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The Golden State

Burger Joint and Beer Bar$$$$
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
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  • Nate T.
    Nate Tharp2 weeks ago
    The Burger at The Golden State
  • Brian W.
    Brian Weiss2 weeks ago
    The Burger
  • Danny N.
    Danny NathanDecember 11, 2016
    One of the better veggie burgers I've had in quite a while. A few choice beers. Will gladly go back.
  • Josef S.
    Josef SzottenDecember 4, 2016
    The veggie burger is one of the best I've had in LA. The jalapeño slaw is awesome and so are the sweet potato wedges. Top burger joint!
  • Rishi S.
    Rishi ShahNovember 20, 2016
    The chicken sandwich - make it Greek - absolutely incredible! Haven't had such a good sandwich in a long time! Try the curry ketchup too, goes great with almost anything!
  • Rayshawn W.
    Rayshawn WilliamsOctober 7, 2016
    The burgers are juicy and cheesy. Great price as well.
  • Frank S.
    Frank SyMarch 17, 2016
    You must try the Fried Chicken Sandwich
  • Drew T.
    Drew TraversoneFebruary 7, 2016
    Burger and fries were solid, however when I asked to sample a beer on tap they said they were too rare and expensive, this is after I had tossed down nearly $50 for lunch for two people.
  • Mr B.
    Mr BryNovember 18, 2015
    Horrible service. I ordered my meal to go so I could eat half and save the rest for later. They told me I was not allowed to eat at the restaurant. Stupid rule and poor management.
  • Trent R.
    Trent RipperOctober 26, 2015
    The chips! So good.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MasataniOctober 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    solid bacon cheeseburger. +1 for having Scoops ice cream.
  • Off The Menu
    Off The MenuOctober 15, 2015
    Patty Melt: A house made burger topped with roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions and cheddar cheese, wedged between two pieces of sourdough. Read more
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SmytheJuly 10, 2015
    Come for the burgers and beer....stay for the gelato.
  • Roland
    RolandJune 7, 2015
    The burgers are great
  • Alexa W.
    Alexa WhitesideMay 21, 2015
    Got The Burger (medium rare) with the sweet potato fries. The patty was just as delicious as Umami and the thick fries mad this meal an absolute delight.
  • Roxanne S.
    Roxanne SaeiApril 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Although, I always go for the side of fries (either regular or sweet potato), the cucumber salad is a GREAT substitute. Healthy, too.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonMarch 18, 2015
    Simple, American food done to perfection. Imagine if In N Out decided to create their own upscale $6 burger joint. This is a close match.
  • L' 🌴🌞
    L' 🌴🌞March 9, 2015
    Healthy burger
  • Marleine P.
    Marleine PacilioFebruary 4, 2015
    The Burger, plus caramelized onions, is perfection. Multi-napkin juicy and delicious, without making you feel like your ate a brick. Get the jalapeno coke slaw too. Light and crunchy.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkDecember 17, 2014
    Make sure to get the Lamb Burger. It's cooked to perfection, then topped with Gruyere cheese, roasted red peppers, arugula, curry ketchup and a yogurt-dill sauce. Read more
  • Boris M.
    Boris MindzakNovember 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sure, the curry ketchup is amazing, but don't forget about the four different types of mustard!! Four!!
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KSeptember 21, 2014
    Very accomodating people here, "great" customer service. Be sure to leave a tip in the red jar by the register. There's a counter to the right of the register for silverware, napkins, sauces & water.
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KSeptember 21, 2014
    The Burger, Fries & Belgian or whatever good beer rotating on their list (check their chalkboard on the wall or ask)👍
  • Alex B.
    Alex BowmanAugust 25, 2014
    delicious and simple burger. arguably the best in LA. mint infused lemonade is soooo good too.
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NAugust 8, 2014
    Their burger has become a classic in a very short time. Pair with a Racer 5.
  • Roxanne S.
    Roxanne SaeiAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Curry ketchup on everything. Absolutely.
  • Kent C.
    Kent CAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic burger. No crazy gimmicks just great ingredients cooked well. Good atmosphere and friendly low-key service. They also serve Scoops ice cream.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    After this lamburger is cooked to perfection, it's topped with Grueyere cheese, roasted red peppers, arugula, curry ketchup, and yogurt dill sauce Read more
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    Guy's favorite was the pulled pork sandwich with pickled jalapenos, onions and a killer hot mustard sauce. The grass fed-lamb burger with yogurt dill sauce and sweet potato fries was "rock star" too. Read more
  • S A H.
    S A HJune 17, 2014
    never disappointed..."
  • Mina K.
    Mina KawayMay 24, 2014
    Delicious Burger! Best in LA!
  • Mark R.
