We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Loulou's Griddle In The Middle

Municipal Wharf 2, Monterey, CA 93940
831-372-0568
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 259 restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
Write a Review

529 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
    377
    102
    32
    12
    6
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We checked Tripadvisor for a good place to have breakfast and decided to try Loulou’s because of the excellent rating. It was a short distance drive from our hotel and we arrived a bit early. There were plenty of metered parking on the pier, where the tiny restaurant was located. To get on the waiting list, you tell the lady... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

We ordered two huge pancakes despite the waitresses advice that they are enormous! We were hungry but could not finish! Delicious, fresh and fluffy pancakes perfect to set you up for a day exploring

Was this review helpful? Yes
Carmel Valley
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Went for lunch and had a tuna melt. Very disappointing, as the butter used for the bread was rancid. I was with a client, so I did not complain at the time. Also, not a very nice presentation. The first lunch there was better, with veggies presented artfully and tastes much cleaner. Not sure what was happening....may or may not... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
boston
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The top rated restaurant in Monterey?? That one puzzles me. I suspect it is for breakfast only. This is a very small diner. Small diner type of bar with few seats. You can see the guys cooking. Its on a pier and you get the feeling its for locals that own and work on the boats. They get two stars... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Absolute biggest, tastiest friend oysters I have ever had. My partner had the chowder which she said was best ever. Abalone sliders to die for, salad was generous and so fresh. Best prices for what we saw right on the Wharf. Busy place, hipster vibe.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Calgary, Canada
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

A little restaurant on the wharf. We ordered the soup and salad. The clam chowder was very good - perfectly creamy with lots of clams. Just the way it should be. The salad was fresh. The vinegrette was light. Perfect combo.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fairhope, Alabama
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Just finished lunch with my parents and we just loved it!! We each had something different and it was all delish!! The calamari was so tender. Don't miss this place!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

The food is fabulous. It is busy and crowded. The service was friendly. Great breakfast spot. Tasty coffee. Hanging with the locals

Was this review helpful? Yes
Loma Linda, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

We arrived at this tiny restaurant with a group of 8. We were seated at two different tables. Our order was taken at 1:30. At 2:40 we had not received our order. When the waitstaff was contacted we were served the wrong orders without the appetizers. When the waitress was told of the errors she was extremely rude; and, obviously... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Austin, Texas
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This place is awesome! We are visiting Monterey for the first time and were looking for a great place to eat breakfast near the water. Unfortunately, the concierge tools us there wasn't anyplace. She was wrong! ! ! ! This place is in the middle of a pier and they have the biggest best pancakes I've ever had (and I've... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Loulou's Griddle In The Middle also viewed

Monterey, Monterey Peninsula
Monterey, Monterey Peninsula
 
Monterey, Monterey Peninsula
Monterey, Monterey Peninsula
 

Been to Loulou's Griddle In The Middle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Loulou's Griddle In The Middle, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing