Summit House - Fullerton

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Prime Rib
Today high above the hustle and bustle of North Orange County, like a crown on the hilltop, you'll find built in the tradition of an English country manor the stately Summit House Restaurant.
The Summit House, renowned for its magnificent panoramic views and old-world charm, is famous for the amazing flavors and incredible food presentations created by Executive Chef Timothy Plumb’s culinary team. Highlights include our world-famous Stockyards of Chicago Roast Prime Ribs of Beef, “melt-in-your-mouth” oak wood grilled USDA prime steaks, our thirty-year favorite sautéed John Dory, locally grown vegetables hand-picked from neighboring Back Sheep Farms, and of course our famous creamed corn au gratin.
Whether it be an intimate get together for two or two hundred of your closest friends, come to the “Top of the Hill”, the Summit House Restaurant, "Your Special Occasion Place".
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L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Jennifer is a wonderful server , the prime rib is delicious.
Another great dining experience

M
Orange County
216 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

As always excellent service . Sara was just great. Ambiance delightful. Food: some good some disappointing.

V
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy coming to the Summit House for the best prime Rib in Southern California. The staff is very professional and the restaurant location and ambiance couldn’t be better. It’s always special when we go there

JW
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our wait staff, Linda, was very attentive and very sweet. Food was excellent, although we weren't able to finish. It's not the most priciest place, but the quality of everything is amazing and it shows.

KB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved the location, the atmosphere, the view. The bar area was delightful to hang out in - the lavender lemon drops are amazing! We had a group there for business. High quality food. What made the night the biggest success was how great our server was. She was amazing! Great with people and great with recommendations; she made it fun. I wish I remembered her name. But the hostesses and the bar tender were also very welcoming so I am guessing all the staff there are good. Tip - if the server gives you the option to substitute a different side dish for the Yorkshire pudding, do it. Only one out of six at our table liked it. But the rest of the food was delicious.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy celebrating my birthday and other special occasions at The Summit House. It has a home like feeling, not stuffy like other restaurants. The service is always excellent; I’ve never had any issues. Thank you, Summit House!!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All-around amazing meal. Will definitely be back.

M
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming back here for an elegant dinner! This time, returned for a business dinner. All new comers enjoyed and stated great selection! My all time favorite is their Prime Rib Eye! The seaside sampler is exquisite.

SD
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a can’t miss, elegant and classy venue. Our guests loved it, as did we. My only complaints would be that the filet was just average, and the room was quite noisy. Regardless, we will be back.

FS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service and food!

DH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've ever had! Our server made the night extra special!

LD
Los Angeles
89 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have driven by the Summit House for years and never tried it. I wish I had tried it sooner. I hosted a small birthday party for one of my friends and decided to test Summit House and I was not disappointed. Everything was perfect from the beautiful restaurant, friendly Hostess, the view and the food. I had the Chilean Seabass with Sweet Chili on Jasmine Rice - perfection! Two of my friends had the Prime Rib and they loved it. The Bread basket was delicious, but you have to order the Yorkshire Puddings (included with the Prime Rib) if you don't get the Prime Rib. They bring Au Jus to pour over it - I could make a meal of these alone. For Dessert we ordered the Bourbon Bread Pudding with Pecans, Strawberry Trifle and the Three Chocolate Tort. All of the desserts were great and very large. I am a huge dessert person and I couldn't finish the dessert. The only thing I noticed out of sorts was that the wait staff seemed really stressed out and were not cheerful. Not bad service or mean, but the stress showed on their faces. Maybe it was the guy who was walking around looking at each table (for what reason I have no idea) with a stern look that made them nervous. Like I imagine eating Dinner at Downton Abbey would be like. I will definitely go back to Summit House soon and often and can easily see myself hosting a huge event there. A Fullerton treasure!

VC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience I would definately recommend it

L
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

beautiful setting on the hill with a beautiful view of fullerton and anaheim

C
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The sound level was so loud that we couldn’t hear each other without repeating our sentences several times. The wedge salad seemed rather old and the food in general was disappointing. The breads were wonderful as was the creamed corn. The knives were so dull we had such a hard time cutting our meat. We thought the meat would be tough. As it turned out, the meat was tender but the dull steak knives made it so difficult to enjoy eating. My prime rib had so much fat on it that it didn’t seem worth the money.
We all ended up taking our meals home. But when I got home and opened the box someone had just dumped it all on top of itself and mushed it in to fit. It was so unappetizing to look at; I ended up tossing it in the trash. Hardly worth the cost of nearly $400. However, our server was wonderful and the complimentary Birthday dessert was delicious. But overall I was quite disappointed.

