Summer House - North Bethesda

4.4
1137 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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
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.
Additional
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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1,137 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
57%
Very Good
28%
Good
10%
Fair
4%
Poor
1%
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Delicious meal with excellent service !

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great spot for a get together

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

The ambiance is amazing. The place is very upscale and lovely. However, the service isn’t that great. Our server literally walked by us a bunch of times before we were able to finally get some service. I ordered the spicy tuna poke bowl and it was bland. My boyfriend ordered a turkey sandwich and got something else and at the time we didn’t know it was something else, until I ordered the same turkey sandwich he got and got a turkey sandwich that wasn’t the same one he ordered.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

The meal was a disappointment. We were a party of three. Two of us ordered the rockfish special. The menu described it as coming with pistou, a green sauce somewhat similar to pesto. It took awhile for our meals to arrive. The rockfish arrived without any sauce of any kind. We asked the waiter for some pistou on the side, but instead he returned the dishes to the kitchen. It took another 20-30 minutes for new plates to arrive (which we did not ask for) and by that time the third diner was done. In addition, the kitchen had no pistou. We were offered another sauce, which was fine. We were also offered free desserts, which was nice. But at these prices, I would have preferred if it was right the first time.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Didn’t recognize or even acknowledge 50th birthday. A little disappointed

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Summer House has the best brunch menu by far in Pike & Rose. Had the blueberry pancakes..very fluffy with fresh berries. Love the overall ambiance of this restaurant and definitely recommend for brunch.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The service for the third time in a row was slow and unfriendly. Menu variety is average. I like the venue but they need to pay attention to the diners.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Except for the interior design, I would not recommend the restaurant. The salmon was overcooked and dry. The bolognese was a bunch of mush. The fish my friend got was dry (cant recall name.) The guacamole was tasty and good but skimpy for the price.
Service was good and server very cheerful. I did not complain to the server because I didn’t want to further hurt my friend as this restuarant was her suggestion. But she was disappointed and my daughter who never complains was equally disappointed.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was overpriced and average but drinks are great. Also has a lot of vegan/vegetarian options

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

Ordered simply grilled trout - was loaded with paprika & some other spice, fish was not fresh. Do not like the other menu offerings. Expensive for fish fillet & 1 side. Third & last time at this restaurant.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great service , food was amazing! We loved it and will defiantly go back!

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Limited menu. Steak was expensive. I would like to see more options on menu. Cookie bar seemed separate, server wasn't able to tell us day's specialty.

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2.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Ambiance was good, but portions small and underwhelming we were also hustled out of our cable on a weeknight , even though there were no people waiting. Trendy, not worth the visit for the quality of the food.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Service was a little slow but good. Food was as expected. Bring back the vegetarian tacos!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Good food... menu friendly for all levels of food eaters. Great service

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3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Nice restaurant, good food, but service was a little slow. Would definitely give another chance

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Love the open, airy, atmosphere of Summer House. Food always good & plenty of great options on menu for all (Vegan or one looking to splurge). Love round table option for larger groups so can talk to all. Service staff very accommodating. Overall have had only good dining experiences there!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Always a beautiful place to eat. Great food. Great service.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

What a beautiful restaurant! The weather was gorgeous and they had the sides of the restaurant open. The ambiance is very light and airy and it was cool being able to see the chefs cooking through the open kitchen. I went here for brunch for my birthday with family and the food was great! I got the smoked salmon platter and it was nice to be able to assemble the sandwiches how I liked it. Two others got the fried chicken and waffles and enjoyed it. Menu had a great selection and the food was fresh. It was also nice to get a free dessert for my birthday! I definitely want to go back to explore other items on the menu.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Living right there on Pike and Rose this is my to go spot every time I want to have a bite with friends and they never disappoint!! The service is always great, from the hosts in front, very friendly always, to waitresses and managers. What I like the most is the vibe of this place and the quality of the food, drinks are a hit or miss depending on how crowd the restaurant is, I believe there is room for improvement on the drink menu and bartenders. Im not getting them 5 stars until they bring the tuna roll back to the menu, they were my favorite!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Extensive gluten free menu.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

With the exception of the tuna tostadas and blondie dessert, which were fabulous, everything else was just okay. The burgers and tuna sandwich lacked any significant flavor - not bad, but not great. Waiter was very good, although we didn’t see him often and they forgot to bring one of the appetizers, although they did comp us for that, which was very nice.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

As usual, the lunch was very good and service was superb. It was very busy but noise did not bother me. I gave 4 Stars instead of 5 because I would like to see a few more lunch choices. For example, the mahi, mahi tacos are very good. I have had them before but portion needs to be smaller for lunch.

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The server was not at all interested in being there. She was abrupt, never smiled and just seemed to want to be out of there.

Food was fresh and came out quickly. Brussels Sprout salad was tough to chew.

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2.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Third visit to Summer House, second disappointing meal in a row. Last time it was a busboy who threw so much water on the table next to us to clean it that it got in my daughter’s face and all over her meal. They comped her a cookie to make it up to her. This time the server was nice but not knowledgeable about the menu. I ordered something off the specials menu and was told about ten minutes later they didn’t have it. Daughter’s turkey burger was somewhat undercooked, my Brussels sprouts salad was disappointing. It’s a shame, it’s a cute space and the menu sounds good (although our last trip was disappointing as the chicken tacos are gone). It’s just too expensive a place to walk away having not liked the meal or the experience.

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

This is a good mid-range restaurant option in Rockville/North Bethesda, MD. The vibe of the restaurant is Southern California, lacking the beach and the tanned people. Service is typically fine, short of very good. There is a good variety of menu options for families, including lower-cost items such as burgers/sandwiches. Parking is available in the nearby garage with the first 2 hours free.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Food was fine. My only complaint is that I had a reservation but there were no available tables. I was not able to wait for a table so I was seated on the high bar stool tables in the indoor patio area which was very hot and uncomfortable. Reservations need to be better managed.

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The service wasn’t good. The waiter forgot to bring our naan and two of our party’s meals were brought out before mine and my husband’s. Also, the humus has a lot of “stuff” in it, which we don’t mind, but it would be nice if it were chopped more. The trout lacked flavor and so did the spinach. The peas weren’t cooked enough and didn’t taste that good. The meatball on he kid’s menu was too spicy for kids. Overall, not a good experience.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Brunch food was yummy! The chairs for the tall tables near the bar are very uncomfortable.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

A nice place for Sunday brunch. The staff is very friendly and the service is very good. Enjoyed the Bloody Mary and the French toast, and always love the interior design of the dining room.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Summer House is a great addition to the neighborhood -- good food, excellent service, fun ambiance. Parking is easy and the hours are good.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Love Summer House. Great food and ambiance but very noisy.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Wonderfull Staff! Wonderfull gluten free food. Highly recommend!

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2.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Mixed review this time.

PROS: Staff. We were seated promptly and courteously. The waitperson (Julia) was attentive and pleasant.

CONS: Slow and uneven kitchen prep times. We waited 20 minutes for a guacamole appetizer, and then another 30 minutes for three out of four entrees. The fourth entree (an easy vegetarian burger) only came 10 minutes later when we complained. Waitperson was apologetic but unable to fix the problem.

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2.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Normally I think the food is good, but it REALLY depends on what you order. We had Chicken Paillard. It was a small dry piece of chicken on the plate. The trout was also small and overcooked. I have had the roast chicken and salmon before and they were very good.

The service was VERY slow and our drinks took 20 minutes and were so watered down. A Kettle One martini tasted like water, not vodka. After the second one came (we did not complain about the first one) and was poorly made, my friend went to the bar to nicely approach the bartender. She was rude and made it again in front of him adding soda water and ice to chill the glass. When he said that could be the problem because the drink tasted like soda water, she rudely replied then I will give you a warm glass if you want it. Clearly she doesn't completely empty her soda water before pouring the drink. No apology or politeness. When the manager stopped by we had just gotten our food. We replied we did have an issue but could he come back in 5-10 minutes to discuss. We stayed another hour talking to friends and he never came back.

I would like to add that I made reservation on open table but it still took 25 minutes to be seated.

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

The food is always very good at Summer House, but it is very, very noisy at cocktail/dinner time. Even though we had a reservation, we were seated 20 minutes late :(

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Server was wonderfully attentive and so were her colleagues. Looking forward to returning again soon!

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3.0Dined on June 26, 2018

It was nice but hard to get servers attention. Bread came late and was skimpy. Also skimpy on the chocolate sauce.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Tried the spicy tuna poke bowl (tuna, avocado, cucumber, serrano, green onion) with 1/2 and 1/2 rice and kale salad. I will gladly eat this lunch again (and again) in the future. It's a bit pricier than other lunches in the area, but definitely worth it. My companion had the beach club salad and thought it was fine. The service was pleasant and I appreciated the mention that you don't have to choose between rice or kale salad with the poke bowl - you can ask for 1/2 and 1/2.

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Pretty restaurant, good food, service is always lacking!

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