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The Stinking Rose

The Stinking Rose

Italian Restaurant$$$$
North Beach, San Francisco
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    JET M.
    "You have to try the garlic ice cream, it's unique and delicious."(27 Tips)
    Sharda R.
    "Definitely try the Bagna Calda, absolutely delicious."(8 Tips)
    Casey S.
    "40 clove chicken"(5 Tips)
    Greg C.
    "It's quirky and unusual but a lot of fun for garlic lovers."(5 Tips)
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  • bagna calda
  • garlic
  • prime rib
  • good for dates
  • hot tubs
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  • Jamie D.heart icon on user image
    Jamie DumbillJuly 4, 2016
    Great prime rib. Pasta dishes tasty too. Get the signature garlic appetiser and scare off vampires for months. You will smell for so long after eating all the garlic in this place!
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YounghansMarch 27, 2013
    Super cute place- if you love garlic! Everything is made with garlic, you can even find garlic ice cream on the menu! Definitely worth stopping in!
    Upvoted Jan 22
  • Mena M.
    Mena MigallyAugust 27, 2014
    Bagna Calda and Garlic Ice cream are must-haves for the full 'sting rose' experience! My baby back ribs / prime ribs were super moist and the garlic was strong but not overpowering.
  • Elifheart icon on user image
    ElifApril 18, 2022
    Bagna Calda is a must, if you choose to come here! Very nice ambiance, service is very nice. Steak is really good especially with garlic sauce. Lower your expectations on the pizza.
  • Jennifer D.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer DaviesJuly 12, 2016
    Th garlic dipping appetizer is delicious. You can get more bread if you'd like.
  • Jamie G.
    Jamie GenderJune 19, 2013
    Garlic ice cream is really good! Especially after eating so much garlic, the sweetness of the cream with the caramel sauce really works nice together. :). Yum!
  • kelly f.
    kelly figJune 11, 2013
    fun atmosphere. the garlic olive oil for the bread was amazing. you can definitely fend off vampires after eating here. waiter was friendly and let me have a taste of the garlic ice cream.
  • Sarah V.
    Sarah VioletOctober 24, 2012
    If you like vegetables the lasagna was really good. Yummy eggplant and Swiss chard! My friend asked about gluten free and they didn't offer very much. She basically got a 20 dollar plate of veggies
  • Hermann B.heart icon on user image
    Hermann BrandiNovember 25, 2016
    The Halibut is very good. I tried the one with paprika and was delicious. I will try the one with garlic and basil. Sounds like a great combination.
  • ScottySauce
    ScottySauceAugust 15, 2011
    Try the Bagna Calda, Italian Garlic Meat Loaf, 40 Clove Garlic Chicken and the Garlic Crusted Baby Back Ribs. For dessert you have got to try the Garlic Ice Cream w/ Caramel Mole Sauce for sure.
  • JET M.
    JET MendezMay 12, 2012
    The food here is awesome! The bagna calda tasted great with the bread rolls! It came with big heaps of garlic! You have to try the garlic ice cream, it's unique and delicious.
  • Keiron Q.heart icon on user image
    Keiron QJune 11, 2015
    Garlic ice cream is surprisingly good. This place sounds like a gimmick but the food is top notch.
  • Tana B.heart icon on user image
    Tana BabcockAugust 29, 2016
    Pasta portions are kind of small so if you're hungry make sure to get some sort of starter. The Dungeness Crab was the best!
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah W.September 14, 2011
    If you like garlic come here. Do the bagna calda appy - it's delicious. A little cheesy and touristy but I loved it am glad we went on my sister in law's rec. Hubby loved the prime rib
  • Adriana M.
    Adriana MartinSeptember 9, 2014
    Amazing friendly service, made me feel at home. The garlic ice cream is fabulous. The fresh bread and the garlic sauce served with it makes the whole meal.
  • Percy C.heart icon on user image
    Percy CarrionDecember 4, 2013
    Get the lamb! The calda bagna is overrated. The garlic ice cream is very interesting. I still don't know if it was sweet or salty! Great service. Recommended
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurmanAugust 1, 2016
    I recommend the garlic meatballs and 40 clove chicken. The free bread that they give you isn't that great, so don't fill up on those.
  • Rob W.
    Rob WMay 26, 2013
    Everything on the menu has garlic in it right down to the ice cream & wine. The Garlic Spinach Fontina Fondue is a great starter plate.
  • Naren N.
    Naren NaidooSeptember 24, 2012
    Try the Vegetable Lasagna - Layered past with mushrooms, eggplant, bell peppers and mozzarella cheese with a creamy tomato sauce and lots n lots of fresh Parmesan
  • Jaime M.heart icon on user image
    Jaime MahoneyAugust 16, 2019
    Garlic ice cream while not completely nasty upon consuming a spoonful, the after taste will surely make you regret you decision. 24hrs later after 2hrs of garlic my body is still in payback mode.
  • Tormod V.
    Tormod VærvågenOctober 25, 2012
    Nice lamb shank, rich on nutty garlic flavor. Friendly staff. The garlic ice cream was much better than you could expect.
  • JoJo B.
