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Osteria La Gensola

#627 of 9,821 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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19:30 - 23:30
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I ate here after on our first night in Rome. A little traumatised after an airport transfer during which our driver compiled his own rules of the road and completed many tasks including checking emails, answering texts and adjusting his hair, a calm and nurturing dining experience was required to restore some order to our nervous systems.... More 

Thank Chris d
Level Contributor
25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant definitely catered to Italians and was a true find for a tourist in the lovely Trastevere district. Bookings are absolutely necessary and we saw people being turned away who did not have bookings. The food was truly lovely, we tasted a great regional wine from Lazio and the service was implacable. We would go back there at the... More 

Thank NiniMalone
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They have great appetizers, like the scallops with fresh tomatoes. The pastas are also good, and the apple crumble with cinnamon ice-cream...

Thank Marta R
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

The scallop appetizer, the caponata, the cacio e pepe, the fried artichokes, the white fish (sorry, I can't remember all the names of fish in Italian...), everything was executed to perfection. Maybe I hit them on a very good day, or maybe they are just overall amazing. In all cases, I will definitely be back. Service staff the typical friendly,... More 

Thank ItsAKumquat
World Wide
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed an excellent sea food lunch yesterday at this nice small restaurant based on a recommendation from a friend who lives in Rome. We loved the fried artichoke, boiled octopus with lime and seared monk fish. The wine recommendations were great and the service was excellent contrary to the many comments in this forum. I would highly recommend this... More 

Thank WorldWideWWTraveller
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

We were nicely welcomed, bur then more or less forgotten. But no problem, there were may guests coming in at the same time. A bit annoying to be the first to come and last to order of those who arrived within the same 10 minutes, and of course the only ones who did not get any attention or bread. Having... More 

Thank HenrikfromOslo
College Station
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108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

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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106 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

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 17 helpful votes
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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61 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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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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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, 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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Edgewater, New Jersey
Rome, Italy
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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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