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
We were running late and by the time we got there we thought we would have to wait but we got seated right away. The appetizer we had was great 👍 we had the ahi tuna with watermelon 🍉 was great and the rest of our dinner was great. Enjoyed ourselves and will make a trip back soon.
The staff was very accommodating even after we were 20 mins late for our reservation. The server was excellent - friendly, new the menu (food and drink),b attentive.
Food choice for lunch could have been more but what there was, was interesting and my choice was very good, and the portion size was appropriate.
Summer House is excellent in so many ways. The food is fun and delicious. We had a burger, a Brussels Sprout salad an the French Dip sandwich. All great. The service is notable. Very attentive. And also genuinly interested in ensuring you are having the best experience. The atmosphere is great. Feels like you're out in the open air. Loved it.
My daughter and I had dinner here on a Sunday night at 5:00 - we had reservations and were seated immediately. We had wanted to eat outside, but the indoor seating was so light and bright and fun that we felt like we were outside! Our server was fantastic and friendly, and even offered to take a picture of us. We had the barata appetizer, which was wonderful, and then 2 salads which were great - our favorite was the kale and peach. We had a warm cookie with ice cream for dessert - utterly decadent and fantastic! Highly recommend the chocolate chip sea salt and the peanut butter cookies. Overall, a wonderful, fun, fresh experience - and we even found street parking just a short block away. Loved Summer House Santa Monica!
Decided to try this out for a girls' weekend brunch, and it did not disappoint! My GF friend was floored by the completely separate GF menu, and we all love the airy, laid back ambiance of the Vitamin D room. From the cold pressed orange juice to the delightful mimosas, Summer House is definitely on our list of places to visit again!
We were excited to go to Summer House for a girls night out. But left super disappointed. I have a food allergy that I made quite clear and asked our server to confirm if I could order the fish tacos. She said the chef cleared it and that I could not have the quacamole. When my entree arrived it was a slab of fish, a large slice of tomato, and some tortillas. None of the accoutrements were included: rice and beans, salsas, etc. After quite some time we flagged down a wait staff to inquire about my order and our waitress finally came back to tell me there was coriander in the rice and beans. for a nearly $30 meal had i known this i would have ordered something else. I did end up ordering the katsu chicken which was fine... it lacked the cucumber salad described just a pile of cucumbers and my friend's burger was missing the grilled onions. The appetizer however was a pleasant surprise tune watermelon tostadas which came with a smart little allergy flag. The rose was great. The service was so slow we forgot what our waitress looked like. I know a lot of people love this place but I don't think i can we swayed to go back.
I have been to Summer House on several occasions and it is always good. The atmosphere is fun and does have a Santa Monica feel to it...which is hard to accomplish in downtown Chicago. There were four of us eating and every one of like our meal - one had the salmon dinner, one had tacos, and two had the quinoa bowl with salmon. Everything was delicious, and the prices are very reasonable for Chicago.
I had made a reservation for 4 and called to increase it to 4. They were very nice about it. Gave us a great booth.
Our server, and other staff, were so attentive, patient and helpful with suggestions and giving us time to catch up before we ordered. Good was delicious!
They also have a great gluten free menu!
Can't wait to go back!!
I convinced my parents to leave the suburbs and meet me for dinner. My mom, suffering back and leg pain, was concerned if she would be comfortable and enjoy the food. She was absolutely thrilled with the décor and her hamburger. The ice cream cookie sandwich was the topper!!!
I love coming to Summer House. From the fun flavored waters that are always there for when you are waiting to be seated. The atmosphere is so bright and makes me feel so happy. My servers are always extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The food is so delicious, and
The service is very competent, from the hosts to the busboys. First time I was there, I had the French toast which is exceptional. This time, I had the chicken and waffles which was subpar. The chicken was basically chicken nuggets and a waffle was flabby and uninteresting. We also ordered a single pancake which was chock-full of blueberries but the better had too much gluten and was tough.
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