Gennaro's Restaurant & Catering – Princeton
Gennaro's Restaurant & Catering – Princeton

Gennaro's Restaurant & Catering – Princeton

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gennaros-princeton.com/
  • Phone: 6094972774x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: Closed

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm,

    Monday: CLOSED
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ben Brault
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Gennaro�s Catering Service is a full service catering company. Located in Princeton, NJ. Gennaro has been serving New Jersey since 1976. We Specializing in Corporate Events, Weddings, and Special Event catering. We offer off site-catering from your favorite reception location to private parties to your back yard event. If you are planning an Elegant Plated dinner, Wedding buffet, Rehearsal dinner, Employee appreciation dinner, or any Size Corporate function. Gennaro's Catering helps make your event special.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cherry Hill Rd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking in parking lot.
A word from Gennaro's Restaurant & Catering – Princeton
At Gennaro's Italian Restaurant in Princeton NJ, we bring a fresh approach to casual fine dining, which results in a warm, intimate, inviting atmosphere. We focus our time and energy into the quality of our products and our relationships with our guests. BYOB
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Gennaro's Restaurant & Catering – Princeton reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (22)good for groups (19)special occasion (14)romantic (5)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Delicious food and amazing dining
    FrenchToastLover
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Every food was delicious. And the interior and the atmosphere were amazing. I passed by in front of this restaurant many times, but I didn't know this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lovely Italian Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    A real gem - wonderful food and a caring and professional wait staff. The pasta dishes are lovingly prepared, tasty and memorable. The braised short ribs among the best I've tried with a very tasty sauce. Our table sampled the cheesecake and cannoli and they were outstanding.The rolls are served warm, all courses served promptly and the service is attentive in the best way without disturbing the flow of conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and great service
    sampler
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised about how good the food was. The service is great and food came out pretty quick. This place is easily the best Italian restaurant in Princeton area. We have lived in the area for 12 years and have passed through the stripe mall, where the restaurant is located, hundreds of times, did not know there is such a gem until two days ago. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently excellent
    PrincetonFoodies
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Gennaro's has become our favorite Italian restaurant in town. The service is great and the food outstanding - every time, on par with some of our favorite places in NYC. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Couldn't be happier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Gennaro's has become a favorite "special occasion" restaurant. The service is always perfect and the food matches that service. We have never been disappointed. The dipping oil with fresh rosemary was unbelievably good. We highly recommend this "neighborhood gem."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    As always, our evening was delightful. For a party of 6, everyone enjoyed their meal. From shrimp scampi, shrimp and scallop saltimbocca to the always favorite, short ribs, the food was great. Again, service was attentive, but not obtrusive. A wonderful place in our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dave
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Consistently excellent food and service. Gennaro's is a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Night Out!
    Toni
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food and Service was excellent! The owner and staff were very attentive...when we are in the Princeton area again we will definitely dine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly Good
    Andrea
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Found Gennaro's on Yelp, but much better experience then even the write up. Food was delicious, Service was friendly and attentive, Great Round table for our party of 5. Will return for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will be back!
    SsnissimVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Needed a place to meet friends half way between our homes so randomly picked Gennaro's based on location and previous reviews. We were not disappointed!! From the moment we arrived, we were warmly greeted and accommodated. The food was delicious and our server Gina was terrific. Some of the dishes seemed a little pricey but since it's a BYOB that helps keep the overall cost more reasonable. When we need to be in Princeton again, we'll definitely be back. Nice find!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Positive Reviews are Right!
    FoodieFanVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had one night to take a Princeton student out for Italian food, so we chose a place he couldn't walk to easily (i.e. not Nassau St.) We were very happy with our choice. Gennaro, the owner, did spend quite a bit of time at our table. Since we were from out of town, we didn't BYOB so he let us "borrow" some wine, which was delicious. My eggplant was really good, as was the pappardelle with meat sauce, and the house salad was good sized and hearty. The only downside of the evening was that I was in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs but they didn't have it. They have a meatball appetizer, however, which I didn't order. I have a feeling Gennaro would have turned them into an entrée if I'd requested it. Definitely a good place to go!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Delicious food and charming staff. We will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gennaro's is a gem!
    jerzeymon
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Had veal chop that was phenomenonal. Have been going there for years & have never been disappointed. Gennaro and his staff are great hosts and always make you feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Marcus
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I've had several different dishes and have never been disappointed. Excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Princeton
    FoodDobberVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wonderful food, really warm friendly atmosphere, total lack of pretension.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A true treasure
    Beth
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went there to celebrate a birthday and had a table outside. We were not rushed to order or finish our meal and the wait staff could not have been friendlier or more accomodating including when I asked for a sampler dessert tray which is not a regular menu item. Can't think of a better place to have had this celebration.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food and service
    SVguy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I had a business lunch here in August. I was surprised by the sophistication and quality of the food. I ordered the two specials of the day. The watermelon gazpacho was delicious and refreshing. The main course, a lemon sole, was spectacular. The service was attentive but not intrusive. Our meeting went on for almost three hours. We were never disturbed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian in central NJ
    MIck
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    It's only the second time we have visited the resturant and I left hoping my next visit would be sooner than later! Great food and service!! highly recommend.........
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Can't decide whether it is the food or the wonderful attentive service that draws us back. Probably both. Cannot recommend Gennaro's highly enough. Everything was delicious. We passed on the desserts. No room. But we know from the past that they are spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding restaurant
    jeffwonderfulworldofwines
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Hidden gem...was well received upon arrival...service was over the top...food had lots of options and great quality...looking forward to returning
