The Counter

The Counter

Burger Joint, Ice Cream Shop, and Bar
369 S California Ave (btwn Ash St & Birch St), Palo Alto, CA 94306, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
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 394 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Sierra S.
    "Who doesn't love create your own burgers and cocktails?"(5 Tips)
    Anya C.
    "Sweet potato fries are a must, ask for a small if by yourself."(29 Tips)
    Arno G.
    "Bison Burger with Avocado and Artichoke Hearts is hella good."(4 Tips)
    Nathan K.
    "Love the shoestring fries!"(3 Tips)
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  • burgers
  • sweet potato fries
  • milkshakes
  • good for groups
  • family-friendly
  • casual
  • great value
  • fried eggs
  • lively
  • malts
  • organic food
  • gluten-free food
  • buns
  • mahi mahi
  • beer
  • cocktails
  • mango margaritas
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • cheeseburgers
  • birthday cakes
  • tomoya t.

    Try the beer quiz. Earn a $500 beer card! Read more

    tomoya takahashi · 5 days ago
  • Mahir K.

    Great burgers and pommes frites..!

    Mahir Kurt · 2 weeks ago
  • Vivian V.

    There's vegan options here

    Vivian Vo · October 12
  • Andrew  "drunkenkorean" K.

    Sweet potato fries. Done right.

  • Adam W.

    Favorite "make your own burger" place. Sweet potato fries!

    Adam W · July 25
  • Armelle G.

    Burgers and shakes are delicious! Careful, service is slow though

    Armelle Goreux · June 10
  • College Hunks H.

    Come hungry best burger in the bay area! Guacamole on the burger is a must!

  • SPQR

    Great burgers! Love the "build your own" format

    SPQR · May 15
  • Lenny

    Sit at counter if you want to watch a game.

    Lenny · April 25
  • Renee T.

    Great burgers, chicken burgers and vegetarian burgers too. Be sure to get the fries!

    Renee Teefive · April 22
  • Island Bruin

    Ask about the special burger of the month.

    Island Bruin · April 4
  • Laurissa

    Love the gluten free burger! And the garlic aioli was delicious.

    Laurissa · March 24
  • Alex M.

    The 50/50 with sweet potato fries and onion strings is a must

    Alex Miller · February 27
  • Veronica C.

    Try the apricot sauce, it's amazing

    Veronica Caglio · February 24
  • isaac g.

    The hamburger meat is delicious! I reccomend to take the hamburger with a milkshake!

    isaac garza · February 21
  • Mohsin A.

    Awesome organic burgers that leave you happy

    Mohsin Amjed · February 11
  • Greg

    The UNIX of burger joints. Even if you shouldn't, they'll still let you do it.

    Greg · January 15
  • David K.

    Try putting pineapple on your burger. Trust me.

    David Klein · November 29, 2014
  • Woods B.

    The bison burger really good! Also sweet potato fries onion ring combo is critical, decent selection of beers

    Woods Buckley · November 6, 2014
  • Thomas H.

    Good value for money and perfect service

    Thomas Holst · October 10, 2014
  • Chris H.

    They have Devil's Canyon on tap. Try the Scotch Ale.

    Chris H. · September 28, 2014
  • Marc R.

    One of the best burger places in the area, order fries and customize your burger

    Marc R?er · September 22, 2014
  • Adelia R.

    The wagyu burgers! Lookout for the specials too. The milkshakes are delicious!

    Adelia Rahim · September 19, 2014
  • Carl Johan R.

    The fries are a bit too thin, but the burgers are spitzen.

    Carl Johan Rising · August 30, 2014
  • Mateusz Amĸðcz B.

    Make your own burger!

    Mateusz Amĸðcz Belaŧŧaf · August 18, 2014
  • Michael T.

    The Bison burger is worth the extra cost and the guacamole here is excellent. Sweet potato fries are thin and crispy with an excellent dipping sauce.

    Michael Tchou · August 10, 2014
  • Alan Y.

    The build-your-own burgers are great, but don't forget the onion strings and sweet potato fries.

    Alan You · August 10, 2014
  • Spencer W.

    Bacon and guacamole cheeseburger. So good. As are their sweet potato fries!

    Spencer Wise · August 7, 2014
  • Gabe S.

    Parmesan herb fries

    Gabe Sumner · August 6, 2014
  • Alyssa F.

    Get the sweet potato fries and a birthday cake shake while you let the reality of type II diabetes sink in.

    Alyssa Foote · July 17, 2014
  • Phoebe V.

    Get four-way side (shoestring fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings and fries pickle chips

    Phoebe Venkat · June 17, 2014
  • Emily A.

    Instead of everybody getting their own sides, get a big basket to share -- you get a bit more for less money!

    Emily Allender · May 29, 2014
  • Daniel S.

    The onion strings are delicious but not that good for dipping. The pro move is to get shoestring fries and a sauce flight!

    Daniel Salinas · April 21, 2014
  • G.E. A.

    Worst customer service I've ever experienced tonight when they made me and my 7-year-old wait an hour for a plain cheeseburger in the takeout line. The cashier told us it would take 10-15 minutes.

    G.E. Anderson · March 24, 2014
  • Uber SV

    Be sure to show your Uber receipt to receive a free appetizer during #SVLOVESuberX Week (Nov 25-Dec 1)

    Uber SV · November 20, 2013
  • Ashutosh A.

    Try the Veggie burger with 2/3 lb patty - comes in the form of 2 patties, so one for each side of the bun !

    Ashutosh Agarwal · November 8, 2013
  • RJ C.

    Great food but the worst service ever. You'll be seated and then wait about 5-10 minutes before a waiter comes to your table. Hasn't improved in the several times I've been here since they've opened.

    RJ Castaneda · October 26, 2013
  • Renee B.

    You can create your burger just the way you like it.

    Renee Budak · October 8, 2013
  • Swati S.

    Onion rings and Sweet Potato fries

    Swati Sinha · September 20, 2013
  • Mason M.

    Fun place to bring a family

    Mason Masonbigr · September 11, 2013
  • Mason M.

    I like the chicken on top of a salad instead of on a bun.

    Mason Masonbigr · September 11, 2013
  • Diane H.

    There are FREE $5 gifts to The Counter Palo Alto, courtesy of NFL 49ers Football player, Vernon Davis! Get them while they last! Read more

    Diane Hoelter · September 11, 2013
  • BL D.

    worldclass burger

    BL Digital · July 31, 2013
  • Pascal F.

    the guacamole is delicious

    Pascal Fantou · July 31, 2013
  • Curt Simon H.

    Try the 2/3 Lb Bison Burger With Bacon And Guacomole - YES

    Curt Simon Harlinghausen · July 31, 2013
  • Curt Simon H.

    Try the French Fries

    Curt Simon Harlinghausen · July 31, 2013
  • Curt Simon H.

    Try the Sweet potato fries - Wow - love'm

    Curt Simon Harlinghausen · July 31, 2013
  • Diane B.

    Be sure to try the sweet potato fries.

    Diane Barrera · July 5, 2013
  • Jeff M.

    They also offer gluten free buns.

    Jeff Menendez · June 29, 2013
  • Karina G.

    Parmesan garlic aioli fries are delicious!

    Karina GM · June 24, 2013

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