Summer Canteen
Summer Canteen

Summer Canteen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.summercanteen.com/
  • Phone: (818) 985-6611
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai, Vietnamese, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Riverside Dr
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Summer Canteen
A unique blend of southeast Asian food from Vietnam, Thailand and Burma. We offer authentic dishes as well as some fusion with a twist. Great wine selections. Our beers are from craft breweries which are paired with delicious Asian appetizers.
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Summer Canteen reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (9)good for groups (7)great for lunch (7)neighborhood gem (7)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Healthy but Delicious Thai
    sherry
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This restaurant has a slightly different take on Thai/Asian. All of the sauces are very light but extremely flavorful. The egg rolls are maybe the size of a cigarette but still have that wonderful flavor. My favorite appetizer is the savory nibbles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 43 reviews are from the Summer Canteen reviews archive.
  • much too loud music
    irmaglutz
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    3 of us went for an early dinner prior to the theatre... the ambience is not to my pleasure, because it's very industrial and loud .. no ceiling and exposed a/c ducting etc, which was trendy... . everything was fine, the food was good, service too.. but the music kept getting louder, and louder at 6pm to 7pm.. there were only 3 tables with patrons inside and a couple outside, but we had to increase our speaking volume to be able to be heard while trying to have a dinner conversation... Impossible eventually, so I did ask them to please turn down the music, and they graciously did.. but it's unbelievable... what's with these restaurants...why do they think people need their loud music... instead of each other????
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CURRY DELIGHT
    SLTA
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Being a vegetarian, I had their curry noodle. It was so tasty. My friend had the beef salad and said it was good, but has tasted better. Since it is out of my area, I would not be able to frequent this place, but if I lived in the neighborhood, I would go their often.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Thai Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Summer Canteen puts out some of the best Thai food around. I just wish it were closer to home. We'd really eat here more often. The food is always absolutely delicious, beautifully plated and thoroughly enjoyed every time we come here. The waitstaff is very attentive and efficient. This time we had the Burmese tea salad, Black pepper sole, Panang beef curry and Pad see u. All terrific ... can't wait till we go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Reasonably priced alternative to the usual lunch spot. Fresh and flavorful dishes. Healthy too. Service can be spotty when it comes to tracking down your check.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really great food!
    LunchtimeLarry
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This place serves great Asian food with a little Singapore style! Delicious! Must try! Service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thai
    lizzie
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    fresh, well-displayed, and spicy food! intimate spot and friendly waiter/ess. tom yum was tasty, but baby corn was from a can, when i specifically asked for all fresh veggies. a great date spot.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I keep looking for a Thai restaurant with better Pad Thai than my local little place, and this is not it...I will say their coconut soup and beef pho soup were delicious. I had to smell the soup, just to take in all the spices. Mmmm...really exotic. I've never had pho soup, so I'm not an expert, but the flavor was really nice. It's not a fancy place, and it doesn't pretend to be. Perhaps it's best suited as a lunch spot.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food and great beer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    I love the Summer Canteen. The Thai food is always very good and not just the same old thing... For instance, one of my favorites is their Burmese Tea Leaf Salad; made with cashews, tea leaves, and fresh veggies it's light and tasty. The curries are also great. The beer selection is unusual for a small restaurant in that they feature a number of craft and Belgian beers on tap with a good selection in bottles, too. Service is attentive and the waitstaff is very friendly...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Thai
    Rusnak
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    I've lived in the valley for many years and while there are a ton of Thai places, most are mom and pop shops with little ambiance and no great vibe. This has it all. GREAT tasting food, but also a cool atmosphere that is casual but could also be a fun date place. Interesting selections and incredible Thai Tea Creme Brulee. It's also got all the basic favorites-- pad thai, som tam, mango sticky rice. Best of all, it doesn't break the bank. I would definitely recommend here over most Thai places around the valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy Reasonable Lunch Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Tasty fresh food. Nice for lunch. Can be hard to get your check once you have finished eating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant discovery -- really
    Blackie
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Pleasant discovery -- really appreciated, and enjoyed the staff, upbeat,friendly, extremely helpful, and knowledgeable .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh & Tasty Neighborhood Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    Not your run of the mill Thai place. Interesting selections and reasonably priced lunch options. Great option when a sandwich won't do.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your usual Thai spot
    ShelleyG
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    This place is described as a Thai restaurant with Vietnamese and Burmese fusion/influences. This seems to be the only Burmese restaurant in any distance within the Valley, which I've been on the search for. The food, service, and ambiance were all great! Had the tea leaf salad, yellow curry noodles, and the green curry with brown rice. All were very delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    starfood13
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    We go here for lunch offend...I could eat here everyday. :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Chef is amazing. Beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    The Chef is amazing. Beautiful presentation and the taste so flavorful! Definitely a neighborhood gem!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pad Thai was quite good. Service
    LeChatNoirVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    Pad Thai was quite good. Service was horribly slow. Ambiance was uninteresting. Restaurant is too loud. I wouldn't go back, but might order take out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is very good. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    The food is very good. The ambience is bright, lots of big windows. Simple, hip furnishings. Long tables. I had been there for dinner several times and it was almost empty so quiet. This time I went at lunch time and it was packed so noisy. Good lunch specials for 5.99. Near the studios etc. so popular for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful!! Did not disappoint. Read the Yulp reviews & had read a article from Westways on sm. neighboohood spots. Decided to go for it, since it was a special occasion and wanted a low key enviroment. So many wonderful selections. We were a party of 4 and all of us enjoyed our entrees and will defiently be back for more. What a mix of texture, heat, and yumminess !! Thank You Yelp !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    The food was very good. We will try to work our way through the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food here was typically Thai
    bgnsoVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    Food here was typically Thai and very well prepared and served. Nice, clean place
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my first time here.
    NickieVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    This was my first time here. The setup is very pretty, the food was delicious and ridiculously affordable, and the waitresses were all very nice. This was a great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is HOT!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    "Medium spicy" equated to "burn your mouth off spicy" in our book, and we're Thai foodies. Nevertheless, the spicy basil with ground chicken rocked the house!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Might give it a 2nd chance ...
    GracieVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    I took my brother to lunch who is visiting from out of town. It was my first visit as well. I found the menu interesting and though I was looking for more choice, I settled with a standard (Orange Chicken) while my brother ordered the Summer Rice. My dish came over cooked... dry chicken and I do not do so well. My brothers dish was wonderful. They took back my dish and offered to make another, but my experiences in restaurants teach me to say "no thank you, I am not interested in chancing it again". Since the menu is limiting (though interesting) and my diet not allowing much of the other choices, I passed. They handled the situation very well and I may give it a chance another time once this experience fades. The staff is
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  • Summer fried rice is to die!
    HammyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    Summer fried rice is to die! Amazing flavora in every dish. 5$ beers and wines.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The pad Thai and green curry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/29/2012
    The pad Thai and green curry and shrimp wrap were amazing! The decor is simple and unpretentious. Great low key spot with friends who just want good food and casual atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • For personal lunch or casual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2012
    For personal lunch or casual lunch spot OK - yet for a dinner would only consider for a very casual dinner experience. Concrete floors, hard benches & chairs for seating. A "buffet" lunch couknter setting. More Asian fushion with limited menu. As for food quality- fair to good. Yet nothing noteable or outstanding. Fair food for fair price.
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  • A distinctive Thai place
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2012
    Been here twice now, and I'm in love with this place. Even though I would hesitate to say this is a "more authentic" Thai restaurant, they do have some items on the menu that are a little more exotic than the usual. In any case, everything I've tried here has been spectacular. Most recently I shared the curry noodles and the garlic pepper stir fried fish. Both were truly remarkable. And you can't miss the "savory nibbles" appetizer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Thai food in the east
    SDBcruiseVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2012
    Best Thai food in the east valley. Delicious, unusual, gourmet, Thai cuisine!!!! I yearn for their summer rolls!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great dining experience.
    UberskiperVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    A great dining experience. Cool atmosphere, very friendly staff. Easy parking in the structure below. I'd definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great casual dining!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2012
    Superb service! Lots of variety in the menu, without having 17 pages to look through. And the cheapest wine in LA!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better Than Expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    The service was great! We really enjoyed Summer Canteen. The nibbles were yummy and the Tom Kah (coconut milk, chicken, etc.) soup was the best I've ever had!! Wow. We will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was a great surprise to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/20/2012
    It was a great surprise to find this restaurant within walking distance of my home. The food is good and the prices are reasonable. There is plenty of room and outdoor tables for the day time. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was great. The
    Blazer503
    Dined on 3/16/2012
    The service was great. The salmon kham wan was an interesting treat. Everything was very tasty although it did seem to take longer than usual to come out of the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Glad we found this place
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    We found this place here on Open Table (1000 points!) and we're glad we did. Cool, modern space in Toluca Lake. Service is very sweet. And the food is delicious. Slightly Americanized, but that's okay with me. Flavors are complex, and they have a wide range of Thai favorites. We plan to be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was delicious, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/22/2012
    The food was delicious, but I DESPISE the long wait for my lunch special!!! No one in my party ordered anything time consuming! It's weird too, it's a Thai restaurant and they give fortune cookies at the end? Go figure.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good Thai food in a casual
    rgzspickVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    Very good Thai food in a casual setting; we liked the orange chicken and the walnut shrimp; the chicken satay is a very good appetizer, done well here. A place that you can go to whenever you want very good Thai food in the Valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was great and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    The food was great and the prices are reasonable. I'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The walnut shrimp was terrific.
    patsVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    The walnut shrimp was terrific. We plan on going back. Worth a try. Free parking is also a nice change.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It really is a neighborhood
    AiboERS7VIP
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    It really is a neighborhood gem with high quality thai food
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate