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Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
2545 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Brunch
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.
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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Neighbourhood
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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
What 2545 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great menu and ambiance

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We have been at Summer House multiple times and always been happy. We are planning a graduation dinner for my daughter at their private room this weekend. If the food at the dinning area was good we will not expect anything less.

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4.0Dined 3 days 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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2.0Dined 4 days ago

The ambiance is nice, but it is really overpriced for the quality of food.
Our waiter was nice, but did not really seem focused. One example, A friend at our table had an empty drink and the waiter came by three times and never asked him if he wanted another drink.
The food was okay, but nothing review worthy. Definitely smaller portions than a normal brunch place and as mentioned before, too expensive. $13-16 for a brunch cocktail is unnecessary, especially when it's as simple as a mimosa. Bloody Mary's are not worth it and do not recommend. They also serve a "nice salad" with brunch and they up charge you for hash browns or standard brunch dishes. The "nice salad" as literally stated on the menu, is just the opposite. It's only lettuce and cabbage..
We will probably not be returning unfortunately.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Love love love Summer House. This is my go to for out of town guests.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

My daughter wanted to celebrate her birthday here because of some good reviews.
We were all disappointed... everyone’s eggs were salty. The sausages were hard from being over cooked. The cinnamon roll was dry. My son ordered spaghetti and meatballs from the kids menu and he got mostaccioli instead. We asked for water refills from other servers since ours wasn’t attentive.
On a brighter note: the ambiance is nice. The cocktail my daughter ordered was good and the cookies from the bakery. Definitely been to much better breakfast places for the same price with better service.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We had a good time. Our only challenge was that we were the first group in the restaurant and the hostess wanted to put us in a corner booth. We did not want to be that "cozy", there were 6 of us. When we requested another table, this seemed to irk the hostess, but we were accommodated by sitting at a nice "high top" table. All went well once we got to the table.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

All good. The staff was nice, the food came out in the right timing, and the cocktails are perfect. The nut in the old fashioned was genius.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

I got sick from the food, it was overpriced, not worth it. I have eaten here before, the value was always a huge question mark for me, but getting sick on top of that made it a place I will not return to.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Average food. Would not return to this crowded Denny’s-like atmosphere.

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3.0Dined 5 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 6 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 on May 15, 2018

Celebrating (belated) 1st Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

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

Always a great place to eat with wonderful service and a great atmosphere

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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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