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Gennaro's Italian Ristorante

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8500 Dorchester Rd, Charleston, SC 29420-7301
+1 843-760-9875
16:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Wed 16:00 - 22:30
Thu - Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

With the praise from others and reviews we expected something else. Wasn't what we thought. The atmosphere was nice but a bit too dark and some of it made us think it was unclean with flies and dust in the light fixtures and paintings but we try to give places a chance.My husband dinner was drowned in sauce where he... More 

Thank Darcy S
Parrish, Florida
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went in party of 8. We were guinea pigs for a new waiter and the trainer did not stand by her leaving her to 'fend' for herself and she couldn't keep up. We waited for 15 minutes for someone to acknowledge us at the table to begin with. The newbee and the trainer came over, with trainer saying she was... More 

Thank 302jerseygirl
Gennaros R, Owner at Gennaro's Italian Ristorante, responded to this review

I would like to apologize for your lousy service. It really wasn't busy , so there is no excuse. the trainer should have been waiting on you. I would like to offer you a gift certificate . Please give me a call at 7609875 and ask for Mr Gennaro. More 

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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Wife and I came here for a date nite.1st time here we both had the chicken Bolognese and fettuccine Alfredo on the side and it was amazing I couldn't ask better meal worth every penny and the staff seemed to be very nice and our waitress was awesome we will defentley be back

Thank Eric X
Summerville, South Carolina
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65 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Italian food of good quality made the old fashioned way. Plentiful in that no one leaves hungry and there is take home for the extras. Service is good and the price not too expensive. Ambience is lacking in darkened quarters in cinder block building. Ample parking in front.

Thank Arnold R
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This restaurant doesn't look like much from the road - you might not have noticed it. But it is definitely worth a stop. It is an old school Italian restaurant with delicious, authentic food. We had the crab cake appetizer and it was so good and a different take on a crab cake. I had the lasagna and my husband... More 

Thank Kate J
Cypress, California, United States
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Wonderful food and excellent service. Spur of the moment restaurant selection turn into one of the best Italian meals we've had. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank KellyKleveSantos
Seattle, Washington
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52 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

After dining at several upper end restaurants in Charleston, my friend and I dropped in here on a Tuesday evening for their veal night. My veal scallopini was fork tender in it's tomato, onion, mushroom, pepper sauce, but not surprising as we could hear them pounding in the kitchen. I chose "veal scallopini" over masala or other sauces, because it... More 

Thank Rollingbay
North Charleston, South Carolina
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I have traveled to Italy and New York and I have to say it's refreshing to have an authentic Italian Restaurant in North Charleston. This is a special family owned place, not a chain outfit with prepackaged meals. We made reservations on Saturday via Trip Advisor and when we arrived there was no wait. The appetizers, bread, wine and main... More 

Thank GregoryDee
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Ridiculous! We ordered a pizza with pepperoni and meatballs. We received a pepperoni and mushrooms pizza. Even the second pizza still had some mushrooms on it.

Thank Scott S
gennarosinc, Owner at Gennaro's Italian Ristorante, responded to this review

No excuse please let me make it up to you.thank you michael gennaro 843 8702219 More 

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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We had reservations. Could be romantic if not sitting by a large table of Children. Old NY style which we appreciate, authentic flavor. It was a little pricey for North Charleston & not being Downtown. We would probably go to Fultons downtown next time because they are closer. Food was very tasty, but my lasagna was very mushy, although sauce... More 

Thank joyscoupons

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
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, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:30
16:00 - 22:30
16:00 - 22:30
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?