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The Stinking Rose

325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
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Ranked #352 of 4,944 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Californian, Ice Cream
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Broadway
Transit: Muni Lines: 8BX, 45 and 41
Description: Garlic rules at this world famous North Beach restaurant where dining is an experience for all the senses. Charming private dining areas with unique decor: hanging Chianti bottles, glowing candles, cozy booths and chandeliers. Tureens and sizzling skillets of seafood tantalize and thrill...follow your nose to The Stinking Rose!
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Las Vegas, Nevada
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

I'll never forget the prominent front of The Stinking Rose when I saw it for the first time in 2000. Almost 15 years later I actually stepped in. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT! As a kid, we used to tell a joke about a red dwarf in a black fairy tale. The Stinking Rose experience reminded me of that. The service was... More

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Columbus, Indiana
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The food was good, but not spectacular. It was overpriced for both the quality and quantity. Service was minimal - not bad, but minimal.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Every time we get to SF this restaurant is on our must do list. The decor is fun and funky. The food is really great - assuming you really like garlic. We do! Our favorites are the chicken and the pork chop.

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

or talk to anybody for a day, or try to wear those clothes again. The Stinking Rose has a motto: ' We Flavor Our Garlic with Food". And that is an understatement. And that's a great thing. Seriously, if you do not care for garlic, lots of garlic, go somewhere else. Otherwise, walk right in, sit right down and get... More

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San Mateo, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

By the name of the restaurant, I didn't have too much expectations going in. A friend suggested going there after a ball game, so why not give it a try. Took a look at the menu and seemed pretty decent. When we received our food, it blew my mind away. I ordered the Silence of the Lamb Shank and was... More

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Rugby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Wow.....loved everything about this place! The steak was out of this world. One of the best I have ever tasted. Loved the booths, what a lovely touch & very intimate.

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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I had to try this restaurant after reading reviews on Trip advisor. I'm glad I did, the Stinking Rose is a great experience. The restaurant is attractive from the outside and inside doesn't disappoint. As soon as we were seated we were brought bread with a garlic dip that was delicious. All the meals we tried were excellent; 40 clove... More

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Roseville, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

North Beach is the Little Italy of San Francisco and our go-to place to take visitors. The food is delicious...but make sure you like garlic. After ordering, walk around to see the garlic themed murals in the back and photos covering the walls. About the food...delicious rolls hit the table right away and pesto garlic in place of butter for... More

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Redwood City, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Our first visit here 2 years ago very good and last night was just ok. We ordered the house salad, steamed clams and the cheese pizza. The clams and salad were very good but the pizza was so doughy and did not have any good taste to it. Almost tasted as bad as frozen pizza from the market. The broth... More

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Gene M, Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

I'm very disappointed to hear our pizza let you down recently. It sounds like this was an off night for us. If you're ever dissatisfied with a dish, please alert your server. We'd certainly be happy to accommodate you in the moment. Sincerely, Frank Reyes More

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Not overpowered with garlic.Very popular restaurant..Quite crowded and the quests never stopped coming in..Delicious food and fun place to eat it..you can make your garlic taste as strong as you want..Excellent..Very enjoyable evening with friends..

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