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Gennaro's Grill and Garden

450 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3823
805-782-9999
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Ranked #27 of 258 Restaurants in San Luis Obispo
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Price range: $12 - $35
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Carmel & Beach
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!
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Houston
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56 reviews 56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Gennaro's is a nice place in an old house on Obispo's main drag. The service was attentive, and the food was quite good.

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4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Not that big of a menu, but all very good!. I tried the penne pasta with salmon. Only thing I missed were some vegetables. My partner took the grilled plate of seafood and fish, he received some extra vegetables but no pasta/potatoes or rice. Very close to our motel Avenue Inn, two blocks from downtown.

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Redondo Beach, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Loved how they used the individual rooms for dining. They had a full bar but you couldn't be at the bar itself since the dining area took up the entire room. Food was excellent. Lot's of homemade pastas. I had the Linguini ai Frutti Di Mare. Lots of seafood in a light tomato sauce. Service was great. Menu seems to... More

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Los Osos, California
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117 reviews 117 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Had lunch today with friends and was extremely satisfied with this establishment. We three all selected different entrees, Caesar chicken salad, Caesar salmon salad and a Cubano. We were all pleased. The owners did come to our table and we were provided with the history of this charming 1904 home and with their experiences in the restaurant industry. Our waiter... More

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Los Osos, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The friendly owner has been present the last two times I've been there, once for lunch and once for dinner. Both meals were good tasting and reasonably priced. The service was good and the restaurant was elegant but comfortable. There were healthy dishes and nice wine choices. And there is free parking in back. It's easy to forget this restaurant... More

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North Vancouver, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Great gnocchi for $6! Veggie dish and seafood salad were equally delicious. Happy hour wine was of surprisingly good quality. We're planning to return for dinner.

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San Luis Obispo
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This was arguably the best Italian meal we've had in San Luis. Seafood pasta, rich in scallops, light red sauce for my wife with a pinot grigio. I had a mezzaluna chicken/ham filled pasta in cream sauce with spinach salad. Our shared panna cotta was without doubt the best either of us have ever experienced. Parking is limited behind the... More

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Biella
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Some people suggested us Gennaro's as the best California's restaurant. I went in this restaurant two weeks ago with my husband. The restaurant is in nice location, tables well dressed, good service. We had as starter a nice salad and as main course grilled fish. We had three different kind of fish, but not all was fresh, and we had... More

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Altadena, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Each time we visit San Luis Obispo we look forward to an evening at Gennaro's. We are usually a party of 8-10 people. Our waiter has been attentive but not over-bearing. We have always had an excellent meal. It is a wonderful restaurant, a small house with a big heart.

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Buena Park, California
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161 reviews 161 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

I visited on a Wednesday for lunch and was seated by Gennaro himself. Even though cioppino and osso bucco were not on the lunch menu, I was able to order those two dinner entrees along with the Cubano sandwich. I am a big fan of cioppino when it is done right, and it was! Lobster tail, mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari,... More

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

Dear Matthew J: Gennnaro and I want to thank you for your very kind review of Gennaro's Grill & Garden. We are delighted you enjoyed the food, the ambiance and the service; your comment that we are an "awesome Italian restaurant" was particularly flattering. Gennaro is a perfectionist in every aspect of being a restauranteur so he was particularly pleased... More

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