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Papa Lou's

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Italian, American, Pizza, Pizza & Pasta
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317 East Lake Street, United States, Petoskey, MI
+1 231-348-3663
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 35
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Disappointed....Expected a Phenomenal Pizza....Not so much

Spouse wanted to eat at Papa Lou's after noting their pizzas had been rated number 1 in a local paper's "Best of" edition. We've had better. Ordered a basic large Ham, mushroom, green pepper. Large slices, but skimpy on the ingredients. $20.00. Perhaps other varieties of pizza are better... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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leroy
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We were there the first day since the name change. Same owners but different decor. The burgers and chicken sandwiches were great! We had an appetizer of the bread sticks with marinara sauce! Excellent. The service was great. Would highly recommend this place.

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leroy
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121 reviews 121 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Spouse wanted to eat at Papa Lou's after noting their pizzas had been rated number 1 in a local paper's "Best of" edition. We've had better. Ordered a basic large Ham, mushroom, green pepper. Large slices, but skimpy on the ingredients. $20.00. Perhaps other varieties of pizza are better tasting? The 1st floor of the dining area & bar is... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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124 reviews 124 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We stopped here for food and drink after spending time at the Odawa Casino in Petoskey. The entire place is decked out in rustic wood, but the most fun can be found on the third floor, where they have the "swinger's" bar. Instead of bar stools, swings are suspended from an overhead beam. There are many surprises, such as the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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64 reviews 64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Papa Lou's is a fun place with good pizza. The salads are also pretty good. We have been there a few times and each time the service is attentive and polite. Depending on the time of year and the day of the week, it can be very crowded. The pizza portions are pretty big, so we usually end up taking... More 

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Boyne City, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Papa Lou's is our lunch stop for our annual "Dear Camp" where 30 plus girls dress in camo, have designated drivers and have a great day and evening. We typically take over most or all of the upstairs room at Papa Lou's. This year, Josh did an OUTSTANDING job bartending and waiting on us. Don't know how he did it... More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Fabulous pizza. Try the Caprese, like summer in a pan. Enjoyed waiter Josh, friendly and attentive staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We love coming to Papa Lou's when we come up north. The pizza is amazing and if you corn during happy hour, you get a pizza for $5.00. Out waiter Josh was friendly and knowledgeable about the wonderful beer selection. We will be back!

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Petoskey, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We had great service and the food was amazing. Prices are comparable with other restruants in the area.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Once again, the food was really great. I love their pizza. I'd recommend it to anyone in search of delicious pizza and good service.

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Petoskey, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

is the chili and the hot Italian sub. Both are incredible. If you like your chili hot, spicy hot, this is for you. Not burn your mouth hot, but maybe make you sweat a bit. I love it. And the sub? I'll never go back to Subway, again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 317 East Lake Street, United States, Petoskey, MI
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Emmet County  >  Petoskey
  • Phone Number: +1 231-348-3663

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 19
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Pizza, Pizza & Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?