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Gennaro's Grill & Garden

450 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3823
+1 805-782-9999
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“pasta” (12 reviews)
“fresh fish” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
450 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3823
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

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...More

Thank eduardocali
Reviewed 12 April 2017

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....More

Thank Jerry M
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
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...More

Thank traveljim70
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,...More

Thank SanFranciscoSheba
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
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...More

Thank Gene H
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...More

Thank jclaman
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....More

Thank cjaorme
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...More

Thank Dianne D
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What is the dress code for this restaurant?
14 February 2016|
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Response from M K | Reviewed this property |
As casual or dressy as you would like. We've been there in shorts and flip flops, and also for more formal occasions like anniversaries, and birthdays, with a coat and or tie, and been just as welcome. Genera and staff... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
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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