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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 #67 of 8,284 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
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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
Quincy, Illinois
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93 reviews 93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

If you like deep dish, this is THE place. This location is fairly small & has some outside seating. May have to wait since pizzas do take time to prepare

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Baltimore, MD
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161 reviews 161 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Stopped here on a recent vacation trip. Place had been recommended by locals and hotel staff and also had great reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp. Got here on a Friday evening around 6 PM and there was already a line out the door. Checked in and was told the wait was 45 minutes. Not bad for a Friday night. Grabbed... More

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Noble, Oklahoma
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

I was in Chicago for a cubs game and had heard that Lou Malnati's was one of the best pizza places in Chicago. They are correct! I have always had pizza where there was one dominate flavor. Be it crust, sauce, cheese or toppings. But this pizza, even being deep dish was well balanced, the sauce did not taste like... More

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Pizzas made from scratch take time, this is a good thing, but plan for it. We waited about 30 minutes for our pizzas to be cooked, we were warned in advance, and they were delicious. We told our waiter we were from out of town, and he made some suggestions that worked out great (get the special crust). Enjoyable place... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We had the italian sausage and tomato pizza, and we didn't leave one bit of it. The crust was the best I ever had.Not to me missed if in Chicago.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We had heard so much good feedback for this restaurant, we had been looking forward to this part of our trip for the previous 2 weeks! Our first foray into real authentic Chicago style pizza… we landed in Chicago around 5pm and by 7 pm we were Malnati’s bound. We had quizzed various people we had met throughout our trip... More

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Maple Grove
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We visited Lou Malnati's for lunch on Friday, August 15th. We were seated right away and enjoyed the bruchetta as an appetizer. Our pizza arrived (we ordered a small -- 4 slices) and it was amazing!!! I am so glad we went early-ish (before 1:00) as it got really busy after we arrived. Service was great and my only minor... More

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Orlando, FL
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Of all the pizza I've eaten in my life, I had never eaten deep dish pizza. That all changed during my trip to Chicago. I asked many friends and family, and consulted online reviews, about where to get the best deep dish pizza. All roads pointed to Lou Malnati's Pizzeria. My party and I ordered four different types of deep... More

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Minneapolis
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I went to school in Chicago and frequented, Gino's East, Eduard's, Giordano's, but I must admit I liked the pizza at Lou's better. Nice atmosphere, excellent service and a great value. Check it out.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Maybe I am just not a Chicago Deep Dish type of guy. The service was very good, but I don't think the wait is worth it. We checked in about 7:55 on a Tuesday for a party of 5. We were seated at ~9:20. At least we could order the pizza in advance so it was served not too long... More

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