The Stinking Rose

★★★★★
  • 325 Columbus Ave

    San Francisco, CA 94133

    Cross street: at Grant

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  • 415-781-7673

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

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

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There are 2 kinds of people in this world:

1) People who LOVE garlic
2) Vampires

As a happy member of the former group, I love The Stinking Rose.

It's like all you can eat mussels - and garlic - and bread for $10 a head. Awesome. We

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There are 2 kinds of people in this world:

1) People who LOVE garlic
2) Vampires

As a happy member of the former group, I love The Stinking Rose.

It's like all you can eat mussels - and garlic - and bread for $10 a head. Awesome. We

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Yum - a garlic lovers dream! The Stinking Rose is located in the Italian North Beach district in SF. My husband and I rarely get a night out in the city, so we were excited to try this restaurant we had heard so much about.

We had to wait quite a while, but we enjoyed the homey feel to the restaurant. He ordered the 40 clove chicken and I had a pasta dish. Both were delish (a little bit greasy, but still quite good). I'm glad we had a day to recover the next day before going to work so we had time to sweat out all of the garlic.

A fun place to go, although I'm not sure I'd make it a regular.

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★★★★☆

Yum - a garlic lovers dream! The Stinking Rose is located in the Italian North Beach district in SF. My husband and I rarely get a night out in the city, so we were excited to try this restaurant we had heard so much about.

We had to wait quite a while, but we enjoyed the homey feel to the restaurant. He ordered the 40 clove chicken and I had a pasta dish. Both were delish (a little bit greasy, but still quite good). I'm glad we had a day to recover the next day before going to work so we had time to sweat out all of the garlic.

A fun place to go, although I'm not sure I'd make it a regular.

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We kicked off with cocktails to get us in a mood. Garlictini (vodka-martini) was strong, smooth and just perfect with a crunchy garlic-stuffed olive. My friend had a Vampires Bite vodka, amaretto, midori and cranberry juice

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We kicked off with cocktails to get us in a mood. Garlictini (vodka-martini) was strong, smooth and just perfect with a crunchy garlic-stuffed olive. My friend had a Vampires Bite vodka, amaretto, midori and cranberry juice

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This place has the ultimate comfort food. My wife had the musses-shrimp-crab combo and I had the lamb shank, ample servings beautifully prepared and presented and loaded with garlic. We loved it. It was worth the wait to get in and the

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This place has the ultimate comfort food. My wife had the musses-shrimp-crab combo and I had the lamb shank, ample servings beautifully prepared and presented and loaded with garlic. We loved it. It was worth the wait to get in and the

Pros: Better than the Gilroy Garlic Festival

Cons: Small place so expect to wait.

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I have been a regular patron over the last 10 years but sadly the service and food quality have been getting worse until finally last week our visit was totally unacceptable. We had a reservation. The restaurant was almost empty but they

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I have been a regular patron over the last 10 years but sadly the service and food quality have been getting worse until finally last week our visit was totally unacceptable. We had a reservation. The restaurant was almost empty but they

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Went to San Fran on business several years ago and ate here and came home to Seattle raving. Planned a trip this summer with my son just to go here!!

5
★★★★★

Went to San Fran on business several years ago and ate here and came home to Seattle raving. Planned a trip this summer with my son just to go here!!

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I went here for a date. Very busy place so we made reservations. We had drinks at the bar beforehand (a bit spendy) but were seated at our table promptly in the Chianti room which had wonderful ambiance. Service was professional and

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I went here for a date. Very busy place so we made reservations. We had drinks at the bar beforehand (a bit spendy) but were seated at our table promptly in the Chianti room which had wonderful ambiance. Service was professional and

Pros: Best Gnocchetti, good portions

Cons: not all dishes as good as the Gnocchetti, spendy

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This was the best resturant...I love garlic and my husband too! The service was great and the food too. The atmosphere was incredible with fun dishes to choose from.

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★★★★☆

This was the best resturant...I love garlic and my husband too! The service was great and the food too. The atmosphere was incredible with fun dishes to choose from.

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If you like garlic and don't mind the bad breathe, then this is the place to be! Garlic is served in every meal, including some garlic ice cream. The ambience of the restaurant is very cute as well. Great place for a date, but maybe not a first date because of the garlic...

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If you like garlic and don't mind the bad breathe, then this is the place to be! Garlic is served in every meal, including some garlic ice cream. The ambience of the restaurant is very cute as well. Great place for a date, but maybe not a first date because of the garlic...

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Usually I don't check utensils, but when I saw a speck of stuff on the knife, I wiped it off and got a black, yes black, streak on the napkin. The fork had the same black stuff. There was a hair on the water pitcher. The curtains,

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★★★★★

Usually I don't check utensils, but when I saw a speck of stuff on the knife, I wiped it off and got a black, yes black, streak on the napkin. The fork had the same black stuff. There was a hair on the water pitcher. The curtains,

Cons: Dirty utensils, dirty curtains, no light in bathroom

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My friends and I had one of the worst dining experiences I have had in the City at The Stinking Rose. First we waited over an hour for a table. Due to some miscommunication between the hosts we were passed up several times for a table

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My friends and I had one of the worst dining experiences I have had in the City at The Stinking Rose. First we waited over an hour for a table. Due to some miscommunication between the hosts we were passed up several times for a table

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My boyfriend and I are locals to the city. We love food and like to try out different restaurants in the area. We had a hankering for a really good bowl of spaghetti and "The Sticking Rose" caught our attention. The name itself sounded

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My boyfriend and I are locals to the city. We love food and like to try out different restaurants in the area. We had a hankering for a really good bowl of spaghetti and "The Sticking Rose" caught our attention. The name itself sounded

Pros: lots of garlic

Cons: not worth my taste buds

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thsi place is great ti reeks oif garlic but what do you expect we got a shrimp appetizer that had a tomatio garlic sauce with it i am still craving anf i got the 40 clove garlic chicken man oh man ! go go go ! get stinky here !

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thsi place is great ti reeks oif garlic but what do you expect we got a shrimp appetizer that had a tomatio garlic sauce with it i am still craving anf i got the 40 clove garlic chicken man oh man ! go go go ! get stinky here !

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Am not local and am in town or a few days. Was walking through the area which seems to have a good choice of restaurants, so I was hoping they would make an effort to be at least as good as each other. How wrong could I have

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Am not local and am in town or a few days. Was walking through the area which seems to have a good choice of restaurants, so I was hoping they would make an effort to be at least as good as each other. How wrong could I have

Pros: It's a restaurant, they probably do food

Cons: You may walk out before you get that far

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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

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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

Pros: potato soup

Cons: over priced and not very tasty

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: DIRTY, DIRTY, DIRTY

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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

3
★★★★★

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

Pros: solid italian fare, good prices, great flavors

Cons: busy, kinda quirky atmosphere

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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

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★★★★★

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

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The Stinking Rose is a garlic inspired restaurant located in San Francisco. I recommend the 40 clove chicken with is amazing. Suprising, it is not overpowering in the garlic department. It is juicy and delicious. They even have garlic ice cream, but I was not brave enough to try it. Slightly expensive, but it's a fun place to dine. Expect a line, I'd recommend a reservation.

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The Stinking Rose is a garlic inspired restaurant located in San Francisco. I recommend the 40 clove chicken with is amazing. Suprising, it is not overpowering in the garlic department. It is juicy and delicious. They even have garlic ice cream, but I was not brave enough to try it. Slightly expensive, but it's a fun place to dine. Expect a line, I'd recommend a reservation.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

Pros: Food

Cons: Not too spacious

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Everything we had was delicious and deserves their good reputation. Crab and Bouillabaisse are EXCELLENT - strongly recommend. Pricey, but good food!

