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The Stinking Rose Restaurant: The Stinking Rose Restaurant

Favorite Dish 'We Season Our Garlic With Food!'
That's the restaurant's motto and you kinda get the idea....everything that we ordered tasted Great but we especially loved the garlic in olive oil that was superb with the bread...yummy!

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Aug 26, 2002

The Stinking Rose is an odd...

The Stinking Rose is an odd place. Everything smells of garlic and so will you if you go there. It's on Columbus Avenue between Chinatown and Little Italy. I think it is on the 300 block (side of the street with odd house numbers).

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Aug 26, 2002

The Stinking Rose: The Stinking Rose

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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Mar 29, 2006

The Stinking Rose (italian);...

The Stinking Rose (italian); kitaro (japanese cheap but good sushi); nob hill cafe (italian); cafe du nord; cafe riggio (italian); crispy cream (amazing donut shop in union city, yes it is a bit far away); IN-N-OUT (amazing fast food found everywhere round the bay area except within SF) AND YOU **MUST*** TRY AUTHENTIC Yummy MEXICAN FOOD FROM ANY SHOP ALONG MISSION STREET. THESE SUCK: most chinese restaurants, equinox, TGIF.

Aug 25, 2002
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The Stinking Rose: Amazing Place!

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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Jun 26, 2015

The Stinking Rose: If you like garlic...

We had read and heard a lot about The Stinking Rose, and were very excited to try it. We even stopped in Gilroy during our vacation, so you know garlic is a big deal to us! It's low key, expensive, and everything we ate was pretty good. We shared the sauteed garlic appetizer (one order is enough for 5-6 people), which was fantastic, as was the home made "garlic pesto" that was on every table. I had the ribs with garlic mashed potatoes, she had a pasta dish and both were solid if not fantastic. I would reccomend the place to anyone who loves garlic purely based on "kitsch value". Not that the food isn't good, it is, but this place is really a mecca for garlic lovers.

Favorite Dish I had the garlic encrusted ribs, which were good but didn't knock me out as being very garlicky. The meat fell off the bone and I definately didnt need to chew the bones at all.

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Oct 11, 2007

The Stinking Rose: This place stinks

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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Dec 18, 2007

The Stinking Rose: The Garlic Haven

The ambience is relaxed and is probably inspired by an Italian theme. Service is very proficient, the tables are slightly small though! There is a really cool quote on the menu that states :"We season our garlic with food"

Favorite Dish Silence of the Lamb Shank (20 dollars) is an amazing example of the restaurant's cuisine. The taste is intense and the garlic really complements the meat. When I visited it was cooked just perfectly.

Also if you would like to try something different, try the garlic ice-cream... its very nice.

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Aug 04, 2007

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The Stinking Rose: A must for garlic-lovers!

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!

Aug 29, 2004

The Stinking Rose: The Stinking Rose - a garlic Restaurant

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.

Jun 03, 2004

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

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

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Sep 17, 2003

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

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

Favorite Dish Bagna Calda. a perfect appetizer for 2.

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Nov 28, 2007

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Getting to The Stinking Rose


325 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133


  • Sunday 11:30 to 22:00
  • Monday 11:30 to 22:00
  • Tuesday 11:30 to 22:00
  • Wednesday 11:30 to 22:00
  • Thursday 11:30 to 22:00
  • Friday 11:30 to 22:00
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