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The Griddle Cafe

Breakfast Spot$$$$
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  • Superb
    "Order the red velvet pancake - with a side of extra friends, please."(33 Tips)
    Carlos F.
    "Enjoy fresh brewed coffee served in a french press coffee maker."(11 Tips)
    Jess K.
    "Get the peanut bubba and side bacon!"(6 Tips)
    Lailanie G.
    "I love their French Toast and lively atmosphere!"(88 Tips)
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  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaNovember 25, 2014
    You can order just one of the pancakes instead of getting three. They are large and extremely filling. The mounds of pleasure was delicious with the Nutella and toasted coconut all topped with cream.
  • Eater
    Eater1 week ago
    Perhaps Los Angeles’ most famous diner, The Griddle is a home for outsized pancakes and long lines any time of day. There’s a reason the place is among the best-reviewed diners anywhere in the city. Read more
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe Cole 👑June 30, 2012
    Very attractive waiters. I recommend the whole wheat pancakes (just ask for 1) and the Gone Shrimpin for eggs. Cant go wrong with the french toast either. Delish fresh squeezed OJ too! Love this place
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Lana D.
    Lana DJanuary 15, 2015
    All rhe gd things said about those pancakes are true! HUGE and delicious!! We had the blueberry pancakes and added strawberries on top. Also had muscle smg, eggs and spinach, good as well
  • Evan T.
    Evan ThomasJune 4, 2015
    Never before have I enjoyed breakfast so much. Had the Nutella French Toast and it was amazing! It was very crowded inside but the atmosphere was excited and pleasant. Great service as well.
    Downvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Achille K.
    Achille KollaJuly 11, 2015
    Everything is good here! You cannot go wrong. Long line but absolutely worth the wait. The portions are ginormous but delicious. Get the sunset omelette or the red velvet pancakes.
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaNovember 25, 2014
    Great place for breakfast but be warned this place is packed. Park behind the rite aid. The some like it hot scramble was great. The salty tortilla chips were great with the scramble.
  • Eater
    Eater3 weeks ago
    This uber-popular Hollywood breakfast specializes in pancakes, with varieties like red velvet and Oreo cookie. The place is jammed packed all the time, so get there early. Read more
  • Michelle A.
    Oh M G!! This place rocks! Everything we ate was awesome. It's a little bit small and it gets really packed so you have to be patient but this was worth the wait.
  • Rebecca R.
    Rebecca RowlandOctober 13, 2012
    One plate of pancakes feeds 3. Try "tis the season." Best pumpkin pancakes on the face of the planet. So worth the looking wait to get seated. French press is great too.
  • Abdullah A.
    Abdullah AlrajhiJanuary 6, 2015
    The place is awesome, tried the cookie French toast and it is crunchy, just a heads up. If you come with your loved one, just order one plate only,all what they have are huge sizes, we couldn't finish
  • Lynette S.
    Lynette StephenMay 11, 2015
    Everything is great here. I'm a fan of the Charlie's Scramble, I believe it's called. The waiters are cute and hella cool. Sundays are two-for-one Mimosas! Oh, and two celebrity sightings there so far
  • Jelisa B.
    Jelisa BeatyNovember 16, 2015
    If you get pancakes here be sure you're really hungry. The pancakes taste amazing but they are giant. I've had the scotch on the rocks pancakes and their steak tacos are amazing too!
  • laurie h.
    laurie hickeyAugust 2, 2013
    Parking can be tricky and if you don't go early on the weekends, you are in for a long wait. It is very tight and cramped inside but the food is definitely worth it! Can't go wrong with pancakes!
  • CamelBack D.
    BEST BREAKFAST PLACE EVER! Downside, long wait; but it's an indication of how good this place is. Come with a friend, share a savory and a sweet dish. Just close your eyes & pick, everything is good.
  • Lyd A.
    Lyd A.February 9, 2013
    Loved it! Went at 3p on a Saturday & there was no line AND we got front door parking! Mom's French Toast for me (incredible!) & Sunset People for the hubby (really incredible!) I'd totally go back.
  • Bob L.
    Bob LoblawJanuary 4, 2012
    A popular power-breakfast spot, the French Press coffee is incredible along with their enormous omelets and scrumptious home fries. The blueberry pancakes are to die for as well the staff are so nice!
  • David C.
    David CobbJuly 24, 2013
    The pancakes are enormous - see photo with iPhone to get scale! Very tasty but far too much for a mere mortal :) Good tip is to eat from the middle so you get some of the filling before you're full.
  • Ameen A.
    Ameen AqeelDecember 29, 2015
    You have to exercise for a week to burn off the scrumptious peanut butter bubba French toast, I'd ask for less powdered sugar and cream.
  • Kristen L.
    Kristen LaurenJune 28, 2010
    Park in the lot behind the Rite Aid. The Griddle has the best diner food in LA. Get there early or go during the week as the wait is pretty long on the weekend. Definitely try the pesto shrimp sand
  • Lailanie G.
    Lailanie GadiaNovember 10, 2013
    Great Sunday brunch experience! I love their French Toast and lively atmosphere! It's best to visit after 2pm when the wait isn't very long. Must come back to try their pancakes!
  • Raghad K.
    Raghad KhJune 8
    banananna pancake, blueberry pancake, kicking and screaming tacos. order one pancake it will be more than enough for 2 to 3 persons.
  • M A.
