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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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7:00 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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  • 16
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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
Most recent review
Why didn't we know this place sooner??!!

We have lived here for 40 years and did not know this gem had such great food! Tonight we tried the fish & chips and they were excellent! Much better than other places we've tried. We will be back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
debinmonterey
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Pacific Grove, Ca
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Pacific Grove, Ca
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We have lived here for 40 years and did not know this gem had such great food! Tonight we tried the fish & chips and they were excellent! Much better than other places we've tried. We will be back.

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Rochester, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We had a fantastic breakfast in a diner on the pier. Service was sassy, friendly and welcoming. We felt right at home. The 'hubcap' pancake was literally the size of a real hubcap--and delicious. Crab cakes and eggs were outstanding, too. We loved this place.

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Napa
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72 reviews 72 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We enjoyed a beautiful sunrise on the working (not tourist) Monterey Fisherman's Warf as we waited to enter Loulou's this morning. The friendly service, excellent food and flexibility with options was welcome. We had a lovely table with fresh flowers and a unique set of salt and pepper shakers (wind up penguins), as all tables have a special set. We... More 

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Port Moody, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We had dinner here to check it out because it was on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Service was great, location is super... and the food, delicious! We had fish and chips and the clam chowder, and deep fried oyster appy. Only odd thing was that the fish was basa (a species farmed in SE Asia), would have preferred to have... More 

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This place is super small..Be prepared to wait a few minutes for a table. They take your cell number and call when a table is available. The food is fresh and comes out pretty quick. The roasted potatoes are so good with fresh basil. The pancakes are larger than the plate. The staff is super friendly.. There is counter seating... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We visited here after hearing such rave reviews and were not impressed. We waited 20 min to be seated. Portions were small and the seafood breakfast dishes we ordered were bland and unimpressive. Dining on the fishing pier was overrated; birds obnoxious; parking limited Should have gone with my favorite go-to (First Awakenings!!! Never disappoints--and worth any wait!! Also has... More 

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Monterey, California
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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My husband and I went to Loulou's for breakfast. This is a very small place, we did have about a 45 minute wait on a Saturday, but we had the time and it was worth it. We ordered one pancake to share between the two of us. It was a pizza size pancake, very delicious. The food is a must... More 

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Missouri
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

A fun little place on the wharf with delicious food at decent prices. I had the crab cakes served on a huge bed of spring mix with a light vinegarette, my husband had grilled salmon with a citrus butter sauce. Both were very good. I understand that they were featured on Diners, Driveins & Dives, & look forward to seeing... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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205 reviews 205 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Breakfast here is big, tasty and filling. If you're looking for something healthy, you're in the wrong place. If you like omelettes, French toast or pancakes, you are in for a treat. Beautiful setting, laid back atmosphere. Definitely with a try!

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Bend, oregon, USA
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158 reviews 158 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

LouLou's looks like an old diner, complete with the little swivel stools at the bar and the chefs cooking directly in front of you. Super cute place, quite small, so the majority of the seating is outside. We went here on a recommendation from a local, so had zero expectations upon arrival. We ordered two of their evening specials, the... 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 0 - 20

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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