Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
2921 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Mon-Thurs 11:00am-10:00pm
Friday 11:00am-11:00pm
Saturday 8:00am-11:00pm
Sunday 8:00am-10:00pm

BRUNCH: Saturdays & Sundays 8:00am-3:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 634-4100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef/Partner Jeff Mahin
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Catering
Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Summer House features a menu that spotlights locally sourced produce & ingredients.

Accommodating parties of 10-250 guests, Summer House exudes an atmosphere 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.
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Cross street
Armitage
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Parking details
Valet parking for $14.00 is offered. Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Just southeast of the Armitage stop on the Brown Line.
Halsted Bus, Route #8
Armitage Bus, Route #73
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Special events & promotions
To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, please call our Sales & Special Events Department at (773) 634-4100.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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 2921 People Are Saying
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DV
Omaha
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

Multiple dishes were dirty. Food had to be sent back and they just reheated / overbooked our meal.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

I usually find the food at Summer House great. It is such a cute spot, and I enjoy going here to meet up with friends. However on friday, the scallop dish, which was a special for the night, was awful. It was extremely fishy and tasted as if the scallops went bad. The texture of the side did not compliment the scallops either. Very disappointed.

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d
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the fish tacos! And English muffins to take home.

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

We have been to Summer House several times and are well aware of what a pleasant experience it is. However, the suburban friends we met had never been there before and it was much fun to see how they enjoyed it.

My one criticism is how loud it was on Thursday from 1-3:30. I don't know what you can do about that, but
hope you try something! It was better for the last hour...

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

The service was warm & patron-focused. Server offered to split dishes, attentive and quick. Created a warm and welcoming atmosphere, which was needed & appreciated.

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

Summer house is such a cute restaurant. My girlfriends and I went out for dinner and we will be coming back! Cute, refreshing cocktails and awesome salads!

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

I enjoy Summer House so much, it is one of my favorite restaurants and at a reasonable price point! I love introducing my friends and family to this restaurant. As usual the service was impeccable and so was the food. I brought my partner here for the first time for a date and he ended up loving it!

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CR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I have been to Summer House many times and I was disappointed with my recent experience. The food was over priced ($30 for fish tacos??), the bread was stale, the waitress and hostess both seemed annoyed with normal requests (more ketchup/table away from the door due to the cold, and there were about 30 open tables). Overall, I was very underwhelmed with the food and experience, as were my two companions.

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r
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best in the lettuce entertain you chain.

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HH
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Great food and great ambiance. Loved the tuna and watermelon tostada, the avocado toast and the Brussels sprouts.

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OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great, bright atmosphere for the cold, gloomy Chicago winters

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KW
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The atmosphere is nice and energetic. The menu has a lot of good options and there is a nice selection of wines. However, 3 of the 4 entrees we were served were cold! We were disappointed and will not be back.

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DO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t wait to return, I haven’t eaten my way through the menu yet!

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EM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Ambiance was wonderful. Wine list limited. Food was outstanding!

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Good restaurant but what I got for brunch ( Mexican hash) wasn’t my favorite.

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JP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. It’s the neighborhood place where I can always trust I will have a great meal and a great glass of wine

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great once we were seated but it was pretty frustrating that we weren’t actually seating until 20 min after our reservation time.

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KK
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal. Only downside our reservation was for 7:30 and we had to wait for over 30 mins for our table.

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a
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Like all Lettuce restaurants, this one is consistent and of higher quality. Every dish we had was well-prepared (particularly the fish, which is hard to do correctly) and tasted good. Yet I just can't seem to work up any enthusiasm for this restaurant, much as I should be able to given the decency of the food. I think the problem for me lies in the room. It's airy and open, yet so crowded so that we were continually moving our chairs so people could get by. The chairs are wood or rattan, yet there was no sense of warmth or coziness or welcome to the room at all. More than any Lettuce restaurant I've been in, this felt the most like a chain. The room has all the faux charm of an Appleby's. I understand that the concept is "light and airy California", but the concept happens to be located in Chicago, Illinois which has cool weather 3 months of the year and damn freezing at least two. Light and airy only goes so far. And it's not that the heat wasn't on. It was and no one appeared chilly (everyone around us had their coats off and hanging on the back of chairs... where they were continually being accidentally dropped to the floor by people trying to squeeze by to get to their table or the bathroom.) It's just that no server seemed glad to see us, no hostess happy we showed up, no chair or table was designed to make us feel like we could stay a million years. OK so the food came out fast and tasted fine (if not particularly interesting), but - I can name a dozen other places where that happens that also seem much more welcoming (including other Lettuce places.) So, I've tried Summerhouse. Not bad, but not special. There's no compelling reason to go back.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Menu is a bit limited. Service was outstanding--attentive server without being intrusive or pushy.

