About Summer House Santa Monica
Chicago, IL 60614
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.
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
Disastrous meal this evening. I'm still ...
Disastrous meal this evening. I'm still in a bad mood from it. Ordered Butternut Squash soup for Mom, Sushi roll for me. Mom's soup out first.
My roll arrives later with no Wasabi or Ginger. I have to wait for that. Mom done with soup.
We shared Fried chicken and asked for all white meat, no mashed potatoes. No problem, substituted fries and small upcharge for all white meat. Came out with Mashed potatoes and what I was sure was a thigh. They took the Mashed potatoes, but argued I did have a breast. Manager came over to insist it was a breast. I told her about everything else that went wrong, and please bring me a new breast.
Full transparency our waitress was lovely, and they took the chicken off the bill. But it was a terrible meal overall for such a nice place.
They also didn't give me my frequent diner points as of this review.
The food here is great (I would give it ...
The food here is great (I would give it 4.5 stars actually), and the atmosphere really memorable -- you almost feel like you're in California. It's very bright and airy inside, with tall ceilings and soft lighting and glass roof. I would really recommend the tuna tostadas. Don't forget to try the cookies for dessert!
At first they sat us outside away from a ...
At first they sat us outside away from any of the heaters so it was very cold but they were nice about moving us inside....All the food was very tasty but I would not recommend the sushi, it was rolled very loosely and was a very small roll so each piece fell apart. Otherwise every other food we ordered was very tasty and I would order again including the fried chicken and calamari.
Food was very good and super fresh tasti ...
Food was very good and super fresh tasting just like in cali like the theme of the restaurant. What we were super surprised with was the sushi! WOW some of the most fresh and delicious simple
Rolls I've ever had. The spicy tuna which is typically a basic roll everywhere was outstanding. Nice big chunks of fish not the normal ground up style. Also the taco platters where great as well. Tuna was the winner there with just a nice outside sear. My mom had the fried chicken and that was grear as well. While you pay a premium for the fresh from the farm style of food it's worth it once and a while.
Cool hangout atmosphere as well. Did make you feel like you're in cali. Well worth the trip if you are in the city. Also is part of lettuce entrain you so if you are part of the club or have gift cards use them here!
I went on a Sunday afternoon with my boy ...
I went on a Sunday afternoon with my boyfriend to get brunch. The place is absolutely lovely and I will for sure bring all my girlfriends here. The service was fantastic. Our service was very polite and attended out needs. The food was also good. I got the special menu of cinnamon pancakes, might be the best tasting pancake I've ever had. My boyfriend got the Enchiladas and cinnamon buns and according to him, it was too fulfilling. I admire the ambiance a lot. If you are looking to escape the winter vibe go here and you will feel like you're in the West Coast.
Went on for Sunday Brunch. First time fo ...
Went on for Sunday Brunch. First time for my husband and I but my daughter and boyfriend had been there for dinner and highly recommended. We were seated right away. Friendly service. We were in the atrium room which was great for a sunny day. Chicken tostadas were delicious, husband had short rib hash and loved it. We shared a breakfast 'appetizer' of the cinnamon rolls - divine - highly recommend. Fresh orange juice was so good. Fun spot, noisy and bustling but very enjoyable.
Our waiter was too busy. Some of the fo ...
Our waiter was too busy. Some of the food came out over cooked, there was a sauce missing from one dish and it took like 15 minutes to get mustard from the waiter. When it finally came, the mustard was dry and crusted over, obviously having sat there for hours. The final straw was that I ordered a beer when they first set our food down and I was done eating by the time it finally came. I sent it back and it was cheerfully taken off our bill, but they didn't seem to even recognize that it was lacking service.
I have no idea why this place is so popular, a real head scratcher.
Went with the family and had a wonderful ...
Went with the family and had a wonderful experience! Service was great, food was great! Had something for everyone, my picky daughter had the Amish chicken which was delicious. My vegetarian son had sushi as did I and my husband had the prime rib sandwich. Everything was delicious and we definitely will be coming back!
We all ordered something with chicken. ...
We all ordered something with chicken. All the dishes came out with cold. Two orders of tacos, cold. One chicken sandwich, cold chicken. And one Cesar salad with cold chicken that was supposed to be grilled. I think they pre-cook their chicken, throw it back on the grill to try to reheat it, then chuck lukewarm chicken in what is supposed to be a hot dish. Gross.
An Asian, a Greek and 2 African-American ...
An Asian, a Greek and 2 African-Americans walk in to a bar...ok so in this case it's Summer House Santa Monica 😁 Brunchin' it up on a Saturday morning and the place was packed!! Great sign that it's great food!!! Reading the menu I was not very impressed BUT when our meals hit the table it looked and smelled amazing!!! AND the taste was amazing as well. Top off great food with great service and you have a perfect place to brunch with your besties!! It took us about an hour to get there and I must say it was worth the drive!! will be back with another group soon!!
Beautiful restaurant. Delicious tuna ap ...
Delicious tuna appetizer.
Tacos were fine , nothing special.
The tortillas were hard, actually couldn't chew them. ( too much time sitting in a warmer I would guess)
Had to send them back twice before getting warm and soft tortillas. By then our food was cold.
Disappointing, overpriced for what it is.
Not to usual Lettuce standards.
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