Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda

4.4
2101 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Summer House Santa Monica in North Bethesda is back open for safe indoor dining at 25% capacity with our new AIRPHX Air Filtration System. Book your dining room reservation or join us on our heated & tented patios.

The health and safety of our guests and employees always comes first. New responsible standards of service and distancing in effect. Steps we are taking include: masks and gloves on all employees, disposable and digital menus, thorough sanitation procedures and continuous hand washing.

A few notes to help make your meal an enjoyable experience:

-Guests are required to wear a mask at all times, of course except while dining at your table.

- For outdoor seating, We have tables outside that are in heated tents. We also have mobile heaters that surround patio tables not in the heated tents.

We appreciate your understanding, and look forward to having you in!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2101 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.5
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4.1
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great ! Super sweet, kind and informative ! I forgot her name but she was on the shorter side, has glasses and curly hair. Thank you for the amazing experience !

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Tessie
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was terrible. Drinks and food brought at uneven times during the meal. One out of three meals was made wrong. Bill was wrong as they charged us 3 times for one drink. This was on a quiet night so it can't be attributable to being busy. Food is still good, but the service was so bad that I wouldn't go back anytime soon.

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SamanthaG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience4

never got seen when i went there. no one ever served us after 20minutes of sitting there

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vipJeanetteC
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Menu was not as expansive as I remember & selections were just ok but prices were higher than we remember. Rigatoni with meatball had 1 meatball, fish special had asparagus but no rice option. Burger was fine. It was just an average experience. Don’t sit on the bar side, it’s dark & noises. Our server was excellent.

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PratibhaR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was wonderful. Our waitress was great and let us have extra time to continue our conversation!

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Cat19
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food5service1ambience4

This was honestly my worst experience ever at Summer House - and I frequent this place. I reservation was for an inside table for a birthday celebration for two. Upon arrival, the place was packed, so did not feel comfortable eating inside, so opted for outside - this really is not a big deal for us as we also enjoy sitting outside (the iffy weather is what prompted the inside reservation to celebrate my husband's birthday). After being seated outside, we waited an unusually long time for even water to be brought to our table. Then, literally 5 tables were sat in our same section and I told my husband it was going to be a while (previous waitress here) due to the immediate influx of folks. It literally took no less than 20 minutes for our waitress to take our drink order. Had I known I wasn't going to see her for another 30 minutes we would have ordered apps and dinner at that time. Needless to say, our drinks never came. Another gentleman was kind enough to step in and took our order (apps and dinner) for which he said the app would be right out. He inquired about drinks but we told him we had already given our drink order to the waitress. About 10 minutes later our main dishes arrive (no drinks or apps yet - thank goodness we had water). The waitress finally reappeared and asked how things were going. Responded that we had not received drinks or apps. She looked surprised and said she would follow up. Next thing we know our apps arrived - still no sign of our alcoholic beverages. A short time later, the same gentleman from earlier who took our food order came back and apologized for losing our drink order (which we didn't give to him, we gave to our original waitress). A few minutes later our drinks finally arrived. The bill came and of course, charged full amount, including COVID fee (which I really don't mind considering everything). The gentleman who took our bill offered a cookie "on him" to compensate for the service. Not acceptable.

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A4444
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Sadly, we won’t be returning. Spent nearly $175 on lunch and a few cocktails. Service was subpar & our waitress’ mask wasn’t covering her nose/mouth properly whenever she would stop by our table.

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GailM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Menu did not adequately describe the meal. Chicken tostadas where served with a chili like sauce not included on the menu. Salmon bagel had a hint of cream cheese and needed much more. Nice place but probably not going for a return visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Freezing! Apparently all heaters are broken. Food is mediocre but couldn’t be enjoyed in the extreme temperatures.

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BarbaraJean
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a group of 5 good friends, we were very happy to have outdoor dining on a beautiful day. The waitstaff were perfect in their timing. We had appetizers and wine/beer -- delightful. We look forward to doing this again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The weather was just perfect! We had to go eat at our favorite restaurant!

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SNOW
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice late lunch outside on the patio. Food was very good. Service was a little slow but it was a beautiful day and it was crowded. Knife and Fork Caesar Salad was excellent.

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FaranakM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Outdoor service is slow, took too long for the drinks

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EatingoutinMiami
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The cocktails were awful . Good so so . Wouldn’t return

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Abhishek
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Our (party of 4) experience was rather poor. We were there for a weekend brunch. The food was okay and the drinks, especially the hot chocolate, was well below standard. We have had brunch at this restaurant before and there seems to have been a sharp decline in food and drinks quality. Overall it was an extremely disappointing experience.

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CynthiaW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the wood fired halibut and asparagus special. Service was great. Atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. It was a rainy night so I look forward to a return visit when all the windows are open. Parking nearby was a bargain -$1.00

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christina
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I made a reservation and ended up sitting in a corner instead of being placed within the actual restaurant

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vipDuchessofDining
Birmingham
29 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has easily become my favorite restaurant since moving here! Great date spot, brunch spot, or just take out for a meal in bed!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place is amazing, location of perfect and so was the service. I plan on coming back soon

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NaVonda
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Food was great & so was the service!

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JessicaL
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have come here for holiday bruches and have never been dissapointed! The service is great and the food is fresh!

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CarolinaG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation for 6 people based on the description of the place, that there was outdoor seating with heating and that's why we chose this place. When we arrived, there was no heating outside and there was no social distancing inside and it was extremely crowded. When we checked in for our reservation, we were told that the wait would be at least 40 minutes. There were 4 older people in our party and we just couldn't wait. Why allow reservations if they aren't going to be honored and why have an incorrect description of the place? We won't be back, that's for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server. Pizza was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone so nice. Great bartender-in-training..Chris

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ColeC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The prices are extremely inflated right now. Happy hour from 2-5pm is silly. I shouldn't have to pay$16 for ONE cocktail at 5pm. At least end by 6. Outdoor area is nice but the tables are not 6ft apart and people bring their dogs and when the tables are close dogs are barking at eachother and it's obnoxious. I love a cute dog, but this isn't a dog park. The area where we sat didn't have heat lamps either so slightly chilly. The waiter was good. I never have a service issue here.
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3 people (4 drinks) and 4 apps at 530ish. Bill including 15% gratuity was over $220! I used to love this restaurant, but we aren't going back.

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vipMaryJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service.

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Melissa
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great! Wonderful Cobb salad, and because it was my birthday they brought me a humongous chocolate chip cookie with more chocolate drizzled on it and two candles!

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vipMichele
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch with friends. The food was excellent and our server was great.

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vipBergmanslaw
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I am giving Summer House a one star review because I booked a Passover dinner reservation at 8PM that would be for a specific 4 course meal for my party and when we got there the Summer House manager simply forgot about my reservation and told us that there was no more reserved food left for the Passover meal and they are sorry for it, but nothing they can do at that time. They didn't offer anything for their error and there was no accountability when the reservation was specifically for their Passover meal and they failed to provide per the reservation. I call that very sloppy concern for a loyal customer of their establishment and it showed no care for accountability to make up for the mistake.

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KevinR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great value, attentive staff and stylish west coast decor!!!

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vipMilano
Washington DC
311 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love Summer House is coming back to life!
Great Sunday brunch as always

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a wonderful time, our server was on point,attended to our needs on time, and was very courteous. Good vibe seating outdoor for brunch.

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vipLadyKimAnn
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great, server was friendly and helpful.

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vipDecentPlace
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

All ok somewhat middle of the road fare. Nothing special. Dinner menu a bit more like a lunch menu. Good vibe, albeit a bit crowded for COVID protocols, even with open and outdoor seating.

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vipFoodLover
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The place is great but very expensive for what you get.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. We are new to the area and came here for lunch. Got the house made chips, grilled cheese and tomato soup and absolutely melted. Service was awesome too! Will be coming back.

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vipKathi
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience2

We were outside on the street side - way too noisy with the parade of cars going by. Also, we were at shift change so we waited about 20 minutes for the waiter to get to us - and she never did - the off duty waiter took our order. Then when we were nearing completion, the waitress tried to take my drink class with about 1 inch of drink still in it.....The food was delicious - got the rueben, my favorite sandwich, and it did not disappoint. But when you only have 1.5 to 2 hours to eat (per MoCo guidelines), it's not pleasant to wait for your order to be taken.

That being said - I will be back -

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great drinks

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Beth
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very crowded, but we were seated right away and served quickly. The restaurant took our temperature, which made me feel very comfortable because no one in there was sick. We wore masks, as was required. We had a very pleasant experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

My daughter ordered a pasta dish.

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You can order delivery directly from Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda using the Order Online button. Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 881-2381.

Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda is rated 4.4 stars by 2101 OpenTable diners.

Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.leye.com/gift-cards/?utm_source=summerhousesm.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=holiday%202020.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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