The Stinking Rose
The Stinking Rose

The Stinking Rose

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thestinkingrose.com/
  • Phone: 4157817673x1
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: J. C. Becerra
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have three private dining rooms: Washington Square can accommodate 22 people, the Chianti Room can accommodate 54 people, and the Chuck Kennedy Room can accommodate 65 people. The entire restaurant can accommodate 300 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Jeff Borders 4157817673x740

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Public Transit: Muni Lines: 8BX, 45 and 41
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking can be difficult. There are city lots located on Vallejo between Stockton and Powell.
A word from The Stinking Rose
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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The Stinking Rose reviews from OpenTable diners
375 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (144)fit for foodies (141)neighborhood gem (140)good for groups (119)romantic (74)hot spot (74)kid-friendly (53)great for lunch (48)late-night find (24)notable wine list (17)great for outdoor dining (15)great for brunch (13)vibrant bar scene (10)scenic view (10)Show More
  • garlickin good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very pleasant, friendly staff. Great service. Fab food. Lovely wine. Great evening all round. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A "Must Do" in San Francisco
    FoodieKat
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was on our list because it's one of San Francisco's landmark restaurants. The food was good, service excellent. We went into it without expectations and pretty much only for the tourist factor, so we weren't disappointed, but there are much better Italian restaurants in Little Italy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Garlic galore!
    Tyler762
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Delicious garlic infused food in a fun atmosphere in wonderful North Beach. A great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I just love it
    Piet
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    If you love garlic, this is the place to be. Almost every dish contains garlic. I just love it. And the service was excellent too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for tourists
    eltylero
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Family in town - they loved it! Though of course they need to be the sort of folks that like garlic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet for early lunch, Garlicky!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food was great but I would put it more under the novelty category than awesome new favorite (I was only in town for the weekend anyway). I got the 40 clove chicken which is just a simple roast chicken dish with mashed potatoes- and lots and lots of garlic. Between that and the parsley/raw garlic dip for the focacia, I could taste garlic the rest of the day but well worth the trip. North Beach is a great neighborhood to wander around too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Garlic Heaven
    Siouxzqsreviews
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If you love garlic, this place is for you. We started out with a couple of appetizers roasted garlic and the fondue which were both very good. for the entree we had the short rib, fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There was no wow factor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Located in Chinatown and across from little Italy. Service was friendly and polite. Food ordered (lasagna, BBQ flatbread pizza, and their garlic appetizer they are known for) but it didn't hit the spot. Food was warm and got cold quickly. It felt as if there wasn't any effort made behind the food, it was lacking passion. The lasagna portion was quite small for $20 as it didn't come with anything else. I was expecting to smell like garlic when leaving and this place just didn't meet what I was expecting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food is fantastic, ambience is really fun, only complaint, very tight tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dracula's worst nightmare
    alwin
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    You get what you wish for. Awesome food, loads of garlic and stinking for at least 3 days. So better not go on a first date there but on any other occasion. A dinner with your boss and the whole office would be an interessting challenge ;)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I brought my sister in law who had never been to SF. It was not the kind of place I would go on a regular basis, sort of pricey for what you get, but interesting and fun. A great place to bring people from out of town. The food was acceptable but not terribly memorable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Garlic Lovers
    Amazing
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    A fun place with great garlic food a must stop when in SF
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stinking Rose is a gem
    bike2ski
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I hadn't been back to the Stinking Rose for several years and this return visit was as special as my memories of it. This is a must do in San Fran dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Twice Again in SF
    Travelhungry
