Tar & Roses
Tar & Roses

Tar & Roses

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tarandroses.com/
  • Phone: 3105870700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm
    Sunday 5:30pm-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Vegetarian
  • 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 3105870700x
  • Special Events: 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.
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Tar & Roses is located in Santa Monica, California.
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Tar & Roses reviews from OpenTable diners
221 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (189)special occasion (111)neighborhood gem (102)hot spot (91)romantic (66)notable wine list (66)good for groups (35)great for outdoor dining (33)late-night find (20)vibrant bar scene (11)great for lunch (5)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great spot with out of town frnds
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Checked out Tar & Roses while we were on holiday in California. Came highly reccomended from friends. They were very accommodating with our gluten and dairy free guest. The waiter knew everything about the menu and suggested great wine. Will be back when we are next in Santa Monica!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in Santa Monica
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Superb, could not be better we love it! Hidden gem in Santa Monica.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ange
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We love the food at Tar & Roses...and have always loved the ambiance...there was no acknowledgement to what had to be a broken air conditioning system Monday night...I can only assume the owner wasn't in the restaurant because I know he is very attentive...a drink offer would have been sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bacon Popcorn!!!
    AndreaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Need I say more!!! The fried Sea Bass is a must try. Not only does it look beautiful it tastes even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great
    PaliDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food really tasty, the service great & attentive. We order same dishes everytime we go, the ribs & peas in a pod (if in season) and the whole fried fish, so we are in a rut, but the dishes are always good. Waiter was very attentive, not intrusive, water glasses filled without asking, and general manager Johnny very friendly when he came over to be sure everything was ok. Only one small nit picky point this time: i told them on the online reservation & when i confirmed the reservation by phone that it was our anniversary dinner and they said that if we ordered dessert (we did) that they would put a celebratory candle in it. Dessert came, no candle. Not a big thing, but they need better communication between host and waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic place
    Jeffsonica
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Grilled salad sound slike a bad idea but here it is exceptional along with everyone else. One of the best restaurants in all of LA>
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and wine
    pecansandapples
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Always a bit of a wait even when you have a reservation but the menu has some unique flavors and doesn't disappoint. Solid wine list, great place to take visitors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great modern cuisine.
    derek
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    A must try for any food fan. Don't be afraid to spend some money, it's worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great chef
    overpricedVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food here is outstanding. The flavors the chef combines are incredible and the menu is very original. This was my third visit and it was the best yet. Love the charcuterie as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    DeDeVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food here is really wonderful and unique. The oxtail dumplings are one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. We had 3 orders. The hanger steak was cooked perfectly and the king crab with chili sauce was incredible. The desserts were all good, but the strawberry crostada was really fabulous. The service is great, wine list perfect and unique beers all add to the dining experience. The hardest part is getting a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everyone should eat at Tar & Roses at least once; it is truly an amazing food experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staylor973VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Always good. This is a perfect place for a special occasion or if you need to impress the boss. The service is always on point and the food is sublime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So so
    IanL
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Good cold starters but when the hot dishes arrived disappointment followed. A promising menu at a restaurant with ideas above its capabilities.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Enjoyable!
    tokyofoodmaven
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great appetizers/starters/small plates, terrific service, loved the ambiance and interior. Will be back for more! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • new no 1
    occdocVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    FINALLY got in and it was great.Had whole fish. BEST EVER. There is a big selection and every thing looked interesting.Only flawas 30 minute wait for toffee pudding desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oxtail dumplings
    MaryamVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The oxtail dumplings are reason enough to come back, again and again. Been here a handful of times and still great. Other favorites are the squid ink pasta, kale salad, and roasted beets. Waiter helpful with wine selection, spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still doing it right
    MoosemanVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Hadn't been back in a year. Tasted as good or better than it remembered. Wanted to try the whole fish, which they were out of the last time we were there. It was fantastic! Duck was excellent. Bone marrow was very good, but I like the presentation and accompaniment better at Pizzeria Mozza. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed 2nd time around
    ChicLAMom
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is our second visit to the resturant. The first time our group was blown away and taken by surprise with the food. Just the right combinations of spices and textures. First off the bread is outstanding, freshly toasted. However, they could be a bit more generous with oil and vinegar. We started off with the kale salad and it was wilted and lacked flavor. For our main entre and I beliive is their signature dish we ordered the "Red Snapper" it is presented in such a unique way. An entire fish proped up and carfully diced so that you can easily pull the pieces away (no utensils needed). It was served with an asian dipping sauce and soba noodles. The fish was over salted and killed all flavor. We will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AndyK
    AndyK
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Glad we found this place via Yelp. Food and service were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous find!
    JTsui1465
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Highly recommend for "foodies". The whole fried Snapper was amazing and we highly recommend - very white, flaky and tender! Everything was top notch. From the food, service, and ambience. The "tar" bar for dessert perfect. My husband said that was probably THE BEST dessert he has ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I will return and...
    LJJay
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    ...request Jeff as my server. He was welcoming and truly seemed to enjoy what he was doing. He steered us very well on our selections from the menu. The Scottish Salmon was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not our fav but highly recommended.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Stuck at a table by the entrance, too large for 3 and hard to overcome . Duck should be cooked more. Chicken and salmon excellent altho salmon could have been cooked more. Mgr came over to apologize for the empty corner table behind us that stood vacant during our dinner which was nice and appreciated. Everyone super nice and accommodating
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  • Amazing!
