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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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Summerville, South Carolina
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64 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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50 reviews
7 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
2 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
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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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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

My husband and I have eaten here many times. The part I love is walking through the front door and smelling the wonderful garlic aroma. Everything is always so good, from the mussels, chicken Parmesan, chicken bolonaise, to the bread. Very friendly servers. I highly recommend.

1 Thank Shirle C
Hershey, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

This food was outstanding, Beyond my expectations. The service by Ashley was spot on for our group. The chicken parmigiana and the chicken picatta was so good. On my next trip here, we will be going again. The desserts were enjoyable!

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Very good food and relaxing/romantic environment. We go at least once a month and it is delicious every time. Their Alfredo is the best I have had and the bread with dipping oil is delicious.

Thank pjslacker

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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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?