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Everything we had was delicious and deserves their good reputation. Crab and Bouillabaisse are EXCELLENT - strongly recommend. Pricey, but good food!

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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

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★★★★★

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

Pros: ambience, food

Cons: host staff

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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

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★★★★★

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

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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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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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I had the culotte steak which was cooked differently than I'm used to: almost completely well-done except in the middle which was somewhat rare, though closer to medium. This gave the steak almost a charbroiled consistency, which wasn't

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I had the culotte steak which was cooked differently than I'm used to: almost completely well-done except in the middle which was somewhat rare, though closer to medium. This gave the steak almost a charbroiled consistency, which wasn't

Pros: decent food

Cons: expensive

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Recently went here for my birthday (after hearing about it from a friend). I thought the food was good as did the other guests. They took a long time to seat us despite having a reservation. The bread and oil was amazing but realize that

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Recently went here for my birthday (after hearing about it from a friend). I thought the food was good as did the other guests. They took a long time to seat us despite having a reservation. The bread and oil was amazing but realize that

Pros: GARLIC!!!!!!! Ambiance

Cons: Price, wait despite reservation, really loud

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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 the time and effort. go once in your life and wake up w/ a

3
★★★★★

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 the time and effort. go once in your life and wake up w/ a

Pros: garlic?

Cons: expensive, no variety

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Bring breath mints for afterwards. We went there with a really large group and they would only seat us if every last person sat down. The food was fabulous though. I'd like to go back with just a couple peopel and sit in the more intimate

3
★★★★★

Bring breath mints for afterwards. We went there with a really large group and they would only seat us if every last person sat down. The food was fabulous though. I'd like to go back with just a couple peopel and sit in the more intimate

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OK, this place is definitely a tourist trap; but nonetheless it is a garlic lover's dream. The skillet of buttered garlic was welcome for sure. The food was not bad, and the wine was decent. I don't regret the experience here; and tourists

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OK, this place is definitely a tourist trap; but nonetheless it is a garlic lover's dream. The skillet of buttered garlic was welcome for sure. The food was not bad, and the wine was decent. I don't regret the experience here; and tourists

Pros: garlic, garlic, garlic

Cons: touristy

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I went to the Stinking Rose this past week, on a trip to SF. We went earlier in the day, before the dinner rush, and I think that made it better. The food was very good, especially their bread and garlic relish. I ordered spicy tomato

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★★★★★

I went to the Stinking Rose this past week, on a trip to SF. We went earlier in the day, before the dinner rush, and I think that made it better. The food was very good, especially their bread and garlic relish. I ordered spicy tomato

Pros: great food, garlic, large restaurant

Cons: a little overpriced, but lots of food for the money

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Restaurant can get a little busy, reservations are always good to make. Best plates to order are the neon ravioli and the lasagna. If you REALLY are a garlic fan, try the bagna calda, spread it on a slice a bread and enjoy....tastes like

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★★★★★

Restaurant can get a little busy, reservations are always good to make. Best plates to order are the neon ravioli and the lasagna. If you REALLY are a garlic fan, try the bagna calda, spread it on a slice a bread and enjoy....tastes like

Pros: food, ambiance

Cons: parking, restaurant a little crowded

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food good, but sevice terrible and when asked the waiter became angry and arragent and very rude. if you do not mind poor service and rude service people then go, but be warned

3
★★★★★

food good, but sevice terrible and when asked the waiter became angry and arragent and very rude. if you do not mind poor service and rude service people then go, but be warned

Pros: good food

Cons: poor service

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Garlic Lovers, such as ourselves, were so excited to be told about this amazing garlic place. What a disappointment. Though the decor was nice, we were squished into this tiny booth and my man had to sit on the end! The rest of us,

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★★★★★

Garlic Lovers, such as ourselves, were so excited to be told about this amazing garlic place. What a disappointment. Though the decor was nice, we were squished into this tiny booth and my man had to sit on the end! The rest of us,

Pros: decor, garlic

Cons: food, elbows

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I would recommend eating at the Stinking Rose at least once. Most of the Italian restaurants in North Beach are the same, so the garlic gimmick gives the SR an edge. I have eaten there a few times and always received excellent service.

