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All 282 Carlsbad Restaurants

The Counter - CLOSED

1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA
760 652 5480
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  • English first
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English first
Vista, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

For some reason, the counter closed. It is too bad, was a unique place where you could design your own burger with very different ingredients. Great location and close to shopping in Carlsbad and Encinitas. Hope they have another location.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This place was recommended to us by some locals. Great menu selection...great food, but a little on the pricey side.

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Encinitas, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Great food. No matter what you order, it is distinct and tasty! The menu is very diverse, and you can get things here that no other restaurant offers! Bar has a good selection and the beer choices are solid. My wife does not eat meat, however her turkey burger was amazing. Sliders are awesome, but the burgers......wow! On our last... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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118 reviews 118 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

California is cracking down on beef cooked 'very rare'. But The Counter delivers, and with a wide assortment of toppings, cheeses, buns or greens, and sauces. It is a true cure for those who need a beef fix. Also available meats include bison & chicken. Apart from that, I'd pass on the extras. Fries are skinny and go cold; other... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Great selection of burgers. They have something for everyone. The fries are especially tasty. Good place for a family.

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California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

The Counter is one fantastic hamburger place. Been to their other locations and they too are really good. Get it your way and done to perfection. Sweet potato frys annd onion strings really good too.

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Encinitas CA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Counter has the best burger food, but it also has by far the most expensive prices. We don't really understand why so many young families will go there and spend so much money. But for those who can afford it and money is not an issue, the burgers and food are excellent quality. Be ready to spend about $15/pp... More 

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No. San Diego County
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101 reviews 101 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

My husband and i enjoyed a very relaxing early dinner at the Counter! He had done a 50 mile bike ride and was jonesing for a great burger.....but we didnt' want to head inland because of the heatwave so instead decided to try The Counter. We both LOVED this place. So casual, relaxing, the stafff was super friendly.....in every instance....amazing... More 

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California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We've eaten at the Counter in LA before... and we were not disappointment at this location of The Counter. The only issue is they are very busy at this location and you can't make reservations. So make sure your group is not SUPER hungry as you might have to wait for 30-45 minutes.

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Encinitas, CA
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208 reviews 208 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

We went for lunch on a Sunday. In my opinion there is nothing about this restaurant concept that makes is worth the price. The service was slow, unfriendly and unhelpful. The food was just average. There are much better lunch places and burger joints within a short distance of this restaurant. - I would recommend going to any of those... More 

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Address: 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA
Phone Number: 760 652 5480
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad

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