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Summer House - North Bethesda

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$30 and under
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American
Summer House Santa Monica in North Bethesda is now open for indoor and outdoor dining with new responsible standards of service and distancing are in effect. The health and safety of our guests and employees always comes first. Steps we are taking include: dine-in services at 50% capacity, 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:

-Reservations for the main dining room are strongly encouraged as distanced dine-in seating is limited. Patio dining is on a first come first served basis.

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

-Please take care to arrive on time and limit your dining experience to 90 min as we would like to welcome back as many guests possible.

We appreciate your understanding, and thank you for your patronage of Summer House Santa Monica!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1899 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
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4.5
ambience
4.0
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TaisT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The server was so apathetic and without energy. I asked for a sparkling water he brought a spring water and a very dirty and disgusting glass to the table.
It was unacceptable! In normal days this is disgusting, nowadays with all this pandemic staff this is almost criminal!
How can I trust in a restaurant which has a very dirty glass mixed with the clean ones and a server who doesn’t check the staff that he bring to the table? How can I know that the same is not happening on the kitchen?
First time there and probably the last.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Overall, this was the worst dining experience I have had in years. I get better service walking into a gas station than I did at Summer House. My date and I were sitting by the fountain where children were screaming and spraying us with water. My waitress had no care in the world for our time and our experience. She made the mistake of ordering two of the same entrees. My date wanted the Spicy Chicken. He even asked her which one she would choose and she recommended the spicy chicken however she ordered him the tacos. Mistakes happen - that’s not why I’m upset. I’m upset because when the food was brought out, we informed the female food runner and she took back my dates plate but left mine and never gave us a timeline or even told us that it was going to be fixed. She just walked away. So now it’s awkward, I don’t want to eat with my date sitting there with no food. We still hadn’t had our refill on our drinks so now we have no drinks and 1 entree (thankfully we had our bottle of water sitting on the table cuz it was over 90 degrees and humid). Our waitress still had empty tables and she made 2 passes and didn’t stop to see why my date wasn’t eating. I had time to get up and go to the bathroom and still our waitress and nor a manager had come by to check on us. Tables were empty around us. I even locked eyes with my waitress and I waived at the food runner and she turned her head and walked away. Finally, after about 15 minutes of sitting there our waitress comes with our refills and had a very low energy and insincere “sorry bout that”. I gave her my plates back because now they were cold. Eventually the manager delivered my date his food and apologized... by my that time, I wanted to leave. He comped the chicken sandwich but I didn’t eat my entree. Our bill was still $150 and the only thing I ate was chips and guacamole and a few bites of salad. If you mess up, own it and communicate with your tables. Be genuine and be respectful.

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NancyS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Website says indoor dining. That’s the reservation I made. Other restaurants honor that now. But we had to sit outside. Sunny. Humid. F%^# hot! Be honest and just say patio dining only. Almost ruined experience

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vipJohnW
Naples
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining was great. Tables were spaced appropriately and everyone was masked up properly. It was a good evening under the trees. Staff was attentive and food was excellent.

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CarlosM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place lo eat and enjoy with family and friends. Service is very good and food is good. I recommend it.

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Ellen
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent. Our server gave us great suggestions about both food and drink! Very enjoyable experience and even during times of Covid and sitting outside, there was a nice breeze.

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vipJenn25
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. Our server Selena provided great service.

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vipWeWentDan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good, not great. We had brunch. The food was good but nothing to write home about and very expensive. Would probably not be back.

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Enjoyfood
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

No social distancing !! over cooked food. Server was attentive. Will not rerun

JR
JRao
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at Summer House was great. The server was nice. Although he was wearing a mask, I can see his smile through his eyes. The server was also accommodating as well.

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Shon
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager that understood our health concerns, was very accommodating and the servers were patient and attentive. The location is beautiful and just what we needed for the day.

RJ
RonnellJ
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great time and great staff. The food was delicious

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Janelle
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent location for my birthday luncheon. I had a wonderful time here with my friends. The ambiance transported my back to the heart of Cali. A definite must for a cute and classy location to dine during the summer.

DD
vipDiscerningDiner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A welcome chance to get out of the house and have a good meal prepared for and served to us. They’re doing well with distancing and mask use while carrying on during this pandemic. A long thunderstorm eliminated the use of outdoor seats but the garage door type windows were open, letting the night air in,; a pleasant evening with great burrata, pizza and Prosecco

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always the same, favorite place around

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Bella
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

the chicken fingers was very dry.

the mahi mahi fish was over cook.

