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Loulou's Griddle In The Middle

Municipal Wharf 2, Monterey, CA 93940
831-372-0568
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Ranked #1 of 258 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Loulou's Griddle in the Middle is the tiny diner on Wharf #2. We always say we're "tiny but mighty." We cook with a lot of heart, soul, and deep care about every detail. We aim to make your experience comfortable, fun, delicious, and a little like being at a home-away-from-home. The kitchen is open so you can see our chefs preparing right in front of you. Our community of customers--both local and visitors from far away--also make Loulou's special. We bend over backwards to accomodate your requests, when we can, and we might crown you with a tiara if your requests are many....but all in fun. The diner opened in 1948, so it's rich with history. We're blessed with one customer, Henry, who has been coming EVERY morning since 1948 and he's earned a customized stool, a plaque, his own coffee mug, and a warm place in our hearts.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Loulou's Griddle in the Middle is the tiny diner on Wharf #2. We always say we're "tiny but mighty." We cook with a lot of heart, soul, and deep care about every detail. We aim to make your experience comfortable, fun, delicious, and a little like being at a home-away-from-home. The kitchen is open so you can see our chefs preparing right in front of you. Our community of customers--both local and visitors from far away--also make Loulou's special. We bend over backwards to accomodate your requests, when we can, and we might crown you with a tiara if your requests are many....but all in fun. The diner opened in 1948, so it's rich with history. We're blessed with one customer, Henry, who has been coming EVERY morning since 1948 and he's earned a customized stool, a plaque, his own coffee mug, and a warm place in our hearts.
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Walnut Creek, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We landed here on first day of our vacation while searching for Fisherman's Wharf. It is on other side of wharf very near to wharf 2 parking lot. The place attracted us with lively music and outdoor sitting close to water. They surprised us with delicious 'catch of the hour' on a bed of salad. They had red snapper that... More

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Israel
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Simply a fun little place. Great atmosphere, good service with a constant smile and good food. The place is small so you may have to wait for a table but the views from the pier are great so it is easy to kill some time walking around. Only comment is the lack of restrooms in this place which can be... More

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Montreal, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We had a delicious dinner--clam chowder in sourdough bread and fried calamari. There is quaint decor in this small restaurant and we were very pleased with the food.

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Monterey, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

C'mon.... It's fine.... It's a little shack on the commercial wharf.... But to rank it #1 in a community that has the quantity of quality restaurants as we have on the Monterey Peninsula is flat out preposterous.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

It was so worth the carbs. Lol Not terribly expensive,great service and amazing food. What a great idea! Thanks trip advisor for not letting us down again.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We checked trip advisor for a place to eat breakfast that's open early and loulous was at the top of the list. After eating there I know why they have a high ranking. the staff is super friendly and treat u like family, it is very small but big enough to enjoy the views and food. The potatoes are amazing!!... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I come back to Loulou's Griddle in the Middle every time I am on a business trip to Silicon Valley. Never had a bad meal or a bad experience with the staff and love the Calamari as well as the Fish and Chips. It is away from the hustle of Fisherman's Wharf but still packed any time I have been... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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73 reviews 73 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Went to Loulou's for breakfast and it was the best we had on our California road trip. Yes, the portions are huge! But also very very delicious. My boys ate the pancakes (ordered one stack each - managed to eat barely half...) and I had the omelette with lovely potatoes, fresh tomato and herb sprinkles. Staff is very friendly and... More

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Boca Raton, Florida, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is pancake heaven... THEY ARE HUGE! Listen to your waiter and only order one, that is all you will need to carry you throughout the day. Location on the pier is fun and it is always a good sign to see the locals eating there, including local fishermen. My family loved this restaurant and this breakfast.

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San Francisco, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We checked Tripadvisor for a good place to have breakfast and decided to try Loulou’s because of the excellent rating. It was a short distance drive from our hotel and we arrived a bit early. There were plenty of metered parking on the pier, where the tiny restaurant was located. To get on the waiting list, you tell the lady... More

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