Tar & Roses

4.8
2887 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 2887 people are saying
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vipAnnaDailey
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming here! Perhaps my favorite restaurant in Santa Monica. I dream about the chicken liver mouse and oxtail dumplings. The waiters are always friendly, attentive, and accommodating. Last time I was there, the waiter noticed we were getting low on the garlic toast that comes with the liver and proactively brought us more to make sure we had the perfect ratio :) Small things like that go a long way.

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vipSuzanneB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to the restaurant many times and always love it-- and last night was no exception. Fabulous food and wonderful energy made for a very lovely evening.

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Loveforfood
West Palm Beach
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Always a favorite in Santa Monica!! Such a fantastic restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server Brad

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were running a tiny bit late. I called to say that was the case and it was well received and appreciated.

Ed, Brad and Jay each took turns making our evening magical. The swag, the knowledge of the food and the wine pairings with the overall friendly/inviting demeanor made the entire night, one to remember!!!!!

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vippete
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very unique menu with exceptional food. Very reasonable prices. It was so delicious and the service outstanding. The best meal I have had in a long time.

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vipOrangeeboom
Cincinnati
46 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening out and enjoyed dinner out in the patio. Service was excellent and so was the small plate food. Loved the variety of different dishes.

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KSaint
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The octopus was the best I've had! Everything was so good!

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SarahS
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Es war eine tolle Erfahrung, viele kleine Gerichte , die hervorragend waren. Die oxtail dumplings waren perfekt die Entenbrust mit diversen Gemüsen waren richtig gut! Das Ambiente California Style , rustikal machen t offener Küche. Sehr modern ! Hat viel Spaß gemacht und wir kommen gerne wieder

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vipRandall
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place!!! First time here and will DEFINITELY return next time we are in Santa Monica or LA. Food was off the charts fantastic as was the service (pretty sure our server’s name was Brad and he was great). Each dish was superb.

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KimberlyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great, we had the shell fish pot... outstanding

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vipCarolinaP
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tar and Roses never disappoints! I hadn't been back since the pandemic started and was happy but not surprised to find that the food was delicious as always. The new wood-roasted mussels with nduja toast was exceptional. The atmosphere was lively and very pleasant and the service impeccable. Just a pleasure of a dining experience.

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AndrewL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we haven't been here since the pandemic altered the landscape of dining out in los angeles. in fact, we kind of forgot how great the food is here. everything from the starters, to the mains, and the way each dish was combined with just the right partner, the entire meal was a delight. mussels were impossibly plump and fresh; cauliflower was pitch perfect; gem salad was delightfully seasoned; and the hangar steak was like a baby filet mignon. our server brad was also 100% on point. wonderful evening out and we are already looking forward to our next visit.

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vipDraganaD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so amazing every time I come. The staff is so friendly and attentive. It’s a fantastic dining experience!

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Isaac
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get a reservation for their back room. Perfect for any occasion: dates, reunions, anniversaries. Loved the open ceiling. It was misty outside, but they had warmers. Food and service 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. The deep fried snapper was Perfectly prepared. The oxtail dumplings so yummy. The strawberry ricotta crostata is something I will be craving. The service was great.

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NouraA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alwaya amazing & never disappoints! very high standards when it comes to food and dining!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good innovative food done in style. Great relaxed atmosphere.

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AndreaM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing, everyone in my party was absolutely blown away with everything. We will be back .

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vipYongS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved every thing, my wife ate the duck which she is not a fan.

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JohnW
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great, but waiters and bus staff rushed us. Picked up plates before we were finished

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way. Service amazing and our waiter was a pro.

Cod, chicken and brussel sprouts among our favorites.

Delicious wine!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Tar and Roses!! It is one of the best restaurants ever.!! The staff is amazing! The waiter we always have is Brad and he is personable, fun and a fabulous waiter. We also enjoy Carly and appreciate how warm and sweet she always is. The food at Tar and Roses is unique and delicious. You won’t find a more all around, incredible restaurant in town!

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vipLaFoodie
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, try sharing a few plates such as amazing octopus skewers, charred gem lettuce, ricotta gnocchi and roasted English peas. Glazed ribs were good but a bit too sweet and dry. Nice wine selection, we liked the light vinho verde. Absolutely fabulous desserts, highly recommend strawberry shortcake and chocolate carmel. Excellent service. Next time would prefer more socially-distanced seating options and lower music volume.

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HaKD
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience. Food was fantastic, service was great

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SamiT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

great innovative plates. Wonderful veggies, service was excellent!

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MarcelloB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We liked the food presentation, and the food was good as well! Moderately pricey, but very attentive servers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal experience, this places lives up to the hype! The ambiance is intimate and romantic, the staff makes you feel right at home, service is great, and the food is some of the best I’ve ever had. Everything I tried was great, but bone marrow was the standout snack, and the crab cakes blew me away when it came to the small plates. The pork belly was a close runner up in the small plates category. 5 star experience and can’t wait to be back!

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vipfussydiner
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in every way— excellent table separation, cordial staff, superb food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Tar & Roses was amazing. The food tasted incredible, some of the most creative flavors that worked so well together. We were so impressed with each dish and the wine that was recommended to us. The service was also impeccable. It made the birthday celebration one to remember!

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vipQueenie54
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, the food was amazing. I recommend the lettuce wraps, fried fish, yellowtail sushi, and crostata.

The hosts was friendly and welcoming. The servers were helpful, patient, and unobtrusive. A few times, they removed dishes before we were finished.

Tar and Roses is the kind of restaurant we return to again and again because the whole experience is memorable in the best way.

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RachelN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious and the servers were attentive.

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vipLisaL
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an outstanding experience at Tar and Roses this past weekend. The food was excellent (we had the fried whole fish, the mushrooms and sunchokes) and we loved it all. The strawberry tart thing for dessert was also amazing. We will definitely be back! Just give yourself extra time to find parking.

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Angel
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! They deserve a holiday bonus and more! Thanks for a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All food from shareables to side to small & large plates were great. Oxtail dumplings and fried cauliflower were phenomenal.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food! Highly recommend if visiting Santa Monica

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MonicaC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is fantastic, I have tried most of the small plates and starters, all Great. Cannot get enough of this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, great service and great music!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would recommend this to anyone. Brad was the man and the food was awesome.

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FranklinG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu consists mostly of small plates with many vegetarian options. Highly recommended for those who would like to share 5-6 interesting dishes.

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Tar & Roses is rated 4.8 stars by 2887 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.