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Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - River North

439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610-4512
312 828 9800
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Ranked #73 of 8,266 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Pizza & Pasta, Sandwiches
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Wesley Chapel, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Although it takes 40 minutes for the pizza to be ready, it is totally worse it. The crust is perfect, a little flaky, a little crunchy. All ingredients taste fresh. They serve a good variety of local beers. Service was great too.

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Burlington, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

For our first visit to Chicago, we wanted to make sure that we had a fine deep dish pizza. Based on a review from a television show and on Tripadvisor comments, we chose Lou Malnoti's River North. We arrived about 7:15pm on a Sunday evening with a group of six. Knowing it's more difficult to seat a large group than... More

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Kentucky
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We recently visited Chicago and had to try deep dish pizza. Lou Malnati's Pizza did not disappoint! It was delicious. We visited on a Sunday evening and there was a 30 minute wait for a table, so we went ahead and pre-ordered our pepperoni butter deep dish pizza. We did have to wait after we were seated for a bit... More

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Brick, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Ate here on vacation with my family. Great pizza! Thick and cheesy. Good service. Had to wait for a bit because it's kind of a famous place. but overall had a great experience.

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Morelia, Mexico
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

I recommend this place for Italian food in Chicago. The pizza is the best plate they have. You have to wait about 1 hour for dinner between 6-8 pm, but it worth, while you wait, you can drink at the bar.

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Detroit, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Like all the downtown deep dish chains, Lou's has about a 1 hour plus wait every night of the week. Not my favorite of the "big three" as it's light on sauce and cheese. Very friendly staff and a more casual atmosphere.

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Vancouver, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We just wanted a quick bite to eat after spending the day in Oak Park, and decided to pop into this place that's right on the main drag. Apparently they are known for their pizza, but we were in a bit of a hurry, so I ordered some pasta and my husband had a sandwich. It did in fact come... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

if you like cheese, and Lou's special sausage (which comes standard on all Za's.. you will love this pizza. ok.. 2 fully grown men 2oo+ lbs each could not finish a medium. Order wisely! Jason will keep you straight tho so fear not.

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davemann17
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

In visiting Chicago, we thought it imperative to try some of the famous Chicago deep dish pizza. Asking where to go, many locals were quick to recommend Giordano's, but the reviews of Lou Malnati's made it tough to pass up. So we decided to give both places a try, and Lou Malnati's won "hands down." There is a lot of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This pizza is AWESOME with a capital A! But remember the saying "A little goes a long way"? Well, if you don't, you might wanna remember that if you go here because they are BIG pizzas! Just to be on the safe side you should only order one pizza if you have up to 4 people. Allie Walters 10 yrs.... More

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