The first Burger Lounge opened in La Jolla in 2007 boasting grass-fed beef, local produce, modern spaces, and green business practices. The quick-service eatery has grown exponentially under their principled philosophy. They believe burgers should be made with healthy ingredients, taste delicious, and be produced in a sustainable environment, because it’s better for you, your taste buds, and the planet. They work hard to be part of the local community at each location, taking full advantage of locally sourced ingredients. Burger Lounge has received accolades from CNBC, Bon Appétit Magazine, Red Tricycle, and San Diego Magazine, among others
Burger Lounge – Coronado Ambiance
Burger Lounge in La Jolla, like their other restaurants, is sleek and modern. The white, cream, taupe, brown, and orange color palate and bank of floor to ceiling windows across the front of the restaurant make for a bright and cheery ambiance. A long white counter with wood backed, orange cushioned, high top stools runs the width of the restaurant along the windows – a great place for people watching while you eat. Orange and white contemporary pendant lighting illuminates the dining area. Four swivel stools at a second counter face the kitchen for additional seating. Situated at the corner of Wall Street and Herschel Avenue, Burger Lounge also has outdoor patio seating on two sides under large orange umbrellas; heat lamps provide comfort on cool San Diego evenings. The friendly diner-style of the restaurant reflects their commitment to simplicity and a neighborly vibe.
Burger Lounge – Coronado Food
At Burger Lounge, burgers are made with 100% fresh, single source, American grass-fed beef. They source their beef from two ranches, one in Wisconsin and one in Missouri. Similarly, they have built relationships with other farmers for their other meats, cheeses, produce, and breads. With this type of farm-to-table relationship, you can rest assured that you are getting the quality ingredients you think you are. The menu reflects organic, handcrafted, GMO free, house-made, and Fair Trade values. Nutritional information is indicated on selections throughout the menu. You’re also supporting organic and sustainable farmers and ranchers when you eat at Burger Lounge. They make food you can enjoy and feel good about eating.
The Lounge Burger is their signature burger with organic cheeses and veggies and their house-made 1000 Island sauce. The Classic is the same burger sans the veggies and 1000 Island. You can add nitrate/nitrite-free applewood smoked bacon to your burgers as an extra. If you have a big appetite, get the Husky, which is the Lounge Burger with two patties. If your appetite is on the lighter side, but you still want a burger, get the Little Lounge Burger.
Burger Lounge also makes a Free-Range Turkey Burger with fresh basil, served lounge style – veggies and 1000 Island. Their Organic Quinoa Veggie Burger is made with organic quinoa, brown rice, zucchini, garbanzo, carrot, corn, and chipotle, also served lounge style. Chicken “Digglers” are crispy fried chicken pieces piled high in a bowl with house made chili lime and jicama slaw. Their two salads are organic vegetable, and romaine-kale. You can add grilled or crispy free range chicken; a turkey, veggie, or grass fed beef patty; or a seared albacore filet to either salad as an add-on.
Sides include French fries, onion rings, or a salad. Being the people pleasers they are, Burger Lounge offers a half fries, half onion rings selection. It’s a generous cup overflowing with fries with onion rings at the bottom, and topped with more onion rings. Guests rave about the chocolate shakes; they also have root beer floats made from Batch Craft Soda, and house-made desserts. Another popular beverage on a hot San Diego afternoon is their organic house-made lavender mint lemonade. Local craft beers and wines are also available.
Burger Lounge – Coronado Details
Burger Lounge is open seven days a week from mid-morning to nighttime. You place your order at the self-service counter just inside the front entrance, then look for your table. Guests report that staff offer excellent customer service, roving the restaurant taking care of details while delivering food and busing tables. Burger Lounge is ADA accessible inside and out. With a recommendation from Red Tricycle, you’re assured children are valued here; there are also highchairs and a kids’ meal. Pets are welcome on the outdoor patios. There is only street or bike parking. Take out is available, so you can call ahead, grab your tasty lunch to-go, and head to La Jolla Cove for a seaside picnic. Take out vs. eat in is about 50/50 at Burger Lounge La Jolla. There is no Wi-Fi at this location.
Burger Lounge – Coronado Neighborhood
The seaside village of La Jolla sits on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and has been dubbed the jewel of San Diego County. Burger Lounge invites you to explore the village before or after your meal. Prospect Street embodies the ethos of La Jolla with its upscale boutique hotels, trendy clothing shops, art galleries, and antique and jewelry stores. Stroll through the Museum of Contemporary Art at 700 Prospect Street for a real treat, and don’t miss the panoramic views from their outdoor sculpture garden.
Down the hill from Prospect Street, you’ll find La Jolla Cove. Explore the La Jolla caves either by land through Sunny Jim’s Cave, or by kayak on a guided tour. Enjoy some down time in shaded Scripps Park and experience ocean views and people-watching. Check out the snorkelers swimming with the bright orange Garibaldi fish. Follow the sidewalk to the Children’s Pool and watch the seals and sea lions lolling on the beach. Walk farther to explore La Jolla’s tide pools, or farther still to watch courageous surfers battle the waves at Windansea Beach made famous by the book The Pump House Gang.
If La Jolla is your San Diego vacation headquarters, you’ll find accommodations within walking distance of Burger Lounge, including the Grande Colonial La Jolla at 910 Prospect Street, La Valencia Hotel at 1132 Prospect Street, or Pantai Inn situated down the hill at 1003 Coast Boulevard. La Valencia is an iconic hotel with a glamorous past that has been serving La Jolla since 1926. Grande Colonial is a legendary boutique hotel dating back to 1913. Pantai Inn is the Balinese-inspired new kid on the block, situated right across the street from the ocean.
Come, enjoy Burger Lounge and all of La Jolla’s attractions in one of San Diego’s favorite neighborhoods.