Tar & Roses

4.8
1677 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 1677 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The oxtail dumplings are a MUST!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Even though we made reservation, we had to wait for 30 mins to be seated. Staffs kept taking care of us while we're waiting! It was kind of noisy but we enjoyed the atmosphere. We ordered oxtail dumplings, bone marrow, and hunger steak. Oxtail dumplings were good for appetizer and bone marrow was a little greasy for me but my husband loved it. We should have ordered hanger steak medium rare T.T Still it was tasty and side grilled veggies were so good! I really wanna have again strawberry crostata~~ Thanks for celebrating our 3rd year anniversary!

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JB
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since 4 years we keep on coming back to this wonderful place - super tasty and very special. 5+ stars!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and friendly attentive service

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London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant from start to finish. Ingredients bursting with flavor. Properly treated to simply enhance them. This goes straight into my top dining experiences.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

料理も雰囲気もとてもよく、おすすめのレストランです!

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JH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bone marrow was so fresh I could have sworn it wiggled around on my plate?

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CP
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Tar and Roses! This place is always fantastic, the food is delicious and the service is extremely friendly and easy going. We usually get the oxtail dumplings, the chili crab cakes and the shellfish pot that are so comforting and delicious but we tried new things this time. The Vietnamese-flavoured beef carpaccio was really refreshing and tasty, the baby artichokes were perfectly cooked and paired exceptionally well with the whole roasted branzino with the risotto and pea tendrils. Overall, a perfectly lovely meal in a very enjoyable atmosphere with wonderful service. Will always go back!

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TG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was outstanding.

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AD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I live in the UK so hadn’t been for a couple of years and we were really looking forward to our visit although a little apprehensive that things might not be as good as we remembered. We needn’t have been concerned as everything was excellent to the extent we’ve already booked again for our last night in LA before returning home.

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TK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

The owner was very rude upon our arrival about 25 minutes after our 5:45 pm reservation.....extremely heavy LA traffic was explained, but he did not seem to notice or care that it was our anniversary and that we had VIP status on Opentable. After making a big deal out of our tardiness and lecturing us like little school children, as if we were at Le Bernadin in New York City, he gave us a table with the caveat that we had to be finished by 8 pm for a big group that was coming. Be advised that there was no one waiting to check in at the host stand and no shortage of empty tables either indoors or out on the patio. We complied and left just before 8 pm, but no big group ever arrived and no one was waiting to get into the restaurant.

I wish we had just left after experiencing the owner's arrogance, as the food was completely mediocre compared to a prior visit over a year ago. Not sure what the big hype is all about as some of the dishes were just odd and did not display any particular display of culinary excellence. Final comment....the wines by the glass were very overpriced and the pores were so skinny that it was stunning.....could have been served in a shot glass rather than a wine glass.

Final warning.....the place is very loud, not due to crowd buzz, but the music blaring at 150 decibels.....that, in turn, made all of the restaurants patrons have to speak very loudly. My wife and I could barely hear each other over the din.

Our server was very professional, the one bright spot of the evening.

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l
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my husband for his birthday. He doesn't usually like trying new places, but I surprised him and he thoroughly enjoyed himself. The food was great; nice sized portions and interesting flavors. It was a great evening.

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SB
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so good I can't pick a favorite dish to write about! We were a large group so were able to sample and share many of the menu options which was great. But, it would be equally good for a party of two to share just a select few dishes. We will definitely be going back!

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OT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente experiencia

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CC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outdoor seating in the back is particularly charming. And Julie, our server, was really great.

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love Tar and Roses. This is a great place to take a special guest or friend. Service is exceptional. Environment is special but not stuffy. You can't go wrong here.

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LO
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The chili crab cake was terrific! The signature dessert, strawberry ricotta rosemary tart is simply divine. A MUST try, even if reluctant. The food is creative and very well prepared. Fun and upbeat vibe.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An oasis of high quality and tasty food composed with creativity by the chef. Perfect service. A little expensive but still worth.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!! Would absolutely go again

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My out of town friend was so excited about their food and had never enjoyed such a variety of unique dishes. Bravo!

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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing everything! One of my favorite restaurants in LA. You have to try it!

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t
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Never disappoints. When I offered to take my boyfriend anyplace in LA for his birthday, he immediately responded with Tar & Roses.
Perfect balance of flavors. They periodically add new items, but we always start with the mouthwatering Oxtail Dumplings and Singapore Style Crabs Cakes.
Their consistency will keep us returning again and again.

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BE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our anniversary dinner here. The whole fried Thai snapper is the best thing on the menu and a must-order! The restaurant was incredibly accommodating of dietary restrictions (gluten and dairy free) and the server was very knowledgeable and helpful.

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V
Central Coast
62 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING is an understatement!

They have always went above and beyond to truly make your dining experience one of a kind, and I have to say the last time I dined at Tar & roses they made us feel exceptionally warm and welcomed.

I will be coming back again and again, especially with the new additions to the menu (Seasonally) I can't wait to try the next offering.

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s
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time here and it was amazing! Even better than the first time which blew my mind! Really recommend it

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MN
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely divine, and the service was excellent! We especially loved the oxtail dumplings and the gnocchi. I also had made an unusual request (I asked a waiter to play along with an inside joke), and he delivered perfectly! It is awesome when a restaurant as top-notch as Tar & Roses also goes above and beyond to make their guests experiences so memorable!

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KO
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for mother's birthday...Service and food were great! Dessert amazing! Highly recommend for special occasions.

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s
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a fabulous meal here. Everything was delicious and our waitress was very helpful and informative. We were seated immediately even though we were early, which was great. Cool spot that we’d go back to anytime!

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l
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The consistency in the food is amazing. Every time. Every dish. We just love this place for special occasions and bringing friends from out of town. Very impressive.

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GS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tar and Roses is a well run, professional, high end restaurant. The hosts are friendly and warm, as are the servers, whom are also very knowledgable about the menu and wine list, so do ask for their insights. Our appetizers, mains and desserts were all well timed so the pace throughout was great. The food itself is thoughtful, creative and of the highest quality. It is a splurge but well worth it.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! Everything was outstanding.

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t
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved the food but the service was just wonderful. Everyone was warm and friendly and we were never rushed.

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AK
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience we had in Santa Monica by far !

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h
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my farewell to fifties bday dinner. Schleped up from South Bay for bone marrow. It did not disappoint. The oxtail dumplings, crab cake, cauliflower, lamb kabobs, were excellent. Oxtail probably best dish. Will definitely repeat.

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S
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Squid ink fettuccini and crabe cake were so good, but the wood roasted chicken was raw.

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The ambiance and staff were lovely. The food I found it to be okay. It is nothing great nothing bad just a good place for the ambiance.

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NT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really friendly service and delicious food using vegetables well

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p
Los Angeles
133 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Excellent service. A little pricey.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Food was good but over priced for the amount of food. Too loud and too crowded. Could not hear the person I was sitting .with.

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