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For centuries the English Inn has earned a great reputation for friendly faces, cozy rooms and cheery firesides. As soon as guests come to the Inn, the charming hosts and hostesses run to greet them. In front of a crackling fire one can partake of good hearty fare - the tankard is always full - the spit hung with roasting beefs - and a table heaped with sweets and such. The Inn Keepers of the Summit House are inspired by this custom to create an hospitable place where friends can meet to eat, drink and delight in the views of North Orange County's countryside. To one and all, welcome!
PRICE RANGE
US$31 - US$65
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Seafood, American, Steakhouse
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 21 May 2022

When three of us dined here I did not expect great food and superb service but that is what we got on a visit last week. House salad was nice and prime rib was perfectly cooked to rare as requested. Popover was dry but improved...when au jus was poured over by the server. Our server Shannon made us very comfortable walking us through the menu options and was extremely attentive throughout the dinner.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 18 January 2022

Very disappointed, made reservations to celebrate 2 Birthdays for a party of 7. Our table was in a back banquet room , no atmosphere like dining in Applebees. the John Dory was very fishy not fresh could not eat it, Onion soup was warm not...hot. Took a long time to get our first cocktail.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 9 August 2021 via mobile

My wife and I met friends of ours Friday evening at 5:30 PM. Keeping in mind that we live in Costa Mesa that drive took approximately 45 minutes at that particular day and time! We arrived perfectly on time and utilized their valet service. I...believe the valet service is free we did tip the gentleman $10 on the way out though. Our friends had reserve seating on the patio. I must say the view was spectacular from the patio! The weather was gorgeous and we truly appreciated the atmosphere there. We open with a round of adult beverages and enjoyed them as we pondered appetizers. I wish I remember all of the beverage names, mine was the ginger old-fashioned and I must say it was superb! As we finished the first round, we ordered our appetizers of meat and cheese platter and the prosciutto wrapped scallops. As our appetizers came out we ordered another round of beverages and I opted for a glass of wine. The meat and cheese platter was picture perfect and delicious but I must say my hat is off to the prosciutto wrapped scallops! Absolutely delicious! The menu at Summit House is solid. My understanding is it does not change very often; how can you go wrong with prime rib steaks and a couple of fish dishes? My wife went with the 7 ounce filet mignon butterfly cut with blue cheese chunks, and I the 10 ounce prime rib. Our friends went with the John Dory gluten free and a filet mignon as described. The entrées were delicious! The prime rib came with cream corn for the table; however, no one else had a bite other than me. My wife raved about her steak, I must say it looked delicious! Our friends did not have a negative word regarding their dishes either. For dessert we opted for the Crème brûlée and our friends the chocolate tort. Both were well presented and delicious! Our server, Maria, was gracious, friendly, and professional! It was obvious she was stretched a bit thin, but she made up for it with her attitude. All and all we enjoyed a very good dinner! I must say that I read on the Michelin guide that Summit House was known for “good cooking”. They did not have a star. Not every restaurant can but I will agree that it was indeed “good cooking”! Not sure if I would drive 45 minutes again to visit.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 5 July 2021

We had a wonderful time celebrating our son's birthday at Summit House. Our son was impressed with the prime rib, best he's ever had he said. Because it was his birthday, they surprised him with a slice of cake and candle. Service was excellent. Parking...is easy in their big parking lot. Reservations are a must.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 25 December 2020 via mobile

I have been a regular customer since the summit house opened. My father, booked many of his church functions from the very first day they opened. He was featured in their first newsletter due to his commitment to the restaurant. The customer service has always...been impeccable. However, I have noticed that management has changed over the last few years. And although I have tried to remain a good customer through COVID-19, I had a very bad experience on Christmas Eve. I had ordered a meal for one to be picked up at 7:30 PM. I called about six or 615 to ask if there was a chance I might be able to pick it up a bit early. The hostess, by the name of Kaylee, said no you may not. I was so shocked with her curt response that I just commented thank you OK and hung up. However, I have spent a lot of money in that restaurant in the last 28 years and decided I needed to complain to the manager. I called back and asked for the manager, and was referred to Erin. I explained what happened and she said she was sorry I had that bad experience. Period. We have reached a point in our society, where being rude and thoughtless is acceptable. I am sad to say due to this experience I will be reluctant to continue returning to this restaurant and recommending it as I have in the past. So there are many many restaurants to choose from and those that have excellent customer service will be the ones I continue to return to.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 20 November 2020 via mobile

