Summit House Restaurant - Seattle
Summit House Restaurant - Seattle

Summit House Restaurant - Seattle

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://crystalmountainresort.com/Summer-Activities/Summit-House
  • Phone: (360) 663-3085
  • Hours of Operation:
    Winter operation hours are 7 days a week 10:30AM to 2:45PM, weather permitting. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your reservation to allow for ticketing, restroom break, and gondola ride up. Please wear proper footwear, as you will be transiting from the gondola to the restaurant on compact snow.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Northwest
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Summit House Restaurant - Seattle reviews from OpenTable diners
205 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (192)great for outdoor dining (137)great for lunch (122)special occasion (102)kid-friendly (49)romantic (48)great for brunch (36)good for groups (35)fit for foodies (28)hot spot (10)notable wine list (9)neighborhood gem (6)Show More
  • Simply one of the best experiences
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    Simply one of the best experiences we have had in a long time. The food was tremendous and was on par with the great steak houses of Seattle. Well done Summit House!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I found your website frustrating
    Darkeye
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    I found your website frustrating to use. It wouldn't let me book 3 people at one time and I had to do 3 individual bookings which required me to use three seperate emails for confirmations and two different computers. Also, the website for the restaurant told me to book for either 7:15am or 7:30am, yet your drop down options were for 7am or 7:30.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An OK Move for First Tracks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    Worth it for first tracks in Green Valley, especially with any notable snowfall. But...after being shuttled up in the gondola we waited over 15 minutes for the breakfast to arrive. Then, the eggs were cold and therefore not tasty, the sausages were just weird - as if they were merely boiled only - but should have also been fried, and I was craving crunchy wheat bread to go with the cold eggs. Also, because of the delay, we were rushed to finish eating before being "released" into Green Valley. The $29 cost to me was pretty much the value of food, generic food, and first tracks. The quality of the buffet seems to have gone down since last year.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful place to take a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/11/2012
    Beautiful place to take a break from skiing. Food was delicious and service was exceptionally friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • what a difference a day makes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    we came on Friday 09th and had a a wonderful experience and great service, 24 hours later we waited 30 mins for the table we had reserved a week or so in advance. Our daughter is only 3. We had to wait approx an hour before food was served and that was after reminders from us. What a difference 24 hours makes. Yes it was a Saturday and you expect the restaurant to be busier and yes the weather was not as food as Friday so therefore more people perhaps wanting to come into the warm but that shouldnt have resulted in such a wait for the table and for the food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waited nearly 15 mins for
    beaner
    Dined on 3/8/2012
    Waited nearly 15 mins for reservation. 1/2 hr later no sign of a server or even water. Had to ask for menus. All meals except 1 arrived timely. Server finally came & was most accommodating. Restaurant seemed not prepared. The view is great on a nice day. Will give it one more try. High priced for quality received.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My first trip to the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2012
    My first trip to the restaurant after my wife went their with a group. The food was very good for a ski resort. We arrived right at our reservation time and were seated immediately. We were warned that the neighborhood was rowdy and responded that we could compete. Then the crowd came and it took a little while to get our order. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best view and food spot in state
    Alex
    Dined on 3/4/2012
    Food and service has really improved. Best Seattle Area restaurant combing both view and food. Everyone should go here once, then maybe one more time when they have a visitor in town. Nothing like it in the state, if there is let me know.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our second visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/27/2012
    This was our second visit and we'll be back again and again! Loved our lunch date!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Skiing was great - food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/26/2012
    Skiing was great - food was good. Was a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way over rated ! If it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    Way over rated ! If it was not for the view the place would go out of buisness. Super over priced food plus the cost of the Gondola ride, makes for a very expensive dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had dinner at El Gaucho
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    I had dinner at El Gaucho about 2 weeks prior to eating at the Summit House - the Summit House was just as good and a lot more fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view, ok food, nasty coffee
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/23/2012
    This is on a 7000' ridge near Mt Rainier so the view is nothing short of amazing. Staff is friendly and needs to be waived down to get attention. Food quality is good, but value/price lowers score. The 'French press' coffee looked like light brown, chocolate-water and was undrinkable.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • James from Redmond, WA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/20/2012
    Good restaurant and very good and tasty food. The view and location could not be better than this. This is a beautiful location and my only wish is that you will keep it the way it is, even if it is difficult to get reservations. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/19/2012
