About 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!

325 Columbus
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Daily 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Broadway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 781-7673 ext. 1

Website:
http://www.thestinkingrose.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking can be difficult. There are city lots located on Vallejo between Stockton and Powell.

Public Transit:
Muni Lines: 8BX, 45 and 41

Executive Chef:
J. C. Becerra

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Season's Greetings! Let's spend the Holidays together! Please book your reservation early, as we fill up quickly!

The Stinking Rose Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (66)
Casual (60)
Good for a Date (58)
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Good for Birthdays (55)
Special Occasion (54)
Neighborhood Gem (53)
Authentic (52)
Creative Cuisine (49)
Comfort Food (47)
Fit for Foodies (43)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Cozy (37)
Romantic (36)
Good for Groups (36)
Worth the Drive (35)
Great for Lunch (27)
People Watching (24)
Hot Spot (23)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Kid-friendly (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Spicy (12)
Business Meals (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Happy Hour (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Scenic View (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vegan (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

The stinking rose is good for what it does. Average menu with decent food, but nothing interesting except for the focus on garlic. A fun evening, but not an exceptional dining experience.

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 (London)·Dined 5 days ago

A restaurant with a difference - if you like garlic pay it a visit. Good food, excellent service. Definitely worth a visit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Everything was very good. My only objection was all menu items were overpriced.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

I have been to the stinking rose 3 times, all have been wonderful. This last time I took my cousin from Seattle, who is on her own new personal journey, to a special place I knew she wouldnt forget. She loved it! And of course, I did too

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Sinking Rose is a nice place. Be sure to make reservations. Stick with the iron skillet seafood options. Yum.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Was alright

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We were given a gift certificate. However, while we sat in a location with a view to the street.It did not give us a chance to see the true ambiance and character of the restaurant until we had to use the restrooms and then saw the character the place had. I am not sure I would come back again. The food was excellent. The service was ok.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

We love garlic. This spot will put your love for garlic to the test. Totally worth the trip. Gigi was very attentive and very knowledgeable

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Amazing food, amazing ambience.
I had a large group, and we got a seat right away. Staff was great - but I think it must have been busy because we didn’t see our waiter often.

Also - as is true for most food in San Fran, the price was really high.

However - the food we had was amazing.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The portions were too small otherwise the taste was good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The lamb shank it's my favorite!!! The parking price and the long drive it's really worth to taste the delicious food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Romantic, Great Beer, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was one of my favorite restaurants in the world. I would recommend it to anyone visiting San Fran. Living in Colorado I made these reservations months ahead of time. I may have come on a bad night but this experience was only average. The food was good but not as great as normal and the service was slow and unfriendly. The place was not as busy as I have seen it normally so this confused me.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My third time here. Here's why. First - no corkage so you can enjoy your favorite wine. Second - great steamed clams - my favorite of anywhere I've been in these past decades Third - what a great value. Generous portions at fair prices of really tasty stuff. I'm sure I'll be back.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The atmosphere is wonderful here! Full of old pictures, unique decorations, conversation starters are all over the place. The food is amazing and wait staff are attentive and friendly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Limited menu, but good choices. Dessert menu is lackluster. Tiramisu is not made with original recipe which is made with coffee rather than alcohol.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Highly overrated. Would never recommend to anyone. Potato garlic soup like water and no potatoes and the crust on top was raw. Everyone at our table had overcooked food. The one positive thing was that the lettuce in their ridiculously boring salad was fresh.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

For a classic Italian north beach restaurant the food was not very good.
I had spaghetti and meatballs. How hard is that? Noodles were dry and pasty, sauce mediocre.
Salad was wilted. Definitely would not recommend or go back to stinking rose with so many
other good restaurants near by.
I could easily make better at home

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Neat place and concept, but vastly overrated and overpriced. Food was just okay. The dessert that came with the fixed price meal was inedible - just plain bad.
With so many other restaurants to choose from, we would not go back.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

We had a group of 8 for dinner and the service was awesome, very friendly staff and food was delicious. A garlic lovers place for sure!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Pricey for what you get, and what you get isn’t very good. Portions & taste of our food wasn’t good. The salad was acceptable in price & size, but that was all. I say, skip this restaurant! And when I made the reservation, I stated that it was for a birthday....other tables got sang to & maybe a special dessert, we got nothing.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This place is really different than other restaurants in North Beach. It's got a unique vibe and ambiance and a themed menu. I wouldn't say it's a must see if you are on a quick visit to the city, but if you are here for an extended stay, this is definitely a very unique place that you should check out.
Note: if you are on a date night, all options have loads of garlic, which means you'll both leave stinking and won't notice your paramour's stench ;)

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fun
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Wonderful, fantastic food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The stinking rose was a recommendation from a friend, and will be a recommendation to friends from us. Although it’s a bit gimmicky with over the top garlic love, the food was delicious. We both had pasta and the gnocchi was perfectly cooked! It’s short of 5 stars because
- it was a little too hot in the restaurant, could use some better air flow
- service was good but lacked anything special
- a bit gimmicky and a tad overpriced

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 (London)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Wow, amazing food and great fun!!
Loved the stinking rose

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Fantastic food, love all the garlic! Great staff! Definitely will go again!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Always a go to destination when visiting San Francisco!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fun, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

AMAZING food. Fast service. Just overall a great experience.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Husband Birthday

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was delicious and it was such a fun place!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Always great food and a wonderful environment!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

The Stinking Rose is one of those restaurants that you love to find that all of the locals already know about. The setting was wonderful, the service was exceptional and the staff really made you feel special for a wonderful evening of dining. The Stinking Rose is our new favorite restaurant in San Francisco! We will be back.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

a friend suggested this place to me for my birthday. we went on a Saturday evening around 8pm. Our food took a really long time, most of it was cold (including the rare steak my friend ordered that had to be sent back) and to top it all off, when they sang happy birthday to me, one of the candles actually fell in my lap while it was still lit. it was a really disappointing dinner and i will not be back. try somewhere else! there are plenty of amazing restaurants in SF to choose from.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Fun, spirited restaurant... and lots of garlic! Good energy, and server was very nice. We let her know we were on a tight schedule, and she most certainly accommodated us! I was surprised at the prices for the food you were getting, but it is in the middle of the city I guess.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great service and very accommodating. Some of the dishes were hit and some just ok, but the hits were delicious (Gorgonzola ravioli was amazing!)...but keep in mind this is coming from a vegetarian. Very loud but fun atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Fun, Comfort Food, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Loved it great ambiance

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fun experience. Worth at leadt one visit

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

While vacationing in San Francisco, we went to the Stinking Rose on the recommendation of a friend. The atmosphere was casual and comfortable and the food was great. We would go there again.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

CONTEXT:
I came here tonight with my lifelong friends to celebrate my husband's birthday; our first birthday as a married couple. I called ahead 3 times to confirm our group size and to ensure the no corkage fee would still apply to our large group. All okay.


SITCH:
Tonight, we were seated in a semi-private upstairs room where there were also other customers seated. Within 5 minutes of being seated in the large echoing room, we (the party of 20) were told to be quiet. At one point, the manager even told us to use our "indoor voices". We were talking louder than normal because it was hard to hear in this type of room. But, we were a group of 20 people, are groups of that size ever quiet?

Later, the waiter moved the other patrons to a quieter part of the restaurant.
Then, the respective waiter for our upstairs room told us we ruined his chance of tips that night because we were so loud and we lost him his money due to customers leaving. I was so shocked by the unprofessionalism; later I went up to the waiter one-on-one to try to get on the same page.

MORAL:
The restaurant should reject (or better seat) parties of that size if noise is an issue, instead of ruining the experience of paying customers. We would have been more than happy to go to another restaurant.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

It's a good place to take a date the atmosphere was relaxing the food was delicious the service was excellent it was altogether a beautiful night and memorable! I loved every minute of it!! 40 garlic clove chicken out of this world!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great food and service. Garlic in every way imaginable. Well presented. Large portions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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