FC
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Service was very poor, never checked on us. We poured our own wine, after dinner we waited awhile I had to call him and asked for a dessert menu.

MM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place for our anniversary. The view is great, the food is wonderful and the servers are the best!

SS
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable

DA
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for the great service you have provided. My wife and my daughter had the most fun time beside having the GREAT MEAL at the BEAUTIFUL restaurant. First thing my daughter said after dinner was 'Dad let's come back for Lunch since its so beautiful here'. Thank you

DN
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prime rib was excellent and the service was truly exceptional. The Summit House staff made our anniversary dinner special by wishing us a happy anniversary in person and with a card signed by the staff.

BB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a fantastic birthday dinner, they even had a birthday card on the table. Every was excellent.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and excellent food.

DS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Summit House has been our ‘go to’ special occasion restaurant for over 20 years. The quality of the food and ambiance have maintained for all those years. We were there recently to celebrate our 45th year of married bliss! As always they made our celebration perfect! Our server, Michelle was as amazing as the food. Hoping it will never loose what makes it special. So we can continue to spend many more special occasions there.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening.

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G
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been dining here since they opened in 1989. Their prime rib rarely disappoints (only once in 30 years actually). Creamed corn is infamous. A spectacular ambience particularly in the winter time when all the fireplaces are lit. Love it.

w
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We went to have a nice dinner on Halloween Thursday evening; 5 of us. Crab cake starter was terrific, as were the Caesar's salad and Wedge salad. We all ordered steak of one sort or another. Filet, Prime Rib and it was all typically side dished with potatoes au gratin, broccolini, English pudding, wine reduction sauces and some Hollandaise sauce or creamy horseradish sauce for the Prime Rib. The smoke grilled Filets were cooked medium rare as ordered and on point, except for one of us ordered medium and received rare. The Prime Rib was medium rare, juicy (w au jus) and delicious.

Service was a little slow to start, but finally a waitress found us. She took us on as she realized our assigned waitress was overwhelmed. Nonetheless, she was great. And service didn't wane as we progressed through the meal.

The ambiance was a little dated and old for me ; booths and tables, but it felt aged, and the food classic. And the entire experience seemed dated and older. Felt like a place where old people go, and not very busy for a Thursday evening....even though we heard them turn someone away. It felt like service was pieced together.

MS
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our second time visiting the Summit House. The staff are always friendly and very kind. We enjoyed our prime steak cook to perfection. We will definitely visit again!

JS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service and ambience are always excellent, but my Summit prime rib was disappointing. It was sinewy and tuff and hard to cut, and a lot more chewy than it should have been. My wife's was perfect. The birthday trifle was a lovely touch.

R
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service by Jennifer and team.
John Dory was awesome along with my husbands prime rib dip sandwich.
Thank you for a magical afternoon

SS
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend had Prime Rib and I had the John Dory. Both were fabulous as usual. Great place, great service, great meal. It my go-to dinner when in the area. Its also great for celebrations!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

PJ
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my boyfriend for his birthday and he thoroughly enjoyed it. It was his first time there. He loved the food and our waitress Petra was amazing!!!

LM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good food! Amazing service from daisy. I would recommend it to all my friends!

SH
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Let me just say I am BEYOND impressed with the level of service and the quality of food . This was mine and my husbands first time at Summit House, we celebrated our 10 year anniversary . Our server Veronica was the most wonderful, charming, attentive and caring person I’ve ever come into contact with in a restaurant...we were given a sweet little happy anniversary card and a delicious dessert for our celebration . Summit House, Veronica, thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of our special anniversary !! We will be back !

AE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Jordan made us feel very special..would return again for lunch and hopefully have his as our server.

JS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Joel was our server very helpful and knowledgeable. He has an amazing personality. Everything came out in perfect time and taste delicious. Summit House is one of our favorite restaurants.

SJ
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have found a new favorite restaurant in Orange County. Our party ordered Prime Rib and Filet Mignon. Both were excellent. Service was superb. This restaurant is a real gem. Love the atmosphere.

OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

17 years ago we became engaged here and tonight we celebrated our 16th wedding Anniversary. Everything was perfect. The service was wonderful the food was amazing. We had the best seafood soup ever.

CD
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in north OC. Great food and awesome service. I highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or just a casual lunch!