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Council's Burgers, Beer, Billiards

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536 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-7411
+1 941-746-8350
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London, Canada
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62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

One of the best hamburgers in Bradenton and area. After closing in November Lawton is back making the best burgers in Bradenton. He apparently has sold the business to the owners of the Toasted Mango but is back for now helping out. Hopefully he stays awhile. It is an old pool hall with a lunch bar but do yourself a... More 

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Hudson, Ohio
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Great burgers in a 90 year old pool hall. Don't think they've updated in 90 years but the burgers are great!

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Thank JeanneS244
Beaumont, Texas
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Great little poolhall in downtown. Hamburgers are good, chili smelled great, beer is cold and it gets busy at lunch. Pool is free on Tuesday, and they play one pocket.

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Thank blackholeofcalcutta
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

They make the best burgers in town because of a grill that is old from 1923 and seasoned. The beer is always cold. Have some fun playing pool. This is the best kept secret in downtown Bradenton. Love this place. Love coming here with family.

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Thank Heidi F
Bradenton, Florida
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Council's may look beat up but boy are they interesting and the cheeseburgers are GREAT! Here you will see lawyers sitting next to sandy tourists eating the burgers made on their flat top from 1923. That thing has seasoning that makes the burgers taste very special. The linoleum around the pool tables was worn off years ago and the cement... More 

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Thank FirestoneGallery
Bradenton, Florida
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2016

Right downtown for easy walking access. Best burgers ever !! Potato salad very good and unique....need to. Ask. For that as not usually on menu board but they do always have. Setting not for everyone but most love it. Throwback to earlier time, pool tables, posters from 70s & 80s, seating usually at bar but have tables. Service is again... More 

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Thank gene f
Spring Hill, Florida
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134 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2016

Anytime I am in Bradenton I have to have lunch at Council's. Using a stove built I would guess in the 30's or 40's Lawton cooks the best burgers you will ever put your lips to. Always fresh hamburger makes these burgers stand out from the rest, and don't forget a bowl of chili.

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Thank Vern O
Sugar Mountain, NC
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2016

Located in downtown Bradenton, Council's is one of Manatee County's iconic Burger joints. It doesn't get any better. A must visit!

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Thank Alison T
Bradenton, Florida
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 February 2016

My husband's buddies told him to take me for lunch......local dive......cooked chili on a 2 burner plug in. Food was edible, but not a place to go for vacation fun. So sorry. They get a sad face.......

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Thank Amy R
London, Canada
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29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2016 via mobile

The sign says it all," We were making hamburgers when McDonalds was still a farm". If you want fancy this is not the place for you. The burger won't let you down.

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Restaurant Details

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American, Bar
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Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 536 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-7411
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Bradenton
  • Phone Number: +1 941-746-8350

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