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American Burger

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738 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010 (Formerly La Familia)
+1 831-373-7573
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Salinas, California
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My family just loves the burgers here and seriously theBEST milk shakes. Yes it's a burger place but the vibe is real American food by American Family. My nephew can't wait for the onion rings. Enjoy

Gilroy, California
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80 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife was excited to eat here as the place has a 50's look to it. I was not impressed by the burger. It would be a good place to take the kids.

Thank sandbar2016
San Diego, California
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755 reviews
412 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great lunch, not too crowded, great service. I loved the burgers but the also have vegetarian options.

1 Thank CaribbeanFan79
Santa Maria, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

The food was pretty standard - not anything special but not bad at all. We all ordered burgers - I got sweet potato fries and everyone else got onion rings. The onion rings were great. The ambiance was less than desirable. The decor was very cheap. I did enjoy the free milk shake by checking in on Yelp and we... More 

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California Hot Springs, California
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238 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Brinbri
Santa Cruz, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

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.

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

1 Thank 0migi
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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.

Thank mg259
Livermore, California
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17 reviews
12 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.

Thank Buzimom
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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.

Thank Steve R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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
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?