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
191 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (161)scenic view (152)romantic (105)good for groups (52)neighborhood gem (51)fit for foodies (40)great for lunch (32)great for outdoor dining (26)notable wine list (24)great for brunch (22)kid-friendly (12)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (3)Show More
  • the service was excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • spanky
    Spanky
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Enjoyed our dinner and the exceptional service. Great atmosphere for a special event and an excellent choice for a great meal and a business discussion. Probably one of the best places you can go for Prime Rib!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why?
    cookie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I always question why, especially in steak houses, are the steak knives almost as sharp as the butter knives? Also, why is good warm bread served with butter that is so hard it can't be cut or spread?
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary to remember
    oldfogeynfogeyette
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    In addition to the excellent food, great view, enjoyable ambiance and attentive service, we were treated to extra kindnesses because it was our anniversary. We received a beautiful card signed by all the staff and a lovely dessert we had not expected. This is one of the best restaurant experiences ever, particularly the prime rib and the creamed corn. We have never had better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great special occasion restaurant
    Bunchbe
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great restaurant. Great food, service and food. We did have to wait 15 minutes past our reservation time before being seated, however, and it was very loud and crowded, but overall it was good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 for dinner/Thursday eve
    doreen
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The prime rib and Halibit fish were wonderful along with the oviounce
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time visit
    Ralphdi
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We were seated promptly for lunch on our visit and the staff was very friendly and courteous. Our server was excellent and helpful. Summit House met or exceeded our expectations and we were very satisfied with our experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • vegetarian dishes
    Family93
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My family and friends enjoyed our evening except for one thing, no vegetarian options were available. This was very disappointing and when we asked our server all she could offer was mac and cheese and brussel sprouts with BACON.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not exciting
    wdkatleastfourcharacters
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Service was slow. Had to ask for water. We were seated quickly. Prime Rib was a little chewy. Why does the review have to be at least fifty characters in length?
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as it used to be
    dissatisfied
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Summit House used to be stellar. Now, the food quality has gone down while the prices have gone up ($63 for the average-tasting ribeye and $48 for four small, fat-filled lamb chops). The quality of service has also taken a hit. I recommend going elsewhere.
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  • Return Visit was great!
    Lov2eatwell
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have come to Summitt House several times and they never disappoint. Great food and service, and a great view to boot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place that does in disappoint
    HUNGRY
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I am recovering from hip surgery & wanted to take a friend to lunch who had been very helpful to me. We have both been to summit house & enjoyed it so decided on that for a late lunch. It was relaxed, comfortable & just perfect for a leisurely meal. And the food was excellent, I look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was lacking!
    Maxwel
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I loved the restaurant setting, and the main dining room was magnificent. Every thing was great except the food!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic Steak House Cuisine
    CJZView
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A beautiful meal with lovely atmosphere. We enjoyed a cocktail before getting seated and had a nice time exploring the menu since it was our first time dining at the Summit House. The menu is not extensive, they specialize in the items they serve. We shared the crab cakes and iceberg wedge salad. Both were wonderfully delicious. The petite filet was one of the best filets I have eaten with an exceptional port wine reduction sauce. My dining partner had the prime rib and she enjoyed it though it was quite rare. Their specialty creamed corn was nice, but not exceptional. The side of mushrooms was a nice addition to our meal. Our "Duo" dessert was delicious! Not much of a wine list to speak of. Excellent Service Staff!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Celebrated a special birthday with my husband and found it to be amazing. The food was all great, the outdoor dining was amazing with a great view. The server was good and prompt with his service. We both had amazing prime rib.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to celebrate
    Macks
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I have been dinning here for the past 17 years for her birthday. Over the years we have started eating their to celebrate our anniversary. Why do I mention this? Because ther are many restaurants to eat at and celebrate but only one that does it with this style that is reasonably priced with the best prime rib around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always nice at the Summit House
    TedT
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We come here on occasion, and it is always great food and service. This time we brought our kids (age 8 and 6) to dinner with my parents for a nice extended family dinner. It was nice to see that they had a children's menu with a good selection. Everything else was great as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DELICIOUS!
    JBRUNERVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    THOUROUGHLY ENJOYED MY EXPERIENCE AT THE SUMMIT HOUSE. THE RESTAURANT IS VERY ELEGANT AND HAS A GORGEOUS VIEW. THE ENTIRE STAFF WAS GENUINELY FRIENDLY AND VERY ACCOMMODATING. HIGHLY RECOMMEND TAKING YOUR LOVED ONES HERE!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost Perfect
    justginny
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Service and food was great. I found a hair in my fish with first bite. No big deal I understand everything is locally grown and very fresh. Waitress brought me a nice dessert to compensate for hairy fish. Actually in spite of the first bite meal was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Summit House is a Winner
    FunFoodFan
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at the Summit House. The beef was excellent, the service was very friendly and professional, and we were particularly pleased that they graciously accommodated our dietary needs. With the view, service and wonderful food, the Summit House is a great spot for a special occasion or just a great prime rib.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Spot
    Food4Thought
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Celebrated my girlfriend's birthday here. For my girlfriend's birthday, I made a special request to be seated next to a window so that we can enjoy the scenery while eating dinner. When we got there, they not only gave us the perfect spot but gave my girlfriend a birthday card signed by all the restaurant staff. Very thoughtful of the restaurant to do that but I was hoping they would also throw a free desert with a candle on top like how other restaurants do. The prime rib was divine and the sides of cream corn and spinach was delicious. Overall a very enjoyable night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Restaurant
    susanmfcc
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Summit House is a great special occasion restaurant. My husband and I dined there to celebrate our wedding anniversary. As always, the food was good. The restaurant was very crowded on a Saturday night, and quite noisy. The service was slow and we had to ask for water and menus. The prices have gone up substantially, and for that reason alone, this is a once a year restaurant for us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie location
    Texas
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The room we ate in was the room next to the window, north side, the one without the booths. We arrive at 5 pm and are having a conversational exchange between guests. By 5:30 the other table conversations are getting louder. By 6:30 the room is full and the noise level prevents much interaction other than yelling. By 7:30 we rush out. So, this room will no longer be our choice and in the future will request it not be where we sit. The room with the leather booths seems easier to interact in because of its size. The food was superb, the atmosphere for eating, talking, and digesting horrible. Just sayin'
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    GPALB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We made reservations at the Summit House to celebrate our friends upcoming wedding. All of us ordered the prime rib which was excellent. We didn't feel rushed even though the restaurant was crowded.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet