Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda

4.4
2017 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Summer House Santa Monica in North Bethesda is now open for outdoor dining only, with responsible standards of service and distancing in effect. Indoor dining is not allowed, per a Montgomery County order that went into effect December 15th, 2020. The health and safety of our guests and employees always comes first. 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 2017 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience!! I think three groups in one tent is too much. I would feel more comfortable with only 2 groups in a tent at opposite ends.

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terrid
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Overall - this was a horrible experience. Summerhouse/Stella Barra North Bethesda does not know how to do outdoor (COVID) seating. All of our Food came out cold. I requested NO horseradish in Bloody Mary and had to return the drink 3 times - still got horse radish. Ambience - the heated tent was NOT heated. Additionally, other guests should be refrained from holding their phone conversations on speaker phone. Requested host to stop our neighbor in our tent from loud speaker phone conversation and host refused. Very cold. Value - for the price they charge for a simple burger, should come to the table hot and cooked to order. Medium rare came out very well done..... Won't be back. I do NOT HAVE 1 REASON FOR REFERRING RESTAURANT. I really do NOT have any reason to recommend.

Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda
Responded 16 hours ago

Hello, My name is Clay and I am one of the managers here. I am so sorry to hear about your experience here. Sounds like from the drinks to the atmosphere to the food, there was much to be improved. The experience you had is absolutely unacceptable and I am so sorry. I am going to be following up with you privately on this. Thank you for taking the time to let us know. Clay Tormey

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vipMilano
Washington DC
300 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a brunch hotspot

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DolliciaT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I really enjoyed my experience at this restaurant. I will be returning again.

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vipSunny
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice set up outside. Good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kind waiters and employees

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SarahP
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, friendly and warm service. We ate outside in a cute little heated tent due to COVID regulations in MD. Our server, Matthew, was phenomenal and so friendly. Definitely the place to go in Pike and Rose!

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RussC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was blasting cold outside in the tent, but the heaters really did make it fully bearable. The food was delicious and the servers were on the spot and attentive, couldn't ask for more.

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Sujata
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Loved a new atmosphere, service was great from when we stepped into the door. Brunch menu was minimal but the food was great. Mimosas were amazing! Wish we could’ve bought something from the bakery but there was only one attendant helping others.

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vipCmmpenn2
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Other than the wait for our table despite a reservation our outdoor dining experience was great. Food arrived warm and quickly, we stayed warm dining al fresco

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We ate outside at a high top table for 2. Not the best spot but it was ok

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vipVacationLover1124
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Day Dining in PJ’s is something my family looks forward to annually. Show up in pj’s and receive gift cards equal to the value of your meal, to be used on a future visit.

This was our 4th year going. Despite COVID, the food and service were impeccable. However, it was sad to see the inside shut down due to COVID dining restrictions. In years past, the restaurant was packed with customers and workers all wearing their favorite pajamas.

But on a positive note, we still were able to enjoy ourselves in our heated, mini greenhouse tent and wear our pjs. Also, COVID guidelines were adhered to by all which created a safer environment everyone.

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Fletch
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate in the outdoor tents. Fairly decent air flow. Waiter was cool. Food was great.

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cherylr
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another Excellent meal and experience at Summer House. In spite of the RIDICULOUS MoCo restrictions, Summer House was incredible as they made it so comfortable as it was a cold day outside. The staff was as friendly and upbeat as ever, even though I could tell they were cold. I hope Summer House Corporate will lead the charge and SUE ELRICH for these "Mandates" that aren't laws, and based on FALSE DATA.

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vipMilano
Washington DC
301 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice spot! Ambiance etc are much changed with Covid restrictions but they really are doing their best! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive servers and covid friendly dining

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KerenB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a brunch drinks and amazing coffee

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vipbarbaraf
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safe outdoor bubble seating. Delicious food and great service

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vipAlexandraB
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing staff

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vipmich
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Summer House has done an amazing job of making their outside dining Covid 19-safe.

My wife and I will come back many times!!!

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Dianne
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the ambiance too. It took them a while before someone could attend to us, probably because I arrived a little early and they were just opening then. Nevertheless, the staff were great. We were originally designated at the patio. But because it was raining, they transferred us indoors.

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vipMilano
Washington DC
301 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great brunch spot!!

