The Summit House it located on the top of a hill and has simply beautiful views of Orange County, CA. The view can be enjoyed from within the restaurant or, my preference, on the patio. For that reason alone, the Summit House is worth a trip.
Inside the decor is warm and welcoming, a sort of rustic farmhouse feel. There is lots of dark wood paneling, framed paintings, open beams raised ceiling, and a huge rock fireplace. Very bright and cheery with, of course, lots of windows. The tables are set formally with comfortable arm chairs.
Add to that the excellent food coupled with professional service and you have a perfect First Date, Birthday, Anniversary, or other special occasion celebratory location. But its also a highly desirable location for weddings, proms, and celebrations of all sorts which can make for crowds.
Fortunately that’s rarely a problem with the lounge or patio. The lounge is an extension of the dining room, but raised so you’re looking over the diners and also have a view out the windows. There’s piano music every day to accompany your libation. All in all perfectly wonderful, comfortable, and relaxing.
If I lived closer this would be high on my list of ‘personal hang out’ candidates.
I know, you’re probably sitting there thinking “Get on with it! I came for the Martini”. Ok… here’s the good; its a nice sized drink and nicely dry. The bad; the drink was severed more cool that cold, though the stem was chilled. So my conclusion is that the Martini was not adequately shaken.
I had two Martinis while I was here, as much to give the Barkeep a second chance as to enjoy a second drink. Same result as the first time.
For Selection the Summit House gets a “B”.
Bombay, Bombay Sapphire, Bombay Sapphire East, Tanqueray, Tanqueray Ten, Hendrick’s, Beefeater, Gordon’s. A “Nice” selection of standard and popular gins but nothing remotely novel or risky.
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