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The Summerhouse
The Summerhouse

The Summerhouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thesummerhouse.co
  • Phone: 0207 286 6752
  • Hours of Operation: Saturday, Sunday: 10:00AM - 01:00PM;

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 12:00pm - 03:30pm

    Saturday & Sunday: 12:00PM - 04:30PM

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 06:00PM - 10:30PM

    Sunday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: English, European
  • Executive Chef: Sinan Lamouri
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Warwick Avenue is the closest underground station and Royal Oak is a 10 minute walk away.
    Buss routes 6, 414, 187, 36 and 18 are all close by.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details:
    On street parking available in surrounding area.
A word from The Summerhouse
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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerEnglish
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a good table for dinner next to the canal. The waiter was very friendly and helpful. The food was fine but the vegetarian options were very limited."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "Fabulous location right on the canal. We went on a very sunny day and they had the side open which was lovely. The food was good but we left hungry - only brunch had been available (for a 12pm booking on a Sunday) and the portions were extremely small. I'd go back but make sure the full lunch menu was available!"
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "The location of this restaurant is right by the canal. We requested a canalside table and were pleased to get it, although a lot of the canalside tables were empty anyway. I was slightly disappointed with the outlook of the restaurant - although you are right by the canal, it is not a pretty part and there are other restaurants nearby which would have better views. The service was very good. We had the Sunday brunch which was a very limited menu only five options - the usual eggs and panacakes etc. I wouldn't go back for the brunch just because of the limited range of options to eat."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "My first trip here. Walked past many times. Took some American friends who'd been living in London for many years. Perhaps it was the unusually hot weather, but there is a sense of otherness here which is beguiling. This is helped by a great menu which sticks to its summery remit. Sea bass extraordinarily juicy and so fresh, almost convinced it was plucked from the adjacent lifeless canal. All agreed it was like finding a rare plant blossoming in a corner of your own garden. Service friendly and faultless, attentive but not overbearing."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "by the canal in Maida Vale, food was delicious and the perfect place to have brunch."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "This was our second visit to the restaurant, we booked thorough open table, we were given a fantastic table in the restaurant, the service was good, food was lovely. We would highly recommend this restaurant."
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "Great place to sit and have cocktails and food on a hot summer evening."
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "A perfect venue for an early evening business dinner quiet with the passing of canal boats to entertain - the weather helped but the food was excellent and it has an informal atmosphere which was just right"
    dined on 14/07/2014
  • "Faultless food and excellent service. Terrific location overlooking the canal. Most definately will be back."
    dined on 06/07/2014
  • "Very lovely setting & great food highly recommend it"
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "This is a lovely restaurant right on the canal, had a very pleasant brunch - the atmosphere was great even when raining."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Nice venue next to the canal on edge of Little Venice, tables fairly packed in but we had the banquette in corner of the restaurant luckily. Good food if not spectacular, decent and varied wine list but very easy to get expensive (>£50 p btl) if you're not careful. Decent service and one of the better restaurants in the neighbourhood (especially in the summer)."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Starters ( Melon- Parmaham , Calamri & Onion Tart ) Mains ( Fish Pie , Filler Steak and Fish & Chips ) Deserts ( Creme Brulee , Chocolate Tart , Knickerbocker Glory & Water Melon ) Very good tasty food , well cooked to our choices , good portions and good service Highly recommended"
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Had dinner at Summerhouse. Nice setting by the canal, very pleasant on a summer evening. Mediterraneen /fish focused food, limited menu choice, decent wine list. Food is well cooked, service efficient and the room/space has a nice buzz. A bit pricey overall, but you should treat yourself to the place once in a while if in search of a french/italian mediterranean scent."
    dined on 25/06/2014
  • "I tried to book a table and also asked a few questions via online booking service, however noone has ever got back to me. That's a pity as I really wanted to spend a nice evening there. Hopefully next time I'll have more luck."
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "Summerhouse offers an excellent combination of relaxation and good quality dinning which is fit for both special occasions and simple night out."
    dined on 22/06/2014
  • "I throughly enjoyed the food at the summer house and the service was very good"
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "First class food & service. Beautiful canal side setting. Reasonable prices for London. Only a 10 minute walk to Paddington Station, making it an ideal venue to eat before returning home on the train"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Great ambiance.. Restaurant was very busy on a lovely warm evening. We do understand that few dishes were sold out. I did choose this restaurant because its local and 'outside' on the canal.. Great to see the boats and ducks passing by... Food was good."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "Great location - alongside the canal, near Little Venice. Good seafood menu."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "Summerhouse is lovely for a summer's evening. Fresh air, vibrant, relaxed yet smartish. Service was top notch, a very friendly and efficient waiter. An interesting and varied menu, chose off the specials which were excellent. Wine list quite expensive but good too."
