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Big Lou's Pizzeria

5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6233
+1 352-335-7123
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“garlic rolls” (12 reviews)
“calzone” (13 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6233
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Good selection and the pizza is very good. The prices are very reasonable and they have both inside and outside seating. Located across from the Courthouse so it is convenient when you only have a short break.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Joseph T
Reviewed August 11, 2018

Visiting for granddaughter graduation! She wanted to eat Big Lou's one more time before she left. We had a party of 25, so we called ahead which they don't take reservations, we decided to go anyway and when we showed up, they were great! They...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Patti B
Reviewed August 6, 2018

As delicious the pizza is there, the calzone was more to my liking. They are priced reasonably for lunch meals. It is very popular, so it is almost always crowded and most of the times we had to sit outside in the heat and humidity.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Haitham G
Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

I think that the title says it all. I go here often for lunch, a slice of pizza and a drink for 4-5 bucks can’t be beat. Plus the garlic knots are delicious

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank 635luigib
Reviewed May 9, 2018

I've eaten in-house and enjoyed this restaurant through delivery services like bitesquad and grubhub. I all cases the food has been reliably hot and delicious. If you are willing to step beyond the norm of college town pepperoni you won't be sorry. The pizza with...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank tallenarts
Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

Lous has the most reasonably priced delicious lunch downtown. I highly recommend the chicken wings. Best in town.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Tommy C
Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

We ate at Big Lou’s based on a locals recommendation and were so happy we did. We ordered their specialty pizza, Big Lou’s. Quite possibly the best pizza we ever had! The garlic rolls were awesome too. I didn’t love the wings, but the pizza...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Jackie B
Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

I ordered pizza from here, it was so burnt if I threw my slice against the wall it would have probably dented the concrete! I don’t know what part of New York this pizzas from, must be upstate by Niagra Falls because this definitely ain’t...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

Good location downtown, good pizza, great service, outdoor seating available. Sausage topping was delish!

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank mz b
Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

The pizza here is so lovely and they have all the right kinds of peppers for toppings or sides. I loved the outdoor patio and the staff was very nice. One of our pizza slices wasn’t up to their standards so they brought us a...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank flesh-cladmonster
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6233
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 352-335-7123
  • E-mail
Going ten years strong with a menu designed to make mouths water and a location that embodies Gainesville's Downtown area, Big Lou's NY Style Pizzeria comes from humble beginnings. As many local start-ups do, Lou's developed into the reputable pizza spot it is today through a patient process. Lou Wynn, or "Big Lou" himself, is originally from South Florida but was no stranger to Gainesville. Graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Health Science, Lou eventually decided to pursue the food industry. He was so inspired to build up his own restaurant (with the help of his supportive wife, Mary) that he was willing to do whatever it took to make it work - and even went as far as selling his car to pay for the original costs. Biking to work for the first few months of business is a whole new level of dedication... Nearly one decade and thousands of pizzas later, Lou's is constantly growing (currently under renovation!) While staying true to its warm and welcoming hometown roots. With a close group of team members, fun atmosphere and fresh ingredients that make our variety of menu items so satisfying, we promise any Lou's experience to leave you happy, full, and excited to come back again.
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