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: 3606633085x
  • Hours of Operation:
    The Summit House is open daily for lunch from 10:30 am to 4:45 pm Sunday through Thursday, 10:30 am to 7 pm Friday and Saturday
  • 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 WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Summit House Restaurant - Seattle reviews from OpenTable diners
231 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (218)great for outdoor dining (141)great for lunch (138)special occasion (121)kid-friendly (64)romantic (62)great for brunch (45)good for groups (39)fit for foodies (24)neighborhood gem (10)hot spot (9)notable wine list (8)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Food was great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Summit House was a great place to come for my wife's birthday. The food was great, and the service was even better. the only complaint that I would have is the $22 per person Gondola ride to get to the restaurant. I would think there would be some kind of discount if you had dinner reservations, say 20%. But other that that, a very enjoyable experience. Can't wait to come up earlier in the season for some hiking.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Very good food, fast and friendly service. Outstanding location at the top of Crystal Mtn. Look forward to going again. Great place to take out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at the Top
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful lunch in the Summit House. My husband had excellent fish and chips, halibut that you don't often find, and the tartar sauce was outstanding. My Hiker's wrap was excellent also. Overall a fun experience on a beautiful sunny day. We will do it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Mid-week lunch reservations. Appeared to be short-staffed as we waited 45-50 min. after ordering to receive food. Server recommended "Truffle Asagio Fries" They arrived cold and hard. Coffee was luke-warm. Server's attitude came across like we were bothering her. Crab Bisque Soup was luke warm, Eggplant Pasta was not warm and my Mom's Sandwich was either cold-toasted (not browned) or the bread was stale. Overpriced. The pulled pork sandwich was the best item as it didn't matter that is was cold.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The experience was fun. Food was okay, service good and the view was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PNW spectacular
    jazzzy206
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It's definitely a highly recommended experience for locals and visitors alike. Took a group of 11 adults and 2infants and a toddler up the gonadal and took the "easy" hike. They all enjoyed it, the restaurant was very accommodating, I had originally 8 in my party. Reservations are highly highly recommended, they had a 45 min wait time as I was checking in. Service was unbelievable, our sever Danny aka Danielle was very sweet and knowledgable about the menu. Overall the restaurant had a fun vibe and views from every angle. Everyone kept eye-balling the dessert tray as it was brought around to different tables, we had 4 of the strawberry puffs...delicious!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations
    SeattleNewbie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I'll admit that I didn't have high expectations for the food when I made this reservation. We had family in from out-of-town and thought it would be a unique experience to ride the gondolas up to the summit and enjoy the view of the various peaks. It turns out there was a nice selection of food to complement the spectacular views for lunch and everyone actually enjoyed his or her meal, even the adults who tend to be very particular about their food. They even commented on how good everything tasted and that they thought the menu was reasonably priced for the quantity and quality of the food served. Definitely would consider doing this again if we were in the area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch for my wife's Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was a great place to have lunch. I thought the views were gorgeous. The staff gave you just enough attention without being in your face all of the time. The food was great! I even took home half of my sandwich for lunch the next day. We shared a delicious chocolate volcano cake. It was very tasty. The choices on the menu were diversified. I actually had choices of very different meals. There was also a good variety in the dessert choices. The noise level was low enough where we could have a conversation at our table without speaking loudly or having to repeat what we said. It was busy but not completely full at the time we were there. We had a fabulous time and it made my wife's birthday a very special day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Dining at the Summit was a special memory. After one short, very quiet gondola ride up the mountain, my husband and I both felt like we had been transported to Switzerland. We sat next to a family from Leon, France; one table over was an extended family from India, and two tables away was a family family from Asia. Their teenage son ate the tallest hamburger imaginable. After a terrific lunch, we sat in the lounge chairs and watched chip monks run across our feet. Mount Rainier was spectacular. Thank you for the wonderful service and experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Where's Brunch?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Really enjoyed the experience at Summit House with great service and food. However, we had made the reservation with the expectation of eating brunch, not realizing you only serve lunch now. This was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre Food
    Lindy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had to send back our $12 truffle fries. They were barely warm and tasted old. When they came back you cold see the oil on them and they were warmer but they still tasted old. Not much truffle flavor either. The food felt like Denny's. The descriptions were good but the actual food doesn't measure up. One person in our group liked the clams. Don't waste time on watermelon salad, quinoa salad, or steak. The steak was supposed to be a filet but they had changed to flank steak. The server was excellent and very professional. We did have good wine. We saw a giant burger go by so maybe that would be good. The view is spectacular so if you don't mind not having great food order up. If you want good food pack your own.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Since this restaurant is at the top of the gondola at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, my expectations were actually fairly low. The food was quite good - a bit pricey, but not unexpectedly so. The service was a little harried; the waiter did not remember what drink I ordered and started to take the food to the wrong table. The view, of course, is incredible.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • expensive
