2901 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

The Counter

Neighborhoods: Sunpark
Cuisine: Hamburgers, American, Sandwiches

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 Los Angeles, CA

Good & hearty burgers, plus they're customizable

This restaurant is unique because you can build your own burger. Meaning you have full control of how large your burger is and what goes on it. When you walk into the restaurant each person picks up a clip board with an order form on it. You can specify the kind of bun you want, the size of your burger, the cheese, and toppings.

The order form is not simple and there are a lot of toppings to choose from. For cheeses you can get gruyere, blue cheese, basic cheddar, and more. Toppings you can get grilled onions, bacon, salsa, cranberries, and even a fried egg. The sauces are really great here and there is a variety to choose from: horseradish mayo or peanut sauce! Check out their site for all the toppings (thecounterburger.com) The hardest part is deciding whether you’re even creating a good tasting burger! But if you’re nervous about that there are some suggestions you can choose from, they have a burger called Old School and they always have a Burger of the Month.

This restaurant is super crowded, we went at 3pm and it was packed, plus you need to find your own table. The service was friendly but getting our burgers took awhile. Good thing we got our fries first to munch on.

Considering other burger places in LA, the price of this burger is reasonable. It costs around $7 depending on what size of burger you get and the extra toppings you order. That’s not bad since I know other places in LA where burgers costs twice as much. Plus waaay better value than a six dollar Carl’s Jr burger. :)


The diameter of the burger is small, but the meat is very thick. It’s very juicy and tasty. The construction of the burger needs some work since the burger falls apart easily and gets messy. But forks help with that just fine

Turkey burger

The turkey came out a bit dry. I ordered this with a fried egg, and the egg was cooked perfectly – a bit runny in the center

Onion strings and fries

This comes half and half in a bowl with two awesome sauces. Very good fries and nice thin onion rings

Sweet fries

Sweet potato fries that were very crispy and really good with horseradish mayo

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 Los Angeles, CA

make your own burger!!! a selection of toppings, sauces, ...

make your own burger!!! a selection of toppings, sauces, and cheese allow to infinitely customize your burger. AMAZING sweet potato fries with horseradish sauce

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 Santa Monica, CA

Lots of hype, but not disappointing

The Counter is ALWAYS packed, no matter what time or day of the week. It is just that famous. Not that it is all talk. The burgers are huge and filling, I always have to take half home. They are usually cooked properly, juicy and flavorful. The sheer number of toppings and sauces is overwhelming and thrilling, especially to a sauce fanatic like me. I think the customization is what gives this place its celebrity status, and while novel, it is sometimes hampering. One can have too much choice. But, I do love the plethora of sauces, and their sweet potato fries are delicious. Pass on the normal fries. Turkey burger was also delicious, slightly less meaty and moist than the beef, though that is to be expected, overall very good for turkey. Milkshakes are thick, heavy, creamy, and huge. Not a bad place if you have lots of time to wait around for a table, but maybe a little pricey for what you get. Guess you have to pay extra for fame.

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 Los Angeles, CA

Some of the best burgers you will ever have!

Some of the best burgers you will ever have!

Hamburgers American Sandwiches
Mon-Thu 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Fri-Sat 11:00AM - 11:00PM
Sun 12:00PM - 09:00PM
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