The Stinking Rose

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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

C
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Terrific ambiance. Much nostalgia. Food is very good, and not overly garliced!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Let’s start at the front door. When we walked in, the three staff members behind the counter didn’t greet us and we had to ask them about our reservations. They were just looking us up and down and conversing amongst themselves. Our waitress was incredible but I felt that this place did not live up to the hype. I eat garlic with almost every meal it’s such an amazing garnish and I was so excited to see it showcased. But stinking rose fell very short. I ordered the salmon to share, and my mother in law ordered the meatball spaghetti. The salmon was maybe a 3 oz cut and the acini pasta was unappetizingly slimy. The flavors were there but it was very salt forward with slight hints of garlic. There were also a couple of bones in the salmon and for being such a small portion I felt it was two too many. The meatballs in the spaghetti were the only saving grace. They were full of flavor and came in a decent portion but the spaghetti was lack luster and greasy. My wife was so excited to finally try this place for her birthday and we made the trip up from the oc, but we left never wanting to eat there again.

JA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the Stinking Rose! Great bar, divine Bagna Calda- excellent starter. Great Heavily garlic food choices and even a garlic sundae! Plus right on Columbus, the heart of North Beach.

LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, tasteful, but so so expensive.
The ingredients that make up my meal are extremely simple and inexpensive, so dinner should not be that expensive. It's a pity because the place is interesting and has a particular decoration.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was ok not very attentive hard to get attention of waiter

DG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Stinking Rose is a hot spot for me and my husband each time we visit SF from New Mexico. We have many fond memories of this place. Unfortunately, my husband passed away this summer and we were not able to return together. This time, I decided to drag my sister-in-law, cousin, and best friend along to celebrate on the day of what would have been my nine year anniversary. The food, service, and atmosphere all made it another memorable experience. Thanks for everything.

LA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Extensive menu. Wonderful food. Even had choices for one in our group who can’t have garlic. Friendly staff.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great location and value Food could be better and also french bagette will be better than the rolls

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food
Very flavoursome

SP
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing.

RW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have the best dishes using garlic. I even smash up the garlic cloved and eat it with my entree, it's that Good!

JW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Due to the beginning of Fleet Week all of the restaurants we tried to make reservation at; around Pier 39 at for 16 people, they said no because fleet week started on Sunday and we could go on their waitlist. On Friday afternoon as a last resort we made reservation at the Stinking Rose and by 4 pm I had a confirmation for Saturday at 1 pm. The restaurant was very clean and offered a variety of seating options. we were promptly seated in a great locations, so that everyone could be apart of any of our conversations. Our waiter was very attentive and a lot of fun. He seemed to know what we needed before we did and his support staff was excellent and attentive. When we made our reservation we were unsure if everybody in the group liked the idea of a restaurant that serves "Garlic with a Side of Food". After lunch was over; all that everyone could talk about was the great service and how great the food tasted all the way down to the Garlic Ice Cream. The Drinks that were served were right on and tasted like they should. The total for the lunch was very reasonable and it was even less than what I expected. After leaving the Restaurant, everyone in our party was talking about how soon they wanted to come back we had people from Fort Bidwell, Reno, Cloverdale, Fremont, Sacramento, Santa Clara and Santa Rosa. In my opinion you would be foolish to pass up eating at the Stinking Rose, the food, the drinks, the service, the clean restrooms and the pictures on the walls are fantastic.

m
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Stinking Rose had a decor very different than the traditional restaurants. The table setting was almost spooky to some extent. In terms of food, everything had garlic in it, adding to the flavor. The complimentary bread serving was good, which could be paired with garlic pesto sauce. We ordered spinach and cheese fondue, which was baked, not what we were expecting, tasty none the less. Mushroom ravioli tasted great as well.

VR
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love garlic and they bring it!!

JC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Crammed into dark booth with little ventilation; spotty service even tho it wasn’t busy; salmon good, typical of area, ribs ok too. Best part was garlic parsley olive oil rub for bread but bread wasn’t that great. With plenty of competition, won’t go back

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Fun space, but waiter was very rushed and did not check back to see if we wanted more wine. Food was ok, nothing to write home about. Wine was mediocre and cheap tasting, even though they charged $13/glass.

MC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, drinks, and service. Our group of 8 were seated together.