    Service was excellent. Seafood fettucini was flavorful. Fries were very good. The Painted Hills steak was cooked properly, but did not have much flavor. We lunched on the occasion of my wife's birthday and were very pleased. This is the best (only) sit down option on the mountain. Everything else is cafeteria style.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the first tracks, not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/19/2012
    Go for the first tracks, not for the food. The food is OK, but the "coffee" neither looked nor tasted anything like coffee should. Overpriced, but I will probably still be a return customer if the forecast calls for a great powder day.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've been to the Summit House
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    I've been to the Summit House a handful of times this year & last for ski lunch. The location is perfect & the view stunning-- There's no denying that. That said, the service is consistently slow & poor. This time we sat at our table for 10 minutes waiting to be greeted by a server. I spoke to a hostess who sent someone. She was nice enough but the orders weren't right. The salad for fries substitution didn't happen & the sauce on the side was forgotten. It took a while for our plates to be cleared and credit cards run. No surprise, but dissappointing. The menu itself is confused. Back to basics, please! Bottom line: It's getting harder & harder to justify spending money on poor service & mediocre food no matter how perfect the set
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There are two phases to the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    There are two phases to the breakfast. The food and the skiing. The quality of the food part of the breakfast has dropped dramatically from last year. I rate the food a two out of five. Last year they offered waffles and pastries, but those items are long gone. And they don't seem prepared for the breakfast as you have to wait to get the overcooked scrambled eggs and potatoes with way to much seasoning. The coffee is not great. The bacon is by far the best part of the meal. This year the breakfast is $5 more and 1/3 less variety and quality. O
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unbelievable views at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2012
    Unbelievable views at the top of the mountain at Crystal Mountain Resort. Definitely worth the gondola ride on a clear day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The seafood fettucini was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    The seafood fettucini was wonderful, both the aroma of browned butter and the nutty, richtaste. I'm already trying to duplicate it at home. Thank you for a wonderfulexperience.Mary Peterson
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, bad steak.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    The atmosphere was fun and the food was great EXCEPT for the steak. I have had MUCH better steak off my own grill. The poor steak was a surprise considering the fantastic appetizers. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Took my MIL here for her birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    Took my MIL here for her birthday dinner. Clearly stated we were celebrating a birthday when I made the reservation. Made it for 5 pm hoping if we were there for the first seating of dinner we might get a window seat.Hostess took us to a table in the middle of the restaurant next to a huge table of loud skiiers. We saw there were 3 or 4 empty window tables.When we asked if one was available she said "Oh they're all reserved". She was being dishonest as it clearly states in their policies they don't reserve window seats. Then at the end of dinner our waiter said "I'd sing you happy birthday but my voice isn't very good". Paid good money for dishonest and mediocre service. Food was ok. The view is the only thing going for this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is definitely a spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    This is definitely a spot for foodies! Timely and professional service. Portions are large enough to share. Try the Saigon Burger-shaved veggies and a delicious sauce. The soups are always delicious. You can't beat the view on a sunny day with Mt. Rainier looming just outside the windows. French Lemonades are addictive at the apres ski on Saturdays!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular view on sunny
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/5/2012
    Spectacular view on sunny days! It feels like you can touch MT Rainier! Summit house continues to improve.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We decided to spend a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/5/2012
    We decided to spend a little extra and went for the First Trax breakfast at the Summit. The location couldn't have been any better and the view was breathtaking. We went on a sunny day and could clearly see Mt Rainier and all the mountain ranges. The service was great. The food was good considering the location (hearty scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, homemade oatmeal mixed with nuts and dried fruits, granola) but think the breakfast price should include the gondola ride instead of having to pay separately.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What an experience. Close
    1ExoticPrincess
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    What an experience. Close enough to drive to even if you didn't ski that day. Every dish was fantastic, all the employees were friendly and efficient. Getting the gondola ride included or discounted off the meal would ve nice though. Overall fantastic experience, weather was clear and cold but view and sunset was to die for.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too many people were camping
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    Too many people were camping out at tables. Long wait for guests to be seated. I recommend management provide a Captains Table for people who want to stay in restaurant to read and relax vs. grab a meal and go. Service was also off. Confused waitress, waitress was unfamiliar with new menu. No one expiditing entree's from kitchen. Dont know where the train rain off track. Room is too small to be that overwhelmed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Great view.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    Great place for lunch when skiing at Crystal Mountain. Great food! I highly recommend reservations if you are planning on eating there on Saturday or Sunday as there were many people that were trying to get tables that did not have reservations. Our reservations were for 11:30, the restaurant opens at 11:00 and since we got there at 11:30 the food was a bit slow getting to us. I would definitely eat there again, but would make my reservation for either 11:00, or noon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Friday!