Summer House - North Bethesda

4.3
1290 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Chef Jeff Mahin’s California-inspired menu highlights simple, market-driven dishes with a focus on the wood-fire grill. From fresh Hawaiian tuna flown in daily to sustainably farmed Ōra King Salmon, guests will experience seasonal specialties made with fresh ingredients and local produce. To complement the menu, Summer House boasts an extensive wine list that focuses on the state’s distinct regional varietals and independent vintners, along with cocktails and local beer. The Market counter, shared with Stella Barra, serves a selection of fresh-baked pastries, sourdough English muffins and Mahin’s famous cookies, along with small-batch coffee and specialty espresso drinks. Extensive gluten-free and kids menus are also available.

Summer House evokes the breezy feel of a summer beach house with whitewashed wood, earth-toned tiling and warm hues. Glass garage doors along with a lofted ceiling and hanging string lights, bring the outside in – no matter the season.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Friday: 11:00am-11:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am-11:00pm
S​un​day: 8:00am-9​:00pm

Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday from 8am-3pm. Lunch menu is also available during brunch.

Lunch served daily from 11am - 4pm (Carry-out always available)

Enjoy Happy Hour between 4pm and 6pm, Mon – Fri!
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Phone number
(301) 881-2381
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef/Partner Jeff Mahin
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Catering
Located in the heart of North Bethesda at Pike & Rose, Summer House features a menu that spotlights locally sourced produce & ingredients.

Accommodating parties of 10-180 guests, Summer House exudes an atmosphere perfect for weddings/receptions, bridal & baby showers, family gatherings, birthdays, daytime lunches, corporate events & more! Summer House also offers large bakery orders, perfect for when you want to host events at home & offer a special treat for your guests.

To inquire, please call our Catering team at (301) 881-2381 or email summerMDparties@leye.com.
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Cross street
At Pike & Rose (at Old Georgetown Road)
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Parking details
Parking Lot at Pike & Rose.
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Public transit
Just North of the White Flint Station.
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Special events & promotions
To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, please call our Sales & Special Events Department at (301) 881-2381 or email summerMDparties@leye.com.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Summer House - North Bethesda can accommodate all your special event needs.

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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Spend your Christmas Eve surrounded by beach decor and warm vibes at Summer House! On Monday, December 24, Summer House Santa Monica will be open for brunch (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and dinner (4:00 PM – 9:00 PM) and serving up California inspired classics for your holiday feast!

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

While holiday–goers love a snowy New Year’s Eve, start the final night of 2018 surrounded by beach decor and summer vibes at Summer House! We'll be open for brunch (10am-4pm and dinner (4pm-10pm) and serving up California inspired classics for your holiday feast. Swing by our Happy Hour from 4-6pm!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1290 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my girlfriend's birthday and the manager surprised her with cookie and ice cream and a candle.

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BL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was there for Brunch with Santa and I was happily surprised by the staff, all the employees did a great job from hosts, the staff helping with Santa and waitress, everyone had a smile and were very patient with the kids, Santa was extra nice, talking to the kids, no rushing, very sweet! I had a reservation and was quickly seated, food came out fast and drink was on point, great job guys, hope you do this very year :)

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was extremely hot temperature wise inside.

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AM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Food was okay. Service was not good. Waiter did not check back enough. No plates with appetizer... hard to flag anyone. Dishes were not cleared.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wait time, despite the advanced reservation, was long. Once we were seated, however, all was nice.

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EG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was terrible. I ordered the fish tacos and it was so over done that I couldn’t eat it. Butternut squash soup was as thick as eating mashed potatoes. One friend ordered a turkey burger and the other ordered a hamburger. Also said food was not good. The people at the next table told us their food wasn’t good either as they were leaving. This has been my experience the last couple of times I’ve been at Summer House. I love the restaurant and the drinks, but the food has gone down hill. In addition, the bar area was closed for a very noisy holiday party.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place

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JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gluten free cookies are good. Cobb Salad was good.

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N
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food is nothing special, but it was good. The service was inattentive at best and invisible at worst. Lots of wait stuff, all apparently doing not much. Our waitress was nice, but never around. She could have warned us that the avocado on the avocado toast was very spicy. Completely unexpected. One omelette was supposed to have onions, cheese and mushrooms and came only with mushrooms. The manager took it off the check and offered to comp us another one, but we were in a hurry at this point and just moved on. The manager did her best to make things better--something she must have to do quite often. It's too bad because it's nicely decorated, in a convenient spot, and the food actually tastes good.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Order was wrong, took forever, messed up a gift card, took a long time to try to fix things and am couldn’t fix them.
Made me be late to training clients because they basically added an extra 30mins trying to fix their screw ups.

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Appetizer in main course was good. We typically love the cookies for dessert, but they were not as good as usual. Did not taste fresh.

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Server assistant was not up to quality of restaurant. After serving bread to us took it off table to give to another table. Served soup without spoon. When dinner was served made comment about how much food I will be eating. Made for not a relaxed evening .

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Service was atrocious, food was mediocre to poor, and price was ridiculously high for what we got. Our first visit was dinner for a party of 4. The waitress was completely untrained and clueless. She brought our bottle of wine to the table already opened and proceeded to serve the wine without asking anyone to taste it. In addition, the red wine was so warm that it was undrinkable, as if it had been stored next to a stove or other heat source. We had to return it and ask for an unopened bottle and a cooling bucket. The food arrived and we were served very small portions of flavorless chicken, pasta, and fish with the skimpiest of accompanying side dishes. When we asked for additional Parmesan cheese for the pasta and some bread we were served two (2) slices of bread and a thimble size cup of Parmesan. We had to ask twice for additional water for the table. My dish was $33 for a small piece of farm-raised salmon (not wild Pacific salmon) accompanied by a small bowl of soggy spinach. Midway through our meal a manager or supervisor of sorts came to ask if things were OK and we explained the various things that were wrong. He said "Oh!", walked away, and we never heard from him again. We will never return .

