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Summer House Santa Monica, Chicago, IL

Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
4.7
6187 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Summer House is the place for sunshine all year round. Warm, laid-back West Coast vibes fill the restaurant making it a top Instagrammable destination, complete with beach house décor, a beautiful retractable glass ceiling, and an all-seasons courtyard patio.

The California-inspired menu from Chef Ben Goodnick highlights seasonal specialties made from scratch with locally sourced produce and fresh ingredients, along with market-driven pasta, artisan pizzas, and antipasti. Although the menu changes often with seasonal items, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are always provided.

At the Bakery counter, enjoy an irresistible selection of house-baked pastries, sourdough English muffins and signature oversized cookies, and more.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 297 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:00 am–9:00 pm Thu, Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 634-4100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Divisional Chef Ben Goodnick

  • Catering

    Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Summer House features a menu that spotlights locally sourced produce & ingredients. Contact us to learn about safe indoor private party dining options 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.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Helen Tsilora: (773) 634-4100

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Cross street

    Armitage

  • Parking details

    Free and paid street parking is available on Halsted, and around the corner along Armitage. Valet parking is available for $15 cash

  • Public transit

    Just southeast of the Armitage stop on the Brown Line. Halsted Bus, Route #8 Armitage Bus, Route #73

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,187 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    Most Booked

  • Chicago

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  1. K

    Kuno

    Chicago

    139 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    139 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Decided to take a second date to experience Summer House for brunch. As always this restaurant is happening, the food, champagne, service and ambience is very good. A must try experience if ever in the area.
  2. CK

    CatK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Inviting atmosphere, friendly staff and good food, although pricier than expected for what we ordered, likely due to inflation.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a group of 5 that wanted outside. We got the perfect table for 5 right by the outdoors. (All the outside tables were for 4. So grateful. Our waitress was great. We split some dishes and they pre split them and put on separate plates which was also very nice. We had a wonderful time for my birthday
  4. MC

    MarieC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful 😍
  5. T

    Taya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My party of 6 was seated very warmly and our server was very attentive!
  6. SO

    SarahO

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful space, delicious food. Brussel sprout salad was amazing!! Great little bakery with delicious raspberry scones! Service was phenomenal too!
  7. d

    diannac

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good! Server was excellent his name was jimmy d! My only issue was noise level was high but we have tinnitus so I notice when levels are high. Great atmosphere and decor.
  8. AS

    AmyS

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Such great drinks and so many great plates to share!
  9. H

    Hank

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a pleasant lunch. The food is very good as well as the service. The skylight adds a very nice ambiance on a cool but sunny day.
  10. A

    Asubean

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I love this place. One of my favorites. It’s beautiful. Our waiter was superb. But I was disappointed to find the food to be less spectacular than normal. It was all room temperature or cold. The fries were completely stale. As if they’d been sitting under a heat lamp for a long time, or reheated in the microwave. Prices were inconsistent. $11 for a giant plate of fries. No one needs that many fries. $12 for a piece of cake. Both ridiculous. But entrees were priced fairly. I was just disappointed to see the quality of food had gone down. And having none of our food hot was really awful.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Going away party with good friends
  12. B

    Borgie

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    One of my fave lunch spots in town! Ambiance, location, food, servers…. all lovely. But I keep telling you, your hostesses are either ignorant or arrogant. A simple smile and a ‘hello how are you’ or a ‘ can I help you’ seems impossible. Might me the make up mask that makes it impossible ;)
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We showed up 45 minutes early for our reservation with one less person than expected and they were very accommodating. Service was awesome! Food awesome! Atmosphere awesome! Great place.
  14. ET

    ETWP

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Everything was just OK. Our server was kind but food took a really long time to arrive (almost 70 minutes), the Margherita pizza was more like a plain cheese (looked nothing like a Margherita as you would expect, or as the menu photo shows it) but it was tasty for a plain cheese pizza. Halibut was a little dry. Not the best dining experience but not the worst. Just ok.
  15. ER

    ERICA

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This place definitely puts you in Santa Monica. Everything was great except they didn't have pulp-free orange juice-lol. Not a big deal but pulp in a mimosa is not good. The pancakes were 12 inches in diameter!! Sooo good. No complaints about the various cocktails- we tried several. We had the turkey club, the chicken, prime rib meatballs, and very good bacon. Just a good time. It was worth the 30 minute drive. Great girls day brunch!
  16. F

