Tar & Roses
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!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
San Bai Su / Chili / Green Onion
Whole Fried Snapper for Two
Cold Soba Noodles / Dipping Sauce
Lavender Spiced Honey / Ricotta Salata
One of our favorite restaurants in LA. Tar and Roses has been around for a while and is still going strong. The food is amazing and the menu seems to change often. We usually choose to sit on the back outside patio. It is quiet and romantic, and a lot of fun when we are joined by our friends. I recently chose this place to celebrate my birthday and that says a lot with all of the restaurant choices out there.
Every single bite of food is delicious. Every single one!
Everything was great except being close to the kitchen, dishwashers drying plates and slamming them to stack was extremely noisy.
Started off ok. Very very loud music, we could barely hear our server she had to move to a different spot for us to hear.
Our first server was fantastic but she left for the evening about 1/2 way through our dinner and the guy who took over was not as pleasant. Seem like he was annoyed at us.
For portions seemed small and everything was just slightly salty. The Pork chop was incredibly salty.
Wine was great and we absolutely enjoyed the desserts. We ordered all 3 and they were each excellent. Bravo to the Pastry Team!
May or may not visit again. Not terrible but didn’t blow me away either.
food was amazing. the snapper and fish with curry were beyond expectation. desert and appetizers as well and the server had some personality and interact in a wonderful way.. Great dinning experience.
It’s great to be back at one of our favorite restaurants. For us, T&R epitomizes the best of the LA food scene — imaginative cooking that is still straightforward, always great ingredients, fabulous vibe, and great service.
Brad was a fantastic waiter/server, and the food was fantastic. Just a great night outz
Always a great evening at Tar and Roses! Great food, ambience, music and wine!! Love this place!
Best steak in town
This is a truly wonderful restaurant. All the dishes sounded wonderful, so we took our waiter's advice on what to order. Everything was delicious, and the service was outstanding. We have been to Tar & Roses a few times over the year (every time we are in Southern California) and have never been disappointed.
Great food and service
They have a nice outdoor area with space heaters but it does get cold at night and they don’t have blankets so dress warm.
Love this place, always amazing. Always helpful and lovely.
Excellent service, amazing food, a gem in the middle of Santa Monica.
Always amazing. Glad to have this place back!
Delicious good. I wanted everything on the menu. Service was great. I can't wait to go back for more.
Really good. Service was perfect, very attentive but never bothersome. Great selection of food, draft beer, and wine. Not overpriced for a great place. Hadn’t been in ten years and have to say was even better than when first opened
Great food, fml the oxtail dumplings were so good I wanted to store them in my cheek🤣. I will definitely be back.
They serve familiar food in unfamiliar, and fabulous ways! High on taste and originality! We were VERY impressed. The aged ribeye was perfect, but the cheesy mashed potatoes were "knock your socks off" good!! And, the strawberries with thyme and pepper (yes, that's exactly what's on them!) were unbelievable!
Best food in the city but the music felt like I was at a club and truly wanted to talk to my husband thats why we often eat in restaurants. Just way to loud so we stopped talking I was getting hoarse in my throat...But the food WOW!!!
Food and ambiance are fantastic, though the tables directly in front of the kitchen are less enjoyable than other parts of the restaurant. Had the charred octopus (incredible!) yellow tail crudo (delish) cheesy whipped potatoes (yum) and the hangar steak (excellent) service was friendly and informative, but not as attentive as it should've been. Our server never checked on us to see how our food was and we had to track her down to ask for another drink. Actually thought the busboys were more helpful. We probably would've ordered more, but too much time went by before we could get her to come by the table. Otherwise, it was a stellar night.
This was one of the best restaurant experiences I’ve ever had. It was stellar from beginning to end. From the server Jonah to the spot on support staff the service was excellent. Each of the six small plates that were served to my wife and I were expertly created. The wine list is extensive and well curated. This is as good as it gets.
Indeed a special occasion for us made more special by our experience at this truly outstanding restaurant. I was slightly concerned that the menu might be a little too unconventional for us, but everything we ordered, from the wine to the grilled octopus skewers was absolutely delicious.
I could go on and on but don’t miss this place!
Great place. Our favorite restaurant in Los Angeles!
Sauces we surprisingly sweet.
The service was very quick to sweep away my “empty” wine glasses and I had to recall the server.
Otherwise an Outstanding Experience!
Everything’s great! I ordered oxtail dumplings, bone marrow, spaghetti carbonara, medium cooked duck breast and ALL OF THEM WERE AWESOME! Especially the dessert.. probably the best dessert I’ve ever eaten in my life 🤤 I really like the ambiance and vibe the restaurant gave in, super chill but classy at the same time. Definitely will come again!
We ate outside so it was really quiet. The food was delicious and our service was excellent.
Good food, fun ambiance, outdoor seating.
Good service and even better food. It never disappoints.
Excellent service staff — really knew their menus an were happy to provide full explanation. And the food was d
Its great. The only drawback is the outdoor seating is just in an odd side location versus the actual restaurant. Which maybe you like or maybe you don't.
Start to finish a near flawless experience! Food was exceptional!
Everything was wonderful as always!
Oh this is literally best of the best. Don’t even know where to start:
1. Design - cozy and stylish, indoor, patio, outdoor. All good.
2. Cuisine - exquisite! Menu is very variable, suitable for many tastes. Definitely not the one you can find in any other restaurant.
3. Wine list - oh gosh yes! Even biodynamic wines 💙
Will come back for sure!
Amazing date spot with plenty of options to choose from. Will be coming back to sample more of their amazing menu with friends and family!
Once again - the best restaurant in Santa Monica - my favorite on the entire west coast!
Last night there were things on the menu I have never had in all my visits to T & R - and they were EXCEPTIONAL, memorable and truly outstanding - beef cheek lettuce cups, mascarpone corn gnocchi, crab cake from the heavens! Every thing here is so extra special - don’t miss it! (and maybe order something for the next day - because you will wake up craving it!)
Tar and Roses is our favorite restaurant in Santa Monica!
Tar & Roses is rated 4.8 stars by 2727 OpenTable diners.
Tar & Roses does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://app.gifted.co/gift-card/7913#!/?display=money.
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.