Is It Any Good?

An all-garlic Steakhouse in Beverly Hills.

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Los Angeles is just a funky little place. It’s got more than its fair share of oddball funky little places to go, shop, and of course eat. So I hope that an all Garlic Restaurant shouldn’t be too much of a surprise.

Now, California and Garlic kinda goes together like…L.A. and sunshine. There’s even an all-Garlic festival in Gilroy, California every year. But if you can’t stick around for July (and given the heat, I wouldn’t blame you), you should come down and try the Stinking Rose.

At its heart, the Stinking Rose is a steakhouse. But everything, and I mean everything comes permeated with that lovely…err rose? Herb? Trust me, you will feel that garlic (remember I said feel the garlic) the moment you walk through the door.

Their motto, and this is on the menu, I swear: “We season our garlic with food”.

Yeah, that’s the kind of night its gonna be.

Virtually everything that can be roasted or cooked is served with a healthy dose of heart-healthy Garlic: Mussels, Short Ribs, Steak, Chicken, Prime Rib, Fish & Chips, Mashed Potatoes. Heck, they even serve…yes…Garlic Ice Cream, from where? Gilroy, of course.

Look, in the end, as a Steakhouse it’s okay. They ain’t got nothing on places like Arroyo Chop House. But the garlic makes all the difference. Truly, you won’t even smell the stuff by the time you leave. Though that first breath of garlic free air might be a bit of a shock. Still the food is garlicky good, the atmosphere is fun and weird, and you will have a great time at the Stinking Rose.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, I tried the Garlic Boneless Braised Short Ribs, which were lovely. I love Short Ribs, so that was an easy call. If I were in a more…expensive mood, I would have tried the Filet Mignon, but I also have a major temptation toward the Garlic Prime Rib. I have to imagine meat like that would absorb the Garlic beautifully.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: No surprise, it’s the garlic. The smell of the place as you walk in, is frankly overwhelming, and if you’re not down with it, you, whoever you’re with, your clothes, you’re hands…all could make it a loooong evening for you.

 

PARKING: The Stinking Rose has its own Valet-powered lot, so you’re covered there. In case you want to save your pennies (for the Filet Mignon), you can always find a spot on La Cienega, if you get there early enough and don’t mind walking a bit.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
The Stinking Rose
55 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Tel: (310) 652-7673

Hours:
Sunday-Thursday: 11:30 am–10:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:30 am–11:00 pm