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Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

Pizza Place and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Near North Side, Chicago
146 Tips and reviews
  • pizza
  • butter crust
  • buttercrust
  • lively
  • good for groups
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  • Noupha ~.
    Noupha ~October 7, 2016
    Appetizer platter is good idea while waiting for your deep dish pizza as it takes a long time to cook and keep in mind what serves 1 actually is enough for two
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJanuary 15, 2015
    Try "The Lou" pizza here which is a deep-dish pizza richly flavored with a blend of four cheeses, spinach and Roma tomatoes, with subtle hints of garlic and basil. Read more
  • Meah B.
    Meah BJuly 5, 2015
    Best deep dish pizza I've had in Chicago. Can't go wrong with the "Lou". If there's a long wait, order your pizza ahead of time. That way it won't take as long once you get to your table.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SMay 17, 2016
    If you want deep dish this is the place to go, get sausage if it's your 1st time. House salad is also good.
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FlossDecember 3, 2014
    Great pizza and awesome location! The dining/bar space is very accommodating for the high demand. Preordering your pizza is a great option if you have to wait for a table! Try the Lou's salad!
  • Stellaa D.
    Stellaa DuhartMay 21, 2016
    We did a Chicago pizza tour and out of the 2 deep dish pizza places we tried, Lou's was my favourite, the sauce was amazing.
  • mish
    mishNovember 28, 2015
    Forget going to Giordanos. This place has great service plus a great pie ! The place was full but not touristy. Spinach and cheese was flavored with garlic & seasoning:-) will definitely return!!!!
  • Naz F. G.
    Naz F. GérdabiJuly 16, 2014
    My first ever Chicago Style Pizza! Delicious!! I have nothing to compare it to since it's my first time having it but WOW! Great atmosphere...friendly staff...and that PIZZA!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2013
    The Malnati Chicago Classic combines a buttercrust with their awesome well-seasoned homemade sausage. It's one of the best deep dish pizzas known to man.
  • Nick
    NickAugust 23, 2013
    Awesome! Best in Chicago! Get deep dish AND thin crust! Both great in their own ways. In town from NYC and this was excellent! The couch seat tables were super comfy!
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon M.December 3, 2014
    As a lifelong New York pizza loyalist, this pizza was incredible. Flavor packed ingredients and a most fulfilling pizza experience!
  • Neha P.
    Neha PatwariJanuary 30, 2015
    The Lou deserves the fame. But the spinach salad was fantastic as well. And the surprise dessert was delicious. :) do try it out :)
  • Jason K.
    Jason KhooMarch 19, 2015
    The bbq chicken is surprisingly really good, like u actually want to ask for more good. Of course pizza is good too
  • Pepe P.
    Pepe PerezOctober 11, 2014
    I'm at Lou's right now... The wings are fenomenal, the special pizza its very good, but the waitress bring me the check without ask for it implying me to leave quickly.
  • Chino G.
    Chino GriffMarch 15, 2012
    Great "deep dish pizza"; can't go wrong with the "Lou". Bruschettas are a great start. Get a beer to wash it down. Nice atmosphere, family friendly. Great location.
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyAugust 22, 2015
    Definitely the nicest, newest of all the Lou's. Get the deep dish pizza, obviously. Wash it down with a Revolution IPA. Then take a nap.
  • Elisa
    ElisaJuly 19, 2013
    Autumn is the best waitress ever! She recommended the buffalo chix watermelon salad & the Classic pizza. Sooo good! Get the green line pale ale!
  • Marshall L.
    Marshall LawrenceOctober 28, 2011
    Nice place. Family friendly. It is not tourist packed. But tourists are welcomed. Chicago style pizzas are very good. You might try Chicago classic. Lasagna is also tasty.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WilsonDecember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Deep Dish!! And I'm not a fan, but here? The buttery crust is light and flavorful, awesome!
  • Yeuseung K.
    Yeuseung KimJuly 20, 2012
    Always have to have the "Lou" (spinach, mushrooms, sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, romano, cheddar) so haven't tried any other pizza but I'm sure they're all good.
  • Mai V.
    Mai VuApril 13, 2015
    Get the classic - make sure to get the butter crust. Not too much crust or cheese!
  • Travis T.
    Travis TindellDecember 18, 2017
    Christmasy and delicious pizza. Favorite of the deep dish trifecta (gino’s, giordanos).
  • Nick A. S.
