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Gennaro's Grill & Garden

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$$ - $$$
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450 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3823 (Carmel & Beach)
+1 805-782-9999
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
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Sun 16:30 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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69 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The owner will greet you at the door and take you to your table. Located in an old house. The food and service was excellent. Nice selection of wines. My wife has pasta with seafood which she said was the best ever. Informal and casual yet upscale.

Thank jclaman
Santa Rosa, California
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Elegant, but not stuffy, dining in a lovely old home. Traditional dishes perfectly prepared and beautifully served. Steaks, local seafood, interesting salads and house-made pastas. Nice selection of well-made desserts and cappuccino after dinner. Tiny, but sweet little bar - good selection of scotch, wine. Perfect place for a small family event or business meeting, yet romantic for a couples... More 

Thank cjaorme
San Luis Obispo, California
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

San Luis Obispo has many fine Italian restaurants, but this is our favorite. The food is always delicious, offering a choice of Italian specialties as well as fresh fish and beef. Located in a stately old home outside the busy center of town, the atmosphere is quiet, dignified. You will be warmly greeted by Gennaro, the owner, and the service... More 

Thank Dianne D
Grover Beach, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I didn't even know this place existed! Can we talk about how adorable the building is? The owner greets you and the service is great. Icy cold water is much appreciated! Then the bread comes out. It should be illegal to give this bread away as a complimentary item. Seriously, the best bread I have had in America! The Cuban... More 

Thank Shmeekette
St. Croix
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Four of us visited Gennaro's for an Italian dinner on Saturday night. The restaurant is situated in a house broken into smaller rooms, which makes the setting more intimate. Two of us tried the Caesar salad--it was huge and perfect. Three of us tried different pasta dishes (stuffed half moon pasta with chicken and have, spinach stuffed ravioli and seafood... More 

Thank Hogwld
San Luis Obispo, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The food is excellent. Ambiance and service great. I have eaten there many times. Even though it is a higher class of place the service is good enough for an hour lunch.

Thank Chris L
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We stopped for lunch at Gennaro's in San Luis Obispo. There are no words to describe the meal! Fresh, delicious, mouthwatering! I had the seafood pasta with a white wine sauce...with fresh, homemade pasta, bay scallops, calamari, clams, shrimp, poached salmon, shark! Wow...light and perfect. My husband had the sautéed chicken with fresh vegetables...lets just say that the plate was... More 

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MarrgoR, Owner at Gennaro's Grill & Garden, responded to this review

"Fantastico!" Such a beautiful adjective, and one that brings a smile to Gennaro's and my face. RitaFan, thank you so very much for your kind, and very descriptive review. We are delighted you enjoyed your luncheon, and that you visited our Old Victorian. We look forward to your return. Ciao e gracie! More 

Los Angeles, California
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144 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

We stumbled on this place. What a find! Fantastic Italian fare, nice wine selection & excellent service. We highly recommend it.

Thank tedandbarbfromla
MarrgoR, Owner at Gennaro's Grill & Garden, responded to this review

Gennaro and I want to thank you for "stumbling" on our restaurant, and for your wonderful "Marvelous" comment. It was music to our ears! Thank you also for taking the time to make this lovely comment. More 

Los Osos, California
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48 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

House made pastas are tender and perfectly cooked. Menu items are a little bit creative but not at all tortured. The pumpkin ravioli with chopped tomato sauce special was bliss: the chef used amazing produce and made it taste even better. Seafood linguine had lovely bits of swordfish, cooked just enough. Fresh garlic on the garlic toasts. Grilled chicken breast... More 

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MarrgoR, Owner at Gennaro's Grill & Garden, responded to this review

Dear Picky-daughter-in-law! Gennaro and I really appreciate your kind, and very specific comments about your experience at our restaurant. You seem to be a Connoisseur of fine cuisine, and we are delighted you enjoyed your evening with us. For your information, the "Old Victorian" was built in 1904. Regards. More 

Los Angeles
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

During a getaway in nearby Avila Beach we had dinner one night at Gennaro's and liked it so much that we came back again. The evenings were a bit too chilly at this time of year to enjoy the patio, but inside was warm and cozy, with table linens and artistic oil lamps on each table to make it feel... More 

MarrgoR, Owner at Gennaro's Grill & Garden, responded to this review

I’m delighted you were able to enjoy a getaway in Avila Beach, and stopped by our restaurant to savor some authentic Italian cuisine. Thank you for returning a second time – WOW! Gennaro and I appreciate your kind comments, and hope you will come back the next time you visit the San Luis Obispo area. Gennaro & Marrgo More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 450 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3823
    (Carmel & Beach)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-782-9999
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?