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The Stinking Rose
The Stinking Rose

The Stinking Rose Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thestinkingrose.com
  • Email: comments@thestinkingrose.com
  • Phone: (415) 781-7673 x1
  • Hours of Operation: Daily 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • 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 (415) 781-7673 x740

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!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We found an advertisement at Beach Blanket and tried it. We enjoyed our pasta dishes, the bread and garlic salsa and the house wine was enjoyable. Love the garlic braid."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Mussels were about as good as they get but be carful they were very hot but It did say sizzling on the menu"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was great and we were with a group of 10 and had a great time."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Went here on a recommendation from a friend. Took my wife out to dinner for our anniversary (she loves garlic) as we were in town for a few days. The restaurant is charming and offers very interesting/different/fun décor. The food was outstanding, drinks/wine options were great and the service was spot on. Will definitely return and would highly recommend to a friend."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It's worth going for the experience. The service was good, the atmosphere entertaining and fun, and the food was pretty good. It's more of a novelty type of restaurant. I would go back but don't expect a gourmet meal."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "If you walked past this place you wouldn't think much except that the theme of garlic is very obvious. However we wanted to go after being to SF 2yrs ago. The food was incredible! What a surprise! The menu comes across quite modestly but it sure packs a punch! There were four of us dining and we had the prime rib which the lads ranked very highly, the mussels and prawns which we're delicious and my mate had the meatloaf...classic faves!! Puddings were immense...1 between 2 is very adequate! Coffees were equally fab and our server was an absolute delight; funny, courteous and generally an absolute pleasure to have serve us, he knew the food menu like the back of his hand! We don't know his name but his till code was 124Z!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I didn't know what to expect when the friend I'm traveling with suggested we try this restaurant. Garlic isn't really my thing. But there was a variety on the menu and plenty of flavor to all the dishes we tried. I recommend the shrimp in garlic as that was very good. Also, we were served promptly and our questions were answered politely when we asked about the garlic wine. The decor inside was unique and fun!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I had to check out this restaurant because of my love of garlic. While you will get your fill of garlic, the food is over-priced in comparison to other great restaurants in San Francisco. I wish we would have just stopped for an appetizer and a drink and had dinner elsewhere."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "...which I am! The portions were just right. All of the food had great flavor and of amazing quality. I was VERY pleased with my experience and will undoubtedly come back again."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Hadn't been here in years but fondly remembered the garlic-enthusiast theme and menu. Easy to drop in on a late Saturday night spur of the moment. Opted for neon ravioli over usual silence of the lamb shank. Strong, hearty and flavorful. Companion had the braised short rib. More tender and flavorful than I expected from a garlic infused meat item. Pleasant hostess and wait staff. Value for weekend night dining in SF."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I have gone to this restaurant several times and it always has great food and very good service! I highly recommend it to anyone who likes garlic, wine and Italian food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was maybe my 4th or 5th time at Stinking Rose, and a good experience. Seated in the more private back area, which is great for chatting with a date or small group. Service wasn't as friendly as usual, but certainly not bad. Food was solid, and great proportions."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great food. Loud, decorative, festive, and delicious. Parking is extremely hard because its on a busy street. You will have strong garlic breath the next day but it is worth it."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "My husband and I have wanted to go to The Stinking Rose for over 15 years, and we were finally rewarded the opportunity last week. The prime rib was fantastic, however the service was less than stellar. Ever go to a restaurant and feel like you're bothering the staff by being there? And so goes our dining experience in San Fran."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This place is a great for those who are from out of town! Not only is the atmosphere different (where else do they have bulbs of garlic hanging from the ceiling?) but the food was delicious."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Thank you for my booking for my wifes birthday, we were well looked after from the moment we walked in..If we come back to SF we will certainly book again david dear"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Always a treat to visit the Stinking Rose. Food and ambience are delicious. Don't change. We love you!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great food, great ambiance. Went with a group of friends one of whom stumbled upon this place on her last visit and said we had to come here it was the best. She was right, haven't had such a great meal in a long time. If you are in San Francisco you must go it is worth it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great pre theater restaurant! Great place to celebrate a birthday."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have to visit the Stinking Rose everytime that I'm in San Fran, and I've recommended it to many of my friends."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Good to try something different all around garlic. But i expected to see more garlic related food, not just putting garlic cloves as a side for all dishes."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This affordable San Francisco icon consistently provides great service, delicious food, and a quaint atmosphere. Walking distance from the Wharf, don't pass this one up - make your reservations on Open Table!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Amazing food loaded with garlic. I have been several times. Although the quality of the service varies greatly, the food is consistently great. Be sure to get the little tub of roasted garlic!