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Summer House Santa Monica, Chicago, IL

Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
4.7
6032 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

19:00


Booked 16 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

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 6,032 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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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. The shaved brussel sprout salad, pasta, grilled cheese, chicken tomatillo soup, cappuccinos, and chocolate chips cookies are amazingggg. Can’t wait to go back and try everything else.
  2. a

    anthonyfast

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    My wife and I went on a lunch date on a Monday. We had reservations and were seated promptly. We were seating in is in the middle of the restaurant with has a lot of skylights which was so bright for our taste. Drew, our waiter, was friendly, knowledgeable and very attentive to our needs and wants. We ordered the shaved Brussel sprouts salad and Costa Mesa salad both grilled salmon, a side of fries and a glass of wine. Everything was very good. Although we committed to a fancier experience the $90 tab (without tip) was a bit hard to swallow. Yes, prices are listed everywhere but still.
  3. K

    Katherine

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. Beautiful place and food is great and service is wonderful!!!
  4. B

    Brittany

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    The ambience is beautiful, although it’s very difficult to get a spot in the center of the restaurant which is the best place to be! The food is very underwhelming and service was not good. I will say the bakery is good!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sister and brother-in-law came to visit Chicago for the weekend, and I had to bring them to this beautiful spot! We started with the truffle fries and had one of the pizzas, the linguine with clams, and the salmon between us. We ate until we couldn't eat anymore! Our waiter was sweet and attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu. I will continue to be a patron! The only complaint would be the music was quite loud so all the patrons were quite loud to combat, but the overall experience was enjoyable.
  6. S

    Susan

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time to Summer House. Great ambiance and vibe. The corn pizza was delicious and the entrees were good. We had a very friendly server.
  7. EP

    EmmaP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great if you have anyone with you that can’t eat gluten!!
  8. KT

    KaelaT

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It’s always a great experience when my friends and I go for brunch. Great service, the food is amazing, could use less ice in the cocktails but still refreshing and original. The bakery bar is always so tempting, the cookies are soo delicious
  9. c

    coastdiner

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    The food & cocktails were great, and it is a fun & noisy place. The only drawback is the service is very slow. So, go to relax & don’t be in a hurry.
  10. DM

    DoriM

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Fun venue, excellent food and portions. A little noisy with a bit too much house music blaring overhead.
  11. d

    davido

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was awesome, the food was delicious. Choked on an espresso bean in my martini…worth it.
  12. a

    andrewthak

    Denver

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Food was great. Service pretty thin, two of three entrees arrived, the third one was 15 minutes late. No offer to take it off the bill or apologize.
  13. LM

    LalaM

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Had to wait 25 min to be seated but once seated everything was great. Super server and great food.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Awesome food, decor, and ambiance. Love this place.
  15. HB

    HayleyB

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Summer house was the best. We had a waitress switch was a bit confusing we were like, “who are u?”. Other than that the cocktails recs and timing for check + was excellent. This why my fav restaurant in LP!
  17. SZ

    StaceyZ

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Jimmy was amazing from the minute he walked up to our table.
  18. J

    Jollyoak

    Chicago

    251 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    251 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server. Delicious Brussels sprout salad. Always good!
  19. DL

    DanicaLW

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite of mine. This time I tried the seasonal offering of the peanut noodle salad with the addition of chicken. It was everything my taste buds could have asked for. I always recommend this spot for out of towners. It is beautiful, warm and inviting. It even makes winter feel like summer.
  20. JS

    JillS

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a nice and happy atmosphere for friends to enjoy
  21. PB

    PrestonB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance. Good fir a family. Large kids menu and awesome bakery desserts.
  22. c

    chidiner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    The timing of coursing out the food was ridiculous. After about 4 mins of receiving our appetizer the main course was delivered. This happened in front of server and she did absolutely nothing about our dissatisfaction of receiving our meals on top of our appetizers. Very disappointing service if you ask me.
  23. PB

    PattyB

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Overall we love summerhouse but there were hiccups last night, one entree plate arrived with crumbled up paper in the lettuce they took plate and returned with new one within minutes (we think they just removed paper). Never really mentioned it or apologized. Halibut was very good but salty. Restaurant was so cold, we were all freezing but manager did turn down fan when we asked.
  24. EW

    EvieW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner!! Our server was wonderful and she was training Beth. We had to stop at the bakery to grab some cookies, delish.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday lunch
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always a good choice
  27. DE

    DamionE

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    I had the linguine and baby clams...it was not good at all and my date was not happy with her pasta dish. The service was really good, though.
  28. LF

    LuluF

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The hostess was a bit snooty. The food was good but pretty pricey given the average portion size. A few flies buzzing around the table, but nice atmosphere otherwise if a bit noisy for my taste. I would go again, but only occasionally.
  29. LD

    LaDegustation

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Summer House has made our top pick list for a nice lunch with my toddler. He loves it there. Loves the food and waves to all the people. The kids’ meals are large portions.
  30. S

    Sarah

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great ambiance.The food was mediocre. The lobster roll needed some sauce and the flank steak was just ok. The frites are shoe string fries which are good but nothing fancy. The best part was the chocolate sea salt cookie with ice cream for my birthday. Best cookie dessert ever!!! We sat in the in the back patio which was nice. Our server was nice and other staff were attentive. Well kept bathrooms and friendly staff. Food for lettuce entertain you could be a bit better.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I had such a wonderful experience at Summer House. The food was great, the ambience was wonderful, and our server was just perfect. We had the tostadas and the peach pancakes and it was the perfect mic of sweet and savory for us to enjoy. I highly recommend this place. I can't wait to take some more friends there. Especially, friends from out if town. 10s all around!
  32. RB

    RhondaB

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great menu very well executed and always a lot of great energy!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    some of the best service we’ve ever had!
  34. c

    ckf2

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been there many times. Our server Nathan S. Was the best. He was very attentive and took care of our many needs.
  35. ML

    MollyL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to this place many times and food is great and the service is on point.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Was there for brunch. The food is usually very good and while not cheap non unreasonable. I honestly can’t say any of those things about the quality and cost of their brunch menu. Maybe an off day. The Chilaquiles quite possibly the worst I’ve had. Disappointing and expensive for a brunch in a cute spot.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, great for get togethers
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    The truffle chips is super salty by itself and the sauce was extremely salty too. Nice interior but if you want quieter environment you need to avoid meal time hours, super noisy.. The cocktail and meal in general were lovely!
  39. BN

    BridgetN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food, great vibe inside! Will be back
  40. VA

    VALA12

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time at this restaurant and hopefully not my last. The food was great. Our wait person Jimmy was very helpful and didn’t disappoint. We weren’t rushed. It was a wonderful evening!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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 6032 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for ChowNow
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Summer House Santa Monica

1954 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Armitage

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • 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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