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The Stinking Rose

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Chinatown
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325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907 (Broadway)
+1 415-781-7673
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11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Have been to San Francisco numerous times and finally made it to the Stinking Rose. Definitely a great place to go with friends. We started off with garlic soaking in a hot tub. The prep of the garlic in this dish makes it wonderfully spreadable. Really delicious on wonderful warm rolls. We scarfed down one order and ordered another. Great... More 

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Roswell NM
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295 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyed a fun lunch with friends who recommended the Cioppino here. Tasty tomato based broth and loads of goodies inside! Also tried the fettucini alfredo with lots of yummy garlic - not overpowering, but perfectly seasoned. Just the right amount for a lunch serving. Rolls were wonderful with a parsley/fresh garlic/olive oil sauce you an pour on top. There is... More 

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Thank takrafty
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We appreciate the feedback. We're happy you had a pleasant experience with us. It's lovely you enjoyed our mouthwatering dishes and stellar ambiance and atmosphere. We aim to please so we look forward to sharing a more positive experience with you soon. More 

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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you love garlic this is the place to go friends had heard really good things about this place and wanted to go. The bread rolls were great no dish disappointed the only problem is you will shrink of garlic even the next day.

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Thank Maria H
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thank you for the excellent review, Maria! We're thrilled you had such a pleasant experience with us! We love sharing our passion for delicious food with our guests and your praise lets us know we're doing our job! We look forward to hosting you again soon! Have a lovely day! More 

Glasgow, UK
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65 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Popped in for lunch, looking for something light. Pizzas were pretty decent sized for about $15. Meatballs were the same price and arrived as 5 Ikea-sized meatballs in a generic tomato sauce with cheese on top. I think this place is better for some of their full meals - have dined in the evening several times before and would recommend... More 

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Thank BigCaz
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We appreciate the feedback. We're disappointed your time with us was less than ideal. It's unfortunate our lunch offerings didn't exceed your expectations. We'll be sure to address your concerns with the appropriate members of our team moving forward. We look forward to hosting you again soon for a more positive experience. More 

New Jersey
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73 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went here on the recommendation of friends that formerly lived in the area. Our family likes italian food, and I often say there is no such thing as too much garlic! If you don't like garlic, take a hard pass, because they mean it when they say they season their garlic with food. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, and... More 

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Thank exit130
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thanks for the 5/5 review! We're delighted to hear that you had a fantastic dining experience with us! It's wonderful that you loved your meal - that's what we like to hear! We're also very pleased that our team provided you with friendly service! We'd love to host you again soon for more garlicky goodness! Thanks for sharing and have... More 

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97 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This, too, is one of my favorite places to eat in SFO on a layover. Just off Chinatown on Columbus, there are a lot of Italian restaurants nearby to compete, but The Stinking Rose is consistently excellent. The digs are not fancy, the menu is not extensive and the wine list is not original, but the food and service are... More 

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Thank MajorBrad
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thank you for the perfect rating, Brad! Providing great tasting meals and excellent service is always our highest priority. We are very pleased to see that you enjoyed dining with us! We hope you plan on stopping in again soon. We'd love to have you back! More 

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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super unique restaurant. Who knew there are so many ways to prepare garlic?! Everyone loved what they ordered. Highly recommended!!

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Thank Kelley L
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thank you for the excellent review, Kelley! We're thrilled you had such a splendid experience with us! It's outstanding you enjoyed our mouthwatering dishes so much. That's what we like to see! We look forward to sharing another amazing experience with you soon! Have a lovely day! More 

Galway, Ireland
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96 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Firstly let me say that the serving staff here are great are fantastic, they are attentive, friendly and have a laugh with you. Having said that the service itself was a little slow and you do have to ask for things a couple of times to actually get anything. The food isn't much to talk about, but we did have... More 

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Thank Craigs1984
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

We appreciate the feedback, Craig. We're disappointed your experience with us was less than ideal. Your experience is not on par with the level of service we're accustomed to sharing with our guests. We regret that our service and our dishes didn't exceed your expectations. We hold ourselves to a higher standard. We do hope you give us another opportunity... More 

Halifax, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I ate here on the last night of our vacation in San Francisco. We both really liked the concept of the place: everything garlic! The restaurant is in a lovely area: north beach -- SFs little Italy. By reserving a table we were escorted to a wonderful spot by the window where we were able to people... More 

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Thank psyche123
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback and rating. Providing great tasting meals and excellent service is always our highest priority at The Stinking Rose. We regret to see that we could have done more for you. We will share your feedback with our team immediately. We would love for you to come back soon so that we can improve your opinion... More 

Barrie, Canada
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there on recommendation of hotel so we were expecting a great meal, but found it disappointing. Spaghetti meatballs kinda tasteless and meatballs were hard, not enough sauce on pasta for my liking. Spouse had rabbit, but it was super dried out. Best part of meal was the buns and the garlic, olive oil, parsley mixture on table, Wouldn't return... More 

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Thank STurpin
Peter D, General Manager at The Stinking Rose, responded to this review

Dear S Turpin, we appreciate you taking the time to share feedback from your recent experience at The Stinking Rose. We take issues and concerns very seriously. If we are unable to pinpoint your contact information from our dining records, a member of our team will reach out to you privately on TripAdvisor to learn and discuss more about your... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Cuisine
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
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
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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