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Tar & Roses, Santa Monica, CA

Tar & Roses

4.8
4.8
3316 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Tar & Roses is a globally inspired culinary experience.
Chef Andrew Kirschner has transformed his kitchen into a local and welcoming home, focused on the element of the wood fired oven to bring out the best flavor in our dishes. Coming straight from the visionary mind of our award winning chef, our menu is created with only the highest quality ingredients and fresh, local products. This attention to detail helps makes our food a perfected craft which will inspire you to be adventurous, in the most approachable and delicious way possible.
When you step into Tar & Roses, you'll feel like you are coming home. Our entire staff awaits your arrival with warm smiles and thoughtful service ~ please, come share a meal with us!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 66 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 587-0700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Kirschner

  • Private party facilities

    Our patio area can accommodate up to 30 guests for a seated dinner or 40 guests for a standing 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

  • Private party contact

    Monica Yoder: (310) 587-0700

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Cross street

    SE Corner of 6th Street

  • Parking details

    - Metered Street Parking- Public Parking in the Library lot across the street is available until 11pm

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,316 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Los Angeles

    American

  • Westside

    Best Food

  • Westside

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  1. PC

    PascaleC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent! We had the octopus, eggplant, venison and the strawberry tart. Wow!! Our waitress was also excellent. I loved her overall peppy energy and way of explaining the dishes.
  2. JF

    JayF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Truly exceptional and elevated food, served in an informal, unpretentious way. The space has a comfortable and lively atmosphere. One of the very best restaurants in LA that we have experienced.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food, service, and variety of food; recommend several small plates to enjoy the variety.
  4. L

    Lynn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible food. Had the venison - every bite delicious. Staff superb and friendly. Really nice to chat with. We had short rib, gnocchi and all were exceptional. It’s a bit noisy by the kitchen - find people love that middle of the moment spot, but we asked for an out-of-the-way table. LOVED IT. They really care about their food and take pride in the taste and quality of your experience.
  5. j

    jjkk

    Exclusive

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We have dined at this restaurant several times and have found it to be consistent. On the other hand it would be nice to see the menu change. Our waiter mentioned that the menu changes seasonally yet this has not been our experience and a menu that remains the same can get old! Additionally, it was one of our birthdays and we brought 2 cupcakes for the table to split from a favorite bakery. We were charged a "cake cutting fee" which seemed kind of nickel and dimey to us. On a last positive note, the back patio is a lovely place to dine. Romantic and quiet.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was attentive and very knowledgeable. We had some food allergies and the staff gave us excellent advice and options. Delicious meals and a really nice wine selection.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think our server was Brad ( he’s from Philly). A great combination of in-depth knowledge and personality.
  8. VS

    VytautasS

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We were here for my wife’s birthday. Table was booked way in advance - everything was ok with that. Food was was perfect and so delicious! Everything what could mean “high class” restaurant was implemented. Almost… The only thing which was little bit disturbing - we were seated nearby the open kitchen, where all the staff banging the plates ALL THE TIME AND SO NOISY… I saw some of the peaople asked to be re-seated bit far away from this place. We were not and that was a mistake, because it was hard to talk sometimes even.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the experience so much we went twice in 3 days!!!The staff are outstanding and brilliantly pair dishes into delicious coursed meals. We will be dreaming about these dishes long term.
  10. J

    Jack

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Exceptional food quality with a lot of options small, mediim and large. Had the lamb kabob from the snack menu and two items from the small menu. That was enough for the two of us but we are not big eaters.
  11. BG

    BryanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent evening . Great food and service . Always consistently good.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the beef cheek dish which was wonderful and the whole fried snapper with soba noodles which was spectacular! Our server was excellent and lovely. Will be back soon.
  13. DA

    DebbyA

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is imaginative and delicious, our servers were knowledgeable and attentive. At first, we were next to a group of people who were having a great time, but were quite noisy. When we asked for a quieter seat, the host kindly seated us outdoors, and it was perfect. A very nice evening!
  14. MG

