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Summer House Santa Monica, Chicago, IL

Summer House Santa Monica

4.6
4.6
5888 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Summer House is the place for sunshine all year round. Warm, laid-back West Coast vibes fill the restaurant making it a top Instagrammable destination, complete with beach house décor, a beautiful retractable glass ceiling, and an all-seasons courtyard patio.

The California-inspired menu from Chef Ben Goodnick highlights seasonal specialties made from scratch with locally sourced produce and fresh ingredients, along with market-driven pasta, artisan pizzas, and antipasti. Although the menu changes often with seasonal items, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are always provided.

At the Bakery counter, enjoy an irresistible selection of house-baked pastries, sourdough English muffins and signature oversized cookies, and more.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 377 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:00 am–9:00 pm Thu, Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 634-4100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Divisional Chef Ben Goodnick

  • Catering

    Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Summer House features a menu that spotlights locally sourced produce & ingredients. Contact us to learn about safe indoor private party dining options perfect for weddings / receptions, bridal & baby showers, family gatherings, birthdays, daytime lunches, corporate events & more! Summer House also offers large cookie/bakery orders, perfect for when you want to host events at home & offer a special treat for your guests! To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, call our Catering Department at (773) 634-4100.

  • Private party facilities

    Host your next event at Summer House Santa Monica! The restaurant is designed to evoke the atmosphere of a summer beach house with warm tones and a large glass ceiling positioned directly over the dining room creating the perfect ambiance for socializing & celebrating.

  • Private party contact

    Helen Tsilora: (773) 634-4100

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Cross street

    Armitage

  • Parking details

    Free and paid street parking is available on Halsted, and around the corner along Armitage. Valet parking is available for $15 cash

  • Public transit

    Just southeast of the Armitage stop on the Brown Line. Halsted Bus, Route #8 Armitage Bus, Route #73

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,888 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    Most Booked

  • Chicago

    Most Booked

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  1. MH

    MarjorieH

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful front patio experience!! Great service. Hoping the back patio will be available for seating later this summer.
  2. DC

    DoloresC

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice 1st time experience, there was lots of street noise when we were for lunch. Will ask to be seated inside next time. Our waitress was very attentive.
  3. ED

    EileenD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always lovely. Quick service, great food. We will be back.
  4. S

    Samantha3

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!
  5. E

    Edward

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect birthday drinks & dinner!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently good.
  7. J

    Jessica

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I’ve been twice before and the food was always great. This time not so much though - it came cold and not as tasty.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great server and really good food.
  9. AB

    AmyB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    I found the service terrible. Very inattentive and aloof. Great food though. Would have been better to just order and stay in!
  10. YL

    YasminL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful place. I will recommend any day any time.
  11. AL

    ALocal

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, so was food, loved the Vitamin D room!
  12. AD

    AllyD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    felt like they were just trying to get us in and out, food and drinks were just okay
  13. F

    Fargo

    Tucson

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Took a long time to get a server. A long long time to get our drinks. Food started to come before we received our cocktails. Pizza and rest of the cooked food was cold. Not enough help!!!!!!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    Love it!! I wanted to order the whole menu. The cookies, the drinks, the food, the ambiance. This was a hit!!
  15. DB

    DebraB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wait staff great Good food Excellent cocktails and atmosphere
  16. e

    eroomdm7

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Not a restaurant worthy of a return visit. My first course came out after my partner finished his first course. Mine was a gazpacho which was served with a tea spoon to eat instead of a soup spoon or just a regular size spoon. The main courses came out before I even finished the first so we had all of plates jammed on the small table. Service was very slow and the food was mediocre at best. A very disappointing night to say the least. They also add a misc. sur charge on your bill but it is not disclosed where it is going.
  17. G

    Gene

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were on the patio with most of the ceiling covered. It was very noisy.
  18. L

    Lisa

    Chicago

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Summer House is always a reliably good and healthy meal. Love the ambiance of this place!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sister n laws Bday
  20. EL

    EileenL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Enjoying our lunch at Summer House...the vibe and energy are always fun!
  21. G

    Giggles4ever

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I love everything about the place. The only complaint I have is that the service is a little too slow.
  22. RC

