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Osteria La Gensola

#661 of 9,646 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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Piazza della Gensola 15, 06 58332758 Rome, Italy
+39 06 581 6312
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:30
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College Station
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95 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Charming old seafood restaurant in Trastevere, the wait staff was nice and the place felt 200 years old. The food was good, but I have to say not great. No regrets eating there, but it just wasn't anything special.

Thank Mike B
Jacksonville, Florida
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98 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

La Gensola is in the hot spot neighborhood for foodies in Rome. It is across the River and in a small Piazza of the same name. So quaint and lovely inside. We had terrific service and the food was fantastic. Trastevere is not on the main path in Rome so you have to take a short cab ride but it... More 

Thank SC568
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

I can safely say this was one of my worst culinary experiences along with poor service. The waitress asked if I wanted any water so I ordered a bottle. No mention of wine or aperitif. Menu unceremoniously delivered. No wine list. I was surprised to see scallops and swordfish on the menu so I checked they were fresh. Surely they... More 

Thank Francetraveller24
Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
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59 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Though this place was highly recommended by an Italian colleague, we do not intend to ever visit again. We are sure it is not agreeable to see people entering your restaurant during a downpour, but basic professionalism will withhold you from showing so. Service, or lack of it, continued in the same vein: long wait for menu, long wait for... More 

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New York City, New York
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76 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

I found this restaurant in Trastevere from the Elizabeth Minchilli ap (a must have). Osteria La Gensola is one of her favorite restaurants in Trastevere. OK, our taxi driver got completely lost and we had to help him navigate. Once you find the restaurant, it's worth the complications. La Gensola specializes in seafood. The restaurant is simply decorated but very... More 

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Ibiza Town, Spain
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We had a correct tunna tartar to start, and then I had excellent spaguettis with shells and my partner had rigattoni carbonara, excellent too! Normal prices, nice location.

Thank catcmomo
Milan, Italy
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81 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The same owner, Claudio, has another restaurant near via Veneto which I prefer (it even has a separate smoking room). His lovely daughter works here. The food is seafood, high quality, very nice. Overall a good bet in Rome

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117 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We sat by the window and enjoyed a bottle of wine, salad, fish and pasta. it was lovely and reasonably priced just over $100 for 2.

Thank Liz C
San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Third visit to this restaurant and each visit gets better. Simple fresh seafood served with attentive service . Always more Italians then tourists in the dining room. If you don't know what to select from the menu let the waiter guide you and you cant go wrong

Thank aertola
St. John's, Canada
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127 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

This is a busy place, catering to locals and tourists alike. We arrived without a reservation, to the consternation on the host. It seemed that we were reluctantly shown to a less-than-desirable table ( right next to the door). Ignored for a little while, menus finally arrived. As the traffic quieted down, service got better. One of my courses never... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Piazza della Gensola 15, 06 58332758 Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Trastevere
  • Neighbourhood: Trastevere
  • Phone Number: +39 06 581 6312
Warm atmosphere in the heart of Trastevere with fantastic, well-presented food. Great place for authentic Italian dishes as it is mainly frequented by locals.

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Staying in Trastevere

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Trastevere ("beyond the Tiber") is like a faded postcard, a little worn around the edges but still charming. With its wide-open piazzas, meandering streets, weathered Renaissance buildings, and overgrown personality, it's become an irresistible mecca for visitors. Trastevere is an enclave of entertainment - a rotating set of street performers entertains almost every night, and unforgettable eateries and bars pepper its piazzas and side streets. For a trip to the past, visit the southern and western flanks of Trastevere for pockets of yesteryear, less traversed areas with a residual 1960s and 70s Roman vibe.
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