    M AguirreMay 10, 2013
    Jason has great service and is very helpful with clarifying any questions on the menu and even helps you make up your mind if you are stuck between 2 choices. Awesome server :)
  • Chad
    ChadJuly 31, 2012
    THE place to go for breakfast in LA. They have so many awesome pancake combinations...stuff that I would not even imagine doing w/ pancakes. Red Velvet and Black Magic are awesome!!
  • Hessao_
    Hessao_August 10, 2015
    Redvelvet was worth trying,,, too sweet though.. I would personally recommend mama's french toast 👍🏻 but do not have it after tasting the red velvet
  • Rockie T.
    Rockie TMay 19, 2013
    The Peanut Buttah French Toast is to die for - an order is good enough for two! PS: You can order single pancakes if you'd like! Will definitely come back before I leave.
  • Eduardo A.
    Eduardo AApril 21, 2013
    Size portions are HUGE; share it with a friend. Banana pancake felt just like mushed bananas in the batter. It could use some pecans or chocolate chips for texture and flavor. Bacon was good.
  • Katerina👑🔨💍 I.
    Creme de la creme French toast and mounds of pleasure pancake and the hash it up eggs!!! Absolutely perfect!!
  • Christine P.
    Christine PlatzerMay 12, 2014
    Phenomenal! Just Phenomenal! Go hungry! My graham cracker crusted cheesecake french toast was huge and a plate of Heaven! If I'm in Cali ever again I'll be going back!!!!!
  • Kim V.
    Kim VasiliFebruary 10, 2012
    The Griddle is the bizzomb!!! Love their ginormous pancakes... delish! Servers are all really chill. A little pricey, and parking is so so, but overall experience at The Griddle is great!!!
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChenMay 26, 2013
    Get their "Black Magic" oreo pancake or creme de la creme french toast! Make sure to order just ONE layer. Portions are ridiculously huge!!!
  • efrain
    efrainMarch 22, 2010
    skip the Noisella french toast and get the original "Mama's French Toast" - unless u want super-sweet "bread, nutella, and melted whipped cream". It's enough for two people (at least) and all the haze
  • Edel
    EdelNovember 7, 2015
    The french toast is a MUST together with the pancake, but the red velvet pancake its too much sweet and i hated. The service is very fast, i liked it :)
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureAugust 1, 2012
    Feast on sweet brunch treats such as peanut butter French toast dusted with powdered sugar or fluffy red velvet pancakes, topped with swirls of cream cheese frosting.
  • Matthieu R.
    Matthieu RoussotteJuly 7, 2010
    Show up early, preferably with a small party. I strongly recommend the Eggs y Papas Benedict, and Addicted to Noisella French Toast. Do not order a full stack of pancakes, a single pancake will do.
  • 88-Keys
    88-KeysMay 11, 2014
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  • Mia P.
    Mia PetrarcaAugust 18, 2013
    Arrive EARLY! It's 8:30 and this place is packed. People line up for miles... Come hungry - 3 of us are sharing one stack of pancakes! Gargantuan! Delicious. Enjoy!!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    On a Sunday morning, the Griddle is really loud: clattering pans, a hundred shouted conversations, amplified rock & roll bouncing off the high ceilings. Read more
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    ThePurplePassport.comOctober 7, 2011
    If you want their pancakes but can’t bear the LONG waits (esp on weekends), 3 options: 1) go at off-hours; 2) try their takeaway; or 3) head to The Coffee Bean across the street to tide you over. Read more
  • 💞💋🌸Erica S.
    Omg! Delicious breakfast! Enough to feed you today and tomorrow lol the original French toast is SUPER yummy! Omg I didn't even need syrup! It was already yummy!
  • Alia A.
    Alia AlawiDecember 3, 2014
    Try their hot scramble and if you want a healthy option go for the "muscle bound scramble".. pancakes and french toast to die for but ask for a half portion
  • Deema
    DeemaSeptember 4, 2014
    The oreo pancakes are good but not as good as the Nutella french toast... though i would recommend you to share them 'cause they're huge!
  • Kim R.
    Kim RygielMarch 31, 2011
    The person who gave the tip saying you can actually order one pancake wasn't kidding and is a genius! I'd be amazed if anyone could polish off two, let alone three. Soooo delicious though!
  • Superb
    SuperbJuly 10, 2012
    Order the red velvet pancake - with a side of extra friends, please. That thing is huge! We recommend visiting on a weekday, unless you don't mind waiting for your food.
  • Rong N.
    Rong NguyenJanuary 29, 2011
    Park behind Rite-aid to avoid parking tix in neighborhood. 2 people=35 min wait. Blindest pancake was yummy and huge. French toast amazing too! It's huge portions so share! Loud and lots of guy waiter
  • Wayne
    WayneNovember 6, 2015
    You will love this crowded breakfast spot next to the Directors Guild Building. Just don't complain when your expectations are exceeded - just tip your waiter well (he/she will prove to be worthy).
  • Rodney W.
    Rodney WaitersJune 15, 2010
    The captn crunch peanut butter french toast was totally worth the wait. I went with a group of eight and it turned into a family style breakfast. The portions will not disappoint.
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneJanuary 8, 2012
    Whole wheat pancake with brown sugar. Get it. No human can eat the stack of 3; 1 is typically sufficient. The french press coffee will make your head-a-splode.
  • Adam W.
    Try to decide on a plate of pancakes to share. Pancakes are huge and delicious but you'll definitely want to try other items too!
  • Kaitlyn W.
    Kaitlyn WilliamsMarch 26, 2013
    Save yourself the money and the feeling of defeat. Only get one! The Teacher's Pet was a baked apple pie and it was delicious. Still could only finish half of it.
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