Tar & Roses

4.8
1765 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 1765 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great tasty food and great value for money. Server was very attentive and timed the courses perfectly. It was a bit loud, but a great experience nonetheless.

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RS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautifully crafted tapas dishes that were complex and married multiple textures and flavors. Yet the restaurant is not stuffy and has a “vibe”. No mixed drinks on the menu but wine and beer options are extensive. Great place to go with friends.

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TC
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! This is one of my favorite restaurants! The food and service are outstanding! Always great to go back there.

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MR
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy restaurant, good service with knowledgeable staff. Had fish to share- so good- would certainly return

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S
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been there several times and so far never disappointed about the food and atmosphere. Only little thing this time was that server suggested that we ought to take one main more which ended up being far too much and thereby also a bit more expensive.
But apart from that lovely will for sure go again.

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B
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A little pricey with small portions that is just shy of making it feel like its worthwhile to return to for dinner any time soon. Also, waiting area isn't great, particularly if you want service to get some drinks.

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Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in Santa Monica. We had the oxtail dumplings, sunchokes, gnocchi, and the duck. The duck was a little chewy, but amazing flavors in all the dishes. We had the Strawberry Tart for dessert. So good!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. The food was amazing as usual. Our server also made sure that we were satisfied with every dish we ordered.

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MA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Did not enjoy the food. The best part of meal was the dessert.
Sorry I wanted to like this place.

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C
London
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Lovely service, and a beautiful room, yet each dish was over saturated with oil. Each time a sous chef prepares a recipe with more oil than necessary, each dish begins to feel the same. We had a variety of dishes, all with lovely flavor profiles. If only the oil amount could be reduced. Also the energy of the room is excellent, unless you want to have an intimate conversation.

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MB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, but it seems like a lot of the same dishes that were there five+ years ago. Still, they are excellent and it’s a great place for dinner. My wife was very happy with her birthday dinner.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This place never disappoints. Although there isn’t much of a change in their menu the past years, Tar& Roses maintain their standard in the consistency of the delicious flavors! (Trust me, this isn’t as easy as you think!)

Favorite Dishes
-Oxtail Dumplings
-Bone Marrow
-Strawberry Tart

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i
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My second visit did not disappoint. Service was just OK but food was phenomenal like last time. Fantastic meal!

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E
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had some of the best food I’ve ever eaten (the gnocchi was a personal favorite, though the lavender honey on the roasted cauliflower was spectacular) with fantastic wine pairings recommended by my lovely waitress. The service was perfect for me. Not too intrusive...just helpful and attentive and friendly. You can tell people enjoy working there. Even when something technically went wrong, before I could think about it, they addressed it. This place makes me wish I lived in LA!

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OZ
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were just looking for a great post Thanksgiving meal and Tar and Roses fit the bill perfectly. Our waitress was informative,courteous without being overbearing making suggestions when we asked which turned out to be outstanding. The oxtail appetizer was delicious melt in your mouth, we ordered 2 vegetable dishes sun chokes and carrots both delicious. For entrees we ordered the duck and flatiron steak wok one of our party ordered the fried lettuce. That was more then enough and the wine was reasonably priced. Of our party of 3 I was only newbie and will definitely be back

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CC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my daughters for a special evening. Everything was amazing from the first step into the restaurant to the end of our delicious meal. Our waiter was helpful and sweet as he helped this high maintenance group navigate the menu. He provided recommendations that delighted all of us. I asked him to pick a wine at his discretion and it was lovely and reasonably priced. I wish I lived closer, Tar and Roses would be my neighborhood restaurant.

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NS
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were promptly seated and our server was very helpful in making some good selections. The food, especially the yellowtail crudo and oxtail dumplings, was amazing. It is a bit on the pricier side because you have to get quite a few plates to fill up. We had a group of 4, and each plate really just had like 2 bites/each. But the ambience was great, and all the staff is great at taking care of everyone!

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MP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The vibe, food, and wine list were unpretentious and delicious. Service was attentive and considerate. Overall, a wonderful evening.

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W
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Food and service.
Best in Santa Monica

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JG
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don't live in SoCal, but whenever we visit we make sure to dine at Tar & Roses. Their food is beyond delicious, the service is top notch. They go the extra mile to make dinner an event.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food great service

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CN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wine, knowledgeable servers and a great experience. Five courses with only dish that was not outstanding.

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M
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best! Food is amazing! Jeff our server was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service. Our server suggested a nice light red spanish wine to go with our venison, bone marrow and octopus. Fantastic meal! Definitely coming back again!

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O
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
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 on November 11, 2018
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
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
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 on November 11, 2018
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 on November 10, 2018
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 on November 10, 2018
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
11 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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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
55 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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