    Mark RigneyMay 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best burgers in LA
  • عُمر
    عُمرMarch 28, 2014
    Hmmm, not bad
  • Scott B.
    Scott BoniJanuary 24, 2014
    One of the best burgers I've had anywhere. Sweet potato fries are also amazing. Garlic aioli is clutch!
  • Merry
    MerryJanuary 11, 2014
    No changing tables :(
  • Shane M.
    Shane MartinDecember 11, 2013
    Good Luck finding a parking spot. Worth the trouble tho
  • Lindsay J.
    Lindsay JonesNovember 2, 2013
    A fantastic burger! Get it medium, cause that's like a medium rare everywhere else.
  • Hila M.
    Hila MedOctober 26, 2013
    We just found out about this place and OMG this place is amazing! You need to take an order and sit down after you will get a number. The employees where very nice the service was very good...
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesOctober 21, 2013
    They curate 12 taps with a keen eye for balance, as well as carry Scoops ice cream in vanilla that factors into a now notorious beef float that helped to launch the beer float trend in L.A.
  • Trick
    TrickSeptember 20, 2013
    the burger and french fries are excellent
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KlauberSeptember 9, 2013
    This is a wonderful and no nonsense burger joint with a remarkable and constantly rotating craft beer selection. Some of the best stouts in la can be found in this humble white structure...
  • James G.
    James GAugust 6, 2013
    Turkey burger was great. Sweet potatoes fries were nice and thick but inconsistent (some burned, some still cold). Slaw was kinda dry.
  • Jennifer V.
    Jennifer VercelliJuly 25, 2013
    Get the lamb burger, only available on Thursdays.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJuly 22, 2013
    Harris Ranch beef, Fiscalini Farms cheddar, arugula, garlic aioli, and ketchup. It's a straight-up amazing burg. Read more
  • Zack Z.
    Zack ZamoraJune 13, 2013
    Skip ketchup on the burger and add spicy mustard. Sweet potato wedges are the best I've had. Caramel Oreo gelato? Bonkers. Also, try onion rings if available.
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™May 28, 2013
    Burgers & beers. Solid on both accounts. Enjoy.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PillaMay 18, 2013
    Great burgers here but don't just mindlessly add fries as side. The amazingly delicious Golden State Red Potato Salad perfectly complements any of the fine burgers on the menu. Try it next time.
  • Lorelei S.
    Lorelei StarlitemuseMay 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always eat the burger!!
  • Courtney V.
    Courtney VanasseApril 28, 2013
    Potato salad is amazing. Wish I got the burger over the fish and chips though.
  • Leslie C.
    Leslie CApril 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    This is definitely the best burger in LA at a non-ridiculous price point, but the craft beers really make golden state magical. Bonus points: scoops gelato!
  • Eater
    EaterApril 18, 2013
    Even the burger is made to celebrate the foods of Cali: California beef cooked to order, California cheese, topped with bacon and arugula. The burger itself is char-grilled and served on brioche.
  • Federico V.
    Federico VargasApril 7, 2013
    Be prepared for street parking!
  • EDollaSign
    EDollaSignApril 4, 2013
    jalapeño cole slaw over everything!
  • Lorelei S.
    Lorelei StarlitemuseMarch 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat here all the time!
  • Dj L.
    Dj LealosMarch 17, 2013
    This place is the best burger I have had in my life. I am a straight dude and the crowd was a tick gay for my normal dining place but to be honest I would have married the guy who made the burgers!
  • Lisa T.
    Lisa TroutmanMarch 11, 2013
    Menu looks simple, but is brilliantly prepared. Big flavors. You have every right to be bummed out if you forgot to leave room for ice cream.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchulzeFebruary 18, 2013
    Best turkey burger, ever.
  • Luciano C.
    Great new find. Loved the jalapeño cole slaw.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RafnerDecember 29, 2012
    Root beers fit for a king. The golden crown for this Golden State.
  • HopHeadJim
    HopHeadJimDecember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sunday night special: ITALIAN BEEF. Chicago-style. The only one in town.
  • EDollaSign
    EDollaSignNovember 24, 2012
    The only side that matters in my eyes? Jalapeno cole slaw!
  • Nahj B.
    Nahj BoganSeptember 1, 2012
    Try the cheeseburger best plain burger I've ever had
  • Superb
    SuperbAugust 16, 2012
    Can't go wrong with the burger and sweet potato wedges!
  • Food Republic
    Food RepublicMay 23, 2012
    The mission of The Golden State is to be “a talent show for the best makers of food and drink in California” That means that the beers they serve (with a few exceptions) are all Cali born and bred. Read more
  • teala c.
    teala comerMay 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Add jalepenos to The Burger. They are fresh and the perfect kick, especially with the curry ketchup.
  • Rebs Y.
