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Loulou's Griddle In The Middle

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Municipal Wharf 2, Monterey, CA 93940
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
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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
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Monterey, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is perfect for breakfast or brunch. There is usually a wait (totally worth it) but you can enjoy the beautiful scene around the restaurant while you wait.

Thank Ashlee G
Fresno, California
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loulou''s is a breakfast and lunch place on the Monterey commercial wharf. It's not on the "tourist pier" so don't make that mistake. The commercial wharf is about a half mile East of the "tourist pier". The restaurant is tiny but has lots of outside seating. You will need to wait on a weekend but the hostess will take your... More 

Thank Rockthevote1
Loma Linda, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Loulou's is an institution in Monterey. Situated on the commercial pier LouLou's receives seafood directly from the fishermen. Not many tables so go early. The calamari and sand dabs are a speciality. For fun sit at the counter to watch the cooks put the meals together. Eat here at least once, expect to wait.

Thank James K
Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed our breakfast here. Food was delish. The coffee was hot and fresh. The service was good. The menu items are basic and there's nothing over the top fancy on it, but it really hits the spot when you're looking for good grub at a reasonable price Get there early, there always seems to be a wait. there's a... More 

Thank Akibomb
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This spot is definitely in the middle of things, in this case a working wharf in the middle of "tourist central" at Monterey. While waiting for it to open, we wandered the wharf, looking at seals gathered near the boats. Food was good--solid breakfast fare--but not great. Menu is limited. Agree on the ambience, either inside or outside. Only small... More 

Thank John B
Carmel Valley
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We love this little restaurant! The waiters are the best ever! Such a fun atmosphere, and you're are right there, watching the cooks. The food is always fresh, and delicious. We love the clam chowder, as well as the fish and chips.

Thank DocentPointLobos
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a Sunday breakfast here following recommendations on here, not disappointed. Had a lovely omelette and daughter had pancakes. We were quite early so not much atmosphere but staff were lovely and it was getting busy as we left.

Thank UkManchestergirl
Geneva, Switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were really welcome with big smiles and kindness at this little breakfast place on the pier. They said they would not stack the pancakes and they seriously did not: the pancake was as large as a wheel and made all of us smile. Everything was delicious, fresh eggs, delicious potatoes... Wonderful place that I recommend warmly!

Thank Armstra2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Old style diner with sea food for breakfast. Yum. The largest pancake I've ever seen. I'll be back . Small location but great views and food

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Leeds, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a great American breakfast here. I had crab cakes and my wife had a huge pancake. Great experience - worth a visit.

Thank Russ066099

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Diner, Soups, Seafood
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Municipal Wharf 2, Monterey, CA 93940
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-372-0568
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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