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Loulou's Griddle In The Middle

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Municipal Wharf 2, Monterey, CA 93940
831-372-0568
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7:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Fri 7:30 am - 8:30 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Loulou's Griddle in the Middle is the tiny diner on Wharf #2. We always...
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Loved it!! Crazy pancakes!!!

My Husband and I had breakfast here when visiting Monterey and it is great! I chose one of their hubcap pancakes and it was enormous! Tasted good too! They are too big for one though and it didn't look like I had eaten anything! :) The location is really nice next to the water and the staff were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

My Husband and I had breakfast here when visiting Monterey and it is great! I chose one of their hubcap pancakes and it was enormous! Tasted good too! They are too big for one though and it didn't look like I had eaten anything! :) The location is really nice next to the water and the staff were really friendly... More 

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Fresno, California
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This place never disappoints! Friendly, to the point service. Always a bit of a wait but they'll call you when is your turn. Food is airways very fresh. Cooks are awesome, just doin their thang. I like to sit at the bar and watch but the outdoor view is perfect! Prices are fair, portions are huge!

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LaCenter
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is the cutest place on the Wharf. We saw it on the Food Networks Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and wanted to try it. We had breakfast there and it was wonderful. I had the crab cake and potatoes and eggs. Best Crab Cake I have had in a restaurant. Usually they put too many other ingredients in them and... More 

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Silicon Valley
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27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

enjoyed breakfast it was very good. be prepared that the wait staff will tell you what you can and can't have. I ordered an entrée and then wanted a side off the kid's menu and that order was denied (against the

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Portland, Oregon
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73 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We encountered some folks at the Fishwife Restaurant who said they had the best clam chowder of their lives at a little place on Fisherman's Wharf.. couldn't come up with a name, but they remembered it was bright yellow and near the start of the wharf. Armed with the description we decided to try it for a quick bowl before... More 

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Glenrock, Wyoming
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This place is outstanding! We showed up when it was packed and got a table within 20 minutes. The service was top notch and the food was over the top. Huge portions of the freshest food around in interesting, flavorful combinations. This tiny place was filled with all kinds of people in a very relaxed and welcoming environment. We will,... More 

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Fair Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We ate at the counter and enjoyed watching the guys doing the cooking(show). The food was very good and large portions. Very popular, so there may be a wait. A few outside tables, Very Quaint!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Loved the atmosphere, enjoyed our food, but the service was terrible. The place was packed-- it doesn't have many seats, so we presumed it was always packed. They must have forgotten our order because once we finally got our table after waiting almost an hour, we waited another 50 minutes for our food to come and when it did, they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The Hubcap was a must. Honestly it was comical. This dive is quaint and quite tiny but packs a ton of character! What a great and fun way to start the day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We came here to satisfy our craving for a clam chowder bread bowl, but all the food looked very good. This is a tiny little place at the beginning of the wharf, and very worth stopping to eat.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Municipal Wharf 2, Monterey, CA 93940
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-372-0568

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Chowder

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 8:30 pm

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