    Rebs YApril 13, 2012
    Order the Beer Float: "a marriage of cold creaminess and explosive fizz, innocent sweetness and a blast of pungent, hoppy bitterness."
  • Souris H.
    Souris Hong-PorrettaMarch 30, 2012
    Arrive for lunch by 1215. By 1230 its a zoo!
  • Lawrence T.
    Lawrence TFebruary 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you get regular fries, don't miss out on the curry ketchup!!
  • Don O.
    Don OsborneJanuary 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The house burger is great with one of the beers of the week!
  • Taste Terminal
    Taste TerminalDecember 20, 2011
    When you want The Burger, you go to Golden State on Fairfax. Harris Ranch beef, Fiscalini Farms cheddar, glazed applewood smoke bacon, arugula, aioli and ketchup cooked to your preference. Read more
  • Josh B.
    Josh BriggsNovember 30, 2011
    If you're coming for the dinner specials, like the incredible lamb burger on Thursdays, come early!!! They start at 5pm and run out fast.
  • Thirsty J.
    Thirsty JamesNovember 20, 2011
    Will be back for grass-fed hot dogs (Let's Be Frank)
  • Heather D.
    Heather DeaconNovember 14, 2011
    Best hot dog I think I've ever had. Exotic ice cream flavors; I had "brown bread" ice cream and Andy had "red velvet".
  • JB
    JBOctober 25, 2011
    Beer float!
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BensonOctober 22, 2011
    Try the tuna melt! Delicious!
  • Jonathan T.
    Jonathan T.October 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get curry ketchup!
  • mb
    mbOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Lamb burgers!
  • Eric C.
    Eric CSeptember 30, 2011
    Lamb Burger Thrusdays. They're limited, so get there early!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistSeptember 21, 2011
    Try the burger w/ Fiscalini Farmstead cheddar & brown sugar-glazed bacon from the ex-Rustic Canyon chef. Read more
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel ChivardiSeptember 19, 2011
    Avoid this place! staff is obnoxious and the food mediocre at best
  • Paul K.
    Paul KuhnAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best burger in LA. Try the curry ketchup and craft beers.
  • Amy J.
    Amy JasperAugust 21, 2011
    Ask for your burger extra rare.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel ChivardiAugust 17, 2011
    Avoid this place, they spit on the food!
  • Anton S.
    Anton SchlesingerAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best in LA. Can't go wrong with the regular burger medium rare. The turkey burger is also a satisfying alternative & you cant go wrong with the sweet potato fries w some curry ketchup
  • HopHeadJim
    HopHeadJimAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Tues=pulledpork,Wed=Steak,Thur=lambFri/Sat=fishnchips
  • Greg B.
    Greg BravoJune 7, 2011
    New Belgium Le Terrior! Sour amazing beer. I need to find this for the fridge at home.
  • Prometheus Springs
    Prometheus SpringsJune 6, 2011
    Order the burger with a Prometheus Springs Spicy Pear Elixir Read more
  • Alex
    AlexMay 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come on tuesdays for the amazing pork shoulder sammich.
  • H.C. @.
    H.C. @FoodieHCMay 16, 2011
    Be sure to check out their blackboard of rotating craft beers on tap and "after 5 p.m." food specials!
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 6, 2011
    The best place to catch graffiti writers and street artists. Read more
  • Christopher D.
    Christopher DayApril 14, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you see a spaces on their draft beer board: ask em if they have anything "special" on.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CookeMarch 31, 2011
    Great burger
  • Michael M.
    Michael MahoneyMarch 29, 2011
    Quite possibly the best burger in LA.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 22, 2011
    Featured in LA Weekly's "L.A.'s Best Cocktails: Our 55 favorites and where to find them." (Click 'More Info') Read more
  • Adam L.
    Adam LaikinMarch 19, 2011
    Good burger, but not worth the hype in my opinion
  • Christopher D.
    Christopher DayMarch 13, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Beer braised pulled pork on Tuesdays. Best lamb burger EVER on Thursday's. Fish and chip fri-sat. Oh, and their BLT is awesome!! PS: feel free to pair ANY beer with ANY gelato for your beer float.
  • Christina D.
    Christina DiepMarch 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Yummy burger, and great beer selection.
  • Tony
    TonyMarch 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Be a man and put a fried egg on that burger.
  • Rosemary D.
    Rosemary DardickFebruary 26, 2011
    Burgers were great! Must return to try lamb burgers on Thursday!
  • Nicolas R.
    Nicolas RodriquezFebruary 24, 2011
    Order the Lamb Burger which is available on Thursdays. Chase with a beer, post haste!
  • Thatiana T.
    Thatiana ThalesJune 2, 2014
    Antes de sentar, vai direto ao caixa e fava seu pedido! Atendimento bom
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