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Big Lou's Pizzeria

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5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6233
352 335-7123
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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Gainesville, Florida
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

No perks - very simple and rustic place on main street, but the pizza is great and sometimes that is all you need.

Thank Boxperox
Winter Haven, FL
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92 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good pizza, a little thinner than typical chewy New York Style Pizza - but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The slices are huge, like 2 typical slices. Toppings were loaded on. They have a lot of specials, but two big delicious slices and a soft drink for $7 is hard to beat. The place is a little eclectic,... More 

Thank Day_Tripper_2008
Ocala, Florida
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55 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by on a Friday night of a home game weekend. Busy but they kept up with good friendly service. Had a "supreme" pizza. It was very good. Not too heavy on the sauce so you could really enjoy the plentiful ingredients. Fresh garlic could have been a little lighter though. I'll be back.

Thank Kerry C
Gainesville, Florida
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29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

The pizza by the slice is a great lunch option. If they have it fresh, try the meatball slice. On to the more important detail, sweet potato fries. Just, holy crap. They're outstanding. They aren't on the menu, so remember this post and ask for them.

Thank Jeffrey G
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58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

Spinach salad very fresh and excellent. White pizza with garlic, tasty and at a fair price. Not a large selection of beer, but acceptable. Server Juan was fast and friendly. Would visit again.

Thank cathy c
Gainesville, Florida
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

Been going to LOU'S off and on for the last few years. For some reason they still cannot get it right:{ Service: slow as hell Food: Okay Price: Too $$$ for the time and effort

Thank Serreala
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Great food. And we had Juan, the best server. Great prices and the food was wonderful. We got small pizza and small Stromboli and they were both more than we could handle

Thank Mike T
Hawthorne, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

Can't beat the quick lunch time special. In and out in 30 minutes. Friendliest staff ever. If you not in a rush the Calzone is phenomenal. I also have enjoyed the meatball sub.

Thank cbclark4
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110 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

Nice place in a vibrant downtown setting. Lots of outdoor seating under the trees. Good pizza and salad at fair prices. Service was fine. We would return.

Thank trailmix
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
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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