    Nick A. SFebruary 7, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Best Chicago-style pizza. Nice interior, nice place to watch a game. And the staff is top of the crop: Kevin, Eric and Ashley are the bomb!
  • Superb
    SuperbJune 20, 2012
    The Malnati Chicago Classic. Do it. (Maybe order a salad on the side so you can feel better about devouring the entire meaty, cheesy pie...)
  • Gennaro C.
    Gennaro CarafaAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Very new place for malnati. Good pizza as always and the venue is well furnished and big enough. Good job! Calamari as appetizer are very tasty!!
  • Nikki H.
    Nikki H. 🌻May 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The pizza was amazing as always. Definitely a Chicago must have! Great atmosphere & friendly staff. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Daniella C.
    Daniella CapizziAugust 1, 2015
    The Deep Dish pizza is the best in the city. I recommend the Sausage Deep Dish and the Pepperoni Deep Dish pizza.
    BTRIPPJune 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They have THE BEST CLAM CHOWDER EVER which is the soup of the day on Fridays ... worth a special trip!
  • Justin B.
    Justin BerryJune 23, 2013
    Grab a seat at the bar and order a pizza immediately-even before you get a seat-because it takes a half an hour for the pizza to arrive.
  • Sean C.
    Sean CarpenterDecember 30, 2012
    Really good wings & bruschetta. I know it's a pizza place but while you're waiting for your deep dish pie, order these appetizers. You won't be disappointed.
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FlossNovember 16, 2015
    Truly the best venue out of all the Lou's locations. As always, the pan pizza is amazing!!!
  • Lamar G.
    Lamar GaryJanuary 7, 2013
    Request to sit in the lounge at the Gold Coast location. It makes your dining experience more cozy.
  • Dena
    DenaNovember 10, 2012
    Ok we all know about the awesome pizza-but the Gorgonzola cheese fries are put of this world!!!!
  • Arturo R.
    Arturo RinaldiMay 31, 2013
    You have to try calamari fritti and lou`s special individual deep dish pizza! Fantastic
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie ScharfOctober 17, 2014
    I normally leave my crust to my husband, but you gotta eat all your buttercrust!! Sausage deep dish was delightful
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JoshiSeptember 5, 2015
    The best gluten free pizza you will ever eat in your entire life.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 26, 2012
    Lou's ranked no. 6 on our top 25 best pizzas list. Definitely go for the deep-dish with sausage. Read more
  • Emel I.
    Emel IdrizAugust 22, 2017
    Great place for team dinner, making your own deep dish pizza. Great teambuilding and atmosphere.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MistalJuly 20, 2013
    Of there's a wait, preorder your pizza. That way it'll show up more quickly when you do get seated.
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BuckleyMay 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Buckley Special - sausage, onion, black olives, mushrooms and extra cheese. Great stuff!!!
  • Gennaro C.
    Gennaro CarafaOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Penne alla Malnati are awesome! Try also the minestrone bowl, I can really feel like my mom home
  • Angela
    AngelaDecember 31, 2014
    The deep dish here is amazing and the tomato sauce and crust is top notch.
  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
    Lou Malnati's PizzeriaAugust 17, 2011
    Check out this location's exclusive bar menu! Signature martinis, specialty cocktails and savory appetizers!
  • Dan K.
    Dan KimJuly 7, 2013
    The Lou has a spinach mix that makes for the PERFECT vegetarian deep dish pizza. Also, Matilda on tap.
  • Rich H.
    Rich HauckJuly 5, 2014
    Next time, I may just skip the pizza and the wait and just order the cookie dessert. Incredible.
  • Jorge A.
    Jorge AmpudiaMarch 13, 2015
    Great place, service and awesome pizzas. It's just always packed so plan ahead and be patient
  • Rick T.
    Rick TantonAugust 9, 2014
    Try something from "You Gotta Eat Here!": The Malnati Chicago Classic, The "Lou", or Spinach Bread
  • Jeremy H.
    Jeremy HiattOctober 26, 2011
    Great place to eat! Wonderful atmosphere if on the sidewalk patio and the service was impeccable!
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FlossDecember 12, 2016
    The perfect meal after seeing the #ChicagoZooLights! #LouMalnatis has the best #ChicagoPizza
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AtkinsApril 20, 2012
    Great decor, cool vibe, very good service...unfortunately the pizza is just average. In this city you just can't touch Giordano's.
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