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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: 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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  • 451
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  • 121
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
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
Great Breakfast Great Staff

Don't be fooled by the small exterior! The food was delicious, portions are big and served with a bigger heart! Definitely a great way to start your morning, bask in the sun and take in the views. Even though the place was packed the staff served us promptly and were extremely friendly and helpful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
JowenL
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Singapore, Singapore
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Singapore, Singapore
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Don't be fooled by the small exterior! The food was delicious, portions are big and served with a bigger heart! Definitely a great way to start your morning, bask in the sun and take in the views. Even though the place was packed the staff served us promptly and were extremely friendly and helpful.

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Winter Haven, Florida
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114 reviews 114 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Situated along the boardwalk/pier at Del Monte Beach, it's a walk from Old Fisherman's Wharf. Small but staff were attentive, fast and serve with a smile. The food we ordered at Fish and chips, pulled bbq pork sandwich (came with salad and fries), & grilled tuna melt - all tasty and satisfying. This place is recommendable; full of customers but... More 

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Visalia, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went here for breakfast on our last visit to Monterey. It was absolutely delicious. I had a strawberry pancake...which was about the size of a small truck. (Seriously, it hangs off the edge of the plate. Share it.) It was great! Hubby had the spinach omelette. He also enjoyed it. The staff was amazing. We almost... More 

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Monterey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Great little restaurant, where I have lunch about once a week. Calamari or fish & chips are excellent, and the portions are huge. If they have crab louie on special - I get that! Breakfast is good too. Crab cakes and eggs.. yumm.

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Glendale, Arizona
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I ate here two and a half years ago and again in January. Just as good if not better. I ate at the counter and watched how quickly food was prepared and sent out to tables. I enjoyed my meal and was very thankful I hadn't ordered the pancake. They are huge and many had fresh fruit added and they... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My wife and I were driving the PCH and read the reviews of this place. We took the 5 minute detour and tried it. The oysters were fresh, the fish was to die for, and the service was excellent. Try the chowder. One of the best I have ever had. And the dressing for the salad, made in house, is... More 

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Monterey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This restaurant is small but packs the punch of of a high quality restaurant. If you go for breakfast be sure to bring your appetite! The portions are large but more importantly the food is delicious. This restaurant was featured in Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and for good reason. You may have to wait for a table but you can... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This is one of our favorite spots to catch a quick bite to eat (quick if you time it right, as it's quite popular). The food never disappoints and the staff is friendly and aim to please. If you're looking for ambience, take it somewhere else. This place doesn't appear to be much but believe me, the food is awesome!

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Maryland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Had a delicious breakfast at this tiny little place on the Municipal Wharf the day I was leaving town. Nice portion size and the staff was exceedingly friendly. The high reviews are very well deserved!

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Lund, Sweden
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74 reviews 74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Came just after noon and had to register for a table and wait about 30 minutes. They offered to phone when a table was ready so we walked down the pier and looked at boats and fishermen. We sat at the right side of the bar and were entertained by 2 cooks, a dish washer and assorted people fetching and... 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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