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The Counter

Santa Monica
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2901 Ocean Park Blvd, Ste 102, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2919
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place just gets it. You want cheese? They have like 10 to choose from. Don't like beef? Get chicken, bison, crab or veggie patty. Different buns to choose from too. Brioche is excellent. Plus tons of toppings and sauces customize your own master piece. Nice hip vibe, cool customers from all walks of life.

Thank Hermit55
Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Awesome diy burgers. Big portions. Fries are delicious. Fried onions are a must add. And the service was quick and friendly. Would do again

Thank andrewsanders82
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Huge burgers, even veggie! I love how you choose everything by checking boxes, because it would be impossible to make your special burger trying to remember all their choices. Breads, condiments, toppings, sauces everything you could possibly want :)

Thank happyk8e
Durango, Colorado
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194 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Our burgers were excellent. I had a veggie patty and built the rest from the listed choices. It was quite tasty. I ordered sweet potato fries and another in our party had the onion strings...both were very good. My son had a chocolate milkshake which he said was great. The online ordering takes a bit to choose all the fixings... More 

Thank Sharon M
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156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Great hamburgers, onion rings and fries. Good menu includes turkey and veggie burgers as well. Fresh ingredients cooked well. Worth a visit when you need a good sandwich or burger. Try burger in a bowl as well.

Thank Steve M
England, United Kingdom
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196 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

We love The Counter and visited the Santa Monica restaurant twice on our recent trip to LA. We love the concept (build your own burger/salad) and the food is fresh and tasty. Service is fast and friendly and they have a great selection of shakes and floats, plus beers. They don't serve coffee (what?!) but the apple crumble dessert is... More 

Thank superwrong
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

After reading the reviews we decided to try this place. We built our own burgers and we were not disappointed. Totally fresh and delicious. Would highly recommend!

Thank Samantha F
Los Angeles
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

Ok here's the deal: You can't go wrong here. These guys cover the gamut on what you could ever possibly want in a Burger. From size, bun, toppings, side dishes. Even the desserts are pretty good too. Beer and wine choices only ate available and they are limited in selections, but in a pinch you can find something to enjoy.... More 

Thank 264kenf
Bossier City, Louisiana, USA
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98 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016 via mobile

They have the best brownie here that I've ever eaten in my life. It's big enough to share. The cake batter milkshake was amazing. Hidden little gem and so glad we found it!!

Thank Lovecruising04
Santa Monica, California
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

If you are one of those people constantly modifying menu items at restaurants then you have to try The Counter because YOU CREATE YOUR MEAL! The menu is just a bunch of options for building your own burger (or salad) so you dont have to tell them what to exclude. You can be as fancy or as plain as you... More 

Thank msheatherelaine

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2901 Ocean Park Blvd, Ste 102, Santa Monica, CA 90405-2919
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-399-8383

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

Staying in Santa Monica

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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