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Summit House Restaurant - Seattle
Summit House Restaurant - Seattle

Summit House Restaurant - Seattle Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://crystalmountainresort.com/Summer-Activities/Summit-House
  • Phone: (360) 663-3085
  • Hours of Operation: The Summit House is open daily for lunch during the winter ski season. Visit crystalmountainresort.com for more information.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest, American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hwy 410 E
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is located in the Crystal Mountain base area parking lots.
A word from Summit House Restaurant - Seattle
The Summit House is Washington state’s highest elevation restaurant. It is perched at the top of Crystal Mountain Resort at 6,872' and is accessed by the Mt. Rainier Gondola. The menu features local ingredients and is inspired by both Pacific Northwest and Global Alpine cuisine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "It's worth it to get there and worth it to pay the gondola ticket up. The view is beyond belief and the food was very good too."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It was wonderful, so glad a friend recommended it, the hi-lite of my trip."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "When I was at age 8 I learned how to ski and snowboard from the traning school down at the base area. So I decided to bring my girlfriend to experience a little something and share a bit of my past. Great food, amazing atmosphere on clear sunny days, and great vibes from the waitresses. Also a great way to get out of society and be one with nature and your favorite mountain in the PNW!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had a fantastic time and the food was great. The ambiance was wonderful, as the skies were clear and mountains out to show off. Thank you for adding to our wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The view is the reason you go here. Mt Rainier stares you in the face, but the food is also very good too. Refreshing house made ginger ale. Delicately battered, delicious fish and chips. Fresh and crisp salad with huge chicken chunks, and a Lumberjack Bloody Mary topped with bacon, pickle and a huge prawn. Yum!! But the view is the reason you go here."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Enjoyed a lovely lunch with my sister (we are both in our 70s). Beautiful day and beautiful view. Excellent foor although the chicken cherry salad sandwich could have had a few more cherries in it. Loved the cream puf desert."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I was incredibly disappointed in this restaurant. There were flies all over the windows, and after sitting there watching them crawl around for half an hour, we asked to be moved. The hostess gave us attitude and acted annoyed. She wouldn't let us sit outside instead, saying it was too complicated. We waited over an hour and a half for our food (a sandwich and a salad) and were not given bread we had ordered as an appetizer. My soda was refilled once during our lengthy stay, and my companion took my water since she couldn't get more for herself. The food was adequate, but nothing special. We were totally ignored by our server except when she took our order, delivered plates, and gave us our check. Other tables seemed to have the same issues"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Lunch at the Summit was wonderful. The service was well above average, the menu was limited but with an interesting selection, and the view, of course, was spectacular. Mount Rainier was just.... right there!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Absolutely beautiful day for lunch on the mountain with my friend who was new to the area. I have dined there four other times and this view experience was amazing. The food and entire visit was first rate!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "CM staff, WE came to Crystal with special friends from overseas. I and 1 guest ordered meals with fries. When they were served we BOTH asked for ketchup and salt (neither on table). sadly, we were done with our meal before condiments ever arrived (AFTER we had reminded our waiter 3X). THEN my wife ordered strawberry pear salld. No strawberries (need I say more) we spent $50 0n petrol; $100 on gondola; $100 on food. And one whole day of time spent = Really - Really BAD VALUE. BUT, the mountain (no credit to you) was amazing. If I thought it was worth the time, I would post a warning about you on Yelp. Dr. Bruce Norquist."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We had the impression this was more of a "fine dining" option, but it is not. The menu is more fancy bar food. Fortunately it is appropriately priced, however, adding in $22 per head to get up there makes it into a fine dining price point, except without the fine dining food. Out of the limited selection of options, our food was good and the service was good, and of course the view is exceptional, which is worth something. The ambience was awful because the music was inappropriate and way, way too loud (again for what we thought was going to be closer to a "fine dining" experience). It was like the music and ambience was more appropriate for the young, busy serving staff, not the customers. Next time we would eat at Snorting Elk."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The truffle fried fries are not to be overlooked! I had halibut and chips -- it melted in my mouth. Grandson ate the crystal mt burger. I'm not sure he even tasted it. But I heard "Ummm, ummm" several times"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "View was outstanding. Loved the ambiance. Food was acceptable for dinner. Would love to try lunch. (Fish was overcooked.) Waitress was lovely, helpful and positive."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Dining at the top of Crystal Mountain while viewing Mt. Rainier is a special experience, made even more so by the friendly staff. Food was served very quickly and was hot and delicious! There are windows all around to take in the view, but be forewarned; there were many flies, bees and wasps that were trapped inside trying to get out. They stayed on the windows and didn't bother us or our food sitting right next to them. The only issue was the seating policy. The entire outdoor patio had only a few people and was mostly empty, but they don't allow patrons to sit down and have a drink while they wait for their reservation. Many others, including families, were upset over this "once we seat you, we can't move you" policy."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food was good. View was great-absolutely amazing. The staff appeared under managed and unkempt. Everybody looked like they needed a shower. Overheard several of the staff gossiping. Waiter attempted to overcharge on the bill. If you order a pint, double check you are not charged for a stein."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Visited crystal on the day of a wine festival -- and it was busier than expected. Lunch wait times were about an hour long. Thankfully I made a reservation, that would be my advice, just to be safe."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was our second time to eat here. Both times were great, the wait staff is also fun and friendly. During the summer you really should make a reservation. When we arrived we got right in with our reservation, other people who didn't make a reservation were waiting in line for over an hour."