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Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

Pizza Place and Italian Restaurant$$$$
South Loop, Chicago
  • The experts at Serious Eats and Chicago magazine recommend this place
    • Serious Eats
    • Chicago magazine
  • Kirstjen L.
    "The Lou's special deep dish is awesome, even if you are a carnivore."(59 Tips)
    Jim B.
    "Best Deep Dish so far - try Lou's special with the butter crust."(9 Tips)
    Serious Eats
    "Malnati Chicago Classic combines a signature buttercrust"(6 Tips)
    Seth T.
    "Go with The Malnati Chicago Classic... best in town!!!"(5 Tips)
173 Tips and reviews
  • deep dish pizza
  • butter crust
  • malnati chicago classic
  • buttercrust
  • good for groups
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  • Scott S.
    Scott S.1 week ago
    Malnati Special
  • Tamer K.
    Tamer Kunlar2 weeks ago
    pizza good but, staff noizy, bad, impolite and girls makin handjoke to eachothers, good for takeaway
  • Shanelle P.
    Deep dish pizza is good. I one day will branch out to something else. I love their buttery sausage lined crust.
  • Sigalle B.
    Get the Lou Deep Dish. I get it every time I travel to Chicago!
  • Cass G.
    Cass GrimmFebruary 27
    If you are looking for Authentic, Chicago-style deep dish, look no further.
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LudwigJanuary 30
    The Lou is amazing
  • M N.
    M NJanuary 14
    Get the classic!
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MartorinaDecember 23, 2016
    Order a Lou's Salad for the table while waiting for your deep dish!
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge ChOctober 27, 2016
    This is much better than the other Deep dish pizzas
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa PayneOctober 20, 2016
    Close to South Loop hotels, service was good and fast. If ordering deep dish, order it first as it takes a while to cook, server will come back to take your drink/appetizer order.
  • Minji L.
    Minji LeeAugust 11, 2016
    First meal in Chicago, and it surely did not disappoint. The classic Chicago with buttercrust had sizable pork and tomato bits that made it so enjoyable to eat.
  • Micah P.
    Micah PfeifferAugust 1, 2016
    Just drink at the bar. You might find yourself talking to some awesome people.
  • Deb
    DebJune 28, 2016
    You need to get the Lou's special, it's amazing!!!
  • Deb
    DebJune 28, 2016
    Get the Lou's special deep dish. I'm not a vegetarian but absolutely loved it! It's a must!!
  • Olga I.
    Olga IsaevaJune 1, 2016
    Deep dish pizza is not so good, better go to Uno..
  • Paddy
    PaddyApril 16, 2016
    I'm sorry Chicago but I'm just not down with your style of pizza. Lou Malnatis bruschetta was good, pizza not really and none of the beers on the menu were available.
  • Vira D.
    Vira DongMarch 9, 2016
    This store is nice, and I love deep dish so much.
  • Abril V.
    Abril VelaMarch 6, 2016
    The gluten free thin crust Lou is a great choice for anyone who's looking for a go-to gluten free + veggie friendly pizza
  • Monica T.
    Monica TsumotoFebruary 17, 2016
    Chicago pizza!!! It was the first time I tried one and we've got a great one. Ask for a classic one and you won't regret it.
  • Thalia A.
    Thalia AbreuJanuary 17, 2016
    Deep dish pizza is the here! So cheesy so good! The sauce is great!!
  • Thalia A.
    Thalia AbreuJanuary 17, 2016
    Mozzarella sticks could use a little more time being heated. The cheese inside wasn't gooey the way I expected them to be. Nonetheless they were yummy still
  • Keith P.
    Keith PeltasonDecember 17, 2015
    they can make your pizza vegan--just ask for no cheese as their dough contains no dairy
  • Daisy Z.
    Daisy ZookDecember 16, 2015
    Deep dish pizza is good. However service is very slow. Manager here is not as accommodating with food allergies and special requests as the other locations.
  • Max
    MaxDecember 4, 2015
    Classic deep dish. Order a side since the cooking time is long.
