Beach House Social

4.2
311 reviews
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$30 and under
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Hawaiian
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Whether you’re hanging ten or just hanging out, Beach House Social is Wicker Park’s ultimate chill oasis — part surf club, part beach bar and totally laid back. Brought to you by the Parker Restaurant Group (the same folks who created East Coast-themed restaurant Hampton Social), Beach House Social evokes the California lifestyle in Chicago. Chow on flavorful bites like the Red Chile Chicken tacos and Turkey Nik Niks, while sipping on an extensive list of tropical-inspired drinks and brews.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Hawaiian, Contemporary Asian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(708) 328-3091
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
Honore
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.2based on recent ratings
3.9
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3.9
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
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2.0Dined on July 8, 2018

This place used to be Mahalo, which I like much much more than this new take-over. This “beach” theme just felt generic and lazy. Nothing to write home about. Honestly would not go again or suggest this to anyone. If you do end up there, the pina colada’s aren’t bad but I’ve certainly had better.

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

This restaurant is amazing however, I just wish they gave you more food. Myself and all of my friends were still hungry after ordering a full meal. Also they do allow you to substitute or add on anything.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Our server was really good but it took forever for us grt our drinks and appetizers. Drinks took about 20 minutes to grt which was kind of annoying.

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

I was there with friends for the 4th of July. The food and drinks were decent if perhaps a bit overpriced. I got the island bowl with smashed avocado, which was just rice, beans, greens, plantains, salsa, and guacamole. It was good, but probably not worth the $12. The 5 of us shared a pitcher of the berry mojito, which was light and refreshing. The ambience was great- very island feel. However, we were seated on the rooftop and it was quite hot and sunny. The service was a little slow, but they admitted to being short-staffed for the holiday.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Stopped here for brunch. I guess this restaurant used to be Mahalo. I was pretty disappointed that the menu in the restaurant did not match the one that had been posted online. Having just relocated from Hawaii I was expecting some Ono Grindz, but most of the traditional Hawaiian and Hawaiian-fusion foods were missing from the brunch menu. I don’t think the Hawaiian decor really fits the menu... why there are Kona Surfboards and no Kona beers on the menu is beyond me. I think it would be good for them to maybe go in a more SOCAL direction with the decor since that better matches the current menu. The frosé was tasty, and the food was pretty alright. The Rooftop was cute, but really needs some outdoor fans or misters for the summer time.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

When we arrived for our reservation we were greeted by an extremely rude hostess. Fortunately our waitress was the exact opposite, and made the evening quite enjoyable. Service is great, drinks were tasty and the food was amazing. Definitely plan on going back.

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2.0Dined on June 24, 2018

It’s not Mahalo’s anymore! Was super disappointing to get there and see that was the restaurant that I made the reservation. One more couple left the place just like us

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Mahalo (now The Beach Social) was great. The food was delicious and the interior was SO cute. My only qualm is that between making my reservation and actually going to brunch there, they rebranded and changed their menu. They didn't have a new brunch menu yet when I went. I likely still would have gone if I'd known about the change, but it would be nice to have gotten the heads up before trying to find the restaurant.

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1.0Dined on June 22, 2018

The restaurant had changed names and menu so we left.

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1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

My first time at Mahalo wasn't bad, but the food was nothing to write home about. My 2nd time at Mahalo was definitely worse. For starters, they don't use air conditioning. I made the mistake of going on a hot, humid day, and their ceiling fans and open windows did nothing to remedy the utter discomfort of breathing in steamy air while your body sticks to the table and chairs. All we could think about was how to hurry up and get out of there so we could go eat ice cream at Jeni's next door just to cool off. Their rationale is they're trying to give you an island experience, but it doesn't make sense for business because who wants to eat a big meal while sitting in a sauna??? Also, it's extremely unappealing to see the chefs and wait staff constantly wiping sweat off their faces. They just rebranded themselves under a new restaurant called Beach House Social, so hopefully the new place is more prepared to handle the plentiful hot weather of a Chicago summer.

Now, let's talk about the food. The veggie poke is unlike any veggie poke I've ever had, and that's not a good thing. I didn't taste a single traditional poke flavor. It was basically some bland vegetables drizzled with a tangy red sauce, and a side of bug. Yes, that's right - there was a dead bug stuck to my dish. It wasn't a live bug that flew in through the open windows because it was very much dead and stuck to my plate. (Thankfully, they didn't end up charging me for this dish.) My cousin ordered a seafood omelette, which contained a shrimp shell, and my other cousin ordered fish poke, which contained a bone.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Apparently Mahalo was closing the day after we visited so they were out of certain foods and just didn’t seem to care about service.

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

This was my second time at Mahalo, and honestly, it was just OK. The food was fine, but nothing we ate really blew us away. While the poke bowls were fresh, they lacked flavor. The cocktails were imaginative, but all very sweet. All-in-all, there wasn't anything I would explicitly complain about, but I would definitely recommend other restaurants for the price.

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1.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The service was terrible. Got there early, took a seat at bar and we were ignored for 15 minutes. Finally had bartender. One over only to find out the first three beers I. Hose from their daily menu were not available. This is the old Bom Bolla location. How did that great place not make it and this place does?!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Overall good experience ... wish the patio was opened but apparently only opens after 5 :)!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Mahalo has a very nice vibe ... very casual and drinks are really good. Food is kind of fusion and pretty good as well.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food was delicious, as were the cocktails. They have a lot of variety. I think the service was extremely exceptional - from the hostess, our waitress, and the food runners. All super kind and friendly. I would recommend.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Love Mahalo.
Was sad to hear that the concept will be changing to a more "island" cuisine and less Hawaiian.
Happy that the Poke Bowls are staying.
It's a fun, tasty, and more importantly DIFFERENT restaurant than anything else in Chicago.

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2.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Been wanting to try Mahalo for a while now, and was disappointed. The food was mediocre and while the servers were very friendly, service was painfully slow - even though the place was far from packed.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

First cup of coffee wasn’t even hot. Tuna poke was average. I needed to ask for soy sauce and I never add salt or additional seasoning when I eat out!! Portuguese Hash was pretty disappointing and under seasoned. Service was great. The menu looked good but maybe we came on an off day. Really want to give it another chance.

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2.0Dined on May 28, 2018

I went to Mahalo yesterday and the food was decent...loved the nachos and banana pudding. The salmon poke was meh...there was something missing but ok enough that I wanted to come back today to try the traditional poke today. My daughter and I went there today and after we were sat down we were told “let me tell you what’s not available on the menu” and it was essentially 2/3 of it...all the seafood options. Essentially everything we went for. Apparently they are completely changing the menu tomorrow - and none of the wait staff even know what the new menu will be. It will be a new “concept”. You would think they would want to hype it up so people would be excited to come for the “new” menu.

Back to the review. We thought let’s still stay and try the Kahlua pork rice, chicken wings and a burger. Fairly basic stuff. All of it was so bland. Literally I don’t think there was salt anywhere and I don’t like salty food. My rice was edible enough but not enjoyable. My daughter didn’t even touch her burger because the bun was covered with grease on top. The wings tasted boiled (I don’t think they were but had that no flavor) and the sauce they came in tasted bottled.

I’m giving two stars because the waiter was nice, understanding of our disappointment and professional.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Great food, great atmosphere, bar stools not comfortable.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

They were out of half of the menu, and had only 2 beer options available.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

My family's experience here was outstanding. The service was great and the food was even better! I would definitely recommend this for brunch.

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Overall It was a good experience. My girlfriend and I had the Island burger which was super tasty but.....we both got really sick after (it was worth it) the ambiance was kinda cheap but the staff was great!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Food & drinks were top notch & service staff were all very friendly!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We loved it, great place to hangout on Friday with coworkers after work.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Amazing. Would recommend to anyone

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1.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Worst ramen of my life. And my server sucked.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Me ha encantado el lugar y estoy segura que repetiré

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The service was amazing, cocktails right on time & the pork fried rice was some of the best‼️

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Interesting concept, poor execution. 3 hostesses stood by the door all night as fewer servers got slammed. Service was spotty for this reason. Food was fun, but too little protein for the price. Overall, good food, poor service and poor value.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The interior is well decorated and we got to be seated in the back with the neon "Mahalo Vibes" sign. Great if you are into posting your outings to social media. Service was fine but not particularly attentive. Our small group of friends tried the coconut shrimp, fries, two types of ramen and a salmon poke bowl. Generous portion of fries but they tasted like McDonald's (not necessarily a bad thing). It seemed like this place made things "Hawaiian" by making their food VERY sweet - too sweet to finish. Would recommend trying once to anyone interested but am not compelled to return.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Awesome roof top seating as well as plenty of indoor seating. Wait staff is friendly, knowledgable and attentive!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

This is the second time my wife and I have dined here. We typically order a series of plates and share. We stated with the nachos and ended with the fish tacos - everything tasted wonderful and was easy to share. The food is definitely on the healthly and lite side, which is eactly what we were going for, highly recommend!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Absolutely amazing. You walk in and you’re transported to the tropics. Favorite place in the city.

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Service was ok, and the decor was nice. Food really left a lot to be desired.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We went for a late dinner and sat in the back dining room, which was in considerable disarray following a large party (reportedly). Our server was good, and prompt enough. Neither of us liked our drinks (the Hawaiian sangria was way too tart, and the blood orange margarita tasted like some sort of solvent with red pepper on the rim instead of salt). We had the wings for an appetizer, the tuna Poke bowl and the big burger, all of which were fine. The seasoning on the Japanese-style fries looked *very* unappetizing--I won't elaborate. The place a buzzy, noisy, surfs-up sort of spot, but not very authentic, altogether. It was okay, but we won't go back.

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Cute place for tropical drinks, especially the shared pineapple

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First time and Ill be back.

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