    JoJo BeansMarch 19, 2011
    Came here on a friday night, so thankful we had a reservation the place was packed! But the drinks apps and entrees came out one right after the other.... but food was AMAZING! Highly recommended!
  • Cheng Y.
    Cheng YangJune 6, 2011
    Death by garlic but who cares when it's so darn good. Mussels in sizzling skillet and zuppa de pesca soup - both must eat! Finish off with some garlic ice cream at the end Read more
  • CNN
    CNNJune 5, 2015
    The garlic fun is not limited to the food. The Stinking Rose's walls are adorned with animated garlic characters, and the restaurant is filled with garlic-themed collectibles. Read more
  • Greg C.heart icon on user image
    Greg CalApril 28, 2015
    It's quirky and unusual but a lot of fun for garlic lovers. The garlic ice cream is revolting but it's a must try
  • Kyle M.heart icon on user image
    Kyle MinorSeptember 11, 2023
    On the dessert menu, there is a RGVT Cappuccino… that stands for Rum Vodka Gin Tequila… consume at your own risk! 🍹
  • Christian V.heart icon on user image
    Garlic paradise. Try the garlic ice cream. It's big.
  • Roberto M.heart icon on user image
    Roberto MarchiJuly 3, 2017
    Do you like garlic?! This restaurant is a "must" for you!
  • Ally K.heart icon on user image
    Ally KazmuchaDecember 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Got the regular spaghetti and meatballs. It was great. For as packed as this place was, service was quick.
  • Hector A P.heart icon on user image
    Hector A ParayuelosJune 17, 2015
    The meatloaf is incredible, best I've ever had. Super tasty and moist!
  • Linda H.
    Linda HobkirkAugust 7, 2014
    Excellent food, fabulous service, wonderful atmosphere! Highly recommend:)
  • Tim M.heart icon on user image
    Tim MesserschmidtSeptember 8, 2014
    The Chicken & Asparagus pasta is delicious. Also make sure to get the meatballs as appetizers.
  • Vick S.
    Vick SmithMarch 11, 2011
    British? Share 3 courses...the portions are generous! Have the straight cloves in oil you'll be surprised how sweet and tasty the garlic is. The lasagne is fantastic.
  • Curtis A.
    Curtis AllenJuly 22, 2015
    Have more then 3 people? Ask for a booth on the north side of the restaurant, much more comfortable
  • Lindsay D.heart icon on user image
    Lindsay D.August 19, 2018
    Wonderful food in a fun and funky atmosphere! A garlic lover's paradise!
  • Bernardo E.heart icon on user image
    Bernardo EstrellaApril 11, 2015
    Never misses on good taste and a good stink afterwards! Jk. Just go with an entreé and a dish
  • Wesley O.heart icon on user image
    Wesley OngAugust 13, 2017
    The Zuppa di Pesce and Black Linguine Clams were delicious
  • Karey
    KareyNovember 15, 2010
    Get the Garlic Potato Soup one of the best things I have ever eatten. The garlic icecream tastes like mashed potatoes.Don't get it.
  • Kathren S.heart icon on user image
    Kathren SammisJuly 27, 2013
    Right when you walk in, it smells garlic-y and fantastic. The garlic goat cheese is a religious experience.
  • Fredrik H.heart icon on user image
    Fredrik HolmDecember 13, 2015
    The Fresh Tomatoes pasta is REALLY fresh and nice ! Recommended for a light lunch.
  • Katie M.heart icon on user image
    Katie MuiJanuary 23, 2015
    For all you spice aficionados: they have a good selection of hot sauces out front for your at-home garlicky needs.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HardingMarch 12, 2013
    I had a whole crab, it was delicious. Get the bowl of garlic ice cream. Your mind tells you no, but your body, your body tells you yes!
  • Tina S.
    Tina StandleeFebruary 14, 2011
    Great pastas. Clam pasta came with 25 full clams. Pesto pasta was made with sun dried Roma tomatoes; super sweet tasting. Quick service. Amazing food.
  • Ricardo C.
    Ricardo ChavarriaMarch 22, 2012
    Stick with the meats, they are, above and beyond, the best thing here! Bagna calda and pork chops are an un eatable combination!
  • What's Good Hereheart icon on user image
    What's Good HereJuly 22, 2015
    A short walk from the waterfront, come over to this bistro for your garlic fix.
  • Duane M.heart icon on user image
    Duane MowrerMarch 30, 2018
    The best place on Earth if you like garlic. The salmon is especially good.
  • Fabio A.heart icon on user image
    Fabio AndradeJuly 23, 2018
    I liked the food and the famous ice cream of garlic , it’s great
  • Chef Frytz
    Chef FrytzNovember 4, 2013
    I can vouch for the Italian Meatloaf. The garlic ice cream (huge serving) is a must!
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 29, 2010
    Everything on the menu has garlic. Very casual. It has a bistro feel. Food is really good. -Tracey Bloom, Top Chef
  • aprilkalinka f.heart icon on user image
    aprilkalinka ffApril 24, 2016
    Good place but pastas are waaaay over cooked. My husband is italian so we know what is good pasta. This was not. I order meatloaf, and it was good. Just make sure to tell, not to over cook the pasta
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