Summer House Santa Monica

4.6
3194 reviews
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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.

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.
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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Poor acoustics, overcrowded tables, mediocre service for moderately priced average-poor food quality. So many better restaurants in Lincoln Park. Maybe just bad luck for me on one Sunday night but definitely will not return.

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

This was not one of their better days but all in all it's a good place to have dinner

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

Sunday brunch was an absolute hit! Ambiance, vibes and great food made this a great experience. Brodi, our server was great with recommendations as well as friendly, courteous and efficient. Will def be back and would for sure recommend to friends and family!

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

A highly recommended restaurant not only for the gorgeous ambience but also for the service and food. We had to wait for a few minutes though but it was worth it👍🏻👌🏻

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

This place is beautiful and everything you imagine when you look it up on Instagram. Lots of seating, sunlight, and buzzing atmosphere. The dishes are priced expensively for quite small portions, so it's smarter to eat family style. We thought the fish tacos were okay (nothing special), but the ahi tuna and watermelon tostadas were definitely worth it.

Service was well-timed and friendly but sloppy - please don't spill water on our food when you're refilling our glasses! I know this seems like a trivial thing, but it makes a world of difference when your server pours your water away from the table and not on top of your food.

There was a group of women who were clearly getting their day drunk on and knocked their glass water bottle to the floor, getting nearby customer's jackets wet and effectively ruining others' experience. Don't be those women.

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AH
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love sunday brunch here! It can be a wait for seating (even with a reservation)...but worth every bite!

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

Ambience , service and food were all amazing

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TJ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Seats/tables too close; staff & guests constantly bumping chairs. Service - erratic at best. Food - burnt sausage, overdone eggs. Disappointing overall. Bakery - good.

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TA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and atmosphere were great. Waitress quickly offered a substitute without being prompted. The only reason I gave a four is I thought the food was a bit pricey for a limited selection. My friend’s pasta dish was too salty. Again the waitress immediately stepped up to offer options, including removing dish from our bill.

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

Athmosphere was great as always. Unfortunately our lunch and coffee was cold and our server was pretty slow and not very attentive

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

We waited 30 minutes to get seated. Such a wait at lunch is inexcusable.

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

Great food and atmosphere. We did feel that the wait staff was rushing us though. Clearing our table without asking us if we were done with a couple of things.

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a pleasure bringing friends to this establishment to leave them in awe of the fantastic service and great food. Our server David is one of the best; kind, professional, and engaging. Will be returning!

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JS
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love the ambience. everything was great. server did bring wrong app, but gave it to us on the house and quickly brought out the correct one. will definitely be back.

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AN
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, atmosphere and service were all great! Lanie was our server and she was phenomenal! She really made our experience that much better!

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S
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Summer House. We enjoyed the whole experience which was made even better by our server, Lainie. Salmon was prepared perfectly, Simple green salad was a good accompaniment. A cracker or roll would have tasted good. Great place, we’ll definitely return!

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s
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The main dining room is so sunny and wonderful. It was a perfect way to feel like it isn’t month 5 of Chicago winter. Yay for inventive mocktails!

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

I had a staple in my tuna poke.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

so good. the atmosphere makes you feel like you’re in cali and the food is fresh and delicious.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The overall experience was fantastic. We brought a friend who was in town for with our 14 month old daughter. The food was great as always and the service was phenomenal! Our waitress was extremely kind and very helpful with our daughter. Even brought our daughter some ice cream :)

Great experience all around!

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent, as always. I love the ambiance of the room. It feels like an outdoor patio even in winter. Our server was excellent, paying just enough attention to us but not hovering. My only minor complaint is that it is very loud, especially in the "inside" area where the ceiling is a little lower but it isn't enough of an issue to keep me away.
I am always too full to get any of the delicious desserts but I plan to make a point of saving room next time for a scone or a giant cookie!

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BC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for brunch before a matinee at Steppenwolf Theatre. We were seated promptly and the service was excellent. The spinach and kale omelette and avocado toast with poached eggs were delicious. It wasn’t on the menu but I had a good Bloody Mary. We had plenty of time to get to the theater. It was busy so the noise level was high but not enough to spoil our experience.

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AK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cute place and it feels like you're not in Chicago. Very fun for brunches with your girls and just a nice day date. Beautiful sun room.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was great except the service. Now I get that Sundays are pretty busy but it doesn’t give them the right to ask to take away your plates even when you’re not completely finished with the food yet.

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AH
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat brunch here most weekends! Large menu of both breakfast and lunch items. VERY consistent high level of food quality and wonderful service!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

So delicious! Worth the money for sure, waitress was a tad rude sadly- maybe a rough night

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KJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was great, but then I caught the servers talking about our table and the one seemed annoyed we were still there. Very confusing because our main server told us to take our time, we had half a glass of wine to finish.

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TD
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We were seated more than 20 minutes late for our reservation. This would have been forgivable if anyone had let us know they were running late on when we arrived or when we asked the host about our table after waiting for 15 minutes. Instead, the host was dismissive, repeating "I'll text you when your table is ready" even though we were standing right there and "you already checked in." No apology, no explanation. The food was fine, really nothing special.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Loved everything except they didn’t seat us until 30 minutes after our reservation time. Didn’t even get an apology

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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Arrived at reservation time and stood waiting for 30 minutes for a table....won’t go back

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DD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This was an awful experience for us. When we got there, we were herded into the outer lobby which was packed with people. We had a reservation and arrived on time. The servers are arrogant and acted like they couldn't wait for us to leave. Nice birthday celebration, not.

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J
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Although we had to white for an extra 20minutes for our table and it wasn’t easily accessible for the walker as requested, Our server was fantastic!

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JL
London
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took a while to get seated even though we had a reservation. Service was just okay. Food was quite expensive for what it was - had the brussels sprouts, burrata, gnocchi, and an ice-cream sandwich on homemade cookies for dessert. I liked the atmosphere: open, active, spacious, but it was quite loud if you're trying to have a conversation.

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PZ
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Atrium is gorgeous. The atmosphere is classy and lively. The food is absolutely delicious. And on top of it all - outstanding service. Definitely visiting this establishment often. Best thing though - they actually asked before placing the order if we had any food allergies - and marked the food accordingly. Simple considerations like this make a HUGE difference.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exceptional waiter Matt. He was excellent, gave great description of the menu made excellent suggestions and we had a wonderful meal. We will definitely be back to enjoy another great meal with friends!!!

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and very kid friendly. Would definitely recommend.

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LL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The high chair was dirty. Clearly not even wiped off.
Otherwise food and service good!

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IL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So perfect with a perfect summery vibe!! The food was amazing and our waitress was great and attentive!!

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T
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Light and airy ambiance that feels like summer despite the drab cold winter. Service is attentive, but not overbearing. We had turkey burger and veggie burger with shoe string fries. Both were a delight. Make reservations to save yourself time. Although if its early enough, there are plenty of cute shops around to visit. We can't wait to go back.

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JW
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant 😋, especially the sun room.

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