    carmencs
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Steak wasn't very good,fries cold. waitress forgot our drinks and when asked about drinks she got upset will bring picnic dinner next time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't beat the view at Summit House
    Whitterson
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you have out of town guests and want to get them out of the city, I would definitely recommend the Summit House at the Crystal Mountain Resort. They have a good variety of food and you can choose to sit indoors or outdoors - either way, you have a great view of Mount Rainier.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    An excellent experience. How can you beat eating while facing one of the most fantastic mountain views on earth? The weather was perfect for an outdoor meal. Inside would have been okay had the weather turned bad though. Food was good and fairly priced. Service was great. Recommended for anyone for a special occasion. The price of the gondola ticket makes it a bit of a pricey meal experience, but as an afternoon excursion for great sightseeing, plus something to eat during, it was well worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Summit
    Pyrola
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Awesome views of Mt Rainer and bird eye of the surrounding peaks and valley. 75% of the seating are excellent .The ride to top Is smooth and pleasant A treat for the whole family..
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it for the view
    Smallwhitedogs
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    You certainly pay for the view! I think it's worth it though. The food was not spectacular, but good enough. Horrible beer selection though.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Read all the bad reviews just before we ready to go so was pleasantly surprised with the quality of food. Of course, the best part of this restaurant is the spectacular view. I am world-traveled and this restaurant is the best I've ever been to for views. I wish I could attach the photos taken. A fog rolled in that made the sunset even more ethereal and beautiful. Our service was prompt and friendly. I had a nice salmon entree for about $24 which I thought was reasonably priced. The gondola could be a lot cheaper = $22. What is with the high prices for these things?
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ready to drop bucks for dinner?
    Food4thought
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It will cost you $44 just to get up to the summit house for dinner. Something to factor in to eat there. Food was good but rushed and almost all of it came out at once. We were they to to leave about 8:30. Can't beat the view and experience though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • adventure worth waiting for
    foodadventure
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The special was good. The atmosphere and view were outstanding. Fun event!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On a clear day, you can see forever
    newchef1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    You'd think a restaurant with a captive audience at the top of a mountain looking across at majestic Mt. Rainier would have food as an afterthought, and ridiculous prices. Not at Summit House Restaurant! Very good food, especially if you combine a nice salad with the 4oz filet or chicken for $4 extra....about $15 total! Nice choices, reasonable prices given the location, quick and friendly service. But make a reservation if you can...the place is packed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scrumptious at the Summet House
    Jollydiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our first time visit at the Summit House Restaurant was one we will never forget. The view was fantastic; the service was excellent and the food was extremely good. Although we ate inside, there was an outside eating area that was just as good. It was a bit pricy but worth every dollar spent. You would truly cheat yourself out of an excellent experience if you did not dine at the Summit House!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staff
    Wonderful
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Super friendly staff. The salmon was prepared to perfection and the view goes whithout saying
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect in every way
    luvbeingnative
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I was entertaining a guest from NYC and wanted something different so I booked lunch at the Summit. Everything was better than I planned. Excellent experience on the gondola, excellent weather, excellent views of Mt. Rainier & Mt. Adams - an overall wonderful experience. Good food, good service. What more could I ask.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bevajane
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great weather didn't hurt this outstanding experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Maybe the best restaurant view in the state! Good food and good service in a beautiful unique setting/
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • August 18th, 2014 Horrible Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had reservations at 1:00 and we were wonderfully received by your Hostess, Paula. While waiting, there were several people turned down that did not have reservations saying that they were totally booked. We met a family that flew 15 hrs from Dubai and I asked Paula if there was any way that they could be seated with us. She went well out of her way to find them and got them and we sat outside. Trust me when I say, there were plenty of spots to be filled. Serena?? Was a fabulous server!!!We ordered the fish and chips and the fish was like rubber and the Tomato basil soup was not eaten by the girls!! How embarrassing to the family of Khalid Alsubal and family.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Arrest warrant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My wife enjoyed her steak frites; I felt that the bruschetta was so awful -quarter-sized bits of bread,not toasted, no olive oil, more lettuce than basil - that if there were a food police it would likely be charged with being an imposter. But the ride up and the sensational view make the place somewhere I'd go again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't beat the view.
