Summer House - North Bethesda

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Sunday Lunch
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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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was very observant and took care of our needs

W
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The service was awful. We had two different servers the first was worse than the second. It took 10min to get drinks. The first server seemed to be more concerned with chatting with friends then his customers. We finally got our meals and the food was great, as usual. The server did a check and we asked for ketchup to go with the fries my daughter had. He took forever to get the ketchup and when I turned to see where he was, I saw him with his hand over top of a silver ramekin of ketchup - his palm was touching the top. Another server grabbed him and took the ramekin back to kitchen and served it on a plate in a proper manner. That server ended up taking over our table. She was more attentive but still quite slow. It took over an hour for a two sandwiches and a cookie. We put our order in with our drink order. The drinks came 10 min later and two minutes later the food came. The rest of the time was just waiting on the servers.

C
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will definitely come back with in the area.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was phenomenal - her upbeat personality made my 9 year old daughter’s day.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Valentine’s Dinner Spot!

D
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner before AMP! High energy and a bit on the noisy side, but festive, fresh atmosphere and great food!

BR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I would recommend but be careful of when you go. We had to wait almost 30 minutes for a 1 pm reservation on a Sunday. Lots of people lounging around....which should happen on a Sunday afternoon...I wish they would factor that into the reservation process. Great atmosphere, decent food. Pricey.

n
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

If there were a 3rd choice of maybe I would select that. I like the atmosphere and food was ok. If I were in the area, maybe give it another try. Not sure if I'd go as far to recommend it. Founding Fathers is much better, food and service.

I made a reservation for 11:30am, but didn't get seated until 12pm. I went to the host area and they said they were running a few minutes behind. After 15 minutes, I had to ask again. We finally got seated, drinks took awhile to get. I ordered a side of bacon, but didn't come with the other dishes and had to ask for. There is only one ladies room for 2 restaurants and was very awkward to get to since you can't get there without going near the front door.

I thought there were people waiting in line in the bakery section since they were standing right in front. I looked over at someone working in that section who didn't even bother to acknowledge me and could have said, we'll be with you in a minute. It seems like it would be obvious they weren't ordering from the bakery from the staff's perspective. When I realized the people weren't in line, I finally ordered. There was some problem with the register so that took another 5 minutes. At least this other woman was pleasant and apologized for the delay. They were busy and clearly understaffed.

MZ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Reservations don't mean anything - we reserved an 11:30 time for brunch but weren't offered a table until 12:15

t
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Waitress was terrible. Never checked on us. Had to ask for our drink and took so long for check. Poor waitress.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal with fantastic service from Phil and his team.

Summer House never disappoints!!

k
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant is super cute and the service is great. Old wine selection. We tried several appetizers. Most were very good, but the tuna on a fried rice patty was a bit strange.

SG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Front desk person warm and inviting. Surroundings attractive. Waitperson needs some improvement. Food excellent.

r
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our first time at this restaurant and it was great! We will be back. The service was wonderful.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Overpriced average food. Service is below average and definitely not worth the price.

LB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff is always amazing and helpful and courteous. With the three kids the food comes quick and tastes fresh and great.

CM
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant but it was really busy when we went so maybe snack some before coming because we waited a bit for the food..

BM
Washington DC
161 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Shared a nice Sunday breakfast with my Lady. The food was well prepared. The coffee was good, including brewed decaf instead of instant. We both left happy.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service was spotty at best. Food was ok. Wouldn’t recommend

CB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Should be clearer on the website that do not serve a full menu for dinner on weekends until 5.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food arrived after an hour and it was cold...

m
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall good experience. Honored reservation on time. Food excellent and service attentive without being intrusive.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I usually go for happy hour, but on this visit, a couple of friends and I came for lunch. It was right around opening when there were only a handful of tables present. Drinks took a while to get to the table. When the food hit the table, it took a while for our server to check on us. Condiments and other things needed at the start of the meal weren’t tended to until about a little more than halfway through the meal.
Although service wasn’t that great, the food and ambiance made up for it.

