Gennaro's Italian Ristorante
Gennaro's Italian Ristorante

Gennaro's Italian Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gennarositalian.com/
  • Phone: 8437609875
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner:
    Daily: 4:00pm - close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Gennaro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz Thursday evenings featuring the Gennaro's Jazz Ensemble at North area location! Saturday night strolling violinist at West Ashley location!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Appian Way
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of on premise parking
A word from Gennaro's Italian Ristorante
Gennaro’s Italian Ristorante has been serving fine Italian cuisine in the Charleston area for 31 years. In a warm, cozy atmosphere, the Gennaro family work diligently at providing a wonderful dining experience. Whether you bring your family in for quality time together or gather with your friends for a hearty meal, live jazz or happy hour, Gennaro’s is the perfect place for you! From veal to grilled seafood or a wonderful black angus steak, you will certainly appreciate the quality at Gennaro’s and the perceived value. See why Charlestonians always come back to Gennaro’s. We look forward to providing you with the best in Italian cuisine!
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Gennaro's Italian Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)fit for foodies (7)good for groups (5)special occasion (5)romantic (4)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Always Excellent Food and Service
    ScottsVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Gennaro's is our go to place for a good meal and has been for 12 years. Thursday nights are special when the Jazz starts up at 8 PM! Our favorite meals include the Zuppa Clams; Veal Piccata, Veal ala Michael (on top of his great eggplant parm); and all the pasta sauces are very good - especially the alfredo and the spicy arrabiata. Always great salads - both the Italian and Ceasar and a respectable wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant!
    Victoria
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our second visit to Gennaro's. We enjoyed it very much...the food was very good - excellent steak and the service was outstanding. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • outstanding
    luv2party
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is our go to place to take our friends to when they come into town. Best Italian food in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good Italian food
    daVinci
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    kitchen offers consistently good food, service very attentive and helpful. my only complaint is the decor, dining rooms are very dark. wish they would brighten it up a little.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First date
    Gdfood
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I just started dating a woman who I felt could be the one this was our first dinner date. The service was excellent. We were very happy with the experience. The food and wine made it a memorable time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    JCS71
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Date night with my wife and it was great. Food was outstanding and so was our server. My only issue was the server for a party of six next to us. Joking around and being loud, when most people are there for a quiet dinner with whomever. I wasn't there to have her walking past our table shouting " guess whose got the alcohol". That was the only disappointing part of the night. I would recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best canolies!
    thebluebumpkin
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Excellent service, food, server. We were stuffed after the appetizer, the portions are huge! Steak was a little tough and chewy, but the canolies are to die for. We will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 18 reviews are from the Gennaro's Italian Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Always a great meal
    PenniV
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    As always, a great meal with great service! A great wine list as well. I tried to order 3 different cocktails & the bat could not accommodate, but otherwise a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coltsfan
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Food was very good and plenty of it. We were on our way to see Tony Bennett; great way to start an Italian evening.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charleston experience
    Justmiriam
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Enjoyed our evening after a hectic day it was pleasant to come to Gennaros. The restaurant has a charming character. The service was good, family environment. The food was tasty, loved the dip for the warm bread. I had the minestrone soup it was delicious. My spouse had the steak which was cooked to his liking and gives it thumbs up. If you are in that part of town it's an excellent choice.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite place!
    Jean
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Gennaro's has never disappointed us. The service is excellent, the mussels in the garlic white wine sauce are the best ever, and their steaks are amazing. It's a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was all pre cooked
    pickyeaters
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The food was all pre cooked and I have food allergies so my choices were few. The water they offer that most places dont charge for was over priced. All in all im not going back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Monday night blues
    Peggiegg
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Monday nights are usually quiet in restaurants, and the night of our reservation was a quiet Monday. We were a party of 9. Our server only had our table to tend to, but could not get orders straight and couldn't tell different dinners apart in order to serve them. We were definitely disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    MaryKay
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We were a group of five that hasn't seen each other in awhile. We wanted a leasure dinner, but our server was really slow. Others who came in after us, were getting their salads when we were just being asked about out order. She just took a long time to come back everytime she left. She never even asked us, if we wanted dessert. This was our second visit. We enjoyed the first one very much, but the service was much better the first time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was just a bit over warm.
    Pete
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food was just a bit over warm. Had to wait a while for everything. Do not know if Server had too many tables or what. Brought everyone else their salads and I got my soup by the time they finished the salads. There were 6 of us
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed our experience at Gennaro's
    Victoria
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The food was very good. My husband's steak was perfect. He kept commenting how good it was & how it was cooked exactly as he requested. Our waiter was great...very good service. We were seated at a booth in a corner, which was more private & perfect for us. We will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Stuff!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Took my wife and daughter here for Valentines Day. It was our first time here, and we will definitely be returning. The menu has numerous options, and is very suitable for kids. The atmosphere and service was very good. I look forward to dining here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I don't normally write reviews, but I felt compelled to because of how great the experience was. They actually got us a table valentine's night after we had booked through open table (which was supposed to be blocked out for the night). Service was top notch, made you feel like you were part of the family. Food was excellent also. I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find
    Ksforlife
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I was looking for a good italian restaurant and the weather wasnt great to do down town. found this place just down the street to a place i just moved into. i will have to say it was just wonderful. the food was to die for. great service and the staff really knows the menu. the outside of the building is a little old but hey dont judge a book by it cover!!! will go back again soon!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continued Favorite
    JZimanVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    My husband and I had our first date at Genarros 4 years ago and we have been going back ever since. The food is always good and we always ask for Sara because she is awesome! They give you large portions and the bread is wonderful. When we can fit dessert in, we love the chocolate bomb.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We tried this restaurant for the first time. Great menu. Delicious food. Probably one of the best chicken parmigiana I ever had. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Understaffed
    Southern
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Upon arrival, we requested a booth. We were told none were available. We were given a table too close to the walkway. Two of the four people in our party were hit by staff many times. Our dinner took two hours. There were two empty booths beside us for the first ninety minutes. Food was good, but not an overall enjoyable experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and service
    Bubba
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Gennaro's is our favorite restaurant in Charleston - great food and service every time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Find
    Oulaugh2
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We were looking for something on Open Table that tempted our taste buds and Gennaro's menu looked good. Everything there was absolutely delicious and the staff was extremely friendly. We will definitely make it back again when we return to Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was outstanding as usual.
    Diner
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Food was outstanding as usual. The house wine is fantastic. Always a wonderful selection of both food and wine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.