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Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

Pizza Place and Italian Restaurant$$$$
River North, Chicago
275 Tips and reviews
  • pizza
  • butter crust
  • buttercrust
  • spinach bread
  • authentic
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  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeMarch 31
    Spinach cheesy bread makes a good appetizer but the original sausage deep dish is great
  • Phil W.
    Deep dish pizza that isn't soggy. Pretty darn tasty, though the pizza chips+dip was a gamble that didn't quite pay off.
  • David M.
    David MedinaJanuary 6
    Great service!
  • John M. P.
    John M. PetersDecember 23, 2016
    A stop when in Chicago - great pizza, but sometimes a long wait. Order when you arrive. When your table is ready, your pizza will be ready also.
  • Sam K.
    Sam KrasnikDecember 23, 2016
    Great deep dish
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MartorinaDecember 23, 2016
    Always get the butter crust!
  • Kyle G.
    Kyle GarrityDecember 18, 2016
    Honestly, I feel bad for anyone who thinks this is good pizza. There's very little flavor. The crust is eh. Don't believe the hype. Even the waiter let it slip, most of his customers are tourists.
  • Balsam ..
    Balsam .rDecember 3, 2016
    One slice more than enough 😁👍
  • Chris A.
    Chris AbneyNovember 24, 2016
    Get the classic, it's fantastic, and remember it's way more filling than you expect!
  • Eduardo S.
    Eduardo SalinasNovember 17, 2016
    Good deep dish, but doesn't beat Gino's imo
  • jiresell
    jiresellNovember 13, 2016
    My favorite pizza in Chicago, and maybe anywhere. Get the sausage deep dish. It takes about 30 minutes to prepare but is delicious!
  • Abdallah A.
    Abdallah AlemranOctober 24, 2016
    Try "the Lou", nice veggie pizza.
  • Xavier
    XavierOctober 9, 2016
    Really good deep dish pizza! If you still are hungry go for the lime pie it is a must!
  • Ruben V.
    Ruben Van NieuwenhuyseOctober 3, 2016
    Get the deep crust there, no problem to add or substitute stuff. Great pizza
  • Miguel H.
    Miguel HernandezJuly 31, 2016
    The "Lou" & The Malnati Chicago Classic deep dish.
  • Fatima A.
    Fatima AbdulsalamJuly 24, 2016
    A bit over-hyped
  • Kimberly W.
    Kimberly WeibergJuly 17, 2016
    Amazing Deep Dish...worth finding!!!!
  • JOANN O.
    JOANN ONTHERUNJune 20, 2016
    Waiting for my deep dish pizza to arrive but had the Cesar Salad... Just how I like it .. Tossed in EXTRA everything (and this pic is after I had already eaten half of it!
  • Mark T.
    Mark TorromeoJune 11, 2016
    Super long wait, but pretty good pizza.
  • s h.
    s h .June 7, 2016
    Incredible deep dish pizza
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LegastoMay 31, 2016
    Malnati's Chicago Classic
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LegastoMay 31, 2016
    Sumptuous Malnatis Chicago Classic Deep Dish Pizza and calamari fritti
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SMay 5, 2016
    Great deep dish pizza. If it's your 1st time try the sausage. The spinach pizza is also very good. It is filling and 1 slice is enough for most people.They also deliver frozen pies across the country.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BApril 29, 2016
    a must when we visit chicago
  • Fran
    FranApril 22, 2016
    Classic is a good pizza to try.
  • RcL
    RcLApril 19, 2016
    Nothing compares to a New York slice!
  • Anna S.
    Anna StumpfApril 11, 2016
    The "order while you wait" was awesome! Best and biggest calamari I've ever had (we thought they were onion rings!). Love the personal size pizzas!
  • Tim M.
    Tim MesserschmidtMarch 22, 2016
    Amazing deep dish pizza. Definitely easy to recommend. Try the butter crust if you're looking for something special.
  • John S.
    John SuhFebruary 27, 2016
    Deep dish!!!
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaFebruary 26, 2016
    Deep dish classic has buttery crust. Thin crust 👍🏼 too. Food takes a while, 30+m. 🍕
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelJanuary 28, 2016
    For deep-dish pizza, stop into any of the eight Lou Malnati’s locations in the city or Pequod’s Pizza in Lincoln Park; for a classic Chicago-style hot dog, try Portillo’s downtown. Read more
  • Bee W.
    Bee WilliamsJanuary 8, 2016
    Not a fan of deep dish pizza tbh
  • Adna
    AdnaJanuary 5, 2016
    Great deep dish. Get a frozen pizza to go!
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DoriaJanuary 2, 2016
    Great place! Lou Malnati's classic is always a good choice.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CDecember 11, 2015
    Benchmark Chicago deep dish pie.
  • Thao P.
    Thao PhamDecember 4, 2015
    Super crowded - the pizza is a must try !!!
  • Jason B.
