Summit House Restaurant
Summit House Restaurant

Summit House Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://summithouse.com/
  • Phone: 7146714111
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm-8:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tim Plumb
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our Summit House Ballroom can accomadate up to 250 guest for your Special Dream Wedding or Event. Call our Catering office for details at 714-671-3092
  • Entertainment: Piano nightly

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State College
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Self parking is available.
A word from Summit House Restaurant
For Centuries the English Inn has earned a great reputation for Friendly faces, cozy rooms and cheery firesides. As soon as guests come to the Inn, the charming host and hostesses run to greet them. In front of a crackling fire one can partake of good hearty fare - the tankard is always full - the spit hung with roasting beefs - and a table heaped with sweets and such. The Inn keepers of the Summit House were inspired by the custom to create a hospitable place where friends could meet to eat, drink and delight in the views of North Orange County's countryside. To one and all, welcome!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Summit House Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
193 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (163)scenic view (155)romantic (113)good for groups (58)neighborhood gem (52)fit for foodies (47)great for lunch (33)notable wine list (27)great for outdoor dining (20)great for brunch (16)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (7)Show More
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Just a few miles from the run of the mill convention restaurants, but worth the trip. Definitely coming back next trip
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Excellent in every way. Staff is friendly, waiters very attentive, food delicious in taste and lovely in presentation. Special occasions are well celebrated. A definite place to which to return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best dining experience in the area
    Waycat
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Everything about this restaurant is perfect. Will not be disappointed. Recommend Recommend Recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SPLENDID SETTING - NICE PLACE
    Norman
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    A very busy place for lunch. Seems like a country club with several events occurring at lunch time. Food was average - ie, the Halibut did not compare favorably to other San Diego area restaurants. Wine list adequate but not exemplary. Margueritas average. Service prompt but inadequate training (forgetting bread, wine bottle cooler, water).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • no rush, very relaxed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    My girl friends & I enjoyed our total experience. At other restaurants a party of three ladies doesn't always get the respect that all customers should have. We had wine, great food & were not rushed. we were able to catch up on all of our latest news. Our waitress was attentive & we tipped her appropriately.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite restaurant EVER!!!
    LP23
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Got married here 11 years ago and have loved it ever since. Hubby just took me to a nice dinner no real special occasion and it was my choice. Everything was fabulous as usual. This is the best restaurant in Orange County!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a treat
    CherokeeRose
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This place is a gem! The service is outstanding and the food delicious.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I went for our Anniversary and they gave us an anniversary card along with a window seat. They made us feel very special and made our night special. As always the food was excellant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    food4thought
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were there for my date's birthday. Our server Marcia was impeccable and made sure we were taken care of. We started with the cheese plate to go with our wines and then filet mignon and prime rib, summit house cut, for our entree. Our food were delicious (and big portions) and cooked perfectly. The night view by the window made our experience that much better. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our special occasion place
    iluv2shopVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We went for our anniversary. There was an anniversary card on the table when we were seated. The prime rib was the best we have ever had. The creamed corn is especially good, and they have the recipe printed out to take home. The service was impeccable and the staff very friendly, and they made us feel special.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite!
    pamnterry
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We always enjoyed the Summit House, and our last visit did not disappoint. It was the first time for our two friends and it was a special occasion. They really enjoyed the food, the ambiance and our server was fun and well spoken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The Summit House is a neighborhood gem. It was close to home but felt like a really nice place where couples could feel secluded from their everyday life. The food was really good, but the service was outstanding. There were families, larger groups and groups of couples. The food selection was very nice, and we are not wine drinkers by any means, so I cannot really comment on that. But overall, I would go there again in a heartbeat with the wife and like it. BTW, the view by the window was fabulous at night!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My grandsons 1st Prime Rib dinner was served cold, it was replaced with one of correct temp. but had a big black hair underneath the meat. This was taken away and our bill was credited for the amount but dinner was never replaced so he left hungry, had to stop at Mcdonalds on the way home. My prime Rib dinner was ordered medium but when received it was well done. It was replaced with appropriate medium. Over all the quality of the Prime Rib was extremely poor. Another visit does not seem like something I would do.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impeccable
    RickyTony
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My husband and I had dined at Summit House is the past and were looking forward to celebrating our 6 year wedding anniversary and Paul's birthday. We were not disappointed. We were seated immediately even though we were early for our reservation. The service was impeccable. Our server, Petra, was helpful and friendly and made our night memorable. We were not rushed. We had time to enjoy our cocktails before dinner. Our meals were outstanding. The surprise desserts and the birthday and anniversary cards signed by all of the staff topped off our night. We are already planning our next visit and will bring friends and family back to enjoy this wonderful restaurant. Great atmosphere and incredible views of OC. Thank you, Summit House!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent, again and again!
