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“Best Italian Food Around” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gennaro's Italian Ristorante

Gennaro's Italian Ristorante
8500 Dorchester Rd, Charleston, SC 29420-7301
+1 843-760-9875
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Ranked #173 of 716 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Prospect
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Italian Food Around”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

I recently revisited Gennaro's Italian Restaurant after being away for 3 years. What a way to spend a rainy Monday evening! Everything about the food at Gennaro's was as I remembered it. The selection, presentation, quanity and most of all flavor, was beyond expectation. Monday night is veal night with all veal dishes costing $16, including a salad and crusty Italian bread with wonderful garlic infused olive oil. Six of the nine people at my table had one of five selections of veal and all of us loved our selection. The next time I'm back in this area, the first restaurant I will visit will be Gennaro's.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Masonville, CO
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107 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Gennaro's Is A 5 Star Italian Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

I went with friends to Gennaro's for dinner last week and it couldn't have been better. You know the minute you walk in as the wonderful fragrance of their homemade sauce wafts through the air. Fresh baked crusty Italian bread is served right away with garlic infused olive oil for dipping, a serious clue of authenticity right out of the gate. My friends had pasta and lasagne, which I also tasted - outstanding and well above what most restaurants serve up. I had something I've never seen on any menu - whole grain Pasta Primavera with fresh vegetables lightly sauteed in olive oll and garlic. It was fabulous!

  • Visited September 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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Charleston, South Carolina
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124 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“REAL & EXCELLENT ITALIAN FOOD.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

I have eaten at restaurants all over the world. This restaurant is authentic italian food. The prices are good and they give you so much food you have trouble finishing it all. Try their veal parmegian and have a cannoli for dessert. Have eaten here many, many times!!!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, South Carolina
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“For an authentic Italian meal, look no further!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Gennaro's isn't much to look at from the outside, but don't let that steer you away. If you're looking for an authentic Italian meal with a great atmosphere, this is your place. The service is always wonderful, and the food is always excellent (and the portions are HUGE -- no one goes away hungry!). One of my favorite dishes is the veal Parmesan.

Don't miss live Jazz on Thursday nights -- one of the owners is part of the group!

I have been to Gennaro's on "dates" as well as with family and friends, and I have had an enjoyable experience each time. Highly, highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Goose Creek, South Carolina
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123 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

My wife and family have enjoyed this family owned restaurant since 1990's. Start off with the Bam Bam shrimp and then dive into the Special Tuna piccata or the menu item Chicken Bolognese. If you have room for dessert enjoy the turamisu. My wife and I normally split the items ordered since they are so tasty. Make reservations!

  • Visited July 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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