    Fritzy10

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, fantastic ambiance, amazing food and cocktails! It's a must go for brunch!
  17. J

    Jd1231

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I always enjoy my visits to Summer house. Our waiter Daniel was great.
  18. SB

    SlickB

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Host, server and all the staff encountered were all very nice! But the food (Baja tacos) were just ok - not great.. The single tortilla made the taco a little hard to not fall apart… and the dessert (salted chocolate chip cookie) was dry and uninspired.
  19. AB

    AlexandraB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Since there are birds flying around in the main area, a bird pooped on my leg during my meal. They gave me a complimentary dessert.
  20. c

    chez

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of our friends is in a wheelchair and she felt very comfortable. Thank you for that. Fan for life.
  21. HC

    HuguetteC

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server and service. Ambiance was great as well and bright.
  22. L

    Lford

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lunch with friends! A little noisy for older friends…..missed a lot of conversation! Would be nice if some parts of thecresrmtaurant were a little quieter! D
  23. LF

    LeahFlah

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Moises was amazing! He went above and beyond to make our brunch an incredible and fun experience. Thank you!
  24. CL

    CaitlynnL

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went for a brunch as part of a bachelorette party getaway! It was perfect and so beautiful! We planned ahead and made a reservation! Everything was great!!
  25. d

    diamondeb

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great meal here with a wonderful vibe Highly recommend
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Service and food not what it once was.
  27. PM

    PM48

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was absolutely amazing tonight! Additionally, I truly appreciated the fact that the staff saw my note about wanting a table near the front/open air section of the restaurant too. Very pleased with everything.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Service was a bit slow and delayed but overall great experience and will continue to come back to one of our favorites.
  29. a

    anonymous

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful location. Outdoor seating, covered outdoor seating, main dining room with glass ceiling. Food is over priced for what you receive but ambiance is lovely. I did not especially like the appetizer and entree I ordered.
  30. CH

    CHERIG

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the crab/shrimp salad, and it was very good but an extremely small portion for an entre. More like an over-priced appetizer at $25.
  31. t

    tylers

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the delicious house salad (Toma cheese, yum) and delicate halibut with sucotash.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t wait to come back, everything was amazing
  33. AS

    ArleneS

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a winner!!!
  34. DB

    DebbieB

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Noisy for during the day. Good service. Little expensive for lunch.
  35. VY

    VYou

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Service was great and loved the summer feel of the restaurant, but I honestly wasn't very impressed by the food especially given the price. Was expecting higher quality food for the price.
  36. LP

    chiLP

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is always a solid.
  37. S

    Sylsi

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated exactly at our reservation time. The wait staff was very good. They made the time very comfortable, giving us time to choose our main course after selecting an appetizer. They conversed with us and that makes for added comfort. Food was excellent and brought out all at the same time.
  38. DT

    DanielleT

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. Was even able to watch the Bears game!
  39. G

    Gwen

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Lots of birds were in the restaurant....more than normal. Maybe the screen should be used more often and customers should be encouraged not to feed the birds. Won't recommend until that is under control and I really like Summer House.
  40. MD

    MomDiner

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Summer House is a fun, casual, and tasty place to meet with friends for an evening out. The cocktail menu is very good. We loved the mocktail menu for those who were not drinking but wanted the taste of a sophisticated drink. It was crowded so the service and food delivery time was a little spotty but that didn't ruin the experience. There is so much variety and creativity with the food that it's the perfect place to take large groups so you can please everyone. The dessert "bar" with all of the different cookies and rice crispie treats was fun and tasty. Our only minor knock was the value. Everything on the menu was a little more expensive than the quality warranted.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Summer House Santa Monica using the Order Online button. Summer House Santa Monica also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Summer House Santa Monica also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 634-4100.

Summer House Santa Monica is rated 4.7 stars by 6187 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 297 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Google Map for Summer House Santa Monica

1954 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Armitage

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:00 am–9:00 pm Thu, Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free and paid street parking is available on Halsted, and around the corner along Armitage. Valet parking is available for $15 cash

  • Public transit

    Just southeast of the Armitage stop on the Brown Line. Halsted Bus, Route #8 Armitage Bus, Route #73

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Divisional Chef Ben Goodnick

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (773) 634-4100

  • Catering

    Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Summer House features a menu that spotlights locally sourced produce & ingredients. Contact us to learn about safe indoor private party dining options 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.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Helen Tsilora: (773) 634-4100

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