    Jason BellNovember 30, 2015
    Sausage all the way
  • Jimmski
    JimmskiNovember 14, 2015
    Pizza pie! Go to this one rather than the on on S State St. That is full of college kids around 6pm. Prepare for a 40 min wait for tables. This one is way better.
  • Monica Z.
    Monica ZarateNovember 1, 2015
    Wow, those wings!! Best I've ever had!! The deep dish is great too.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CottrellNovember 1, 2015
    Deep dish is good here (of course) What you might not know is the wings are out of control here. They are so freaking good.
  • Ann P.
    Ann PalmerOctober 29, 2015
    Share a salad & just eat one slice!
  • Helena H.
    Helena HounselOctober 21, 2015
    Does nobody else hear illuminati??! Lou's deep dish was bomb. Get a personal pizza and split it so you can eat more of Chicago's delicious food!!
  • david m.
    david murphyOctober 15, 2015
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  • Joseph G.
    Joseph GOctober 11, 2015
    Enjoyed the tourist pizza. Good, very filling. Don't bother with apps.
  • Marwan M.
    Marwan MzOctober 10, 2015
    Love the taste of thier food. Be careful, thier portion is huuuuuge
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDSeptember 17, 2015
    Looking for traditional deep dish? Go with the classic. Personal pan is probably enough for ya
  • Jessi T.
    Jessi ThesenvitzSeptember 12, 2015
    Get the deep dish pizza with sausage and tomatoes. It's heavenly :)
  • Mallory H.
    Mallory HoffmanSeptember 1, 2015
    Amazing pizza!
  • Hitesh S.
    Hitesh SawlaniAugust 25, 2015
    Portions are small for U.S. standards, get one bigger if you have a good appetite
  • Sharon A.
    Sharon AltholzAugust 24, 2015
    the butter crust pizza is the best.
  • Lesley R.
    Lesley RAugust 22, 2015
    Trio app and "The Lou". Thank me later. A true Chicago deep dish pizza that won't disappoint! Get a medium for two if you're craving leftovers.
  • Nate L.
    Nate LawlerAugust 21, 2015
    Best deep dish in Chicago.
  • Vitalina S.
    Vitalina S.August 9, 2015
    Super delicious pizza, fast service. Cheap prices, definitely worth visiting.
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaAugust 7, 2015
    The family sized salad is big enough for 6 people.
  • Travis B.
    Travis BloomJuly 29, 2015
    Its basically an enormous delicious mozzarella stick
  • Helen P.
    Helen ParkJuly 26, 2015
    Yes thin crust is a hidden gem but deep dish is just so good (and better than thin crust)
  • Michael T.
    Michael TranJuly 8, 2015
    Not for the lactose intolerant person, obviously!
  • Kristopher W.
    Kristopher WeissJuly 6, 2015
    No soap on first trip to john; no towels on second. Pizza had a blanket of sausage that was pretty gross.
  • Kristopher W.
    Kristopher WeissJuly 3, 2015
    My wife says the gluten-free is excellent. The thin crust is good as well. Not excellent but good.
  • Alison P.
    Alison PruettJune 21, 2015
    Delish deep dish but be prepared to wait a while. Takes 45 mins to make.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CrowderJune 20, 2015
    The classic is a classic.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WinninghamJune 18, 2015
    Very good food great pizzaaaaaaaaaa
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChangJune 17, 2015
    Best deep dish pizza in Chicago. Service is very slow though. Deep dish usually takes an hour to get done but when it's crowded, +30mins. Deep dish cookie for dessert is amazing!
  • Mouni R.
    Mouni ReddyJune 12, 2015
    Omfg.. Pizza doesn't get better. Sorry Italy. This is American ingenuity at it's best.
  • Amol K.
    Amol KJune 8, 2015
    Crazy wait if you don't call ahead.
  • Sharon D.
    Sharon DavidsonJune 2, 2015
    Had the hot chicken wings - not a lot of meat on them but the sauce was excellent! Pizza was amazing as far as deep pans go! Highly recommend the 'Lou's Special' 👍
  • Cihan M.
    Cihan M.D.May 30, 2015
    Definitely better than Giordanos. Pick here and dont forget to order bruscetta while waiting pizza 40min.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ColagioMay 24, 2015
    Excellent portion sizes. Well worth the wait.
  • Christian T.
    Christian TafoyaMay 13, 2015
    Always get a size bigger.
  • Songyee H.
    Songyee HanMay 4, 2015
    Pizza is awesome!
  • Emma Q.
    Emma QueryApril 30, 2015
    Man! Best deep dish pizza I've ever had. Got the Lou's personal pizza which has mushrooms, spinach, and tomatoes. Relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff, all around good experience.
  • Latham B.
    Latham BrunsonApril 8, 2015
    It was good, but I liked Gino's East more. Still good deep dish pizza though. Definitely not complaining.