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent food, staff, unique and vibrant atmosphere. Well presented, busy, professional and excellent food. Easy to overdue it! Will be there again on a return trip (Froze at the deuce in the front window by tent row.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impression of a chaos
    Csilla
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Despite our reservation, we had to wait ca 30. Min to get our table. It was a massive chaos at 20:00 in the restaurant. We had the impression, that your employees in the entrance area are lost and can not manage the situation. They made a highly unprofessional impression. I made a foto of your colleague, standing at the reception desk and called names… Quality of the food was good, but the evening was not our favorite.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bad bad bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a reservation for 8pm and we were not seated until 8:45 ... the noise level was deafening due to the horrible acoustics. The food was average and the only saving grace was the garlic. The hostess, oh my! She was growling and hissing. Staff was stressed, annoyed and exhausted so the last thing on their mind was "friendly". I visited the place few years ago and my experience was very different. What happened? New management?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed the experience
    littlefajita
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This restaurant is known for its heavy use of garlic, so eater beware. I throughly enjoyed my meal, as I has the sea bass. It was prepared perfectly and with lots of yummy garlic. The waiter was attentive, outgoing and entertaining. The noise level is very high. I enjoyed the energy of the restaurant and will definitively return when I come back to the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I had a nice time however when a guest of mine came for my party even though we were done eating she wanted to order so the waiter have her a menu, but by the time he came back to our table he said, he could not take her order due to the fact that they had "other" reservations to attend to. If that was an issue why not tell me or why even sit her down? I thought it was very rude also poor service on the waiter behalf.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Garlic Lovers
    Cats3mom
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Stinking Rose is a garlic restaurant that says it seasons it's garlic with food, and that says it all! Very good food, fast service, fun atmosphere. I highly recommend it. Although we did not try the garlic ice cream, it did sound interesting!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • more than enough
    2sherwoods
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Upon first seating, we were treated to rolls and garlic spread. Our wait staff made sure that we were supplied with plenty of beverage. Our appetizer was out promptly and our meals followed in sufficient time. Everything was delicious and we left fully satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at this iconic joint!
    KatH
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had an early week night dinner here prior to the Beach Blanket Babylon show. I had the neon ravioli which was very good; another in our party had the ribs which were tasty - the sauce was delicious. We ordered the bagna calda, but all of us preferred the raw garlic sauce that came with the bread as it had much more flavor. We tried the garlic ice cream - 2 in our party quit after the first bite; my husband and I kept eating it and honestly, after 4-5 bites all I tasted was vanilla so the garlic didn't bother me at all. It's a kitchy place to visit - some good souvenirs up front and the food was tasty and consistently good. Our server was quick and checked back often. Parking wasn't difficult, and it's a very short walk to the BBB show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • magda
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Actually, we expected this restaurant to be a place for tourists in some way, however it really met our expectations. We did enjoy the food, the drinks and outstanding service - fast, discrete and with thorough knowledge of the menu. A splendid evening :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Quality Food
    CallSignMusic
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The garlic roast beef is easily one of the most amazing things I have ever had in my life! Great food and ambience, but the wait staff didn't seem very interested in serving us (two college students). Overall though, it was an amazing experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable, not remarkable
    Muldoon
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My prime rib was cooked perfect and was tasty (with both au-jus and horseraddish), but my wife's shrimp ciopinno was more like chilli consistency (thick) than brothy, as one might expect. Bread was nothing to write home about, especially in the land of great sourdough....but the garlic/basil tampande makes almost any bread special. Total tab was $100, including tip and one beer (no dessert).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • unique dining experience
    mattystone
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went here for dinner. Food was very good. Had the salmon which was cooked to perfection. Recommend for any type of occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Garlic
    tryagain
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always have the 40 clove garlic chicken but would love to try something else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it could be.
