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The Counter

Burger Joint · West Los Angeles
2901 Ocean Park Blvd (at 29th St), Santa Monica, CA 90405, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (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.


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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)
    David G.
    "w/ a side of sweet potato fries & Belgium seasonal beer = YUM!!!"(8 Tips)
    Chris J.
    "... Make sure to try the crispy onion strings and for those with a sweet tooth, their..."(2 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
  • good for a quick meal
  • hot wings
  • good for a late night
  • buns
  • lively
  • cole slaw
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • beer
  • fancy
  • beef
  • organic greens
  • 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
  • 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:


    "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
  • David G.

    ‎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!!!

    David Gatdula · August 8, 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.

    LIVESTRONG_COM · September 16, 2010
  • 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
  • Kadrian A.

    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

    Kadrian Alvarenga · February 7, 2010
  • 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
  • Sean A.

    Order this: 1/3 beef burger with organic greens, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, grilled onions, avocado, honey mustard and some sweet potato fries.

    Sean Alvarado · July 28, 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jay T.

    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

    Jay T · November 15, 2009
  • 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
  • Shawn H.

    2/3 lb. beef, medium, multigrain bun, applewood bacon and tillamock cheddar, with sweet potatoe fries! so good!

    Shawn Hermes · October 16, 2010
  • 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
  • Kevin

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

    Kevin · September 3, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pam S.

    The yowza coupon worked flawlessly and the to go service (at counter on left as you walk in) was awesome.

    Pam Sever · January 28, 2010
  • Stephen K.

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

    Stephen Koontz · September 12, 2014
  • Claudia P.

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

    Claudia Perea · August 25, 2013
  • Jeff

    Order the multi-grain bun toasted "well". Otherwise it will be too soft to hold the burger together.

    Jeff · February 22, 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
  • Matthew S.

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

    Matthew Sugarman · June 10, 2012
  • 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
  • Oscar Z.

    The best burger ever! Come on Tuesday from 4-10pm and order The mini burgers with 4 beer pairing for just $12.

    Oscar Zaldana · December 1, 2010
  • AD N.

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

    AD Nys · July 3, 2011
  • Nancy

    I order the veggie burger every time, and I'm not even a vegetarian. It's that good.

    Nancy · August 17, 2010
  • Steve L.

    Amazing build-your-own burgers. Get the Parmesan fries as well.

    Steve L · July 9, 2010
  • Joshua L.

    No Birthday specials and the host was not very friendly. The food was great!

    Joshua Landsberg · May 4, 2010
  • Alistair J.

    Build a burger. This month's (Feb 2011) ciabatta bun is recommended! Beer here too.

    Alistair Jeffs · February 12, 2011
  • Mónica H.

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

    Mónica Hidrovo · November 14, 2011
  • William R.

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

    William Reardon · June 12, 2011
  • Eric H.

    Confused about your topping options? Just ask for "old school" and you will be pleased.

    Eric Hammond · June 15, 2010
  • Katie F.

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

    Katie Fujarski · June 25, 2013
  • David I.

    Order anything it's all amazing, best burgers by far!

    David Iwanow · January 28, 2011
  • Tyler S.

    The chili cheese fries are amazing + you can order them with turkey chili instead of beef chili.

    Tyler Starrine · March 28, 2010
  • Nicole G.

    the fry portions are GIANT - split between 3-5 ppl

    Nicole Grubbs · December 31, 2010
  • brandie

    I love their Unique Veggie, one of the best!

    brandie · May 19, 2012
  • Jazmin B.

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

    Jazmin Bobby · October 4, 2011
  • Andre

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

    Andre · July 21, 2014
  • Tom O.

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

    Tom Odell · February 7, 2012
  • Bravo

    Great burgers! Build your own. -Michael Voltaggio, Top Chef

    Bravo · January 28, 2010

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