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Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - South Loop

#68 of 7,598 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Neighbourhood:
Downtown / The Loop
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805 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605-2225
+1 312-786-1000
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Today
11:00 - 00:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Ohio
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78 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just great pizza, and service was amazing! We got the Lou, which is vegetarian. I would (will) next time get the other signature pie. But it was great, loved it. Wish my kids left me another piece.... Will be back! Convenient walking from the Ritz.

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Thank scorpio5
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124 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The pizza is ok, quick service and kind staff. Is close to the center. Is possible to eat something waiting the orders. I'll go back

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Thank Alessio B
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56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to try a new deep dish pizza this time and Lou Malnati's was recommended. It was delicious. The crust is buttery and everything tasted so good. It didn't seem like it was a 1/2 hour to cook. The staff is very friendly and attentive. The family salad was huge and plenty for our group of 8. We actually... More 

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Thank tbear8688
Austin, Texas
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking for Chicago style pizza, this is the place. I however and not a fan of deep dish pizza, still went and had the thin crust pepperoni pizza. The salad was perfect, the bruschetta was perfect. This place is unique in the fact that you should pre-order your pizza before being seated at a table. Just tell... More 

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Thank Eric H
Siesta Key, Florida
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93 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had my first deep dish and I was not impressed. The service was great and the clam chowder I had was awesome but the pizza left more to be desired.

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Thank Ann K
Mishawaka, Indiana
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can't even begin to describe how good the pizza is. Get the buttercrust, it's heavenly. They have a ranch dressing that is like no other and the hot wings are incredible.

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Thank Heather2910
Marshall, Minnesota
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time at the South Loop Lou Malnati's. The pizza was wonderful. We really liked the buttery crust. It didn't overpower the pizza and weigh it down. Will definitely put this on our list of favorite Chicago pizza spots.

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Thank Al G
Ottawa, Kansas
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is located on State Street, right where all of the fun is happening. Lou's is the best deep dish and pizza in general in the Chicago area and suburbs. I'm vegan and this place is so good, I break "vedge" as you'd call it, to devour that mouth watering cheese pizza. Overall fun atmosphere!

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Thank Alexis D
Mechanicsburg, PA, United States
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Limo driver said Giordano and Lou's were the two best. Good had a 40+ min wait, so we trucked another 8 blocks up Rush to find Lou's. Sat down right away. Atmosphere was perfect for. neighborhood pizza joint. Including big screens all over. Started off with a nice glass of malbec, but then the wait started. Since neither of us... More 

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Thank James P
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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765 reviews
358 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lou Malnati's is a special Chicago pizza.....buttercrust with small chunks of fresh tomato and your toppings....we're traditionalists.....always order sausage and mushroom. Nothing to compare Malnati's to.....it's totally unique.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cuisine
Italian, American, Pizza
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 805 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605-2225
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-786-1000

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