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Big Lou's Pizzeria

5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6233
+1 352-335-7123
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“garlic rolls” (10 reviews)
“calzone” (10 reviews)
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12:00 pm - 9:00 pmAll hours
Italian, Pizza
5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6233
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

Wonderful pizza, super salads. Casual laid back older place, outside seating, is a fun place to be with friends and dogs. The wait person always brings water for the dogs.

Thank H3487AQmarya
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

My wife favorite place. Any time pizza is awesome. Lunch fast and good $ Dinner great relax and unformal place to eat pizza in the middle of great down town Gainesville. Good selection of beer, dog friendly. We love it

Thank LFD69
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We've eaten several times at Big Lou's. The pizza and salads are always good and very reasonably priced. This last time the food was as good as always but our waitress was barely civil and, clearly, her mind was not on her job. We'll go...More

Thank travchef
Reviewed 30 August 2017

We love this place, we always get Big Lou's when we need pizza. Hubby loves the meatball subs and the wings are often what we take for social events like pot lucks or music jams. Prices are reasonable, food is good, people are nice. Parking...More

Thank Joni E
Reviewed 27 June 2017

For us (me and my family) it is just best pizza in the town. Good location if you live next to downtown. Also the do offer delivery.

Thank ona_mo
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This place appears to be one of those indoor/outdoor college kids restaurants. And it is! The server was particularly friendly, we offered her a seat to join us, and she did. But only as long as it took take our orders, to answer a few...More

Thank ex-Xeroid
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Excellent pizzas, including custom options. They tend to be rather busy, but the service has been uniformly prompt and friendly. Probably our favorite downtown pizza choice.

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We loved the Bi Lou's specialty pizza! The prosciutto and ricotta were really great! We also loved the garlic knots that came with our Greek salad. The food was very good and we would visit again for that reason. However, the service was very "lack-luster."...More

Thank BFarinella
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We frequently stop in after going to plays at the Hippodrome, a state funded theatre just around the corner. My wife and I each get a large slice of their thin crust pizza and split a house salad which is loaded with goodies and comes...More

Thank George P
Reviewed 14 November 2016

This has always been my favorite NY/NJ pizza place, and I am not sure what happened last night. The waitress was miserable (not sure she even smiled once) which is so unusual, and the food took over 30 minutes on a Sunday night. Pizza was...More

Thank Karin23320
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
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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