The Stinking Rose
The Stinking Rose

The Stinking Rose

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thestinkingrose.com/
  • Phone: (415) 781-7673 ext. 1
  • 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
364 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (148)fit for foodies (148)special occasion (129)good for groups (120)hot spot (84)romantic (73)great for lunch (45)kid-friendly (42)late-night find (34)notable wine list (15)vibrant bar scene (11)great for outdoor dining (8)scenic view (8)great for brunch (6)Show More
  • Unique Experience
    munchy
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    S.F. institution is well located in heart of vibrant North Beach. Good place to take guests from out of town. Food is good, service average. There are several rooms, some very quiet and others with large tables and/or bars which can get noisy. Prices are on the high side, but worth it for the experience. Parking is alway difficult in this area but there is a public parking garage two blocks away on Vallejo Street near Stockton Street and often the restaurant offers valet parking just outside the door.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Good was great, walked away stuffed and smelling like garlic!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Pasta was too sweet and the bread was very disappointing. Here we are in North Beach with several bakeries that feature sourdough bread and we were served the equivalent of the Pillsbury frozen dough pop up. My wife, however, did enjoy her braised beef.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Favorite Whenever in San Francisco
    outofstate
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    excellent service, outstanding food, extensive menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amber
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Beautifully decorated, delicious food and wonderful for a special occasion. I take family there when they visit from out of town.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all about the garlic
    smmdkm
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The Stinking Rose is an Italian restaurant that really is all about garlic. In the North Beach area of San Francisco there are probably 100 Italian restaurants, but garlic in every dish sets this one apart. We always get the roasted garlic in olive oil appetizer and it is always good. In fact it is my favorite thing. The garlic pesto that comes on the table is strong/ raw garlic, but good. There are many different rooms with different themes it seems; fun atmosphere. My only complaint, and I also saw this on Yelp reviews, is the bread always seems/ tastes stale. Like it is from yesterday. It may not be; it may just be the way it is made, but it is dense and dry. With all the great bread in this town it is surprising. Other than that, a fun place to go and the garlic is great conversation starter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great ambience
    Andi
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Took a table at 6:30 PM, seated immediately, food was great, service was first class. By the time we left at 8:30 it was packed out, but highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dining experience in San Francisco
    Jodo
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We chose to eat here because of the garlic theme. We were seated at a booth. Our waiter was friendly & helpful,also very patient as we took some time to choose our meal. The slow cooled garlic was delicious. We shared a double mussels & crab with a side of vegetables. Don't let the garlic theme put you off. We ate around 100 cloves of garlic & it was smooth, creamy & mild. We shared a sundae for dessert. Great food, great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic SF without the tourist trap
    HolostoiVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This place has been around for years and delivers above average food for the price point, as well as the garlic. Definetly worth a visit- unless you are a vampire.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites needs a refresh
    ptownefoodie
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We love the Stinking Rose and have been going for years. The service overall remains excellent! However our food was mediocre. Usually we rave and rave. The garlic in a bowl was delicious, and the ravioili and 40 clove garlic chicken were good, but the ribs were dry (all 3 orders) , the sauce cold and none of it had the 'OMG' it once did. We were very disappointed and hope it was just an off night as we truly love the food there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed.
    Cococachi
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Had many people rave about this San Francisco establishment so took some friends visiting from Mexico. Loved the atmosphere but food left much to be desired and was quite expensive. I don't mind paying for great food but this was not worth it. We did receive excellent customer service by the staff which we really appreciated!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Pick the Right Room!
    Baron
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We ate here and everything was great BUT we realized afterward that there are 3 different rooms to choose from. Had we realized this beforehand we would have picked the more romantic room since my wife and I were on a rare vacation without our 3 kids. Food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK - but very small tables
    Torben
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Good food, fine service and excellent location at Columbus Ave. But the tables are very small for four persons eating a 3 course lunch with coctails, vine, water and coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BAD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This place was recommended to me by a coworker who went on about how much she likes it. I could not disagree more. Three of us went, and all ordered something different. Each of us thought the food was terrible --- one of the worst meals I've had at a restaurant in a very long time. Pork Chop, Meatloaf, and a pasta dish - don't order. Better yet, don't go. We were stuck in an open dining room near the open kitchen which was cramped, very dated, dusty and uninviting. I would guess the room had an overall cleaning sometime in the 90's maybe. As we were leaving we traveled through a much better looking dining room, but still not a place I would want to go unless the food was great, which as I've mentioned it was not!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had reservations for a group of 7 on Saturday night and the place was (predictably packed). We got seated in a front area they use for groups and it was incredibly loud and hot in the area. The really bad part was, though, that it was clear the waitstaff and the kitchen were just too swamped. It took a good 20 minutes or more after we were seated to get a drink order in. Then another 20 before the waiter took an order for some appetizers. And then he just never came back. Period. Never came to take our entree orders. After being there an hour and a half my wife went to find the waiter, got the check and we left to get some takeout pizza at home. Just horrible.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner-November 8th
    Chamo2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We went to Stinking Rose for my wife's birthday. I had the Nero Ravioli, and my wife had the lasagna. The food was good, the place seems to be best fit for tourists, and not locals. The front desk forgot to tell the server to add a birthday celebration to our dinner, and gave us garlic ice cream to make up for it. The garlic ice cream was a great twist on the garlic flavor. I would recommend it for everyone to try this place once.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mrskkhud
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our celebration turned out perfect at The Stinking Rose! Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    KathyinIL
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We were very excited to try this restaurant. It was mediocre and we will not go there again. Service was slow. We waited 15 minutes to be seated.....with a reservation. It took a long time to get our waiter attention and subsequent visits by him were infrequent. The food was pretty typical. My sons pepperoni pizza was nothing special. We ate ribs and they were also pretty typical.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stinking fun time!
