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“Best Osso Bucco I've ever had!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gennaro's Grill & Garden

Gennaro's Grill & Garden
Ranked #23 of 301 Restaurants in San Luis Obispo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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!
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91 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Best Osso Bucco I've ever had!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

This was a real treat. My husband had rabbit, daughter had chicken breast. All were really good but the Osso Bucco was outstanding. A charming old house, beautifully decorated. Service was excellent

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank drinkmilkCa
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
San Luis Obispo, CA
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“3 hours just to eat dinner!!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

Last night 6 of us went out to dinner and we wanted to try something new, we chose this place as we had seen the great reviews, so we made reservations for 7pm. It took them about 30 min to bring us the bottles of wine we ordered, we never got any bread as they had run out (who has ever heard of an Italian restaurant running out of bread - for heaven sake there is always pizza dough they could throw in the oven as small rolls or a larger flat bread), the first time they wanted to take our order we were not quite ready, however, it was 40 minutes before anyone came back to take the order. While we were waiting for the food, we ordered another 2 bottles of wine and that took about 20-30 minutes before they came back with them. At this point they changed servers and the gentleman who then took over was great but after 2 hours of miserable service it was a bit late as our impressions of the place were already tainted. A little after 9pm we finally started receiving our food. The food was fantastic and luckily it was hot. In the other half of the restaurant there was a wedding reception going on, but if they knew the staff would be stretched that night they should have just closed off taking reservations (our's were made 3 hours ahead) so that they could avoid irritated customers as we also saw people leaving before their meals arrived. Fortunately here in San Luis Obispo we have several fantastic Italian restaurants where we have always received great service, so we will not have to come back here.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Lois S
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Santa Clarita, California, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best lasagna ever!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012 via mobile

This was my first visit and the food was so delicious. The owner came to our table and made sure we were happy with what we ordered. The service was great and what a wonderful atmosphere. Love this restaurant and can't wait to return. The price was not bad either.

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2 Thank jackie0113
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Reno, Nevada
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great place to go in SLO”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

Wanted to try a new place in San Luis Obispo and my sister and I were not disappointed. Had a wonderful experience in food, atmosphere and service! Well make this my first destination for dinner when I come back....

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Thank MOMBO3
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best tiramisu ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

Pasta & Pizza were excellent, tiramisu was wonderful. We will definitely return on our next trip.

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Thank Dfnelson
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