About Summer House Santa Monica
Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Summer House Santa Monica presents an escape to the warmth and laid-back vibes of the West Coast, complete with beach house décor and a beautiful retractable glass ceiling.
At the heart of the open kitchen lies a wood fire grill that is the workhorse of many of Summer House’s menu items. The menu, created by Chef/Partner Jeff Mahin, is California inspired and focuses on market driven ingredients, local and sustainable farming, and seasonal specialties, all complemented by a carefully curated list of California and Pacific North Coast wines.
The Market counter, shared with Stella Barra Pizzeria, offers a variety of our signature fresh-baked pastries, cookies, sourdough English muffins, along with locally sourced coffee and specialty espresso drinks.
No matter the season, no matter the weather, you will be transported to the warmth of California at Summer House.
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
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
I've been here for brunch on several occasions so I thought I'd bring a few friends for dinner. They must have had an off night in the kitchen: my food was cold, my friend's burger was undercooked and my other friend's roast beef - the same. Three meals at one table! The staff was great and replaced/recooked the meals. took it off the bill and gave us 6 home made cookies to take to the theatre with us . The food was good when it was prepared correctly, however, the experience was disappointing for dinner.
Really disappointed with Summer House. The only positive part about the experience was the decor. The drinks were nothing special, but took a long time. We started with the Brussels Sprouts with pancetta on the side, but never got the pancetta and our waitress didn’t stop by to check in so we never got it. I ordered the French Dip and it was cold and soggy right when it came out, and there were some bad bites of meat. Not worth what we paid for it. I would have considered saying something, but again our waitress never checked in once we got our food. My husband ordered the chicken and said it was bland. A friend ordered the cauliflower steak and found that it, too, was disappointing. From service to food, the experience was definitely lackluster and not worth Summer House prices. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this trendy spot. There’s tons of other places to see in the area.
We chose Summer House Santa Monica because it's close to Steppenwolf Theatre. Had delicious fish & mussels and an incredible Brussels sprout salad. Good selection of California wines, and a nice open feel. Will definitely return in the summer when they open the roof!
Food was very good and portions were plentiful. Excellent service and honored our reservation time. The cookies we had for desert (chocolate chip and oatmeal butter scotch) were delicious and they even heated them up for us. Our only complaint is that the salads do not come with bread or rolls, even an entre size salads. When we asked about bread, our server said that there would be an extra charge.
I got the burger. Absolutely horrible. Burnt on the outside (not a crust, burnt), medium in the middle. Very STALE bun. The waitress was nice but it was very weird how they brought out my kid's dinner immediately (way too much breaded chicken fingers and fries), then she came back with the dessert menu before we even got our food. My wife enjoyed the chicken tacos even though it was one chicken breast, barely sliced for the tortillas. This place used to be great but have gone very far downhill.
Went for a 30th birthday diner date and had terrible service from multiple waitresses. It was very disappointing because they have good food and a great atmosphere but the service really did ruin the night, not what I would expect from Lettuce Entertain You.
Summer house is a great spot for Sunday brunch. The staff was very accommodating when I wanted to change table to a larger size and the food never disappoints. We were a party of 5 and we ordered a variety of items that we all loved. Even the simple 3 egg breakfast was outstanding. I highly recommend this place
Dinner lighting/ vibes 10/10. Cookie ice cream sandwich 10/10. Guacamole 11/10. Poblano Escobar though...extremely disappointing. From 4 Texans that enjoy regular margaritas: consider changing your nightshade of choice to jalapeño, or leave out the pepper altogether. Sorry that you'll have to change the pun though.
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