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Gennaro's Italian Ristorante

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8500 Dorchester Rd, Charleston, SC 29420-7301
+1 843-760-9875
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thu - Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've lived here in the Charleston area for about 9 years and have always passed by this location. Promising myself to try it out. On Apr 8 2017 me and my family decided to pass up Olive Garden and Carrabas in order to support a local business. We enter Gennaro 15 til 7pm was greeted and seated immediately. After about... More 

Thank Samuel F
Auburn, Alabama
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78 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

Hubbs and I 'popped in' here one wintry night recently because I was literally craving authentic Italian in my tummy. It did not disappoint- crowded venue, great cozy bar was hopping. We were seated in a quiet booth and the house wine was cheap $5 a glass and reasonably tasty. Hubbs does red, so of course I do white! (:... More 

Thank Khmergirl
Summerville, SC, United States
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2017 via mobile

We celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary with a GREAT dinner here. The food was perfect and the staff was nice full of smiles. The Alfredo shrimp and scallops was prepared perfectly and had great taste. Wife had the Blackened Grilled Salmon and it to was Awesome. Mathew our server did a Great job telling us the specials and accommodating us.... More 

Thank Stuart C
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

With the praise from others and reviews we expected something else. Wasn't what we thought. The atmosphere was nice but a bit too dark and some of it made us think it was unclean with flies and dust in the light fixtures and paintings but we try to give places a chance.My husband dinner was drowned in sauce where he... More 

Thank Darcy S
Parrish, Florida
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 3, 2017

Went in party of 8. We were guinea pigs for a new waiter and the trainer did not stand by her leaving her to 'fend' for herself and she couldn't keep up. We waited for 15 minutes for someone to acknowledge us at the table to begin with. The newbee and the trainer came over, with trainer saying she was... More 

Thank 302jerseygirl
Gennaros R, Owner at Gennaro's Italian Ristorante, responded to this review

I would like to apologize for your lousy service. It really wasn't busy , so there is no excuse. the trainer should have been waiting on you. I would like to offer you a gift certificate . Please give me a call at 7609875 and ask for Mr Gennaro. More 

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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2017 via mobile

Wife and I came here for a date nite.1st time here we both had the chicken Bolognese and fettuccine Alfredo on the side and it was amazing I couldn't ask better meal worth every penny and the staff seemed to be very nice and our waitress was awesome we will defentley be back

Thank Eric X
Summerville, South Carolina
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65 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed December 16, 2016

Italian food of good quality made the old fashioned way. Plentiful in that no one leaves hungry and there is take home for the extras. Service is good and the price not too expensive. Ambience is lacking in darkened quarters in cinder block building. Ample parking in front.

Thank Arnold R
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 6, 2016

This restaurant doesn't look like much from the road - you might not have noticed it. But it is definitely worth a stop. It is an old school Italian restaurant with delicious, authentic food. We had the crab cake appetizer and it was so good and a different take on a crab cake. I had the lasagna and my husband... More 

Thank Kate J
Cypress, California, United States
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful food and excellent service. Spur of the moment restaurant selection turn into one of the best Italian meals we've had. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank KellyKleveSantos
Seattle, Washington
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52 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

After dining at several upper end restaurants in Charleston, my friend and I dropped in here on a Tuesday evening for their veal night. My veal scallopini was fork tender in it's tomato, onion, mushroom, pepper sauce, but not surprising as we could hear them pounding in the kitchen. I chose "veal scallopini" over masala or other sauces, because it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8500 Dorchester Rd, Charleston, SC 29420-7301
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: +1 843-760-9875

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?