The Summerhouse

4.6
1655 Reviews
£26 to £40
English
The Summerhouse is situated on the Grand Union Canal only a stone's throw away from our famous Waterway restaurant in Little Venice. We can't control the weather but we can offer you that holiday feeling whilst dining, overlooking the water and enjoying our crisp Rosé wines, Summer salads and the best fish and chips in town.

In response to the latest government guidance, our side blinds and outdoor terrace will stay open for a little longer into the Autumn. This small change ensures you can continue to enjoy dining with us while remaining as safe as possible with an unrivalled view of the Little Venice canal.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1655 people are saying
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ANGELWOBBLE
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We had the poached octopus with potatoes for starters but there was no flavour with the potatoes, a bit bland. The main course of seafood risotto was better and monk loin, however portions are small.

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Michelle
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place with lovely ambiance, great service & delicious food.

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ElenaR
London
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place, super lovely staff and dreamy food!

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mboo
London
21 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was tasty! The place was well set up for a mixed households lunch!

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Dabhands
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem find off the beaten track in an amazing canal setting...great ambience, gorgeous decor along with excellent service and best of all a great menu with simply delicious food.

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Dxxxxxxxx
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very attractive decor and great location, overlooking the Canal. Six of us enjoyed Christmas lunch. Very attentive and pleasant staff who couldn't have been more helpful when arranging this luncheon amidst changing regulations due to Covid19.
Thank you Summerhouse staff.

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debraF
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really enjoyable evening and made to feel very Covid safe. WE will return.

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DebraG
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Great service and very “ Covid “ friendly.

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aldwynd
London
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I requested a waterside table and they were kind enough to ensure this is what happened

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vipKatie
London
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this venue and the Christmas decorations make it even more picturesque. Great food and service. Would definitely recommend.

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RhysJ
London
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole dining experience was simply sensational.

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vipRimaK
London
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time as usual. Please bring back the grissinis!

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Poet
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant has adapted wonderfully well to the pandemic issues. Excellent menu, preparation and presentation to match.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splendid afternoon

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MarkR
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal. Staff made us feeel vey welcome. Very safe in current circumstances
Will be rturning soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely canal setting, excellent friendly service and great food!!

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MichaelD
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service from a lovely Irish waitress food was excellent .
Had a lovely table looking on the canal luckily for us restaurant
was very quiet.

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ChristineB
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Currently my favourite London restaurant! Great canalside terrace with excellent patio heating, lovely food and delightful service.

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vipGForce
London
207 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favourite London restaurants. Surpassed themselves tonight with most amazing turkey dinner!!!

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DJAtallah
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service we received on the night was wonderful! The lady was super friendly and nice and she made our evening very pleasant!
Thank you so much

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GerryN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Waiter was far from friendly or helpful. Some people should not be waiters. Looked bored and unresponsive. Smallest portion of fish delivered. Child size portion with cold chips and a sauce with too much sugar. It was so expensive for fish and chips. It was the last day before lockdown and there was no recognition that we were supporting The Summer House. Will not return which is a shame as the setting is delightful.

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LaraF
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience with a beautiful view overlooking the water. Food was really tasty and the staff are friendly!

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littlevenitian
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Great service and tasty well presented food.

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ChristineB
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful - great service, lovely food, everything completely Covid-secure without being obtrusive.

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Migolunch
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A short menu generally leads to swift service and good quality food as at The Summerhouse, enjoyed in a bright, summery atmosphere beside the canal. I am glad it is easy for me to get to.

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SimonW
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We are always looked after at the Summerhouse, excellent staff willing to make changes and additions to menu of required, and food is consistently good quality. Toilets are sparkling clean and stylish, the overall ambience makes the Summerhouse our favourite London dining spot.

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vipRafaelF
Mexico City
17 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by the staff. The location is fabulous, near to the Regents Canal. Clam chowder is good, served in a plate. Lobster is fresh and tasteful; the size is not bad. We’ll come back, when the lockdown is over.

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PatrickV
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good service and ambience. Food was good but not great

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ThomasL
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Nice place but food is really not interesting, very basic.
It is overpriced.

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RussellG
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Summerhouse is a great restaurant right on the canal. Superb setting and excellent seafood. I would highly recommend the sea bass which was on special when we visited.
Will definitely be visiting again.

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HelenA
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I love this restaurant for its menu, ambience, decor, service and location. The food is super tasty and beautifully presented. Covid-secure (in Tier 2) with screens between tables etc., although I did trip over the foot of the screen as I hadn't been warned about it and saw a few other guests stumble a bit as well. The restaurant is currently open to the canal on one side, but it is also well heated.

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Foodie
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very happy with everything other than that the windows were open on a cold day so had to dine in our coats. Didn’t expect that in late October. But food and service very good. Would come back but perhaps in the summer when it’s warmer and nice to dine alfresco.

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FrancoiseB
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent fast service and romantic setting by the canal. Definitely a great place for a celebration, as its not cheap.

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SharonG
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely re visit!
Great combination of good food and great service/ambience! Very Covid safe too!

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MrsAE
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

What a great little find by the canal, great ambience and child-friendly too! And very covid safe 👍

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DavidB
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

1st visit. Very Covid friendly, felt relaxed. Good food and service. Looking forward to the next time!

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TraceyB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Was told that we could not sit by the open window, as that was for a party of 4 people and there’s was only 2 of us.
However, a couples arrived after us and were seated at the table with the open window. After about five mins they asked to be moved as they were cold. Ten minutes later another couple arrived and again were seated at the table for 4, at the open window. The lady expressed to one of the waiter that she was cold and he came back with a blanket for her! (Nice)
However, my husband and I are of Africa Caribbean decent and the two couples mentioned above were white British and therefore were treated with respect and curtesy, clearly we were not worthy of the same treatment.
I will not be back there in a hurry, or perhaps this was their way of letting us know that we were not welcome, as their actions were very obvious.
We did not express how we felt to the manager, as we were afraid of our evening being ruined.

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EllieM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Myself and the other diners I were with all thought the food, service and overall experience were great. Would highly recommend to others looking for a really enjoyable dining experience.

Also want to highlight that as I was sat at my table, a very rude customer began being difficult with some meme bets of staff (including not wearing a mask and boasting his own ‘superior’ cooking skills), and the staff were nothing but respectful to him even where he was being highly disrespectful - so great customer service and thank you for such a lovely dining experience.

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vipGareth
London
35 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Such a disappointment - I thought restaurants had stopped trying to appear special by underdelivering back in the 90s! - "The roast dinner was like fine dining because they only gave me 1/8th if a carrot, smothered the beef with black peppers and didn't give Yorkshire puddings or anything else you might expect with a roast dinner" - said nobody ever! In addition to the pathetic roast they have also suddenly decided that they couldn't make pasta in tomato sauce (as they always have before) for our 6-year-old (come on - I'm a rally basic cook and even I can make a basic tomato sauce for pasts in 2 minutes). To round the visit off we were chased out of the restaurant by a man insisting we put on a mask (despite being led to our table without masks being mentioned, and his own not even covering his nose). What has happened to this place?

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BusterSarg
Brighton
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were inviting and wonderful. The food was some of the best I have ever had. Beautiful location and scenery. Very clean and professional! Will definitely be back :)

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The Summerhouse is rated 4.6 stars by 1655 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.