Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
3442 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.
What 3442 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great!!! Would recommend the chips and guacamole and Brussels sprout salad.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Had a reservation at 7:30pm and had to wait until 8pm to be seated, so it wasn’t ideal, but the food was good!

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Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night. Fun spot w very good food.

Open and bright, nice ambiance.
Would recommend.

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

Jared was fabulous and we hope to have him the next time we dine with you

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VB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for a girls dinner night out for a birthday. We were seated within 10 minutes, food was served quickly, and was absolutely delicious! The trout is amazing! I had the brick chicken with mash potatoes and corn- manufique! The lobster cavatapi was divine. You really can’t go wrong with anything here folks!

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C
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great and our server was amazing. We brought our young kids with and they enjoyed their kid friendly meal along with great desserts.

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

This is our favorite weekend spot! We come almost every other weekend!

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BB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. Waited over 15 minutes after getting seated to get any kind of service. Steak was cold when the food finally came out. Awful experience. WILL NOT BE RETURNING.

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

Service was excellent as usual. Greatly appreciate you always accommodating our kids with high chairs and a quality Childrens menu. We will definitely be back!

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

Great food, fantastic service and very noisy-

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HF
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent and the ambiance is wonderful, our server Luis was outstanding and took very good care of us. HIs service helped make our visit a memorable one.

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k
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a 7:00 reservation but were not seated until 7:30. Surely the restaurant and Lettuce Entertain You must have years of data that allows a much better reservation service. It is unlikely that we will return or recommend Summer House.

In addition, the menu is too limited.

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

Great experience in a beautiful setting. Food was great and our server (on just her fourth day) was extremely attentive. Will return!

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DJ
Indiana
63 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress/server, Conner, was truly awesome - delightful, professional, efficient and fun! And the food was fabulous!

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HG
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great healthy menu with lots of options, and a fun outdoor/indoor space for the Summer.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Sums it all up.

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B
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as always!

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J
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
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
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
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 on June 16, 2019
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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OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was below average. Food and environment was phenomenal

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J
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
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 on June 16, 2019
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 on June 15, 2019
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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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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ML
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seated right away. Food and Service were excellent.

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PW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
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 on June 14, 2019
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 on June 14, 2019
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 on June 14, 2019
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 on June 14, 2019
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 on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Way too hot

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
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 on June 14, 2019
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 on June 14, 2019
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 on June 14, 2019
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 on June 13, 2019
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 on June 13, 2019
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 on June 13, 2019
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 on June 13, 2019
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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