About 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!
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 4:00pm - close
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Jazz Thursday evenings featuring the Gennaro's Jazz Ensemble at North area location!
Plenty of on premise parking
Private Party Facilities:
Book your private party with us using our banquet menu.
Private Party Contact:
Event Coordinator: 8437609875x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Gennaro's Italian Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
I am revising this review due to the hig ...
I am revising this review due to the high level of care and concern exhibited by Mike Gennaro who personally called to follow up on my feedback. I sincerely appreciate this high level of customer service and feel my opinions have been shifted. Thank you Mr. Gennaro.
"Gennaro's claimed to have no record of our reservation, even though we had the confirmation email. The hostess brusquely sat us in a rather short manner. The food was ok, but similar value can also be found at other family owned local restaurants. This was our 3rd visit and we continue not to be impressed."
After speaking with Mr. Gennaro we may visit again.
Gennaros always, always, delivers. The f ...
Gennaros always, always, delivers. The food is delicious. The ribeye gorgonzola is amazing. Perfectly cooked every time. The sauce is wonderfully rich and flavorful. We love their appetizers, the crab calzones, the crab flat bread and sausage flat bread are amazing. We love Gennaros. It is authentic and delicious and I look forward to occasions that require a trip there.
Delicious Italian food in a very nice at ...
Delicious Italian food in a very nice atmosphere! Our waiter was new and very uninformed about the menu and specials, but he was willing to run back to the kitchen to find out the answers to our questions. It's a bit pricey for a night out with the kids but very appropriate for a special dinner such as our anniversary. The food is homemade from family recipes and we absolutely love it!!
It was our anniversary, and we wanted a ...
It was our anniversary, and we wanted a low key, relaxing night (nothing fancy). Well, we had a fantastic meal. Everything from the appetizer (mussles) to dinner (chicken parm and veal diane) was delicious! Our server Nicole was sweet and friendly. They even gave us a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. I loved it and will be back.
I have seen some people complain about the décor, and maybe it is a little outdated, but the who cares when the food is that good. We will definitely be back!
The staff couldn't be nicer and the food ...
The staff couldn't be nicer and the food is excellent. First time going there and definately will go again. Not sure of the total bill since my son treated me to the dinner out but, we both immensely enjoyed our food and waitress was great!!!
We just moved into this neighborhood and ...
We just moved into this neighborhood and were looking for a nice restaurant to celebrate my birthday when we found Gennaro's. We were greeted warmly and the server Jennifer is a doll. They even brought me a slice of birthday cake. The food is outstanding and we found out they have live-music every Thursday! This is defintiely a neighborhood gem! Perfect for romantic dinner, date night, special occasions and listening to music while eating delicious food.
Our server, Kayla, made sure we had a ve ...
Our server, Kayla, made sure we had a very pleasant dinner with a discount for our military family. She offered us extra bread and olive oil with garlic while we waited for our entrees. She made helpful suggestions for our wine choice. Our salads were dressed with a homemade balsamic dressing that was light and tasty. We enjoyed the entrees - Veal Marsala, Veal Diana, and a very nice Caesar Salad with chicken. Somehow we found room to share a delightful dessert covered in a chocolate shell with a hidden caramel center. It was nice to experience this family owned establishment with much more attentive service than can be found in most restaurants today.
My wife and I love this place. We went o ...
My wife and I love this place. We went on mothers day and it wasn't especially busy. But this time the service was terrible. It has been a long time since I have had service so inept.
We will go back because the food is good, but we hope the waitress we had either improves dramatically or finds another job.
We were celebrating our anniversary, and what a disappointment. To start off we were led through several nicer sections with dim, romantic lighting, and were placed along the back wall in the rear of the restaurant. We noticed that all of the tables around us were given notice of all the specials, and given bread immediately- our server could recall only two of the items of the evening, and we had to ask for bread twice. We were optimistic based of the years of business, and reviews from patrons, but feel that for as much as we spent, we would have had a better experience at Carrabba's- better quality, ambiance, and service. The highlight of our evening was the laugh the two of us shared when our waitress grated cheese on my lap instead of my plate.
Good food - service a little slow
Overall we like the restaurant and the food. Great Italian atmosphere. Only disappointment was the service was a bit slow (waitress was very nice - maybe had too many tables). We'd still go bCk again for another try next time we're in the area.
Nice first visit
We visited Gennaro's for the first time and were very pleased. The service was excellent and the menu selection was extensive . We ordered the lasagna as that is my favorite Italian dish and we were not disappointed. The portion size was large and it was excellent. We will definitely be back.
Great food but service and ambiance disappointing
The food was great with nice portions and our waitress was very nice and personable. However the service staff seemed very disorganized and the ambiance could use a little updo. The building itself has a lot of potential, it just feels very reunion/banquet hall -esque.
The chicken marsala was not good, the sp ...
The chicken marsala was not good, the spaghetti was bland, and the service started out great but by the end it felt like our waiter had forgotten about us multiple times. The eggplant parmigiana was good though.
With all the other great choices in the Charleston area, we probably won't be back
Made a reservation and the 2 girls at th ...
Made a reservation and the 2 girls at the counter couldn't find it. Luckily the owner was there and pointed it out to then. The hostess brought us to an area lease crowded and we had asked for a booth as there were plenty of open tables and the hostess said those were reserved. I reminded her we had reservations and she walked away. One of the waitresses brought us over to the table's Dogs was good and plenty left over. Unfortunately as we left the 2 that originally were looking for our reservations gave us the stink eye and just starred at us.
My fiancé and I went to Gennaro's for th ...
My fiancé and I went to Gennaro's for their Valentine's Day menu and it was a great value for the two of us. We both had wine, salad, appetizer, entree and dessert. Though it was packed, our food was excellent and the service we received from our waitress was friendly and personable.
This was a perfect choice for a cozy date night and truly authentic Italian food. I would recommend the fried calamari and their canoli.
Very sub par food.
I typically dot write reviews but I had to write one about this restaurant to balance out all the positive reviews. My wife and I are big Italian food eaters and to be blunt we were very disappointed. Non of the food was up to par, everything just tasted a bit bland and off flavor. The marinara sauce tasted worse than walmart brand from a jar. The salad dressing was bad. It was just all bad. Our server had a cold personality and did nothing to make our diner special or enjoyable. We will not be back and wouldn't recommend this place to anybody, heck, go to Olive Garden instead.
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