Hamburger Hamlet

★★★★☆
Somewhere between fine dining and fast food lies this upscale burger chain.
  • 214 S Lake Ave

    Pasadena, CA 91101

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  • 626-449-8520

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Food is pretty good. Salads and hamburgers are great! They have a pretty cool vibe in the back area near the fire pit. It's a nice quiet place for dinner.

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★★★☆☆

Food is pretty good. Salads and hamburgers are great! They have a pretty cool vibe in the back area near the fire pit. It's a nice quiet place for dinner.

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My wife and I love to eat at Hamburger Hamlet in Pasadena. This is one of our favorite restaurants for atmosphere and a really good hamburger. So, when we received an email coupon for my wife??s birthday we thought it would be an easy decision to visit for a nice meal. We decided to invite my parents since we always enjoy their company. So we had four excited people at our table to have a good meal with good company. We ordered and presented the coupon for a free meal (with the purchase of another entre equal or higher in price). After our meal we received the check and noticed they took off the cost of my dad??s hamburger ($9.95). We asked why they didn??t take off the cost of my wife??s salmon ($16.95) since I had ordered a meal which was higher in price. The waitress went straight to the manager on duty that night (Bob). Bob came over with our coupon and read it to us while emphasizing the part where it states, ??free with purchase of equal or higher priced entre.? I simply told him I had ordered exactly that?a higher priced item. After two more loud reiterations of the same sentence from Bob I told him that we will pay the bill as is but would just like him to know we disagree with the fine print of the offer since I had ordered a meal for the same or higher in price. Bob said, ??I agree? and left the table for us to pay the bill. Unfortunately, I really enjoy the food at Hamburger Hamlet, so I cannot swear off of the place all together. But I certainly will not go back for a long time because I am very upset with how a so-called manager treated us in front of other patrons. There are too many other places in town with good hamburgers.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I love to eat at Hamburger Hamlet in Pasadena. This is one of our favorite restaurants for atmosphere and a really good hamburger. So, when we received an email coupon for my wife??s birthday we thought it would be an easy decision to visit for a nice meal. We decided to invite my parents since we always enjoy their company. So we had four excited people at our table to have a good meal with good company. We ordered and presented the coupon for a free meal (with the purchase of another entre equal or higher in price). After our meal we received the check and noticed they took off the cost of my dad??s hamburger ($9.95). We asked why they didn??t take off the cost of my wife??s salmon ($16.95) since I had ordered a meal which was higher in price. The waitress went straight to the manager on duty that night (Bob). Bob came over with our coupon and read it to us while emphasizing the part where it states, ??free with purchase of equal or higher priced entre.? I simply told him I had ordered exactly that?a higher priced item. After two more loud reiterations of the same sentence from Bob I told him that we will pay the bill as is but would just like him to know we disagree with the fine print of the offer since I had ordered a meal for the same or higher in price. Bob said, ??I agree? and left the table for us to pay the bill. Unfortunately, I really enjoy the food at Hamburger Hamlet, so I cannot swear off of the place all together. But I certainly will not go back for a long time because I am very upset with how a so-called manager treated us in front of other patrons. There are too many other places in town with good hamburgers.

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My wife and I love to eat at Hamburger Hamlet in Pasadena. This is one of our favorite restaurants for atmosphere and a really good hamburger. So, when we received an email coupon for my wife?s birthday we thought it would be an easy decision to visit for a nice meal. We decided to invite my parents since we always enjoy their company. So we had four excited people at our table to have a good meal with good company. We ordered and presented the coupon for a free meal (with the purchase of another entree equal or higher in price). After our meal we received the check and noticed they took off the cost of my dad?s hamburger ($9.95). We asked why they didn?t take off the cost of my wife?s salmon ($16.95) since I had ordered a meal which was higher in price. The waitress went straight to the manager on duty that night (Bob). Bob came over with our coupon and read it to us while emphasizing the part where it states, ?free with purchase of equal or higher priced entree.? I simply told him I had ordered exactly that?a higher priced item. After two more loud reiterations of the same sentence from Bob I told him that we will pay the bill as is but would just like him to know we disagree with the fine print of the offer since I had ordered a meal for the same or higher in price. Bob said, ?I agree? and left the table for us to pay the bill. Unfortunately, I really enjoy the food at Hamburger Hamlet, so I cannot swear off of the place all together. But I certainly will not go back for a long time because I am very upset with how a so-called manager treated us in front of other patrons. There are too many other places in town with good hamburgers.

