An integral element of the rose-canopied complex of shingled shacks that epitomizes 'Sconset, the Summer House's main dining room is awash in white wicker and exuberant floral displays; a pianist keeps the mood buoyant. As the latest star chef in residence, Todd English has kept his more playful leanings in check: the menu is on the staid side, as befits the audience (spotted one evening: three generations sporting a rainbow of Lacoste polos). It's in the gorgeous Beachside
Bistro down below that the fun stuff is stashed: exemplary fried clams (whole-bellied, of course) and a swell trio of tacos. Throw in a moonrise and you've got one magical night.
Aug 21, 2002
The best of both worlds!! My wife and I had been used to the tight surroundings of town the last two days. Being able to see such large untouched land on our way "out of town" was awe inspiring. We arrived early for dinner and noticed that directly across from the elegant Summer House , was a very down to earth outdor pool and patio which abutted up against the Atlantic. We sat under the patio umbrellas and had a few drinks. Most everyone around us
had casual summer outfits on and seemed as relaxed as the outfits made them out to be. When we left to go back for our dinner at the Summer House, we started absorbing the elegant atmosphere that we were entering. The decor was painted in every pastel one could imagine. The staff made us feel like we were the only two in the restaurant. The seating design made us feel like we were the only two having dinner. The piano playing in the background seemed to absorb any other conversations around us. The menu had tempted me into trying foods I thought I never possibly would. Everything was wonderful. If rekindling or keeping that special bond between you and someone you care about is what your after, the Summer House should top your list!