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The Counter

41 W Hillsdale Ct, San Mateo, CA 94403-3405
+1 650-212-3200
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good49%
  • Average18%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“burger” (34 reviews)
“mixed greens” (2 reviews)
“fries” (8 reviews)
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41 W Hillsdale Ct, San Mateo, CA 94403-3405
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Perfect place for both picky eaters & those who like their burgers fully loaded. Either choose from the many kinds of sandwiches, as well as fried chicken, salads, or start with a patty, pick your bun and individual garnishes. Beverages include milk shakes, floats, beers,...More

Thank carol22b
Reviewed 1 week ago

The burger and fries we each had (regular fries and sweet potato fries) were very good. The service was definitely lacking. Our server acted like she didn't want to be there. Manager had to take our order instead of her

Thank Aaron S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have eaten here and at several other Counters over the past 7-8 years. The best, juiciest, highest quality meat and supporting cast of extras in the business. Also the highest prices. Almost always very good service by young,hip folks in upscale areas. You get what...More

Thank MikeandSarah
Reviewed 15 March 2017

I was in San Mateo to visit family. My sister had a great coupon for The Counter so we went there for a take-out dinner. When we walked in, about 7 p.m., the place was busy but not overly crowded. The waitress at the take-out...More

Thank Brian K
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

There are a lot of burger places in San Francisco - lots of good food But I actually crave The Counter! They have several locations in the city and on the peninsula I usually go to the one in San Mateo. None is like the...More

Thank chazkatze
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Like a zillion choices all fresh and natural ingredients. Full bar too! I also like that you can do on a bun or in a bowl.

Thank sandpip6
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

I agree with the previous review: the food here is always worth coming back for, the service is often hit or miss - I think the issue is the general rotation of staff. Still, we always come back and are occasionally delighted with the service.

Thank Adam M
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I have frequented this place on occasions for years, not often and the reason is the service I have experience is horrible, especially if you sit at the counter. Most of their bartenders are just not very good, not very fast and don't have people...More

Thank Joe T
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

You can select among a few special burgers or you want good can prepare your own style burger, plus great sweet or regular fries. Fun place

Thank Kallen C
Reviewed 1 January 2017

A place for burger lovers. Create your own burgers by selecting your ingredients off a checklist. you can also choose the size of your burger, bread etc. they also have burger combination choices there may be a wait as the place is not large. prices...More

Thank charliespal2
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 W Hillsdale Ct, San Mateo, CA 94403-3405
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-212-3200
  • E-mail
A Burger for Every Lifestyle. Gluten Free and Vegan Options. Milkshakes. Specialty Fries. Happy Hour M-F 3p-6p Patio Seating
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