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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 #65 of 8,286 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
Atlanta, Georgia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Go hungry, one half of one slice is probably the normal meal. Get the Buttercrust dough and the spinach and garlic mix on whatever you're ordering. The calimari fritti appetizer was really good, although probably not the best idea to have an appetizer with this mountain of a pizza. The good news is, it reheats just fine!

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Swannanoa, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

We've heard so much about this place in reviews, so we figured since we're stopping in Chicago that we should try it out. The place was packed to the brim. Luckily we go there before the big dinner crowd, so we got seats quickly. By the time we left, we had to employ a sideways walk to make it out... More

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ontario
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

place was packed on a monday night when everything else was quiet. Got take out instead of waiting 45min for a table. Food was great. Even busier when we went back to pick up our order

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Arlington, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

If you like chicago pizza this is a good restaurant to visit. However, don't get the single serving. The deep dish pizza is better appreciated in the larger serving size--so order larger and share with a friend otherwise you will have too much crust and not enough toppings. While we enjoyed our pizza, I must admit that NY style pizza... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Having been from NYC years back, I was used to NY style thin crust pizzas. Didn't know what to expect from a Chicago pan pizza and was I surprised. One of the best pizzas I have ever had. The butter crust was fabulous, the bottom crispy and the taste sublime. The service was great (at the bar) and the place... More

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Columbus, Nebraska
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I love pizza and Lou's did not disappoint! Ordered spaghetti also and husband said best he's ever had!!!

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Leiden
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW via mobile

Been there on a Monday for lunch... At 12 the place was already packed with a remarkable waiting list already filled! However I have been seated the bar table, so I could enjoy a Malnati's Chicago Classic in 30 mins only! Deep dish was very tasty with a crunchy crust. The place is very clean, enjoyable and stuff also quite... More

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London
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Having never tried deep dish pizza before (which, of course, Chicago is famous for), I was looking forward to this. My two local friends took me to their favourite deep dish place, Lou Malnati's. There was a wait to be seated, and the staff helpfully suggested we pre-order our pizzas while we had a beer from the bar. I was... More

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Cumming, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Our first chicago style deep dish pizza did not disappoint. Sauce tastwe like straight from the tomato. Try the classic chicago sausage deep dish. Small will feed two people with medium appetites.

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Indianapolis
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I went here cause of all the rave reviews on Tripadvisor. The service was great. Parking cost me about 22 bucks. I had one of the Malnati Chicago Classic personal size pizzas. I tried really hard to like it, but the flavor just wasn't there. It was very bland, and I feel like I could have eaten something with more... More

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