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, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, 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
This place is frustratingly inconsistent ...
This place is frustratingly inconsistent. I've had two absolutely delicious meals here and two terrible meals.
On this occasion the service was really slow (15 min wait for coffees and then we had to ask for milk/sugar) and our food arrived cold as it had obviously been sitting for a while. I love the atmosphere and the fact that you can make a reservation for breakfast, but not sure I'd go back.
Make a reservation! Very crowded at 4:00 ...
Make a reservation! Very crowded at 4:00 on a Saturday which I was surprised. But then they forgot about us as we waited, so you may have to remind the host as we did. Save room for dessert which you can grab to go on the way out.
The server was not very attentive or app ...
The server was not very attentive or approachable at all. She was cold and short. Also, the food was not very impressive. We ordered tacos, and you would think that a nice restaurant like this would spend the time to make the tacos, but no we had to make our own – not to mention the Tuna had no flavor. The orecchiette crab pasta was dry and also rather flavorless. Lastly, the steak and fries was very typical and not impressive. The only good thing, I believe, to be on the menu is the vegetable quinoa, I ordered it two years ago and it was amazing both times, but just shows you that they never change their menu. It is unfortunate that the food and service was so bad because the atmosphere is so awesome.
My six-year-old felt like a king on his ...
My six-year-old felt like a king on his birthday! The kids' menu even had his name (Mason) on it! Becca was a GREAT server, and we loved the decor too. Even on a rainy night it seemed sunny inside. Great place for our staycation - in from the burbs :)
Our small plates (Beets with goat cheese ...
Our small plates (Beets with goat cheese, Roasted cauliflower) were generous portions and absolutely delicious. Our entrees Black Grouper with coconut green curry sauce and 1/2 Roasted chicken were beautifully presented. Both entrees were generous portions and provided an incredible blend of textures and flavors. We went for Sunday night dinner and the place was busy. We opted for a table on the patio where it was quieter and cooler but all the diners, including many well behaved young children, seemed to be enjoying themselves. There for a girls' night out we didn't mind the leisurely service but could see where it would be frustrating if you were trying to make a theater curtain or had a problem with part of your meal and were trying to attract the attention of a server. We had a delightful evening and will definitely be back!
Two things were great: our server and th ...
Two things were great: our server and the s'mores bars sold at the counter near the entrance. We had tickets to a show and our server was great about making sure that we were able to leave when we needed to. The orechetti with crab was okay and the sea bass was overpowered by red pepper liberally sprinkled on top, while the surrounding green curry sauce was strangely bland. The peach cobbler was fine, but the chocolate walnut cookies from the front counter tasted mostly of walnut, with not enough chocolate flavor.
Hip, open space with a very good vibe. B ...
Hip, open space with a very good vibe. Busy Sunday brunch crowd as the menu have everything anyone would like. Service was warm and welcoming and our waiter was great. We had a wonderful meal to celebrate my wife's bday. We will be back.
We really enjoyed the feeling of the res ...
We really enjoyed the feeling of the restaurant. It's open and airy and really does feel like an afternoon in Cali! The food was good but not great. The problem was our food took over an hour to come out. By this point, we were sick of drinking coffee and finished our cocktails. I will say our waitress was lovely though! She new the kitchen was backed up and brought us muffins while we waiting for our breakfasts. I would go back and give it another shot and just hope for a full kitchen staff the day I return.
This place definitely looks like Califor ...
This place definitely looks like California, and there's definitely a vibe of "I'm richer and therefore better than you" coming from everyone eating in the restaurant. That being said, the food is incredibly good and the service is excellent. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone (but especially those who like to see and be seen) because I haven't had a single bad experience here- and I've been here a lot.
Shared the cauliflower side plate, Calif ...
Shared the cauliflower side plate, California Caesar, and avocado toast. All so fresh and such interesting flavors! Energetic, beautiful lunch crowd. Great place to see and be seen that also happens to have delicious food!
Great looking place. Tables were too clo ...
Great looking place. Tables were too close together. We were mere the kitchen . We saw the salad
Maker drop things and put them back on the wok station without being washed. He also did not wear gloves on a regular basis.
This is a great spot for brunch. It is a ...
This is a great spot for brunch. It is always bright in the dining room because the entire roof is a skylight. The brunch food is always excellent. The cookies are also amazing. You must try the chocolate chip cookie with rice crispy treats on top.
Have had two great lunch meals at Summer ...
Have had two great lunch meals at Summer House. First time had a kale salad, which was exceptional, and next time had the chopped salad, which was very good, but had too much dressing (will order on the side nest time). My friend had the avocado toast, which she loved.
I loved this restaurant! Food was delici ...
I loved this restaurant! Food was delicious. My friend and I had the prime rib dip and my other friend had the English muffin burger. We all enjoyed our food. Together we felt our waitress barely came to our table and took a long time to bring out and take our check. We had to flag down another waiter to take our check so that we could make our train. Just because we are under 21 and not able to drink doesn't mean we should get less of service. :) Overall loved the atmosphere and food. Felt like a night in California.
The restaurant is beautiful and the food ...
The restaurant is beautiful and the food was excellent! Service was outstanding. Light and airy decor. Nice that they also have a bar next door for drinks while you are waiting that works cooperatively with the restaurant.
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