Summer House - North Bethesda

4.3
1495 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Summer House is a beautiful restaurant, but that is all the positive I can say.
The service was terrible, like we were inconveniencing the waiter and when the food arrived, it was cold. We did mention the food was cold and the server basically just shrugged his shoulders and moved on.
We were celebrating a very special birthday for my sister and I was quite embarrassed of the food and service.
I will not be back!

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NR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful. The menu and food was fine, nothing to write home about. They have an opportunity for more variety in their salads. In addition parking at Pike & Rose was a disaster! While not Summerhouse's fault the shopping center is not ready for a lot of visitors, for those who are planning on eat there on a beautiful day/evening arrive with more than 30 minutes so as to locate parking.

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LU
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Byron was fantastic! The cocktails were some the best I’ve ever had. Will definitely be a repeat diner.

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B
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt was a teriffic server and I brought two new friends that loved the varied menu. A greatime was had by all!!

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BB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was maybe a bit louder than I would have liked however we sat far enough away where I could catch up with my friend. The food and the environment were on point though and can't say enough good things about the food! Also, the bakery/cookies that they have there are delicious and so unique!

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DB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great lunch there - service was prompt but not rushed and food was delicious!

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s
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The highlight is always our server. This is a very happy place, clean, and light and fresh. I hope it says this way. Nothing like it anywhere in DC. People are coning from miles away to be transported to California. The desserts are worth the drive themselves. Eating there makes you feel good. The could improve by having a professional and upbeat greeter and seater though. That is not a polished point! Fix that, guys! This person should look sharp, dress well, be a good communicator and start the experience off right!! You are missing the boat here by not setting the opening scene right!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

We were last at Summer House a couple of years ago to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. It was fabulous! However, this time around, it was not so great. We came in to celebrate Mother's Day & the restaurant was definitely busy! Service was a bit on the slow side and the meal was frankly overpriced for the mediocre food. I think our family will be trying other area restaurants before returning to Summer House. One final note, the desserts here ARE amazing! That's the only thing I'd come back for.

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

I’ve wanted to love this place for so long because of their gluten-free menu but service at seating and coffee bar have terrible every time. Mother’s Day was the final straw. I’m finally just giving up.

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j
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Waited 20 minutes for a table even with reservation.

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LB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love that they have a lot of gluten free options.. gluten free cinnamon rolls! The food is great, the coffee drinks are great, and the desserts are great. Highly recommend!

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I just don’t understand why you would change your menu so often when you’re a successful restaurant. Why does that make sense? Oh I like something, oh now it’s gone.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

Waited an hour past our reservation

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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After many recommendations to eat here, my family and I decided to celebrate Mother’s Day on Saturday evening at Summer House. This was our first visit and based on the reviews, I was excited. Needless to say, I made the 6:30 reservation one week earlier, but, on the day of our reservation, I called Summer House to let them know we would be 5 minutes late. We arrived at 6:35, but had to stay in host line to check in. At that point of arriving finally to the host, I assumed we would be taken to our table, but we were not... we needed to wait an additional 15 minutes before we were sat. Now in full disclosure, on a Saturday night, the front area was packed and extremely loud with a large group of 7 year olds celebrating a birthday. I know for certain, the host wanted to get that party to their table ASAP!

Needless to say, the host appreciated our patience, thanked us and the evening was lovely! The service, our food, and how we were taken care of due to our patience spoke volumes. Thank you Summer House.. we look forward to our next dining adventure with you!

My recommendations are:

1) For the restaurant: Have a 2nd host stand for reservations only. I know the front area is small, but it would ease the anxiety of those who have a reservation and may think their reservation will be removed because they need to stand in line with people without reservations.
2) For the patron: arrive 15 minutes before your reservation. This will give you enough time to navigate to the host, check in and start to enjoy your evening... anxiety free!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

It took 15 minutes and a trip to the hostess station to bring our server to the table. Extremely slow service (server brought wine to the table, then the cocktail, and 10 minutes later the beer) forgot to bring out our appetizer and our food had obviously sat under the heat lamps too long (steak was ordered medium rare and was medium well, pasta was dry around edges). Would never go back.

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O
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We went for a Mother's Day brunch a day early. It was our first time here, and frankly we were not impressed. One person ordered a dish with poached eggs and they were served hard-boiled. It took a while to get the server's attention, who took it back to the kitchen for a replacement, which took a very long time. Another person ordered a spinach and kale omelette which had hardly any spinach and kale. To top it off, when the bill arrived, we were charged twice for the dish that we returned to the kitchen, so I had to get that rectified. The rest of our party enjoyed our meals, but overall it was a disappointing experience.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food: Fine. I had a spinach and kale omelette that tasted good but didn't have enough filling. My wife had the commuter sandwich which she enjoyed, but it all seemed like it cost way too much for the quality, especially since it was breakfast food.

Service: This was my first time here. My parents said they've been here several times, and each time they have to ask multiple times to get what they've asked for. For instance, my dad wanted cream and a spoon for his coffee he didn't get it until the third time he asked. They also forgot to bring out my side of bacon.

Ambiance: Really pretty in there.

Overall, I wouldn't go again. I didn't think it was worth it.

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GM
Las Vegas
37 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girlfriend lunch break and we enjoyed our time without being push to leave! Our coffees arrived cold and they immediately replaced it ! That was very nice!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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e
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Service last night was horrible. WE had a reservation for four at 7. We got there at 6:55 and the other couple was a couple of min. behind us. But they wouldn't seat us because we weren't all there. Then when the other couple arrived, they had no table and we had to wait 20 minutes. It took forever to get a waiter and he brought drinks and we never saw him again. Finally we ordered dinner (four salads, and we waited another 40 minutes. Add that on to waiting 20 minutes to get a check and we were there for nearly 2.5 hours.

