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American Burger

738 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010
+1 831-373-7573
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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738 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010
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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
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
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
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
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
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...More

Thank Zayra A
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...More

Thank josephk82
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.

Thank just_that_fast
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...More

Thank DK154
Reviewed August 27, 2015

Yummy juicy friendly fun. This is a family run restaurant that has been around for a while. It is clean and very full of nostalgic music momentous, especially the big stereo from the 50s with 33 albums you can play for enjoyment. Loved this place....More

Thank Kate1601
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, 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
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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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