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I would recommend eating at the Stinking Rose at least once. Most of the Italian restaurants in North Beach are the same, so the garlic gimmick gives the SR an edge. I have eaten there a few times and always received excellent service.

Pros: Excellent garlic-heavy dishes, private tables

Cons: Only one bathroom stall?

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The name denotes the 'garlic-ness' to the entire experience. Every morsel of food had the garlic after-taste to it. Since I love garlic, it was a good experience- not extraordinary though. The bread and oil served in the beginning were

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★★★★★

The name denotes the 'garlic-ness' to the entire experience. Every morsel of food had the garlic after-taste to it. Since I love garlic, it was a good experience- not extraordinary though. The bread and oil served in the beginning were

Pros: Garlic, Decor

Cons: Parking, Garlic breath

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If you like garlic, you should check this restaurant out but I think it's over priced. I'm sure you can find better restaurants. It's interesting because all meals have garlic in it. I've only been there once but I don't think I would

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★★★★★

If you like garlic, you should check this restaurant out but I think it's over priced. I'm sure you can find better restaurants. It's interesting because all meals have garlic in it. I've only been there once but I don't think I would

Cons: Expensive

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Ate there with sister and a local. Overpriced with just OK food. We should have stopped with the bread and oil because that was fabulous. Maybe we aleady had our palate accustomed to garlic either by the smell of the place or the bread

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★★★★★

Ate there with sister and a local. Overpriced with just OK food. We should have stopped with the bread and oil because that was fabulous. Maybe we aleady had our palate accustomed to garlic either by the smell of the place or the bread

Pros: fun

Cons: price

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Great place if you are new to the city. Always packed and just some good downright hearty Italian food. Not the best in the city but its fun to go with a large group. You can always get a window seat and people watch cause North Beach

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★★★★★

Great place if you are new to the city. Always packed and just some good downright hearty Italian food. Not the best in the city but its fun to go with a large group. You can always get a window seat and people watch cause North Beach

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The food was excellent. Best Tiramisu ever. Great for romantic dinner or a fun group. The fish and salads were terrific. We loved our pasta. Highly recommended. Bread should be served warm with the garlic appetizer. Bathroom deserves a

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★★★★★

The food was excellent. Best Tiramisu ever. Great for romantic dinner or a fun group. The fish and salads were terrific. We loved our pasta. Highly recommended. Bread should be served warm with the garlic appetizer. Bathroom deserves a

Pros: flavor, authentic, price

Cons: bread was cold, bathroom

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If you want to go & purchase a souvenir to say that you have been there, then I suggest doing just THAT! We had dinner on 12/28 the ambience is different, nice at first then you sit and realize that the tables are really super small you

3
★★★★★

If you want to go & purchase a souvenir to say that you have been there, then I suggest doing just THAT! We had dinner on 12/28 the ambience is different, nice at first then you sit and realize that the tables are really super small you

Pros: gift shop, the look of the place

Cons: price, limited dessert menu, cramped tables

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The food was not good for the most part. I wish I had read the other reviews before going to this restaurant. Their pastas, the salad and even their breads were among the less tasty ones I ever had.

On the positive side, their concept

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★★★★★

The food was not good for the most part. I wish I had read the other reviews before going to this restaurant. Their pastas, the salad and even their breads were among the less tasty ones I ever had.

On the positive side, their concept

Pros: kid friendly

Cons: bad food

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This place is only still in business because they don't depend on regulars who actually LIKE the place. Came here because I eat garlic by the clove but other than that catch, there's nothing here that would ever make me come back!

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★★★★★

This place is only still in business because they don't depend on regulars who actually LIKE the place. Came here because I eat garlic by the clove but other than that catch, there's nothing here that would ever make me come back!

Pros: garlic

Cons: food

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The Stinking Rose A Garlic Restaurant is one of the most unique restaurants I've ever been to. It has Californian-Italian cuisine with GARLIC as a serious component in the dishes served. Try the BAGNA CALDA their signature dish. Oven roasted garlic cloves in extra virgin olive oil and butter served in a piping hot iron skillet -great on the fresh crusty Italian bread. Everything from to Garlic Biscotti to Garlic Ice Cream. everyone loves this place

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The Stinking Rose A Garlic Restaurant is one of the most unique restaurants I've ever been to. It has Californian-Italian cuisine with GARLIC as a serious component in the dishes served. Try the BAGNA CALDA their signature dish. Oven roasted garlic cloves in extra virgin olive oil and butter served in a piping hot iron skillet -great on the fresh crusty Italian bread. Everything from to Garlic Biscotti to Garlic Ice Cream. everyone loves this place

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I just don't know how this became so popular. A bunch of alternative ways to cook garlic with various foods is not a cuisine. My roommate worked there for years and obviously ate there 4 or 5 times a week. He just reeked of garlic. He couldn't get a date for years. I have eaten there a few times and each time I thought the food was not the best. It just wasn't very nice. Locally this place is regarded as a tourist destination. I wouldn't bother with it if I were you.

PROS: They have food.
CONS: The food is crap.

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I just don't know how this became so popular. A bunch of alternative ways to cook garlic with various foods is not a cuisine. My roommate worked there for years and obviously ate there 4 or 5 times a week. He just reeked of garlic. He couldn't get a date for years. I have eaten there a few times and each time I thought the food was not the best. It just wasn't very nice. Locally this place is regarded as a tourist destination. I wouldn't bother with it if I were you.

PROS: They have food.
CONS: The food is crap.

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The Stinking Rose is a garlic lover's dream come true. This restaurant bills itself as a garlic restaurant and proudly proclaims, "We season our garlic with food!" The restaurant serves California-Italian cuisine made, of course, with lots and lots of garlic. Menu items include lots of seafood, meat and pasta dishes. For dessert, try the famous Gilroy's Garlic Ice Cream with caramel mole sauce, courtesy of the Garlic Capital of the World, Gilroy, California. The menu features items in a variety of prices ranges.

PROS: Lots of unique garlic creations, price ranges for all budgets
CONS: Bring the breath mints!

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The Stinking Rose is a garlic lover's dream come true. This restaurant bills itself as a garlic restaurant and proudly proclaims, "We season our garlic with food!" The restaurant serves California-Italian cuisine made, of course, with lots and lots of garlic. Menu items include lots of seafood, meat and pasta dishes. For dessert, try the famous Gilroy's Garlic Ice Cream with caramel mole sauce, courtesy of the Garlic Capital of the World, Gilroy, California. The menu features items in a variety of prices ranges.

PROS: Lots of unique garlic creations, price ranges for all budgets
CONS: Bring the breath mints!

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Excellent restaurant. Very clean. the food was amazing and very flavorful. The servor helped us to pick our meals. I would go back just because of his hospitality. He was amazing and the food was perfect. the only problem with this place is that it took us 45 minutes just to find a parking spot. But it was definitely well worth it.

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Excellent restaurant. Very clean. the food was amazing and very flavorful. The servor helped us to pick our meals. I would go back just because of his hospitality. He was amazing and the food was perfect. the only problem with this place is that it took us 45 minutes just to find a parking spot. But it was definitely well worth it.

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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.

PROS: good for dates or groups
CONS:

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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.

PROS: good for dates or groups
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This kitschy Italianate restaurant has managed to turn garlic into a theme, and is popular with tourists, kids and rowdy private parties. The fun food begins with bagna calda, garlic cloves cooked in olive oil and butter that you smear on…

 

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