Top 5 Gilroy Garlic Dishes Around the Bay Area

Restaurants from San Francisco to Santa Cruz carry signature garlic dishes.


With the Garlic Festival less than a month away, Gilroy’s famous roasted clove is in the spotlight again. Yet those who don’t make it to the Garlic City can still sample Gilroy’s finest at restaurants around the Bay Area.

Below are our top picks of garlic-y dishes found at eateries spanning San Francisco to Santa Cruz.

  • New York Steak with Fresh Roasted Garlic (Santa Cruz): Nearly every dinner item at Ideal Bar & Grill, situated near the Pacific Ocean, is infused with Gilroy garlic. But this tops them all: The 12 oz. seasoned and charbroiled steak is covered with fresh herb garlic butter and a roasted head of garlic. If you don’t yet have enough protection against those Lost Boys lurking at the nearby Boardwalk, the dish comes with garlic mashed potatoes. 
  • Gilroy Garlic Fries (San Francisco): Giants fans at AT&T Park can get both their garlic and grease fix with these crispy fries, a delectable combination of minced garlic and parsley leaves. To find them, head to the chain brewery restaurant Gordon Biersch, which has been carrying the fries since 1988. 
  • Seared Loch Duart Scottish Salmon (Palo Alto): Looking to splurge on your garlic experience? It is not hard at Soleil, where you can find this fish dish accompanied by Pea Flan, Tomato Fricassee, and Toasted Gilroy Garlic Beurre Blanc. We’re not sure what that all means, but it looks pretty good, so Bon Appétit!
  • Gilroy Mac (Oakland): What better compliment to America’s comfort food than garlic? Homeroom makes the signature Mac and Cheese with creamy Gouda, sharp pecorino, and a perfect amount of Gilroy Garlic. 
  • Garlic Ice Cream (San Francisco): Most either love it or hate it, but we can’t deny it’s a signature dish of the festival. You can get your fix more than once a year at The Stinking Rose, a restaurant that serves up nothing but garlic-filled dishes. For dessert, try a heaping scoop topped with caramel molé sauce.

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