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Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - River North

#50 of 7,875 Restaurants in Chicago
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439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
13128289800
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 226
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  • 61
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  • 26
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Judy clicked her heels three times and said there is no place like home. As someone to moved to Florida- when I am back- at Lou's there is no place like home!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
IONME
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Fort Myers, Florida
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Fort Myers, Florida
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Judy clicked her heels three times and said there is no place like home. As someone to moved to Florida- when I am back- at Lou's there is no place like home!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited on a really busy evening, but was seated promptly. We had ordered a beer at the bar prior to being seated and the bartender was not very nice. Waitress was great. I ordered a veggie pizza that left a lot to be desired. Very dry, lacking in sauce. My friend had ordered something similar and her's was much better.... More 

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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We used to go to Giordanos, etc. all the time and then we discovered Lou's, the crust is still deep dish, but with a thinner crust. The sauce is so good, great spices and garlic. Try it!

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Thank Jackie S
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Ok. Let's face it. Anyone who lives in- or has visited- Chicago has a favorite Pizza place. Now, here'are the thing- most of us who live here only eat deep dish when out of town visitors come wanting it. Lou's does make a heavenly deep dish. But on a lighter note- they have a medium weight crust which personally is... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Get a reservation. Call your order in ahead of time. And come in to enjoy the experience. Those are the best tips I can give you. The pizzas are HUGE! They are masters at deep dish pizza. One piece is plenty, but who can stop at one? I love the vegetarian selections. But the wait, unless you have a reservation... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is delicious pizza. You can get pies done "half and half", in case you are like us and wanted to try both the "Classic" and the "Lou". Salads are large - a single serves two people. Decent beer list too (have the Revolution Anti-Hero if you like craft IPAs)

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Thank ensco3
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lou Malnati's is simply the best, most consistent deep dish pizza in Chicago. A bold claim but I stand by my review. I have never had a bad meal or bad experience here.

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Thank topperdude
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131 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lou Malnati's is the real deal. The restaurant was fantastic so I had to bring some pizza back to Austin. They served up frozen pizzas that traveled really well. They heated really well, not like being in Chicago though, but it sure worked!

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Thank DancersDaddy
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72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a must on my family members list to get pizza. It lived up to her expectations. I am allergic to cheese, but they did make a special pizza with goat cheeses as long as I paid the extra which was not a problem. The crust was good. I think my server was named normal and he was very... More 

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Thank Valerie P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mid price range, wanted to eat authentic pizza in Chicago. Lou's was that in a nutshell! Got a table for 6, a few drinks and apps, and then the pizza. Huge meal! Well worth the visit. Went later at night, so no wait, but could see waiting during rush hour meal times.

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Meghan R, Internet Marketing Specialist at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - River North, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a review, Craig! We're happy to hear you and your group enjoyed your experience at our River North restaurant. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and look forward to serving you again soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: 13128289800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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