Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda

4.4
2330 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in North Bethesda, Summer House is open for safe indoor and outdoor dining at reduced capacity with our new AIRPHX Air Filtration System.

Your health and safety are our top priority in everything we do. We are taking necessary steps including masks on all employees, employee temperature checks, disposable or digital menus, heightened and thorough sanitation procedures.

A few notes to help make your experience enjoyable:
-For your health and safety, our policy is that all guests are required to wear masks in the restaurant AND during interactions with staff, only to be removed when eating at the table.

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 2330 people are saying
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CraigM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening outdoors, wait staff was phenomenal, food was fabulous

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Lori
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food, I love the wait staff and I love this restaurant!

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CaliFoodieGirl
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So many good options for entrees and dessert it was hard to choose! Several vegetarian options available as well.

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vipAshley
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food was average at best. The latte was hard to finish (bitter and unbalanced). We had a similar experience a few months ago but wanted to give it another try since the ambience is so lovely. Unfortunately we won’t be back.

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collinsc67
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We had excellent service, food was pretty good as well - I ordered beef tenderloin (it was a bit overcooked but still good - just not great, but then again it's not a steak house (I typically find he best steaks are at restaurants that specialize in it). For the price of the steak I would have been better off going to a steak house. My friend ordered a hamburger and tuna tar tar appetizer which she REALLY enjoyed. The service from wait staff was superb! Truffle fries are delish! I would consider visiting again but I wouldn't get the steak.

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Lori
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE THIS PLACE!! I go to Summerhouse at least 3-4 times a month and NEVER DISAPPOINTS!!

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vipluncher
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The fish tacos were great, but a little over priced. The shaved brussel sprout salads were not very flavorful. All in all, a very nice place for lunch. Will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great service!

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oldtimefav
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed. Summer House atmosphere, food, service, value for money are always worth a visit.

JC
vipJC10
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good. Food, service, table outside

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vipLeahG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Great atmosphere; average food for above average prices

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None
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I couldn't have been more pleased with the service staff. They were friendly, efficient, and patient. While I thought some food items were over-priced (16.00 for a Caesar "salad," a lightly dressed head of romaine draped over a plate) overall the experience was great.

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vipPartyOnGarth
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The ambiance is good, the service person was very nice but the kitchen took way to long to deliver our meal. I had the halibut that was excellent but they delivered a medium rare ordered filet to my wife that was basically raw. The server and manager apologized but then again the filet took forever to get to our table and the evening and experienced was shot. Problems happen but that new steak should have been rushed and executed way faster with more attention being paid to resolve the experience...C'mon Summer House! They comped some dessert which helped but I just wish everything was just executed as it should have been.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Good was good but waiter was not as attentive

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vipEddieA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

More limited brunch menu than I would have expected but good food nonetheless.

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JoeG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valiant and eminently professional staff made the gorgeous evening and delicious food & beverages even more delightful!

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vipTRB68
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The service was awful. Placed our order with a terrific waiter. I manager comes over to check on us, for no good reason, gets involved and totally screws up everything else about the order. even deiced for me I wanted the dressing on the side, which I did not.

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vipRobW
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Very dog friendly!

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vipPhilFellini
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience and a special shout-out to Born for being really helpful

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vipMichelleT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The service was definitely not worth the price. We got only half of our drinks with appetizers. My kids received their sodas after they completed dinner. Our second drink arrived after we finished our entrees (we ordered before dinner arrived). The extra appetizer we ordered never arrived and when we “cancelled” it the waitress was not even sorry. She clearly never ordered it. Three desserts were sold out and it was only 8pm. And the birthday candle we asked for a three times (and indicated in our reservation) came out after we ate all of our dessert. We came for a 70th birthday celebration and I am embarrassed that we chose there as it was no special at all for my mother.

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GabbyW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall reasonably priced for the area. Good sangria. Our waitress was a little aloof and seemed not too happy to be at work but that’s okay, my friend and I still had a great time. Drank lots of sangria and sat under a canopy of trees.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were told there was an hour wait so we put our name on the list and did a little shopping. I decided to check open table and there was a reservation available for 15 minutes after we out our name on the waitlist. I took that reservation. I had a similar experience where no server came to our table after waiting 15 minutes. I know places are struggling to find help. However despite flagging down someone twice, tables that came after us were served. So, it was poor management that was the issue. My daughter and I have been here before and thought the food was mediocre and overpriced but wanted to give it a second try. We should have trusted our initial thought.

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Salim
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Amazing summer eatery. Ambiance is great and sooo beautiful. Food-wise, the short rib hash was extremely dry. I’m not even sure it was fresh. I don’t recommend this dish. Went on Sunday 9/12/21 and maybe it was leftover from night before. Just not pleasant all around and not well seasoned. Recommend for atmosphere.

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ReviewerLocal
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Extremely slow kitchen (an hour for a sandwich), inattentive service, mediocre food.

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knina
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular and our server was so nice. I loved how gorgeous this place was and I can’t wait to be back!

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vipSteakluvr
London
42 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very nice and attentive.

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vipJohnW
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was helpful and knowledgeable. Outdoor dining was excellent.

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vipNRDreviews
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Steak and fries arrive cold. It was quite surprising. We ordered two vegetables as appetizers and they were good.

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vipLavoy
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location with people buzz! Always enjoy this place. Lots of energy along with great food and drink.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Tartar was delicious. Salads are good. Pizza was cold. Ribeye was fatty and under seasoned. Service was pretty slow. Outdoor area is excellent on a beautiful night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Poor service and the food was mediocre at best.
The menu looked great but tasted like bad diner food.
The restaurant is beautiful but the food was fair and SOOO overpriced for the quality.

CP
CynthiaP
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

They have a very large and pleasant outdoor area, and the inside has high ceilings and socially distanced tables. The menu is varied and food is good.

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vipEscostealth
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Airy, casual, and upbeat - yes it has that California feeling. Varied, interesting menu and not crazily priced.

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vipMartha
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Treyvon was wonderful and the food was excellent as always.

JC
JuliaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

It’s fine. Happy hour values are good. Everything else is just fine, nothing special.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch with Mom and Sister

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vipBabeKS
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food, very slow service

BG
vipBellamyGrace
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Beautiful decor, great seating for indoor/outdoor dining. Food is overpriced and bland.

BD
vipBrunchDiner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Epic bad experience. We waited 20 minutes for the server to show up at our table; he only came after we flagged down a manager and asked if we could order. It took another 10 minutes for a coffee refill, and then the coffee was cold. We ordered meatball appetizer. The meatballs were ice cold in the center. At this point, we summoned another manager to ask for better service. He pledged to do better. Then our main dishes sat on a counter for 15 minutes (we could see the food congealing but could not locate our server). We spoke to the first manager again, who said everything would be remade hot. When the food finally came to the table . . . you guess it! Cold! We had to send two dishes back that were inedibly cold. One of those 2 dishes finally arrived hot; the other was delivered room temperature, but we had to give up and eat at that point. We waited 40 minutes for our food, so an hour total from the time we were seated even though the restaurant was not crowded. We couldn't tell if the server was incompetent or the kitchen didn't know how to cook hot food. The restaurant took the meatballs and the coffee off the bill. I think the whole meal should have been comped! For sure I will never go to this place again. What a disaster!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Disappointed with continued menu changes.

Food was bland.
No longer offering omelets - just eggs.

Not looking forward to going back and this used to be our favorite brunch place.
Judging by the empty seats, others feel as we did.
The meal left us flat.

FAQs

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 2330 OpenTable diners.

Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.leye.com/gift-cards/.

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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