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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LT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Terrible food... tourist trap

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

It’s was a great experience but the decor could definitely be revamped....Loved the theme as well

OT
Indiana
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pasta was good. Bread wasn't great. 4 out of 5 all around. Dessert was Tiramisu, it was grainy. Could have been better.

A
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great meal here and never disappoints me! I will be back!

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went on a week night earliest booking, so it was good

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience1

The food was average. We ate their Crab, which didn't taste good. At the end of the meal both my g/f and I felt stomach sick. The atmosphere was alright, the issue was that our seat was super cold.
Would not go back nor recommend.

S
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I visited the Stinking Rose after a recommendation from a coworker. I am not from San Francisco and am only in town for work. I ordered the garlic prime rib and my friend ordered the spaghetti and garlic meat balls. The prime rib was good; the garlic flavor wasn’t over powering and all around flavor was there. If I could have a do-over, I’d get the same thing my friend did. His spaghetti and meatballs was better than the prime rib.

The service here is what killed this experience for us. Our server came and asked us what we wanted to drink. My friend doesn’t drink alcohol and ordered a soda, the. The server turned to me and in a condescending manner asked if I was sticking with water. I had not finished reading the drink menu so I said yes and he just turned and walked away. I did later order a Pinot noir to go with my prime rib. When the server returned with the soda and asked if we were ready to order, I informed him this was our first time and we were from out of town, and what he suggested between mussels, prime rib and the spaghetti. He just said “prime rib” and that was it. No explanation of the dishes, no providing of options or other suggestions of maybe something I missed on the menu that is delicious. We placed our order, he walked away and our food came VERY fast, maybe 6-8 minutes later. We were impressed with that. Dinner was ate, desert cards were thrown on the table and that was the end of our interaction with our server. I hope this was just a one-off situation, but it really killed our experience here for how much we spent.

The Stinking Rose
Responded 6 days ago

I want to personally apologize for the lack of service you received @The Stinking Rose Sunday night. By no means is that reflective of what our service standards are all about. We pride ourselves in giving quick, courteous, friendly and helpful service to all our valued guests. It would appear that last night you did not receive what we train all our servers to deliver. Again my apologies for one of my staff members who failed to deliver. Peter Demarest GM

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food as always

RL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The place is noisy, not a good place for a romantic date, more for a family or friends reunion. The food is good, the service is also good. I strongly recommend to do reservations, because it's busy. As all San Francisco, the price of the dishes is high considering is a casual place, it will be around $50 per person without drinks.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Came for for thanksgiving dinner, made reservations and was walked over to our table right away. The restaurant was super busy and lots of people waiting to be seated. We ordered clam pasta with soupa de pesque i know I’m that’s wrong but it is another name for cioppino. The food did not take long to come out and did not disappoint.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a good experience & the food is always hella good. One of my go to places in the city

TC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best restaurant in SF. If you love garlic this is the only place to go. My go to place in SF to eat. Literally, I won't go to any other restaurants when I'm in the city. From their prime rib to their potato soup.. it's all wonderful. I took my family there for Thanksgiving this year, and they weren't disappointed. I talk about this establishment all the time. The service was warm, and attentive even with the holiday crowd. It can be on the pricey side, but I wouldn't let that deter me! You have to try it if you haven't already!

SJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and service was attentive and fast

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was good and also the food

D
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Was disappointed with the food. I can make a way better Bolognese. Pizza my daughter offered was awful crust. Liked the interior and service, but wouldnt return because obviously there is better pasta in north beach to be found. Bummer I had always wanted to try this place

SW
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my daughters Sweet 16 at The Stinking Rose and we loved it. Our waiter was wonderful and made the evening very enjoyable we even made sure to share cake with him. Thank you for the great service every time we come it’s an enjoyable experience.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience

p
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was delicious as always! Our waiter seemed to be preoccupied as we had to keep hunting him down for service. The management should work with their staff on checking id's for drinking. Will definitely go back!

T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious! The rib eye is a must.

m
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Served too much dishes at once made all specials getting cold. Otherwise, it is always great for SF seafoods!

GL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing stinks about this place amirite??!!
Perfect for garlic seekers. Great time.

KB
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

You pay for the experience. The food is pretty average and so relatively overpriced. But you will enjoy yourselves simply for the novelty of it all.

R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food in the experience is wonderful. This time out the service was noticeably slow. And I had to ask for more garlic sauce for my crab.

s
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

YES!!! Food was the best pasta ever! I'll be back for sure and would recommend to everyone.

AD
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish!!! If you have never had their creamed spinach, you are missing out

J
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We was with the group, was some mistake with the orders plus I personally recieved cold pasta. Should be better with this high prices

SM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Not impressed at all. This was our 1st time eating here and will not be back.

SM
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
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 on November 12, 2019
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 on November 11, 2019
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!

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