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Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
2534 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Lunch
Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Summer House Santa Monica 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.

At the heart of the open kitchen lies a wood fire grill that is the workhorse of many of Summer House’s menu items. The menu, created by Chef/Partner Jeff Mahin, 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.

No matter the season, no matter the weather, you will be transported to the warmth of California at Summer House.
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Private dining
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
Business Casual
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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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Neighborhood
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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

Private Dining

Host your next event at Summer House Santa Monica! The restaurant is designed to evoke the atmosphere of a summer beach house with warm tones and a large glass ceiling positioned directly over the dining room creating the perfect ambiance for socializing & celebrating.

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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 2534 People Are Saying
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4.5
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 16 hours ago

Four of us went for dinner. There were smashed chips under our table (we asked them to clean them up & they did). We shared the roasted cauliflower which was very good but an extremely small portion for about $10. For our entrees, two had the beef tacos, one had chicken tacos & one had the French dip (they forgot the horseradish sauce but it was still good). Everyone enjoyed their meal & they have a nice beer/cocktail selection. Service was slow. For dessert we each picked out a cookie & a coffee at the lobby bakery (of course the coffee was cold but we took it to go & realize it after we started to walk away from the restaurant).

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

The service was exceptionally slow. We saw the server standing around and talking to other coworkers. We tried to get her attention several times and couldn’t.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Was expecting a great experience but one of the waiters was pretty rude to us off the bat, which made us feel unwelcome

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Celebrating (belated) 1st Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Summer House sat us even though we had shown up much earlier than our reservation. The service and food were excellent, including following an instruction for a birthday that I had included in my open table reservation.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

$14.95 for guacamole and chips??? $20.95 for a piece of cauliflower??

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

A wonderful Mother’s Day celebration.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Enjoyable. Very noisy.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We love everything about this place! Was so nice to have the Mother’s Day brownie treat. Service, food, and ambiance are always top-notch. Only suggestion is to improve the flow with the tables. Once you sit down, you are trapped and can’t get out of the middle tables!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was our first time here and it started off a little unpleasant. We were seated near the bar and at first it was fine, but we preferred to go on the other side. Our waiter took a long time to come around to us and I was close to just trying for another restaurant. But we were moved to the other side and our new waiter was literally the best! I wish we could have gotten his name, but he was very attentive and bubbly. He definitely made our experience much better!

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

God was great but service was rough. We also waited over half an hour beyond our reservation time.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

A very nice time.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Recommend smoked salmon, chicken & waffles

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Brunch was great but two separate individuals called ahead to have a dessert delivered and the bill taken care of but neither happened. Disappointed with that but the overall experience was great.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Celebrating Mother’s Day. Great menu with lots of options. Cinnamon roll was a little doughy

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Love summer house. Actually was in the night before for dinner as well. Delicious as always!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great food, wine & service. Love the team @ SH.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Decent. Food was good!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

the food was amazing, loved the taco platter and butternut squash soup. The decor was beautiful and with the patio doors open it felt like a real summer house by the beach. Our server couldn’t have been nicer and was very attentive. I loved it!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Loved the atmosphere and the service was amazing! Had such an incredible Birthday brunch !

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We made a reservation a month ahead with a remark it's a special occasion and we would like a corner table. We got a table next to the door instead, and waited 15min before our drink order was taken. Foodwise, excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Hard to find a better all around dining experience in Chicago.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The order of medium well hamburger was served almost raw. The dish was sent back twice. The excuse was a new cook in the kitchen. Finally burger was cook through, but a hour later after I left the restaurant, was very sick with stomach cramps. I attribute it to the undercooked then cooked again and again hamburger . Too bad because it’s a nice place. I’ll never order hamburger there again.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Celebrating our anniversary

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Dinner menu is great but brunch is a bit underwhelming. Nice atmosphere but the brunch menu is not fulfilling.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Went to Summer House for Brunch with friends. Food is good, but what really sets place apart is service. Hostess was completely accommodating with change in reservation (two children were added). Our waitress was outstanding (really wish I could remember her name). She handled our somewhat demanding and unruly group with complete patience and good service.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great space. Great food.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Breakfast was good,.
However Butternut Squash soup was served cold

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great spot for a date or night out with friends. I suggest going when the weather is nice because they open up the patio and it changes the whole ambiance of the restaurant. Great food, decent service. Fun vibe.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

It was perfect and they gave us the best table in the house

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

I will definitely come back here. Went for lunch for my boyfriend's birthday. They gave him dessert at the end and overall were very accommodating. The food was great and there are no complaints.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Love the ambiance and the cookie stand.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

I was looking forward to trying this restaurant because of the seating and the look of it! It was everything I expected it to be!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Our server was awesome... fun and attentive. Been to SHSM before & will be back again for sure.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Lovely afternoon / day for lunch at Summr House. Max was an attentive server who did not rush us in any way. Nice wine selections & menu options. Ahi tuna/watermelon tostada appetizer was delivisous. We enjoyed Brussels sprouts salad & salmon burger for our main meal. Th4 side of fries was a splurge & with it - the portion was tripled from what would have been served as a side with my burger. Beautiful space, enjoyable afternoon

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great food and drinks for brunch! The ambiance is very light and airy and has an overall great vibe in the restaurant. The service was a bit slow, but overall, it was a great experience. I'll definitely be back with my girl friends for a boozy brunch!

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great for pre- Steppenwolf dining. The service was excellent and accommodated our tight schedule. The oysters were perfect but the tuna watermelon tostadas and most of the other food was very boring. It is a pretty noisy place and they pack tables very close together so that the wait staff cannot get around them and have to pass and clear everything from 1 spot, constantly bumping one of my guests throughout the dinner. She did not have a pleasant experience. The wait staff were so nice and attentive, I would go again, but not at a peak Saturday night.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

A great time as always! We’ve had many get together’s, celebrations, and casual meals at Summer House. They never disappoint 💙

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