    Foodie101
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is one of my favorite spots to go to in Santa Monica...so whenever we have visitors this is definitely on the list of restaurants to go to. The waiter we had was amazing, and recommended us the right amount of proportions and "must-have" items. He didn't disappoint. I very rarely ever write a review, but we were raving about the T&R all weekend, and felt it was worth a great review. Double thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely loved everything!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food, service, and ambience were perfect! It was my second visit and it was as memorable as my first dining experience! Food melts in your mouth and cooked to perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    marieep
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We loved this place. The oxtail dumplings were one of the best items we have ever ordered in a restaurant, period. The whole friend snapper for two and the mushrooms and egg were great as well. Our server was wonderful and offered selections that we enjoyed immensely. Would definitely return. Thank you, Tar & Roses!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very disappointing
    Limon
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My friend had dined here and said it wasn't up to the buzz following it. I ignored her and listened to all of the positive reviews. I should have listened to her. For starters, the receptionist was very rude. that set the mood for your dinner and they happiest person should greet you. She really had a bad attitude. The most important part for me is the food, and that was truly mediocre. Furthermore, if you want a cocktail, they are not licensed to serve them, so its only wine on the menu. There are plenty of other restaurants to go to that are far superior to this one.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Berlin
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Sieht man von der ohrenbetäubenden Lautstärke einmal ab, an die man sich aber auch schließlich gewöhnt, ist dieses Szene-Lokal von der Qualität des Essens und auch vom sehr aufmerksamen Service her, sehr zu empfehlen. Alle Fischgerichte waren richtig frisch und gut gewürzt, die Weine vielleicht etwas zu teuer. Die gute Stimmung dort lässt dann auch die Rechnung vergessen, die in einem Umschlag mit der Aufschrift „damage” überreicht wird.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Clearly the Best!!!!
    luvfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is clearly one the best restaurants in the Los Angeles area. A must try but make sure you make reservations well in advance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lecker!
    lecker
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This place was recommended to my boyfriend and me by our co-workers and when my parents came into town to visit we took them there. It was a great setting to take my parents as it was a relaxing/more quiet setting where you were able to converse/catch-up while experiencing great food and a high scale atmosphere. The staff was very attentive and friendly and explained the unique foods in a knowledgeable way. I highly recommend: the oxtail dumpling, the ribs and the rib eye for two (one of the tastiest steaks I have ever had). Also the Brander white wine is one of the best white wines I have had. Thank you for a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lamb belly, hmmm
    JoecaVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was really a good surprise. Being used to Northern California cuisine with all its focus on ingredients it was really a great surprise to find the same in Santa Monica. I like the small plates and appetizers. Oxtail dumplings and lamb belly were great; peppers, too. The wine list was comprehensive with a good choice by the glass. The waiter was knowledgeable about the wine and provided a great suggestion. We had bruschette and some cheeses as appetizers. Frankly, next time I would cut this down a little. The bruschette are just so big. It almost counts as a meal to have a few. The other courses were of a more reasonable size to try a few. I had an Affogato as desert and it was very big. Good to share. A really great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Disappointed
    KathleenLVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This restaurant was rated very highly by Trip Advisor and elsewhere, but it wasn't our favorite of the restaurants we tried in Santa Monica and Venice. The bone marrow appetizer, highly recommended, just tasted like warm fat to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Snapper for 2 must get
    Susan
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This place has a nice setting and ambiance. Would be good for dates and special occasions. The Snapper for 2 is a definite must try! Fish is very meaty and crispy. Maybe so much that it might be more than enough for 2 people! Also tried the bone marrow, mushrooms, and the cauliflower. They're all alright. I felt it was a bit too bland and could use more flavor. I wouldn't get them again. Definitely must get that fish if you dine here! Parking: Valet at $8
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Hboles
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Delicious food, awesome service, cool vibe... We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joel C
    Joec17
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Could not have asked for a better night. Give it a chance. You won't regret it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dining experience
    WindyCitydiner29VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We came to Santa Monica for a conference and looked up articles on the top restaurants. Tar and Roses was a true find! We had 9:15 dinner reservations (because that was all we could get 2 days prior). All of the food was delicious and skillfully prepared. We sat on the outdoor patio which was a bit quieter and more intimate. Our server was fantastic. She was helpful in our selections and all of the food was brought out in a timely way. The food had unique flavors and combinations--all very fresh. We really liked the atmosphere too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thai Snapper is amazing!
    westy4foodVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Try this amazing fish for two...and I dare you to find a better main course in all of LA!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    yummyy
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Tar & Roses was amazing, everything about it- food, service, location
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yomamafooVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Amazing food and service! Best restaurant I've been to in Santa Monica. Highly recommend for dinner.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gnocchi was tops
    cwbradford74
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Overall good. Gnocchi was best of three dishes. Fluffy and light. Lemon dill sauce had right amount of tang to it. Balsamic glazed ribs were tender, but I expected to taste the balsamic more. Fried snapper was good, but not great. Coating could have used some more seasoning. Presentation exceeded flavor of dish. Wait staff and hosts were top notch.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Running out of superlatives
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    When one has good and bad things to say, there is reason to write a long review. Therefore this one will be short. Really short. The two of us ate *every* item on the menu under Snacks and Small plates followed by the Crostata for dessert. Each item was flawless in execution, flavors, texture, balance, interest, novelty, intrigue, innovation... and any other flattering adjective you would think to add to the list. This easily made my list of 2014 's Top-10 dining experiences (across LA, NYC, Chicago, London, Munich)
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate