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Geno's Italian Restaurant

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705 N 8th St, Monroe, LA 71201-6357
318-325-5098
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 9
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  • 6
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Can't say enough good

This place is the best secret in Monroe. I went twice while in Monroe. Great lasagna and Alfredo. Everything is fresh and may take a few extra minutes for service. Well worth the wait! This place is off the beaten path a little but worth the travel.

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 15, 2015
Miles M
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Tyler, Texas
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Tyler, Texas
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

This place is the best secret in Monroe. I went twice while in Monroe. Great lasagna and Alfredo. Everything is fresh and may take a few extra minutes for service. Well worth the wait! This place is off the beaten path a little but worth the travel.

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Monroe, Louisiana
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324 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

There is something to be said about tradition. Geno's is not glamorous, but my wife and I do not go for glamor. We go for good friends, for old familiar recipes and a reminder of simpler times. We also go for the food and great Italian desserts. Recently, we paid a return trip and ordered caponata as an appetizer (a... More 

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Thank jrsmith8
Atlanta, Georgia
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Upon arrival, we were seated promptly, which is about the best thing I can say about this place. The high ratings confound me. The inside smells musty, and is very old fashioned. Some may call it quaint, but someone needs to dust this place. At first, a little concerned as there was only one table occupied inside, none outside. That... More 

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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 via mobile

We love eating here so much we decided to eat here once a month. We are into our second year of monthly visits. I can't stop ordering the Lasagna. It is delicious. Our service has always been excellent. Red use to take care of us, but now it's Chad. We have no complaints. If the weather is good, make sure... More 

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Thank TLR200
Louisiana
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548 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Geno's is by far our favorite Italian restaurant. A small quaint restaurant with homemade family recipe that has been passed down through generations. My favorite is spaghetti with meat sauce while my wife's is minestrone soup or the chef's salad. The food is excellent with very good service. If you like Italian food, then you need to try Geno's Italian... More 

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West Monroe, Louisiana
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Geno's is a cozy little "hole in the wall" restaurant (and I mean that is the very best way) with awesome Italian food!! It has a real authentic Italian feeling when you enter the courtyard! Great for a romantic dinner or just an evening out with friends!! A must when in Monroe, Louisiana!!

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tomhogfan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

This is my wife's favorite restaurant. It's a cozy little family-owned place that's been around for decades. We have probably eaten here more than any other restaurant in Monroe. The lighting inside is very low with candles lit to make it romantic for couples. It's not really a place to bring the kiddos, but I have seen kids eat there... More 

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Monroe, Louisiana
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191 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

My wife and I dined at Geno's in September. Many times we have been to this quaint little Italian restaurant, and the very unique food keeps drawing us back. This time I tried the lasagna and Italian salad with spumoni ice cream for dessert. My wife had her favorite, spaghetti and meat sauce with a salad and a cannoli for... More 

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Thank jrsmith8
Mokena, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Every time I come home to Monroe - West Monroe, one of the very first stops we make is to Geno's Italian Restaurant. Cannot be more Italian than Phyllis Jean and her brother. aggettivo delizioso, only way to describe the food. the service is second to none. Hope it can stay open forever. We Love it, we love it.

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Galveston Island, Texas
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320 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

This is my favorite italian food in the world. (And I mean it.) A trip to Monroe would not be complete without a meal at Genos. Geno himself is long gone but his children Phylis and Frank have done a wonderful job for over 2 decades. Sit outside if the weather permits. Lasagna recipe is a family secret and is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 705 N 8th St, Monroe, LA 71201-6357
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Monroe
  • Phone Number: 318-325-5098

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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