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The Summer House Restaurant

44 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

The Summer House Restaurant is located in Nantucket, an area within Boston. This restaurant is a cozy home repurposed to be a comfortable dining area for guests to enjoy. There is indoor dining all year round and outdoor dining on the porch when the weather is warm enough. While eating, guests can take in the home-style decorations around the restaurant, such as fresh flowers on every table and beautiful landscape paintings on the walls. From the porch, as well as some of the dining room tables, diners can take in the ocean view.

Fresh seafood is the main feature on The Summer House Restaurant's menu. Delicious shrimp sliders, oysters on the half-shell, New England clam chowder, locally caught striped bass and grilled swordfish are some of the highlights of the menu. After a meal at The Summer House Restaurant, guests can enjoy having a drink at the Piano Bar area.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(508) 257-9976
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Robert Wood
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Cross street
Ocean near Magnolia
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Live Piano Music Nightly
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 44 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (London)
2.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

Service lacking and food overpriced for the quality. Location beautiful which saved the meal.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 28, 2017

Very slow service-clearly suffering from staff shortages because of the visa problems faced by non-US workers island wide. The food quality has not improved through the summer-this was our 4th time at the SH this season. And, it is a very pricey dining experience. Having said all this, the staff was gracious, and did the best they could. It is tough to beat the location and the beautiful views of the Atlantic. The appearance of the venue is also a concern. The gardens look under-attended, path lights are broken or need new light bulbs, and the cottages shows signs of deferred maintenance. This is place is too beautiful and unique to be managed for short term gain.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

We were a group of 22. Unfortunately I wasn’t the first to arrive and others in the party thought we were beachside. When they realized we weren’t there was an attempt by our guests to change from the restaurant to the beach club. Everyone was entirely gracious as we maneuvered everyone in the party back upstairs. Some slight annoyance by the host as they had already prepared our table. A manager should’ve come and explain how a move on our part would’ve disrupted the opportunities for other parties to have booked their restaurant. In the end we took our original reservation and had a fabulous time. Service and food couldn’t have been better.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

First time there while vacationing. Fabulous food and wine. Beautiful evening and great ambiance. Very nice for celebrating special events.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2017

David was amazing!!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2017

Delicious meals!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 6, 2017

A wonderful place for any occasion.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on September 20, 2015

Not to be confused with the beachside bistro...this is the old school Summer House restaurant we've loved for decades. There's just something about being here during a Nantucket summer/early fall, before it closes for the season...The atmosphere is lovely as always. The night we were there was cool enough so we could enjoy an after-dinner cup of tea next to the fireplace. The chicken entree I had was not great, however; it was a little bland and almost tasted like pressed chicken you get sometimes at the deli. But we'll still continue to come for the memories, and hope for some improvement by next season! :)

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on July 29, 2015

2 times here and both were disappointing. Tacos served without taco shells, mushroom enchiladas without mushroom.quinoa dish was horrible

vipfoodforthought (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 20, 2014

A great meal, as alwasy. An off-season delight in Sconset!