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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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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So good! But name is appropriate - if you do not like a lot of garlic you may want to reconsider, but don't! It is the best!

Thank Barb K
North Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The ambience in the curtained off tables, to the wait staff to the excellent food!!!! We had fire roasted mussels, shrimp, and crab to say the least....yummmmm

Thank Maureen G
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You need to LOVE garlic to get the full benefit of the menu. The food is Wonderful and the ambiance is so much fun. The wine list is perfect and the employees are full of life. We had a wonderful time here and plan to return on our next visit to San Francisco. Enjoy!

Thank Gma005
Edwards, Colorado
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had the prime rib. Asked for medium rare and that is exactly what we got. Roast beef cooked perfectly and loaded with garlic. Exactly the way, in my opinion, prime rib should be cooked. The creamed spinach and mashed potatoes are the perfect compliment. We also had a liter of the house red wine and it was a great... More 

Thank ABgoes
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74 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I ate here last week and she hasn't stopped talking about this place. She loves garlic and this was her Xanadu. The appetizer where you spread the garlic on the bread was appealing. I ordered the steak and she ordered the 40 clove garlic chicken. Her dish was much better. There wasn't anything wrong with my steak.... More 

Thank Scott B
Yorba Linda, California
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162 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Brought some new friends to this restaurant because in my mind it is a little like a SF institution. It is not the best Italian but it certainly is the most unique. Start with the Bagna Cuoda which is slow roasted garlic and it melts literally on your bread. Get a pasta or pizza if you wish but I would... More 

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

Dear Guest, thank you for the glowing review! We're glad to hear you enjoy the Garlic filled experience we have here at The Stinking Rose! It's fantastic to hear you enjoy our delicious Bagna Calda as well as our Garlic Roasted Prime Rib and Forty Clove Garlic Chicken. We're delighted to know you also enjoyed trying out tasty Garlic Ice... More 

San Francisco, California
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here for dinner with guests and I really liked my ravioli but the food came out so quickly and the bread was cold and dry so you got the feeling it was a conveyer-belt operation.

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

Dear Guest, thank you for sharing your review. Although we're glad to hear you enjoyed our delicious Ravioli, it's disappointing to hear your food came out too quickly. We value providing all of our guests with an excellent experience from beginning to end. Please know your feedback will be addressed with the appropriate members of our team so we may... More 

Lexington, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was excellent, although expensive. This is a great place to go for an experience. We enjoyed it (although we all smelled like garlic afterwards!

Thank Kariboo49
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! We're thrilled to see you loved the food! We love our atmosphere because it gives our guest the opportunity to feel at ease and relaxed while they enjoy their meals. There's nothing better than feeling relaxed, while you enjoy a delicious dish. Again, thank you for the review. We'd love to share an even better... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you don't like garlic, don't go here. I loved it. It's garlic every where. There is even a garlic dessert. Here is a tip - take your wine as there is no corkage- unfortunately I learned this only when I got there.

Thank HariA1950
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, Hari. We're happy to see you enjoyed your meal with us. There is no corkage! Don't forget that for your next visit. With that said, we're looking forward to it. We'd love to share an even better experience with you. Until next time, we hope you have a beautiful day! More 

Cypress, Texas
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75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this restaurant after the ball game. It is very large and we were seated in a booth that looked like a circus tent. The wait staff provided some recommendations and the delivery of the salads was very fast. The red house wine was OK and we dined on meatloaf, lasagna, and 40 clove chicken. The best part... More 

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for your feedback. We're glad that we could accommodate you for a meal at The Stinking Rose. It's great to know that your food was served to you in a timely manner. It's disappointing, however, to know that you expected more from your dining experience with us. We can assure you that providing our guests with... 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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
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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