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
Great Neighborhood spot
Great food. Really good service. Fun environment. This place is always a great option for dining...if you can get in. Plan ahead and have a reservation. Ask to either sit by the windows (if it is nice out, or in the main dining room (not the bar area). The lobster is great...consider having it as an appetizer with several others to share.
very eclectic menu in a beautiful atmosp ...
very eclectic menu in a beautiful atmosphere. skylights make you feel like you are earing outside. a bit noisy, but, enjoyable
Family dinner was great! Loved the burra ...
Family dinner was great! Loved the burrata, and everyone had something different and enjoyed it!
Great service, very good food, but a bit ...
Great service, very good food, but a bit too noisy for my taste. I actually like to carry on a conversation dueing dinner.
Bring earplugs. The restaurant is prett ...
Bring earplugs. The restaurant is pretty, the food is fresh and good but the noise level is way up in Lincoln Park style...young moms with high end strollers, teen age girls celebrating the end of school, traffic, buses and sirens on Halsted. Try to pick an off time if you want to have any conversation or hear your server.
The atmosphere is the Summer House's cal ...
The atmosphere is the Summer House's calling card with the bright white loft dining room. Well trained service give good guidance on food and wine. Love that Lettuce entertainment provides Gluten Free menus too. Unfortunately while wine as elections are fun and rewarding, the food was.... Meh. Sorry to say.
This is one of my favorite places for a ...
This is one of my favorite places for a special lunch! The service is always so personal and fantastic, the food never disappoints, the drinks are delicious and the ambience makes you forgot what awful Chicago weather may be happening right outside the doors. It is the perfect getaway to get happily lost!
The Vitamin-D Room is amazing. Feels lik ...
The Vitamin-D Room is amazing. Feels like you're sitting outside soaking up the sun, but you're actually inside with controlled temperatures for those sunny, yet cold days.
Brings the outdoors inside
We sat in the main dinning area, it was so bright it almost felt like you were sitting outside (but without the cool Chicago chill). Really like the décor/feel of the space, the food was good but it was just brunch so feel I need to go back for lunch to be able to review the food fairly. The service was okay, however slow, also at the time our food was dropped we were asked if we needed anything else, but then the server never came back to see if along the way we realized we needed something (like another drink, refills, additional condiment/food, etc.), the next time we saw her was after we finished our meal and the busser picked up our dishes, when she dropped the check.
The food, service and restaurant were am ...
The food, service and restaurant were amazing. Definitely coming back!
Always love summer House. The food is co ...
Always love summer House. The food is consistent and the ambiance is wonderful. I always run into friends, associates and neighbors when I am there. Love this place. I was there 3 times this week!!
The price is a little high for the quali ...
The price is a little high for the quality of the food. The food didn't really have much flavor and didn't really feel very unique. The restaurant ambiance is really nice and the service was good, though.
felt so happy
Made a reservation at very last minutes for Mother's day and wedding anniversary. Had seated at 4:30pm,but it's already packed. Everyone seems to have great time there. So are we. Starting with Guacamole was always great.Even kids loved it. Enjoyed every dishes, the staff were friendly. Our waitress wishes our happy anniversary and surprised us with complimentary desserts! Had really great time.
Amazing place for a birthday brunch!
Everything was perfect! We had an amazing waiter who made the experience that much better. The Ahi Tuna tostadas are a must!
Bloody Mary's were fantastic and garnished with sweet bacon. Short rib hash was tender and with great flavor. Eggs were poached perfectly. Service was attentive without being intrusive despite Mothers Day crowd. Loved everything about Summer House. Can't wait to return.
My Favorite Brunch Spot
I always love the food here and the ambiance is fantastic! Such a cool atmosphere and my favorite place to go for brunch! I want to thank Summer House for being so accommodating to families with kids. It's wonderful to see a brunch "hot spot" welcoming little ones with open arms. We'll definitely be back soon!
Food and service great. They have an ex ...
Food and service great. They have an excellent dessert bar to choose from
As usual the food was amazing, as was th ...
As usual the food was amazing, as was the service!
Perfect spot all around
Took my mom and 7 year old daughter for a special pre-mother's day lunch. we all enjoyed the various menu options including a great kids menu (that came with crayons & games-score!). The arnold palmer i had was delicious & of course we had a few cookies & brownies for dessert & even took some to go. the plain ol' chocolate chunk were hands down the best around. Bright, sunny, fun & festive. A+ experience.
great food, good vibe
Went there with a friend before a Steppenwolf matinee. Great Tuna appetizer and good french dip sandwich. Always a lovely dining room and good service. It's a good place to go for lunch, and also for dinner. Definitely would be a top of mind restaurant for the future.
