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The Stinking Rose - San Francisco

325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
+1 415-781-7673
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Overview
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“bread” (230 reviews)
“pasta” (180 reviews)
“bagna cauda” (83 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
CUISINES
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
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Value
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LOCATION
325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my favourite SF restaurant when visiting from NZ but this time the food quality was variable and disappointing. I had recommended it to my friends. Steak delicious but the lobster expensive and really tough. We were a group of six and all tasted...More

Thank kitten16
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Guest, Thanks for the lovely review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We're happy that you enjoyed our service and ambiance so much. Regarding your concerns with our other dishes, we will bring those to the attention of our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Strictly for garlic lovers, the food is good. Classic dishes, but they don't need a more elaborated menu, since the king product here is garlic! The garlic icecream was very surprising!! A good experience, watch out for your breath tho!! Eating here may affect your...More

Thank lunapoderosaa
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the 4-star rating and review, Luna! We're thrilled you had such a pleasant time with us! We strive to offer top-notch service alongside our delicious food. It's fantastic you enjoyed our dishes so much. That's what we like to see! We appreciate your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second time we've eaten here. Food is good though the menu is somewhat limited. All of the staff were really nice and polite. It is a place we'll return to.More

Thank Bret K
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the 4/5 review, Bret! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great experience with us! It's wonderful that you enjoyed your meal. We're also very pleased that our team provided you with friendly service! We'd love to have you back again soon...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Garlic, garlic, and more garlic. Who would have thought that a restaurant's focus would be garlic? The garlic is one of a number of factors that makes The Stinking Rose unique. The menu offered plenty go garlicky choices; even garlic ice cream (we didn't try...More

Thank Aaron H
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great review, Aaron! We're happy your time with us was so wonderful! We care about our guests so we strive to offer the highest levels of service as well as fresh and delicious food. It's fantastic you enjoyed our mouthwatering dishes so...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited The Stinking Rose on our first night in SF after a long flight, booking this in advance of our travel and looking forward to dining in this famous restaurant. The food was very mediocre and disappointingly did not live up to our expectations....More

Thank vallarta1
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest, It's unfortunate you had such challenges during your time with us. We regret that your dishes weren't prepared properly and to your satisfaction. We care deeply about the happiness of our guests. Your experience is not on par with the high caliber dishes...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

If you don't like garlic then this may not be a good choice for you to visit. They use a substantial amount of garlic in everything they prepare. We started with the mussels. I have reviewed another restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, that I hope is...More

Thank jester1340
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Guest, Thanks for the review. We are glad you had a great experience with us! We are disappointed to see some of your concerns, and we will let our team know about them. We always work very hard to make sure all of our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This garlic restaurant was recommended by a friend and now we owe him one! Had the Silence of the Lamb Shanks, the flavours were exquisite. Tender Lamb, creamy mash and spinach. Yum yum yum. The restaurant has a great vibe and the wine is good...More

Thank Katherine G
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the great review, Katherine! We're happy your time with us was so wonderful! We endeavor to offer the freshest and most delicious dishes for all of our guests. It's excellent you enjoyed our lamb shanks so much. It's one of our favorites!...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice restaurant, the novelty factor being high garlic content in everything on the menu and the longest string of garlic you've ever seen hung around the rooms! We were seated in an individual booth which was nice, but there are open tables...More

Thank Debbie R
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the 4/5 review, Debbie! It's excellent you enjoyed your time with us so much! We're delighted you appreciated our service and cuisine. We care deeply about the happiness and satisfaction of our guests! We strive for excellence so we look forward to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although our dinner felt rushed, we were done and dusted inside an hour, it was nonetheless enjoyable. I had the ravolli with shrimps added, and the shrimp pasta was also declared very good! The garlic and bread starter met the menu's description and was a...More

Thank Windy54_09
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest, We're happy you had a pleasant experience with us and appreciated our delicious food. It's unfortunate you felt so rushed during your time with us. We're disappointed we couldn't accommodate your needs and fix the problem. We hold ourselves to a higher standard...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Friends wanted to go here although I was reluctant. It is a real tourist trap with what is obviously a reputation but really, everything - décor, food, people - whatever - are just not my anything. It is also not cheap! A simple fish dish...More

Thank Dr Benjamin P
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We appreciate the feedback, Benjamin. We're deeply disappointed your experience with us was less than ideal. It's unfortunate our dishes didn't meet your expectations. We hold ourselves to a higher standard of service. If we are unable to pinpoint your contact information from our dining...More

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traveling_jennyd
2 June 2017|
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Response from vegasandrea |
I just spoke with the host at the restaurant. They don't offer gluten free pasta.
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Michael Z
22 August 2016|
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Response from arober | Reviewed this property |
No, the restaurant doesn't have any parking. We took Uber.
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Mike1720
18 February 2016|
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Response from Alyson425 | Reviewed this property |
They have a liquor license, so I wouldn't think so. We ordered a bottle of wine.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, 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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
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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