About Summer House Santa Monica
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises' Chef/Partner Jeff Mahin and Chef/Partner Francis Brennan bring their popular California-style concept, Summer House Santa Monica, to Lincoln Park in Chicago, IL. Inside Summer House, guests will find a laid-back, friendly vibe with an environment reminiscent of the Golden State, complete with beach house-inspired décor. The chef-driven menu highlights simple, hand-crafted dishes prepared with local and seasonally-inspired ingredients, many of which are prepared on a wood fire grill. A carefully curated list of California wines complement each menu item. A bakery counter, shared with Stella Barra, will offer a selection of fresh baked breakfast pastries, muffins and Mahin’s famous cookie selection. Locally roasted artisan coffee will also be served in both restaurants. Summer House Santa Monica will be open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, 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
Love the food but the service is always ...
Love the food but the service is always very slow & servers inattentive. Had to ask for silverware. The food for our group of 3 did not arrive at the same time. We were mostly ignored.
Get it together. There are lots of restaurants in Chicago that offer good food AND good service.
Honestly, it was terrible. We showed up ...
Honestly, it was terrible. We showed up for our reservation. We're told our table would be ready in about 10 minutes and they would text me and then they never texted me. We finally just got in because no one else was in line but they never ended up texting me for my table. After, we sat at the bar waiting to be served baked goods and the three people working all did not even acknowledge our existence let alone try to help us for about 5 straight minutes so we finally just turned and left. I will never return. The food was mediocre and not worth suffering the horrific service.
Never disappoints for brunch. A great a ...
Never disappoints for brunch. A great atmosphere for brunch. Great lighting. My wife and I love the chicken tostados and I'm going that they bring back the breakfast burrito but they have a number of other items that are good as well. TJ does a great job with this place. The Rose cart is great. Also a big fan of the candied bacon.
I have been to Summer House several time ...
I have been to Summer House several times and their food is consistently good. My only criticism I have is it sometimes can get very loud and therefore it can be hard to carry on a conversation with someone across the table. I think it depends where you sit.
Last Thursday was my first Summer House ...
Last Thursday was my first Summer House Santa Monica experience with my long-time friend, Kim. Everything was exceptional from the cocktails to the amazing rice krispy treat/chocolate chip cookie. Our server, I wish I could remember his name, was so friendly and attentive. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends.
My family and I always enjoy Summer Hous ...
My family and I always enjoy Summer House, but were somewhat disappointed having to wait 25 minutes when we had reservations. Made them thru Open Table. Hopefully this was a one time occurrence. Otherwise food is very good and service was pretty good also.
Mediocre and very underwhelming. The ser ...
Mediocre and very underwhelming. The service felt hurried and uncaring. They brought the drinks, appetizers, salad and the entree all at once. Salad did not have the dressing (very bland!) and the entree was cold by the time we could get to it. Very disappointing experience for a birthday celebration.
Good food. Took a little while to come o ...
Good food. Took a little while to come out but good scenery while we waited. Was way too cold for a summer day where it felt like we were on a patio. Had jeans on and I was so cold it had a negative impact on my meal. Would go back just not sit on roof covered patio
I had heard many great things about Summ ...
I had heard many great things about Summer House from a few of my friends, and it did not disappoint! I met here with some friends from high school, and all of us enjoyed the food, the beverage selection, and the atmosphere. I highly recommend Summer House for a dinner with friends or as a date night!
I was incredibly disappointed with Summe ...
I was incredibly disappointed with Summerhouse Santa Monica after hearing so many wonderful reviews from friends. I took my boyfriend there for brunch on his birthday. Despite requesting a nice table for the birthday occasion, we were seated next to the waiter's cashiers where it remarkably took 15 minutes to get menus and water. The waiters were dancing and messing around at the cashier, right next to our table, which further irritated the situation. When we were finally approached by our waiter, we ordered cocktails, an appetizer, and our entrees at the same time. The waiter was quite rude and even criticized our choices. The appetizer and entrees came out in about 40 minutes and the cocktails finally arrived after the food. We were not apologized to for the wait, nor compensated for not being served our drinks way after our food had arrived. The bill was outrageously expensive for the poor service and tiny portions. I will never return.
California cuisine for the masses. Well ...
California cuisine for the masses. Well done and "California portioned". Serious can be hit or miss, but friendly, knowledgeable staff. The delay seems to be in the kitchen. Don't forget the extra large cookies on the way out.
The food was nothing special but the ven ...
The food was nothing special but the venue is lovely. Salmon eggs benedict was good but the potato hash was cold, and there were no sides whatsoever - a bit of salad or fruit is somewhat expected, otherwise the server should have mentioned it and recommended getting an additional side. The food also arrived alarmingly quickly which makes one wonder if the food is made fresh to order. Also $7 for a small glass of juice is a bit much.
Great food great atmosphere. Rude host - ...
Great food great atmosphere. Rude host - disengaged server. Should be noted restaurant locale is chicago Il although name boasts Santa Monica. Staff was not aware of full restaurant name and asked if I booked reservation in Santa Monica. Full name SUMMER HOUSE SANTA MONICA located on Halsted Rd. Chicsgo IL.
The restaurant was amazing. We loved the ...
The restaurant was amazing. We loved the ambiance, food and service. Our only complaint was that we were sat at a high top near the food register in the front room next to the bar - so we were constantly surrounded by servers in a tight space. That specific table shouldn't be there. We asked for a different table but there was too long of a wait. We will still come back because we loved the restaurant so much but we will request a different table. All in all we loved coming there, especially for date night!
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