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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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I thought that because of so many reviews, this restaurant might go the way of others and slip with their service. Not so. The Stinking Rose was very good. We arrived earlier than our reservation, but were promptly seated. The table we were given wasn't big enough for the four of us, so they relocated us to a slightly larger... More 

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Thank Mark G
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thanks for the 4/5 review, Mark! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great dining experience with us! It's wonderful that our team provided you with efficient service! We're also very pleased that you enjoyed your meal - the prime rib is an excellent choice! We'd love to host you again soon for an even more positive experience. More 

San Diego, California
Level Contributor
30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I have eaten here several times before, about 10 years apart, each time. This time we brought another couple. I happy to conclude that they have changed very little in that time frame. Although, they have lost a lot of the earthy-bohemian decor that they started with years ago, I miss it, but I was younger then...anyway... More 

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Thank David H
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review, David! We're thrilled your time with us was so pleasant! It's wonderful you enjoyed our delicious food and atmosphere so much. That's what we like to see! We strive for excellence so we look forward to sharing an even better experience with you soon. Have a lovely day! More 

new york
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21 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even though it's totally a touristy place it was a good choice. We were all happy with our meals and the place is decorated to the hilt with wine bottles and photos etc. kinda cool looking. The menu of course is completely garlic oriented and fun. We had a cheese garlic fondue starter and mussels in garlic sauce, pasta with... More 

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Thank dinthehills
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We're thrilled you enjoyed your time with us so much! It's fantastic you appreciated our decor and atmosphere so much as well as our mouthwatering dishes. That's what we like to see! 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!... More 

Sacramento, California
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife has been wanting to try this place so I and my adult children took her for dinner on Mother's Day. We had a reservation (table for five) and we were seated about 10 minutes after we arrived. We were served bread and drinks right away. The atmosphere is fun and casual, but also crowded and loud. The food... More 

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Thank Joedisney P
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

We appreciate the feedback, Joe. We're happy you had a pleasant experience with us. It's lovely you enjoyed our lively atmosphere and ambiance as well as our top-notch service. We're disappointed your time with us was less than perfect. We strive for excellence so we look forward to sharing a more positive experience with you soon. More 

San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a garlic lover's dream. Almost every item on the menu has been made with a different way of cooking garlic -- and they are all delicious! The decor is different in every room and lots of fun to see.

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Thank EileenSanFrancisco
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thanks for the excellent review, Eileen! We're thrilled your time with us was so wonderful! We love sharing our passion for delicious food with our guests. We look forward to hosting you again soon for another amazing experience! Have a fantastic day! More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A resteraunt with a difference, pleasant atmosphere good staff, I had the shrimp and my brother had the crab. We both stunk the next day as expected.worth a visit

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Thank Nikolas B
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thanks for the 4-star rating, Nikolas! We're thrilled your time with us was so pleasant! It's excellent you enjoyed our delicious food so much. We look forward to hosting you again soon for an even better experience! Have a wonderful day! More 

Key Biscayne, Florida
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love garlic this is the place , all the menu comes with garlic , and all the dishes are good , from entries to main courses , try the lamb is very good, and the dessert ask for tiramisu well done , service very friendly and the place very clean , I will keep coming back

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Thank cesar u
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thanks for the excellent review, Cesar! We're thrilled your time with us was so fantastic! It's outstanding you enjoyed our mouthwatering dishes so much. That's what we like to see! We look forward to sharing another amazing experience with you soon! Have a beautiful day! More 

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here based on a few recommendations and wanted to really like it, but our family ordered three different items and only one was pretty good (spaghetti and meatballs). Very pricey for the quality of food.

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Thank JanettePeterson
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback, Janette. Thanks for sharing about your recent experience at The Stinking Rose. 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 on TripAdvisor to learn and discuss more about your experience. Thank you. More 

Toronto
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66 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything is fun about this restaurant. Very eclectic interior with strings of garlic running throughout, lots of small rooms so it has a very cozy feeling, excellent friendly staff who know their food & menu. We didn't have a reservation arriving around 6pm we were delighted with a window table to people watch. The type of garlic used is exceptionally... More 

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Thank CLWToronto
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for the excellent review! We're delighted you had such an amazing experience with us and appreciated our fun decor and ambiance as well as our mouthwatering dishes. That's what we like to see! We look forward to hosting you again soon for another excellent experience! Have a fantastic day! More 

San Francisco, California
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Stinking Rose is a San Francisco classic. Everything has garlic to some degree, including the ice cream. It is cheap, cheerful and a fun night out. Bring visitors and mouthwash and have a good time.

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Thank jjlandlmt
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for the review. We're thrilled you had such a pleasant experience with us. It's lovely you enjoyed our delicious food so much. We look forward to sharing a more positive experience with you soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Cuisine
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
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
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