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The Stinking Rose

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Chinatown
Italian, Pizza, Californian, Ice Cream
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325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907 (Broadway)
Muni Lines: 8BX, 45 and 41
415-781-7673
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Garlic rules at this world famous North Beach restaurant where dining is...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
If you LOVE garlic....

...then this is THE PLACE for you! It is everything "garlic" done RIGHT! The garlic infused dishes are carefully prepared to enhance the garlic savoriness without overdoing it just for the sake of overdoing it. We were skeptical of the 'garlic ice cream' but on our waiter's advice, agreed to have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Linda G
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

...then this is THE PLACE for you! It is everything "garlic" done RIGHT! The garlic infused dishes are carefully prepared to enhance the garlic savoriness without overdoing it just for the sake of overdoing it. We were skeptical of the 'garlic ice cream' but on our waiter's advice, agreed to have a dish to share. OMG! The garlic and sea... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were told to try this place by friends during our san fran trip, My wife LOVES garlic and was very excited to try out this amazing resturant. We enjoyed the bread and garlic pesto starter, although the pesto was somewhat bland, adding balsamic to it helped bring out the flavor, and we ordered the portobello mushroom... More 

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

We're sorry to hear we let you down, Leslie! That's just not okay with us. Next time, please let us know if you find something flavorless! Seriously, we will fix it in a heartbeat. Sincerely, Frank Reyes More 

New York
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76 reviews 76 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

It's been a long time since I've been to The Stinking Rose so I was pleasantly surprised how yummy it still was! For appetizers, we had a grilled shrimp and garlic which was very tasty and a garlic florentine fountine fondue, very rich and a bit salty. The 40 clove chicken entree was tender and well seasoned and served with... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I'm obsessed with garlic, so I eat here every once in a while. I went with my friends last time...Good service, good food and good decoration :)

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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Garlic is the name of the game here, and they DO know how to use it. Interesting place to go for a date, but we're huge fans. From perfectly roasted cloves to spread on your bread to the reasonably priced wines, it's a fun spot that everyone should experience at some time or another.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Saw this place whilst walking through North Beach and it looked unusual. Booked in and loved it. They add heaps of garlic to all their dishes, which include seafood, pizza, pasta and meat and plenty for veggies too. The signature dish of several garlic cloves in olive oil and anchovy with fresh bread rolls was delish!

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Florence, South Carolina, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This place has all things garlic! I could have eaten the roasted garlic and bread for dinner but I ordered the braised short ribs too everything was excellent.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Unfortunately this place is overrated, service seriously needs help. Food not horrible, not fabulous. Won't Do it again

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

Hate to see that you were underwhelmed with us, Aurora. Poor service isn't what we're about, so if you'd ever like to reach out directly with more details about your visit, I'd be very happy to follow up with specific staff members. Appreciate the review and feedback -- please know that your concerns have been heard! Sincerely, Frank Reyes More 

Santa Barbara, California
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127 reviews 127 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

As the name implies this is the place to go if you like garlic. The entire menu is devoted to dishes based on garlic and you can have garlic appetizers, garlic main dishes, garlic infused dessert - just about anything you can think of for garlic based dishes from around the world.

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205 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

That's why they call it the stinking rose. I love the interior with private tables and drapes around them. Excellent menu with all things garlic... even ice cream. Can get to be a little pricey, so know that in advance.

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

I'm thrilled to know what a fan you are of our pungent provisions, Richard! It's great that you love the ambiance of our place as well. I'm glad you're a fan even though it's a bit pricey at times. We think the stuff we're serving's worth its weight in gold. Thanks for mentioning it! Hope to see you soon. Sincerely,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
    (Broadway)
  • Public Transportation: Muni Lines: 8BX, 45 and 41
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 415-781-7673

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Californian, Ice Cream

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups

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!
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

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