Gennaro's Italian Ristorante

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
Gennaro’s Italian Ristorante has been serving fine Italian cuisine in the Charleston area for 35 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gennaro’s is my go to Italian restaurant. Consistent, good quality food. Large portions for leftovers and I make sure to save room for their cheesecake with Spumoni topping!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was sweet

L
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was good but took longer than usual due to them being very busy.

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines

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GE
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It had been years since our last visit to Gennaro's, and I remembered why we hadn't returned sooner. We had a reservation for 6 pm and arrived promptly. All six guests stood in the foyer, and the hostess promised to seat us shortly; then she and another person took calls and stood around the desk. After an awkward wait of approximately 5 minutes, the hostessed passed some menus to her colleague, and she led us to an empty table. The table next to ours was occupied and was close ours one of our guests had to excuse himself to be seated, and then their chairs were virtually touching. The food was as expected, very tasty. Our waitress was friendly but overworked; and the entrees arrived at different times. Overall, we had a nice evening in spite of these flaws, and it's still the best Italian restaurant in the northwestern suburbs of Charleston, but improvements could be made.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Charleston. The food is so delicious always and the hospitality is always good.

ND
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I like this restaurant because it has all the classic Italian dishes and there are specials that change things up. Our server was very knowledgable about questions we had on the menu which was a plus. It is a great place for a family or friends get together, not fancy, but delicious and not expensive.

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!

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OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Authentic. Family owned.

d
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service, awesome ambience, and the food was amazing and delicious as always. Cannot wait to go back.

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service,

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great Italian food. Building is old needs a remodel inside.

ML
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations

S
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

As always it was a great meal. Always happy for an excuse to drive from West Ashley to eat at Gennaro’s. Already looking forward to next time. Thanks Robert.

OT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently good food and service. Been going for 25 years. Never disappointed.

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our neighborhood favorite!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Promptly seated at reservation time. Excellent service, great food.

AW
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good food. went there for birthday. Thanks love the stuffed mushrooms appetizer

KD
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Italian food...great service. If you are looking for authentic, this is the place.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was great but it was not worth waiting 105 minutes to get it.

LR
Jacksonville
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We frequently dine here and it is one of our favorites however tonight was below our standard as far as service is concerned. Our server was soo slow and inattentive that several times we had to call over another server to take care of our needs. Yes we will come back but we will request Terra as our server she is the best!

b
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A wonderful experience with good food, great atmosphere and service. We had a variety of seafood and pasta meals that was excellent and a desert that was wonderful. Would recommend to anyone that enjoys old style eating with a atmosphere that allows conversation

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always classy and extremely good. This was the "brunch" on Sunday at noon and the buffet was amazing. I'll be back soon.

P
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, no, excellent food. Everything is so fresh and delicious.

RS
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is always knowledgeable and helpful. They always welcome us in like family. The food has always been wonderful!

BB
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so impressed by the service!! It was Christmas Eve and they were packed to capacity so the kitchen was a little behind. Our server was amazing and kept checking on us and filling our drinks and apologizing for any delay! Great job!!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was amazing. The food was quite slow coming out especially for the amount of people in the dining room, but who knows if they had 100 to go orders to feel. I will say that it was worth the wait especially due to the VERY reasonable bottle wine prices. Well, actually, it was really the quality of the food that made the wait worth it, the wine prices were just a bonus!!

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love our neighborhood restaurant!

C
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoy my outing at Gennaro’s before the Charleston Christmas Musical. We had fresh local shrimp and calamari as appetizers. They were so delicious. We had shrimp scampi and seafood scampi which were delicious as well. The service was impeccable. We lived 5 minutes away there not any Christmas traffic.

O
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We try to come to Gennaro's whenever we are in town. It is by far one of the best Italian places I have ever been. It is a hidden gem for sure.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Waitress was friendly and well versed of the specials.

N
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Portions large so shared with my husband.

JF
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Overall experience very good. Most food was prepared well but pizza seemed overcooked to me. Our server, Tara, was super pleasant and attentive to our needs the entire night. She enhanced our experience due to her good nature and service. We will go back for more!

TB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going there since they opened. The best in our neighborhood.

b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, as usual. Salmon Florentine, Eggplant Parmesan and Brussels Sprout appetizer. Service was attentive and they took the time to warm the room slightly for me at our request.
Thanks

KR
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Bread was warm and olive oil /garlic/balsamic vinaigrette was very tasty. Entrees (chicken Marsala & veal parmigiana) were both good and portions were large. Our server McKenna was knowledgeable and attentive.

NP
Jacksonville
32 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great dinner, great menu and selections, really good service, nice wine offerings. Enjoyed the meal and our evening very much!

WH
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been visiting Gennaro’s since it’s opening and have never been disappointed. Always the best! Our favorite Italian restaurant

JM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Hadn't been there in over twenty years. Don’t know why I was punishing myself. The place is excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and Delicious! It was our first time there and well worth it. Our server Jason was spectacular.