Tar & Roses

4.8
1838 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tar & Roses is located in Santa Monica, California.

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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.
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The venison was perfectly cooked and prepared, and the oxtail dumplings were to die for. Worth going just for those two dishes.

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

Food was delicious!!! Service was great! We shared the steak for 2 and it was perfectly prepared. Also the broccoli and the miso eggplant - i would order all again

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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Really good place for a date night! We got the crab cake, oxtail, and lamb belly and were not disappointed. Only complaint was we got sat next to the bathroom and it wasn’t the best view.

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing but the ambience was too loud

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love the food so much. True balance bwteeen being creative and being delicious. The music choice has some room to be improved. Having good music can really turn the notch up. But overall very nice

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HL
London
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice place - good ambiance, very good food, the wine list is extensive and has a lot to offer for both generous as well as price conscious guests. Service was great, not in your face style (as can be the case in the US), but very attentive and unintrusive.
Would love to go back with a bunch of my best friends. The oxtail dumplings were very, very good.

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s
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dinner at Tar & Roses. The food is delicious! Loved the little spare ribs, the fried cauliflower and the gnocchi was the best we’ve ever had. Great service and an all around lovely evening.

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S
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently fabulous

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AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 years since my last visit and still outstanding in all aspects.

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IK
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant deserves the 5 star rating! The food and flavours were amazing. Service was very attentive and made great recommendations.

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WM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After having dinner at Tar and Roses for the first time, which is only a few blocks away from us, our immediate thought was"why haven't we been coming here forever?" The food is first rate, the staff is welcoming and smart, and everything went off without a flaw.

They recognized me, which is a pretty amazing feat since we have never been there before, and had already reserved the best table in the house for us. More important, their pretty interesting "one for one" corkage policy meant we could bring our own bottle of wine for free as long as we bought one from them- a $30 savings. Everything was delicious but the standout was the dumplings- a definite must.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent -price but steep

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Tar and Rose's for a date night. By far the best service I could imagine, the servers were communicative, and very attentive need I say my win glass was filled on the dot every time. Best wine btw and food was outstanding!

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DN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta Carbonara was the best pasta I have ever tasted. The egg, with the bacon, with the pasta, wow!

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KJ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Each dish was absolutely superb. The grilled gem lettuce was complex and savory, the venison was extraordinarily tender and succulent, everything amazing actually. Our server was terrific, very informative, helpful and personable. The environment was too loud for our comfort, which was the only downside for us. We actually left more quickly than we might have otherwise because we were so ready to be out of the din. (Some soft surfaces might help blunt the noise in the back room.)

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OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been wanting to dine at Tar beautiful food, lively setting and excellent staff.

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D
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, cool ambiance, excellent food, overall fantastic!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Service was good and food was fair, but we were seated in a back room with a huge party. Acoustics are horrible and noise was unbelievably loud. We could not carry on a conversation throughout our entire dinner.

In situations as this when a large party is there, guests should be given the option of seating in this area (similar to being given the option of bar seating)

Additionally, they do not have a bar.

We would have tried another restaurant but unfortunately it was too late to change our plans.

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My one quibble is that it seemed important, once the check was placed on the table, that we provide our form of payment, as if they needed the table. The waitperson checked twice in too short of a time. Other than that, it’s a terrific restaurant.

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JA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome spot, great food, good service. Recommend!

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JI
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really impressed with the whole dining experience from start to finish. Every dish was out of this world and we savored each bite!

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KC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant!! The small plates to share were all so unique and delicious!! Highly recommend!!

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PO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is inspired, and delicious! The staff is knowledgeable, and able to discuss all dishes in detail. Every server was attentive and friendly. The atmosphere is so cozy, but still with a nice hum of energy. The music is too loud--not necessary in such a great restaurant. We finished everything we ordered, except the cheesy mashed potatoes--these were bland, watery and outdated. I would either offer mashed potatoes with substance, or something more inspired like polenta with ricotta and calabrian chile jam. Overall, one of my favorite restaurants in LA.

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OT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tar & Roses is a local favorite that is perfect for everyday dining or a special occasion. The food is always excellent and the small plates provide an opportunity to sample many items on the menu.

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CC
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, service and ambiance were great except for the fact that my friend and I were given a small table in the back room which houses a large, quite large, table and the two of us could barely hear one another. I recommend the front area or middle of the restaurant unless you are the one with a large party.

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v
London
23 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Superb restaurant with exceptional service & food.

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ES
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food, the decor, and the service! The wine selection was great too!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it there!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious, beautiful, and the service was fantastic

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a solid choice

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TL
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I love Tar & Roses so much that we drive all the way from Santa Barbara to eat there for special occasions! The food and atmosphere is incredible, would highly recommend to anyone!

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TG
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Second time here and we will definitely go back. The whole fish was outstanding
The crab dip was a bit disappointing and a bit bland. The Chicken liver pate was
delicious as was the cauliflower.
But very loud on a sat night

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L
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome...Our server was attentive. My only complaint would be that it was Acoustically very loud and the tiny tables for two were too close to each other.
We would definitely return for the food!

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F
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Food at Tar & Roses is really superb. The service however really makes you feel that they're doing their best to turn the table and get you of of there as quickly as possible. Our table was also located in a cold and drafty spot.

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EJ
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is delicious and the service was great - but the wine pricing is so out of line it dissuades from enjoying wine with dinner.

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PR
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner ! Great ambience and the food was to die for . Ox tail dumplings and Fried snapper for the win. Wonderful wine list to compliment the food and very attentive service . Can’t wait to be back .

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could give this place 10 stars in every category, I would. It was, hands down, the best dining experience I've had in a long time (and I eat out frequently.) I only wish Tar & Roses wasn't 400 miles away from my home. If it was closer I'd be there twice a week. LOVED IT.

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CT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the creative menu selections, especially the oxtail dumplings, lamb belly, venison, and seafood curry pot. Unfortunately, the roasted half chicken appeared under-cooked, and was probably the least favorite on our table. I wish we had complained and returned it to the kitchen, but we didn't want to ruin the evening since the other dishes were all very impressive. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for special occasions, but maybe not order the chicken again.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique and delicious food, very attentive staff, warm/welcoming vibe!! Loved the dining experience at Tar & Roses! No wonder they are still popular...

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OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative food. Wonderful service.

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