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Big Lou's Pizzeria

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5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6233
352 335-7123
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Big Lou's is a casual, comfortable place downtown. Have been there several times with friends and I always get a slice & salad. The servings are huge & tasty - New York style pizza. And salads are served with yummy garlic rolls. Prices are quite affordable. Service has always been good, and when the weather is cooler it's a great... More 

Thank Denise M
Gainesville, Florida
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great pizza - I've tried "new york style" pizza at other places and none compare. The salads are very good too - try the raspberry walnut salad, it's like eating a dessert that's good for you! The wait staff are just awesome - friendly and super-prompt! This is one of my favorite places!

Thank Nathan K
Port Charlotte, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The NY pizza was tasty. Eggplant could of been better, but the sauce was good with plenty of cheese. It came with a nice sized salad and the side of spaghetti that came with the eggplant was plentiful. Very relaxful sitting outside.

Thank Sandy S
Hollywood, Florida
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The calzone was excellent. The service was prompt and the employees were all very friendly. They have Big Swamp Brewery beer on tap, it was great. The small calzone is big enough to feed two people, it was delicious. I will definetly eat there again.

Thank Jerry G
Fernandina Beach, Florida
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

We arrived on a quiet Sunday afternoon and enjoyed our outdoor dining on the patio. Veggie pizza, meatball sub, salad and fries were all superb. The service is great and they are pet friendly ...so yes "Fido" can come along ...they will even bring water for your furry friend. Dining is a pleasure here!

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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Their veggie pizza is the best! They put breaded eggplant on it, a delicious surprise! The outside patio area is very nice too.

Thank TMTisch
Gainesville, Florida
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

My friends and I arrived on a Friday evening at a time when the restaurant is very busy. We were fortunate to get an outside table right away. The wait person was timely took our orders of pizza, garlic rolls, salads and beverages. The food came out quickly, correctly, and we had a wonderful time. The location, quality and value... More 

Thank bentprop
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

What a delightful dinner we had under the stars! We order pizza and garlic rolls. Fantastic food! Device was great. We will go again.

Thank Ellen C
Starke, Florida
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

Eclectic. Homemade. Downtown. Open late. I would say this is probably the best pizza spot in Gainesville. Everything is homemade and they offer an array of topping choices for your pizza, including my favorite: ricotta, fresh basil and garlic. They have seating inside and out. The service may be a little slow, but that's because everything is made to order,... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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195 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Great very informal place for pizza, salad, etc. Particularly recommend the specials which are very good value.

Thank KBM212

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6233
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: 352 335-7123
Going ten years strong with a menu designed to make mouths water and a location that embodies Gainesville's Downtown area, Big Lou's NY Style Pizzeria comes from humble beginnings. As many local start-ups do, Lou's developed into the reputable pizza spot it is today through a patient process. Lou Wynn, or "Big Lou" himself, is originally from South Florida but was no stranger to Gainesville. Graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Health Science, Lou eventually decided to pursue the food industry. He was so inspired to build up his own restaurant (with the help of his supportive wife, Mary) that he was willing to do whatever it took to make it work - and even went as far as selling his car to pay for the original costs. Biking to work for the first few months of business is a whole new level of dedication... Nearly one decade and thousands of pizzas later, Lou's is constantly growing (currently under renovation!) While staying true to its warm and welcoming hometown roots. With a close group of team members, fun atmosphere and fresh ingredients that make our variety of menu items so satisfying, we promise any Lou's experience to leave you happy, full, and excited to come back again.

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