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The Counter

The Counter

Burger Joint$$$$
West Los Angeles, Santa Monica
77 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • sweet potato fries
  • milkshakes
  • healthy food
  • good for groups
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  • Clean Bay R.
    Congrats to The Counter for passing their Clean Bay Restaurant Certification 4 the City of Santa Monica! They're doing their part to keep the Santa Monica Bay clean! Learn more:
    Privy.netMarch 23, 2013
    "Check this burger out: provolone cheese, mixed greens, tomato, avocado, grilled onion and a third of a pound of burger. Sounds good, right? The best part is, the beef within the burger may be enhance Read more
  • Brad H.
    Brad HallMarch 5, 2013
    For GF options, burger in a bowl, or GF bun. As of 3/3/13, they now have a Gluten Free menu. Some places have dedicated fryer for GF french fries and sweet potato fries.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityApril 29, 2011
    With four types of patties, 12 types of cheese, 33 toppings, 21 sauces and six types of bun, exactly 312,120 different burgers combos are possible. (House-made guac and tangy tzatziki are two faves.)
  • Time Out Los Angeles
    The Sprouted Veggie ($10) is a hefty meat-free burger made with a housemade veggie patty, sliced red onion, mixed greens, roasted red peppers and alfalfa sprouts.
  • Clean Bay R.
    This Counter Burger is a certified restaurant of the Clean Bay Restaurant Program, helping to reduce stormwater pollution in Santa Monica Bay! Learn about or find more certified restaurants at Read more
  • Karina L.
    Karina LipnyagovaOctober 17, 2015
    Create your own burger, get your best burger 😊 Try their grilled vegetable skewers with pesto and grilled corn! Delicious!
  • Ron B.
    Ron BeyersOctober 15, 2011
    Really good taste in beers (9 taps), one of the best burgers in L.A. And the parmesan fries are ridiculous. Even better than sweet potato.
  • Josef S.
    Josef SzottenNovember 17, 2017
    They let you build your own burger and you can choose The Impossible burger! Vegetarians and vegans rejoice. Everything was delicious.
  • Austin P.
    Austin PassyAugust 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The veggie burger turned out to be extremely tasty. It was even better with an egg on top.
  • Setra M.
    Setra MusicDecember 16, 2012
    Great Build-Your-Own burgers! And the milkshakes taste like they did when I was a kid! They even have gluten-free buns!
  • JH H.
    JH H-DOctober 20, 2015
    Customizing can be overwhelming, so don't be afraid to go with a preselected burger. They're preselected for a reason!
  • Zach G.
    Zach GonzalezOctober 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic burgers made exactly how you want them. Don't want a burger? They can make it in a bowl for you as well.
  • David G.
    David GatdulaAugust 8, 2010
    ‎2/3 beef. Grilled onions. Brie cheese. Grilled green chilies. Apple smoked bacon. Sun dried tomatoes. Chipotle aioli. w/ a side of sweet potato fries & Belgium seasonal beer = YUM!!!
    LIVESTRONG_COMSeptember 16, 2010
    With all the healthy add-ons (grilled pineapple, roasted peppers, sprouts & more), even a juicy burger can be nutritious. Bonus - whole wheat buns and vegetarian-friendly patties.
  • Claudia P.
    Claudia PereaAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Add bacon to the Parmesan fries or bacon and jalepeno to the chili cheese fries. Bomb! :-D
  • Chris J.
    Chris JohnsenOctober 14, 2011
    Excellent custom built burgers. Make sure to try the crispy onion strings and for those with a sweet tooth, their shakes.
  • Mario W.
    Mario WitteFebruary 12, 2013
    Great burgers - it may look complicated, but definitely try building a custom burger, it won't get better than that
  • Jessie H.
    Jessie HogueMay 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You can add stuff to the grilled cheese and its amazing! I like bacon and tomatoes, but anything goes!
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KoontzSeptember 12, 2014
    A fun way to put together a burger. Their ingredients are vast and allow unique combinations.
  • Adrienne
    AdrienneOctober 28, 2011
    Really fun burger joint: customize every ingredient of your hamburger via a hand-marked order form-- be careful, the burgers are HUGE!!
  • Ami B.
    Ami BatmanSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Definitely ask for Beth to be your server! She's sweet, super fun, and one of my closest friends!
  • Kadrian A.
    Kadrian AlvarengaFebruary 7, 2010
    1/3 lb. beef, honey wheat bun, soft ripened brie, coleslaw, tomatoes, corn and black bean salsa, jalapenos, and whipped avocado! its like the French-Spanish War with cheese Read more
  • Sean A.
    Sean AlvaradoJuly 28, 2010
    Order this: 1/3 beef burger with organic greens, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, grilled onions, avocado, honey mustard and some sweet potato fries.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SugarmanJune 10, 2012
    Beware medium-rare here it's rarer tan rare at many places. Otherwise awesome burgers
  • Shawn H.
    Shawn HermesOctober 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    2/3 lb. beef, medium, multigrain bun, applewood bacon and tillamock cheddar, with sweet potatoe fries! so good!
  • DC Dining Adventures
    No matter how you get your burger, add Fried Onion Strings to it. Trust me on this one!
  • Oscar Z.
    Oscar ZaldanaDecember 1, 2010
    The best burger ever! Come on Tuesday from 4-10pm and order The mini burgers with 4 beer pairing for just $12.
  • Katie F.
    Katie FujarskiJune 25, 2013
    Nutella milkshake. And for the gluten-free crowd, there is GF bread!
  • Jeff
    JeffFebruary 22, 2011
    Order the multi-grain bun toasted "well". Otherwise it will be too soft to hold the burger together.
  • brandie
    brandieMay 19, 2012
    I love their Unique Veggie, one of the best!
  • Peter K.
    Peter KallmanDecember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The fried pickles here are way more breading than pickles. They're really not very tasty. Unless you're into that sort of thing.
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromJuly 3, 2011
    Share an off-menu "Trio" plate of regular fries, sweet potato fries and sweet shoestring fried onions.
  • William R.
    William ReardonJune 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Great fries and great onion rings -- get the half & half.
  • Mónica H.
    Mónica HidrovoNovember 14, 2011
    The sweet potato fries are to die.... One order is big enough to share.
  • Kevin
    KevinSeptember 3, 2011
    AKA "build-a-burger", choose your ingredients very wisely...or you may end up with a homemade disaster for your palette.
  • Christian R.
    Christian RamirezJune 17, 2014
    I love that I can build my own personal and perfect burger!
  • Morgan E.
    Morgan EastJanuary 9, 2013
    It can be very echo-y when the windows are shut. I wouldn't suggest it for a lunch meeting.
  • Alistair J.
    Alistair JeffsFebruary 12, 2011
    Build a burger. This month's (Feb 2011) ciabatta bun is recommended! Beer here too.
  • David I.
    David IwanowJanuary 28, 2011
    Order anything it's all amazing, best burgers by far!
  • Tom O.
    Tom OdellFebruary 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best burgers you'll find in Los Angeles!
  • Jay T.
    Jay TNovember 15, 2009
    Burger pretty damn good, and you get to pick from a ton of shit to put on it. And the sweet potato fries are even better. Read more
  • Pam S.
    Pam SeverJanuary 28, 2010
    The yowza coupon worked flawlessly and the to go service (at counter on left as you walk in) was awesome.
  • Steve L.
    Steve LJuly 9, 2010
    Amazing build-your-own burgers. Get the Parmesan fries as well.
  • Tyler S.
    Tyler StarrineMarch 28, 2010
    The chili cheese fries are amazing + you can order them with turkey chili instead of beef chili.
  • Jazmin B.
    Jazmin BobbyOctober 4, 2011
    Try the Veggie On Multi Grain With Hot Wing Sause - #Veggie #Sauce #Burger
  • Nicole G.
    Nicole GrubbsDecember 31, 2010
    the fry portions are GIANT - split between 3-5 ppl
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DantoOctober 20, 2015
    Always a solid choice
  • Nancy
    NancyAugust 17, 2010
    I order the veggie burger every time, and I'm not even a vegetarian. It's that good.
  • brandie
    brandieMay 21, 2012
    I LOVE the peanut butter shake!
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