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Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - River North

#44 of 7,469 Restaurants in Chicago
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439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654-4512
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Having tried all of the popular Chicago style deep dish pizza places, this is my least favorite. The atmosphere was nice, the service was good, but the pizza was bland and boring. The 3 other guests I was with agreed, we've had much better. Next time we'll go back to Pizzaria Uno down the street.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love NY pizza so I wanted to try deep dish is ChiTown. My friends and I went on a Sunday at 12 noon. Luckily we only waited 5 minutes for a table. We ordered fried calamari, salad and 2 deep dish pizzas. All the food was good. I was disappointed in the crust though. It was so dry and... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the family to try out Chicago style pizza and they loved the pizza here. Good selection of items and reasonable wait time considering it takes a little longer to make such a thick pizza. The service wasn't the best though as we had to wait long periods of time for our server especially when we were ready for the... More 

Thank SMunz
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This would be our third pizza night in Chicago and the other two were much better. We very much appreciated being able to order ahead while we waited for the table, but I'd rather wait at Gino's east for a better pizza. All they had for meat toppings were pepperoni, sausage and poultry sausage. Other toppings were limited as well.... More 

Thank Ann B
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

On our first nite we want it to try one of the best pizza in town, you cannot go wrong with this place, hands down one of the best pizza i ever tasted, the atmosphere is great, and the staff is very friendly and attentive, good local beer selection, great for easy eating with friends and family, be prepare to... More 

Thank Carlos M
Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is fine, but I am not a fan of the line. We went at 6:30pm, they said it was a 20 min wait... Which was really 45 minutes. I realize it's downtown, touristy Chicago, but they should've said 30 to 45 instead of 20 minutes. #justsayin

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Reading all the reviews and on a recommendation from a friend we wanted to try some Chicago style deep dish pizza. After reading all the reviews and getting back from seeing the city late I decided to see if you could order online and boy was I sure glad I did. Perfectly easy, ordered exactly what we wanted, the pizza... More 

Thank bored72
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a must when visiting Chicago. We tried other pizza places while visiting and none were even close to Lou's!! I guess that's one of the reasons for the 1-2 hour wait!! Trust me.... worth the wait!!!!!!!!!!

Thank John L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are a pizza lover, please do not miss this restaurant the deep dish pizza is fantastic and you will not go home hungry!! A must, if you're visiting Chicago

Thank alicia p
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Even though there was a wait, you're able to order your pizza, so your wait at the table is shorter. We shared three personal Chicago style pizzas, all were divine, and I wish we would have ordered more. My favorite is the crust, it has a buttery crisp.

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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
Average prices
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654-4512
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: 13128289800

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