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★★☆☆☆

My wife and I love to eat at Hamburger Hamlet in Pasadena. This is one of our favorite restaurants for atmosphere and a really good hamburger. So, when we received an email coupon for my wife?s birthday we thought it would be an easy decision to visit for a nice meal. We decided to invite my parents since we always enjoy their company. So we had four excited people at our table to have a good meal with good company. We ordered and presented the coupon for a free meal (with the purchase of another entree equal or higher in price). After our meal we received the check and noticed they took off the cost of my dad?s hamburger ($9.95). We asked why they didn?t take off the cost of my wife?s salmon ($16.95) since I had ordered a meal which was higher in price. The waitress went straight to the manager on duty that night (Bob). Bob came over with our coupon and read it to us while emphasizing the part where it states, ?free with purchase of equal or higher priced entree.? I simply told him I had ordered exactly that?a higher priced item. After two more loud reiterations of the same sentence from Bob I told him that we will pay the bill as is but would just like him to know we disagree with the fine print of the offer since I had ordered a meal for the same or higher in price. Bob said, ?I agree? and left the table for us to pay the bill. Unfortunately, I really enjoy the food at Hamburger Hamlet, so I cannot swear off of the place all together. But I certainly will not go back for a long time because I am very upset with how a so-called manager treated us in front of other patrons. There are too many other places in town with good hamburgers.

Pros: Good Hamburgers

Cons: Extremely Poor Management Service

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Server was uncaring and ignored repeated requests to get drink order correct. We were nervous that he wasn't going to get our food order right, his attitude was nonchalant at best. Thankfully he did get the order correct but checked on us once and then disappeared. We never got refills on our drinks and it took 10 minutes for us to find him to get our check. Good food but very disappointing service. Server had a very poor attitude and should not be in the restaurant business. I don't know how they stay open in Pasadena when there's so much competition around and much better options out there. I definitely DON'T recommend this place and would advise you to seek another establishment to spend your time and money.

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★☆☆☆☆

Server was uncaring and ignored repeated requests to get drink order correct. We were nervous that he wasn't going to get our food order right, his attitude was nonchalant at best. Thankfully he did get the order correct but checked on us once and then disappeared. We never got refills on our drinks and it took 10 minutes for us to find him to get our check. Good food but very disappointing service. Server had a very poor attitude and should not be in the restaurant business. I don't know how they stay open in Pasadena when there's so much competition around and much better options out there. I definitely DON'T recommend this place and would advise you to seek another establishment to spend your time and money.

Pros: Good tasty food

Cons: Horrible service, dated interior/ambiance

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I have been going to Hamlet on and off for years. They have improved significantly over the past year . I spoke with the GM on my last visit, and he had told me the company was under new ownershipand senior managment as well. It's apparent when you walk in there. Take a look at their new menu. Last time I had the California Market Salad and the Pan roasted chicken. Nothing like either of them. The food is sooo much better, with all their new menu items. They definitley have something for everyone. I highly reccomend it. Great place for family and kids, as I take mine there around twice per month.

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★★★★★

I have been going to Hamlet on and off for years. They have improved significantly over the past year . I spoke with the GM on my last visit, and he had told me the company was under new ownershipand senior managment as well. It's apparent when you walk in there. Take a look at their new menu. Last time I had the California Market Salad and the Pan roasted chicken. Nothing like either of them. The food is sooo much better, with all their new menu items. They definitley have something for everyone. I highly reccomend it. Great place for family and kids, as I take mine there around twice per month.

Pros: New Menu, Better Service, Private Parties

Cons: Tables look a little old

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truly has the best burger...and the mudslide dessert is great too.... some locations are better than others.

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★★★★★

truly has the best burger...and the mudslide dessert is great too.... some locations are better than others.

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I am an avid foodie and know a good meal vs. a bad one and the hamlet was great! I wasn't sure what to expect because people either love it or hate it for some reason. We had the yummiest dinner and the service was efficient and cordial. I checked the pasadena city website - they have this handy restaurant database where you can look up health ratings from the city..I checked the Hamlet and they had a high A. I checked others, and they were one of the only ones in the city with that high of score. This is my new neighborhood restaurant when I need good value, good food and a vintage, fun atmosphere and and a clean kitchen!

2
★★★★★

I am an avid foodie and know a good meal vs. a bad one and the hamlet was great! I wasn't sure what to expect because people either love it or hate it for some reason. We had the yummiest dinner and the service was efficient and cordial. I checked the pasadena city website - they have this handy restaurant database where you can look up health ratings from the city..I checked the Hamlet and they had a high A. I checked others, and they were one of the only ones in the city with that high of score. This is my new neighborhood restaurant when I need good value, good food and a vintage, fun atmosphere and and a clean kitchen!

