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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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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (57)
Special Occasion (55)
Casual (54)
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Good for a Date (53)
Neighborhood Gem (52)
Good for Birthdays (52)
Creative Cuisine (48)
Comfort Food (46)
Authentic (44)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Worth the Drive (37)
Romantic (35)
Good for Groups (34)
Cozy (28)
Hot Spot (24)
People Watching (23)
Great for Lunch (20)
Local Ingredients (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Spicy (11)
Business Meals (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Scenic View (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Family reunion. We were accommodated.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Unique because everything is soaked in GARLIC! Not recommended for date nights. It is different and the food is something you can enjoy once-in-a-while unless you are a garlic nut. The ambiance is loud, fun, casual and at time rambunctious!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 4 days ago

Very disappointed. What had happened in the past 5 years with this restaurant? It used to be one of my favorite restaurant in North Beach 20 years ago. I visited there about 5 years ago with my husband, and it was his first time there and he loved it there. We visited SF briefly this time so we visited there with expectations. Receptionist had no smile, waiter was rude with minimum service, bread was COLD and HARD, and the meatloaf was not even warm enough. Food quality went down. Such a disappointment. I do not recommend this place to my friends anymore. Sad to see good restaurant goes down like this.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 5 days ago

Bad service, low quality food for a pretty penny. There are so many wonderful restaurants in SF in this price range, you can get a lot more bang for your buck elsewhere.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Went to SF Stinking Rose with friends and enjoyed the ambiance, service and food.
Garlic ice cream was a bit "different" but the prime rib, roasted Dungeness crab and pasta dishes were all excellent. It's in the North Beach neighborhood with limited street parking but there are several parking garages nearby. Would dine here again.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

Service was very good and attentive. This restaurant can get very busy so take caution when navigating as waiters are bustling around. It's just unfortunate a work related function was seated next to our table so the atmosphere was pretty loud and obnoxious. My family could barely hear and enjoy the rest of our meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was very good. Ambiance and service was mediocre but turned much better. We were initially seated in the corner of a room in the back, upstairs. After we had been there for a couple of a while a large group came in that was very loud. We asked the waitress if she could seat us elsewhere and she was great. Put is in a cool little room with glass doors that was nice and quiet. Great experience.

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

In my opinion, a must-visit restaurant during a visit to San-Francisco. Excellent cuisine whith multiple variations of garlic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Cozy, Fun, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Our server didn’t check on us at all. The food was okay, but getting a drink refill was painful. There was a large party which may have contributed to the crap service. For $175 we expect way more!

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

We made a reservation for 4pm on a Wednesday since we were in town for the day. There was absolutely no need for the reservation since there were only 2 other groups (3-4 people) in the restaurant at this time. Our waiter was a bit awkward and only checked on us twice during our whole dining time. We had to constantly ask for refills and extra items due to never being checked up on. Now the food was amazing so please don’t let the service comment steer you the other way. We both ordered the spaghetti and meatballs and wow it was delicious. The bread was also amazing... but it was cold. I expected it to be warm at least but hey maybe that’s how they serve it. Overall it was a great meal. The service was subpar at best... but the bus boys were great and friendly! Go for the food, not the service. Oh and they throw on an extra 4.9% to “offset wages” or something. Bill: 2 spaghetti and meatballs and 1 soft drink... came out to $68. Quite pricey but overall I would pay it again for that amazing dish. Hope you have a better experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The food was delicious ... the service was on point! It’s been a few years since I’ve visited and still the service and food is spectacular. What more can you say?

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 4, 2017

It was wonderful—service was great, food was awesome and a fun place to celebrate a birthday!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I was very much llooking forward to having s great dinner at this restaurant following a show (Beach Blanket Babylon), but the restaurant fell short of expectations in so many areas! To begin with, even though we had made our reservation weeks in advance, we were seated in a small booth that was right by the bathroom and dirty dish station. We ordered our bar drinks snd appetizer first but they brought out the lukewarm Bagna Calda app very soon and no drinks. I needed to flag down our waitress and tell her I really wanted to start with drinks (and not be halfway through the app before the martini and wine was served). The timing of everything was off the entire evening. We should have learned our lesson on drinks, but ordered a second one each, which didn't come until half way through the entree. I had the vegetable lasagna, which was nothing special. I had ordered from the price fixe menu which included a very small Caesar salad which was good. We had to ask for anchovies, which is a standard request for a classic Caesar salad, but seemed to be unusual for this restaurant (although they did comply). I normally would not order dessert, but it was included in the price fixe, so I ordered it to go. I had one bite of the desert when we got home and it was tasteless, so I threw it out. My husband had the boneless short ribs which were tender. I believe the negative reviews related to this restaurant are sadly, all based in truth and although I wanted to love this restaurant, it is nothing more than a tourist trap.

