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American Burger

738 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010
+1 831-373-7573
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good37%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (42 reviews)
“onion rings” (5 reviews)
“salads” (2 reviews)
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11:00 - 21:00All hours
738 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010
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1 - 10 of 61 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a rock and roll, nostalgia themed restaurant. We visited as a family and they have plenty of vegetarian options for my wife. Food and ambience was really good and give it a try if you are in the area.

Thank Ravi C
Reviewed 9 April 2017

This is a fun & quirky spot for lunch that is not so touristy as places on Cannery Row. The menu is a variety of burgers, salads. We have eaten here several times and have always left satisfied. They have checkers to play at the...More

1  Thank Aleina M
Reviewed 7 March 2017

I was looking for the BEST burger in Monterey on our recent trip. I went on line and found this great place. What swayed me was not only the description of the food, but what the owner did on Super Bowl Sunday - closing the...More

1  Thank Randtor
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

My family just loves the burgers here and seriously theBEST milk shakes. Yes it's a burger place but the vibe is real American food by American Family. My nephew can't wait for the onion rings. Enjoy

Reviewed 5 February 2017

My wife was excited to eat here as the place has a 50's look to it. I was not impressed by the burger. It would be a good place to take the kids.

1  Thank sandbar2016
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Great lunch, not too crowded, great service. I loved the burgers but the also have vegetarian options.

1  Thank CaribbeanFan79
Reviewed 29 December 2016

The food was pretty standard - not anything special but not bad at all. We all ordered burgers - I got sweet potato fries and everyone else got onion rings. The onion rings were great. The ambiance was less than desirable. The decor was very...More

1  Thank FrogGirl83
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Nice clean restaurant and service with a smile. We really enjoyed ourselves. Definitely will go back. Burgers were GREAT

Thank Brinbri
Reviewed 1 December 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 17 September 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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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