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I think people go here for the name.The service is slooooooooooooow! The burger was dry and tasteless a poor excuse for a hamburger joint,a better burger could be had anywhere else esp at this location

1
★★☆☆☆

I think people go here for the name.The service is slooooooooooooow! The burger was dry and tasteless a poor excuse for a hamburger joint,a better burger could be had anywhere else esp at this location

Pros: Are they're any?

Cons: free but always crowed parking, loud &crowded(the chairs are too close together)

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i would not have known to come to this spot without tom o's recommendation. it looked old and not very exciting every time i walked by. however, insider are some incredibly friendly waiters, huge red booths, nice atmosphere and terrific food. it is very reasonably priced. great place

5
★★★★★

i would not have known to come to this spot without tom o's recommendation. it looked old and not very exciting every time i walked by. however, insider are some incredibly friendly waiters, huge red booths, nice atmosphere and terrific food. it is very reasonably priced. great place

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From the outside of the restaurant on Lake this place always looks dead. Come to find out they seat everyone towards the rear of the restaurant. It has a cool atmosphere with huge leather seats and a fire place. They have a decent bar lounge area where there were a few guys watching sports. I enjoyed "The Mortan" a great turkey sandwich its huge though. Then we also tried the Oreo cookie mud pie which was amazing.

3
★★★☆☆

From the outside of the restaurant on Lake this place always looks dead. Come to find out they seat everyone towards the rear of the restaurant. It has a cool atmosphere with huge leather seats and a fire place. They have a decent bar lounge area where there were a few guys watching sports. I enjoyed "The Mortan" a great turkey sandwich its huge though. Then we also tried the Oreo cookie mud pie which was amazing.

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Nothing classy, nothing special, just some large amounts of tasty food for nothing. Their deserts are HUGE and tasty. I highly recomend going for beers, the schooners are big, frosty and cheap. Oh yea, the burger sampler platter, its like 6 mini burgers and the best burger sampler ive ever eaten.

PROS: To be or not to be....Hamburger Hamlet be
CONS: The cap of my salt came off, but i think my friend did it

4
★★★★☆

Nothing classy, nothing special, just some large amounts of tasty food for nothing. Their deserts are HUGE and tasty. I highly recomend going for beers, the schooners are big, frosty and cheap. Oh yea, the burger sampler platter, its like 6 mini burgers and the best burger sampler ive ever eaten.

PROS: To be or not to be....Hamburger Hamlet be
CONS: The cap of my salt came off, but i think my friend did it

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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This is a funny place - a classy burger restaurant - not a diner. While I wasn't as impressed by my Chateaubriand burger as I'd hoped, I was impressed with the sheer variety of choices. As long as you're paying, it's a great choice for a wide range of guests because most people will find something they like on the menu.

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★★★★☆

This is a funny place - a classy burger restaurant - not a diner. While I wasn't as impressed by my Chateaubriand burger as I'd hoped, I was impressed with the sheer variety of choices. As long as you're paying, it's a great choice for a wide range of guests because most people will find something they like on the menu.

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Love this place, especially if you sit in the bar or by the fireplace. The back of the restaurant is very "clubby" but not too into the front (whenever someone comes in the front door, there is a big, cold burst of wind. My husband loves the schooner of beer and a blue cheese burger. I like getting a martini and the chateaubriand burger. My friend adores the fish & chips.

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★★★★★

Love this place, especially if you sit in the bar or by the fireplace. The back of the restaurant is very "clubby" but not too into the front (whenever someone comes in the front door, there is a big, cold burst of wind. My husband loves the schooner of beer and a blue cheese burger. I like getting a martini and the chateaubriand burger. My friend adores the fish & chips.

Pros: free parking, usually no wait, dependable service

Cons: chicken pot pie

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A Hamburger Hamlet is a Hamburger Hamlet. From one to the other, they're generally all the same. Large hamburgers, mediocre french fries, and slow service. There are so many other places these days to get great hamburgers in Pasadena...and if you're going to the Hamlet for other food items, there are better choices within a square of two blocks. Open your eyes and look around.

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★★★☆☆

A Hamburger Hamlet is a Hamburger Hamlet. From one to the other, they're generally all the same. Large hamburgers, mediocre french fries, and slow service. There are so many other places these days to get great hamburgers in Pasadena...and if you're going to the Hamlet for other food items, there are better choices within a square of two blocks. Open your eyes and look around.

