Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
3424 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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J
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

My wife and adult kids took me to Summer House for Father's Day after the theatre. The ambiance is wonderful, light, airy - felt like we were in Santa Monica. The food was good, not over the top, a few glitches, but overall ok. The only thing that left a sour taste in my mouth was when I finished my gin martini and asked for a chardonnay, (my wife ordered one as well), I didn't have a menu to pick from. Our server asked if I liked a buttery chardonnay or not so much. Went with a buttery choice. Being that I didn't have a menu and just ordered "a chardonnay", I assumed she would bring me a house brand. Once we got the bill I was SHOCKED to find each glass of wine was $24 EACH. I felt like our server Elana totally took advantage of us and stuck us with a $48 wine tab. Not sure if I'll return because of that.. Too bad.

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CG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Brody made our experience phenomenal and unique. We had just had 10 days of company at home and we needed a break.

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T
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, great service and great food! Thank you for making this a great Father's Day!!

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J
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were impressed by all of our breakfast choices: Breakfasts Tostadas, Mexican Hashbrowns, and The Commuter. We would order them again!

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

Love. Love. Love. We brought our friends visiting from out of town for brunch and they loved Summer House. They loved the menu, cocktails and we all loved our meal.

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Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined 3 days 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
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess was pleasant. Matt Wodarski was great! Food was delicious.

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

Seated right away. Food and Service were excellent.

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

Had a great experience at Summer House. Service was good, and our server made some great recommendations on dishes to try. Delicious! The food was fresh and tasty, and we enjoyed the atmosphere and decor. Would not hesistate to return

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

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

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

They put our party of 7 into a booth that was for 5-6 people. It made the whole experience less enjoyable.

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

Way too hot

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

Excellent and fresh food! The seafood and veggie items were delicious. We had a very knowledgeable waitperson and an overall top notch experience. Will be back!

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DS
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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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p
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good and so cute!
We will definitely be coming back!

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AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 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 6 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
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wide selection
Energized atmosphere
Nice summer dining

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EO
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined 7 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 on June 11, 2019
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 on June 10, 2019
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
12 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
4 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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