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“Love Italian and this is the best!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gennaro's Trattoria

Gennaro's Trattoria
10018 Startz Road, Canyon Lake, TX 78133
+1 830-899-2800
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Ranked #1 of 50 Restaurants in Canyon Lake
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Family owned and operated, Gennaro's Trattoria serves authentic Italian cuisine, originating from Naples, Italy, made from fresh ingredients. Gennaro's Trattoria's motto is "che mangia bene, vive bene" or, "who eats well, lives well." We invite you to enjoy and enrich your life by dining with us.
Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Love Italian and this is the best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

From the start, this place was special! When you walk into a restaurant and ask someone who is just leaving how the food was, and they respond with groans of sheer delight, you know you're walking into the right place. The appearance and ambiance matched the impression I was just given. It wasn't long after being seated that we were served the most delicious bread and olive oil with herbs (Italian butter) that one could imagine. We love Italian, so we're not as easily impressed; however, we were never disappointed during our visit.

The Insalata Italiano salad was huge, easily enough for two and absolutely delicious. Compared to an absolutely superb Italian salad I had in Europe, this was by far the best. The Napoli pizza was to die for. The crust was firm and yet melted in your mouth while the ingredients left your taste buds dazzled. We can't say enough of our experience. It was so good that we have one more night in Canyon Lake, and we've already made reservations at Gennaro's.

  • Visited July 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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English first
Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Very Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012 via mobile

You're in Texas but the atmosphere & food is pure Italian. Exceptional atmospher, service & food.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
“Nice surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

Great service and delicious food for a reasonable price. It offered everthiing from pasta to steak and seafood. The atmosphere was casual, yet elegant. It was nice to see a restaurant like this one in the Hill Country.

Visited May 2012
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Spring Branch, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Authentic Tuscan Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

The location has held many restaurants over the years but none to compare to Gennaro's. The food is of excellent quality & good portion size for the money. We have been three times over the last 2 months & with the exception of a long wait without a reservation, it has been wonderful. The food has been delicious every time. The Pizza is the best I've ever had here & up to par with the pizza in Italy. You can have dinner off the appetizer menu & be perfectly happy.They also have some very good wines by the glass. I hope they have a very long run in this location & keep up with the high standards they have set for themselves.

Visited May 2012
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New Braunfels, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Other local restaurant operators take note....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

As indicated below, Gennaro's has reached new highs for Canyon Lake and is comparable or better than other good restaurants in the San Antonio/New Braunfels area. If you live out here it's a godsend as most "Lake" restaurant operators don't seem to realize that quality of food and service sell and sell well. Certainly Gennaro's knows how to prepare excellent meals, fresh breads, superb pizza and other Italian fare.

What is really different is that Gennaro's was able to take local servers and train them to be excellent. Every other place in Canyon Lake fails to accomplish this critical step, resulting in disappointed customers who usually don't come back again.

Most likely the operators don't know how to deliver good service themselves much less train someone. Then the "other" owners complain about the "economy", the "river flow" or who knows what rather than realizing hundreds of people are driving by their place to go to New Braunfels for dinner.

So here is Gennaro's in an old recycled building (looking new again) and probably needing twice the space to accommodate the demand. One improvement: open on Monday and Tuesday please.

  • Visited May 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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