    Robert
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Simply a great restaurant! Always great service and great food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a wonderful lunch
    happycamper
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I brought my elderly Mom & Dad for lunch. The food and service was excellent! Everyone seemed to bend over backward to make sure we had a good time. Will definitely be bringing friends/family back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and even better service
    Hank21
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Made reservations here to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. Everything was perfect. Could not have asked for a better dining experience. The staff went above and beyond to recognize our anniversary and make our night that much more special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were initially excited to have our anniversary dinner at the Summit House. My parents have eaten there quite a bit. Unfortunately, our visit wasn't very good. My wife tried to order the sea bass only to be told that there wasn't any left. I ordered the 8 ounce filet mignon...the steak was tender, but tasted like charcoal...there wasn't any flavor to enjoy. Oh...and a drink I ordered but sent back after one drink because I didn't like it was still added to my bill, along with the drink I ordered to replace it. The restaurant is beautiful, but for the prices we paid we expected more.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable dinner
    Adele
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    There are not many places where we dine that we remember all about it, but at Summit House it is not easy to forget. The dining room is lovely, food delicious, waitress is always checking back with you making sure everything is perfect, and the view is wonderful. It is so calming there and we always love it when we go there. I would recommend the Summit House any time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PeripateticPhoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I always enjoy eating at Summit House. The ambiance is elegant yet comfortable. The view is spectacular - ask for seating near the window. Staff are well trained and enjoy their job. Staff were flexible with a requested change of seats. BDay card at our table was a pleasant surprise. Food and service are always exceptional. Artichoke appetizer was delicious with the lemon flavored sauce. The Wedge salad was perfectly sized and the dressing was amazing. Prime rib is consistent and flavorful. Horseradish cream was well balanced. The creamed spinach had a notable smoky quality that was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frequent customer
    bigeater
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We often go to Summit House for birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations. The food is invariably well prepared and the servers are friendly and efficient. A must - try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    birthday
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Last friday was my wife's birthday, and i took her and a few friends to your restaurant. We had an absolute wonderful experience from the valet parking to dessert. Your staff was friendly helpful and attentive. I loved the card signed by all the staff your waiter gave to my wife. What a great idea. We will vist again soon. thank you
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • newly
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It was exactly what I was expecting. It was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the service was excellent
    devdad
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Im really happy with our waitress, the food was good, not matching exactly the price. overall is a good spot for a nice dinner
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebration
    specialplace
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Celebrated a birthday. Very nice card was on the table when we arrived. Birthday desert was awesome. The waitress was the best we have had in awhile. Would love to celebrate anything at such a lovely restaurant. Prime rib excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jm44
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We generally celebrate our wedding anniversaries at the summit house. This nite was our 51st. I used the on line method for a reservation and it was very easy and effective. The "best wishes" card at the table was a nice touch. Unfortunately, my wife said the pork chop she ordered was not as good as she expected and was unable to finish it. Everything else was fine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This place is my favorite place for prime rib. The creamed corn is perfect. The French onion soup was delish. So was the cabbage leek soup. Exceptional service. Could not ask for anything more.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Much improved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Noise level in main room has been my big complained for years, but on this visit we were seated in the smaller dining area and the noise level was very satisfactory. We could actually have a conversation. On my next visit I will request the same seating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    hungrycatVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Chose the Summit to celebrate our anniversary and were not disappointed. Superior food, service, and ambiance. The chicken was excellent and the seafood special ( sole) was exceptional. After learning it was our anniversary, our waiter, Noah, brought a small candle lit dessert that was just perfect to top off our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BigeaterVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food and atmosphere was great, but the portion size of the main entree appeared to be small with respect for the price paid. For example, for the price paid for the prime rib I and my date had, we could have gone to Gulliver's restaurant in Irvine which gives a larger portion sizes of prime rib entrees for the same prices.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy
    Jazzbuff
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The only complaint is the noise level. Six people at the table on the main floor. Talking to three after the dinner mentioned that the noise level was so high that they could not hear the person sitting next to them. The tables were close together. Perhaps some noise reduction material on the ceilings would help.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful view amd ambience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Beautiful view, ambience, great service and loved the piano music.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    Sand
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We celebrate our wedding anniversaries there. This was our sixth one. Food, service, view, all good. Prices are higher than before, but worth every bit of it. Will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful for specal lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    One of the only really nice restaurants that is open for lunch. Romantic and great food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I was a first time customer, recommended to me by a friend, it was an excellent experience for my and my wife, as i was looking for a great place to take my wife on her birthday.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Lunch
    BillVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The Summit House is a great place for lunch. The restaurant has a lovely ambience, good service and good food all at the typical Orange County price level (i.e. high). Highly recommend as the location for a casual lunch with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely
    Merry
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 53rd anniversary there this week. We've been going there for many years for special occasions. We believe the restaurant has never faltered in their food and service over those years and has probably improved.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant experience
    Alex
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The main dining hall is expansive and sedate (upon opening for dinner). The piano playing was pleasant and unobtrusive. As the tables filled throughout the evening the sound level increased but remained at a level that allowed relaxed conversation across a broad, round table. The service was somewhat informal but efficient and professional. The wine list has been reasonably rounded out to complement the food courses offered. Of the food, the double rib pork chop stood out for preserving a flavorful tenderness within a fully cooked through meat. The English trifle dessert topped off a celebratory evening with swirls of moist, rum infused pastry separated by veins of custard and strawberries that combined into a taste delight.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointing...
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The service was absolutely impeccable - friendly but professional, very well timed, etc. BUT - dinner was disappointing; actually, more than a bit. The menu choices - not as varied as one might have hoped; Bloody Marys were poorly seasoned; prime rib was very fatty for that cut; creamed spinach flavorless. Yorkshire pud was fine, SH salad decent; breads tasty but poorly presented (!). On the other hand, the dessert sampler was VERY nice, a lovely treat. Recently I've been there mainly for luncheons - not for dinner in about 2 years - seems like dinner has gone downhill in that time span. Finally, the noise level was most unpleasant - rather than "energetic" I would call it "excessive" - not a great way to enjoy our anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NancyD
    CherokeeRose
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was superb, the service exemplary. The view is a bonus, but overall, this is my favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.