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Gennaro's Grill & Garden

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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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San Francisco
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Gennaro's Grill & Garden restaurant was an experience that transported us to Northern Italy. The server, she was outstanding and truly welcoming. We ordered Linguine ai Frutti de Mare. The homemade linguini was incredible. Mixed into the pasta was an abundance of fresh salmon, steelhead, calms, calamari, cooked in a light lovely white sauce and toped with a beautiful jumbo... More 

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Yorba Linda, California, United States
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An old Victorian house turned into a really nice Italian spot. The owner, Gennaro, came to our table personally to see how we liked the meal, which was delicious. We went for the special, which was the beef tenderloins.

Thank Jeepie59
Los Osos, California
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216 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a big favorite during the summer for lunch on the Patio. The food and service is always outstanding. We had a chance for a lunch stop with the weather much cooler so were seated inside. We have tried most of the salads and sandwich's but not the Seafood Salad. It was spectacular and absolutely delicious. As usual the... More 

Thank Gene H
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69 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

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 November 2016

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 10 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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15 reviews
11 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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94 reviews
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 

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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
Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings
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?