Tar & Roses

4.8
2727 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!

Support Tar & Roses during COVID-19

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
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jjkk
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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Jeffrey
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single bite of food is delicious. Every single one!

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Sharshabeel
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except being close to the kitchen, dishwashers drying plates and slamming them to stack was extremely noisy.

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Culinarynic
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

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.

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vipmichael
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipAl212
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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BobR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brad was a fantastic waiter/server, and the food was fantastic. Just a great night outz

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vipNonny
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great evening at Tar and Roses! Great food, ambience, music and wine!! Love this place!

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Multidiner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food

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vipAlanvv
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best steak in town

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CelesteB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipCritic
Richmond
73 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, always amazing. Always helpful and lovely.

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NicoleH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, amazing food, a gem in the middle of Santa Monica.

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vipTennisstallion
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Glad to have this place back!

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ValleyGirl818
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious good. I wanted everything on the menu. Service was great. I can't wait to go back for more.

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JohnA
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipkellen
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fml the oxtail dumplings were so good I wanted to store them in my cheek🤣. I will definitely be back.
Order everything!!!

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JWC73
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Yogagirl
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible

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Nina
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

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.

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MarkG
Northern MI
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipjbk1278
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipFoodie40
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Our favorite restaurant in Los Angeles!

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JackyG
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside so it was really quiet. The food was delicious and our service was excellent.

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AshaH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, fun ambiance, outdoor seating.

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vipNone
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service and even better food. It never disappoints.

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vipRoss
Los Angeles
137 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service staff — really knew their menus an were happy to provide full explanation. And the food was d
Elecious!!!

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vipJason
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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RonaldJason
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Start to finish a near flawless experience! Food was exceptional!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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ChristopherA
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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SamanthaBee
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tar and Roses is our favorite restaurant in Santa Monica!

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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.