My wife and I celebrated our 52nd wedding anniversary at the Summit House. As always, it did not disappoint. We ate on the patio...everything was set up for COVID-19 safety. Our server, Michelle, and her team were excellent. They were very attentive to our needs....My wife had the Filet Mignon and I had the John Dory fish. Both were excellent and are recommended. Everything about the evening was excellent...food, service, the view of North Orange County, etc. I highly recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 6 October 2020

With so many positives and negatives, this may be my hardest review to make so far. The wife and I went there on 10/05/20 for probable the third time. The location on a hill top is magnificent. The restaurant is well appointed in an English...pub style with some beautiful views. The service could not have been better and was all we could ask for. Now, for the tough part of this review, the food. I ordered the John Dorey fish and wish I hadn’t. love seafood and have eaten over 30 different types of fish in my life and have very much enjoyed almost every one of them. This time I made a mistake. The fish was over cooked and dry and I couldn’t eat it. My mistake that I will not make again (stay with the prime rib). The Cottage Cut prime rib was excellent, expensive for what you get and was the thinnest slice of prime rib the wife had ever seen. French onion soup was very good as was the house salad. The cream corn was excellent but the cream spinach was marginal. Will we come back? Sure, but not for a while.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 12 August 2020 via mobile

Order curbside with the expectation of having a delicious meal at the hotel. From the salad to the main entree, it had to be the worst meal in recent memory. Would not recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 8 July 2020

This review is undecided between 3 stars and 4. Server/Service -- 3 stars -- very unpolished. But we noticed that the other server was phenomenal. In fact, the other server even came to help us a few times as ours was nowhere to be seen...for long periods of time, all night long. Food -- MIXED STARS -- John Dory fish -- was really overcooked, tough. Waste of the poor fish :( So, that was like a 2. Prime Rib = excellent! 5.0 for sure. After my fish came out super bad, I just asked for Prime Rib instead, as my wife's was phenomenal. Yorkshire pudding with prime rib = meh. Nothing to be desired. MUCH better at other places we've been to. Spinach -- 5.0 stars! Mashed Potatoes -- 5.0 stars! Side of mac & bone marrow -- meh! Just 2.0 stars. The mac is very boring. Bone Marrow was only 1/4 full of marrow. Would never order that again. Dessert -- ice cream with weird bread stuff and weird round balls inside and really oily "whipped cream" that coated the mouth with thick grease -- 1.0 stars. Just meh. Doesn't work. The only good thing about the dessert was the chocolate sauce (which they didn't put much of, unfortunately). Cocktails -- were both not very cold, and just OK. Nothing to write home about. I'd say 3.0 stars for the cocktails. Blue cheese wedge salad -- Just OK. The dressing is not that great, rather thick and slimy, and on the heavy side... and the blue cheese (or whatever they use) is not that tasty. We will come back, but ONLY for the prime rib... ! The prime rib here is phenomenal. WITH ALL THIS SAID, I can't give only 3.0 stars because the prime rib is phenomenal. But I can't give 5.0 either, because of the details above. So, 4.0 stars it is out of a total of 5.0 possible.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 26 June 2020 via mobile

The Summit House is a favorite restaurant for special occasions! Their service and ambience with piano music is 10 Stars! The little things make a big difference. On our Open Table reservation, I noted that we were celebrating a birthday. On our table was a...special birthday card signed by the staff. Nice touch. Additionally they brought our son a wonderful dessert with a candle. Our entrees included a Caesar salad, filet minon, their specialty prime rib, portobello mushrooms, asparagus, creamed corn, and something that is not on their menu....a Flagship bacon burger. Everything was delicious. We used their valet parking and tipped $3.00. As other reviewers have stated be prepared for fine dining prices. Our bill for 4 adults was $183.00.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Response from Melba N | Reviewed this property |
You can get an answer by calling the Summit House. I don't have a clue what they do at Christmas time.
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John: The summit house has a very nice and diverse wine list as well a champagne. If you cannot find the wine list on line you can call and ask the Sommelier and he can explain the wine selection as well as the corkage fee... More
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We went for dinner and found people were well dressed. But they seemed an accommodating place that would accept dress shorts.
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Summit House Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5