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738 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010 (Formerly La Familia)
831-373-7573
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Description: American Burger was started in August of 2009 by the Miguel family. Prior...
American Burger was started in August of 2009 by the Miguel family. Prior to this, the Miguels ran a Mexican restaurant before recognizing the need for a high-quality, easy-going burger joint on Lighthouse. Proud immigrants from El Salvador, they named the new restaurant "American Burger" in honor of their own pursuit of the American entrepreneurial dream
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  • 25
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  • 18
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Play checkers and enjoy your buger

Pretty good burger. We also enjoyed playing checkers, looking at the old LPs and celebrity photos on the wall and glancing at the TV that showed soccer matches. We had Mushroom burger and avocado bacon burger and both were good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
el_roquero
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Vancouver, BC
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Red Bluff, California
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48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We walked out when 2 of the 3 things we asked for, they were out of. The tables were sticky, only one guy was there, and at 6pm, we were the only ones in the restaurant. We had read such good reviews and were looking for a good burger. Did not want to risk it.

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Vancouver, BC
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Pretty good burger. We also enjoyed playing checkers, looking at the old LPs and celebrity photos on the wall and glancing at the TV that showed soccer matches. We had Mushroom burger and avocado bacon burger and both were good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

Finally found this place after 3 days in Bangkok. Small pop up stand but do not be deterred - THIS IS THE BEST BURGER. Beef burger with everything: Egg bacon and cheese. Seriously, worth every second looking for it and every baht spent. Anything less than 5 stars is a lie !

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I won't say this is the best burger I've ever had, but this little place was so great and friendly. Our waiter had to have been the most polite waiter I've ever had eating out. We just couldn't get over it. The buger and sweet potato fries were great and we didn't have a wait to get seated on a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We thought this was a good alternative price-wise to eating at the Aquarium, but the food was just okay, nothing special. The burgers were still pricey considering that they came with no sides (not even fries for almost $8!). The condiments were all sticky bottles, some of them nearly empty and missing caps. Not the best lunch experience.

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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

It was a small joint there was a stage but noone was playing. Margarita had little to no alcohol in them. Just a slushy. They had nice chairs what supported ou backs that were tired after shopping all day. Burgers were good.

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Navarre, Florida
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Nice little place that makes a delicious burger and the fries are cooked to perfection. Staff is very friendly and lots of locals hang around there as well.

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Boxborough, Massachusetts, United States
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Fun local joint, yummy burgers and onion rings. Very reasonable prices. Service was friendly and fast.

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Monterey, California
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49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

In previous years this location has had several different owners and offerings of food. The present owners have topped all the previous businesses with great food on their menu. Parking is out front. The exterior looks pretty simple, however when you enter there is sort-of an old fashioned malt shop look. The owner-cook serves up the best tasting real burgers... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I was staying in Monterey with my friend and heard about this burger from someone- It appeared like every other burger joint, but I was really surprised how much I liked this 'crazy burger'. It had jalapeños, peanut butter, grilled onions, and was cooked perfect! I have spent forever trying to find a place that has a similar burger, but... More 

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Address: 738 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010 (Formerly La Familia)
Phone Number: 831-373-7573
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
Average Prices: USD 8 - 15
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 738 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010 (Formerly La Familia)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-373-7573

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 15
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

American Burger was started in August of 2009 by the Miguel family. Prior to this, the Miguels ran a Mexican restaurant before recognizing the need for a high-quality, easy-going burger joint on Lighthouse. Proud immigrants from El Salvador, they named the new restaurant "American Burger" in honor of their own pursuit of the American entrepreneurial dream

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?