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c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy this place for food. It is awfully loud even at late lunch time.

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Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I tried. I gave it 3 chances but other than brunch the food here just doesn’t do it for me. Friendly staff, clean and bright interior, well managed, GREAT happy hour. Otherwise, just, no

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EM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Over-priced and mediocre food. That about sums it up!

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i
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Julia, our server was exceptional

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DU
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I have visited the Summer House several times and it's always a pleasant experience. The food is good and special requests are taken good care of. I do wish the tables that are along the middle divider were a little more spaced. It's hard to hear your companion if there are a lot of people at the next tables.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 2

Service was very poor. It took a while for anyone to acknowledge us when we walked in. We were then seated in the back at a table with only four chairs. We were a party of five. They provided a fifth chair with tomato sauce on it. When we pointed it out to the hostess, who seemed annoyed that we had interrupted her conversation with the wait staff, she wiped it clean and then flung the chair back to the table with a flippant “There ya go.” After we were all seated the person at the end had to move his chair in repeatedly since a parade of waiters used the path to carry and retrieve plates seemingly unaware or unconcerned that one of us had to keep moving our chair to accommodate them. We finally asked to be seated somewhere else. At that point, we received decent service until the very end when our waiter disappeared. Luckily, someone else took our dessert order. I came to Summer House when it first opened and the service was great then. Not sure what happened but a little attention to patrons would go a long way. I will no longer consider Summer House as a dining option.

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ES
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I've been here 6 times and my experiences have been a 50/50. 50% good and 50% not so good. Overall it's a good place but the service and food quality are hit or miss.

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NT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Summer House is super cute and well decorated. The service was really nice and their happy hour is amazing! Was seated in the bar section per request and the server came by immediately (although it wasn't particularly busy at the time). We stayed for a long time because it had been a while since we all have seen each other and the restaurant didn't seem to mind.

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L
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Pretty restaurant. Below average food. Average service.
2 of 4 orders came out wrong and food was just ok. The blueberry muffin was delicious! Skip the restaurant and just go to the bakery in front!

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O
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Two orders of $32 salmon were both over cooked. The prime rib eye was just OK.

Cocktails were a disaster.

Our server was good. But the experience was terrible.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a reservation, but we still needed to wait for 30 minutes to be seated. There aren’t many choices in the menu. The restaurant is quite noisy. Food was good. Price was reasonable.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very noisy, crowded restaurant on Saturday night. The table was not ready despite reserving it in advance. Unimaginative menu and mediocre food quality. The charge for the fish tacos $28, much too high for what it was.

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K
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Parking was horrific on a Saturday at 2:00 p.m., took 20 minutes. Five people in line for women's bathroom, shared with adjacent restaurant. Ambiance was a bit noisy. Food was okay, not outstanding.

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h
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch and server was awesome

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TF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chose Summer House for a quick birthday dinner for my husband and he enjoyed everything just as much as our waiter, she was awesome, however I forgot her name, maybe Malorie?

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PN
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

Awful service. Their employees need training!

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FV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is reliably delicious. Even the simplest ingredients are put together in a thoughtful and delicious way.

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DL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Was not impressed with the brunch. I have been for lunch and the food was much better.

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DM
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Everything was fine. Great server! Dropped a point on food as my butternut squash soup was tasty but lukewarm. My main course could have used some seasoning. Crispy smashed potatoes were addictive!

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AM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Come here often and food is always very good. Service also very good. Was a busy brunch morning on Saturday and this time all of the food came over very cold. Manager helped address, but that’s what makes it only a 4* visit this time! We’ll be back.

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MP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We had a reservation and waited 40 minutes to be seated. When we were seated, we needed to request a different table since the one selected for us was in one of the busiest area of the restaurant (next to a service station, etc.). There were multiple errors with our order and even though it was my birthday and with the drama of being seated late, the sever or management made no effort to compensate us for our experiences by giving us desert, taking off and entrée or anything of the like.

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FG
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! As usual a relaxing enjoyable dining experience.

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KM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. I had salad which was delicious ! The server was new and inexperienced but did a very good job. She was very friendly. My Sister enjoyed her salad,too. And she liked the wine choice. Summer House always a good choice!

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n
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Summer House is consistently excellent. The atmosphere is open, light and friendly. We like to sit where we can observe the kitchen. Their chefs are professional and fun to watch. We each had fish dishes that were cooked to perfection. Always a pleasure.

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RR
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Went there for lunch with my wife - at first, the place seemed ok. But the food took a really long time to arrive. My wood-grilled chicken was completely under seasoned and very unmemorable; no wood grill flavor at all. The only thing that stood out was the $24 price tag. My wife's fish tacos came with a single piece of fish, a strange choice for a taco dish and side of beans with too much salt. I think they put the salt from my chicken into her beans...
At first appearance, the place is bustling with servers and other staff - but when I dropped the fork on the floor, it took a surprisingly long time to get someone's attention to get a clean fork.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite spots. Love the emerald kale salad.

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R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

This was one of the worst meals I have had in recent memory. My guest and I ordered the same fish dish. We had not idea that was going to be fried. That was the first surprise. The second surprise was that the fish came in the middle of a thick batter. I tried to peel the fried part, but there was very little fish in the middle. The 3rd surprise was the taste. It did not taste good at all. It was a disgusting unhealthy meal. I don't think I will be coming back there. It was a horrible overpriced meal.

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