Tar & Roses

4.8
1741 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Tar & Roses is located in Santa Monica, California.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Californian, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm
Sunday 5:30pm-9:30pm
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Phone number
(310) 587-0700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andrew Kirschner
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
SE Corner of 6th Street
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Parking details
Valet Parking Available, Plenty of Metered Street Parking and Public Parking Lot is available.
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Special events & promotions
Tar & Roses offers several special Suppers which can be booked for parties of 4 or more, with a week or more notice. These include Wood Roasted Goat, Standing Back Rib, Singaporean Chili Crab and Seafood Paella. Please contact the restaurant directly for more information or for bookings.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

Tar and Roses exudes a classy calmness not often seen in this part of town.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1741 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently delicious and with inventive twists. The service is consistently friendly and knowledgeable. Sat in the back room for the first time - very nice. Our party of four - everyone really enjoyed the food, wine, and experience.

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PM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. We showed up an hour early expecting a bar where we could have a drink. Unfortunately everything was full but they we able to get right to a table. The food was fantastic, server very pleasant. We will be back.

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KS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is amazing, must get the friend cauliflower (hands down was my favorite of the dishes). If you are going hungry with a table of four, waiter recommends between 8-10 plates so it can get a tad expensive. The only thing my family and I didn't like was they wanted us to pick out all of our plates early on in order to "time" everything however we felt like we were rushed, having 6-7 plates in 45 minutes was a little fast.

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j
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Very pleasant space and nice staff. Will be back!

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BB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The octopus was maybe the best I have ever had and the oxtail ravioli was spectacular.

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DL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous meal this week. Visited a little over a year ago and this was our top pick as we were back for a visit. The BEST restaurant experience we have had in SM. Red snapper and the strawberry dessert are not to be missed. Attentive waitress and chef / owner.

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PH
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from out of town and found this restaurant doing some research online. We had an 8:30 reservation and when we arrived, they said it would be a short wait because the other party was just finishing dessert. It was fine - no big deal. We had a glass of wine and in about 20 minutes they got us a table AND gave us a cheese board and wood roasted English Peas (both delicious) as an apology for the wait. We were very impressed, because I've often had to wait for a table past my reservation time and I've never been comped anything unless it was an extremely long wait. That started us off with a good impression. We shared a bunch of small plates and liked everything a lot! Too many things to list right now, but Oxtail Dumplings and Lamb Belly stand out.

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RH
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!!

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m
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love Tar and Roses and have yet to have something not great off the menu. The mushroom small plate is a standout in our opinion and is so meaty and flavorful, it is satisfying to carnivores like us. The staff are always lovely and accommodating, too. Love this place!

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s
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eaten here many times. Haven't been disappointed yet.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated in the back room which seemed a little quieter. My husband and I shared. Every dish we tried tasted amazing! Loved the brussel sprouts, fall salad, octopus, and the lemon ricotta gnocchi was probably the most delicious. With a couple of glasses of wine we were too full to try dessert. Next time! Service was great also.

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A
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining at Tar & Roses. Our party of 4 all enjoyed the meal. Service was excellent. Menu is very interesting and I look forward to a return visit. Reserve in advance — this restaurant is busy.

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o
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We love the food here and have driven from Long Beach to celebrate birthdays in Santa Monica a half dozen times. But the prices for a glass of wine are too expensive.

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JW
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall wonderful, but quite nursy as so many restaurants . In the back it was a lot better.

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AJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was amazing. The food was delicious and the waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and all of the wine pairings!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Rushed, rushed, rushed!! That’s all I can say! We gave it a one last chance and this was it. When the manager, the waiter and the busser take turns every five min to ask you same question, over and over again, nothing else matters (if we are done while food was still in our plates). We are not ready yet, we remember saying during our meal numerous times. And my glass of wine which I wasn’t finished with disappeared before I had a chance to say, I’m not FINISHED. Not coming back. Thank you but no thank you. Celebrating two birthdays, ordering premium items of the menu and drinks was not good enough for our server to give up a break from wanting us to leave. Makes no sense. So many other options with much more superior service around Santa Monica, or let’s just call it simple, good service.

