Gennaro's Italian Ristorante

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$30 and under
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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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JK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent vintage-style Italian dishes prepared perfectly. House dressing was excellent. Bread was nice and crusty. Servers ere attentive but not obtrusive. Great experience

AM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always awesome everything!!! food is delicious... service awesome.... clean bathrooms and restaurant... friendly staff.... romantic atmosphere.... LOVE it

J
Charleston
40 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food!

Jason our server was outstanding.

JZ
Miami
131 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Was looking forward due to reviews on open table but I should have researched more reviews from diners from NY.
We have different taste and expectations.
Defiantly not close to a NY Italian restaurant.
Everyone very friendly but a lot of raw garlic taste.
Not creative menu at all, all same sauces on most dishes.
Service was polite and nice but guess my waitress wanted to go home early or I was her last table, when I ordered desert she asked if I wanted it to go.
Never was asked that and then she dropped check and never asked if I wanted coffee.
Nice people but I won’t ever be back.

DL
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love Gennaro's! The food is great and the service is always good.

BB
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was extremely busy, but we weren't in a rush. She was very good! Celebrated our 36th anniversary and enjoyed it very much.

S
Charleston
24 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an Sunday dinner that was wonderful. Great food- great service. We all
Had the specials of the day. Delicious

FF
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best food ever. Been going for years. Shame they left West Ashley.

Only compliant it’s way too dark. Needs more lighting.

PG
Tallahassee
19 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is a classic old style Italian restaurant with very good food and a quiet atmosphere. We had a lovely dinner on a Sunday evening. Highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good food and service.

c
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time here and both times EVERYTHING was absolutely great!!! I will definitely go back and recommend it to others

K
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food as always! Perfectly cooked salmon florentine. Dinner partners enjoyed pizza and seafood alfredo. One of the freshest salads in town. A bit old and funky, but who wants the same-ol' chains all the time. This is always of of mt op-five for visitors. Thanks to the Gennaro family for years of great recipes and personal service.

JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for my family, it was wonderful!

DW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Everything was excellent!

BL
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great Italian restaurant. The food and the service was just outstanding and I will definitely be back. The pasta and pizza or just so perfect and delicious you can definitely tell it was made with love an a touch of Italy culture.

R
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have already recommended the restuarant. Food was very good and prices also reasonable

BA
Savannah
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Thursday night Jazz. Great atmosphere and great food!

VD
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, friendly service. Excellent Filet Marsala and Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo. We will be back very soon! Thank you!

SH
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place.Food was amazing,service was awesome.Looking forward to my next visit.

BB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Gennaros, everything I've eaten has been delicious. Would recommend to anyone.

DL
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love Gennaro's! Italian is one of my favorite food groups and we have not been disappointed with this restaurant. The food tastes wonderful and we love the variety of options such as veal, chicken, beef, seafood & vegetarian options. It's great for special occasions, although a little pricey for every night dinners. Service has always been great as well. You might want to get a reservation for busy Friday/Saturday nights as they get very busy! Guess that means a lot of others agree with me!

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food is pretty awful. Everything is over garlic. The restaurant is quite large and they sat us in a room that had a family gathering which was really loud. I’m sure they could have said us someplace else that would’ve been much more quiet. Every time the waiter came to our table he rushed in and barely let us speak before he ran away.

M
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It’s a wonderful place to go for everyday dining. The flavors were well scaffolded, one building on the other, and culminating in satisfaction and the desire to have “one more bite”. The staff was courteous, well presented and knowledgeable. Definitely a place I will visit again to explore more of the menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for Italian cuisine. Recommended house white wine.

LM
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another perfect evening at Gennarro’s! Our food, sesame crusted tuna and chicken Marsala were cooked to perfection and served and perfectly plated as any 5 star restaurant. Many thanks to the Gennarro’s for a beautiful evening.

j
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming here for years I never had a bad experience just great food and great service

S
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Out food was outstanding, as was the service. Only one complaint, as others have mentioned in previous reviews, it is very dark. No way we could read the menu with the light at the table. We had to pull out the cell phone and turn on that trusted flashlight to read the menu. Once past that problem everything was outstanding. A little more light would be very helpful for those newcomers that don’t have the menu memorized!

BJ
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has a quaint and welcoming feel coming in the door. The subdued light with lots of wood is comfortable. The seats in our booth were very comfortable with nicely cushioned seats. The menu is pleasing to read and the food is delicious. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. The food is delivered quickly with enough time allowed for an appetizer or cocktail. The entree's are moderately priced, especially for the quality of the food. The veal parmigiano is exquisite. What you enjoy here is well worth what you will pay.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gennaros never disappoints, food is always amazing, the staff are informative on the dishes when questioned are asked. Great experience!

DL
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great as always! The room was too dark to read the menu so had to use the flashlight on my phone, but otherwise everything was great! The waitress was friendly and took good care of us.

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family loves Gennaros. My wife if from NY and this is the best Italian food we have found in CHS. Always fresh and homemade.

MC
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding Italian classics! The eggplant a la Michael is outstanding!

KM
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had a great dinner here. Service and food both excellent. We will return!

CC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Veal dish and spaghetti were delicious + egg plant Ali Michael

LN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I would recommend Gennaro's to everyone. They have the best, most authentic Italian food anywhere down here. The only thing is the lighting could be brighter. We come here as often as possible.

WP
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better than Carrabbas. Friendly folks and great food!!

KT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Always delicious with great atmosphere. The waiter was a little slow. Maybe he is newer. He was pleasant. We were not in a hurry.

JC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding, service was a little slow.

LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in the Charleston area. Always great! The mussels are the best around.

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