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The Stinking Rose

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Chinatown
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325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907 (Broadway)
+1 415-781-7673
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11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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New Delhi, India
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, great location, friendly staff. Warm ambience and comfortable seating. Garlic infused preparation. Expensive menu. Overall good experience.

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Thank JoChita
West Covina, California, United States
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184 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The restaurant is supposedly a San Francisco landmark. It is nicely decorated with the longest garlic string which runs across the restaurant and is attached to the ceiling. The menu is extensive and every dish involves garlic in some way. Yes they also have garlic ice cream.. We stopped in for a drink and dessert but had a chance to... More 

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Thank Koln101
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback. We are always striving to provide delicious meals with fantastic service. It is great to hear that you find our staff very friendly and accommodating. We hope you will come for a meal next time. We'd love to prove to you that we are worth it. More 

North Oxford, Massachusetts
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170 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Must-visit if you like garlic as much as I do. Everything is garlic-based, and it's delicious! We got the 3-course meal experience, which is an excellent value. Highly recommend!

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Thank DoctorKnow85
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thank you for the perfect rating! We are very pleased to hear about the wonderful experience you had with us! Providing excellent food and great service is always our highest priority! Thank you for the recommendation! We hope you plan on stopping by again soon! We'd look forward to having you! Thanks again, have a great day! More 

Fairfield, Connecticut
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75 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

there is one rule at this place, GARLIC,GARLIC,GARLIC!!! the bread was very good but I don't recommend you fill up on it. i got a very good garlic stake and i felt that the garlic made the well cut and cooked stake even better. if every food show says to go here, listen!!! Also the small pasta for kids only... More 

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

Thanks for the wonderful review, Justin! We're delighted your experience at The Stinking Rose was so fantastic! We strive to provide stellar service alongside our mouthwatering cuisine. We aim to please and your praise lets us know we're doing our job! We're looking forward to seeing you again soon! Until then, have a beautiful day! More 

San Diego, California
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You MUST like garlic if you want the full experience here. The appetizer of choice is garlic served in olive oil over a candle! It is amazing and STRONG. Be careful, you may be tasting garlic until well into the next day! Maybe two.

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

Dear Guest, Thanks for the 4-star rating! We're thrilled you had such an amazing experience with us! We love sharing our passion for delicious food with our guests. We look forward to sharing an even better experience with you next time! Until then, have a lovely day! More 

Perth, Australia
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When I saw that this was a garlic restaurant I had to go! They even have a signature garlic martini which I had but wow it was strong and the food was excellent. I would recommend the whole crab and the lamb shank! Also beware that when they bring the bread out they also bring a little jar of what... More 

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

Thanks for the 4-star rating, Roxi! We're thrilled you had such a pleasant experience with us! We aim to please and your praise lets us know we're doing our job. We look forward to sharing an even better experience with you soon! Until then, have a lovely day! More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The first tipoff are the terrible rolls they serve with the garlic--soft, not crusty, clearly mass produced. I ordered the rabbit which was very tender, but the mashed potatoes were gluey. My companion had overcooked sea bass with a pasta side dish she said was 'gross'. For the high price, they really ought to serve better food.

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

We appreciate the feedback, Christie. It's unfortunate your time with us did not meet your expectations. We strive to provide top-notch service with mouthwatering dishes. We're disappointed your experience was less than perfect. We do hope to host you again to demonstrate the high-caliber service we're accustomed to sharing with our guests. Have a great day. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

well great ,wine, food, , staff great was a great place to go had been told if you go to san francisco go an try the rose worth the garlic taste in the morning thankyou to the staff

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Thank fxdx2016
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thanks for the outstanding review! We're thrilled you had such a fantastic experience with us! It's wonderful that our team was able to make you feel welcome and accommodate your needs. We aim to please and your praise for our team lets us know we're doing our job! We look forward to sharing another amazing experience with you!... More 

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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food is good, enjoyed their artichoke ravioli, garlic (DUH!) Brie. Garlic ice cream for dessert. Food was good and restaurant is quirky. Look forward to going back.

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

Thanks for the 4-star rating, Larry! We're delighted you had such a positive experience at The Stinking Rose! We love being able to share our passion for mouthwatering cuisine with our guests. Hearing how much you enjoyed all of our dishes makes all the care and attention we put into each one worthwhile. We aim to please! We look forward... More 

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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let's be honest--nobody expects to come out of a place centered around garlic with beautiful breath. But it's worth it! The wine, the bread, the meals, the soups--even the ice cream! A garlic-lover's dream. I dream about going back all the time, and even purchased some recipes to bring home with me to VA. It's a must-stop in San Fran!

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

Thanks for the outstanding review, Lindsay! We're delighted that your experience with us was so memorable! We love sharing our passion for delicious food with our guests. We aim to please and your praise lets us know we're doing our job! We can't wait until your next visit so we can share another perfect experience with you! Until then, have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Cuisine
Italian, American
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-781-7673
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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Chinatown
As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighbourhood decorated with colourful 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 neighbourhood.
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