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    Menu was a little limited, but lunch was good. Service was good and she did separate checks without a hassle! Beer choice was limited but turned out ok. Can't beat the view!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Summit House, how I do love thee.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    I was a little unsure at first. In my experience places that have an avg. price of $19-$21 for an entree have had small portions and my tastebuds have not been tantalized. That is NOT so with Summit House. The food was very reasonably priced for the portions you receive. Not to mention the presentation was beautiful. Add all that to the breathtaking view and warm, friendly servers and you've got a top-notch restaurant that is on my "top-ten" dining experiences list. This was THE best choice for lunch with my newlywed brother & his bride.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waitress rushed us the entire
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    Waitress rushed us the entire time. Do not remember her name. A great restaurant overall. Came late to the restaurant and they held a table for the two of us. The hosts made sure we were comfortable and seated. Good food, little beer selection (two beers on tap), but still good beers. Cool environment. Go on a sunny day and you will not forget it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this place on top of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    I love this place on top of the world. Though I was sad to see it change from a warming hut where you could grab a cup of chili and dry out by the fire, I continue my lunch tradition on top of Crystal, and have come to enjoy the creature comfort of being served at one of my favorite magical spots. The Gondola, of course, has changed this place to now require a reservation for a sure thing - but so far, with the advent of Open Table handling the reservations, I have been able to enjoy a break in my ski day without delay. When I reload my gocard on the Crystal website for my next day of skiing, i always remember to make my res at Summit House at the same time. The menu now is quite small, but the food is good - service sweet. And location!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better than the lodge.
    KatieVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    If you want a better, more relaxing place to eat than the lodge when you are skiing at Crystal, this is it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even though they have a captive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    Even though they have a captive audience (the restaurant is at the top of the Crystal Mountain Ski resort's Gondola), the food and service are quite good. Much better fare than your usual ski food cafeteria or even bar offerings. And the view of Mt. Rainier (clear days) is absolutely stunning. They have a home made ginger ale made with real ginger that is too die for. Their poached seafood salad is wonderful and quite a good size with plenty of seafood (prawns, halibut cheeks, and a mini lobster). A very civilized way to pause for lunch on your ski outing. Tip - since the gondola opened, reservations are a must in the ski season even during the week as non-skiers come up for lunch as well.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my second time dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    This was my second time dining at Summit House. Both times my party just came specifically for the awesome idea of eating at the highest restaurant in WA with a GREAT view. Taking a gondola ride up to the restaurant is both fun and exciting!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/23/2012
    We ordered short ribs for two and Latin hot pot for two. After 20 minutes we thought our food were arriving when the server put down pot holders and large spoons. But another 20 minutes passed by and still no food. Finally we asked what's going on. It seems the kitchen had forgotten our order and the server offered to have our beverages on the house. The food was pretty good, too bad they were too busy to notice our order was forgottn, it really affected our overall experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to dine!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/23/2012
    After an awesome first year, my girlfriend and I decided to hit the slopes at Crystal and had to checkout this restauarant. Who doesn't want to dine at the highest point in Washington State? The atmosphere is snow cabinish and the layout is very open. Lots of windows so the whole dining area has a great view. Service was on point. Our waiter went over the menu with us, and offered up some house specialties in ginger ale and fresh lemonade. We watched them make both glasses, with love lol, and both drinks were amazing. Ginger ale with fresh ginger was one of the best non-alcoholic drinks I've had out. We both went with the steak, and yet another great choice. Made to perfection and not over priced. Highly recommend checking this place out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We took a friend to the Summit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    We took a friend to the Summit House restaurant for her birthday on a blustery January afternoon. The main perk of this place is that it sits on top of the ridge at the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, elevation 6872 feet. In the summer, the view is probably spectacular. Being the dead of winter, we had views of grey skies, blowing snow and skiers, which was also fun. The food's a bit pricey, but one would expect that in a remote (and exclusive) location. The service was fine. The menu is somewhat limited but the food was good, having a pub feel to it at lunchtime. And once you've braved the elements to make it up the side of the mountain, honestly, everything tastes better than it normally would! :-)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best dinning option on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/15/2012
    The best dinning option on crystal mountain. Great food although limited menu. Slice of civilization after crowded lift lines and chaotic lodges down below.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • they changed the chef from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/15/2012
    they changed the chef from last year and the food now is TERRIBLE!!!! the breakfast was a joke with undercooked bacon and a big mess.... I had lunch there last week and NO FISH ON THE MENU (scalops is not a fish)Please go back to the last chef, please place the Rainier chowder back on the menu
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic