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The Counter

The Counter

Burger Joint · West Los Angeles
2901 Ocean Park Blvd (at 29th St), Santa Monica, CA 90405, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:30 AM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

Anti-Established in 2003, The Counter® is the 21st century’s bold answer to the classic burger joint. Ushering in a fresh era of industrial decor, today’s music, cold beer, unique wines, cocktails, and burger options that are only limited by your imagination.


Based on 189 votes

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  • On Time Out Los Angeles's 11 Best Veggie Burgers in Los Angeles
  • What you need to know
    Steve L.
    "Get the Parmesan fries as well."(4 Tips)
    Doug M.
    "Try the Crispy Onion Strings"(2 Tips)
    David G.
    "w/ a side of sweet potato fries & Belgium seasonal beer = YUM!!!"(8 Tips)
    Dr. Mark C.
    "The Peanut Butter shake is AWESOME!!!"(2 Tips)
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  • burgers
  • sweet potato fries
  • milkshakes
  • vegetarian food
  • good for groups
  • family-friendly
  • gluten-free food
  • great value
  • turkey chili
  • hot wings
  • buns
  • cole slaw
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • beer
  • casual
  • good for a quick meal
  • beef
  • organic greens
  • fresh cookies
  • good for a late night
  • Kevin W.


    Kevin Walsh · January 12
  • Andrew D.

    Always a solid choice

    Andrew Danto · October 20, 2015
  • Jeung Hwa D.

    Customizing can be overwhelming, so don't be afraid to go with a preselected burger. They're preselected for a reason!

    Jeung Hwa D · October 20, 2015
  • Karina L.

    Create your own burger, get your best burger 😊 Try their grilled vegetable skewers with pesto and grilled corn! Delicious!

    Karina Lipnyagova · October 17, 2015
  • Austin P.

    The veggie burger turned out to be extremely tasty. It was even better with an egg on top.

    Austin Passy · August 22, 2015
  • 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.

    Time Out Los Angeles · May 13, 2015
  • Ana D.

    Build your own burger :-)

    Ana Damjanovska · February 1, 2015
  • Stephen K.

    A fun way to put together a burger. Their ingredients are vast and allow unique combinations.

    Stephen Koontz · September 12, 2014
  • Andre

    Do your phone a favor and use that Starbucks wifi..

    Andre · July 21, 2014
  • 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:

  • Christian R.

    I love that I can build my own personal and perfect burger!

    Christian Ramirez · June 17, 2014
  • Hayley J.

    Caramel apple crumble shake ❤️😍

    Hayley Jones · March 26, 2014
  • Joshua L.

    Lamb burger!!!

    Joshua L · December 31, 2013
  • Joshua L.

    Lamb burger!

    Joshua L · December 31, 2013
  • Claudia P.

    Add bacon to the Parmesan fries or bacon and jalepeno to the chili cheese fries. Bomb! :-D

    Claudia Perea · August 25, 2013
  • Katie F.

    Nutella milkshake. And for the gluten-free crowd, there is GF bread!

    Katie Fujarski · June 25, 2013
  • Helen L.

    Month if may us national burger month!

    Helen Leung · May 21, 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 · March 23, 2013
  • Brad H.

    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.

    Brad Hall · March 5, 2013
  • Mario W.

    Great burgers - it may look complicated, but definitely try building a custom burger, it won't get better than that

    Mario Witte · February 12, 2013
  • Morgan E.

    It can be very echo-y when the windows are shut. I wouldn't suggest it for a lunch meeting.

    Morgan East · January 9, 2013
  • Setra M.

    Great Build-Your-Own burgers! And the milkshakes taste like they did when I was a kid! They even have gluten-free buns!

    Setra Music · December 16, 2012
  • Julia S.

    Take out girl is super cute!!!

    Julia Senecal · December 3, 2012
  • Jamez

    Stout was nice.

    Jamez · November 11, 2012
  • Zach G.

    Fantastic burgers made exactly how you want them. Don't want a burger? They can make it in a bowl for you as well.

    Zach Gonzalez · October 19, 2012
  • 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

    Clean Bay Restaurant Program · October 8, 2012
  • Bplala

    Pinot Noir Milkshake, 'nuff said!

    Bplala · August 26, 2012
  • Doug M.

    Try the Crispy Onion Strings

    Doug Mueller · July 22, 2012
  • Matthew S.

    Beware medium-rare here it's rarer tan rare at many places. Otherwise awesome burgers

    Matthew Sugarman · June 10, 2012
  • brandie

    I LOVE the peanut butter shake!

    brandie · May 21, 2012
  • brandie

    I love their Unique Veggie, one of the best!

    brandie · May 19, 2012
  • Jessie H.

    You can add stuff to the grilled cheese and its amazing! I like bacon and tomatoes, but anything goes!

    Jessie Hogue · May 18, 2012
  • Tom O.

    One of the best burgers you'll find in Los Angeles!

    Tom Odell · February 7, 2012
  • Peter K.

    The fried pickles here are way more breading than pickles. They're really not very tasty. Unless you're into that sort of thing.

    Peter Kallman · December 12, 2011
  • Mónica H.

    The sweet potato fries are to die.... One order is big enough to share.

    Mónica Hidrovo · November 14, 2011
  • Jazmin B.

    Try the Veggie Burger - :D #yumfest

    Jazmin Bobby · November 14, 2011
  • Adrienne

    Really fun burger joint: customize every ingredient of your hamburger via a hand-marked order form-- be careful, the burgers are HUGE!!

    Adrienne · October 28, 2011
  • Ron B.

    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.

    Ron Beyers · October 15, 2011
  • Chris J.

    Excellent custom built burgers. Make sure to try the crispy onion strings and for those with a sweet tooth, their shakes.

    Chris Johnsen · October 14, 2011
  • Jazmin B.

    Try the Veggie On Multi Grain With Hot Wing Sause - #Veggie #Sauce #Burger

    Jazmin Bobby · October 4, 2011
  • Ami B.

    Definitely ask for Beth to be your server! She's sweet, super fun, and one of my closest friends!

    Ami Batman · September 18, 2011
  • Matt H.

    Amazing burger joint.

    Matt Hunter · September 5, 2011
  • Kevin S.

    AKA "build-a-burger", choose your ingredients very wisely...or you may end up with a homemade disaster for your palette.

    Kevin Soon · September 3, 2011
  • James R.

    Parmesan fries!! FTW!!!

    James R · July 30, 2011
  • DC Dining Adventures

    No matter how you get your burger, add Fried Onion Strings to it. Trust me on this one!

    DC Dining Adventures · July 14, 2011
  • AD N.

    Share an off-menu "Trio" plate of regular fries, sweet potato fries and sweet shoestring fried onions.

    AD Nys · July 3, 2011
  • Barrett L.

    Parmesan French Fries

    Barrett Lewis · June 18, 2011
  • William R.

    Great fries and great onion rings -- get the half & half.

    William Reardon · June 12, 2011
  • Gilt City

    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.)

    Gilt City · April 29, 2011
  • Caroline O.

    i love it hehhehehee

    Caroline Oktaviana · March 14, 2011

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