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Summit House

2000 E. Bastanchury Rd. (State College Blvd.) Send to Phone
Classic cuisine for the modern palate is served at this Fullerton spot, set against a panoramic view.

Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner nightly

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Summit House, Fullerton, CA

Summit House Restaurant Review

About the restaurant & décor: Perched atop one of northern Fullerton’s underrated, undulating hillscapes, this charming manor-esque venue and its surrounding grounds afford patrons a panoramic view of Orange County’s collection of cityscapes --- Catalina can even be spotted on a clear day. Its understated, English-inspired exterior leads to an interior whose mélange of warm woods, dark hues and bright lights creates a Victorian vibe underscored by modern sensibilities.

Likes: Terrific views.
Dislikes: Could use a few more cocktail options.

Food & Drinks: The setting is ideal for the restaurant’s culinary milieu, one that sees executive chef Timothy Plumb and chef de cuisine Jeremy Fox gently nudge steakhouse traditions into a place that feels fresh and exciting. Starters like the plump crab cakes and the Hawaiian ahi sashimi demonstrate the kitchen’s skill with classic and contemporary concepts. Mains run the gamut from pan-seared halibut and Colorado lamb shank to aged prime rib-eye, but we recommend the show-stopping prime rib, carved to order and served with Yorkshire pudding, creamed spinach, and the addictive cream corn au gratin. Desserts such as the well-composed trifle are worthy of indulgence. The wine list features some of California’s viticultural heavyweights, including several offered by the half-bottle. Those who want something more casual can hang in the Tavern area and order up sandwiches and cocktails.


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