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Tar & Roses
Tar & Roses

Tar & Roses Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tarandroses.com
  • Phone: (310) 587-0700
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm
    Sunday 5:30pm-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Kirschner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our patio area can accommodate up to 30 guests for a seated dinner or 40 guests for a cocktail reception. The space is suited to a wide array of gatherings from birthday celebrations to business meetings and rehearsal dinners. The patio features a retractable roof, overhead heaters and an intimate ambiance that creates a comfortable environment year round.

    Parties between 31 and 100 can be accommodated with a full restaurant buyout.

    All parties of ten or more are served a family-style menu that we work with you to plan.

    Any party larger than ten requires a buy-out of the patio. The patio is available for the whole evening, or and early (5 - 8 pm) or late (830 - 1130 pm) partial buy-out. Please contact the restaurant directly for more information including pricing and menus.
  • Private Party Contact: Christopher Fehlinger (310) 587-0700
  • Special Events & Promotions: Tar & Roses offers several special Suppers which can be booked with a week or more notice. These include Goat, Standing Back Rib, Wood- Roasted Redfish and Paella. Please contact the restaurant directly for more information or for bookings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: SE Corner of 6th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking Available, Plenty of Metered Street Parking and Public Parking Lot is available.
A word from Tar & Roses
Tar & Roses is located in Santa Monica, California.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Oxtail dumplings, trumpet mushrooms, balsamic ribs, and squid ink fettuccine are all excellent. Yet, please be aware that the beef carpaccio is overly spicy. They're listed as "small dishes" on the menu. Last time we ordered both large and small dishes but big dishes (at least what we ordered, e.g., duck) were hit-and-miss. So this time we ordered only small ones. Next time, we will bring our own bottle of wine -- we found out that we paid $60 for a Spanish wine which is sold at $15 online... Corking fee is $20 at T&R."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I can't rave about this place enough. An extraordinary food experience yet not at all pretentious. STUNNING."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Never disappointed with the amazing and changing menu. I take all of my guests from out of town here and have yet to find someone who isn't amazed. The oxtail dumplings are a must have, but you won't be disappointed by anything you order. Love this place!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Interesting menu. Good service. A little noisy but all restaurants are these days."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great little place, loved the outdoor dining, loved the organic menu. Great experience! Definitely will visit again!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We followed our waiter's advice and everything was incredible!!!! Only wish we've gotten there sooner sonwe could enjoy other plates that were no longer available due to the hour! But HIGHLY recommended!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "It serves two and if you sit across from each other, each of you can work one half the crispy deep friend fish off the bone. They manage to deeply score the fish so that you get deep-fried squares to work off the bone and dip into the tangy sauce. Sides and small plates were varied and inventive and service was friendly and attentive. Nice casual atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great appetisers and small plates. Entrees are good too but not surprisingly good. Good wine list. Very attentive services nice ambiance. It might be a little loud depending on who sits next to your table. You meant hear the music as it is noisy."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Awesome food. Great, friendly service. The only complaint if I would have one would be that they ONLY serve wine & beer, no hard alcohol AND the selection of wines was not very extensive. I'm guessing because their space seems quite small and I'm guessing they don't have room to store more..."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was excellent. For me personally, there weren't a lot of what I call mainstream dishes. However, what I had--the kale salad and the gnocchi, plus the strawberry dessert were very good."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Interesting, creative, well-prepared food, but too rich and too highly spiced for my taste. We loved the soft-shell crab and the melon and speck salad. Lamb belly was too salty for me. Generous portions and excellent, friendly service. However, the noise level was so high that it was difficult to relax and enjoy the food and almost impossible to have a conversation. I would not call the noise level "energetic", I would call it disturbing."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here on our anniversary for the first time. We ordered off of the Bruschetta menu and then small plates and a large plate. All the dishes were very fresh and interesting. Their take on the traditional tomato bruschetta was delicious with heirloom cherry tomatoes and burrata cheese. I enjoyed having the option to create a meal out of small plates, which included trumpet mushrooms topped with poached duck egg (yummmm) and soft shell crab on asian noodles. After eating dinner, I still felt like I had room for dessert, which was a simple, but fresh strawberry crostata. It was a perfect ending to a great meal."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and there are many small plates to share (i.e. the cheese and meat plates were awesome). Everything came out timely and the wait staff was on their toes. The vegetables were amazing...from beets to eggplant, all cooked in various ways and the flavors were tremendous. Definitely a spot for foodies! Will be back there for sure."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "That crusty fish standing up on the plate accessible to eaters on either side of a table for two, is something special."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Tar & Roses and it continued to be amazing. The server was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu (wine and food). He made excellent recommendations. The duck breast was delictible and the strawberry ricotta crostata was INSANE!!!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Excellent food, balsamic ribs are great. Entire meal was great ! Tried to make reservations 2 days later during our 4 day stay in Santa Monica but they were understandingly booked"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "amazing food, nice staff, great atmosphere. will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Everything was great from start to finish, I just wish I saved room for dessert. I went here with my boyfriend and we decided to order a variety of small plates since everything sounded so good. After telling our very attentive and friendly waitress what we wanted she let us know that they would bring them out in a order that made all the food make sense, and that's just what they did! We started with the soft shell blue crab, which was served over a citrus veggie mix. SO good and refreshing. Then we had the oxtail dumpling, which were generously stuffed and delicious. Finally we had the ricotta gnocchi and braised lamb shoulder. It was the perfect end to the perfect meal. Next time we are trying the snapper for two :)"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Really enjoyed all aspects would definitely come again."