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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 - 3:00 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, Dinner, Brunch, 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
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We were visiting Monterey on Father's Day, and waited about 45 minutes for seats at the counter. It was great fun watching their top notch cooks prepare great food like a well-oiled machine. Excellent omelettes, huge portions, and very good, friendly service. Easy to see why they are so busy. Way... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
MarthainMD
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Berlin, Maryland
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Berlin, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We were visiting Monterey on Father's Day, and waited about 45 minutes for seats at the counter. It was great fun watching their top notch cooks prepare great food like a well-oiled machine. Excellent omelettes, huge portions, and very good, friendly service. Easy to see why they are so busy. Way to go Ladies!!! Rock on! (loved the 70's music... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

What a fun place to enjoy a meal! It is very busy -- with terrific attention by servers and delicious, comfort food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went there for a breakfast and their seafood omelet was excellent. The service was great and the waitress was very attentive. My first time I ate there and I'll definitely will be back.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I NEVER would've eaten here had I not looked at all the great reviews. It is teeny, tiny and not very appealing to look at. They don't even have a restroom. HOWEVER, all that is overlooked by the great personal service and the fabulous, fresh food. Our server was super nice and her helper was also great. I got the... More 

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Central Valley, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

You might have to wait a few minutes cause its crowded, but it's worth it. I had the oatmeal worth the candied nuts on top, so yummy. It's fun watching the cooks work their magic too. We are planning a trip in a couple of weeks, and we will be back there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

LouLou's was great. We sat at the bar and chatted with the cooks. Our waitress suggested the fried calamari steak and eggs. It was an eye opening experience. So good and fresh. More than enough food and walked away stuffed. Best breakfast in Monterey.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Went with my bf to try and we're pleased we didn't go elsewhere. We surely didn't leave hungry, as we both had an omelet which came with potatoes and toast. We wanted to try the hubcap pancake and French toast too but we just couldn't make it fit! Definitely coming back again. Service was great and although the wait was... More 

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Monterey, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This is a very touristy area along the beach, and most of the the restaurants reflect that. Tourist traps with very disappointing fare. I was so pleased to find this excellent restaurant, with very well prepared seafood and varied main dishes. The ambiance is great, and there is often live music available. I was delighted with the service as well.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The service is awesome, the food' seven better, and the leftovers from the chocolate chip hubcap pancake my kids split is going to be breakfast for days - it was HUGE!! So glad we live nearby; can't wait to go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Stopped for breakfast with our family of 5. Friendly and attentive staff. Great food. We had the pancakes, French toast and omlettes. All were very tasty. The pancake is about the size of a trash can lid so I'd share next time. Fun atmosphere on the wharf.

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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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