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389 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013-2310
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Santa Barbara, California
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212 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Simple local spot that doesn't pretend to be fancy and tries to do a good job. It can get crazy busy, but when it isn't it is such a good old fashioned simple burger joint that you feel like it is a landmark even if it is really basic.

Thank expectquality1942
Newhall, United States
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This burger stand is close to the beach. Long lines of customers but very nostalgic for old timers, like myself.

Thank Ricardo F
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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183 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

By the number of people queuing at this place we had to try it. No pretence, just a shack really but good honest cheap food. Great for a snack or lunch. Burger was very good and will try the fish sandwich next time based on local recommendation. No coffee available but that wasn't a problem.

Thank weekteuchter
Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

This is a must stop and eat. Burgers and chicken strips are amazing. You know it is good food when you see a line at the counter of locals! Seats outside are nice,right across the street from the park. Tip- Bring cash, that is all they take.

Thank indi12324
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

You can't go wrong with a burger and fries here, especially with patio atmosphere! The burger and fries are done perfectly and the view is awesome from the patio! Don't get discouraged if there's a long line, because there almost always is a line.. it goes pretty fast! Just be patient and wait for a table to become available while... More 

Thank Lisa P
Las Vegas
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

This place is one block from the beach. You order your food at the window and then wait for them to call your number. We had hamburgers with all the fixings, and fries, which were great. There are also tacos, fish and chips, chicken strips, etc. on the menu. Great place to grab a quick bite.

southern california
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167 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

We love coming to The Spot for lunch whenever we are visiting Carpinteria. When your at the beach and get hungry for lunch it's just a few steps away. Burgers, fries, onion rings & milk shakes are good!

Thank southerncaligirl72
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104 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Always has been very good for a "beach hut walk up window" type restaurant. Plan on a long line at lunchtime, but worth the wait. Especially good are their burgers; fresh ingredients and very tasty.

Thank Mike m
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

This local landmark is a must visit if you are in Carpenteria! Everyone stops on for a burger. There is a long line, and you will wait, and you will probably agree it is worth it. The burgers are good, the ambiance is fantastic. It's just a block from the sand, on Linden, the Main Street in this retro beach... More 

Thank Mary L
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

It's well worth the effort to pull over and call into 'The Spot' after a day at the beach in Carpenteria. The burgers are great and they've got a good range of food and awesome shakes as well. The place always has tourists and locals alike dining throughout the week, especially in the warmer months. Try the chowder if you... More 

Thank Trevor M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 389 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013-2310
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carpinteria
  • Phone Number: 805-684-6311

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