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The Stinking Rose - A Garlic Restaurant
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325 Columbus Ave San Francisco, CA 94133
325 Columbus AvenueUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94133
(415) 781-7673thestinkingrose.com
Italian Restaurant, American Restaurant
Italian Restaurant
American Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
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Today 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmSunday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
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When in San Francisco, all you have to do is "follow your nose" and it will lead you to one of The-City-By-The-Bay's most unique and entertaining dining experiences... The Stinking Rose: A Garlic Restaurant.

Located in North Beach, San Francisco's renowned Little Italy, the "original" Stinking Rose has become famous for celebrating the culinary euphoria of garlic and serving over 3,000 pounds of the pungent herb each month. Named after an historical term for "garlic", The Stinking Rose offers scrumptious, contemporary California-Italian cuisine prepared and adorned with garlic - and strives to accommodate every palate. There is hearty fare for the truly adventurous, mild for the novice, and sans garlic for those finding the herb's folklore and aroma more appealing than its taste.

And the fun goes far beyond the tantalizing choices at the table. Guests can enjoy treat-after-garlicky-treat in any of the restaurant's whimsical dining rooms decorated with colorful garlic characters, curious memorabilia and a mechanical miniature garlic factory. The world's largest garlic braid winds its way throughout the establishment, and festive murals, depicting a garlic bulb's view of San Francisco's history and culture, adorn the walls, The lovable bulbs, painted and brought to life by a local artist, can be found careening down the city's steep hills on skateboards, running road races and picnicking at Golden Gate Park. Garlic-shaped fish can even be found swimming under Fisherman's Wharf. At last count, 2,635 bulbs of garlic, two onions and one leek festooned every conceivable nook and cranny.

Small parties and large groups alike are welcome to enjoy the aromatic fare. Banquet facilities at The Stinking Rose accommodate 15 - 60 guests. Pre-set banquet menus are available. The chef is happy to customize banquet menus to serve customers' special needs.

The Stinking Rose also features an extensive selection of gift and food items for take home enjoyment. Whether you'd like to remember your visit with a colorful character t-shirt, chopped garlic or garlic sauces to liven up your home cooking, we have the selection for you. Take home a memory of the restaurant that boasts the motto: "We Season Our Garlic With Food!®"

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Even desserts have garlic at this unique Italian eatery with a menu highlighting that ingredient.- Google
"The Garlic hummus and roasted garlic in oil appetizers are absolutely amazing!"
"Also a cute miniature Christmas tree with happy Garlic cloves hanging on it!"
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5 months ago
came here for the first time around Dec 10' - Its one of those places where they serve you something and at first, the first few bites were to Die for- than after a couple more..u just want to throw up! I had called in earlier to let them know it was my Bf's bday and so they seated us right next to the window, with a fancy chandelier that dangled on top of us. Also a cute miniature Christmas tree with happy Garlic cloves hanging on it! Our waiter was very helpful and knew we were crunched for time- so he brought everything out pretty fast! Overall this was probably good for a one time experience... unless of course, if you LOVE garlic!
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Kyle Diederichsen
4 months ago
A bit dark inside, but the garlic was wonderful. The bagna Calda was very good and so was the chicken. The only issue was it was a bit pricey for what it is. I probably won't come here again for a long while. For a tourist it's great though.
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Yoni Mayeri
5 months ago
Entertaining restaurant as is the lively neighborhood of North Beach, everything is LOADED with garlic. Colorful decor filled with oddities and memorabilia, the crazy waiters will entertain you and your food will ward off all vampires. Mostly Italian food with some ribs and salads for those off the carbs. Lot's of trinkets to purchase if you are looking for one of a kind souvenirs.
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farris baharom
3 months ago
Loved it. Nice place with lots of character. Prime rib arrived a perfect medium. Garlic ice cream with chocolate Mole sauce is a must try.
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Katrina Jugarap
2 months ago
The garlic spread excellent The 40 clove garlic chicken excellent The shellfish black linguine excellent !!!! And they had free corkage so we were able to bring several bottles of wine to enjoy with our garlic feast. It is touristy and the wait is long and the food takes a while to come out. But we were surprised and impressed with the food overall.
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Jalal Clemens
3 months ago
Not the best first date spot but heaven for the garlic lover. it is a bit of a tourist spot so try to go off regular meal hours if possible.
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Melissa Brock
5 months ago
Only go here if you LOVE garlic. Decorated in kitschy Italian decor, it's a bit touristy, but fun. I took the parents and my dad (who very much enjoys garlic) was eating their house garlic sauce by the spoonful.
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Earl Friedberg
5 months ago
I love garlic! And so should you. You can smell the garlic from outside the door. There are plenty of menu options for everyone and a perfect dining spot for groups or friends. There's nothing fancy about this place. That spread on the table is amazing.
Response from the owner - 5 months ago
Garlic, garlic, and more garlic is all the world needs, Earl. Glad you enjoy. Sincerely, Frank Reyes