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereApril 5, 2015
    Order the Malnati salad. It is like a delicious cross between a BLT salad and a Greek salad. The large serves four.
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereApril 4, 2015
    Malnati's Classic Deep Dish
  • Kübra Z.
    Kübra ZenginApril 2, 2015
    Deep dish pizza with pepperoni and tomato is perfect!
  • Carli R.
    Carli RhylanderMarch 29, 2015
    Probably the best pizza I've ever had. Deep dish crust was awesome!
  • Myriam C.
    Myriam ChakerMarch 21, 2015
    OMG the deep dish pizza!! But you have to wait for like an hour after you are seated.
  • John F.
    John FrenchFebruary 28, 2015
    The classic Chicago deep dish is the way to go!
  • David M.
    David MarksFebruary 28, 2015
    The deep dish here is the best I've ever had.
  • Katya K.
    Katya KilianFebruary 11, 2015
    The best of the best
  • Florence H.
    Florence HFebruary 6, 2015
    Loved the butter crust at Malnati's, but the can't miss is definitely their dessert pizza: a cookie dough base cooked in a deep dish pan, then filled with ice cream and topped with whipped cream.
  • Christina S.
    Christina SongFebruary 1, 2015
    Was not as good as expected after reading the reviews. Had the Lou-parts of the crust were soggy and the ingredients didn't seem very fresh. Very heavy and left me with a stomach ache.
  • Rosie T.
    Rosie TreviñoJanuary 30, 2015
    Please ask for Jaime. Best waiter :)
  • Aishwarya S.
    Aishwarya SharmaJanuary 28, 2015
    If you are here, you are getting the best! (:
  • Salomon M.
    Salomon MervichJanuary 24, 2015
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousJanuary 22, 2015
    Lou Malnati's sets the gold standard for deep-dish. The best of the bunch is the simple cheese and sausage pie. For anyone who doesn't want to dive into a faceful of dough, the thin-crust is fine too. Read more
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 3, 2015
    Gotta get the Lou deep dish special
  • Ashley .
    Ashley 🎵 GenevieveDecember 29, 2014
    Best pizza I've ever had and will ever have. "The Lou" is to die for.
  • Andy T.
    Andy TaoDecember 28, 2014
    Get the spinach bread for appetizer and order the small size classic deep dish pizza for two.
  • Hector M.
    Hector MurilloDecember 23, 2014
    The Coke's Fire tho
  • Kevin A.
    Kevin ArtsDecember 21, 2014
    Pizza was delicious, if filling. Service was ok. Competent but clearly busy.
  • Tommy J.
    Tommy JenkinsDecember 6, 2014
    Gotta get deep dish
  • Paul C.
    Paul CrosbyNovember 30, 2014
    Meat pizza crust - they take sausage and turn it into a crust - best low carb meal ever!
  • Joseph Y.
    Joseph YimNovember 29, 2014
    Service is not that great. But hot damn if that thin crust pepperoni pizza isn't one of the best pizza I've ever had.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HongNovember 18, 2014
    Butter Crust. Enough said.
  • Erica💎
    Erica💎November 5, 2014
    Finished my entire personal pizza with extra tomatoes. So good
  • OC Food D.
    OC Food DivaOctober 13, 2014
    The taste hasn’t change since my first Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Pizza in 2007. Keep it up! :)
  • Symone Rae' L.
    Symone Rae' LewisOctober 8, 2014
    The thin crust sausage and pepperoni pizza is delicious! I highly recommend trying it!
  • G
    GSeptember 28, 2014
    'Bout to grub
  • Eric W.
    Eric WellsSeptember 28, 2014
    When in Chicago...the dish is deep
  • Yalcin G.
    Yalcin GunesNovember 17, 2016
    Gerçek chicago pizza
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos BogardJuly 16, 2016
    Best deep dish pizza un Chicago!
  • Selene P.
    Selene PinAriApril 21, 2016
    Delicioso! Vale la pena esperar, si llegas y hay mucha gente, has tu pedido aunque no tengas mesa.
  • Mónica C.
    Si vienes a las cuatro de la tarde, te dan mesa de inmediato.
  • Leandro B.
    Leandro BarrosJuly 8, 2015
    Pizza. Pizza. Pizza.
  • inspector c.
    inspector clouseauMay 17, 2015
    Пицца своеобразная - чикагская. Очень вкусный фирменный салат. Порции огромные.
  • Rosana M.
    Rosana MarinApril 4, 2015
    45 minutos para una pizza más o menos, hay lugares en Chicago mucho mejores... Y para conseguir mesa tardas más de media hora :/. Mejor siéntate en las escaleras a esperar....
  • Brkgny
    BrkgnyMarch 11, 2015
    Mesai saatlerinde kuyruk çok uzun servis yavaş... Bruschetta çok iyi pizza harika olmasada iyi pizzanın potsiyonları çok küçük açsanız tek kişilik sipariş vermeyin
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