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "The magic of being on the water never fails to please. The restaurant is always bright and makes you feel good. The menu is quite limited but well chosen to suit most tastes and moods. Service eclectic but usually friendly and it works. Well supervised. Book if its sunny, naturally."
    dined on 08/06/2014
  • "Excellent choice for a sunny Sunday lunch. Perfectly placed, overlooking the canal and it's leisurely traffic. Good food, good wine, good service. That's it!"
    dined on 08/06/2014
  • "Visited last weekend for the first time and will not be our last. The service was excellent even though the restaurant was full. The food was fist class, the fish platter to start was great if not a bit expensive. The whole lemon sole was superb and great value. Would recommend highly especially if you can get a canal side table. Fairly pricey but I did not begrudge that at all. "
    dined on 01/06/2014
  • "Went here for a birthday lunch for my aunt and I. We asked for a riverside table, which they couldn't guarantee on the phone but managed to secure for us anyway. We really enjoyed the meal. Service was very good, and the food selection (mainly fish) was excellent - something for everyone. It was pricey, but not unexpected in the neighbourhood."
    dined on 26/05/2014
  • "Very pleasant walk along the towpath from Paddington to the restaurant. Had waterside table in quiet corner. Quie superb seafood, professional and unobtrusive service. Highly recommended."
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "This place has the perfect setting and atmosphere for lingering on long summer days and balmy evenings..."
    dined on 18/05/2014
  • "Fantastic for a sunny weekend breakfast/brunch! Great outdoor seating area over the canal. Has an almost Hamptons feel to it!"
    dined on 18/05/2014
  • "The location on a sunny day is fantastic. The food is good but not spectacular. Service was very good though."
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "On a sunny day, a great spot. Service was OK, food was pretty decent although if you aren't in to fish you may struggle. Over all I liked it and I would go again when the sun is out. "
    dined on 16/05/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and good food. I love the decor and the vintage summer pictures. Good specials and fresh fish."
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "A group of us visited and really enjoyed the meal! Most of us had the fish pie - which was outstanding! "
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "Our second visit to this restaurant and we took two friends who like their food .. they were most impressed. I had to have the fish pie again as it was excellent. Good wine choice too. A bit noisy with children at neighbouring tables, but it was a Bank Hoiiday. We will return."
    dined on 05/05/2014
  • "We visited The Summerhouse on 04/05/14 with family who were visiting London for the bank holiday. The restaurant has a great ambience and gorgeous décor, which we had some time to admire since it took them nearly 30 mins to take our first drinks order (despite there being plenty of staff and only a few occupied tables at the time). The biggest disappointment was the food, which was extremely over-priced and bordering on inedible. Based on the prices, we expected a bit of quality.... To add insult to injury, there is a huge gratuity added on to the bill, which meant we had to tip £15 for poor service and bad food. We were really excited to try out this restaurant, but unfortunately we will not be returning."
    dined on 04/05/2014
  • "the manager was so acocomodating - and made sure we were right on the canal... lovely! The food was pretty pricey for what it was.. £16.50 for cod and chips... but you kind of let that go for the setting i guess! the starters are very over priced and small... dont expect to walk out full! bar the food - a gorgeous place to eat and be - lovely service and great setting!"
    dined on 04/05/2014
  • "Not sure why, but with a reservation, had worst table in the restaurant, Table next to servers area should be decommissioned. Food (Lemon Sole and Calamari) was average. Ticket is much to expensive for experience and food. Help smiled sparingly..."
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "Very nice location by the water, and the food was excellent."
    dined on 25/04/2014
  • "Great venue to escape the huslte and bustle of Paddington and London. Gorgeous location along the canal with a fresh seasonal menu. The veggie options were limited but very good. "
    dined on 23/04/2014
  • "The Summerhouse is on the side of the Grand Union Canal and is a fantastic venue when the windows are open, and the Canal is busy in the better months. We had a lovely evening at the restaurant, but the service was either all or nothing, and the vegetable portions were rather minimal. This was our second trip and I was not as impressed as the first time round. However, we will be back! It was Saturday and it was busy, so fingers crossed our next experience will confirm my original view that it was great all round!"
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "We brought friends for the US and it was lovely. I'd been before with family and it has always been friendly and low-key. Oddly on this particular Weds evening it was very busy and a bit frenetic which I wasn't expecting. I think the staff were a bit frazzled but managed to stay polite most of the time. The food is very good and has a nice range of choices. It's nice that they are so relaxed about having kids - but maybe crayons or markers (+ paper) could decrease boredom for some. We will definitely go again with family for sure. "
    dined on 16/04/2014