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We dined at Tar & Roses with our kids on July 4. It was fairly quiet, due to the the holiday. We started with an order of the popcorn with our drinks and it was a hit. A bit spicy with a nice bacon flavor. We had 2 orders of the oxtail dumplings and one order of the ribs, both of which were excellent. For the main course, we shared the whole snapper and one order of the salmon along with the fiddlehead ferns. The snapper was outstanding. The presentation was awesome and the fish was crispy yet tender. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We were offered a table right next to the door with all of the foot traffic and asked for a booth. We were then escorted past 3 open tables to a table in the back right next to the kitchen and expo. He was obnoxious, loud and ruined our meal. I think the food is amazing but their staff is oblivious - either the hostess didn't like us or she just had no clue to offer us the two worst seats in the restaurant and the expo needed not yell while the restaurant wasn't even busy. Just an overall let down experience. Next time I'll demand a better seat. As for the food, the oxtail dumpling was the bit hit of the night. A must when you eat here!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "2nd trip to this wonderful restaurant and was as terrific as the first. Special kudos for the amazing strawberry dessert.....DO NOT PASS IT UP!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Very noisy dining room but great service, food and vibe."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Step away from the salt! Several dishes were over salted Chefs, taste your food! Even the ice creams were salted. Too much!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "For all the expectations that were put on Tar and Roses by others, I was worried it would not live up to the hype. I was wrong. The staff were great, the setting was pleasant, and the food lived up to the expectations. If you have the opportunity to eat here, do not pass it up."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Each dish was super tasty. Ordered the seasonal fiddle head ferns which were cooked perfectly, seasoned with garlic and spicy pepper flakes, and had a light fluffy shaved cheese on top--a delicious combination! The eggplant side dish was good and the salmon main course was great as well. They do cook the fish medium rare unless you ask for it otherwise. We asked for medium and ours was still a tad squishy on the inside."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had dined at Tar & Roses previously but with a big group and the whole meal was a blur. This time, my husband and I planned a quiet date night. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive but not overly hovering. The food was delicious. We sampled from each section of the menu and clearly nearly every plate including dessert."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great lively place if a little noisy. I would certainly return just to eat the snapper. It was delicious and beautifully presented. I will not say how so as not to spoil the wow factor."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food experience is superb. Each dish is worth savoring. Noise level is uncontrolled. Surfaces amplify."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "A lot of odd dishes, some very good, some not very good. Experimenting is likely to produce some of both varieties."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Hoped for more. Seated on back porch facing a wall after repeatedly requesting a "special" table. Server was great and food was solid but with high prices, worst table, poor acoustics and dinning on the back porch I won't be back. Too many high quality options out there."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Interesting food beautifully prepared. Everything we tried was fabulous. I had the duck with fresh cherry sauce and toasted hazelnuts. Will definitely make this a regular dining out spot."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Great food, great atmosphere, and great concepts. Food was well prepared and well executed and just overall a fantastic experience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. The food is outstanding and the service is brilliant!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Ordered duck rillete, squid ink pasta, lamb, eggplant and roasted carrots, honeycomb ice cream with strawberry pastry. Everything was good except the carrots (overcooked, smushy and charred). Service was good: server was knowledgeable. Plates replaced periodically."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Wines by the glass are ridiculously expensive, and there are very few choices. The small plates that we had were ok but not outstanding. I ordered the seafood dish, and the mussels and clams were so small as to be almost invisible. My advice, eat and drink elsewhere before you go."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We had a wonderful first visit to Tar & Roses, and will definitely be back. The oxtail dumplings and scallop ceviche were our favorites, although everything was good. Our server was fantastic too, which made the whole experience outstanding."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The "make your own" cheese and charcuterie plate was really good. I'm not familiar with a lot of meats and cheeses, but our waiter was very friendly and patient with educating us and recommending some good choices. The strawberry pancake dessert came highly recommended, and was delicious, seemed over-hyped once we ate it. Would definitely like to come here again."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "One of the first to be seated when T&R opened at 5:30 - there was a line, of course. Our waiter was wonderful - just the right amount of attention, and very knowledgeable and amiable. Food is wonderfully delicious and small plate portions are generous. English peas. Bone marrow. Lamb belly."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We had a great dining experience here. Style is modern American with Asian and European influences. Dishes, even the snack sizes, are suitable for sharing, a definite advantage when there are so many tempting choices - very suitable for couples and small groups. Ingredients are high quality, and the finish is light and fresh. We particularly enjoyed the value-added veggie dishes (eggplant with romesco and burrata, asparagus with parmesan custard). The service is well-informed and engaged, casual and friendly while still professional and efficient. Wine list offers good options by the glass. The atmosphere is buzzy, but the noise level is comfortable - no shouting necessary. Terrific value for money."
    Dined on 6/10/2014