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The Stinking Rose

325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
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Ranked #368 of 5,014 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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London, England, United Kingdom
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159 reviews 159 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 NEW

Recommended rightly by lots of guides this is bang in the middle of SF's Tracey North Shore, the Soho of the west coast!! It's a huge restaurant with an open area and a row of slightly weird private booths at the back. Service is very good and the food is, well, garlicky! Nicely cooked tasty meats and seafood but every... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Had a salad and arugula pesto pasta dish, which was delicious. The service was a little lacking, but they were friendly and nice.

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Rocklin, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Gave this place a shot based on reviews. Overall I wasn't really impressed. We went for lunch on a Saturday. Much to my surprise the place was empty. They gave us a small table by a window which was nice. However, shortly after we sat another group of four came in and they crammed them in the table right behind... More 

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

Meh is far from okay in our book, Andrew. Next time, let us know if your pasta and pizza don't blow you away. We'd be more than happy to find something you do love! Sincerely, Frank Reyes More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I enjoy going hear now and then, the service is good, food is good and the place have a nice atmosphere. prices are been pop up a bit and are at the limit of value for money. house wine not recommended as you can get a more decent bottle of wine from the menu for perhaps same or less price.... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I love garlic. While it may seem like a gimmick, you get a god meal in a pub like setting. It gets a crowd as it is a tourist destination, but with reservations, the wait is short.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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84 reviews 84 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Don't go here if you are not ready for GARLIC!!! If you are ready for GARLIC!!! you are going to love this place. We went with a group of seven for a very filling and leisurely lunch. Everyone found their food delicious, and the server was very friendly and helpful. We shared one of the seafood platter things as an... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

So obviously you have to love garlic ... but in all honesty it's not so overpowering as one may think because the chefs know how to properly prepare food and - more importantly - how to avoid making everything taste like garlic! Flavors are delicious, atmosphere is fun and quirky and the staff is just plain old nice! Great place!... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Had the opportunity to eat at the Stinking Rose last month with my husband and two good friends of ours. The place was super busy, which was fine since we had a reservation but the room was sat in was so hot! The temp in that room must have been close to 90 degrees so first sitting down wasn't fun.... More 

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

Happy to hear you enjoyed the ice cream and tiramisu, Becki. Also, next time if you're hot, let us know! We'd always love to fix things in the moment. Sincerely, Frank Reyes More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

hopefully you won't have a business meeting right after eating here because you will oozing garlic out of every pore by the time you are done. But oh so worth it. 40 clove garlic chicken. Wonderful seafood. Pork chops to die for. Warm friendly staff and good affordable food. Nice selection of other garlic products such as pickled garlic, garlic... More 

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16 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We had reservations for 9:00 for a party of 16 and arrived 45 minutes early as the walk Beach Blanket Babylon was shorter then we thought. The got us a table 15 minutes early. The drinks were honest, the food was great and the services was excellent.We will go back.

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Additional Information about The Stinking Rose

Address: 325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
Phone Number: 415-781-7673
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Californian, Ice Cream

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