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Loulou's Griddle In The Middle

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Chowder, Soups
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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: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
super friendly ...great breakfast potatoes

We had a really nice breakfast at LouLou's. The staff was exceptionally friendly and our, food service was quick and as ordered. The potatoes were really very good! A Plus...They have outdoor seating we were able to take our dogs. I would have given 5 stars but they really need to upgrade... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Tammyblanchard
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Sausalito, California
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Sausalito, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We had a really nice breakfast at LouLou's. The staff was exceptionally friendly and our, food service was quick and as ordered. The potatoes were really very good! A Plus...They have outdoor seating we were able to take our dogs. I would have given 5 stars but they really need to upgrade their coffee.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We (4 adults, 2 kids) went here last weekend after seeing all the laudatory reviews. We sat outside. The experience was mixed, the reason for the 3 stars rather than 4 or 2. My wife thought the "comfort food" for the evening, ribs, were mostly fat. My son said there was bits of onion mixed in his hamburger meat, not... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Quick service, arrived 20min before closing time. The grilled salmon and swordfish specials were very tasty with big portion sizes.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A literal hole in the wall...when we arrived at this "shack" on the dock, my kids thought I was nuts. Well, they quickly changed their tune. All 3 ordered pancakes - the "hubcap" is literally the size of a car hubcap - and they quickly proclaimed they were the best pancakes they have ever had - and they have had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Really big breakfasts - so come hungry. Standard staple breakfast items but they were all good. Not the size of the hubcap pancakes. They aren't kidding. Share!

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San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We came here for breakfast. Wait time was about 20 min. They took our phone number so we could walk around the pier while we waited & not have to stand around. Best pancake (only one because it was a GIANT pancake) I have ever had! My husband ordered their breakfast plate with crabcake. Such a fresh and delicious crabcake!... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

It is an old shack with the best seafood, right on the peer, everything was extremely fresh and tasty, but the calamari were just heavenly!!!

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

After seeing this place on Trip Advisor, we decided to visit for breakfast before going to the Aquarium. Go if you are in town, it is the most friendly cute place. I can only comment on breakfast but I saw their awards for clam chowder - best in state. The breakfast was superb. Menu varied and Atmosphere top notch.

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Fresno, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

So glad to have finally tried this place! Well worth the wait! The seafood omelette with potatoes is excellent! They aren't kidding when the menu says their pancakes are the size of a hubcap. Can't wait to go again!

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Merced, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

There is a good energy with the people waiting to get into Loulou's and you can walk the fishing wharf while you wait. Great atmosphere with lively waitresses, good music and 3 guys trying to work the small working area. We liked sitting at the counter to watch how busy and resourceful the cook and support people were. I don't... More 

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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, Soups

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?