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Tar & Roses

4.8
1490 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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 1490 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We love this place. Totally delicious small plates of very yummy food. We had avocado toast (with sesame seeds and hot peppers, spicy clams, crab cake and branzino with fresh pea tendrils. All truly amazing.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Loved everything about this restaurant! Fresh everything, perfect for sharing, cool space and excellent service.
Start with a Charcuterie Board!!! Seriously, if you don't you'll be super disappointed when you see all that deliciousness being delivered to other tables. Everything on the menu is good but the deep fried Snapper for two was AMAZING and surprisingly easy to eat and a LOT of food.
Menu changes based on seasonal availability but we also enjoyed the charred beets with feta, the baby gems salad, gnocchi and roasted chicken on a big bread salad.
It's a loud but not head-banding loud. Casual, easy valet parking and great service.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great Food, Great Service

Was happy to have dinner in this comfortable yet chic room. Our server's recommendations were spot on and he was very attentive. Food was fresh, seasonal, and creative.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I had the whole fried fish, great wine and the Tar bar as a dessert. The food was delicious! I highly recommend this place.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Great place for foodies! We started with the bruschetta and the Gorgonzola dolce and they were amazing! The standouts were also the liquor selection as well as the fried cauliflower and squid ink pasta! Thanks and see you soon!

We really liked our waitress and server too! She knows what she is doing and talking about versus some restaurants that have new servers!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Amazing food and service

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Tar & Roses is a must stop location whenever I am in Santa Monica. Even though I live in Seattle, I always stop in to see what's new on their menu. Can't rave about the Bone Marrow enough (it's sooo good) and the oxtail dumplings are just decadent! The service is always very good and I highly recommend reservations as I have never been there without seeing would-be diners disappointed that there were no tables available.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Amazing! Love the service

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Lovely ambiance with AMAZING food!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

As always excellent

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

They get it right, every single time! This visit we opted for assorted smaller plates and no large plate resulting in favorite meal yet. Next time we are each getting our own order of the Oxtail dumplings, since 4 dumplings for 2 people leaves us each craving more.

The server wisely explains that you should order everything at once, so they can stage the dishes and pair complimentary flavors. This time the server suggested we had selected 1 dish that wasn't a perfect compliment, resulting in my BF finally agreeing to try his least favorite brussel sprouts, only to discover that they were delicious.

Singaporean Chili Crab cake never disappoints. We tried the Squid Ink Fettuccini and loved it.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The waiter was great and attentive and answered all our questions so that part was great. It was very loud and we had to shout across the table at each other. The food was 50/50 with some ok dishes and some good dishes. The ok was crab cake really nothing too it and not a great flavor. The Brussel sprouts had an odd flavor didnt love those. The good was the oxtail dumplings, pig tails (although some of those had a weird tap water taste?), loved the squid ink fettuccine and loved the cauliflower. The cauliflower ranked #1 to me it's very creative and nothing like I've ever had before highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Our server was very knowledgeable, coursed out the meal nicely and offered great recommendations!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Sampled many fabulous small plates. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I love the quick fried whole snapper. Its so good and unusual. Great presentation too. All the veggies are so unusual too. Very different eclectic menu of great food.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The squid ink fettuccine was just phenomenal. We really really loved it. The Brussels sprouts were also flavorful with an Asian twist (very balanced with the slight acidity brought by yuzu). Lamb tartare was an adventure (so many different kind of spices well blended). Of course there’s the oxtail dumpling and the half chicken.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Amazing experience, great menu, perfect waitress, unbelievable food and could not fault a thing!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Saw good reviews for tar & roses so decided to try it while vacationing in Santa Monica. Our server John had great recommendations we loved the ribs, dumplings, hanger steak & cauliflower. Perfect meld of unique flavors. Wish we lived closer to come back again & again.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Two ladies dinning together and we had a very pleasant experience. The parking was a little strange as you don't appear to have WiFi in house and we were supposed to text the parking lady.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Great food and great atmosphere. Love coming here for our Easter dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Impeccable and attentive service, coupled with a creative, shareable menu. We love T&R - it's our go-to place (when we can book a table!).

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Awesome. 2nd time at the restaurant. I love it.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Amazing spot. Best in Santa Monica.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We came in from out of town. I’ve been here before, but this time we brought our children (5 and 9 years old). It was a wonderful night. Our server was terrific, our kids loved the food (which would serve adventuresome in there books) and the ambience remained grown up rather than a feeling of family. Our kids were the only ones there and they felt special because of it. Amazing and we will return for the terrific food and experience.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Birthday dinner

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

amazing experience at tar and roses.. food was so good, so elegant
wine was also excellent

we appreciated it a LOOOT

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We had 4 small plates and each one had such great, unique flavors. Every dish is thoughtful and likely not like anything you’ve had before. Really great place.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Fantastic food

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food was beyond amazing! And my date loved it!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Fantastic service catered to sharing and pairing of flavors and wine. Felt very comfortable and relaxing. Great music. Great food without being too full of itself. I would certainly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Food was amazing and service was even better. Everything was delicious; food and wine recommendations we're on point. We got there 15 minutes before our reservation and were seated early. Staff was amazing, even the manager stopped by briefly to check up on us.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

The food was fantastic. Rich, flavourful, creative. Excellent wine recommendations from the bar. I will definitely be back to sample the other menu options!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Food was delicious and our server (forget her name) was outstanding!! She was a true foodie and new the menu so well. We trusted all of her recommendations and absolutely loved our dinner. Keep it up.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

I was recommended to go here by a local friend, and I'm so glad I got the chance to try it out! The menu is creative and unique, with a definite nod to asian cuisine. Although the reviews raved about the oxtail dumplings, I went with my craving for bone marrow. The miso bone marrow was 10/10 divine! The miso did not overpower or take away from the bone marrow, it complemented it perfectly. We also ordered the spaghetti carbonara which was very good, authentic style with the egg, but a little kick of spice that made it unique. For our entree, we ordered the duck breast, which was a nice combination of southern and asian cuisine. It was absolutely delicious! For a side, we ordered the baby broccoli, and the anchovy pesto added such a nice salty touch. By the time we finished, we were more than stuffed, but saved room for the house made honeycomb ice cream - a definite must try! The atmosphere here is dark and moody, perfect for a date or get together dinner, and the noise level was moderate. There was easy street parking, but also valet and parking garages. The staff was friendly and the service was great. Overall, one of the best meals during our 10 days in California, I would definitely recommend Tar & Roses!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Second time here and still did not disappoint. Everything we ordered was exceptional, service was prompt and caring. Really great place to eat.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I made this reservation at T&R for a long overdue date night with my husband and was not disappointed! Our server was vibrant and friendly, making great menu recommendations and helping us to make the most out of our first visit to the restaurant. The meal was versatile and delicious and we will absolutely be coming back!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food. Enjoyed everything I ate. Will be my go to spot. Overall great experience.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great place, owner and staff...some dishes seem to have suffered from popularity!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I went here with my husband for my birthday, and we have a fabulous time... our server, Jeff, was wonderful, and the food was excellent. We started with the bone marrow and the octopus skewers which were both amazing. We both got the skirt steak for our main entrees and added the fried cauliflower and the baby broccoli (which was our favorite). We also had two desserts and the strawberry crostata was unbelievable!! I would highly recommend this place to everyone. I’ve been there several times and have never been disappointed. They never even let your water glass go empty.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Overall the menu, wine list, and wine list worked together in perfect harmony and we would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys good food, wine and a lively atmosphere.

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