The Counter - Santa Monica California

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The Counter

2901 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 399-8383
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Economics: The mini cheeseburgers which come on a plate of four ($7.95) and single order of fries ($1.25) were reasonably priced ($7.95). Some locations have a Tuesday special with 4 sliders and 4 mini beers for $14.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere at The Counter was fun, casual and trendy with sleek modern design. Louder music can be heard and it can get busy during peak hours. Parking at the Santa Monica location can be challenging and beware of the parking meters which are very confusing (we got a $53 ticket parking in front).

Taste: The four mini cheeseburgers served on lightly toasted Hawaiian Rolls were excellent. The burger was high-quality and had excellent flavor and was super juicy. The fries were also very good.

Service: The service was fast and very friendly. The friendly and cheerful service added to our positive experience.

The Counter Santa Monica California Nikki
If you have been following our burger reviews you’ll know we are fans of The Counter. We’ve been to The Counter in Newport Beach (Orange County) and The Counter in Carlsbad (San Diego). We love their food and atmosphere and the workers always seem to be very friendly. So when we visited The Counter in Santa Monica (Los Angeles), we were excited to eat at the original restaurant where the franchise was born.

The Counter Inside Santa Monica California
The Counter in Santa Monica is located on Ocean Park Boulevard (between 29th and 30th) about a block away from The Art Institute of California. The location was conveniently located off the main street (Ocean Park Blvd.) and close to a residential neighborhood (different than the popular strip mall location of the Orange County and San Diego location we visited). Parking was a bit of a challenge and the signs on the parking meters in front on Ocean Park Boulevard were super confusing (we parked on the street thinking we were fine but came back to find a $53 ticket on our window – Ouch!). The inside of The Counter had their signature design with a modern and sleek look and feel to it (they do not have a full bar at this location). The atmosphere was fun, casual, trendy and the service was very friendly (similar to the other locations we visited).

The Counter Mini Cheeseburgers Sliders and Fries Santa Monica California
Usually we order a burger at The Counter (either the signature or build-your-own burger) but today we thought we’d try the sliders (mini cheeseburgers) for a lite bite to eat. And we’re glad we did – They were delicious! We ordered mini cheeseburgers ($7.95) and a single order of French fries ($1.25).

The Counter Mini Cheeseburgers Sliders Santa Monica California
The mini cheeseburgers (sliders) came on a plate with four sliders with Tillamook Cheddar cheese, pickles, chopped red onions, red relish (served on the side) and served on a toast Hawaiian Roll.

The Counter Mini Cheeseburger Slider Santa Monica California
The mini cheeseburgers were cooked to perfection (light pink), had amazing flavor and were super juicy. The Hawaiian Roll buns were fresh and although lightly toasted it was still soft on top (which we liked). The pickles, onions and cheese melted on top added to the deliciousness of the sliders.

The Counter Fries Santa Monica California
The fries came out fresh, hot and the outside had a nice light crisp to them. We love The Fries at The Counter and for a single order (which we’ve never ordered before) we got a good amount and the price was very reasonable ($1.25).

The Counter Outside Santa Monica California
Overall we really enjoyed our experience at The Counter (the only bummer was the $53 parking ticket). It was the first time we ordered mini cheeseburgers (sliders) at The Counter but it definitely won’t be our last! Some locations have a Tuesday special with 4 sliders paired with 4 mini beers for $14. If you’re looking for high-quality and tasty gourmet burgers and more The Counter is definitely worth a try! The prices are reasonable, the atmosphere was cheerful and the service we’ve had has always been friendly.

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