Pike & Rose gets another restaurant addition with the opening of Summer House Santa Monica. The restaurant emphasizes seasonal ingredients with dishes like grilled grassfed skirt steak and a "super greens" salad with baby kale.
The restaurant also bakes its own bread and biscuits and desserts, boasts a California-focused wine list, and will add a patio in the warmer months.
The design screams West Coast, with plenty of plants, a white-dominated color scheme, light neutral-colored furniture and twinkling lights hanging from the ceiling.
In early February, sister restaurant Stella Barra will open next door (it shares a chef, Jeff Mahin). It will specialize in seasonal pizzas. Status: Summer House opening today. 11825 Grand Park Ave., N. Bethesda/Rockville; website.