About Summer House Santa Monica
Inside Summer House, guests will find a laid-back, friendly vibe with an environment reminiscent of a beach house. Complete with California-inspired decor, the chef-driven menu highlights simple, handcrafted dishes prepared with local and seasonal ingredients, many of which are prepared on a wood-fire grill. The eclectic menu is a crowd pleaser with options such as Ahi Tuna Tostadas, Hand-Rolled Sushi, Tacos and Wood-Grilled Fish.
Summer House offers a carefully curated selection of Californian wine to complement each menu item as well as chef-crafted cocktails, zero-proof cocktails, and draft and bottled beers. A bakery counter, shared with Stella Barra Pizzeria, serves a selection of freshly baked breakfast pastries, muffins and Chef Jeff Mahin’s famous cookie selection. No matter the season or the weather, you will be transported to Summer.
Chicago, IL 60614
Hours of Operation:
BRUNCH: Saturdays & Sundays 8:00am-3:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Valet parking for $14.00 is offered. Street parking is also available.
Just southeast of the Armitage stop on the Brown Line.
Halsted Bus, Route #8
Armitage Bus, Route #73
Chef/Partner Jeff Mahin and Chef/Partner Francis Brennan
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
Special Events & Promotions:
To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, please call our Sales & Special Events Department at (773) 634-4100.
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.
Summer House Santa Monica Ratings and Reviews
The food here is mediocre at best. My fr ...
The food here is mediocre at best. My friends black bean soup was just a dish of puréed black beans. It looked like black mortar. I had the summer house salad. The blue cheese so strong it burned my tongue, the tomatoes old and tasteless. Our waiter was fine and the ambience is very nice if a bit noisy. We complained about the bean soup and the waiter took it off the bill, but really the whole meal was not good.
This place hit on every major component ...
This place hit on every major component of a positive dining experience. The service was friendly and attentive, the food was plentiful, paced properly and they were very accommodating with special requests. I also thought there was definite value for the prices that you pay. Cant wait to go back
Made a reservation for 1:30 and we were ...
Made a reservation for 1:30 and we were not seated until 45 minutes later. We were told it's the restaurants policy not to ask prior diners to leave (they had been sitting at the table for 30 minutes after the bill was paid). If that's the case, they shouldn't take reservations or should hold additional tables open in case this happens.
Service was excellent as usual. We try n ...
Service was excellent as usual. We try new dishes every time. This visit we ordered the French Dip on our server's recommendation and it did not disappoint. We were sad to see the removal of the turkey burger, but the French Dip was a suitable alternative.
Our family had a wonderful time dining h ...
Our family had a wonderful time dining here! Our waitress was patient, friendly, and very knowledgeable in regards to the menu! The food was outstanding (our favorite was the ahi & watermelon tostadas) and the restaurant decor was fresh and bright! The place was neat and clean and so were the restrooms.
We would love to bring new friends here sometime again real soon!
I was very disappointed in this restaura ...
I was very disappointed in this restaurant. Summer House is one of my favorite restaurants and a unique place that I like to bring newcomers, if I have friends or family visiting. I had made reservations at 8 AM for a group of 5 for 9:30 PM. We arrived at the restaurant at 9:25 PM and were told that the table we were waiting for paid, and we would be seated soon. We waited over a half an hour, and were not seated until 10:10 PM. This was unacceptable to me, as I had a reservation, and it looked terrible to the people I was hosting. I raved about this restaurant, and the first experience they had was terrible. I have been to plenty of restaurants where the wait staff politely mentioned to us that they had another reservation coming in, so we finished our drinks and headed out, simple as that. I do not believe that restaurants should have reservations available if they do not keep them. No one had apologized for our wait or even touched on the fact that we were upset. The rest of the evening seemed to go downhill, as we expected everything would come late to the table and we would be forgotten.
First time there and will definitely be ...
First time there and will definitely be returning. While the food will by no means blow your socks off good, they have amazing people working there that make the service and attention amazing. Great for drinks, dessert, and catching up with friends.
First time visit to Summer House. We ha ...
First time visit to Summer House. We had theatre tickets and wanted to have dinner nearby. Our server was exceptional in helping us keep to our time constraint and at the same time very attentive to our dining experience. Nice open dining room with a great view of the open kitchen. The warm chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream was a great way to end a wonderful meal.
We were given a $100 gift certificate fo ...
We were given a $100 gift certificate for Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group and this seemed like the best solution out of the list. The server was great and very attentive. The decor was very dated and was not too sure the style the designer was going for ... fake ferns hung too high on the ceiling ... and what was with those cloth wrapped lighting fixtures? Keep it simple people. A white washed room should be austere, light and clean. Please update your interior to reflect the designs on the time.
Kale salad was great. Black rice bowl was good. Fish tacos were way over priced ... make them cu better and more flavorful at home.
The service was the most outstanding benefit going for Summer House.
Would recommend it maybe for brunch ... dinner menu was all over the place and not really a cohesive theme.
Fun atmosphere. Classic American Fare ...
Fun atmosphere. Classic American Fare ranging from the healthy to the indulgent. Highly recommend the guacamole to start. Various members of our group really enjoyed the Mahi tacos, the kale salad and the fried chicken. Great all ages and all tastes destination.
Great food & very relaxing! We stayed an ...
Great food & very relaxing! We stayed and enjoyed talking after dinner and did not feel rushed. Hannah was our server and was super helpful with dinner suggestions and was always there when we needed something. So happy we went!!
It took a half hour from when we walked ...
It took a half hour from when we walked into the restaurant for any food to be served. The waitress was unable to answer a straightforward question about a specific menu selection saying she hadn't worked since Wednesday. That said, once the food arrived it was excellent. Whole grain bread was outstanding as was the squash soup. The butternut squash steak was lovely....served with arugula salad with pomegranate seeds and hazelnuts so the dish had a good variety of textures.
I love the decor of this place. During ...
I love the decor of this place. During the day you do feel like you're in Santa Monica (sans the wharf). While the evening lighting is nice, I think I prefer this place during the day. The menu is virtually the same for both times, so I don't feel that I miss anything if I don't go at night. The waitstaff is friendly and pretty fast. The bar could be a little faster, but given the fancy drinks on the menu it probably takes a while to make them. The Emerald Salad and the Chicken Tacos were awesome. We had the cauliflower and the beets side dishes and they were ok, but nothing to write home about.
Last night was my friends birthday, she ...
Last night was my friends birthday, she picked out this cute place based on the pictures. The food was very delicious. I got the lobster pasta with peas and bacon, and I was very pleased with my choice. The drinks were very good as well pretty much all of their special cocktails were on the table and yummy! The service was a little shotty, the guy was kind and very honest which I appreciated but he forgot about us. He admitted he did which really didn't settle well with the girls at the table. He took a little while to collect our payment and such but he did have a couple other tables. Other than that his service was pretty average. The food came out super fast and was great as previously mentioned
Dined here early on New Year's Eve. Exce ...
Dined here early on New Year's Eve. Excellent food and service. The vegetable dishes were outstanding especially the cauliflower and beets.The restaurant is bright, open and airy. Good location for before and after theater dining.
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