    MikeG

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely restaurant. It’s in a convenient location if staying in Santa Monica. It has a lovely ambience with enough back ground noise to make a great atmosphere without being too loud. Add to this great food, great drinks and fabulous service, and this is a great place for a relaxing evening.
  15. N

    Nataliel

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding!!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant I have ever ate in my life! Highly recommend!
  17. P

    Pauline

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Every dish was delicious, with remarkable combinations of ingredients not seen elsewhere.
  18. LB

    LorriB

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food - pretty close to Michelin Star quality. Great ambiance, great service.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply wonderful!
  20. ER

    EmmaR

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing! The oxtail dumplings changed my life. Can’t wait to come back!
  21. M

    Maxk

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat on the back patio which was honestly much better than inside, quieter and more intimate. Had the octopus skewers, braised ribs, and the duck plate. I would highly recommend all of the dishes. Our waiter was very attentive and was very on top of refilling our wine and checking in with us.
  22. CR

    CelineR

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!! We had an amazing experience dining here for our last mean in Santa Monica. The vibe is trendy, they have a solid wine list & the food is to die for. We had the oxtail dumplings to start & duck breast entree— both were excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant!
  23. PM

    PattiM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious small plates. Great service. No ce outdoor dining area
  24. K

    Kayla

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome space. Great wine selection. Meals were on point. We did not realize they only serve beer/wine which stunk a little but their selection made up for it.
  25. B

    debraB

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service spectacular! Attentive, polite, and helpful wait-staff. Most dishes delicious and plentiful for sharing. Some were a bit scanty for the price. Like the chicken liver mousse- the dish looked pretty but there was so little of it on the plate. Oxtail Dumplings fabulous but can’t get over there are really only 4 pieces for $14. The Red Snapper was a standout. The Hangar Steak was mediocre. All in all a lovely restaurant with a great wine list.
  26. MC

    MichaelC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were just what you’d expect. The duck was amazing, though that doesn’t lessen any of the other food we ordered. I highly recommend Tar & Roses!
  27. DH

    DavidH

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food, excellent service.
  28. JH

    JohnH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Tar & Roses and they continue to deliver on their promise - incredible food and an exquisite wine list. I love this place and we had a very romantic and amazing dinner!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for my 30th birthday and had an absolutely fantastic dinner. Service was helpful and friendly, the wine list is extensive yet approachable, and the food was out of this world. Highly recommend the oxtail dumplings, but everything on the menu looked delicious coming out of the kitchen. Will definitely be back!
  30. JM

    JoniM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out of towners celebrating an anniversary
  31. HM

    HillM

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with local ingredients. My favorites were the Bone Marrow and the Gnocchi. Delicious wines as well!
  32. C

    Caracas

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was fantastic as were the recommendations from the server. We sat outside which was great and not too noisy. The only drawback was how long it took to get drinks however when I was able to flag down staff and ask they came quicker. Worth it!!
  33. WT

    WoodieT

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Menu has a good range of choices; all of which were very good. Particularly enjoyed the oxtail dumplings and the snapper.
  34. LM

    LisaM

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service
  35. SF

    ScottF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic , fresh - delicious Highly recommend , great service as well
  36. W

    Westside13

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    T&R consistently presents delicious food in innovative ways while preserving old favorites like the oxtail dumplings. Excellent service adds to an overall outstanding dining experience.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last minute got in - sat outdoors in a comfortable space. Ordered the whole quick fried Snapper with dipping sauce - wine from Italy- so enjoyable.
  38. l

    lg12

    Los Angeles

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and well appointed Food
  39. t

    terrid

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. Food is always great and the wine is wonderful. Love the atmosphere
  40. D

    Deborah

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic meal sitting outdoors (much quieter)!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Tar & Roses is rated 4.8 stars by 3316 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 66 times today
Google Map for Tar & Roses

602 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    SE Corner of 6th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    - Metered Street Parking- Public Parking in the Library lot across the street is available until 11pm

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Kirschner

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (310) 587-0700

  • Private party facilities

    Our patio area can accommodate up to 30 guests for a seated dinner or 40 guests for a standing 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

  • Private party contact

    Monica Yoder: (310) 587-0700

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