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Gennaro's Italian Ristorante

8500 Dorchester Rd, Charleston, SC 29420-7301
+1 843-760-9875
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“veal” (20 reviews)
“salad” (13 reviews)
“tiramisu” (5 reviews)
Open Now
4:00 pm - 11:00 pmAll hours
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
8500 Dorchester Rd, Charleston, SC 29420-7301
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found this restaurant to be understated as far as ambiance and decor but they put their effort into fine food and reasonable prices. Had the Italian salad and the seafood bowl with linguine. Both very good.

Thank deadlegsone
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've visited Gennaros a year ago the food was amazing! I went out with my bestie and my seafood fettuccine was disgusting. I only took a few bites and asked for a to go box for $25 I should have went elsewhere. I will not...More

Thank deloresw461
Gennaros R, Owner at Gennaro's Italian Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I am so sorry for your bad experience and would appreciate the opportunity to change your opinion of us. I would hope you would give us another chance specifically because you have, to quote had "amazing" food with us. Same chefs and same owners that...More

Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

Oh what a night. Excellent food, service, and ambience with a live live jazz band in the background. The food was outstanding but the music was so good, it made you want to getup to dance. (The food won). The band is only on Thursday,...More

Thank Dennis N
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Entered the restaurant and was seated right away. Our waitress was pleasant and knowledgeable. We ordered their special for restaurant week. It consisted of an appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert. The calamari appetizer was outstanding (cut and breaded in house). The salad was fine. The...More

Thank Beth S
Reviewed 14 December 2017

We were pleased to eat here again after some months and especially to find that standards continue to be upheld. It has a cosy atmosphere and attentive and friendly staff. Most importantly the food is universally good. Serving of tiramisu perhaps somewhat smaller than previous...More

Thank Aughlin
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Our server named "Birdie" was friendly and was nice enough to bring us a taste of 2 wines to help us choose. When she was describing a special of the night she listed one ingredient as "gas balls". When asked what that was, she said...More

3  Thank travelingexpert
Gennaros R, Manager at Gennaro's Italian Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

I am so very sorry for the lack of professionalism displayed by our staff. I can't even begin to tell you how embarrassing this is. We are a family who works very hard to uphold a reputation of integrity and consistency. We have been serving...More

Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

During a stay in Folly Beach, we decided to find an Italian restaurant instead of eating seafood. We found Gennaro's and absolutely loved it! We enjoyed the atmosphere, we loved the waiter Dalton, the owner was interesting and the food was delicious!

Thank Sue J
Reviewed 27 September 2017

We'd been away from Gennaro's far too long and decided to return when we had an out-of-town relative visiting. We always enjoy everything about this restaurant. It's very much like the restaurants we grew up enjoying in the northeast - comfortable, friendly, prompt but unobtrusive...More

1  Thank Fred M
Reviewed 29 August 2017

I was in town for business and asked a local what he recommended. I was pleasantly surprised to arrive and enjoy their live band playing. They played quite a variety of music genres. The food was good. I had the shrimp and pasta. Be sure...More

Thank LeapingL123
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Nice surprise. I like the quiet and dark ambience for a change. No screaming kids. We ordered the eggplant parmigiana, which was top notch, and the chicken bolognese. It is one of their popular dishes but I didn't like it, but there are plenty of...More

Thank kimpayne61
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Response from jennifer m | Reviewed this property |
I feel if you give them notice they more than likely can accommodate your request.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 28
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
Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups
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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