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Miriam
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the salmon in basil butter with potatoes and the roasted vegetables. It was the best salmon of all the following restaurants (Canyon Grill, Teds Montana Grill, Ted's Bulletin, Cosatal Flats, Ruth Chris and Match Box).

I absolutely loved the dinner and the restaurant.

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vipMidwesterner
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was terrible. We sat for 15 minutes waiting for a person to wait on us. Four waitresses walked past us without noticing us. We finally talked to a person asking for a waitress. Nothing happened. So we left. On the way out the manager asked us if there was anything he could do to make it up to us. Sorry - too late for that. We won’t be back.

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Julie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Energetic, given COVID. 🙂
Great experience!
Great food!

JM
vipJewelM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Dinner! Love the Cookie Bar for take home desert!

Social Distancing Enforced.

MG
vipMatchaGreen
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food there was surprisingly delicious. Came in with low expectations and came out pleasantly surprised. I would return and would recommend it.

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GermanL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very smooth.... no complaints. Great service.

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JamieW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, nicely socially distanced. The brunch food was great.

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MaryG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary. Food was delicious & the atmosphere was perfect! First time going here & we loved it.

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Ruby
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and quick service. The food was wonderful!

MA
MsAunaMonae
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great. Service took exceptionally longer than anticipated but it’s ok.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were in the mood for pizza so we decided to check this place out. The food was good but not great. Started with the burrata and prosciutto which was good but the bread that was served with it was "grocery store" like and could have been much better. The pizza was good (not great) but could have arrived hotter (assumed it sat for a little bit before it was brought to us). Overall decent experience but should have been better for the price (high before the 4% covid kicker). Might return to try the other food but lots of better restaurant choices before that will probably happen - RPM in DC comes to mind...

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vipBBBB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We went here for a late lunch, sat outside. All tables were full, which is typical (pre-Covid). The service was extremely slow (over 30 minutes for appetizers to arrive) and the quality of the food was sub-par -- way under our expectations based on pre-Covid observations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Crystal was an amazing server, she went above and beyond to accommodate my party. She should be paid more. The food was decent, the wine prices are unjustifiable.

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vipCDRGerry
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food and a wonderful environment. Only comment is staff needs to track guests a little better. We waited about 20 minutes from arrival till our drink order was taken. Then a little longer to get drinks. Otherwise very nice experience.

Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda
Responded on November 6, 2020

Gerry, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this feedback. I'm glad the food was up to par and our standards, but it's obvious we missed the mark on service from the moment you walked in the door. You are absolutely right with everything you said and I am so sorry. My name is Clay and I am one of the managers here - I will be following up with you privately on this to make things right. Thanks, Clay Tormey

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Both the food (lacked taste) and drinks (not mixed well) were poorly done in this trip. The chips and salsa had no flavor (granted, not a Hispanic restaurant). Both main courses were bland and the drinks were poorly mixed.

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Claire
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great ambience for brunch & fun place to bring a group of friends. A little pricey, but I would still recommend for the nice setting, variety of dishes, easy parking, and friendly staff. Staff members are also very helpful in accommodating food allergies.

Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda
Responded on November 6, 2020

Claire, Thanks so much for the positive feedback! Hope to see you back in the restaurant again soon! Thanks, Clay Tormey

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Took my family members to brunch on Sunday morning. The place is very nice so the expectations for the food are high. However, everyone’s order ended up being very underwhelming. The pancakes were very cold by the time they got to the table, and the rest of the food was very bland. I wish they will actually try harder because like I said, the place is very nice, but I could have gotten a better meal at IHOP.

Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda
Responded on November 6, 2020

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to give us this feedback from your brunch experience. I am glad the ambiance was pleasing to you, but it's obvious the food and service did not live up to the standards and expectations we have here at the restaurant. I am so sorry. My name is Clay and I am a manager here at the restaurant - I will be following up with your privately to make things right. Thanks, Clay

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here to celebrate my friend’s birthday and absolutely loved it. :) The sweet potatoes waffle fries are so yummy and crispy! If you are fried chicken lover, definitely try their spicy chicken sandwich which has tangy kick to it and not too spicy. Our waitress was so kind to bring our surprise bday cake and light with candles too :) I would highly recommend this place for any occasion.

Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thanks so much for the positive feedback!! Glad it was a good experience and both food and service were up to par. My name is Clay and I am one of the managers here, feel free to ask for me when making your next reservation!

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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 2017 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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