    RyanC

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The food was quite good. The service was really lacking. Our server and the manager apologized, which was appreciated. I won't be going back, however
  23. K

    Karolina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an awesome waiter that made our experience so much better! Food was amazing, everything tasted super fresh. When making my reservation it asked me if it was for anything special, so we put down birthday since we were celebrating my moms birthday. I figured since they asked we would get something special but that didn’t happen. We still enjoyed the place so that’s not a deal breaker for us but just figured I would suggest changing that for any future birthday reservations cause people love getting a little something for their birthday. Regardless, 5/5!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Drinks were meh. 2 of the 4 dishes were excellent. The other 2 blah. Maybe we will try brunch but not dinner next time.
  25. NA

    NidhiA

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    We are regulars, but afraid food was not up to par this time, and a lot of mistakes with order.
  26. CF

    CarolynF

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Was celebrating a friend’s bday. I did note this in my OpenTable reso but server never acknowledged it. She was rushed, seemed like she wasn’t having a good day… The food and drinks are great but not sure I’d say “a value@ although I did take 1/2 my brussel/kale salad home. Of course I’m coming back….!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Fun place for summer lunch
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! We had a wonderful time and wonderful food and drink!
  29. j

    jenniferw

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent as usual - great guacamole and fish tacos!
  30. MR

    MelissaR

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    What was supposed to be a celebratory evening turned sour when we were sat AN HOUR after our reservation. We arrived early and were told we would be seated at our reservation time and then after checking in twice being told it would just be “a little while longer” we didn’t even get our meals until just after 9pm (reservation was at 7:45). Our server was pretty wonderful and the only redeeming factor of the night (he at least brought a birthday treat at the end and apologized for our wait). Food was good but not really worth the price tag in my opinion.
  31. r

    riley

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made a reservation last night but when we checked in, we were told they were behind schedule. We waited for 25 minutes and then just left and went to eat elsewhere.
  32. AW

    AmyW

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food!
  33. EG

    EliseG

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was fantastic!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and service!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I always enjoy our experience at summer house but the server, Daniel, went above and beyond to make our experience the best ever. He was attentive while also letting us enjoy our meal. He made excellent suggestions for drinks and food as well.
  36. SW

    SarahW3

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Wasn’t very crowded and had to ask to be seated at a better table. Service was good from Alex. Attentive and made good recommendations. Loved the atmosphere, was a tad loud( music) but all I. All good.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was on point! We had a long awaited girls night and we couldn’t have had a better experience topped with some of the best cookies in town. 10/10 would recommend!
  38. KH

    KelliH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I will definitely be back. Our waiter was awesome too
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and amazing food. Did not disappoint!
  40. JS

    JessicaS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still thinking about the food 🤤

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Summer House Santa Monica using the Order Online button. Summer House Santa Monica also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Summer House Santa Monica also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 634-4100.

Summer House Santa Monica is rated 4.6 stars by 5888 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 377 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for ChowNow
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Summer House Santa Monica

1954 N Halsted St Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Armitage

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:00 am–9:00 pm Thu, Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free and paid street parking is available on Halsted, and around the corner along Armitage. Valet parking is available for $15 cash

  • Public transit

    Just southeast of the Armitage stop on the Brown Line. Halsted Bus, Route #8 Armitage Bus, Route #73

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Divisional Chef Ben Goodnick

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (773) 634-4100

  • Catering

    Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Summer House features a menu that spotlights locally sourced produce & ingredients. Contact us to learn about safe indoor private party dining options perfect for weddings / receptions, bridal & baby showers, family gatherings, birthdays, daytime lunches, corporate events & more! Summer House also offers large cookie/bakery orders, perfect for when you want to host events at home & offer a special treat for your guests! To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, call our Catering Department at (773) 634-4100.

  • Private party facilities

    Host your next event at Summer House Santa Monica! The restaurant is designed to evoke the atmosphere of a summer beach house with warm tones and a large glass ceiling positioned directly over the dining room creating the perfect ambiance for socializing & celebrating.

  • Private party contact

    Helen Tsilora: (773) 634-4100

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