The Stinking Rose, San Francisco

4 out of 5 stars 36 Reviews

325 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133 (415) 781-7673
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    The Stinking Rose: This place stinks

    by heryanta Written Dec 18, 2007

    Well, it literally stinks from the garlic that they serve, but overall it is an average experience.

    Food - bad
    Had their panzanella salad, which consisted of tomato, onion, rostini, pine nut and garlic balsamic vinaigrette. It was too sour for me to enjoy it and also too wet. The other people in the group had their pizza and their ink linguine with clams and none of them had anything good to say about their food either.

    Ambiance - good
    Tables are separated by draperies that makes an intimate, cozy dining area.

    Service - average
    Nothing to complain but nothing to rave about either

    Price - average
    At about $25 - $30 per person it is pretty much the 'market' rate for restaurants along the Columbus Avenue.

    Overall - average
    There's nothing wrong with this restaurant but its problems lie with the fact that there's so much hype around it that when I got there I couldn't help feel 'well, this is it??'

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    The Stinking Rose: Amazing Place!

    by Robertwilliams Written Jun 26, 2015

    One of the best restaurants in the San Fransisco area...I have been here many times and each time the food is the best and the service is outstanding , I would recommend that you make it a must eat at place when you are in the city .

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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!

    The Stinking Rose

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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: 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: A Rose by any othe name......

    by raevnzno Updated Nov 28, 2007

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    A must for garlic lovers. They have garlic everything. And it's all yummy!

    Favorite Dish: Bagna Calda. a perfect appetizer for 2.

    Bagna Calda....heaven on bread

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