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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” (235 reviews)
“garlic spread” (32 reviews)
“meatloaf” (87 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
CUISINES
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had been hearing all week how wonderful this place was. Well it was in our opinion OK. Staff was good and we went with their recommendations on appetizers shrimp and crab. Was served bread before our app arrived was good. Olive oil on table...More

Thank Kimberly E
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We appreciate the feedback, Kimberly. 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

Reviewed 1 week ago

we went there twice for dinner, awesome, great comfort, tasty food. Literally everything has garlic, but it just adds an exquisite flavor to every single bite. Recommended highly.More

Thank grisel23
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the fantastic review, grisel23! It's excellent you enjoyed your time with us so much! We love sharing our passion for delicious food with our guests and your praise for our mouthwatering dishes lets us know we're doing our job! We look forward to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, this place is definitely different! The garlic theme, the interesting decor, the many "old world" wait staff make this not your ordinary meal. Two things to note - reservations are strongly recommended (they were quoting 60 minute waits at 5pm on a weeknight) and...More

1  Thank traveltime841
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest, Thank you for the fantastic rating! We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your meal with us! We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service to our guests at all times so it's very pleasing to hear that we were able to accommodate you during...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I visited The Stinking Rose for NYE dinner and being our second visit to this restaurant, we were excited to return. As expected (being NYE), the restaurant was extremely busy so we took a seat at the bar and sipped on a...More

Thank cami_810
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the excellent review, cami_810! It's outstanding you had such an amazing experience with us! We're delighted you enjoyed our fresh and delicious dishes so much and that our team made you feel so welcome and assisted you in any way. We aim...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing little SFO restaurant in the middle of little Italy. A must visit for everyone in San Francisco. Very atmospheric and different to any restaurant I've encountered. Little booths with a nice atmosphere. The garlic bread with a bowl of garlic to dip it in...More

1  Thank lola-c2892
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the great rating, Lola! We are always working very hard to provide a high-quality experience for all of our guests. It's great to hear that you had a lovely experience with us! We hope you plan on visiting us again soon! We'd...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've eaten here before, but I'm not sure we will again. The Prime Rib was not as good as it was in the past, although the Chicken was great. Two dinners, one soda, $100 bucks. Time to look around!More

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

Thank you for the great review, David! We're happy you had a pleasant experience with us! It's lovely you enjoyed our delicious chicken so much. That's what we like to see! However, we regret that our prime rib didn't meet your expectations. We endeavor to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first visit after a close-to-25-years break. A lot has been written about this institution of a restaurant that another review will add very little... but my very little, I will add. The $30 black linguine with shellfish in a "zesty" tomato sauce...More

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

Thanks for the review, dmitry k 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 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Stinking Rose was recommended as a must see/ eat place in San Francisco by a couple in an airport, they were not wrong. The name itself is unusual but the main ingredient is the draw card... Garlic lots and lots of garlic. I like...More

Thank Peterlisl2
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the excellent review, Peterlisl2! It's outstanding you had such an amazing experience with us! We're delighted you enjoyed our fresh and delicious dishes so much and that our team made you feel so welcome and assisted you in any way. We aim...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came upon this garlic restaurant by chance... wow, an amazing decor, very friendly & efficient staff backed up by great food - oh, and pretty good drinks too! We had bread rolls with minced garlic pesto, a green salad with garlic vinaigrette & a simple...More

Thank Karen D
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review, Karen! 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 2 weeks ago

Even with a reservation, expect 15-20 minutes of waiting. Stinking Rose has stitched together several storefronts as it has grown, so there are many ambiances in which to be seated (far right, black & white canopied tables are my favorite). The menu is varied and...More

Thank S326WWkenl
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the excellent review, S326WWkenl! It's outstanding you had such an amazing experience with us! We're delighted you enjoyed our fresh and delicious dishes so much and that our team made you feel so welcome and assisted you in any way. We aim...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, 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
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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
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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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