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WE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. I always look forward to dinning there however I was sad to hear that they don't have the hummus on the menu anymore. One the best hummus I've had in a long time.

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SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The drinks here are superb as are the appetizers. Give this place a try.

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MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We were disappointed that we weren't seated until 7:15 when we had a 6:45pm reservation. The cook did not have hard boiled eggs for the Cobb Salad, which was unfortunate as it was advertised on the menu as being included. The tofo bowl was delicious, but nothing that I couldn't put together at home. The burger was the highlight of the meal. The wait staff was responsive and apologetic about the egg problem, and we appreciated him comping the glass of wine.

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SH
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful environment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The tuna was suppose to be medium rare for big eye tuna added to salad; it was dry over cook - I should have sent it back. This is the second time this happened here - they really don’t know how to cook fish.

The service was delayed, then we were forgotten, then we asked for dessert menu, and she brought the check instead; 20 minutes later we found her, asked for the desert menu. After explaining that we needed to leave by 7:30, she moved quicker. We arrived and had reservation for 6. Salads and dessert only.

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o
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good - certainly above average - but the meals were overpriced. Scallops entree was delicious. Sides of asparagus and brussell sprouts were tasty but way overpriced for the table-side. Desserts were delicious, and the restaurant was generous with dessert for the two birthday celebrations. The night's special fish (halibut) was excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It's too expensive for what you get - it's *fine* but for $34 the scallops should be pretty darn amazing; and for $32 the salmon should be too, but it was all just fine. (We also ended up getting a $40 something dollar bottle of wine that we literally saw in a wine store earlier that day for $12.) We all know restaurants in this area are expensive/sometimes over priced but I guess we just expected the quality to be better for the price. Again, it was fine - and, who knows, maybe it was just an off night - just seemed pricey to us for what you get.

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SH
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ad usual great food and wonderful environment

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brunch on weekends is great, first time I've had their lunch the menu looked good, burgers are ok, poke bowl was amazing.

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JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service in particular was really excellent. I was dealing with a new food allergy, and our server, Julia, went out of her way to get things right. Glad to come back again soon.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch. Food was good, ambiance was better

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SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food! It feels like you are at a beach house. We appreciated that there was a kids menu. Only complaint was although we had a reservation and showed up a few minutes before that time, we still had to wait 20 minutes to get a table.

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S
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had brunch on Easter at Summer House. What a great way to spend the afternoon! We sat outside and enjoyed a beautiful spring day. The food was very good - I really enjoyed, and strongly recommend, my Hashbrown Eggs Benedict which feature hashbrowns instead of an English Muffin! I recommend Summer House.

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PM
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 4

We ate Easter brunch at Summer House. The food was pretty good, but the kid’s sausage was over-cooked on the diagonally sliced ends, and once again hard as a rock. My daughter broke 4 bands on her braces, including the titanium wire, when we ate here recently. That incident was a very, very expensive meal - at least $1,000. So I gave my daughter one of my sausage links so she didn’t break the upper braces. Other than rock chicken sausage, the meal was good. They ran out of black tea, so I was a little upset I didn’t have tea with my brunch.

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MM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently one of my favorite restaurants! I went for brunch and ordered he chicken and waffles...They were amazing!!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Easter brunch

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JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here for Easter brunch with my friends and their baby. The staff was super helpful pricing a high chair and even giving him and other small children an Easter egg. The service was great and the food was excellent!

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L
Washington DC
149 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a special event. Summer House was preparing and serving a special menu for the Jewish Holiday of Passover. Just the fact that they were doing this earns them high marks. Any individual problems fall by the wayside since they were doing this.

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SH
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love summer house they all are wonderful and very accommodating

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C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

We came for the Passover dinner - and it was a very enjoyable experience all around. We arrived at our designated reservation time (7 pm), and were told things were running late. At around 7:15 we were told a high-top table was available, but this would not work for one of my guests, so we waited another 5-10 minutes for a regular table. It took quite a while for our server to come by, but when she did, she was very friendly. I let her know I had reached out to the restaurant to let them know I was vegan, and was told by telephone I could exchange the meat portion of the dinner for a veggie burger. She said this wasn't possible, that salmon was the only permissible alternative. I asked her to check, and about 20 minutes later she came back and let me know that was all right. The seder plate was extremely meager - there was, for 3 people, no more than 1 tablespoon (and that is a generous stretch) of charoset. For three people?! The maror was the tiniest piece of lettuce - maybe half the diameter of a little finger and two inches long at the most. A modest amount of matzoh was provided initially - we asked for 3 refills during the course of our dinner. When our desserts came, for a party of 3, only two were provided. We waited at least 15 minutes for the other dessert. The waiters (not Naomi) were determined not to make eye contact or acknowledge our subtle requests for attention (after a long wait, our 3rd person decided she wanted her dessert to go). On the positive side, the potato latke was outstanding. Naomi was a very friendly server, but she was, in my humble opinion, given too large of a number of tables to be responsible for. Overall - a great dinner. Suggestions: don't skimp on the lettuce on the seder plate, or the matzah for the table. This is our second seder dinner at your restaurant (came last year). Next year at the Santa Monica Summer House. ;)

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