  • Jon C.
    Jon ChanOctober 13, 2015
    Try the Chicago Classic Deep Dish Pizza (via @Foodspotting)
  • Patrice B.
    Patrice BrazilOctober 13, 2015
    The classic with sausage onions and mushrooms will leave you weak
  • Cagatay T.
    Cagatay TasdemirOctober 6, 2015
    Been to better places but it is still worth to give it a shot...
  • Seda M.
    Seda ManayOctober 5, 2015
    Deep dish pizza
  • Seda M.
    Seda ManayOctober 4, 2015
    It was good
  • Kinshasa H.
    Kinshasa HawkinsOctober 4, 2015
    Deep dish pizza
  • Denette
    DenetteSeptember 29, 2015
    A must try! Excellent Chicago deep dish! Friendly staff. We ordered to go and got wine from 7-11 for our hotel!
  • Cassandra D.
    Cassandra DixonAugust 31, 2015
    I absolutely love you Lou Malnati's Pizzeria! Check out Freebie today!
  • Brent C.
    Brent CaswellAugust 30, 2015
    Good pizza. Wish it was great pizza.
  • Laura G.
    Laura GreerAugust 25, 2015
    We went yesterday for lunch and had the buffalo wings and deep dish sausage pizza. Both were excellent!
  • LaToya J.
    LaToya JacksonAugust 14, 2015
    Hey Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, you should join Freebie! It’s pretty rad and the benefits are great for both you and me. Check it out!
  • T-town T.
    T-town TomAugust 8, 2015
    Terrific deep dish pizza. The crust is fantastic. Polish it off with a pizza baked chocolate chip cookie.
  • Rocio J.
    Rocio JimenezJuly 31, 2015
    Pizza has a lot of raw tomatoe
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzJuly 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you want the Chicago deep dish pizza, Lou's Special can't be beat!
  • Regan A.
    Regan AlanesJuly 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The Lou thin crust is the best. I usually order pick-up instead of eating in when it's busy in the evenings/weekends. Call at least an hour before you want to eat for pick up.
  • Angie K.
    Angie KimJuly 16, 2015
    Deep Dish pizza is to die for
  • Viet D.
    Viet DangJuly 13, 2015
    Pepperoni and sausage!
  • Kaleb R.
    Kaleb RowlesJuly 8, 2015
    Some good deep dish Chicago pizza!
  • Robin E.
    Robin EdmanJuly 2, 2015
    Loud, inefficient, and just not as good as any Giordano's
  • Jon S.
    Jon SuminskiJune 29, 2015
    Pizza is outstanding. Chicago classic with butter crust is a must. I still feel that Giordano's is better because it's a stuffed deep dish.
  • joahnna
    joahnnaJune 25, 2015
    Happy that they have a veggie pizza! Good for non-meat pizza lovers. :)
  • Kristen J.
    Kristen JefferyJune 5, 2015
    Prepare to wait 30 minutes for any pizza but it is so worth it!! Get The Lou special!
  • GeauxDC F.
    GeauxDC FoodieMay 14, 2015
    A new favorite. The Malnati Salad honestly one of the best I have ever eaten...ever. The Chicago land pizza was satisfying and a delightfully satisfying "authentic" experience.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RMay 8, 2015
    Awesome deep dish - had the original. Great crust and ingredients. Better than Giordano's in my opinion.
  • Mr 😋 D.
    Pizza is fantastic. House salad is a steal.
  • Toni Rene L.
    Toni Rene LeslieApril 10, 2015
    Their desert is on point. I know it sounds weird but order the chicken nuggets and fries, they have great curly fries.
  • Eric N.
    Eric NearMarch 28, 2015
    Order ahead of time and they'll get the pizza started for you. You'll still have to wait a bit when you're seated.
  • Philip G.
    Philip GarciaMarch 25, 2015
    The classic is so meaty! Sauce is just right and the crust is so full of flavor!
  • Colin N.
    Colin NelsonMarch 24, 2015
    Lou's pizza + pepperoni is the way to go
  • Brittany L.
