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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SM
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Perhaps it was an “off” night. We ordered prime rib and it was barely edible. The garlic appetizer was tasty but the rolls served were cold. At $49 for a prime rib, one would expect a better cut of meat.
The chicken entree with garlic was good but not exceptional.
I would not return.

c
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Garlic rolls and lamb shank were luscious and memorable. Onion soup with pastry crust, unusual and worth ordering again. Margaritas, adequate. Garlic ice cream, a curiosity.

MJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Fun atmosphere.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Two out of 3 steaks cooked improperly. Server didnt really connect with us as costumers.

OE
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We love the Stinking Rose. Make time for dinner there each time we're in San Francisco, which is every 6-8 years. It's a fun place and food is good.

NO
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This place was alright. The crab feast for 4 was okay. The crab is cooked in loads of butter which I don’t particularly care for. I also ordered the portabello mushroom dish. The veggies were over roasted and burnt. The server was nice however, he asked would you like anything else? We replied no, to which he responded okay because the kitchen is closed. For that reason I would say this was a 3 star experience. I probably would not return for a second dining.

TR
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The servings are significantly smaller and I felt robbed paying $29.99 for EACH of our meal granted they were delicious I just dont feel it was worth that much. The seafood I ordered though, felt like its been sitting in the warmer. Felt warm to the touch but it was dry. Ambience needed some update it just felt dirty and dusty. Our server was great and we were seated right away bec of the reservation. Gralic was amazing and the bread was magnifique!

AZ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun atmosphere and good food and service at reasonable prices!

KA
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in a party of 4 and everyone order something different from Caesar salad to Clams with squid ink pasta. Everything was great.

WL
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like garlic, this is the place to be. The food was amazing, the ambiance intriguing, and the service was wonderful.

DH
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants, the food was great atmosphere was comfortable and lively. Want to go back as soon as possible

LM
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service from Z , yummy food, highly recommend loved the little tent sitting area, private and cosy

d
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Stinking Rose was amazing! Everyone in our group loves garlic so it was perfect for us. Peter was very accommodating for our group: Even though they were technically closed at the time we signed up for through OpenTable, he still honored our reservation. As for the food, a lot of members of our group got the lamb, which was fall-off-the-bone tender. I would also recommend the Garlic Soaking in a Hot Tub. Overall, would recommend this place to anyone who loves garlic!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal as usual. Fun atmosphere and great location. If you love garlic then this restaurant is perfect for you. 40 clove garlic chicken is my favorite.

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife had the ribeye and I had the prime rib. Both were excellent!

BM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food - so glad we had a chance to visit! Had heard of it for years, one of my new favorites when I visit San Francisco!

SK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went here for a birthday dinner and ambiance is casual but fun. Restaurant decor is fun and lively. Service was great and provided a birthday song and free dessert. Recommend the 40 cloves of garlic chicken! Garlic sauce was delicious!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The day i walked into the stinking rose, i fell in awe. It was so amazingly decorated and fitting. I visited with my girlfriend, and we came on a date, we had been talking about this place for quite a while, and when it happened, we completed a Dream. The food was amazing and way beyond what we expected. Garlic overload, and it didn’t bother us one bit. The service was exceptional and everyone was so lovely and important to the experience. I know We will visit again sometime soon.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with great service!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

I saw a mouse run across the floor by my booth. I didn't tell the other guest I was dinning with until the next day, because I highly recommend this place from a previous visit. Food was still good, but that blew it for me. SO SAD!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice place for a birthday lunch.

SM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Overall everything was good. except the waiter was rushing the whole time!! I love my prime rib. love the way they brought out the garlic hat for the birthday boy (that's really cute)

JA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been wanting to eat at The Stinking Rose for years. We have eaten several times at one of their sister restaurants, The Dead Fish.

We were very pleased with the food, service and ambiance, and will definitively return one day for dinner again.

JS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The idea that a restaurant that celebrates garlic is appealing however the tag line on the printed version of the menu should have served as a warning. It says something to the effect like garlic is the star and is dressed in food which is VERY ACCURATE. I expected the majority of the dishes to highlight garlic as an ingredient. Instead garlic is the center piece which in may opinion destroys the main components.

The all 80s playlist contained a lot of my personal favorites but was totally non-congruent with the restaurant setting. We liked the intimacy of the booth we were sat in despite feeling like a cramped alley. While we waited a very long time between visits from our server I couldn't help but notice the amount of dust that has accumulated on top of the cloth booth coverings. I silently wondered if this is how the front of the house looks I wonder what the back of house looks like. This was further reinforced after a stop in the restroom on the way out.

P.S. Do NOT indicate special occasion is birthday unless you would like to thoroughly embarrass your guest of honor with wearing a garlic hat warn by countless others and a Chili's restaurant style rendition of happy birthday being sung by the staff.

OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome booth awesome food.

JP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Stinking Rose has been in SF for over 30 years because that was when I was last there. Quaint environment with private booths, not fancy just a relaxed eatery for garlic lovers

FN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Over all it was great and the food and service was very good also.

DK
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Only thing I did not like. There was no air conditioning. It was very warm inside.

N
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. Loved it

NL
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing was outstanding in this restaurant.
The service and the food were OK, but not worth the price.

B
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love garlic you'll love this place!

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was amazing! However hostess was rude and the restaurant was noisy and hot 🥵

JR
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of six enjoyed everything about our after theater dinner at The Stinking Rose.

L
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding atmosphere and experience, excellent food and very good service. Any time again!

L
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately, for our 2 birthday celebrants, this occasion did not go well. we were sat upstairs where it was cold. a few of us mentioned that it was cold and the A/C was turned off but it didn't do much good since it was a window that did not fully close. we should have been re-seated!

The food was just 'ok'. Our pizza dough could have been cooked a bit longer.

Service was not great. we had to keep asking for refills and took a long time for anyone to come by and see if we needed anything.. and just to give us our check.

We had a cake yes, but they didn't ask us if we want tea/coffee/dessert after our meal.

Overall, disappointing especially for our first timers...

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Uncomfortable seating. Overpriced mediocre food. Very limited wine selection.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

The stinking rose stinks. Food tasted under cooked and waiters were not happy to be there.

OT
Tahoe
19 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Garlic is the star! Nice pasta and sea food. Cosy place.

IW
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They never fail... 40 Clove Garlic Chicken is Great, last March I had the Lamb that was great as well,
I always have to switch back to the Chicken. Waiter Angel, very attentive. I'll be back! Thank you!

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