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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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Visalia, Ca
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I like the ambiance of the place. The food was decent, but the service was lacking. I'm not sure if they had more people than expected on a Tuesday night, but our service was not great. The owner had to step in and help out with the service. Our first waiter took a while to come back to us after... More 

Thank eduardocali
Charlotte, North Carolina
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110 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four of us had dinner here last night and found it to be a very nice experience, with excellent food and personalized service. As other reviews have mentioned the owner, Gennaro, personally greets you at the door and takes your orders. A couple of caveats. He has a dry sense of humor and it takes a moment or two to... More 

Thank Jerry M
Los Angeles, California
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157 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We had a wonderful, quiet dinner here in one of the several rooms of this old cottage which has been converted to a restaurant. The service was excellent as was the food.

Thank psychjudy
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Dined at Gennaro's last night and reflected upon our many past experiences - over the years, never a complaint about the wonderful food and friendly, experienced service. This is a rare example of quality in the ever-changing restaurant business. Gennaro has owned restaurants for many years (previous A-one quality restaurant in Glendale CA) and is always on hand to answer... More 

Thank traveljim70
San Francisco
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

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 

Thank SanFranciscoSheba
Yorba Linda, California, United States
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

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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238 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

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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68 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
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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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 

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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, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, 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?