    Brittany LukovichMarch 22, 2015
    AMAZING ranch dressing and awesome deep dish & thin crust pizza!
  • Donna C.
    Donna CrossonMarch 12, 2015
    My first deep dish and I will never forget the deliciousness.
  • Jean T.
    Jean TorresMarch 5, 2015
    We had their Malnati's Classic and it was amazing. The sassugge was really good and the sauce was amazing.
  • Jonathan O.
    Jonathan OuelletFebruary 21, 2015
    Great za, get the house special.
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangJanuary 31, 2015
    I would come back just for the Malnati's Salad without the black olives! Deep dish pizza is good. Get it with the buttercrust but beware it's heavy. Plan to go back to your hotel for a nice nap after.
  • Deepak P.
    Deepak PadmanabhanJanuary 14, 2015
    The Malnati Chicago Classic!
  • João Pedro P.
    João Pedro PinheiroJanuary 1, 2015
    Best deep dish pizza ever
  • Jim M.
    Jim MichaelsDecember 31, 2014
    Deep Dish Pizza
  • Jim M.
    Jim MichaelsDecember 31, 2014
    Malnati Salad
  • Shawn M.
    Shawn M.December 21, 2014
    The Best Pizza in Chicago hands down.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuDecember 18, 2014
    The classic and the Lou! We got the personal pizzas. Love the crust but could've gone deeper, if ya know what I mean ;)
  • Lilith A.
    Absolutely amazing Chicago deep dish pizza here!! Sooo good.
  • jiresell
    jiresellNovember 18, 2014
    Of all the Chicago pizza places this one is the best! Tangy sauce and such good sausage!
  • Mariana B.
    Mariana BretónNovember 4, 2014
    delicious pizza and wings!!!
  • John K.
    John KiddeNovember 2, 2014
    Deep dish pizza. Boom.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MesserschmidtOctober 18, 2014
    The waiter was very funny, it took only moments to get seated and the deep dish pizza was great.
  • C B.
    C BaileyOctober 14, 2014
    The Malnati was awesome! Loved that you could get a beer and order your pizza while you wait so it doesn't take long for the food to come. Great place for my 1st meal in Chicago
  • Sexy L.
    Sexy LFOctober 13, 2014
    If you think Pizza Hut is the best deep dish you've had, head to Lou's an get the classic. Loved that the sausage was just above the crust and under the perfectly oozing cheese and fresh tomato sauce.
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MoOctober 11, 2014
    Deep dish is supposed to be covered in sauce and cheese, not sauce, cheese, and a floating pool of grease. Awful.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SimonSeptember 12, 2014
    Best deep dish in the city.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezSeptember 3, 2014
    Spinach and sausage deep dish.
  • Mayoto K.
    Mayoto KinodailiAugust 31, 2014
    Deep dish pizza with butter crust! Came here around 3:30 and it was still a half hour wait (they use a buzzer!). Pre-order so you don't have to wait another 30 mins for pizza. Super friendly staff!
  • Damian R.
    Damian RomanoAugust 29, 2014
    Table for one...
  • Ben L.
    Ben LippertAugust 12, 2014
    Pre-order while you wait for your table. Pizza takes an additional 15 minutes to arrive once you sit down.
  • Global H.
    Global HighlanderAugust 11, 2014
    The pizza is really good here. The pizza can be very hot when it first comes out.
  • Rick T.
    Rick TantonAugust 9, 2014
    Try something from "You Gotta Eat Here!": The Malnati Chicago Classic, The "Lou", or Spinach Bread
  • Kelly O.
    Kelly OhAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Deep dish with butter crust
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Lou Malnati’s serves a great stuffed pizza, they’re one of the oldest pizza names in town. If you come to Chicago and you want Chicago style stuffed pizza, eat the pizza you can only get here! Read more
  • Mike K.
    Mike KowalczykJuly 26, 2014
    Get there early (before 11:30) if you don't want a long wait.
  • Kat S.
