Summer House - North Bethesda

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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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JJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Our server was fantastic and she was absolutely in the weeds. Definitely a pro.

MA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I’ve been going to Summer House for two years, and I get the signature Chicken which they are always happy to do. But.... over the last year they’ve changed the chicken about 4 times and it gets worse every time. Thinking it’s switching from my “go to” to “there was”, love the place and service is great, but they miss with this.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

I've been here before and it's been better. This time we waited an eternity for our appetizer of guacamole and nachos. Our main dishes came out 3 minutes later and it was cold. I don't know if I'll go back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

FS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Overpriced, noisy, average to below-average food. NOT worth it.

TB
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a busy time. I made a reservation but we had to wait about 20 minutes.
Staff was friendly and the food was delicious.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I don’t know why they couldn’t use my open table credit you were supposed to add it to my reservation but it didn’t show

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

It took an hour for our food to come after we ordered and then it was cold. Management comped our meals which was very nice but we didn’t re-order because it took so long. They were busy and it seemed very chaotic and disorganized. It was a very disappointing experience.

a
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Understand that it's a Sunday brunch, but it was chaotic. Coffee took forever to come. Need more wait persons, if the service is going to suffer.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I enjoyed my meal and service. This place is crowded but everyone is nice.

FD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience dining at Summer House. From drinks to dessert everything was prepared perfectly and was delicious. The service was attentive, and the hostess was wonderfully accommodating of my husband who is currently in a wheelchair (offering a really comfortable setting while we had drinks followed by a suitable table when we progressed to dinner). We can’t wait to return!

L
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Had previously been there for a nice brunch, but truly disappointed with dinner. The 'dinner' salad was old, yellow greens and expensive for the serving offered especially when adding a protein option. Neither the menu nor the server informed me about a 6 or 9 oz wine pour option. Would think again about returning for dinner.

BJ
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service lovely space. We loved it!

F
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food! It was my sister in law’s birthday and they surprised her (and us!) with a dessert.

JG
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our food at Summer House and this workday birthday lunch was no exception. The soups and sandwiches were scrumptious!

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always lunch was fabulous. Great food, fantastic service. Go!

NW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

the chicken tenders were burnt and the fries were cold. I live at the persei and I eat the tenders all the time but the day I bring my doctoral colleague from NIH, this happens. Ugh. If you have questions you can email me at nw15d@nih.gov. I apologized on your behalf.

DF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistently good; great service; very happy with the food and atmosphere.

c
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was disappointing... they didn’t accept our ID so we couldn’t get drinks... I have been a regular. Not sure I will be any more.

ML
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Expensive we had 2 salads... Brussels and cauliflower appetizers and 2 desserts. Check was almost 100$ it was only fair at best!

KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we were taken for our reservation on time & our request for sling for Baby’s seat was no problem. Very friendly wait staff and food was excellent. I come here often for brunch and will definitely be back!

b
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, nice atmosphere, friendly service. Try the fries- really good.

DT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent. She was professional, knowledgeable, responsive, and aware that we were celebrating a birthday and provided a birthday dessert. We were in a booth on the side that was quieter which was great. Food was delicious. Good time!!

G
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing. She really made our meal extra special with her friendliness and great service.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family weekend for umd

H
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was perfect temperature and very flavorful. We both had the crispy chicken sandwich with salad. Also, enjoyed the squash soup. Everything was very good. Service was fantastic. Our server even surprised the birthday girl with a warm cookie & candle. Thank you for being so attentive. Can't wait to return.

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Fish was over grilled. The cheese on my Daughters cheeseburger wasn’t even melted.

S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I appreciate their gluten free menu and attention to detail. The food is delicious!

j
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Ordered the poke bowl and was very disappointed. Despite not listing green onions as an ingredient, not only were they used as garnish, but were the primary ingredient in this dish. I had more green onions in every bite than any other ingredient. Made it pretty unpleasant.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Have been there many times and I’ve always enjoyed it, but the food was cold and first time I brought gas from out of town here and the order was wrong for one of the gas. She did not want to return the food because it was so busy.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Came for Sunday brunch and enjoyed our dining, however the wait time was pretty long, even with a reservation. The restaurant did not notice my reservation notes until I arrived and pointed them out to restaurant host. Overall a good dining experience.

TA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food at Summer House was very good—definitely high end. I would have preferred a menu containing more options. The waitress, although very nice and provided excellent service, was not familiar with the menu items. No worries for me but might be a training opportunity to help with more challenging customers. All n All...very nice experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy the service and food at Summer House

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love everything about this place

T
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was my second time...brunch this time. Waiter, although finally got friendly, needs to pay attention to details. For instance, when serving coffee...bring a spoon; when water bottle is empty...bring a new one; when bringing something that was being shared among all at the table (4)...bring a small plate for everyone; when coffee mug is empty, or someone else at the table is requesting more coffee...ask if anyone else would care for more. These may be simple "overlooks", but help to bring the experience to a 5.

MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner prior to a movie. Great food and service was just right. Will return.

LK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal for Rosh Hashanah. Superb food. Every dish was wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place!

UM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

I took my son to here after church service to celebrate his 17th birthday. The food was just ok, and the service was rather slow and lacking. But the restaurant is cheerfully decorated with a very nice outdoor dining area in the hot Pike and Rose development. That alone is worth a lot. We will go back but with a dose of constrained expectation.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

It was goog

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