Summer House Santa Monica

4.6
3275 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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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and great service!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved it here! The decor and overall aesthetics are enough to keep me coming back. Very white, bright and open with total Cali vibes. The vegan choc chip cookie was delicious! I will be coming back!!

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

Easter brunch at SHSM with our children is a 2 year tradition. Absolutely delightful on all levels. Restaurant was packed but we were not made to feel rushed at all. Beautiful sunlit restaurant. Bring sunglasses (really)!

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

Had a reservation for Easter brunch. When we got there we were seated right away at a great outdoor table. Food and service were top-notch. Sometimes holiday dining can be iffy, but we were very pleased with our experience.

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M
Omaha
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Easter brunch here with some friends while in town on vacation. The ambience, the food and the service were amazing. We had three kids under 4 y/o with us and I think they enjoyed all of the above as much as we did. We'll definitely be back.

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

Great food, ambiance is good, perfect for family and friends setting; not an ideal place for a date night or a quiet outing.
Everything we ordered off the menu was amazing; service was okay, the waiter was slightly distracted and fidgety, not sure if it was because they were busy and packed that evening.
Definitely recommend this restaurant for family/friends outing;

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SD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I'm not sure what just happened. We made a reservation for the passover dinner and were treated so poorly. We were told we didn't have a reservation. We did. I showed the hostess our confirmation email. Ok. We can seat you in the back room. We made a reservation expecting to be seated in the main restaurant. They claimed they were not serving the passover menu in the main dining room. When we finally ere seated in the main dining area everyone seated around us had the passover menu and many were ordering from it. Why would they lie. Why would they try to segregate Jewish diners from the rest. The hostess even asked if I wasJewish and why I would care about segregation. My party was totally OFFENDED. That question was completely out of line. I am appalled and seriously concerned. This is not what I expected from a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant. It wasn't just one restaurant employee who behaved in an anti Semitic manner. There were several employees who expressed the same sentiments and gave us a complete runaround. It was an entirely upsetting experience.
Now to the dinner. We sat down. They poured water. I picked up my glass and it was covered in lipstick. The french fries were warm but RAW. Literally warm raw potato.
I have never had such an awful and disturbing experience. To top it off the menu is very limited and food was not good. I now have a serious problem with Lettuce Entertain You!

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

We were seated over thirty minutes late for our reservation. This is a consistent problem at this restaurant and the reason why I haven’t been in two years and won’t return.

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JN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

The hostess was slow and very rude. There was a large party standing in front of hostess area blocking the door. As I waited patiently they finally said they weren’t in line and I went around to the hostess and checked-in 9 mins after my reservation time. I then waited and after 25 mins waiting and watching others being seated who had not had reservations I inquired, only to be told- well you were late so we gave your table away. This is unacceptable. With many, many wonderful options in Chicago and Lincoln Park alone, myself not my friends or family should have to frequent an establishment with employees having this demeanor.

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

Great atmosphere! Can’t wait to go back. We had our two kids with us (3&1) and they liked it too. The food was great and so were the cocktails!

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Indiana
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved having Saturday morning breakfast here of omelettes, eggs, and pancake. English muffins are amazing here.Sit in the main room for a sunny meal.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family of 4 loved it (2 kids 11 & 15 months old): the food was great and the atmosphere definitely reminded of LA 👍

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

We generally love this restaurant.

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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice sunny inside but very loud
Food was OK, one dish Spicy Tofu was Soggy Tofu
Waiter was sloppy, spilled wine, forgot to fill someones glass, and was inattentive
Corkage is 25$ which is fair
Overall, its best feature is the decor

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s
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The venue is a sheer delight, specially for lunch on a sunny day. The server could not have been better. Sadly the food, which sounded so interesting on paper, did not deliver. The one exception is dessert. The baked goods alone are a reason to go back.

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service and atmosphere were great, unfortunately the food was lackluster compared to other Lettuce Entertain you concepts!

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VC
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Over-priced (guacamole @ about $17) and way over-salted Better suited for the suburbanite set.

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BP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food, and drinks!

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was amazing

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for brunch with girlfriends!

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H
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was good but expensive for what you get- not outstanding.

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D
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. From out of town and get 20-40 pieces of baked goo to tKe home and love it!!!

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J
Chicago
143 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an afternoon glass of wine. Such a pretty restaurant. Our server was great. We both liked our kale salad. The tuna on top was fresh. Will definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! My daughter loved her birthday dinner. Delicious fish tacos!

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Way too loud! The aloof waiter couldn't stop with the attempts to upcharge. When he asks if you want a fruit salad as a side dish to a sandwich, why can't he tell you there is an extra charge of $3. Same with the tater tots.

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New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The mushroom soup was amazing. The artichoke was phenomenal. The portion of scallops seemed small for the price.

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G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Always a great atmosphere but the food is not as great as it used to be. I got the steak and was pretty disappointed especially for the price. They dont give a lot for the price you pay.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Way overpriced for the quality of food
The place is beautiful and the service is good

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was great. The appetizers were great. Main course of Halibut was a little over cooked but eatable. Didn't like the non diverse crowd. Looked like it could have been a party for Hitler. Might be just me. Chicago is a melting pot of people. It just seems strange that a popular restaurant would be entirely composed of middle aged and younger white folks. I'm white myself but when i come across something like this in a big city i find it offensive. I would recommend restaurant for their food and service but that would be it.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server (Charlie) was great and food and drinks were so good as usual

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GP
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good, relaxed ambience, fun place to celebrate life with friends!

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The space at Summer House Santa Monica is very inviting and well put together. The vibe is fun and the space shines on nice days. The food is underwhelming especially in a city with many high quality options. The presentation is nice, but the flavor is flat. Each person in our party of four commented on the blah quality of the food. I would recommend Summer House for drinks with friends, but skip the food.

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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

They have changed their menu and eliminate many of the good selections
Food was fair. Not as good as it was
As pretty as the restaurant is we will not return
Who is managing the restaurant is ruining it
To bad—it use to be bone of our favorites
The couple with us said the same thing

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N
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The experience, food and service, was very good. Would like to see more options without meat and shellfish, such as fish.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food is amazing especially brunch, drinks are great and desserts are fantastic! Love coming here.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience that we had was beyond incredible. From the beginning to the very end. The service was great completely and utterly were attended to. The three ladies at the host station, our server, the food runner and the manager everyone was incredible and I am so thankful for the experience that we had. The food was great definitely recommend the chicken tostadas, super good! Our server Tess, was Attentive, sweet, and incredibly understanding. I will continue to go back again and again. Thank you

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s extremely loud even at brunch. Hard to have a conversation
When nearby tables are literally screaming. Need noise reduction.

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R
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is delicious, and they have an amazing gluten free menu. The tables are a little close together and thus it's a bit noisey

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I hosted a small bridal shower brunch. Summer House was very accommodating to let me come in early and set up a few surprises. The food was great, and the service was attentive but not overbearing.

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MH
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RECOMMEND! We chose the Summer House Santa Monica, specifically, for their gluten free pancakes. The ability to order gf pancakes in a restaurant is rare and these exceeded all expectations. Frequently, making a traditional flour product gluten free results in an item with a density most resembling wet cardboard and not the fluffy pile of deliciousness that ended up in front of me. With such impressive breakfast results I made sure to grab a gf cookie on my way out.

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