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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Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

If you like garlic, this is your place.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service was dry, took forever to get our bill had to go to the counter and give the server my credit card and they missed up in my order. I order the prime rib and they brought out a ribeye so I had to wait additional 15 minutes for my food. I ordered some sparkling wine and the sever didn’t poor it and didn’t give a can to keep the wine cold unless asked for.

KS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early ish reservation and was seated right away in a lovely booth. My son was a little bothered by the brightness & we asked if we could move, the staff was so accommodating! Our dinners came & we were all very happy with all of them! Thank you Stinking Rose for an amazing time with family! We'll have great memories of your place for a long time!

H
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The Food was to greasy, the service to fast and as we were sitting next to the service station, it was very loud - they throw everything just into the boxes, what was so noisy at our table. It’s extremely expensive. I would say, it’s just a tourist trap.

L
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been talking about coming here for years and finally got our act together for a night in the city. The food was delicious and the ambiance was fun!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had wanted to come to this restaurant since 2007 after seeing it on Unwrapped, hosted by Marc Summers (of double dare fame, for my cohort). After 13 years I finally got to go, and as a garlic lover, I was not in the least bit disappointed. I melted like a candle in front of my wife (we were on our honeymoon) when each dish had more and more garlic. Every clove formed a degree in the most beautiful garlic sunset I have ever experienced. It was almost as a miracle to me. It was really good. Go eat there.

TK
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a wonderful experience. Everything we ordered was delicious.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was good a little expensive for what we got.

E
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Heard about it from a friend and it did not disappoint. I would recommend the salmon if you go there, it was delicious!

HA
Anchorage
45 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in San Franciso for a conference and found The Stinking Rose in Little Italy.....it was amazing! The food was delicious and did not disappoint with all the garlic! The service was awesome and they were very attentive. If we go back to San Francisco in the future, we will definitely go there again!

OT
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d like to visit this restaurant again. It’s very nice and good.

G
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food. Tight quarters for large groups. Excellent service.

n
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Definitely worth every penny and definitely going back. Service was great as well.

AC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and cooked just the way I liked it, and the ambiance was amazing. I would definaltely recommend the Stinking Rose if you have never been.

PC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food; great times! Service and food phenomenal...

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Rib eye is very fatty and a lil tough.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I’ve been to this restaurant several times and this night was way off. Food just wasn’t as good as it used to be. Things came out undercooked or overcooked. I’m guessing it was because it was Valentine’s Day and the staff seemed very miserable. Stinking Rose might be a hard pass for special occasions.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived early but were seated later than our reservation time. We ordered 3 entrees but only received 1 entree. After we finished the 1st entree, we waited over an hour for the last two entrees before we lost our appetite and left. Several tables that arrived after us received their food, finished eating and left before us. It was absolutely the worst service we've ever had dining at a restaurant.

a
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stinking Rose is a necessary stop every time we visit San Francisco. I’ve been dreaming of the roasted garlic hot tub cauldron since we got back home to Portland. Can’t wait to come back.

ID
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got there early and they set us up right away!!! They were very pleasant and efficient. It was a very busy night (Valentines Day) our sever was very pleasant.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day!!

HM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I've been there many moons ago, but was dissatisfied with our Valentine night. It was sad how this place has rundown over time. Our waiter was just a waiter...his attitude was as if a newbie. Our food was cold....COLD. We ordered 3 prime rib dinners, 2 Lite and one Large cut, Medium-rare for the Large cut and Lite cuts, and medium-well for the other. The time for the food to come was fine, I can understand a busy Friday, yet Valentine night, but it was cold. The Medium-rare steak (stake) was as if cut off the cow right there. Bloody, extremely.
ALL DISHES CAME OUT COLD. The veggies, creamed spinach and YG mashed potatoes were lightly warmed as if from the microwave. There was no taste to the steaks even.
Paying a premium price for Prime Rib of this class was a travesty.
I was embarrassed on behalf of my guests. This was unexceptable.
We sent everything back though we didn't wait that long for the correction, it was a matter-of-fact to our waiter. There was no apology and no recourse. We also asked to speak with the manager but they never came.
250+ dollars later, I would like an apology and a refund of our meal. Please have the manager contact me via this email.
I expected more from The Stinking Rose.

Thank you
HM

DH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at the Stinking Rose with our party of 9. The restaurant wasn't insanely crowded until the end of our service, despite it being Valentine's Day. The service was fast and professional; I'm always impressed with the ability of this place to turn out entrees quickly and to a high standard of quality regardless of the size of the crowd. Food was excellent! I had the Garlic in a Hot Tub as an appetizer, and the lasagna, and both were excellent. Highly recommend this place, especially for groups.

P
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, delicious food. This place is perfect for garlic lovers! Garlic ice cream is the best!!!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great atmosphere, great great food, waiter was polite and he joked around with us which was very pleasing food came out quickly and was delicious top notch stinking rose San Francisco a must go to place when visiting the city by the bay

KS
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!! Great great great experience here in San Francisco definitely will return

CA
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was stinkingly delicious!!!! Will come back to SF just for the food!

G
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Ribeye for $41.99 - swimming with olive oil, no savor, not worth the price. Only taste good is the bread.

SG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great institution for garlic lovers. Wide variety of garlic themed dishes.. A fun place to visit!

JL
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Years ago I visited the Stinking Rose and had their Prime Rib. I was soooooo excited to have the garlic crusted Prime Rib again. I ordered it medium in the large cut which is 16oz I believe. The knife could not even cut through the prime rib without such force as to almost break the plate. The amount of fat that was left on the plate I would imagine was 8oz, so half of what I ordered was inedible. There was no flavor in the meat except for whrn I would smear the Bagna Calda garlic on it. The best thing on the plate was the Yukon Gold garlic potatoes. I spent $50 on a cut of meat that was garbage, im sorry to say.

JC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Stinking Rose was suggested to us from a relative and my goodness I'm glad we chose to come here for dinner! The whole experience was lovely.

MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The food was ok the main reason for the low rating
When we were finished the young man package the food when we went to eat the remaining pizza he packed it upside down it was not eatable we were very upset....

AT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! They even celebrated my birthday which was so kind and considerate. Thank you, we will be back.

AD
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I had pretty high expectations given the rating was "amazing" on opentable. However, I definitely wish we would have tried somewhere else for restaurant week. It is great they have a "hook" (garlic) and stick to it but to me the quality of the food is just much lower than nearby restaurants -- it is little Italy after all! Drinks/Wine were overpriced as well.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La comida deliciosa. Era cumpleaños de mi hija y le cantaron con pastel

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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice restaurant with very good italian food

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

My husband and I went there on a date last week and it was just OK. It was a nice place and we liked our waiter. However the food was just bland and not really that garlicky. It’s a cool place to go to for the experience, but I don’t think we will be going back. We can get better pasta in our kitchen. The garlic ice cream was actually great though,We would go back just for dessert. I don’t need to tell you that it was overpriced because you already know it’s in San Francisco so you know what you’re in for.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Restaurant Week - lovely little salad, full entree, and dessert per person was a great value. Our server was awesome. The restaurant is larger and we saw several large parties coming out but it was still a fun date night for 2. Of course it’s a little kitschy, but that’s part of the charm! It has a fun and lively ambiance, loved the 42 clove chicken (delicious crispy skin and very moist), and my fiancée loved the meatloaf with side of mashed potatoes. We had a great time

AH
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The crab and bread we got were okay but the pasta was pretty bad...

r
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always a good experience at the Stinking Rose. I enjoy taking out of town guests here for it's unique vibe, garlic lovers paradise and always super friendly staff. If you're going with a group - be sure to make a reservation and maybe request to be seated in an area big enough to accommodate everyone, it can get tight at some of the tables.
Overall, always a solid good choice for Italian with homemade flair.

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