Summer House Santa Monica, a California Wine focused restaurant in Lincoln Park with an casual vibe and a very eclectic menu. The space is very open with the front of the restaurant with garage doors opening onto a patio. The walls were white slat boards that reminded me of a seafood shack on the beach. The floor was cement and much of the furniture was similar to patio furniture. The look was very casual which extended into the dress of the wait staff, blue jeans and navy blue gingham shirts. Much of the dining room had a large skylight, the rest was open with exposed ventilation and trellises. The wine list features a lot of reasonably priced California Wines as well as cocktails and beer. While there was some nice looking wine on the list, I wasn't in the mood for wine and ordered a cocktail to start things off. My drink was called High Tide and featured Few Breakfast Gin, North Shore Aquavit, St. Germaine, Lemon, Tarragon, and a Cucumber garnish. While it wasn't listed, I think it also had some tonic water, because it was sparkling. In any case, it was cool and very refreshing and I enjoyed it while I perused the food menu and waited for my order.
I will say that while the food was good and the staff was friendly, I had a little problem with the pricing versus the casual atmosphere. A casual restaurant should be a little less expensive. While the food served was appropriately priced, it was too nice for a casual restaurant. While I may return, because it is friendly and the food is good, it won't be a solo endeavour.