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It doesn't matter which Hamlet you go to, you never get good service. If you call to order a pick up you get hung up on or you are told (not asked) to call back. If you want to speak to a manager, you get talked down to.

I would never, ever, ever patronize Hambuger Hamlet again.

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★☆☆☆☆

It doesn't matter which Hamlet you go to, you never get good service. If you call to order a pick up you get hung up on or you are told (not asked) to call back. If you want to speak to a manager, you get talked down to.

I would never, ever, ever patronize Hambuger Hamlet again.

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My group and I were seated 45 minutes after our reserved time, and the restaurant was half empty. They also didn't bring us the salads, soups, and garlic breads that was supposed to come with our meals. Also, we had to ask for our bill four times before they finally brought it to us. The food was average but the service was horrible. I do not recommend this place, the bad service just ruins the whole night for you.

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★☆☆☆☆

My group and I were seated 45 minutes after our reserved time, and the restaurant was half empty. They also didn't bring us the salads, soups, and garlic breads that was supposed to come with our meals. Also, we had to ask for our bill four times before they finally brought it to us. The food was average but the service was horrible. I do not recommend this place, the bad service just ruins the whole night for you.

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Hamburger Hamlet is unrivalled when you're in the mood for a hamburger. The other items on the menu are average or less, except for the rich, creamy milkshakes. But just for the hamburgers, this is one of my favorite restaurants to go to, especially when I don't want to spend too much for a meal.

2
★★★★☆

Hamburger Hamlet is unrivalled when you're in the mood for a hamburger. The other items on the menu are average or less, except for the rich, creamy milkshakes. But just for the hamburgers, this is one of my favorite restaurants to go to, especially when I don't want to spend too much for a meal.

Pros: Hamburgers, Hamburgers, great value

Cons: , other food

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A friend invited me to watch the Lakers play-off game last week at the Hamlet in Brentwood. I was very impressed with the service we got. It was very busy in the bar area, yet our waiter was available for anything we needed, often bringing us things before we asked. Great place! - bls

5
★★★★★

A friend invited me to watch the Lakers play-off game last week at the Hamlet in Brentwood. I was very impressed with the service we got. It was very busy in the bar area, yet our waiter was available for anything we needed, often bringing us things before we asked. Great place! - bls

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Great food, fun place to go, hang-out for lots of locals and students.

4
★★★★☆

Great food, fun place to go, hang-out for lots of locals and students.

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Whenever there was a birthday on the team we would go to this place for lunch. It has great burgers, can accommodate large parties and the service is quick. Everything on the menu good.

2
★★★★★

Whenever there was a birthday on the team we would go to this place for lunch. It has great burgers, can accommodate large parties and the service is quick. Everything on the menu good.

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If you are craving a hamburger then you must go to Hamburger Hamlet. There is a wide selection of toppings. This is also a great place if you have a large party. The service is quick and the atmosphere relaxing.

2
★★★★★

If you are craving a hamburger then you must go to Hamburger Hamlet. There is a wide selection of toppings. This is also a great place if you have a large party. The service is quick and the atmosphere relaxing.

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This is not fast food place for burgers- It is actually a nice place to dine with a good burger and an apple martini. Now the decor inside this place great, the food and is one to match. If you are looking for a fancy hamburger place then Hamburger Hamlet is the place to be.

2
★★★★★

This is not fast food place for burgers- It is actually a nice place to dine with a good burger and an apple martini. Now the decor inside this place great, the food and is one to match. If you are looking for a fancy hamburger place then Hamburger Hamlet is the place to be.

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I like the hamlets when I come here. They are always done the way i like them and the service is great as well. They have a bar and the drinks are really good too.

I would recommend you try it out. They have many selections too in their menu.

2
★★★★★

I like the hamlets when I come here. They are always done the way i like them and the service is great as well. They have a bar and the drinks are really good too.

I would recommend you try it out. They have many selections too in their menu.

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They have the best sauteed mushroom burger - big juicy mushrooms smothered with cheese and cooked to perfection! They also have good onion rings for an appetizer!

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★★★★★

They have the best sauteed mushroom burger - big juicy mushrooms smothered with cheese and cooked to perfection! They also have good onion rings for an appetizer!

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I love Hamlet's Split Pea Soup with Garlic Toast. So good. I also love their Philly sandwich. The place is so cozy, and the service is great. I've had their Cesar Salad, but the dressing was a bit tart...I didn't like it at all. Their Cajun Popcorn Shrimp are really good as well. Parking is a pain, but if you can land a spot, you're set. This place is good for large groups, and very romantic.