    drkiuchi
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I would like to start off by saying that the waitstaff was excellent. The service and attention were excellent, even during the busiest hours of the evening rush. Unfortunately we were seated in the upstairs portion of the restaurant in the back corner. It was cramped and very hot. Why they didn't have a single fan in the room to help cool off the customers was beyond me. Sweating through ones meal is not a fun experience to begin with. The appetizers were good, we had the meatballs and the roasted garlic. However the entrees left much to be desired. Our waitress recommended the pork chop, and my wife got the fettuccine. The chop itself was dry and overdone, & the pasta was under-cooked, dry & tasteless. Overall not a memorable experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing! we will be back
    lovinthegarlic
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went to the city to celebrate our anniversary and had a amazing dinner. I even purchased a cookbook to see if I can re-create the magic. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time at The Stinking Rose
    lucisd
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I was happy with my first experience.The decorations are cute and fun - I love the corks and chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling. The lighting is dim but not too dark that you can't see what you're eating. We ordered the Bagna Cauda as the appetizer - SO GOOD! I would come back for this alone. I had the large iron skillet of shrimp and mussels and the bf had the 40 Clove Garlic Chicken. Both were delicious. I would say the service is lacking in some personality. I asked the server what his favorites were and he just rattled off the entree's that were asterisked *** on the menu. I can see that - I wanted to know what HE liked. Also, he didn't suggest any wines or appetizers. I felt his responses were very automatic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First return in 15 years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I was here for my 30th birthday with friends and LOVED it. I was worried when I came back 15 years later that it would be different- happily, I was not disappointed. I came back with just my husband, and we had amazing food and great service and enjoyed the atmosphere. Here is to another 15 years!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy dinner...bring mouthwash!
    Spud
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    An obvious garlic lovers dream! The bread with garlic dip is awesome. The mussels melt in your mouth. The pasta and meatloaf were so flavorful. My only regret is that we couldn't try more food and it will be a long time, if ever that we get to go back! Ohio is just too far from San Fran!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun atmosphere, bland food
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The atmosphere and decor of the restaurant are fun, but the food was bland and under seasoned.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This was our second visit to The Stinking Rose. The first time everything was perfect. This time the food was OK, but the service was lacking. We saw our waiter to order our meal and get the check at the end. I do expect to be acknowledged during the course of the meal. With so many restaurants in San Francisco, we'll be trying something new on our next visit.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food, unique theme
    anonymous
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food is excellent. A truly unique restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find
    ebnccfnad
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My husband and I are from Pennsylvania and were celebrating our 10th anniversary in San Francisco, California. My husband loves garlic, so when I found this restaurant, I was elated. Immediately walking in, I found the furnishings to be classy antique. They had two sections of seating, one for more casual dining and one that offered more dim lighting. The servers and waiter were very personable and warm yet professional. The presentation of the food was extrodinary, the flavors impectibly blending with savory flair and the aromas tantalizing. The cocktails were tasty and inventive. Although the wait time for your meal may be a limitless longer, the food is well worth the wait for a spectacular dining experience. Pricing was fair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth trying!
    Amyyy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Went to dinner with a friend here. We had a great little table by the window that looked out onto the street. The wait staff was very friendly and the ambiance was nice. The bread could have come a little sooner and been a little warmer, but that's neither here not there. The food came out quickly but I have to say I was a little underwhelmed for it being $20 a plate. I had the lasagna which was delicious but a little lackluster, and my friend had the gnochetti which is the kind of thing you can't mess up but you could stand to do a lot more with than they did in my opinion. It was good! Just a little overrated. But, I would still recommend at least trying it out - that spread they have for the bread stayed with me for two days. Yay garlic!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome, as usual !
    BenAndCo
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    2 times in 15 years ... Still the same pleasure. I ate for 6 ;-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • stinking rose
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It was okay. I ordered a pasta with an incredibly small service get size which is okay but it was not good at all. However I liked the food my fiance ordered. The servers were wonderful!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Garlic, Garlic Everywhere!
    curlycuti
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    From the moment we came in until dessert was served The Stinking Rose provided quality food and service. Nicole, our server, was friendly, attentive, and prompt with service. The wine list was very good and for our main courses we chose the Meatloaf and Tomato Pasta. Be sure to try the Garlic Ice Cream. It was a little pricey, but worth the money. Note, if you are not a fan of garlic this might not be the place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    Stageweight
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The meals were remarkably overpriced. No veggie included with the salmon diner, $9 for cremed spinach as an add on. Ha. The service was good its ashame the food was not up to the friendly service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet