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Louis' Lunch

263 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511-6611
+1 203-562-5507
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“potato salad” (104 reviews)
“hamburger” (167 reviews)
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263 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511-6611
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm glad I went, the hamburger was good, and I mean no disrespect by my rating. This is a hamburger in its purest form, with little adornment. I am one of those who buys into today's moremoremore approach to food, which says more about me...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Heady-By
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I can never seem to get enough of this place. Best burger in the world. No condiments allowed and actually none needed! They say this is the home of the original burger and I believe it. You have to go and check them out

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank j2dagee68
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

1895. “Inventor of the first hamburger patty on bread” Hamburger, cheeseburger. Onion, tomato. DO NOT ask for ketchup or mustard. Super small and original. Thumbs up.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank laurakman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Louis Lunch may not have the best burgers in New Haven, though I haven't found out where they are yet, and I haven't tasted better. In any event, they started the whole thing, and their burgers are really delicious. I enjoy having them on toast,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank KIt322
Reviewed November 6, 2018

It is a tight fit in there, but the burger is worth the wait. I enjoy meat, cheese and onion without condiments, so it is fabulous and right up my alley. You can also get tomato, but that is it. Took about 30 mins to...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ShannonF461
Reviewed October 31, 2018

eating at the Louis lunch was perhaps the highlight of my USA visit. the taste of the burger still lingers around in my memory and i definitely miss it..... this is a no nonsense quaint and small eatery with two benches few chairs and a...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank margdarshak
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

Who doesn’t love a classic? Go for fun - go for the food - go for the history But Go Sink your teeth into A pattie from the past ! No ketchup Apparently that would be insulting

Date of visit: May 2018
1  Thank ctlace
Reviewed October 17, 2018

You have to have a burger here at least once since it is the birthplace of burgers but you'll come back for more! Great for lunch or a late night snack but don't ever ask for ketchup!!!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Nancy K
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

Nothing special. Stopped in for a cheeseburger on our way home. Burger was cooked rare and toast was a bit soggy. The cheese I think was cheese wiz. For $6 + not worth the stop.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Dean C
Reviewed October 11, 2018

Small. Old. Culinary History. Hamburgers. You can only get hamburgers or cheeseburgers. You can only get onions or tomato on your hamburger or cheeseburger. You hamburger or cheeseburger only comes on white toast. They do one thing, they do it the same way they've been...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Joseph M
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Miriam D
November 6, 2018|
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Response from rakent2018 | Reviewed this property |
Cash only
March 27, 2018|
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Not the greatest
Roseanna S
July 28, 2017|
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Response from Lisa G | Reviewed this property |
As far as I am aware, they have no plans to close. They've been in business for over 100 years, and are always crowded.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 3:45 PM
11:00 AM - 3:45 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 263 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511-6611
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 203-562-5507
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Since 1895, Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT has been serving a classic hamburger sandwich to customers from across the United States. Family owned and operated, we are currently run by the 4th generation and are one of the oldest, family-run businesses in the country. Our restaurant prides itself on staying true to the family history and continuing to preserve the past for future generations.
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