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We had a great table right by the front window. The service was good. The food was delicious. Most love garlic though or this isn't the restaurant for you"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "If you like to eat in cramp, noisy and overpriced restaurants, then follow your nose to this Stinking Rose. Be prepared to have your leg circulation cut off while seating is not scaled for the average adult. Guess again if you think you get complimentary bread. A large salad was meant for a child's appetite. The entrees were "meh"; I found myself adding salt to my chicken and asparagus with fettuccine dish as it was lacking in flavor. I didn't finish the fettuccine as it was cold and the portion sizes, again, are small. Being from San Diego, we have far better restaurants which serve garlic dishes that will want you coming back for more. As for me, I'm turning my nose away from this Stinking Rose and following my hunches with Yelp."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Been there 2 or 3 times before, but I should have skipped this last visit. The place is showing its age, not a place you want to take someone to impress. We ordered the mixed muscle plate, was so overcooked, the shells were char-coaled. No juice left. Probably won't be back."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Thank you for asking me about the Stinking Rose. Fabulous! Simply fabulous! It was my daughter's birthday and we had two kids with us. WE ATE every thing we could! But of course, our stomachs could only do so much. The garlic crab was out of this world! Don't know what else to say. GO THERE AND EAT EVERYTHING you can! We ended up with food that we ate through the week. It was good to the last bite!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I have never felt so rushed through a meal in my life. My husband and I took two out of town quest with me to this restaurant and I was disappointed. I have been there before but have never felt such bad service. The food was okay but not great (small portions). With so many choices in North Beach I think I will pass on this one in the future. The waiter had no personality! Sorry, for the bad review but this was my honest feedback about my experience."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We started off with the bagna calda app. Slightly sweet and completely addictive. The waitress was very good, stopping often enough to refill glasses and ask how things were going. We ordered the gnocchiette, the pork chop, the pepperoni pizza and the silence of the lamb shank. The pork chop and lamb were huge portions. The gnocchiette had a Gorgonzola sauce but it wasn't too tangy. My son gave the individual sized pizza a thumbs up. Hubby's pork chop with apples was very good. This is the second time I ate the lamb. The meat falls off the bone. The creamed spinach is so so good. The price was a little in the high side so this probably isn't an every night thing but it's worth it for a special occasion or a date."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had a great time (group of 10) and great food at the Stinking Rose. Parking is a little hard to come by, but that is not a deterrent or should not be a deterrent when planning to dine here. The tourine (?) of clams is a must for seafood lovers. The lamb shank and prime rib are also a great choice. If you don't like garlic... not your place to eat. If you do... none better!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The title is obviously a pun! I love this place. I always get the Prime Rib, but their crab is also great. We also get the Garlic in a Tub. The look and feel of this place is awesome. Be prepared to drop some cash here, but you won't regret it!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The roasted garlic really great! Loved the shrimp and pasta dish & the ribs. Not much else was great. But it was a fun pleasant dinner with a delish theme"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This place has wonderful food and great service. It is called "the Garlic Restaurant" and they are not kidding. On the menu they state "We flavor our garlic with food." It is not overpowering, but the garlic in the dishes add a wonderful touch. You can go heavy with the garlic or not. It is a MUST for anyone who likes garlic."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The quality of food was poor! It is a specialty restaurant for garlic lovers. Not for everyone!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Don't understand what all the hype is about the appetizer was a lb of garlic in olive oil they place on a candle! The pizzas were boring, pasta dishes bland! All garlic."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "It has a good gimic. I had the lamb shank. It was good. The wife had the shrimp pasta. That was ok, Nothing to brag about. The decor was the best part. The food came out really fast. Almost to fast. Didn't have time to soak it all in. Good place to go to say you have been."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The Stinking Rose Restaurant is one I would recommend to my friends. The menu offers many choices. I have been here several times and have never been disappointed. The food and service is excellent. I have tried a different dish each time and all have been great."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Located on the outskirts of China town, this restaurant is a garlic lovers dream come true. Once you enter, you are greeted by a smiling hostess. We had no wait time what so ever. There are so many decorations, that there is no chance of seeing all of them in one visit. Many of the tables are set in a private dining car style. You are instantly over taken by the incredible smells coming from the kitchen. On the table is a fragrant bread spread made from basil, garlic and olive oil. Pair this with some fresh sour dough rolls and it's a winning combination. We started with the mussels steamed in a garlic wine sauce and the fontina spinach fondue. All I can say is WOW!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Garlic was hung everywhere as decoration, its a nice touch! Plus all the spontaneous birthday celebrations was entertaining with the garlic hat. Mussels & shrimp hot platter: This was my favorite of the night. Black mussels were soft and shrimp was cooked perfectly! Pair it with the free bread and it was delicious. Baby back ribs: It came with a whole slab of ribs! Sauce came separately and was sweet. Tastes great but not the best choice of ribs like the server had said. I've had better at other places. Grilled Chicken: Half of a small chicken, cooked nicely. It gets dry closer to the bone. Mash potatoes for this was cold when served. Supreme Sundae: Simple yet delicious to end the meal. Parking is a hassle, should come early."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "So much garlic, but I love garlic. Best prime rib I've ever had! Yum!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014