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Louis' Lunch

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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was sorely disappointed with this place. We came here because we had seen it on TV. We should have read the reviews here like usual but l must admit we are out of shape with traveling and dining. It was a chance encounter we...being at Yale. The place is very small it was empty when we got there. You have to use the Yale lot 2 dollars any hour next door. The burger was terrible no seasoning uneven cook they don’t have salt pepper or ketchup which would have made the burger bearable. There were no prices listed anywhere a complete violation in some states 20 bucks for two cheese burgers a bag of chips and a can of Pepsi. They don’t use real cheese slices so you don’t really taste any cheese. I didn’t think you could make bad toast they definitely succeeded. The bread toast slices all l can say we’re generic bread. This all being said l see some people really like this place. If you’re a real Foodie you won’t. SorryMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 24, 2022 via mobile

Googled "best burger in New Haven" and we weren't disappointed! Tiny place but we were lucky to get a seat. Great history here and the burgers live up to the hype. Note: you're in a downtown area so parking is challenging, there is a 6...space lot for the restaurant, turn in to the left of it. If full, there's a pay by the hour lot right behind it, so it only cost us $2 to park (otherwise have fun parallel parking on the street (metered).More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 16, 2022

A good hamburger is basically a gift from Heaven in my mind. These however rank as some of the worst I’ve come across. Basically you get a piece of raw meat, and I mean raw, slapped between two thin slices of Wonderbread. To add further...insult they don’t have Ketchup. That’s right no ketchup. I cannot understand the draw. Maybe someone who has never tasted ground beef in any capacity will think this is OK, but if you have ever eaten an actual hamburger, you will be disappointed. Don’t get your hopes up on any of the sides either.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed April 26, 2022

Original, YES! Very good, tasty burger, plain with no hoopla! I had a cheese burger with onion and tomato. That is all that is offer as condiments and believe me you don't need nothing else on it. Plain and simple. The lady behind the register...is an absolute delight. She had a great personality and sense of humor! I would go back for another in a heartbeat.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed December 30, 2021

What can I say?! This place only still exists because it is considered a historical marker of sorts. There is a reason some things should improve over time and slapping a bunch of greasy ground meat together, cooking it in a century-old cast iron grill,...slathering thin pieces of white toast with Cheez Wiz, crowning it with onion and a tomato slice is NOT and should not be the definition of perfection! $7 for a relatively small 'burger' is not value. You are virtually paying for the so-called historical hype associated with Louis' Lunch. You will leave hungry and disappointed. Pass on Louis' Lunch!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 23, 2021

Having been born in New Haven back in the 40's and never took the time to visit Louis Lunch, I thought it was time. In addition, I personally witnessed the moving of the building from George Street to Crown Street; it was quite an ordeal....The atmosphere at Louis Lunch is awesome; the tables, chairs and walls display countless carvings of names, symbols and comments. The burgers were very good reflecting the blend of quality meats used to make them and if you choose to let the staff at Louis prepare the burger the way they feel it should be served, is will arrive very rare. Realizing the meat is of such high quality, I had no issue with it being rare. I will state, however, that I would not entertain eating a burger that rare at a typical chain burger joint.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 12, 2021

Like the sign in the Restaurant says " This isn't Burger King, you don't get it your way" No argument here, you don't mess with perfection. Every Burger is made fresh from the toasting of the bread to the patties being freshly cooked. There are...2 choices for sides , chips or Potato salad. I chose the the Potato Salad and it was very good. I washed it down with a Foxon Ginger ale. it took less than 10 minutes from the time we walked in to getting our food.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed July 25, 2021 via mobile

1st time customer and was greatly surprised by the experience! I figured a fun historical stop,and discovered a fantastic burger that is unique and yet just what a burger should be. You have to wait, but it's worth it!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 17, 2021

About 15 years ago we were last in New Haven and Louis' Lunch was closed the day we stopped by. This time, we went straight there when we arrived. The burgers were really good and the whole family enjoyed the stop, ambiance, and appreciated the...friendly, hard-working guys behind the counter. We'll definitely stop again, next time we're in New Haven.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 14, 2021

Was on a business trip and couldn't leave without trying the birthplace of the hamburger, it was a good decision. The upright flame burners date back to 1899, no frills, never frozen beef, white bread, onions and cheese spread. The patties and onions are grilled...together so the onion is a little sweeter than raw and goes well with the smoky flame grilled flavor. A very juicy burger, grilled onion, toasted white bread and cheese sauce and that's all you need, perfection!! They do not allow ketchup but the burger doesn't need it. This is a must stop for any foodie or anyone who likes great food done well for generations, I will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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RideTheDonkey
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Response from auntiearwen | Reviewed this property |
I would contact them directly. As far as I know, they are open in August. Not sure about Sundays.
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V6788XBmiriamd
November 7, 2018|
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Response from rakent2018 | Reviewed this property |
Cash only
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March 28, 2018|
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Response from auntiearwen | Reviewed this property |
parking is a challenge in that area of New Haven. Contact them directly, but you may wind up having to simply park where you can find a space. It doesn't have its own parking place as I recall.
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Louis' Lunch is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4