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Council's Bradenton Recreation

American, Bar
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536 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-7411
+1 941-746-8350
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Beaumont, Texas
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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
Bradenton, Florida
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank FirestoneGallery
Bradenton, Florida
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank gene f
Spring Hill, Florida
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109 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Vern O
Sugar Mountain, NC
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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
Bradenton, Florida
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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
London, Canada
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
Palmetto, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

Juiciest cheeseburgers anywhere. Fun atmosphere. You can play pool or just sit at the bar and drink a cold one while you chat with Council. Not an experience to be missed.

Thank Michele G
The Woodlands, Texas
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64 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

I have eaten here many time over the years. It is a pool hall and hamburger joint across the street from the courthouse and next to a bail bond place :-) the novelty of a small flat grilled burger with lettuce and tomatoes for $6 has worn thin... Much better places down the street on Old Main.

Thank Steve D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?