JC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our food, good service. Looking forward to returning.

GF
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food continues to be over the top and the staff was great!

OT
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and excellent service make a great experience. My friend and I went to Summer House for lunch. Our server, Peter, noticed the gift bag immediately and asked if we were celebrating an occasion. We told him it was my birthday. He brought us the Prosecco we ordered. When he came back to take our orders, we asked about the Prosecco. It was flat. He comped us two new drinks from an unopened bottle, at the 9 oz. size rather than the 6 oz. size we ordered! We both had the grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. Excellent! Peter was attentive and friendly. He brought me a yummy cookie for dessert with a birthday candle. He told us about signing up for the Lettuce Entertain You app, which would save us money in the future. And, he showed us how to do it. I've been to Summer House before and always enjoyed the food, ambiance and service. I think this was my best experience there yet. I recommend it.

BM
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great venue for breakfast or brunch. Creative menu with excellent choices and fresh presentations. The food was terrific as well! Bright and inviting atmosphere.

M
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the spicy and crispy salad to the perfectly cooked Scottish salmon to the the oats and apple cookie à la mode with vanilla bean ice cream, nothing could have been better except the exceptional service. Mariam was the loveliest and most attentive server one could ever have . The restaurant is managed by the charming Tyler and impressively run.

Excellent food! Superb service!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed the food and service

SB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We've been to Summerhouse many times. The menu is limited in options, and we're aware of that. However, since it was a Friday night, we were careful to book reservations. They were not honored, and we waited well over 30 minutes for a table. There were empty tables, and we could not get a reason that we couldn't have one.

It took 4 waiters/waitresses asked to get coffee, and that type of service applied to the food as well.

They are obviously not, in any way, ready for a busy night. Getting food and attention felt like a "fight." It was a very unpleasant evening. We will only go off hours, if we go back.

RB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were wonderful as usual.

8
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

So here’s the thing: other Lettuce eateries produce good food. I’ve given this place 4 opportunities weeks/months apart to show they care, even a little bit, about their food. Presentation is sloppy, fish/burgers/buns dry and over cooked. Sautéd spinach is so covered with globs of who knows what kind of garlic paste that it’s inedible. I guess I could’ve talked with the manager, but if this was my experience each time I visited he’s probably heard this before.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The experience was average, the food was okay.

M
Washington DC
268 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love this place for brunch

KC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Summer House at noon on Sunday during Bethesda Restaurant week and it was very busy. There aren't a lot of soft furnishings and with the stone floor and the high peaked ceiling, it was difficult to hear my guest at times due to the "energetic" sound levels. We ordered from the menu and they serve breakfast until 1pm so we opted for that. I ordered the Avocado Toast with poached eggs and scallion mascarpone with micro greens over toasted brioche and it was amazing. It came with a small bowl with field greens. My guest had the American breakfast and thoroughly enjoyed that as well. The waitstaff was extremely attentive, personable, and friendly and we were never made to feel rushed during our meal. Can't wait to return.

r
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for Restaurant Week. The overall experience was very satisfying. Attentive, prompt and friendly service throughout. The food was good, fixed and specials menus. Would have liked more options on the menu, and for all dietary choices especially, since this is a west coast estab. However, what we ate was all very tasty and fresh. Guac+dips+chips, soup, salad, pasta, chicken sandwich, chocolate cake and drinks- all excellent. Will be back to try out the fsmous brunch soon!

KL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Went to celebrate 50th birthday celebration for four life long friends. Service was extremely slow, kitchen got our orders incorrect three times. The tall male general manager came around to apologize for the hiccups - no amends offered. The kicker was that they overcharged us by $27-- thank goodness of the ladies looked!

I'd go back but probably not for a bit.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Long wait of table, even though we had a reservation. Ended up in a big table for a party of 3. Food with few choices. Very noisy

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Small portions for high price. Quality was good.

S
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Server was not very attentive, but food was good as always for a Sunday Brunch...

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