    INedaMint
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our group of four had a wonderful time. I recommend the Chicken and Asparagas entree. It was delicious and so big we shared it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!!
    Teserita
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Great place to eat! Pasta was simply delicious!! And house wine too
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • glovesmVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We were placed in the side room with hanging bottles and it was fairly hot and stuffy in there. The food was great - crab and peel and eat shrimp and garlic ice cream. The service was on point with our waitress checking in on us regularly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Garlic paradise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    If you love garlic, this restaurant is a MUST! Unbelievable portions of garlic cloves served at a single seating.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Garlic central
    ManfromNantucket
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    If garlic is not your thing steer clear of this restaurant but if you adore garlic as I do this place will make you smile with delight. One of the better meals we had during our stay in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice food, slow service
    JulianS
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I ate here with my partner and a friend after seeing it listed in a guide book. The restaurant interior is pleasant if not exceptional, with a strong garlic theme, as you'd expect. I found the location of a shop immediately inside the door to be a little strange, almost as though this was a retail outlet first and foremost, and a restaurant second. The food itself was good, flavoursome and hot. Obviously there's a strong garlic flavour to everything, how much you love it personally will dictate your views on the taste, but the quality was definitely good. I found the service to be slow however, and the waiters seemed disinterested, which was a shame. I'm glad we tried it, but probably wouldn't return. It's worth a visit as a one-off
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  • Decent
    visitjan2014
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The food was decent but it was not as spectacular as the reviews made it seem.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice concept. Honestly espected more from the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I'd been said it was a fantastic menu full of perfectly seasoned dishes. Menu turned to be fairly good but regular, not gourmet proposals only with lots of garlic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday at the Stinking Rose
    Remnant581
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The restaurant was absolutely stellar. It was my first time, and I was not disappointed by any aspect of the food or service. A bit over-priced, but not ridiculous in that regard. I would love to return and have some of the wine, as well as more of that delicious appetizer, Bagna Calda, which I would certainly recommend as the must-have dish at The Stinking Rose. Thank you for making my day in North Beach particularly exhilarating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of SF
    HungryinEsco
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Love this place great food great service must love garlic
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stinking Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The food is amazing and the service was great!! I very highly recommend this restaurant (THE MEATLOAF WAS AMAZING!!!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food worth it, service most poor
    garlician
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    funny idea and good food, some creations are really something special and worth ordering. However, the service really eliminates the overall experience kind of...
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  • Still a SF favorite
    STaaVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    When visiting San Francisco on business or for vacation, we always reserve a spot at the Stinking Rose for one night of the trip. We tried the garlic encrusted baby back ribs. The bagna calda is an amazing appetizer, with bread.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Service
    Veey
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We dined at the Stinking Rose for my husband's 35th birthday. The experience was superb! The hostess took the cake and put it in the refrigerator for us as soon as we arrived. The waitress was top notch and she put the champagne we brought (they let you bring champagne and wine with no corkage fee) on ice for us. She even poured our glasses for us. She got all of our food orders down and was very attentive with answering our questions. We had two members of our party who arrived later. She rushed their food out so they wouldn't have to wait long for their meals. They brought the cake to us and had the lit candles on it, as well as a special birthday hat that they had for my husband to pose with. It was above and beyond my expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Dinner served in 7 minutes, service is great. You like garlic you like this place.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is by far my favorite restaurant! The food is amazing, the atmosphere is exciting. We had a romantic and fun birthday celebration dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible restaurant.
    Stephy141
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is not the first time we have been to the stinking rose. Every single time they deliver on ambiance and excellent food. The menu is diverse, and it's overall a delicious restaurant. Highly, highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jgjg
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    poor value. Food fair, portions small. Wouldn't recommend
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mbaum1
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    40 clove chicken and Bagna Calda is always amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tina
    Unsatisfied
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This is the second time I have dined at The Stinking Rose and I enjoyed this visit even more than the first. The menu selection is very good and wording is humorous as well. My boneless short ribs didn't even require a knife. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful in deciding on our choices. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. It is comfortable, the food is fabulous. It is just a fun place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed visitor
    5oinSF
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I booked a reservation upon a recommendation for our trip to SF for my 50th birthday. I noted this was the occasion in the comment box, hoping they might take notice upon our arrival. Nope nothing was said, no special service nor table was given. In fact we sat at the most crammed table in the front of the restaurant - many business people there. My 40 clove chicken meal was good. Tiramisu was ok. With all the fabulous places to eat in this city, I would not recommend. Sorry to say, but it was not what I expected and might have rather went to Olive Garden.
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  • Foodie Heaven
    Khilz
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Every single item on that menu is better than the next. Hot spot for a nice dinner and inviting guests for a quality guaranteed experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic