ brunch. Despite being packed most of the time the service is pretty quick.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was good, we have been to the Summer House many times, it typically for brunch- this was our first dinner. My only suggestion for improvement would be to lessen the amount of stuff kept on the table. An entire thing of plates, full size salt & pepper, water glasses for 4, a canter of water and I feel like there was at least one more thing present... gave me anxiety that we were going to knock things off the table especially with two kids. All went well and we just kept taking things off but would be nicer if less stuff and more space for the food and wine!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Excellent service and food. Very family-friendly. A great gluten-free menu. Open and bright space. Feels like a happy place.

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It’s was fun - for me a bit over-rated and too trendy...

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrating our daughter’s 21st birthday. I had mentioned this in my notes when I made the reservation. How fun when she was greeted with “Happy Birthday” when she arrived! Our server also presented her with ice cream & cookie with candle after our meal. Just perfect! Delicious food, excellent service and festive ambiance. Can’t wait to return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess was the hottest human I’ve ever seen

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J
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Summer House is an enjoyable venue, however, the menu is very limited. The food and service were very good.

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H
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and fab atmosphere!

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b
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Phenomenal food and ambiance. Can’t wait to go back!

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SO
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance and delicious food! A little slice of SoCal in Chicago.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was really good, except the burrata was very bland!

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C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great and the service is friendly helpful and attentive. It is a bit too noisy for intimate conversation, but fun nonetheless.

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N
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the restaurant. Loved the atmosphere with the doors open, Our server was very helpful particularly since it was our first time

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l
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scallops were wonderful! My friends enjoyed their dinners as well. Summer House never disappoints

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SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and our server Megan was a gem. Can’t wait to go back

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Overpriced for everyday dinning. Chicken entre was $32. Salmon $27.

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c
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice staff. Great service. Food prompt and very good. Had Acapulco omelette with jalapeños. Eggs were cooked perfectly with perfectly melted cheese inside. Hash browns quite delicious...seemed to have a little added flat but not sure what. Wasn’t overpowering....worked very well. Open air beach style was enjoyable on a not too hot sunny Sunday morning. Lots of kids but tolerable noise. Clean. Good coffee. Cold water with fruit flavor available while you wait. We enjoyed and will certainly return often.

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EM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service and ambiance is beautiful, but we were not impressed with the food we got.

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JW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, good food but the wine was pricey!

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DE
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

My salmon was great. As soon as I saw my husbands trout, I knew he was disappointed. 2 skinny dry pieces of fish on very small portion of mashed potatoes. Should be taken off menu. Beautiful restaurant

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SC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Yes! This place was great. Lots of natural light filters in through the sun roof. White walls give it a clean, crisp feel. The plants add color and a refreshing touch to the atmosphere. Beautiful ferns!!! Lots of people, all ages, all sizes, all forms of dress. The server was very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious, albeit on the pricey side. The cocktail I ordered (something with vodka and lavender, I think) was SOOOO yummy. A big sign hangs in the main dining area that simply reads, "Yes." It reminded me to be more open and accepting of good things headed my way. This was a delightful dining experience, if you don't mind dishing out a little extra cash for refreshing ambiance.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch...

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PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance but very pricy for the value. I enjoyed but couldn't believe how expensive for what we ordered!

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KB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our laid back lunch in the main sunny dining room!

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C
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

it was a very nice afternoon. We were not rushed and our waiter was great.

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c
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best waiter. He was so nice and the food was great.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Very expensive.

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