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FO
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our evening was fantastic. Great service, attentive wait staff and food was amazing! Was visiting Chicago with a group of friends and will definitely be back.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service , delicious food !! I will be back !

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A
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is bright and open, you can truly see the sky. It is attached to a bakery and pizzeria, but I didn’t really notice it while in Summer House. We had a booth at the back of the restaurant so it was quiet and private. The food is fresh and delicious. We had the buratta appetizer and the fish tacos and both were wonderful. The drinks and wine choices are nice but a bit pricey.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect ambiance for a business lunch! Extraordinary service, delicious food, and a light atmosphere made for a great experience.

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

With a reservation, we waited 25 minutes for our table. Not even a hello for another 15 minutes and when we got our food it was cold. I was trying to show off how great this place but it was kind of embarrassing. The rosé and the main dining room were nice but they discontinued their famous French toast! :(

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EB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

While the space is great and gives you the kind of ambiance you’d like to linger in, the food leaves something to be desired. Despite making sure to say I like my poached eggs extra runny (because I’ve had a bad poach here before), they came out with super hard yolks. I then asked for another side of eggs, properly poached, and they arrived just as hard. I finally just gave up. The English muffins tasted stale and were hard to cut through and the hash browns were totally cold. I’m not sure I’d come back for anything other than drinks.

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G
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good, not the best. As a Californian who leans towards vegetarian, I was disappointed with the liberal amount of butter in my dish (Mexican Hash Browns) that I wasn’t expecting. Our server was delightful and the atmosphere pretty but exceptionally noisy.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast with my best friend whom I hadn’t seen in a while.

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KL
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Summer House never disappoints. Great food, service, ambiance. Had the Pork Chop special this last visit and it was super tender and flavorful. Plenty for my wife and I to share. Overall, Great spot for any occasion.

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n
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All three of us ordered fish. We ordered three different menu items and all thought ours must be the best!

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RE
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent. Great kids menu. Service was satisfactory.

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S
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here many times and sometimes the noise level is prohibitive but this visit was a late lunch on a Thursday when it was calm and very conversation friendly. Our server Stacy was so sweet and attentive, a beautiful and welcoming smile. The food was great. You can always count on LEYE restaurants. Why can’t all kitchens get it right like Lettice does?

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good service. Flexibility was appreciated when customer was delayed 15 minutes.

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G
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Cool decor and excellent service but overpriced and very noisy. Food is nothing exceptional—especially for the price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New favorite restaurant! Was like I was back home in California.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and perfect atmosphere

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KR
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Before attending Steppenwolf Theatre, we always stop at Sunmer House Santa Monica. Great food & very friendly service. Nice collection of Cali wines and a fabulous bakery for a cookie-to-go!

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MF
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was very nice and accommodating. I invited a group of friends and some arrived late but she was very understanding and always came back to check on us and gave us enough time to order. I asked my friends to be bridesmaids and she was very excited and happy to take pictures for us and even took a Polaroid even though she was not familiar with it. I wish I could remember her name but thank you!

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DC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was my birthday. We had a party of 4, which one of our friends was about 10 minutes late at the most. But the table next to us (party of 2) were seated, ordered their food, received their food - all before our server even took our drink order. Also, I never got my cookie for my birthday even though it was in the notes and my friend asked the hostess before I got there.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good. Had the Brussels sprouts salad which I always love. Didn’t have any dessert as I’m cutting down on sugar but if I had of course it would have been a 5 star review as their desserts cookies and omg Rice Krispie treats are ah-mazing. Salads are always delish!

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