Summer House Santa Monica
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
It's summer year round at Summer House Santa Monica. Don your finest Lululemon and chambray in an upscale dining environment.
Good good in a comfortable atmosphere was made even better by service that was prompt and efficient without overwhelming. Jenna was great.
Had a wonderful lunch with my daughter. So much sun coming through the glass ceiling it was a sheer delight for mid February! Food was amazing and service was wonderful! We will be back! Best Guacamole and chips we have ever had! And the fish tacos were amazing!
Love the location
It took over 15 minutes to get 4 cocktails on a Monday evening dinner at 6:30. They were also “out of” the Ricky Bobby drink.
Fries were cold. Very disappointed in the whole evening.
Not as good as it was in the past. Food was not as succulent or well seasoned as in the past. Omelet had less kale/spinach. Hash brown Benedict was overlooked. We will look for other brunch places.
Great food, excellent service in a unique atmosphere.
Overall I was very pleased with my dining experience.
We had issues with our courses coming out to quickly. Before we were a quarter of the way through our starter, the main dish was already out, So it sat there getting cold and we had to ask for new fries before we started eating. The food was good, just felt Very rushed.
Love it here!!
The service was excellent. The restaurant was bright and sunny and charming. The food was a little disappointed.
Excellent service, incredible food and incomparable ambiance. Love coming back here!
I have two words for you. A. Mazing. We were blown away with the food and atmosphere!! Especially on these chilly winter days in Chicago...a breath of fresh air! The GF menu was incredible and we left feeling full and refreshed! We will definitely return!!
The food is over priced and lacks creative/flavorful touches. An appetizer of chips & guacamole costs $16 which would be justified if it were something beyond standard guacamole and corn chips but alas... This place is always insanely busy which I would typically credit to exceptional food but this neighborhood seems to give birth to rich white people without taste so it’s more likely that you can see and be seen here. Our server was absolutely exceptional (Aimee). She was friendly, energetic, down to earth and struck the perfect balance between being attentive and letting us enjoy our evening.
Overall the place lacks specificity. What about the menu is authentic to Santa Monica? Or the beverages? Or the interior? Or the uniforms?
Always a pleasure to dine at SH. The atmosphere is fun and casual with families and couples and friends. The food is very good, the Cobb Salad is huge! The service is exceptional. Friendly. Attentive. You never feel rushed. Always buzzing in the dining area.
The kale salad is a MUST have!! Restaurant week was fabulous and I have been during regular menus - It's a great relaxing scene to "get away" especially when the weather is crummy!
Stepping out of the Chicago rain into the warm, but so light and airy, main dining room for lunch you would be forgiven for thinking you were in California. We caught the last day of Restaurant Week so I had the set menu special (two choices per course and a 3-choice wine pairing) and it was amazing value, full-sized portions, and excellent quality. My partner had the avocado grilled cheese sandwich and a mocktail, and both were so fresh. Our server, Lindsay, was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive and deserves a special mention for her great recommendations, both what is popular and what she actually prefers. It's been a while since I've been so impressed on a first visit that I'm worried we've been spoiled! We'll definitely be back for dinner, and my only regret is that we didn't try this place sooner!
Wonderful atmosphere and the food was delicious. Our server Tony gave the best recommendations.
Got sat, waited to be served for 20 minutes. Had to speak up, think we were forgotten about but they recovered nicely! The service was great, as was the food!
Food and service was wonderful! Will be back again!
Summer House is my go-to spot. I’ve been to SHSM almost every week since moving here about six months ago and have never had a bad time! I recommend the avocado toast, but most things on the menu are good. The cookies are delicious but sooo big
Good food and great cookie desserts! The calamari was especially tasty
The food and service was pretty bad on Monday eve. Not the typical experience at this restaurant. Brussels were soggy and our server never asked how the food was or checked in with us.
We went for lunch and each had a beef burger and a turkey burger. They were tasty. Coffe was good too! $14 valet parking is too much but we are able to find street parking.
Brody our server was excellent . We’ve been to Santa Monica house previously and it’s one of our favorites. Unfortunately my turkey burger was cold. My daughters omelette was hot . Not sure what happened there? We were there at busy time . Did they not put it under salamander /heater ? Only reason good got 4 not 5.
Was a great bachelorette brunch spot, the bakery had great options as well.
Always great service and atmosphere! Highly recommend. Excellent food and bakery goods!
The open kitchen noise, the exhaust noise, music level, & regular customer conversation noise level made this dining experience slightly unenjoyable. Tables should be spaced out better to avoid getting your neighbor's body grinded against your food/table, & it'd allow the server to come in a little closer to speak to you instead of shouting to hear one another.
Didnt like the omelette had no tsste
What a wonderful breakfast. So good, we went again the very next day. Service was great.
Had a reservation and they still made us wait 45+ for a table. Then service was fair and portions are small for their price
Our server Dan was excellent. Please considering adding more hearty salad choices other than kale and brussels sprout based ones...just two more would help!
We had 5 girls and 5 babies and everyone was very accommodating, service was excellent and the food was good!
Summer House has always been one of my favorites. Breakfast and Lunch are amazing. I have never had a bad meal during the day. My family and I have recently just been to Summer House for Dinner and it is not what we expected. It was not a good value because of how tiny the portions were and how much it was for what we got. The bakery is amazing. They have the cookies you could ever believe of seeing. Service is not terrible but it is not the best. Over all, I do really like the Summer House and hope you do as well.
We went for lunch and it happened to be restaurant week what is value, I never know what to order this time I had the turkey burger , best I’ve ever had
Great spot to be on a chilly Chicago winter night! Nice ambiance. While the menu is limited, what they offer is very tasty! I really enjoyed the Brussel sprouts salad.
Really enjoyed the food. Our waitress seemed disinterested and was rude. I noticed she was chummy with other guests. I found it weird. I’d go there again but would avoid being served by her.
The service and the food was top-notch! Lauren was our server and she did a fantastic job accommodating our every need. Super cool and trendy place to dine or have drinks.
The turkey burger was mushy. Yuck. The rest was good
Went to try for the first time. We did do the restaurant week menu for brunch. It was busy when we got there but slowed down so the service should have been better. Wait staff did not seem interested and was forgetful. She took forever just to take drink orders, then did not check in, took forever for actual order. Between sitting down and taking our meal order it was 40 min. Time between check ins had us searching for her. Food was good but the service won’t bring me back.