With all the authentic Italian restaurants in the City and especially in the North Beach area, I would recommend saving your money and going elsewhere. The food just wasn't very good, it is expensive for what you get (small portions) and although the server was a sweet person, there seemed to be a real disconnect between the servers, the bar and the kitchen.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Loved the atmosphere, delicious food and excellent service

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Absolutely wonderful. My family and I loved the entire experience. I even bought two shirts. I had the large prime rib my wife had the smaller portion. It was so tender I could cut it with just a fork. Garlic relish served with fresh bread was a great start to a great meal. We just love the Stinking Rose !!!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Although the food was very good especially the Garlic Soaking in a Hot Tub and the Garlic Noodles, HOWEVER, I was unimpressed by the service. It was pretty busy and they brought the food out in a timely manner but that was about it. No one checked to see if we were satisfied with our meal, wanted another drink, etc., everyone was rushing around and there was no follow up until the check was provided. This is on the management for understaffing their restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We went there for out 38th wedding anniversary. Between Jerry the owner, Pete the manager, and Angel our server, they made it a very special evening for us. The food was great, the wine tasty and the service fantastic. Thank you Stinking Rose.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Guest from out of town

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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I really love this place. Every I go to San Francisco I stop by here. I buy several gifts from here for family as well. The cookbook is top notch and you must go here if you love garlic!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Really enjoyed the food it was very tasty Great service without being overwhelming Only complaint is that the drinks were like 1299 each

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Tourist trap. Good way too expensive and no other flavors distinguished only garlic. I felt so sick throughout the night

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Tasteless lamb shank, ribs only slightly better, with no vegetables suggested. Service good and a good table for people watching in the window. Overall average and would not recommend.

Tags: People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great way lace and good was wonderful! Fun had by all!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

pricey and not unique for North Beach. I think there are better options for the cost.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Second time visit and food was very dissappointing. Food was served cold and waited long time. I️ would not recommend or return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Loved it! I will definitely visit again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Quelle déception... Assez cher et finalement plutôt fade. Le fameux ail qui fait la renommée du lieu n'a pas beaucoup de goût. En entrée, le pain/foccacia était froid et sec (acheté chez Costco sans doute), les lasagnes aux légumes étaient à peine tièdes et les pâtes aux boulettes de viande oubliées aussitôt ingérées. Seules les boulettes de viande au fromage prisent en entrée etaient délicieuses. En ce qui concerne le lieu, l'espace intérieur est grand et bruyant, il est constitué par des pièces sur différents niveaux qui s'imbriquent les unes aux autres. Quant à nous, nous avons été placés sur une sorte de terrasse extérieure couverte, décorée de plantes en plastique et faiblement éclairée par des lampes rouges... Le repas a été bercé par le doux bruit du moteur de la climatisation. Enfin, il est à noter que la personne à l'acceuil et le serveur avaient visiblement suivi le même stage pour apprendre à ne jamais sourire. Un petit mot pour résumer l'unique toilette pour hommes: sordide (celles pour femmes sont mieux paraît il)

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great for large groups and appeared to be a great place for birthdays. Only downside is the smell of garlic after you leave!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I used to frequent the Stinking Rose when I lived in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the quality of service and food have since gone down the drain. My husband and I dined here with my parents and I was really excited for my parents to experience it as they have never been. Unfortunately, I was disappointed and a bit embarrassed. Our server was not very personable. When inquiring about the wines, he seemed annoyed that we hadn't just made a decision off the bat. Then the food... what happened to the sizzling plates? The shrimp and mussels were TINY.

Sad to say... as I truly used to love this restaurant... but I will not be back.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

AWESOME!!! Great food & service. Highly recommend. Kid friendly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 24, 2017

One of the my favorite restaurants in all of SF. The food is always great and the garlic ice cream is fantastic!

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was horrible. The steak and fish dishes were over cooked, the mashed potatoes were like a hockey puck. I’ll never be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a very rough time at Stinking Rose. Although we arrived 10 minutes early for our reservation, the maitre d would not even speak to us. There was a mob outside the front door suggesting that the restaurant had greedily overbooked itself for Thanksgiving. Speaking of doors they left the door to the street open the entire evening freezing the diners. Our waiter was surly and arrived very late.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food for garlic lovers! Excellent service! A little noisy but that’s just the nature of the venue!

Tags: Spicy, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Met out-of-town friends in the city for the holiday. I was grateful they were open on Thanksgiving Day as my first four choices were not. All their food is pre frozen - crab fish garlic vegetables - yet the price is more in the fine dining range. And they don’t admit to the pre frozen quality as I asked if the crab was fresh and was assured it was. That’s a big fat lie. It’s more a Denny’s coffee shop quality, okay in a pinch but otherwise....

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

My family and I ate at the Stinking Rose on Thanksgiving. I chose this restaurant because it was open on the holiday (when many others were not) and because of its fun location in North Beach. The enclosed booth we were seated in was pleasant noise-wise, but felt cramped and claustrophobic. The food and service were certainly adequate, but not outstanding, and I don't think I would return for dinner on any other day of the year.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Overrated! Garlic bland. Service friendly but bad. Expensive...not worth the money

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Delicious as always!! Made my yearly trek to S F and was rewarded with GARLIC!!!!! Wonderful mussels and prawns. Great wine. I'll be back again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Fun place to eat! Salmon was great :) we came back after 4 years we enjoyed it so much the first time!

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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