The Stinking Rose, San Francisco

4 out of 5 stars 35 Reviews

325 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133 (415) 781-7673

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    The Stinking Rose: The Stinking Rose

    by Fun4you Written Mar 29, 2006

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    A friend recommended this restaurant to me and I would highly pass on the recommendation. My sister and I went to this eclectic and unique Italian restaurant. We split a great bottle of reasonably priced wine and ate a wonderful dinner. There is a wide variety of food all infused with garlic. There is garlic, garlic and more garlic. A little tipsy at the end of the night we caught a taxi back to our hotel. We hoped in the back the the driver said, let me guess you all just ate at The Stinking Rose!

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    The Stinking Rose: You like garlic? Come here

    by shadowmon Written Feb 22, 2006

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    This place's specialty is the wonderful stinking rose, the bulb of garlic. You can get it for appetizers, for meals and even for dessert!

    Favorite Dish: I had the garlic pasta. It was delicious and they do give you a large portion. I enjoyed it a lot. I was so full that I didnt have time to try the garlic ice cream.

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    The Stinking Rose: Garlic ice-cream!!!

    by UKDaisy Written Jan 5, 2006

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    To round off our garlic meal, we decided to try the garlic ice-cream. On first taste, it tasted OK, but then you can really taste the garlic. We couldn't finish it, even though we were sharing one portion amongst the three of us.

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    The Stinking Rose: If you love garlic...

    by VWvaporChick Written Jan 4, 2006

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    Cute place.. went there for lunch... they should have a lunch menu... portions are on the small side for the price... but the rolls and garlic spread they start you off with fill you fast! (and the bread and spread alone were worth the trip!)

    Favorite Dish: BBQ chicken and garlic pizza! 5 stars

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    The Stinking Rose: Don't bother!

    by karin1972 Written Jun 15, 2005

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    I think this place is tourist trap. Every time I have eaten at this restaurant (even at the Los Angeles location--hoping it would be different) the food had been mediocre, at best. The food is often undercooked and just plain-- bad!

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    Stinking Rose: Hearty Italian

    by Sweeboon Written Jun 8, 2005

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    Romantic and cozy. Super nice food.

    V. friendly waitresses, nice ambience, boisterous restaurant & crowd-pleasing.

    Garlics are eveywhere.

    Try the garlic ice cream there. The bagna calda is amazing too, as is the lasagna.

    More recommendations: 40-clove chicken, garlic-encrusted baby back ribs and Italian garlic meat loaf

    Tips? Bring along your Breath Mints!

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  • The Stinking Rose: A must for garlic-lovers!

    by smilewithme Written Aug 29, 2004

    We went here on a whim, had heard nothing about it beforehand. WOW! Lovers of garlic and good food should definitely make a stop here. It was packed and we arrived just in time to be seated so I didn't get much time to look around. We sat upstairs and outside on a tiny patio (not much of a view, but great all the same).

    As their website indicates, their Bagna Calda is an appetizer must and is their signature dish. Oven roasted garlic cloves in extra virgin olive oil and butter with a hint of anchovy, served in a piping hot iron skillet. It was yummy!

    Our meals were also tasty and we were soooo full!

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    The Stinking Rose: If Garlic is your name, Stinking Rose is your Game

    by Slonyara Written Aug 18, 2004

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    Neither Olya nor I have been to SF before, so we had no idea where is there good food to be found. Luckily our hotel room had a city guide where The Stinking Rose advertized. Stinking Rose is a restaurant dedicated to GARLIC. If you are as big of a garlic as we are, you will love this place. While waiting for your table you will be able to enjoy a drink at the bar which is decorated with... yes you guessed it, GARLIC. You can even order a shot ($1) with pickled garlic to go with your drink. If you preffer an intimate setting ask to be seated in the back where they have booths, and get ready to consume some "stinky" food.

    Favorite Dish: We ordered an appetizer of roasted garlic, which was served with rolls. I must say it was a great start for what was about to come. For an Entree we ordered one order of crad legs which serves 2 people (about 2-3lbs) in garlic sauce. The crab was outstanding. The dinner took about 2 hours and by the time we finished the crab the was no room for desert. But in case you were wondering, they do have garlic icecream. I am not sure I can handle that much garlic. Maybe next time.

