The Beach House has been slammed by crowds ever since its recent opening in the new Pleasant Beach Village development in the Lynwood section of Bainbridge Island. Our first visit confirmed what is drawing all the eager diners here -- a handsomely decorated place with peek-a-boo water views from the outside deck and creative Northwest cuisine artfully prepared. But the crowds have also brought distinct service problems, since the staff is always struggling to keep up, night after night after night. The young servers are friendly, in the casual Northwest way, but so overwhelmed that they are rushed and inattentive. The kitchen staff also seems to struggle under the crush, with food that can take a maddenly long time to arrive at the table. So much time passed between the clearing of our appetizers and the arrival of the main course (a half hour or more -- and only then after we finally inquired about their whereabouts) that it made us wish we had brought a snack to tide us over. Finally, our server seemed virtually clueless about the wines on the carefully chosen Northwest list. She finally brought us a printed cheat sheet handout that was so rhapsodic about each and every wine on the list -- a severe case of adjective overload -- that it was no help whatsoever. And when we asked the server if the staff gets to sample the wines, in order to better inform guests, she said they only sample the wines by the glass not those in the full bottles -- an amateurish approach to staff training that ought to be changed immediately. So we left the Beach House with admiration for the food but full of questions about it will ever be able to make one forget the obvious service shortcomings. That seems unlikely as long as the restaurant is struggling to handle crowds -- which could be even more of a problem with the onset of fall weather and closure of the outside deck area.