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Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - River North

#83 of 7,851 Restaurants in Chicago
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Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Pasta
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439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610-4512
312 828 9800
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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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: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout

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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
Not much more I can say but Great Foood !

Best pizza by far, if you like deep dish, this place is for you, I haven't had anything here that I haven't liked.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Dan N
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Best pizza by far, if you like deep dish, this place is for you, I haven't had anything here that I haven't liked.

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Burleson, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The deep dish served here is the gold standard for what all Chicago style deep dish pizza should be! Their signature dish with sausage is some of the leanest, best tasting sausage I've ever had. Our only hiccup with the experience was we were seated by a new hostess that the section wasn't opened quite yet (unbeknownst to us) and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Best deep dish pizza we've ever had! You can order your pizza while you wait for a table, which is really nice! Great Caesar salad too!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If you want a taste of Chicago, come here! This is Chicago style deep dish, done right! There most likely will be a wait, but it is so worth it!! This is the best pizza I've ever eaten!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

My second eating Lou's in 2 days!! This site has an urban feel with the brick and vents showing on the ceiling. The pizza is still as delectable as ever!! Tried the Bruschetta- Very Good!! If visiting from out of town if you call in your order a day or 2 ahead of time they will par-bake a pizza and... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If you want to try good Chicago Deep Dish Pizza the Lou Malnati's is a really good choice. Not fine dining but a good honest meal in family like environment. A must do in Chicago.

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Industrial atmosphere cheap food tastes great Have the malnati salad size small to share and the basic sauage pizza size small to share for 2. We couldn't eat more than 2 slices each !! With a beer, cost 33$ all together.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

all I heard about was Malnati's pizza so we went on Friday around 12:15- not crowded -sat down and ordered a beer and ordered "the Lou" and it arrived about 45 minutes later- ate every bite!! don't miss this place!!

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Huntsville, AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Service was friendly and hospitable. Server sat down at table, carried on a conversation, made us feel at home -- but never impacted service time for us or others. Pizza was awesome. Yes, there is the long wait to get a deep dish, but a variety of appetizers to pass the time. In the debate over here and Geno's, it's... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We visited Lou Malnati's on a Thursday evening. It was our first Tate of Chicago style pizza. Upon arrival, we were told that there would be a 45 minute wait for a table and invited to preorder our pizza. When our table was ready, we ordered drinks and a delicious salad. By the time we finished our salad, the pizza... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610-4512
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: 312 828 9800

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, 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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