2
★★★★★

I love Hamlet's Split Pea Soup with Garlic Toast. So good. I also love their Philly sandwich. The place is so cozy, and the service is great. I've had their Cesar Salad, but the dressing was a bit tart...I didn't like it at all. Their Cajun Popcorn Shrimp are really good as well. Parking is a pain, but if you can land a spot, you're set. This place is good for large groups, and very romantic.

Pros: Split Pea Soup, Service, Ambience

Cons: Limited Parking

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I went to this Hambuger Hamlet with my fiance after work and it was well worth it. They sat us next to a fireplace and made it look very romantic. The service was mediocre but the food and atmosphere made up for it. It made me feel like I was in a ski resort lodge! My food was tasty and they gave good portions. The pricing was reasonable too.

2
★★★★☆

I went to this Hambuger Hamlet with my fiance after work and it was well worth it. They sat us next to a fireplace and made it look very romantic. The service was mediocre but the food and atmosphere made up for it. It made me feel like I was in a ski resort lodge! My food was tasty and they gave good portions. The pricing was reasonable too.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, reasonable pricing, good burgers

Cons: unattentive service

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The burgers and other dishes I have had were all above average and worthy of the price paid. The atmoshpere was conducive to conversation and relaxing.

2
★★★★☆

The burgers and other dishes I have had were all above average and worthy of the price paid. The atmoshpere was conducive to conversation and relaxing.

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Not sure if it is the high back, red naugahyde chairs or the dimly lit rooms but this restaurant has the field of an old school restaurant. Great burgers, onion soup and lobster brisque. I am also a big fan of their breakfast, great vegetarian omlets and a passable eggs benedict. The only bad thing is their bleu cheese dressing - get the bleu cheese crumbles or stick to ranch!

2
★★★★☆

Not sure if it is the high back, red naugahyde chairs or the dimly lit rooms but this restaurant has the field of an old school restaurant. Great burgers, onion soup and lobster brisque. I am also a big fan of their breakfast, great vegetarian omlets and a passable eggs benedict. The only bad thing is their bleu cheese dressing - get the bleu cheese crumbles or stick to ranch!

Pros: burgers, lots of room

Cons: dressings

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The Mercedes dealership of burgers, the Burberry of buns-and-beef. Extremely good (no joke) hamburgers and enough else on a varied menu that everyone at the table can be happy. This is old-school upscale dining, the kind of place your Grandfather would take you on a special excursion, especially because the full bar is open at lunch and there's always a game on.

2
★★★★☆

The Mercedes dealership of burgers, the Burberry of buns-and-beef. Extremely good (no joke) hamburgers and enough else on a varied menu that everyone at the table can be happy. This is old-school upscale dining, the kind of place your Grandfather would take you on a special excursion, especially because the full bar is open at lunch and there's always a game on.

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This location seems small on the outside, but it's huge on the inside, with an aging lounge-lizard room in back w/one of those circular fireplaces. Don't order the big beer--it comes in this ridiculous, 10-pound glass goblet they call a "Schooner" and drinking out of one of these is to feel quite the clown. Burgers are pretty good meat and variety (I guess they'd better be). It seems expensive on the menu, but they just kill you with portions to make up for it.

2
★★★★☆

This location seems small on the outside, but it's huge on the inside, with an aging lounge-lizard room in back w/one of those circular fireplaces. Don't order the big beer--it comes in this ridiculous, 10-pound glass goblet they call a "Schooner" and drinking out of one of these is to feel quite the clown. Burgers are pretty good meat and variety (I guess they'd better be). It seems expensive on the menu, but they just kill you with portions to make up for it.

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Let the name of the restaurant guide you order a burger. The variety of other cuisine on the menu seems more distracting than anything. Thankfully, there's a wide array of burger choices too. You can choose from plenty of burger styles, and they're all consistently good. This restaurant is a good choice if you're in the mood for a burger but want options beyond simply whether you want American or cheddar. The service is friendly, and I've never had to wait for a table.

2
★★★★☆

Let the name of the restaurant guide you order a burger. The variety of other cuisine on the menu seems more distracting than anything. Thankfully, there's a wide array of burger choices too. You can choose from plenty of burger styles, and they're all consistently good. This restaurant is a good choice if you're in the mood for a burger but want options beyond simply whether you want American or cheddar. The service is friendly, and I've never had to wait for a table.

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A vestige of the successful '60s chain that was decorated with quotations from Shakespeare, Pasadena's branch of what was previously known as Hamburger Hamlet is still chugging along. Despite ups and downs over the years, this spot endures…

 

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