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American Burger

738 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010
+1 831-373-7573
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good35%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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“burgers” (26 reviews)
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738 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

I had the classic burger, fries/onion rings. I All of these were very good. Dinner prices for the burgers and fries is around $12-13. Great prices for the area when you want a family/budget friendly restaurant. They have quite a variety of hamburgers to try....More

Thank ibtravelinj
Reviewed 22 July 2017

We stopped by after looking on Trip Advisor for a place for a quick, cheap bite to eat after a morning at the Aquarium. The walk is only a couple of blocks (mostly uphill), but that was enough to get away from the super overpriced,...More

Thank catwater07
Reviewed 23 June 2017 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 28 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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