The Summerhouse

4.6
1636 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1636 People Are Saying
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DJAtallah
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 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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LaraF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GerryN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 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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littlevenitian
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ChristineB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Migolunch
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 November 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
1 review
Dined on 1 November 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 1 November 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
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good service and ambience. Food was good but not great

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ThomasL
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 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 31 October 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
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 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
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 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 26 October 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 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MA
MrsAE
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 October 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 25 October 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 24 October 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 18 October 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 18 October 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 17 October 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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Michelle
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful spot for brunch with delicious food with a view!

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vipPookie
Berkshire
13 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good sharing platter and sea bass. Super location. Good buzzy atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A but too stuffy inside, all the windows were closed... apart from this, lovely place, good food & views

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LindaG
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tables too close one behind the other no screens but we had a good evening wine very expensive by the glass —-we chose a Pinot Grigio but it was very poor —- food good served quickly
£120 for 2 courses is overpriced

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SophieT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful seafood! Lovely staff and stunning setting.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice riverside venue for brunch. Food good but value could be better. Get some non-dairy milk options for coffee!

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LizzyC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, pretty venue and great service! Set menu was great value

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Sgrev
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and really delicious, healthy food - with great views overlooking the canal. Perfect.

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CHR1S
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Wonderful waitress provided lovely service and good ambience, will return.

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vipbarbarah
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice as always

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BrigitteA
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location for a lovely lunch. COVID set up excellent. Food good as was the service

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NatalieH
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, excellent service, superb food.
Highly recommend.

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EmmelineK
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening, tasty food, veggie options available, thank you!

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Caroline
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

It’s a lovely setting ... unfortunately the service is terrible. They brought out the wrong dish, had to ask 4 times for water and out of all the times I’ve been there, they never have anything other than dairy milk so I can never enjoy a coffee. I’ve given them feedback on numerous occasions and they simply couldn’t care less. They have no interest in customer care!
It’s a shame as we live around the corner but I’m not going back.

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KateC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect restaurant to celebrate in. My husband and I went here the day we got married and it was the best place to end a wonderful day. The staff were delightful, the food was amazing and really good value for money. All Covid secure but the extra measures didn't take away from the ambience. We will definitely be back!

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AdamB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Romantic! A mini-holiday in London. Waterside, sparkly lights, great food. I'll be going back. And PS. Covid friendly.

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Ima16
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Service wasn’t great. Food was okay. Perhaps it was just a bad day.

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peterh
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was fine, the food and service excellent. We easily adapted to the between table barriers. It would just be nice if it were possible to lower the noise level. You should have to scream at the person across the table, it goes some way to ruining an otherwise excellent experience.

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TARNC
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Love this place. A unique gem in London with service so friendly you want to stay and relax for hours!

FAQs

The Summerhouse is rated 4.6 stars by 1636 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 bookings at the moment.