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Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

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85 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089-2104
+1 847-215-7100
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Lake Zurich,IL ( Chicago burb )
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You can always count on the best Deep Dish pizza at Lou's. Chunks of fresh sausage and other ingredients make this the best. A crispy buttery crust gives extra flavor. Buffalo Grove is one of the few sit down locations. I have only been patronizing the Local chain for about 43 years!!!

Thank HotRod1079
Dallas, Texas
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68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came for some deep dish after going a year without real Pizza in Texas and Lou's never disappoints. For a place known for deep dish the thin crust is amazingly good possibly my favorite thin crust also.

Thank Marine03
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been going to Lou Malnati's for 30 years. the pizza is some of the best in the Chicago area. The service is always great here in Buffalo Grove

Thank jim575
Palatine, Illinois
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79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yup, this is the best deep dish or thin crust pizza ever!!' Mary is a FIRST time visitor to Chicago & deep dish was on our agenda!

Thank SusanStar88
Huntley, Illinois
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want fabulous pizza without having to go into the city then try this location it is our favorite Lou's! There is no comparison to any other Chicago-style deep dish in this area especially the crust. Be prepared to wait if you dine in but it is worth it. They also have a decent frozen selection to carry out... More 

Thank DBS19
Tucson, Arizona
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The battle of pizza's in Chicago, IL. My personal opinion... not comparable. They are both great pizza's, they might attract different clients/patrons. Lou Malnati's is less dense, more moist (more fresh tomatoes) and lighter (weight wise). For me, they are both great pizza's. Great experience. Good service. Good ambiance.

Thank Nocrnicu
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104 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were in Chicago last October and ate at the Gold Coast location. We fell in love with their butter crust. Personal pizzas take 30 minutes to prepare but worth it. Service is great. This is the only pizza I crave.

Thank Sprout211
Wheeling, United States
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

One Of the best pizza places for deep dish or thin crust in Chicago. My only recommendation is to get it well done.

Thank Phillip F
Overland, Missouri, United States
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63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Were in town with our nephew and wanted him to try for calamari and deep dish. Did not disappoint. Were seated quickly and the server was attentive. Very good!

Thank Jennifer C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

First time at a Lou's. this chain came highly recommended by many friends. And they were right. Busy atmosphere and a bit crowded. But great wait staff and friendly service. plan on a shot wait to get a table during busy times. But what do you expect for a great restaurant.

Thank Jlshowalter

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 85 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089-2104
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Buffalo Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 847-215-7100
With a name like Buffalo Grove, it's only fitting that we have a giant buffalo overlooking our main dining room! This location is a full service restaurant and bar, with carry-out and delivery serving Buffalo Grove and parts of Long Grove, Lincolnshire, and Wheeling. We offer catering and have private event spaces available for up to 80 people. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria is the home of the best pizza in Chicago. Our signature Chicago-style deep dish pizza is made using a recipe that has been handed down through the generations. Today, Lou Malnati's is recognized as one of the most iconic and best restaurants in Chicago.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?