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Council's Burgers, Beer, Billiards

536 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-7411
+1 941-746-8350
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“potato salad” (5 reviews)
“hamburger” (12 reviews)
“chilli” (6 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Bar
536 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-7411
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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...More

Thank Pat M
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!

Thank JeanneS244
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.

Thank blackholeofcalcutta
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.

Thank Heidi F
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...More

Thank FirestoneGallery
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,...More

Thank gene f
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...More

Thank Vern O
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!

Thank Alison T
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.......

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 25 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.

Thank Kvsailor
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
American, Bar
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television
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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