Italian >The Stinking Rose
325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413337.798356 -122.407257
Monday To Sunday From 11:30 AM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: North Beach, Northeast
Avoid this tourist trap at all cost – This restaurant was over priced and did not have a very good selection. There was no children's menu so I had to pay over $12.00 to get my child a pizzete (more like a quesdilla) and a drink. The Pizzete was supposed to be a cheese pizza and was actually pita bread with no sauce and just cheese in the top middle. I had to return my dish because the noodles were soggy and tasted so horrible that no one at my table could stand it. Another family member left the restaurant hungry because the waiter forget to bring her meal. After seeing our food she decided she did not want it after all. We were very disappointed to find that the foccacia bread was actually a dinner roll. My family did not have a pleasant experience especially after receving the bill. On a lighter note the potato soup was very tasty and was probaly the only menu item worth mentioning. This was the first and last time that we will every visit this VERY stinking Rose.
STINKS!! – This is the #1 WORST restaurant I have ever eaten at. Dirty tables, dirty silverware, dirty glasses, you get the picture. Almost walked out before ordering, food was second rate.
solid italian, sure a bit quirky but a great find – terrific stable italian place. nothing to die about, but it was good and somewhere i'll go when i don't want fuss, good price, and consistent quality. this isn't the garlic maddening mess people or the namesake indicate. the food is normal italian with the normal amount of garlic. they have a few extreme garlic dishes to keep up with the name. but don't be scared into thinking you'll stink for days like people are saying...they probably got the garlic steak, ice cream and raw garlic and then wonder what happened. portions are big too, so it's good for groups.
it's a busy place, so it's not romantic or anything, and yes it's a touristy place. but for the place and good quality, you can't go wrong. i've been to all the italian places on columbus and i think it's the best there.
Garlic can't even save this place – We were seated promptly to be greeted by bad food and even worse service. The server was very conversational about how slow of a time of year it was only to follow it with some of the worst service we ever recieved. He was hesitant to answer our questions about the menu and then did'nt even check to see how our meal was going. we went today, 1-12-08 @ one in the afternoon. the place was dead. The three apps. we got were marginal at best. Making me glad to not order any main courses. The best thing about the place was the garlic,parsley,olive oil... and that was "free"!! Sadly it even was agonizing to get our check to pay and leave. This place is no DEAD FISH!!
Love the smell – As you can imagine...the smell of The Stinking Rose can overtake you from a block away...and that says alot considering how many other human and mechanical smells there are on the streets of North Beach. This garlic haven is a cozy (read "cramped") restaurant where you can't help but breathe garlic into people's faces. We occasionally visit this location when in the city, but the closeness of the dining room usually turns me off and we end up somewhere else...usually somewhere on the Pier 39...or even in Berkeley. Yes, the food is good here...yes...you MUST love garlic...but no...not my favorite dining spot.
Great Food – If you love garlic this is the place to go. The food was excellent. We were told to go here and do not regret it. When I'm in the area I will go back.
Solid Italian Restuarant – Everything we had was delicious and deserves their good reputation. Crab and Bouillabaisse are EXCELLENT - strongly recommend. Pricey, but good food!
I Love It! – I love garlic on anything. Well, almost. Ever since a friend told us about this place three years ago, we've made it our destination every time we're in SF. The hosts at the front leave something to be desired, but that's pretty much how it is everywhere in SF. You need reservations, but they won't seat you until your whole party is there. I've never heard of that before, but oh well. But...if you like garlic, this is the place. The prime rib is rare, but good. I really enjoy the ambience. The red curtain area in the back is primo! If you want "room" go to Olive Garden! (Please.) Our waiter was attentive. The mussels and shrimp are excellent, however I am a gnocchi lover, and it is wonderful here! The red curtain area is romantic for two. And the merchandise at the front is cool. Don't go there to make friends with the staff. Go for the garlic!
Worst dining experience I ever had – I really want to give a -10 rating! We were there on 2/10/07. After half hour waiting, we were taken to the crowded, red-lighted, curtain separated booth area. We are all normal to small size people, but we found the space so jammed. My brother can't even pull back the chair to sit down. Turned out that a big guy was sitting behind him. We requested the waiter to ask the big gentleman to move a little bit but the waiter refused, said we have to do it ourselves. Well, the big man & his party left quickly anyway, so we finally sat down. Soon the other party came sitting next to us, one of them came to our table asking us to move a little bit. Alright, at least he was polite. But then a party of 3 very big women came sitting on the other side behind us. The woman sat behind my sister first rudely asked my sister to move back, but my sister really didn't have much space to give. Then the woman suddenly push back her chair and my sister's chest hitting the table! My husband tried to negotiate, but after gaining the space they want those rude women didn't even bother talking to us. We ask another waiter for help, and again he failed to offer any. We had to save ourselves by moving to another table. We really would just leave if it's not my friend's treat.... of course, nothing taste too good after what happened! I can't understand why they keep taking big customers to that crowded booth area, and why don't they just take out a few tables so customers can eat with comfort? And why do their waiters and waitresses have to be so bore-faced?
Best garlic appetizer! – I'm in love with the bagna calda! Warm roasted garlic cloves in butter and olive oil for dipping and spreading on their focaccia. Mmm.
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