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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: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Loulou's is tiny, and you'll probably have to wait. But, if you want a really yummy, filling breakfast, it's well worth that wait. Super friendly people, generous portions, quality food, and very reasonable prices. We'll be back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Loulou's is tiny, and you'll probably have to wait. But, if you want a really yummy, filling breakfast, it's well worth that wait. Super friendly people, generous portions, quality food, and very reasonable prices. We'll be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Everyone knows the best places are hole-in-the walls! Well worth the wait! This is a tiny place that has an amazing breakfast! The pancake is the size of a hubcap and can easily be shared. The eggs and coffee are delicious! Put your name in and walk around you will not regret it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Was surprised at its size but this place cranks out good food. I sat at the counter and ordered the Nana Split French toast. I was expecting the usual french toast with a few pieces of banana but this was better than expected. Strawberries and bananas, oh my! And five pieces of french toast! What's worse, I ate the whole... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Had a great meal, my wife had the crab cakes and salad, I ordered the fish and chips (which happened to be halibut today) and both were fantastic. The batter on the fish was really light and crispy, perfectly done.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

After seeing this place on an episode of Diners, Drive ins and Dives, we were really looking forward to having a meal here. We found the place easily on Wharf # 2 in Monterey. The place was busy, se we figured it would be excellent. First off the service was non-existent from the moment we walked up. When we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We stopped by while biking the Monterey bike trail and were not disappointed. We had fish and chips made with red snapper freshly caught that day. They were delicious. While we we there a fisherman came in and delivered them a 30 pound halibut which they were going to partly use for fish tacos that night. The place is small,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Saw this on Diners Drive-ins & Dives and thought it would be a fun place to visit with our friends on a recent trip to Monterey. Not only was it a rustic and unique spot, the food was delicious. My husband had to order the hub-cap (true to size) pancake which he finished. I had the crab cake and eggs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My son and I very much enjoyed stopping at Loulou's during a mother son day on the way to the aquarium. The berry French toast was amazing! Great atmosphere and while waiting for a table we enjoyed walking on the pier searching for sea creatures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

First of all - I don't care for clam chowder. But my husband was raving about his so I tried it. It was delicious! I had fish & chips which they had fresh halibut that day. It was the best. We were lucky - we got here right before they closed for the afternoon break (they are closed between 3-5).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We saw this place listed as a stop in Diners, Dives & Drive Ins. We had a group of 6 so seating took awhile since the restaurant itself is rather small. They will call your phone when your table is ready which is nice since you are literally steps from the beach. The clam chowder had a nice taste, however,... More 

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Additional Information about Loulou's Griddle In The Middle

Address: Municipal Wharf 2, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone Number: 831-372-0568
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
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
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Chowder

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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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