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The Stinking Rose - San Francisco

325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
+1 415-781-7673
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“bread” (228 reviews)
“garlic spread” (32 reviews)
“pasta” (180 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The food is very good.......you DO have to love garlic though (we sure do)! Be sure to make reservations.More

Thank 1mreeeee
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for the 4/5 review, 1mreeeee! It's excellent you enjoyed your time with us so much! We're delighted you appreciated our delicious food. We care deeply about the happiness and satisfaction of our guests! We strive for excellence so we look forward to sharing...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Just returned from a trip to San Francisco with my best friend. Two other friends recommended The Stinking Rose to us and we were so glad they did! The lasagne was amazing as was the salad and chocolate dessert. The atmosphere was fun and our...More

Thank Cherlinka
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the great review, Cherlinka! We're happy your time with us was so wonderful! We care about our guests so we strive to offer the highest levels of service as well as fresh and delicious food. It's fantastic you enjoyed our mouthwatering dishes so...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a good meal here, very tasty Italian food. Service was good with polite waiters. Don't be put off by the name as they don't use as much garlic as most European restaurants.More

Thank bowen279
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the 4/5 review! We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your meal with us! We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service to our guests at all times so it's very pleasing to hear that we were able to accommodate you during your visit....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant came highly recommended to us by anyone who had previously visited San Francisco. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was very underwhelmed. I like garlic, but I don't looooove garlic (yes, I know this is a garlic restaurant -- I certainly...More

Thank Sarah S
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We appreciate the feedback, Sarah. We're happy you had a pleasant meal with us despite not exceeding your expectations. We'll address your concerns with the appropriate members of our team moving forward. We do hope to host you again soon for a more positive experience.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just arrived in the city for our first night and the hotel we were at recommended this place. Fun spot and very good food. Love the garlic chain linked that runs throughout the restaurant. Efficient staff with a nice variety of food options. Lot's...More

Thank golfingfuninthesun
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review, golfingfuninthesun! We're happy your time with us was so wonderful! We care about our guests so we strive to offer the highest levels of service as well as fresh and delicious food. It's fantastic you enjoyed our mouthwatering dishes so...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Eclectic menu where garlic is king. I chose the chicken with 40 cloves of garlic. The garlic comes on the side so looks a little daunting at first. But the garlic was well roasted and not too strong. Also, prosecco by the carafe is an...More

Thank John_and_Alison
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the great rating, John and Alison! We are always working very hard to provide a high-quality experience for all of our guests. It's great to hear that you had a lovely experience with us! We hope you plan on visiting us again...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We LOVED the atmosphere and the starter (DO have the bagna calda). We were hoping to find a lot of garlic in our mains but where somewhat disappointed. Taste was ok, but not wow. Espresso was almost ok. All in all a bit expensive for...More

Thank Caroline B
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the feedback, Caroline. While it's great you enjoyed your time with us so much, we regret that your food didn't meet your expectations. We hold ourselves to a higher standard so we'll be sure to discuss your feedback with our team moving...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We showed up right at the 12-noon opening. We went to this restaurant based upon a strong recommendation from a bartender down at Fisherman's Wharf. The Stinking Rose is located in the North Beach area which is quite busy and a unique mix of businesses....More

Thank Kroneo
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing the outstanding review, Koreno! It was a pleasure hosting you and providing you with a perfectly cooked meal. Serving our guests only the most exceptional cuisine is something we take very seriously and we couldn't be happier that you had such...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

hmm ..we went on the recommendation of friends...but they were there a few years ago... we ordered a pizza which was, at best, ok and a pasta dish which was good but nothing special...waiters seemed somewhat disinterested..prices fine for San Francisco but..bottom line,we would not...More

Thank 973barbarae
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We appreciate the feedback, Barbara. We regret that your time with us was less than ideal. It's unfortunate our cuisine and service didn't meet your expectations. We take issues and concerns very seriously. If we are unable to pinpoint your contact information from our dining...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’m back and forth on this one. The ambiance was fun and different. I love the concept and the food was good. As a strong lover of garlic I was expecting the food to be a little stronger on the garlic flavor. That could be...More

Thank Maura E
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review, Maura! We're happy you had a pleasant experience with us! It's lovely you enjoyed our ambiance so much. That's what we like to see! However, we regret that our food and service didn't exceed your expectations. We endeavor to...More

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traveling_jennyd
2 June 2017|
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Response from vegasandrea |
I just spoke with the host at the restaurant. They don't offer gluten free pasta.
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Michael Z
22 August 2016|
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Response from arober | Reviewed this property |
No, the restaurant doesn't have any parking. We took Uber.
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Mike1720
18 February 2016|
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Response from Alyson425 | Reviewed this property |
They have a liquor license, so I wouldn't think so. We ordered a bottle of wine.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
    (Broadway)
  • Public Transportation: Muni Lines: 8BX, 45 and 41
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-781-7673
  • E-mail
Description
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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