DD
vipDeeDee
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Overall service was very slow

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vipMilano
Washington DC
278 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A go to spot - we
Love this lace

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vipkrod11
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I would recommend to specify that you want a patio table because if you don’t, they will give you the only table that is not in the patio and there is no ventilation. Overall the place is really nice and the food was great. They don’t have a great drink selection and the service was average. The waiter was very nice but he kept forgetting drinks every time.

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Vany
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On open table it states that during COVID Summer house is taking additional precautions including thoroughly wiping down after each customer. I only noticed regular table cleaning not wiping down of chair or anything additional. Everything else was great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food3service1ambience5

The waitress kept forgetting about us, took forever for everything. Meals portion seem smaller than before but price haven't changed. We used to go to this place very often, it was our first place to eat out as soon as they reopen but we are not too happy with the overall experience, we will start exploring options.

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ShirleyG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a second dining outdoor during COVID experience. It was quite nice and felt almost like normal times. The restaurant has done an excellent job spacing tables and protecting servers. We were pleased and the meal was outstanding!

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nathaliep
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It's always a pleasure to go to this restaurant. We appreciate the food, the setting and the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

This is our go to spot when we don’t know where else to go. Great menu, fresh food. This particular time we went for brunch which was good. The food when it came out didn’t seem like a lot but we couldn’t finish it!

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vipElisabethS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Server was terrific and outdoor seating great. Food isn’t too good.

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vipSteakhouse
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Normally a great place to eat, but the food quality was poor this time and limited menu options. Understand the limited high quality food supplies but we don’t understand how they can serve hard hash browns, tough sausage and acidic eggs. The manager tried to correct the issues with all five of our meals and we appreciate that. Hopefully things improve after a few weeks of being reopened. We will wait to return for a few months. Service remains great!

GL
vipGregoryL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience3

Unfortunately our second time back in a Covid world and still poorly executed. People walking freely (mask or no mask) down a sidewalk that doubles as outdoor table seating space is a horrible plan.
Bathrooms were in disarray. Again.
The food was good and the drinks well done.

But we won’t be back until these issues are taken more seriously.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very wonderful waitress who took great care of us! There good is always good! We made reservations!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They knew it was my birthday and gave us the best outdoor seating! We love the restaurant

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful!!!!

M
vipMark
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Quality of food has lost a step or two since the previous times we visited this popular restaurant. Plating and quality of food left quite a bit to be desired. Here’s hoping post pandemic they will be back on their game.

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Wxmaggie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maryam was a terrific server... attentive without hovering. She and all of the staff were amazing. Thank you!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Long wait for food
Food not served as per menu - vodka pasta was not supposed to be spicy but kitchen had poured hot red pepper flakes on the top. Had to send back.

WG
WafikG
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

The beer was not cold enough. I wanted to order a second one but colder. The waitress told me in a very bold tone "They are all the same, do you want one or not? Of course my answer will be "NOT"

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere with the outdoor dinning. Service and food were fantastic and everything was kept very clean.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was below average I’ve eaten there many times.
Had trout and chicken wings it was like eating hotel food

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vipwabadam
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was very slow. My wife had to ask three times. Three times for a question about the food. Twice to get a glass a wine. Menu is limited which is understandable. But this level of service is totally unacceptable.

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Chelsea
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Place is really nice and great location. Some items are a bit overpriced and are really basic and bland items. While others are very worth the money. I got an English muffin with egg, tomato, and mayo which was very tasteless. Since it has a price of $13 i assumed it was be an amazing English muffin, it wasn’t. I also got a side of potatoes which were also very bland and some even undercooked. Other people at the table got various items and said they were great and others not so much. Again, it’s a toss up and not all plates across the board have the same quality.

LK
vipLadyKimAnn
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It was our second time visiting. Our server was great! We wanted brunch and knew that the chicken and waffles were good. This time I tried the 3 egg breakfast. It wasn’t good at all! Very disappointing. The bacon was thin and skimpy and the hash browns were bland and cooked so hard they were hardly edible. I will visit again, but will never get the 3 egg breakfast.

AM
vipAlexisM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sad you were out of the poblano butter to go with the chicken and waffles, but it was a very pleasant outdoor brunch overall considering the county is starting to re-open.

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Summer House - North Bethesda offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 881-2381.

Summer House - North Bethesda is rated 4.4 stars by 1899 OpenTable diners.

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