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    ST21
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Gennaro himself greets you and makes it a very welcoming, homy, family oriented inviornment. Food somewhat pricy so it won't be our new go-to location, but definatly worth a frequent visit.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first visit
    cheetahVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    this was our first visit to Gennaro's and we were pleasantly surprised .The quality of the food was excellent usuing local fresh ingredients.The servie was very friendly and efficient.WE especially liked the colr cucumber soup special of the day.The beef short ribs were cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little gem in Princeton
    Foodforfun
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    You would never know from the outside of this strip mall that a culinary experience lies within. Gennaro's is a fine mix of delicious food served with love. The staff is knowledgable and professional. Our every need was met. The braised beef ribs in ragu fell off the bone. They were paired with homemade pappardelle. We had 5 entrees and every one was outstanding. The owner came over to our table and wished me a happy birthday and presented me with chocolate covered strawberries. We are foodies and love to try new restaurants. We can be very picky and let me tell you, I would pick this restaurant every time!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find
    diningdivaVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    One would never know from the outside décor that this place was so special. The food was well prepared and the service was the outstanding. When we asked the server what she would recommend, instead of naming a dish or the special , she asked us several questions to determine our preference. She then made the perfect recommendation for everyone in our group. All of the salad dressings are homemade and the Caesar dressing was the best I have every had. Most Italian restaurants offer dessert as an afterthought. Gennaro's desserts are all homemade. The cheesecake and flourless chocolate cake are a must. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Gennaro's is truly a neighborhood gem, although one has to admit that the immediate neighborhood is not something to write home about: dry cleaners, fast food market, etc. But locale notwithstanding, Gennaro's is a first rate Italian restaurant with perfect, cheerful service. Very glad we rediscovered this restaurant after several years' absence. Ideal for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dinner
    jerseygirl
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our son recently moved to the area and had invited us for a visit. I saw previous reviews of Gennaro's and suggested that we try it. Everyone was very pleasant and friendly from the minute we walked in to when we left, even Gennaro came around to talk with our table. The service was excellent and our waitress was so sweet. We all agreed that the food was delicious, the only con was the Short Ribs that my son ordered was missing half of the meat. I know he should have mentioned it but he would not and he enjoyed the home made noodles served with them all the same. Overall, our dining experience was very nice. We enjoyed the staff, the atmosphere, the great food and would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • will not return
    6dinners
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The place is dark and very dated. Food is very overpriced. Portion is very small. Will not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great find
    NJcuban
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Gennaro's is a great find. I can't wait to return. The salads are delicious and pretty big, more than enough to share. I had the flounder franchise with vegetables and it was the best meal I remember. It was a nice size dish with 3 pieces of fish in butter sauce and tasty grilled vegetables. The service was attentive but not overwhelming. The fresh lemonade was delicious as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 105 reviews are from the Gennaro's Restaurant & Catering – Princeton reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food is consistently well prepared. Menu could accommodate more frequent changes along side their standards fair, but the specials oferring make up for that to a degree. Service is friendly and accommodating. this is a great find and a frequent haunt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderfully warm and vibrant
    Delicious
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Gennaros is an excellent restaurant. The quality and presentation of food is outstanding and the staff is warm and attentive! We have celebrated many family occasions at this comfortably refined spot. Although we consider Gennaros our local go to, it is definitely worth the drive to eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Delightful special-occasion restaurant and just about perfect any time. Desserts are unbelievable. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Italian.
    mafalzon
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Very classic Italian place. The owner, Gennaro, is a charming Italian man who frequently checks in, sparks conversation, and sits down with his guests. I felt taken care of, and greatly enjoyed my meal. Their Eggplant and Panna Cotta is out of this world, by the way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Careful, friendly service combined with excellent food make Gennaro's a special treat. Highly recommend this true neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Terrific Place
    Mperk720
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We have been going to Genarro's for years and it never disappoints. The food is terrific and the service is great. We have introduced many friends to this restaurant and will continue to do that.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Marcus
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Wonderful service and outstanding food. Everything was prepared to perfection and the portions leave you completely satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • local gem
    billlVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Gennaro knows food, and how to be a gracious host. Plus, it is byo. The lamb chops were extraordinary, as is the Greens Gennaro salad
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not to be overlooked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This BYOB restaurant has been around for a number of years. The cheerful, efficient staff that has been in constant service all these years reflects good management. The menu has been improving continually. Lunch is served until 3PM, dinner service starts at 4PM so the restaurant is open most of the day Tuesday thru Sunday.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day
    Love2finedine
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Hello....My party of 4 and myself enjoyed ourselves. The only problem was there was a different menu for Mother's Day, that I was not aware of and it had somewhat a problem for 2 of my guests. The waiter took care of it and we all enjoyed the meal. The yellow rose is blooming beautifully and I thank you for your kindness.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Italian Dining Gem
    dineandtalk
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I looked on the web for restaurants in Princeton, New Jersey. I happened upon Gennaro's. I was looking for a dining experience at a non-chain restaurant, with a medium price range and in a good location. My daughter and I were delighted with the flavors of the bruschetta, lamb shank, and the limoncello! The service was excellent. The staff was very accommodating. The atmosphere reminded us of a favorite small family-owned Italian restaurant in our hometown. Gennaro's was filled with laughter and energy but we were able to have effortless conversation without distractions while we ate a delicious meal. This is a good place to dine with people you really care about.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Surprise
    2goodVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    It's the first time we've been at Gennaro's and we were a bit reluctant to go there based on remote location. However, we've read the latest positive reviews and we can only confirm. The food was really delicious and the menu had some nice items you don't find in other restaurants. Service was extremely kind and attentive. It's a bit pricey, but we'll definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.