Really nice setting, fresh farm to table ...
Really nice setting, fresh farm to table food, great ambiance, but food was merely good, but not great.
This place just puts you in a good mood ...
This place just puts you in a good mood and lifts your spirits with its sunny center and calming colors! We really felt like we were in a beach town restaurant but one with class and style! ;) the beers are outstanding and I could eat them all day.. The Cobb salad as well, and the tuna chips app. The Brussel sprouts were not for me, but others at the table liked them. We shared all these items and it was perfect. Don't miss the cookie counter on your way out! The blondie, oatmeal butterscotch and seas alt chocolate chip were savored in the car after! Yum!!
Great atmosphere and service. Well-desig ...
Great atmosphere and service. Well-designed space with lots of natural light, yet enough to absorb sound so you can still hear the people you are with.
Great experience. Fun place great food!
Great experience. Fun place great food!
Server was awkward, food was amazing!
We specified in our Open Table note that it was a friends birthday and they did not remember or mention it and our server was incredibly awkward and uncomfortable. However, the overall ambiance of the restaurant is so amazing and the food was delicious! I would def. recommend, just hope you don't get our server... :)
Summer House Brunch
Such a great brunch spot. Went with a few girls and one brought her baby. It was perfect spot for a relaxing brunch. Great vibe.
Really enjoyed the salmon Benedict (not ...
Really enjoyed the salmon Benedict (not too salty) and Acapulco omelet (just the right amount of 'heat' from the jalapeños). Kale lemonade was refreshing. Danielle and George were appropriately attentive.
Our server was very attentive. The food ...
Our server was very attentive. The food and ambiance was perfect for a wonderful girls lunch.
Beautiful California inspired decor. Def ...
Beautiful California inspired decor. Definitely a spot for girls lunch/healthy dinner (although there were a couple guys there too!). There was a 45 min wait for walk-ins. We sat down right away...LOVE Open Table!
We were happy that we went at 6 so that ...
We were happy that we went at 6 so that we can enjoy the sun filled room and the Santa Monica vibe while chatting. It filled up quickly as the night went in which was great but not as conducive to chit chat.
Service slow and salmon arrived cold.
Service slow and salmon arrived cold.
Feels Like Summer
Great afternoon brunch spot, their was a minor delay preparing our food but the server made up for it by giving us free dessert. Many options on the menu will make us come back soon!
Feel like a getaway to Cali :)
Dining at Summer House made us feel like we're back in Cali. We enjoyed the ambiance, the food and the service very much. Since it's quite a popular spot for brunch, it'd be wise to make reservation instead of doing walk-in :)
our server was attentive but not overbearing. He was great! we will be going back
My husband says it his favorite burger. ...
My husband says it his favorite burger. I love the cocktails and the toasted marshmallow ice cream. We live in Huntley and when I need to come into the city I bribe my husband to take a ride with me by buying him lunch at Summer House
Unique Flavor, Beautiful Interior
I visited Summer House for breakfast with a business associate and we sat at a high top in the bar area. Overall, the server was very friendly, the food was simple and fresh yet full of flavor, and the ambiance was laid back but polished which is exactly what I was hoping for. The ambiance lives up to its name and I can see it being just as comfortable for dinner or drinks as it was for breakfast. I'm looking forward to a return visit.
Will be going back.
I went here at a spur of the moment Friday celebration - grabbed a last minute reservation on Open Table. Overall, the food was very tasty. My boyfriend had "a real cali roll" for an appetizer and the "wood-roasted alaskan halibut" for his entree and I had the "wood-grilled steak frites." The only complaint is that it seemed the portions were a bit small for the halibut and the asparagus side. My entree was delicious and the steak had great flavor and a nice sauce on it. The cheesecake, wine and cocktails were great. Overall, a very nice meal.
Frankly disappointed - the menu was lack ...
Frankly disappointed - the menu was lackluster, certainly nothing special, and over priced for the quality of food.
Shores of the Pacific brought to Lake Michigan
Everything from the service, to the vibe, to the food were excellent. Loved the ascetics. The breeze and cool colors really made us feel as if we were dining in Southern California. I would go back and recommend Summer House.
Fun lunch with friends
We had a really lovely lunch for 3 in a comfy booth near the bar. Luncheon business was brisk but we were not rushed at all. Really nice server and a fun lunch. Only negative it is a bit loud, making conversation a little tough to hear at times.
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