    Kat S.July 22, 2014
    Very long wait, but you can't go wrong with the Malnati Chicago Classic
  • Eric A.
    Eric AguirreJuly 18, 2014
    If you're dining in, get there mid afternoon (2-5ish) for the quickest service. Don't get the personal size!
  • Jasmin M.
    Jasmin MorganJuly 14, 2014
    Upset that this place was recommended. Overpriced cardboard with cheese. Thumbs down on the spinach bread. Buffalo wings were good but I could have stayed in Indiana for those.
  • Brent
    BrentJuly 6, 2014
    If you work out at Xsport upstairs order a pie to go 30 minutes before you leave. #BulkingSeason #TeamBreakEven
  • Alicia A.
    Alicia AlikhaniJune 8, 2014
    Hate to say it, but there are much better deep dish places in town
  • Marcelo M.
    Marcelo M.May 6, 2014
    Alex is the best waiter!
  • Max C.
    Max CelestinoMarch 28, 2014
    The Lou and the Classic are really good
  • Gilberto M.
    Gilberto MedeirosMarch 4, 2014
  • Cheryl K.
    Cheryl KJanuary 23, 2014
    Not as big a fan of chi deep dish. Like little star and Zachary's in the bay better
  • Leo A.
    Leo AlbertiJanuary 1, 2014
    They claim a "small" pizza will feed two people, but they don't mention that it will never fill the new void in your life caused by not having this pizza. Get a large, bring some home. Trust me.
  • Em M.
    Em MNovember 24, 2013
    Get The Trio as an appetizer! Order same time you get your pizza (or before) and it will be at your table in about 15 min(give or take). Deliciousness!
  • Trevor G.
    Trevor GoldnerOctober 19, 2013
    Napkins are decent here. About what you would expect. Paper-based. The salad was a bit lettucey, which can be good if you're into that. 10/10 would use fork again.
  • Andy W.
    Andy WallSeptember 21, 2013
    Pre-Order unless you don't mind the wait.
  • Ali
    AliAugust 13, 2013
    Honestly, I was very disappointed! I ordered the 6" Chicago Classic, it was okay, nothing special. None of the elements really had any great flavor, just bland ingredients. I had such high hopes!
  • DeWitt K.
    DeWitt KavanaghAugust 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    And the worst Lou's in Chicago.
  • Margot W.
    Margot WitJuly 19, 2013
    Prepare to wait to get seated, while this place is always crowded. But it's worth the wait! Their deep dish pizza's are goood, try The Lou!
  • Gregory K.
    Gregory KratochvilJuly 15, 2013
    Even though this place has amazing pizza, try the brownie swirl cheesecake, you won't regret it!
  • Fish F.
    Fish FishJune 14, 2013
    Amazing pizza and a cookie dessert not to be missed!
  • Luis S.
    Luis ShimabukuroSeptember 2, 2016
    Experimentando a pizza tradicional de Chicago - deep dish pizza!
  • Daniel d.
    Pizza Lou espectacular, masa crujiente y muy buen sabor.
  • Andrea Á.
    Andrea ÁvalosJuly 11, 2016
    La ensalada Malnatis es la mejor!!
  • Nayeli Ines V.
    Aquí probé mi Pizza estilo Chicago y me encantó!!! Todos los días sueño con volver a comerla
  • Edgar Z.
    Edgar ZamoraJuly 8, 2016
    Ensalada Malnati's deliciosa!!
  • Juan
    JuanMarch 10, 2016
    Fromage de la Chicago pizza de mauvaise qualité. En est-ce réellement ?
  • Gsus S.
    Gsus S.S.October 27, 2015
    Deeeeep dish con salsiccia italiana, me quito el sombrero...
  • Hazel H.
    Hazel HernándezMay 23, 2015
    Deliciosa Deep dish pizza, la de Lou es mortal!!! Hay cervezas locales que acompañan muy bien!
  • Arianna B.
    Arianna BuckAugust 17, 2014
  • Sergey I.
    Sergey IgnatovFebruary 5, 2014
    Реально отличная пицца в глубокой сковороде
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