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“Absolute Perfection” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gennaro's Grill and Garden

Gennaro's Grill and Garden
450 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3823
805-782-9999
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Ranked #19 of 257 restaurants in San Luis Obispo
Price range: $12 - $35
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!
Central Coast California
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Absolute Perfection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Excellent food. Extensive menu and wine list. Perfect service. Beautiful old Victorian home. Every course was timed to appear at the table just a few minutes after the previous one had been cleared. Very friendly staff. We'll definitely be back.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Gennaro A wonderful Host”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Wonderful Host, Great food, Although a bit Pricey, But worth it, I strongly recommend you try their lamb dishes.

Visited December 2012
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San Luis Obispo, California
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Lovely Surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Had a quiet lunch here with a friend. Our first time, and we will be back soon. The lunch menu offered salads and sandwiches, but also there was a nice selection of hot dishes. My friend had their freshly ground lamb burger on a homemade roll. She thoroughly enjoyed it. I had a delicious pasta dish with sausage and peppers. It was obvious that our food was prepared with fresh ingredients and great care.
The owner came to our table and greeted us, and the wait staff took vey good care of us.
Gennaro's will now be on my short list for both lunch and dinner.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Grover Beach, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Great Food, Friendly Staff, Comfortable Space”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Friends introduced us to this restaurant. The owner met us and seated us by the fireplace. We started with a Cesar salad which was the best I've had in many many years. The entries were varied and all were delicious. Great seafood dishes well prepared with fresh ingredients and a nice presentation. I had the quail and risotto just to try something new and was impressed.
We will be back, hopefully soon!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Luis Obispo, California
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134 reviews 134 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Nice Service and Ambiance, Average Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We dined here recently as part of a fairly large party. The restaurant has a cozy atmosphere (converted old house) and the waiter was more than excellent. Carlos handled our group (14 people) better than any one I've ever seen. Everything was served at the same time and hot. Now for the food. I had the Caesar salad, overpriced for what you get and not very imaginative. Also the Spinach Lasagna which tasted very mushy and bland. My wife had the Cioppino which she rated as a little above average on her taste scale. The seafood was good and plentiful, the sauce however was somewhat soupy, and the bread was stacked in the sauce which of course made if very wet and soft. Others in our party raved about their dishes so all is not lost. I would give Gennaro's another visit and try something else on the menu

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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