T
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved my experience. May I suggest you use a different oil for the herb/garlic pesto accompaniment with the bread rolls... it didn’t blend very well nor did it taste very nice... otherwise the food was delicious

CB
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Everything was good but it was cold in the restaurant.

V
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was good but overpriced in a very loud environment, but our waitress was outstanding

KA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Delicious food, from the warm, soft bread to the juicy steaks. Will definitely be going back.

m
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the garlic ice cream! Just do it!

MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prepare for Garlic overload. Garlic everything and it's all delicious.

AS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have actually recommended the place to a number of people and the funny thing is the The Stinking Rose was recommended to us by an Icelandic friend, Ragna Kristmundsdóttir, in 2015 when we had just landed in San Francisco after driving the Pacific Coast Highway from LA. This September, four years later, we arrived again driving to SF, this time from Boston via Route 66 and the PCH again, and the only thing on our dining plan was to visit the Rose again after the great time in August 2015. So we did and that visit didn't disappoint us any more than the previous. In short, a wonderful night out, great food, very good wine, very strange experience with garlic ice cream but not bad, and last but not least, excellent staff, I think our waiter was Nick, a memorable fellow to say the least. So thank you again, staff of The Stinking Rose, and please rest assured that we will reserve one dinner night for you in all our future visits to San Francisco and keep recommending you to friends and relatives in years to come. With gratitude and good memories, Atli Steinn Gudmundsson & Rosa Lind Bjornsdottir, Iceland

SM
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice ambiance and good stick-to-the-ribs Italian soup and entrees. Waiter was very attentive and helpful. Good for my out-of-town relatives who also enjoyed the North Beach location.

CC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here the other night for our anniversary and we were visiting from out of town. My husband and I love garlic so we had to come! It was a Tuesday night at 7 and it wasn't too busy. Staff were very attentive and welcoming. The food was fantastic. I had the half order of crab and he had the shrimp linguine. I was impressed. Wish this place was on the East Coast!

j
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love dining here when I arrive in San Francisco. It’s usually between lunch and dinner time on a weekday so it’s not too crowded yet. We always get a window seat to see people walking by. The food is great. Our server was attentive to our needs. Glasses were never empty.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was amazing. Beyond everything I imagined. I love garlic so was quite happy!!!

RA
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

We were seated in a stuffy corner on the second floor where it was very warm.
Attempts with getting a table on the first floor were rebuffed with the response that it'd take an hour.
I had to search for garlic in the food served.
It is not the place as it used to be.

T
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our waiter wasn’t the friendliest of people but was efficient.

DD
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Super busy but food was prepared and delivered quickly and was delicious. fun place to celebrate a birthday.

LB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic italian restaurant with character. I enjoyed the atmosphere, the staff, and the food.

LA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Tourist trap. Not sure why all the excellent reviews because the food and service was mediocre and overpriced. Maybe we ordered the wrong food (lamb shank) but if you are true foodie I wouldn't recommend it.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had such a great meal! It’s been 18 years since I’ve eaten there and it was just as tasty as I remembered. We had the roasted garlic appetizer, ravioli and a seafood linguine, paired nicely with white wine. We ended the evening by splitting tiramisu. Yum!

m
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Staff was very friendly and helpful. Our group enjoyed our dinner!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We came here on our honeymoon (we're both garlic lovers) and this place did not disappoint!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend recommended this restaurant and enjoyed the whole experience. Decor was Italian unique enjoyed all the pictures on the wall. Food was great love all the garlic flavor and smell.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Yummy
Fun place to go

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Waited about 30 minutes for someone to take our order, specifically said that we'd like separate checks before ordering, but wasn't when we received it in the end. Also waiter seemed always in a rush and ended up carelessly tossing the receipt to one of us. It's a shame because the food it's delicious, but i won't return due to poor service. Pretty sure they were understaffed which is also unacceptable.

The Stinking Rose
Responded on September 17, 2019

We were not understaffed on Sunday 9-15-19. The server did have another large table ahead of you, but did take your order in about 10 minutes or so. You had a large group of about 10 guests and you were told that we only could separate 4 checks. Unfortunately that is all our cc system will allow us to do on each table. Sorry for any inconveniences and for you feeling that your server didn't meet your expectations. We appreciate your patronage and valued feedback.

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