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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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Ordered the ribeye based on the server’s recommendation. Wanted to order the prime rib. Steak was well done when I ordered medium rare. Didn’t say anything it for $41.99 I think it should be cooked correctly.

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vipMMSF
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

The best thing I can say about The Stinking rose is that the service was good; our server was pleasant and attentive. The food was okay but not worth the price. Prices were similar to many other San Francisco restaurants, but the food was not nearly as good as the general standard in the city. The bread rolls did not taste fresh and seemed a bit stale. The linguine with shrimp was decent, but not worth the price. Same with the lamb shank that my husband ordered. I did not like the booths that we were seated in, with their tent-like covers. I felt claustrophobic in the small booth.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I ordered the Prime Rib 28oz, worst prime rib I’ve ever had.
Tough, hard to cut too man tendons. For the price was terrible, especially when it was my birthday dinner event.

Never again I would go, terrible experience.

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vipChicagoeater
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Had the lamb and waiter recommended a nice wine pairing.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Staff non attentive, the restaurant was empty. We went on the Big Bus Tour recommendation. Food was basic, very garlicky yes, which was why we went but nothing special and really overpriced. We only had 1 meal more expensive on our holiday which was Gordon Ramsay's Hells Kitchen so not great value I'm afraid. Won't be back.

KM
KristieM
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Slow service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Dated atmosphere, low quality ingredients and disappointing experience.

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ChristaH
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

quirky restaurant, with heavy emphasis on garlic. Not necessarily far out of the box dining but good straightforward dining. You will need breath mints the next day :)

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RossE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Consistent great food if you love all things garlic. The staff are accommodating and friendly. My medium rare ribeye was a bit beyond well done. No longer my favorite place to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like garlic.. This is definitely the place! Fresh garlic pesto with warm bread and extra to put on your entree. I didn't try the garlic ice cream but have been told it's excellent. We made reservations and we're seated as soon as we arrived. Husband had the large ribeye and I the lasagna 😍. A must when visiting San Francisco 👍

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Wyldbull
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here a couple of times and try to make it whenever we get to SF ... great food, as always. We had the spaghetti with meatballs and the ravioli. Both were very good. Nick, our server, was very nice and provided excellent service.

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Queequeg75
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience2

I will say the service was excellent: the greeting by the host was wonderful, I wish I could remember our server's name, he was very accommodating, but the food quality was just yuck. Ordered the portobello mushroom plate: the two anemic mushrooms were dry, unseasoned, the two pasta dishes had no sauce at all. A side of vegetables was also unseasoned and bland. Don't order garlic bulb; it was a huge mess to get out of the bulb. There was a lady seated behind us that had the most piercing voice, who blathered on and on and on about her job, which made the experience at the restaurant a drag. The muddy-sounding and somewhat loud music wasn't remotely Italian at an Italian place in North Beach. Not recommended.

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vipTheVance
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

If you like garlic, this is your place.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
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.

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KathyS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
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!

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
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.

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Lissy
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
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.

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TiffanyK
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a wonderful experience. Everything we ordered was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was good a little expensive for what we got.

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Eduardo
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!

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vipHope4suninAK
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipGreg
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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number1place
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.

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AndreaC
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.

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PatrickC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Rib eye is very fatty and a lil tough.

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sargebeats
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipStorminNorman
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you love garlic, this is the place to go. Standard Italian fare with plenty of garlic to go around. You may reek for days, but it is well worth it!

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vipaddressforbarb
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.

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IpoD
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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day!!

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HaigM
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

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DerekH
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.

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Patrick
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!!!

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OpenTable Diner
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

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vipKatherineS
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CA
CarlosA
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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The Stinking Rose is rated 4.3 stars by 6201 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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