Tar & Roses

4.8
2839 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2839 people are saying
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viphappydiner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most interesting and delicious food in Santa Monica, served by a spirited team of knowledgeable, delightful people who seem to truly love what they do. I will return as often as I can.

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KateG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I lived closer because I would dine here probably every week. Delicious and great atmosphere!

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vipEllenS
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good is consistently delicious. Never had an “off” night. We were toasty warm outside thanks to the heat lamps. Brad was our server. He, too, is consistently an excellent server. Takes note of allergy or food preferences and never steers us wrong. It’s always a treat to dine at Tar and Roses.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoy the food and service. We

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The oxtail dumplings are a must have. One of the best dishes I’ve ever had.

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Jessica
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and very nice service. I should have asked to sit inside as I'm not a big fan of sidewalk dining. But other than that, highly recommended!

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vipToinette
Los Angeles
96 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and the service were excellent.The portion size was quite small in relation to the prices. A bit on the noisy side when full and music is playing. The staff did encourage sharing of main courses which worked well for us.

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TiborS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, as usual. Food came out in perfect timing

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vipBOBE
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

CulinaryExperience... Top notch. Service friendly but slow.

JD
vipJoanneD
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Tar & Roses on a visit from Chicago. LOVED this restaurant. The food is unique and every dish we ordered was fantastic. Service was great and a nice vibe. We've been eating out a lot in Santa Monica and this is our favorite by far.

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vipRoyC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Santa Monica! Love the chicken liver mousse, fried snapper, and all of the veggie sides!

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healthyfoodie
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is AMAZING! Best bone marrow i have had wow! The server was extremely knowledgeable and seemed to take pride in his job. Also highly recommend the carbonara
Brilliantly crafted tastes!! Must try for all foodies

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April
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Glad I picked this restaurant for visiting friends.

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MichaelZ
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s all around a wonderful place and the food is great

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vipjbnyc
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was spectacular along with the thoughtful, professional service. I'd recommend Tar & Roses to any of my NYC and LA friends: from small plates to dessert. Andrew, the talented chef and owner and the staff are terrific!
I will go back and enjoy another great meal soon. PS Fantastic music in the background

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vipGregS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants in Santa Monica! Great food, great service and really nice ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding, not to mention how incredible the ambiance was as well

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EmilyS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is INCREDIBLE!! I can’t pick a favorite dish. The service was excellent as well and our server knew which dishes to bring out to compliment each other.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. Outside ambiance not as nice as inside.

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vipKrisS
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. I have always had outstanding dinners there. The salad, lamb and brussel sprouts were excellent and we had sticky pudding for dessert

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AlexB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with my 18-year old and it was perfect - from the food to the service to the music they played.

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Tyler
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, personalized service. Attentive. Great selection of food

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vipKevinL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, service was great, and really good wine selection. Highly recommended and I’ll keep going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were amazing. We highly recommend the oxtail dumplings and rib starters. The whole fried snapper was awesome!! We will definitely visit again!

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Cats
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal & great experience. Everything from service to food was excellent.

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DeepakC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was very good; the service a bit slow though our server when she got to us was wonderful. It's a small space so the restaurant was a wee bit cramped but overall a great experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and staff are top notch always extremely yummy food

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viplancew
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently superb food service atmosphere. Support your local fine dining establishments!!

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vipDiggie
Los Angeles
161 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding as always. Nick and the staff was great. Outdoor dining area is nicely built. We will go back again

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

They do not have a full bar. Terrible.

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vipLisaD
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was amazing and full of flavor. All items got a 10/10 and service was outstanding! Will be back!

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vipheathern
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Are experience from beginning to end was nothing short of exceptional.
It was so heart warming to have the owner come amd check on how our evening at Tar and Roses was .
Thank you for the great time .

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EmmaK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elevated yet warm dining experience with exceptional food and service to match.

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viphappydiner
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love every single thing about this restaurant. ❤️

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vipJudiG
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tar and Roses is my new favorite restaurant! Unfortunately I live an hour away, but I know we will be back.
The food was amazing. There were three of us, and we each got a main dish, plus small plates and veggies to share. Every dish was delicious! I would love to go with a larger group so that I could try more.
We all were amazed at the level of service. They were really fully staffed, and it seemed like all of that staff was interested in our welfare. I haven't seen service like that since 2019.
Do not miss this restaurant!!!

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NealD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each dish was unique and wonderful. Helpful & attentive staff. Lovely place. A real find I would enthusiastically recommend.

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vipReginaL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must try! Everything we tried was delicious!

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viptbee
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was amazing as always. Tar & Roses consistently maintains high quality delicious food.

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CandC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an experience... very cool atmosphere, wide variety of wines (as well as other beverages, but we ordered a white and one of their signature Nebbiolo reds), delicious food and an entertaining and helpful waiter, Ed. We were seated in the back on the outdoor patio, highly recommend--definitely seems like a spot to reserve a table at, they were very busy on this Saturday night! Ed stopped by frequently for our wine order, then our food, and checked in throughout the night--we never had a moment of waiting or wondering when he'd stop by again.

For dinner, we ordered several things, a mix of their offerings that were not entrees, and they were all very good--octopus skewers, king trumpet mushrooms, gnocchi, fried cauliflower--but one that really stood out was the oxtail dumplings... just whoa! Especially when paired with the Nebbiolo. It was unlike anything we'd experienced before. So many stages of flavor release...

We didn't have room, but we ordered dessert anyway when Ed told us the offerings, we couldn't help ourselves! We got their signature warm strawberry crostata... another wow. The texture of the crust, the balance of the sweet with other flavors, showed such finesse with something that could have been overpowering. We also each ordered a decaf to help us power through, and that was also refreshingly smooth, and came with steamed creamer!

This place is a MUST. For all the reasons... Thank you to the Tar & Roses staff, cooks, management/ownership. We will definitely be back, perhaps to try other options... or get all the same things, haha.

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Harris
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

High food quality and excellent taste, waitress did not try to oversell us, and gave us great recommendations both for portion size, food choice, and wine pairings.

Really enjoyed the overall experience and cozy yet fun ambiance.

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Tar & Roses is rated 4.8 stars by 2839 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.