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "On a beautiful Sat day with the expected crowd you should NOT run out of fresh grapefruit juice! The cioppino was ok, the bread that came with it terrible. My husband had the chicken salad sandwich which had enough chicken salad but came on a boring plate with no lettuce, tomato, nothing for color."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was really good and didn't take long to come out. The hostess however was quite rude and even though there were multiple tables free outside would not allow us to sit out side. We were there for my dad's 70th birthday treat. Won't be back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food is nothing to write home about - but that's OK, given the unique experience of dining on top of a mountain with amazing views of Rainier and the valleys. With the gondola ride up, it's an overall experience!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Made a reservation for the last time available in Open Table which is 5:45. We were a little late due to traffic and found out that they seat walk-ups up till 7:00 pm. They were kinda busy, mostly outside, so we had to wait a bit for the first visit from our waitress (Dani). She was very outgoing and enjoyable so it was forgivable. She took our order for an appetizer and entree. She brought us our wine and then about 15 minutes later, our entree. She apologized but she forgot to submit the appetizer order so we had dessert instead (which is not listed on the online menu). All the food was very good. The weather was gorgeous and Mt Rainier was out on all her glory. It was probably warm enough to eat outside but a little windy."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "A wonderful place to go for lunch or dinner. Although a limited menu selection, the food it excellent and the the wait staff very attentive without being interruptive. Of course, the view cannot be beat. All employees of the Crystal Mt area are extremely polite and desire to help. What a nice atmosphere and the tram ride to the restaurant is unbeatable! A great place to go for something different and pleasurable."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "With Mt Rainier seemingly within a baseball throw away, how could you go wrong. Wonderful gondola rise to the summit and fantastic food at the top."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great view of Mt. Rainier on a clear day! We got lucky. Good experience with gondola ride."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The sandwiches were quite good and the view is fantastic."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The Summit House at Crystal Mountain has become our go to dining spot for our anniversary. The last 3 years have been great and we plan on visiting every year on July 7th. We also take visitors there when they come from out of State. The view is one of the greatest in the State. The staff makes us feel like we are the most important people in the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The location of this place is amazing, right at the top of Crystal Mountain. The views from outside and along the window are incredible, but apparently these are the only seats that you cannot reserve. If you do place a reservation, ask for a good seat, if not, just wait for one to open up. It's worth it. Service is slow, but the food is pretty good."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The steak was perfect, very tasty and I would have it again, except for the fries. Like my boss at work, the fries were puny and out of place. The view is GREAT. My waiter did a great job of engaging us in entertaining chatter. The wine (Pinot Grigio) was crap, less than desirable, and too much $$$$. The gondola ride to the 6,800 ft elevation restaurant is fun and Mount Rainier stands proud and majestic as the backdrop. I would, and will return, but I might go for beer and bar food next time. Hard to find another place like this. So, overall, thumbs up!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Burger and truffle fries were excellent. Our entire group had a great time. What more could you ask for!?"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Summit House is a good 1st time visit. Overlook the food(fair) for outstanding views. No waiting in line for tower when u eat at Summit. Reservations a must!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great food but took awhile to get service as we could clearly view staff on their cell phones."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We have been to Summit Restaurant twice for lunch. The view is outstanding and the food was wonderful. Our granddaughter loved it the first time and our guests from New Orleans were in awe of the view. Having the gondola ride added to the fun. I highly recommend reservations. As we were leaving about 12:30 the line was out the door. I do wish if you can show a reservations email the gondola ride should be discounted. We look forward to taking more guests to the top of the mountain. Thank you for another wonderful day enjoying our food with a view."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food wasn't as good as it once was during their sunset dinner but still ok. The view is still incredible and worth the drive. Unfortunately, along with paying for the dinner, you also have to pay for the gondola ride which could make it a pricey evening."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had family visiting from AZ. It was our first trip too. Gondola ride was amazing. The restaurant was wonderful. Waitress was nice and friendly. We figured we would be paying for the amazing views. Much to our surprise, the food was very good! Our family was very impressed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We took guests from Texas here for lunch. The view of Mt. rainier is breathtaking. We had reservations and were seated immediately. Wait staff was pleasant and helpful, but let us linger enjoying the conversation, sunshine and the view, as well as lunch. Hearty portions. Will return!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "After hiking around tbe mountain summit, we enjoyed a delicious lunch on the patio overlooking Mt Ranier. THE MOST SCENIC meal I believe I've ever had! Plenty of lunch options from kid friendly to vegetarian. We had the chicken salad sandwich and the bruschetta. Both were yummy! We also took advantage of the full bar offerings since it was a holiday lunch!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I would definitely recommend a table by the window or eating out on the patio. I had the fish and chips which was very good. The waitress was knowledgeable and attentive."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We went to the restaurant for the amazing view but were pleasantly surprised at how excellent the food was. Large portions, all 4 meals were perfect, and the truffle fries were incredible."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "It is worth going to the Mt. Rainer ski area just for the lovely flowers, fresh fresh air and an Alpine theme Now you can almost touch the snow covered mountain year round taking the gondola to the summit house. The reastaurant is a must. A special date, engagment, anniversary or family outing to remember. Great food as well. Be sure to linger."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The view of Mt Ranier is incredible. The excellence of the food was a wonderful surprise."
    Dined on 6/30/2014