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PA
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although it was a bit loud for conversation, the food and wine/beers were delicious, the service amazingly good and the ambiance/style was great! Loved this place and will come back as soon as possible.

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Each course was phenomenal. Will return. Oxtail dumplings A+.
Fish for 2 feeds closer to 3 or 4, especially if having other courses. Strawberry dessert was divine!

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BM
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second dining experience in a month and we live an hour away! You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The only difference for us was we preferred the main dining room to the outside garden room. We'll be back soon.

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a
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Rich food. Loud space. Very delicious though!

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was good, service was great. Restaurant is too crowded. I hate that the people on both sides of me could hear everything me and my date were discussing. Food was overpriced in my opinion but hey, overpriced small portions and cramped tables are the reg in LA

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v
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime...
Go for wine and cheese..
Stay for the snapper and divine vegetables. .

I can't wait to go back to this restaurant!

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RL
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been here since the fire 2 years ago and it was even better than I remember. Great service, great wine program, unbelievable food... Wish it wasn't so hard to get a reservation!

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J
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Loved everything about it. Food, service and ambiance were spot on.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food. Great ambience though very noisy. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time dining here, a year apart. Very pleased with both times. Really diverse smaller menu. Everything done with a twist of style. Will always recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a unique and amazing dining experience

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KK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tar & Roses never fails to provide a great dining experience, attentive staff and wonderful dishes.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Tar & Roses, a reco from my sis in law. Since my sis in law is a bit of a foodie I shouldn’t have expected anything less than a stellar dining experience.

Tar & Roses delivers on everything to make your meal here memorable and one of a kind. Our server was Mariel and she was fantastic at curating our menu. We had the yellowtail crudo (1st round), Cauliflower and ribs (2nd round) and finally the seafood curry hotpot (final round). All were amazing!! Great flavor and perfect portion sizes to fill up my husband and I.

Would highly recommend this restaurant for great food, cozy and cool ambiance, amazing service, and a fantastic dining experience!

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j
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We met up with friends and they had never been to Tar and Roses before.
They were completely blown away. We especially loved the whole snapper,the brussel sprouts, the charcuterie,and the crab cakes.
I'm so glad that we have this quality of food on this side of town!

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HH
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just an amazing spot. Every single dish was insane!! Loved the vibe, the service was great, will easiyy be bacl to eat more from the delicious menu!!! 5 of 5 stars in my book!!!!

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B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food - well prepared and reasonably priced considering the high quality. Couldn’t be better! Mariel was a great assistance to our food and wine choices. Service was excellent.

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UT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, our server was knowledgeable and passionate. The food superb!

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RG
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere and some of the best food I have ever had. I would recommend the octopus, dumplings and the fish pot

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Carly the server was amazing. She made the dinner delightful!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! My foodie friend from San Fran loved it!

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BX
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was superb as was the atmosphere. The menu offerings were unique and the food was delightful.

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E
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best. Anything you order on the board is great. 5 items for 4 people almost fills you. Best preparation of duck ever. Last time the duck had cherries and this time it had huckleberries. Can’t decide which is better. Venison melted in you mouth. Strawberry custard danish with honey salted ice cream. Need I say more. Already made my reservation for New Years which has been a tradition. Love the place.

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KW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was here to celebrate a friends reunion with out-of-towners. Tar & Roses did not disappoint. This was my 2nd time dining here, and I really enjoyed this experience. The wine was great, the oxtail dumplings are UNREAL and our waiter was incredibly informative in the cuisine. We were pleasantly surprised with the venison and would definitely get it again. My only qualm is that they were out of 3 veggie dishes from their menu since it was later in the evening. We would have liked to order 1-2 of those but were satisfied with what was available. Overall, loved the meal and ambience. Will definitely return!

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JD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing better on the west side!

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