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738 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010 (Formerly La Familia)
+1 831-373-7573
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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California Hot Springs, California
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234 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice clean restaurant and service with a smile. We really enjoyed ourselves. Definitely will go back. Burgers were GREAT

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Thank Brinbri
Santa Cruz, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with girlfriend to grab something after hanging in Monterey. Place inside is cute. Food is good and fresh. And the people working there were kind. Tasty burger - and apparently they have music acts come in sometimes. Thank you.

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Thank Da V
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

Went there for some lunch it wasn't busy took them to give us our meal like 20 min. Water taste like sink water nasty. Guy working the counter was rude not great service . Beware from here in and out seems better

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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Went there for dinner after touring Monterey and looking at online reviews and we were very disappointed. Burgers were nothing special, fries were soggy, water did not taste fresh and clean, and the restaurant atmosphere was dreary. I recommend spending your vacation dollars somewhere else.

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Thank mg259
Livermore, California
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

Great food for good price. Perfect for families and couples. Really sweet 50-70's nostalgia theme. Delicious milkshakes and burgers. Independently owned and operated.

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Thank Buzimom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the top burgers I've ever had. Great flavor. Love the old diner feel. Very family friendly. We'll eat definitely be sure to eat when we're in town.

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Thank Steve R
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

The food was bland there wasn't anything special about it other than disappointment. We saw the bad review but the rest were great so we gave it a shot and were let down. Service is slow probably because they don't have a POS they should really consider making serious changes. We probably would never go back

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Thank Zayra A
Okinawa, Japan
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2016 via mobile

After reading other reviews I was blindsided by what was one of the worst burgers I have had in my life. I hate to say it like that, but there is no other way. I had the Elvis and the blue cheese crumble was the only redeeming factor. The burger was beyond over cooked and flavorless(aside from the blue cheese),... More 

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Thank josephk82
Yokosuka, Japan
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

This place had great burgers and a chill 50s/60s nostalgic atmosphere. The burgers and fries were a good size and not too greasy. The waitress was friendly and funny, and got us to play a game of checkers, the winner getting a free ice cream.

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Ottawa, Canada
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101 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

Good burgers, we kept it simple and had the Uncle Sam burgers. Asked for them well done, thankfully they were! I find most places I've travelled in the U.S. if you ask for well done they still come somewhat pink! Very friendly waitress. Food was served quickly. And it's a real can of pop you get, not the watered down... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $15
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 738 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010 (Formerly La Familia)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-373-7573
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?