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The Stinking Rose

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325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907 (Broadway)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Bend, Oregon, United States
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you REALLY like garlic than this is your place! Simple menu, but everything was garlicly delicious! Roasted garlic is best value on the menu if you don't drink. If you do, NO CORKAGE fees! We brought in our own bottle of prosecco and saved ourselves a good $35.

Thank Michelle D
Redwood Valley, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Though this place may be small and quaint it more than makes up for it in the food! Outstanding! Just make sure you get reservations as it is very busy and popular.

Thank Jason M
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

We're thrilled to see your glowing review, Jason! We love garlic. and we take a lot of pride in combining excellent flavor with unique recipes. It's truly a pleasure to see how happy you are with your experience with us. We appreciate the praise, Jason. We'd love to show you a similar experience again and again! We're looking forward to... More 

San Francisco, California
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30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you love garlic, than this is the place for you! Everything we had was absolutely divine! The garlic relish to go with their amazing bread was out of this world. This was my first time eating here and I will certainly be back!!!

Thank Davesfo1978
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

We're looking forward to your next visit, Dave! We're happy to see you enjoyed your first visit. There's still plenty left on the menu to try! We'd love to share another great experience! Until next time, we hope you have a nice day! More 

London, Canada
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166 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a fun evening we had visiting this restaurant for the first time. We were met by the host and taken to a booth that was private by the friendly staff. The rolls we started the meal with were to die for. My husband had the garlic gnocchi and I had the fettuccine with garlic sauce. The price is reasonable... More 

Thank Maureen S
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

This review is music to our ears, Maureen! We're thrilled to see you and your husband had a wonderful time with us. We're always looking to develop unique recipes with garlic. We're delighted to see you two enjoyed the Gnocchi and the fettuccine. We'd love to see you two back again, Maureen! We'd love for you guys to try our... More 

Westchester, New York
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was really good but I know I smell now. Glad my wife smells the same way. Had the garlic soaking in a hot tub great but think I ate enough for a party of 4 Had a flatbread. The bread was great!!! Bring mints:))))

Thank Scott K
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thank you for the glowing review, Scott! We're delighted to hear how much you and your wife enjoyed dining at The Stinking Rose! It's fantastic to know you thoroughly enjoyed our Bagna Calda and delicious bread. We look forward to having you dine with​ us again soon! Thank you for taking the time to share, Scott. Have an amazing day! More 

Hempstead, New York
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82 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Everything garlic and they advertise it and mean it but don't be alarmed. It's not all overpowering. I had the prix fix dinner. $34.95 3 course meal, salad, dungeness crab legs and chocolate mousse. GF got $29.95 spaghetti and garlic lamb meatballs along with same salad and dessert. Took cable car from Market to approx Broadway and walked a few... More 

Thank robert R
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review, Robert! We're delighted to hear you and your girlfriend enjoyed dining at The Stinking Rose! It's wonderful to hear you both thoroughly enjoyed all of the delicious food we offer in our Prix Fixe Dinner. We're thrilled to know we left you with a great impression. We look forward to serving you again soon!... More 

Peachtree City, Georgia, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant. The host greeted us warmly and we were taken back to a booth area that felt very private. The waitress was very sweet and had impeccable timing (never interrupting our conversation). We enjoyed the rolls with garlic sauce and had fettuccine sauce with our pasta. The food wasn't overwhelmingly good, especially given... More 

Thank Tracey C
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thank you for the glowing review, Tracey! It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere we have here at The Stinking Rose! We're delighted to hear your server provided you with excellent service. It's pleasing to know you enjoyed our delicious Fettuccini as well as our tasty bread. We look forward to having you dine with us again soon!... More 

Goreville, Illinois
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Did not meet our expectations. expected much more garlic taste. we ordered meatloaf, spaghetti, chicken, and lasagna. they only food that we liked was the chicken, mashed potatoes. the service was poor had to keep asking for water. would not recommend this place.

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Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you for sharing your review. We're disappointed to hear you're dissatisfied with the food and service you received during your visit. Providing our guests with excellent cuisine and exceptional service is something we take seriously. Please know this will be addressed with the appropriate members of our team so we may improve for the future. We hope... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by friends and definitely lived up to expectations. Area looks a bit dodgy..on edge of Chinatown meets Little Italy but service and food were excellent with good atmosphere too. Can definitely recommend mussels and also the potato, onion and garlic soup. Didn't try the garlic ice cream! If you don't like garlic don't go!!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

We appreciate the glowing review! We put garlic into all of our dishes. We'd love to share a scoop of the garlic ice cream with you! Looking forward to your next visit with us! Have a wonderful day! More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While, I enjoy garlic, they take it too much to an extreme as it can overpower most dishes. Roasted garlic is good, Would choose ribs over lamb shank. Pesto sauce has too much garlic. Fun atmosphere.

Thank Trey R
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thank you for the sharing with us, Trey! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed dining at The Stinking Rose. It's great to know that you appreciated our flavorful dishes such as our Baby Back Ribs. We do love garlic and feel that we do a good job of infusing our dishes with just the right amount. If you ever... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Italian, American
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
  • Public Transportation: Muni Lines: 8BX, 45 and 41
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 415-781-7673
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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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighborhood decorated with colorful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighborhood.
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