The Counter

2901 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
The Counter +

Orly Olivier


  • Sun 11:30am-9pm, Mon-Sat 11am-10pm
  • $
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Metered Parking, Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
The "Build Your Own Burger" idea behind the Counter, a fashionable new dive in Ocean Park, makes it a universe of possibilities centering around the hamburger and its matrix of 40-odd fixings, a restaurant where a thick, rare, organic-beef hamburger with herbed goat cheese, dried cranberries and roasted chiles seems not just the fancy of a celebrity used to flexing his whim of iron but almost an imperative. Ranch dressing on the side? Done! There is a wine-bar aspect to the place (very decent, if obscure, vintages from California), a selection of microbrews, and waitresses who do not, to put it mildly, look as if they are part of the regular hamburger-eating demographic.

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