    islaygirl
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    So, let's be honest here, if you're up at the Summit House, you've just spent at least $22 on a gondola ride, if not a whole lot more on a lift ticket. Once you surrender to the cost and just remind yourself it's worth it for the view, it goes down a lot easier. The menu is varied and the food was better than average. The drinks were pricey and not generously poured, so maybe stick with the wine. Overall, the food isn't going to blow you away, but the breathtaking view makes it all worth it. If you're going in the summer, it's worth the wait to be seated outside.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gorgeous view!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is an amazing experience! Great food, and an Outstanding view! The staff is friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, terrible service
    JAM2507
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were a party of 6. We were promptly seated at our reservation time. The food was very, very good. However, we had to wait a very long time for it - was nearly an hour after we were seated that our orders finally arrived! The drink orders didn't arrive very promptly either. Would've been understandable if all tables inside and on the outside patio were full, but that was not the case. There were many empty tables in both locations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience
    Memorymaker
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This combo of the Gondola ride and lunch at the Summit House was amazing! Fun, great food, great service, beautiful view! We have already recommended it to a lot of our friends and it's only been two days since we were there!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lost its rating
    yuck
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went to the summit house two years ago and the food, service, wine list and everything that would make it a 4 star restaurant was part of the experience. This year the food was bar food at best. Wine list was awful. Wait staff was friendly and almost seemed to sense that people were disappointed. No fine dining here. 1 star at best
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fogged In, but good atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Of course you never know what will happen with the weather on top of a mountain, for us, it was fog. But that is ok, it gave the whole experience a mysterious feel for our romantic date. We had reservations for dinner. Quick sit down, but of course you can't always get the view, first come first serve with that. The server was really nice. The menu seemed like your typical ski resort food. They had a great special price for dinner that included the entree, appetizers and dessert. A glass of wine for both of us. I would say the food was good. If you didn't get the special dinner, I felt the dinner entree prices were expensive. The portions were fair, not to big or small. Overall the experience was great.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    65Skylark64
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Thanks for asking me. First the view was supercalifragilistic, our waitress was very good. However the bees and flies on the inside of the windows were annoying We both had steak and fries, but the degree of cooking was mixed up mine was medium and hers medium rare, served wrong, did not discover till half way thro. Also the fries were too many and got cold ,perhaps a small scoop of rice pila would of made a more tempting meal.. The price was within my budget. Also a little more attention to why we are there, it was my 81st B/D and our 3rd year anniv, but no acknowledgement. I would recommend and have already informed many friends . Will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the drive
    trysomethingnew
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A first time for me and my husband to go, loved the gondola up, and even though the mountain was engulfed in clouds, the rest of the view lovely, friendly service and food good. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem!
    SnowSkier
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The Summit House is a hidden gem. Wasn't sure what to expect, but was amazed with the service and food. Whitney made sure our group was well taken care of going above and beyond our expectations. Our food was prepared perfectly and well worth the price. Our only disappointment was with the cloud bank that blocked our view of Mt Rainier, but had it been in control of the Summit House it would have remained bright and clear.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Summit House menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    While the restaurant has discontinued the special dinner menu of past years, they still offered a couple of specials that were on par with the excellent entrees of the past. I recommend the specials for a fine dining experience since the menu is now only a basic grill selection.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We relly enjoyed our lunch there. Food was very good
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Well presented food and great staff
    Dynomiteduck
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had been given a gift certificate which we finally decided to use. The weather was cool with clouds moving in and out. We had the fish and chips which were cooked to perfection, served quickly and were delicious. Dani, our server was efficient and congenial, taking time to visit with us and making us feel very welcome. A totally enjoyable day date for my husband and myself.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.