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Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
2373 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Fun
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
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 2373 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined a day ago

They seated our party of 5 at a table for 6, after about five minutes the hostess came back to ask us to leave the table because they needed it for someone else. We then had to wait 10 minutes after that and were seated at another table for 6 in the area with the bar. Not once did anyone apologize and I’m sure the only reason my party was asked to move was because we were all 17 year olds, no restaurant would’ve done this to adults.

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vipMsQuin (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

I really love the openness and all of the natural light at this restaurant. I have dined here twice and have thoroughly enjoyed the food as well as the waitstaff. Dan R. was our waiter and he was wonderful.
The drink menu looked very appealing and we started out with the Southside and Ricky Bobby. While both were good, the Southside was the bomb and so followed not one, but a few more for my daughter and I.
For starters, we chose the calamari which was fantastic!!! Even as I sit here writing this review, I am reminded of how good it was and I want some more. My daughter enjoyed the impossible burger while I dined on the crispy cod sandwich. With sandwiches, you get a choice of fries or salads and we chose the sweet potato fries which were great.
For dessert, we had the chocolate chip ice cream sandwich and it was just ok. The cookies were large and thin whereas, I like smaller, thicker, and softer cookies. To make up for it, we stopped by the dessert counter and ordered quite a few cookies to go and they were all good.

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vipDianaR (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant is beautifully decorated, the service was attentive, the food was delicious and we would definitely go back!

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vip2foodies (Chicago)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

The prime burgers were delicious, but the sushi was just OK. The service was prompt and friendly. On the way out, we bought a package of the English Muffins, which were fabulous the next day with eggs. Overall, I would say this place is good, but a bit over priced.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Great . Good ambience and drinks

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Went on a Saturday night for dinner with another couple. Food was good, but not great relative to the price point.

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vipMissy (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We had a great time at Summer House of Santa Monica. We had the spicy Tuna Roll appetizer and also the calamari. We loved both of them. Two of us had the Salmon which was very good and one had the trout and another just had tuna and watermelon appetizer for their main meal.Everyone enjoyed everything. Our server, Phillip was very good and attentive to us. We were celebrating a birthday so they brought the giant birthday cookie and a scoop of ice cream to share.
It was a fun place. Would definitely go back.

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Kimberly (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Nice place in the city to go with friends. Great vibe and good food.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was Great- loved it all. Great vibes- a lot of noise. The cookies were absolutely amazing!!

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ChiFamily (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Love the big airy light-colored dining room. Great ambience. Wonderful service. Excellent salmon.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great service as always!

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Table42 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great place to go in the winter. Transports you to sunny California. Awesome food!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing food. Wow! Fantastic service. Luis was friendly, fun and knew the entire menu. I asked him to surprise me with a great dish since everything appeared too good to make a decision. Will be returning soon!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Don’t get the Mahi Mahi Tacos! For $30 they were cold and tasted like over cooked and over seasoned Tilapia. The filet and calamari were great though!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was OK, calamari delicious! It seems overpriced for all the great restaurants you can eat at in Chicago. I didn't order it, but $21 for half a head of cauliflower (the cauliflower steak) steamed over salt water is ridiculous

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Seated right away even though we were late for our reservation - very friendly staff from the front to departure. Valentine's Day was busy but they handled it extremely well. Food was excellent - always enjoy Summer House - lunch or dinner or a quick bite anytime.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We ate until we hurt, then pushed on! Haha The service was amazing and we had a blast.

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vipBrunchBrat (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was our first night out after having our first born. Matt was awesome! Could not have been a better first night out after quite some time. Thank your

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vipFoodFan (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Beautiful atrium setting, great service, delicious food & fantastic bakery all in one!

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vipOpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Spent my birthday lunch here and it was a great experience! Try the calamari, it’s amazing.

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