Gennaro's Italian Ristorante

4.6
372 reviews
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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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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.

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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!

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DL
Charleston
3 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.

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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!

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KM
Charlotte
2 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!

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

Veal dish and spaghetti were delicious + egg plant Ali Michael

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LN
New England
1 review
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.

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

Better than Carrabbas. Friendly folks and great food!!

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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.

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

The food was outstanding, service was a little slow.

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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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S
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a wonderful dinner Saturday night and had the best server that walked us through the menu.
The food was delicious and desserts divine. Please make a reservation and go you won't regret it.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food

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

We've been patrons to this restaurant for 6 years now . Absolutely love it!

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MD
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My first time visiting Gennaro's. The food was very good. Service was good, everyone friendly.
I had a dish on the gluten-free menu it was excellent! My only complaint was it was too dark as I was there for lunch.

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MC
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every aspect, we love the food and service. Reminds us of the Italian restaurants in New York.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food & service, a little pricey but still delicious.

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S
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was great, but the service was very poor and slow.

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TL
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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LN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The most authentic Italian Restaurant in this area. The food never disappoints.
Make a reservation, always busy.

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RT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there several times, always wonderful, always good service and good food

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IM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place for a first date. It was quite and great place for conversation. Food was amazing and our waitress was awesome m. This restaurant is a must 😂😁

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The tuna in my Tuna Saltimbocca was excellent quality, but ruined by an inexplicable excess of Marsala sauce. I order chicken and veal saltimbocca whenever I see it on an Italian restaurant menu, and I've never experienced anything like the version I was served at Gennaro's. Completely different than anything I've received in any other restaurant, and very disappointing. Everything was swimming in a pool of marsala wine based sauce, so that was the only flavor discernible. I like Gennaro's but would never order this dish again.

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FL
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

The service was great, we felt very welcome. I had the lasagna it was very bland.

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RC
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service and value. A reminder of great family owned Italian restaurants from the northeast.

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recommend Gennaro's to anyone that likes Italian food. The ambiance is great and the staff is very friendly.

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K
Ottawa
11 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening! Awesome Jazz band! Wonderful food and service!

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JC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and our server was outstanding. Very dark inside tho maybe turn on a few more lights.

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EM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beat Italian restaurant in the Charleston Area. A go-to place for family gatherings.

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LA
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with a hard to find intimacy with your significant other.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

For the price we paid, that included a “buffet surcharge”, can’t compete with other brunches we’ve had

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m
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choices, superb presentations and Amber amounts on each plate. The 🍞 bread was wonderful and so fresh! Our waitress was friendly and offered great advice, he was very knowledge!

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CF
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience everytime. My boyfriend and I come here all the time. Its our favorite restaraunt.

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S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat too close to Jazz band

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OT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu has a nice variety the waiters are very knowledgeable and the price is right

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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re from NY and are Sicilian so we don’t eat Italian put very often but I have to say...it was like having dinner with my full blooded Sicilian parents! The sauce rivaled my mother’s and the meatballs were fantastic! Paired with the fresh, hot bread...it was a great meal! The ambience was perfect and the staff polite and accommodating. We’ll definitely be going there often when we move down here.

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JL
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the meal was excellent. Traditional Italian at its best.

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DH
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food both our appetizers and main dishes were excellent! I would recommend for sure.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was great. We will be back again.

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EL
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We are regular dinners. The food is great. The veal dishes are our are among our favorites and the best we have found in Charleston

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