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  • The Stinking Rose: The Stinking Rose - a garlic Restaurant

    by Yvonne1980 Written Jun 3, 2004

    The motto of The Stinking Rose: We spice our garlic with food! And that is what they actually do. Located up in North Beach, close to Chinatown entry, I would recomment The Stinking Rose to everyone that likes garlic. Most of the food is italian based, like Ravioli etc.

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  • The Stinking Rose: The Stinking Rose is a tourist trap

    by dave_san_diego Written Nov 24, 2003

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    The Stinking Rose in LA offers some wonderful garlic dishes, a helpful and friendly staff and a dimly lit ambiance that transports us to times past. The Stinking Rose in San Francisco, however, is a vast tourist trap. The bas relief of the outhouse above the bar should have been our first clue. The service was atrocious -- our orders were wrong more than once, the garlic topping was delivered five minutes before the bread arrived, the staff seemed to avoid eye contact less they have to do extra work. I had to get up and walk around to find a waiter each time we had a problem with our orders.
    The chicken in the pasta dish was overcooked and chewy, while the pasta itself had clearly dried out from too much time under a warming lamp. The rabbit didn't taste like garlic at all.
    This place is purely for tourists. They know you'll never be back again and their service reflects that attitude

    Favorite Dish: The 40 clove chicken is delicious, though the presentation on the plate will not win any awards.

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    The Stinking Rose: Silence of the Lamb Shank w. Fava Beans

    by brkilbourne Written Sep 17, 2003

    Excellent service. Excellent food. Wine is expensive here. Food prices where reasonable. $12.00 to $26.00 Lamb shank was $16.75. Lasagna was very good.
    Make reservations.
    Check out their Web site

    Favorite Dish: Silence of the Lamb Shank w. Favva Beans & mashed potatoes

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    The Stinking Rose: The Garlic Gods

    by bluewilldo Updated Jul 28, 2003

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    This is a very popular restaurant that has a family friendly approach to food. Everything on the menu has garlic, but you can order things 'Vampire Fare', which is sans garlic if you're not a fan. They also have a very large selection of vegetarian dishes. It has kind of a California meets Italy approach to food that will leave you dreaming of more for weeks to come.

    Favorite Dish: There are several items that, if the right cook does them, it's near orgasmic. Here are some of the best dishes:
    The lasagne with wild mushrooms, roasted eggplant, peppers and onions, spinach, mozzarella & of course garlic.
    If you are an olive fan like my mum, then I'd go for the marinated Garlic Olives as a side dish. They go very well with the Lemon-baked Atlantic Salmon thats covered in a garlicky caper sauce.
    But my favourite is the Neon Ravioli. It's multicoloured raviolis filled with roasted garlic, caramelised onions, cheese, and potatoes in a creamy basil sauce... I'm salivating just thinking about it.
    But wait, there's still desert... Have you ever had garlic ice cream? No? Well then be sure to try it at the Stinking Rose.

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    The Stinking Rose: That night we were kicked out of our motorhome....

    by Alice-Kees Updated Jul 15, 2003

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    The Stinking Rose is a garlic restaurant. It's garlic that you will find in every menu item. Garlic is very healthy so you should eat plenty of it.

    Garlic also makes you very thirsty, so with your meal (and later that night) you will need plenty of drinks.

    And last but not least: garlic makes a smelly person of you. Someone non-garlic eaters will keep a distance from. Alice and I made the mistake having a 3 course garlic meal after we split up from our party of 6. After returning to our motorhome that evening, we were soon kicked out of the vehicle by our own family... We had never thought of inviting them to our dinner that night!

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    The Stinking Rose: Garlic, Anyone?

    by Rixie Written May 26, 2003

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    “The stinking rose” is the ancient name for garlic. Everything on the menu at this popular North Beach restaurant has garlic in it. Cuisine is California-Italian.

    It’s best to reserve a table. If you like to people-watch, request a window seat. Open 7 days a week, 11 am-11 pm.

    Parking is tough in North Beach, so take a cab or public transit if you can; Muni runs right by the door. The nearest garage is on Vallejo Street, next to the police station.

    Favorite Dish: The garlic mashed potatoes are wonderful. I also like the soft, roasted cloves of garlic that you spread on your bread instead of butter.

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    The Stinking Rose: A tribute to Garlic

    by wrldtravler Updated Jan 1, 2003

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    Vampires beware of hungry tourists lining up for all the garlic they can get at this North Beach mainstay.

    Favorite Dish: Must try the sauteed garlic cloves with Italian bread.
    Any of the pasta dishes are a good bet.

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