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The Stinking Rose - 71 Reviews - 325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 781-7673

The Stinking Rose

325 Columbus Ave (at at Grant)
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 781-7673
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The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, CA
The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, CA
The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, CA
The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, CA
The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, CA
The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, CA
The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, CA
The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, CA
The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, CA
The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, CA
The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, CA
The Stinking Rose - San Francisco, CA


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The all Garlic appetizer is divine, the garlicky Rabbit was amazing. And the garlic ice cream for dessert sealed it.


greeted by 4 bored and unhappy looking hosts who can't be bothered. bagna caulda is the only thing worth tasting. wilted arugula and expensive pastas make this place not worth t...

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Stinking Rose 5/23/2006

Everyone always raves about how they love the roasted garlic. Do these people know that making roast garlic is the easiest thing in the world? This version isn't anything better than what anyone can roast in their own oven. My hunch is that people love the stuff because it’s the first and last thing they taste in a meal of one-dimensional flavor. It’s like drinking the strong wine first in a tasting. Your taste buds get blitzed out right off the bat and the rest of the whatever you eat after that is just a blur. As much as I love it, all that garlic gets old fast. I say, spend you money at a place that offers a multitude of flavors, and at some point, stop into the Stinking Rose for the garlic ice cream. I’m not saying it’s good... it's more of an experience. You know, like going to Reno. more

Love Garlic! 9/13/2005

This place has garlic in almost everything. Prices are not so bad. Hard to find parking, but there is a parking lot nearby. more

A Flower Like No Other 8/21/2005

I read about The Stinking Rose in a book called Tender to the Bone. I was enthralled by the stories the author wrote about it as well as the concept of an all garlic restaurant. My mothers always said don’t eat garlic unless everyone else at the table is and you don’t have to worry about it at this restaurant. I passed on the garlic wine but everything else was divine. more

Great Italian, about $15 a plate 8/5/2005

This is probably the Italian restaurant in the San Francisco Italian district that I have heard the most about. It looks a bit painted on run down from the outside. Obviously going for the old Italy look. The people inside usually always have authentic italian accents. The tables are fairly close, but that is also Italian. The food is great. It is right on a fairly busy street. I can usually find parking 4 or five blocks away on a steep hill. But all the cars add to the ambiance. It is a great experience. Not every week, but once in a while. more

More Fun than Food 7/1/2005

You’ll find more of a fun ambience experience than a culinary adventure at the Stinking Rose. Renowned for its garlic-in-everything selection (including garlic ice cream), the best thing on the menu is still the Bagna Calda: garlic bathed in olive oil (or perhaps olive oil bathed in garlic) served with bread. It’s a little too pricey for the selection and quality of food, but it’s worth it for the experience at least once. Skip eating outside in the lovely Little Italy this one time and eat inside for a kitsch-y, Italian experience more

avoid meat loaf 6/30/2005

I know this place is extremely popular with the locals and has grown to be a hot spot through word of mouth. The trendy name must help, too. I liked the taste of the dishes that were more starchy like garlic potatoes, mashed potatoes, bread, etc. But, the meat loaf that I ordered was not very appetizing at all. It was just mushy and tasted like there was too much filler stuff besides meat. I recommend the garlic chicken, that was a hot item at our table. more
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  • In Short
    Fragrant and flagrantly crowd-pleasing, this popular North Beach attraction is a temple to garlic. The multiple dining rooms are festooned with objects d'art, murals and the...

  • 9/8/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Monday To Sunday From 11:30 AM To 10:00 PM
  • Payments:

    American Express, Cash, Discover, Diner's Club, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    North Beach, Northeast