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Gennaro's Grill & Garden

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450 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3823 (Carmel & Beach)
18057829999
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Gennaro’s Grill & Garden is located in a delightful Old Victorian setting...
Gennaro’s Grill & Garden is located in a delightful Old Victorian setting. The cuisine is classic Northern Italian with a Continental flair that includes fresh seafood and vegetarian dishes. All our pastas are homemade, and our breads and desserts are prepared in our kitchen daily. A delightful environment where the food is robust, authentically classic, and alive with fresh taste. Whatever the occasion, Gennaro’s Grill & Garden is the place!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food!

Great italian food in a cute repurposed house. Free parking. Very friendly wait staff that made great suggestions for nice wine and entrees. Fresh pasta and salads were amazing. Ambiance was great and the whole family had a very enjoyable evening.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Virginia
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45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Great italian food in a cute repurposed house. Free parking. Very friendly wait staff that made great suggestions for nice wine and entrees. Fresh pasta and salads were amazing. Ambiance was great and the whole family had a very enjoyable evening.

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MarrgoR, Owner at Gennaro's Grill & Garden, responded to this review

We just read your very kind and much appreciated review of our restaurant. We are so delighted you and your family enjoyed your dinner and were pleased with our service and ambiance. People like you make it all worthwhile! Regards ~ Marrgo and Gennaro More 

Shell Beach, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Our group of 5 adults dropped in on a Friday night, and we were surprised that it was nearly empty! One in our group had been to Gennaro's twice previously, so we were not concerned. All of us had separate dinners, and each was excellent, from the fish to the veal ravioli. Prices are moderate, $14-$30 per dinner. Salad or... More 

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MarrgoR, Owner at Gennaro's Grill & Garden, responded to this review

Gennaro and I want to express our appreciation for your kind comments. We are delighted you and your friends enjoyed your dinner and that you will return. Best regards. More 

Boca Raton, Florida
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192 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Gennaro's is located in an old Victorian house with multiple dining rooms. Our waitress was very good, pleasant and attentive. It was a Monday night in mid-May so it was not crowded. Pastas were very good. Street parking was easy.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We came here to celebrate my son's graduation tonight after getting great recommendation from my son and other reviews in Yelp. The service was completely disappointing. I find this place very unethical. Despite people's review that there is no corkage fee for the first bottle of wine, they insisted to charge us $15 for corkage fee. Some of the breads... More 

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MarrgoR, Owner at Gennaro's Grill & Garden, responded to this review

We are disappointed by your comments when we know you were treated very well. Your party of 13 was seated in a private room and almost every adult commented, “Oh, this is so nice.” For your information, we have always had a corkage fee but at times Gennaro offers a special and waives the fee. Had you asked when you... More 

Nipomo, California
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Gennaro is often there to greet you with his charming smile. He's created the receipes that make you smile as well. Open for lunch and dinner... you won't feel crowded and have the opportunity to sit in any one of a number of rooms in this quite old Victorian home. A great place to go before the theatre (Performing Arts... More 

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MarrgoR, Owner at Gennaro's Grill & Garden, responded to this review

We want to thank you profusely for your generous comments. They were deeply appreciated. We are also truly delighted you enjoyed your evening. Hope to see you see again soon. Best regards. Gennaro More 

Sacramento, California
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105 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Warm greeting and friendly servers were a plus, but those were the only positive notes. My wife and I both did not like our entrees. Her linguine and chicken had no character -- just bland. At this price point Olive Garden shouldn't be more flavorful. My more expensive osso bucco-style lamb shank was so overpowered by the sauce it tasted... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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126 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

I have to admit, It took me awhile to warm up to this place. It felt a little unwelcoming at first but the food was undeniably good. The Italian charm soon followed. All in all, I left with a good feeling and a happy tummy.

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MarrgoR, Owner at Gennaro's Grill & Garden, responded to this review

We want to thank you profusely for your generous comments. They were deeply appreciated. We are also truly delighted you enjoyed your evening. Hope to see you see again soon. Best regards. Gennaro More 

Pismo Beach, California
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

How many restaurant owners do you know who personally meet you on arrival? Today, we know few--Genarro being the one who always does. He is the epitome of a perfect host--friendly and warm without being fawning, knowledgeable; perhaps best of all someone who goes out of his way to meet your desires. We knew Gennaro's many years ago, but it... More 

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Las Vegas, NV
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

My daughter and I recently had an unexpected stop in San Luis Obispo. We looked for a new and unique restaurant and decided to try Gennaro's. What a delight! It's located in an old Victorian house (that can be hard to find on a dark quiet night!) and we found great service and good food. Their menu changes often and... More 

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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The setting is perfect. A beautiful period home, with a variety of dining locations from the porch, outside deck, living room, dining room and hidden nooks. The food is wonderful Italian. Generro, the owner, previously had a highly regarded Italian restaurant in Glendale. I love his fresh fish, always try one of his amazingly tasty soups, his pasta dishes demand... More 

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Additional Information about Gennaro's Grill & Garden

Address: 450 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3823
Phone Number: 18057829999
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $12 to $35
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 450 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3823
    (Carmel & Beach)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: 18057829999

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $12 to $35
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Gennaro’s Grill & Garden is located in a delightful Old Victorian setting. The cuisine is classic Northern Italian with a Continental flair that includes fresh seafood and vegetarian dishes. All our pastas are homemade, and our breads and desserts are prepared in our kitchen daily. A delightful environment where the food is robust, authentically classic, and alive with fresh taste. Whatever the occasion, Gennaro’s Grill & Garden is the place!
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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