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The Stinking Rose

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$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
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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San Jose, CA
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107 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

4 of us went to the Stinking Rose on a Sunday evening after seeing Beach Blanket Babylon (see separate review). Just a short walk from the show, we arrived early for our reservation and were seated promptly. Service overall was pretty good, but not the best, as we had to ask a few times for water. We started with fresh... More 

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Thank CasualHockeyFan
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Yes. Garlic stinks. But Garlic is Good for You because eating garlic is known to have many medical benefits. Therefore Garlic is Stinking Good, and Stinking is Good for You. We had fun at The Stinking Rose. We are visiting from the Other Washington (DC) and are return customers. We asked that Angel be our Server because he's so knowledgeable... More 

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

Thank you for the excellent rating! It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed your meal with us! We're delighted to hear you liked our Bagna Calda. It's pleasing to know we could accommodate you during your meal and that we left you with a wonderful impression. We look forward to hosting you again soon! Thank you for taking the time to... More 

San Diego, California
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I had the artichoke ravioli with Gorgonzola, arugula and pine nuts while my husband had the gnocchi with meatballs. Really good food and friendly fun staff. A unique place with garlic hanging for decorations. I would recommend this place.

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Thank TConlon76
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thank you for the great rating! Providing great tasting meals and excellent service for all of our guests is something we pride ourselves on. It is great to see that you enjoyed your meal and our friendly staff! We are looking forward to your next visit! Thanks again, and have a great day! More 

Riverside, California
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Took my husband there for his b-day when we visited San Francisco. He loves the place (there is one in L.A. and he is a garlic lover), it was my first time there. I was surprised by the high price of everything, but have to say the food was good. Eclectic setting...all sorts of neat pictures and items decorate the... More 

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Thank cinap2017
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Dear Guest, we appreciate your feedback. We're pleased to hear that you had an overall pleasant dining experience with us. It's wonderful that you enjoyed your meal and the decor of the restaurant. However, it's unfortunate that your experience was anything less than perfect. We'll be addressing your concerns with the appropriate members of our team. We'd love to host... More 

San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nice place, right on Columbus Ave in San Francisco. No parking so walk or take public transit. Great for people watching should you get a window seat which in the slightly off hours you will. Food was very good, on the expensive side, and not enormous portions. Nice place for a splurge. The Garlic Prime Rib was served medium rare,... More 

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Thank EdC985
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thank you for the 4/5 rating, Ed! We're thrilled you had such a wonderful experience with us! We strive to offer top-notch service alongside our mouthwatering dishes. It's fantastic you enjoyed our delicious food so much! The garlic prime rib was an outstanding choice! We're happy you enjoyed our prime location! We look forward to seeing you again soon to... More 

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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I cannot believe my friends on TripAdvisor like this worse than east side worse than Olive Garden don't go

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Thank 294kk
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We appreciate the feedback. We regret that we didn't exceed your expectations. We take issues and concerns very seriously. If we are unable to pinpoint your contact information from our dining records, a member of our team will reach out to you privately. We do hope you give us another opportunity to share a more positive experience with... More 

Fresno, California
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped off during my trip because I was intrigued by the name and I love food with a lot of garlic in it. When I opened the menu I was pretty shocked at the prices but decided to stay anyway . I ordered the artichoke ravioli with Gorgonzola sauce . It came in a bowl with a surprisingly small amount... More 

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1 Thank Purehart41
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We appreciate the feedback. We're disappointed your experience with us was anything less than perfect. It's lovely you enjoyed our dishes but it's unfortunate you didn't agree with our pricing. We regret that we couldn't exceed your expectations. We hold ourselves to a higher standard. We do hope you give us another opportunity to share a more positive... More 

San Francisco, California
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120 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Calling all garlic lovers of the world. If you like garlic, garlic, and more garlic than this is the spot for you all to go and freak out on GARLIC!!!

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1 Thank 4JMP
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for the 4/5 rating! We're thrilled you had such an amazing experience with us! It's fantastic you enjoyed our dishes so much! We strive to offer top-notch service alongside our mouthwatering food offerings. Your praise lets us know we're doing our job! We look forward to sharing an even better experience with you soon! Have a... More 

Mesa, Arizona
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a business trip with a co-worker. We both enjoyed the fun atmosphere and the service. Our server was friendly, bringing water almost immediately to the table. Oddly, he never did take a drink order but since we both wanted water this wasn't a big deal. We ordered the appetizer of roasted garlic in olive oil for our bread.... More 

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1 Thank DebLee1035
Nory H, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

We appreciate the feedback, Deb. We're happy you had a pleasant time with us. It's lovely you enjoyed our lively ambiance and atmosphere so much. That's what we like to see. We're thrilled our team made you feel so welcome and took such great care of you. We aim to please and your praise lets us know we're doing our... More 

Ireland
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was pointed out to us by the tourbus guys. I was really disappointed. The tables are too close together and too small with uncomfortable seating. The menu has a poor selection of dishes. Kids are not well catered for. The food was unremarkable. We were rushed. Mains delivered to table before starters finished. All in all did not... More 

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

Dear Guest, We appreciate the feedback. We're disappointed that your time with us was less than ideal. Your experience is not on par with the level of service we're accustomed to providing. We hold ourselves to a higher standard. Your happiness and satisfaction are important to us so we'll be addressing your concerns with the appropriate members of our team... 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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
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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