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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 #57 of 8,292 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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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Colorado
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222 reviews 222 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I've eaten deep dish pizza at several Chicago locations, and our last (and first visit) to Lou Malinati's was not very good. But, friends we were staying with in Chicago love this particular location, so we went with them for lunch. We were seated quickly and enjoyed local craft draft beers. Three of us shared a single salad -- which... More

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72719
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Was in Chicago for a few days and this was on my list of restaurants to hit. Was absolutely not disappointed. The Chicago classic with the butter crust was unbelievable. A definite don't miss

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138 reviews 138 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Lou Malnati's is a beacon and an Iconic restaurant lighting the way for all travelers who are " Hungry " and are craving a DEEP DISH pizza. WOW ! What flavor. Our family met in Chicago for our reunion and had to come here. The best Chicago deep dish we ever had. Come early place your order and in no... More

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Belleville, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I found reviews for this pizza chain online and since I was going to be in Chicago for a few days. I decided to give them a try.I was not very pleased with some of their competitors but, this place is the real deal. I opted for the "classic" which is a deep dish sausage pizza. It took about 35... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I came here with my mom during a girls weekend trip. I had only had ut delivered before when I was in Chicago on vaca a few months prior. Delivery was great, dine in was even better. We got there about 12:15 on a Monday and gad no problem getting a table. By 1230 the place was packed and when... More

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Ukiah, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This was our first experience with Chicago and Deep Dish and it was very positive. We were down town when we needed to eat and we choose Lou's because it was open and had good reviews. The restaurant had good seating and a strong family atmosphere. We ordered the "Lou's" deep dish and it was delicious with adequate veggies for... More

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Hamlin, New York
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101 reviews 101 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We arrived without reservations at 9:45 pm. The restaurant was busy but we found two seats at the bar. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the Chicago deep dish pizza which was worth the wait. He also had a bowl of minestrone which he enjoyed too. Their on line menu said they offered gluten free dinner entrees however, when I inquired I... More

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Stittsville, Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Please note my review is for delivery only. Arrived late in the evening in Chicago, and knew the first thing I had to try was deep dish. After doing a bit of research, Lou's was at the top of many lists, so after figuring out which store to call (sadly there is no online ordering) I placed an order. An... More

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Manhattan, Kansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Super busy pizza restaurant and bar. The legend of the pizza is evident when you walk in the door. Really nice clean place to eat and relax while you enjoy your deep dish! Show up early, no reservations and they do get busy! Order your pizza while your waiting for a seat, when the pizza takes 45 minutes on average... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My wife and I started coming here for dessert when she was in college. Waited for 45 minutes just to get the cookie pizza dessert. Great place, very popular. We love it.

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