Tar & Roses

4.9
2391 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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 2391 people are saying
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vipLovelyinParadize
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal! Service and food were perfect. I highly recommend the whole snapper for two. We also got the baby artichokes, yellowtail crudo and chocolate bar. All were great! The other couple with us got the duck, oxtail dumplings, shellfish pot and asparagus. They said the egg on the asparagus was a bit much, but otherwise loved the meal.

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vipGBC8
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time - really good food - ordered about 8 small plates, and all were at least interesting, with a couple of standouts: chicken liver mousse, octopus skewers, oxtail dumplings. The restaurant has very few tables inside, so you have lots of space and privacy, and its fairly quiet. Service was great.

One downside is the wine list, which is absurdly expensive, whether by the glass or bottles. If a sommelier cant offer a few good wines under $50, they should be in another line of work. I'd bring a nice bottle and pay the $35 corkage. Another good alternative is their strong selection of draft beers.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, especially the grilled octopus skewers. Amazing service as well. 10/10 recommend!

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vipvaleriek
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food best service best everything 🎈❤️

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vipImpressed
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very creative small plate menu. So delicious! Every dish was memorable. The wait staff was attentive, well informed and very helpful. I honestly considered eating there 2 nights in a row- the food was that good.

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CrazyLAGirl
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ventured out for the first time in a long time and had our first dinner at Tar & Roses. First, we had a fabulous waiter, Brad! Very outgoing and friendly and eager to walk us through our first experience at this restaurant. He helped us order all the right small plates, and we were doted on from beginning to end by the various servers that visited our table. The food was incredible - the flavors are just amazing - specifically the oxtail dumplings, the balsamic glazed ribs, and the charred octopus skewers!
We had just the right amount of food then dessert and coffee! It was really wonderful, and we walked away knowing that we would return again.... and soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Foods great- service was good. No complaints.

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KarenH
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great place to order a variety of servings and share. We had 3 in our party, smaller bites but we loved every dish we ate!
Fantastic cuisine!

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NikkiZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner was delicious. Kyle was great and helped us pick a nice variety of tasty dishes to share. We’ll be back.

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tar and roses is our favorite restaurant is Santa Monica! The food is incredible and the service is amazing too!! We celebrated my brother’s engagement and had the best time!

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KatieH
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I believe our server’s name was Kyle. Service was excellent, recommendations were on point. Kyle single-handedly made our night with some great picks from the menu and ensured we had enough to eat and didn’t miss the best choices. Food was outstanding.

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ScottP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Brad, was exceptional. Attentive and jovial, he made the evening special.

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vipBethFk
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the BEST places we go! Consistently good food and good service year after year. We love to bring friends and family here when they visit us in LA. It’s super fun to share everything family style. We love that there are a few new things/tweaks to the menu here and there but they also keep the all stars. I really love the curry shell fish bowl - I order it every time and the charred gem salad. The chicharrone snack was literally the most prefect a bite of food that could exist. The oxtail dumplings are a must and so are the balsamic glazed ribs. The ribeye was heavenly and the Branzino was so delicious. Most definitely save room for the dessert— the strawberry crostata is infamous for a reason.

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Michael
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably excellent food, great service, nice covid safe spacing and an overall experience that's honestly better than pre-covid with more privacy and less noise per table.

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ChylarM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience all around. From the hostess to dessert, everything was great. I definitely recommend the oxtail ravioli and the whole snapper.

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vipSallyS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

So happy they are open again. Food is the same as ever, outstanding. Wonderful preparations, ingredients and a creative menu that still has plenty of more standard choices for less adventurous eaters. The wine list is still a bit thin but they will build it back up. Not so crazy about dining on the sidewalk but they had nice space heaters. Wait staff very professional and attentive.

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LucyZ
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely amazing service. waiters were quick to bring food and quick to clean up dirty plates and utensils. very nice and welcoming as well. the food was incredible. ordered the perfect amount thanks to the waiter's suggestion. definitely a good choice to eat there

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FloraW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was out 1st time at Tar and Roses. We enjoyed our meal, and service was fantastic.

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vipFaithFamilyFood
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the food service and the ambiance even though it was outside..would go again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My favorite food in SM! This said, avoid the table by the kitchen bc it’s insanely loud.

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TerryK
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great to see that there's no sacrifice of food or service quality after you've moved out onto the sidewalk/street. The noise level is a little more, but not distracting, and there are plenty of heaters. We ate ourselves silly, with the roasted pea appetizer, the octopus appetizer, the mashed potatoes and cheese, the duck entree which was superb, a nice crsip bottle of white wine, and salted caramel ice cream plus capaccinos for dessert.

All excellent.

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vipCSPMD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food as usual!

Excellent service as usual !

Sidewalk table is only reason ambience is 3/5 ....

If you haven’t been GO !

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jondia
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are locals and have never had a bad meal at Tar&Roses. It’s always a good time and excellent cuisine.

JM
JohannaM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was very happy to come back to this beautiful place. The excellent service continued and it doesn’t seem as if Covid affected the quality of food. Will definitely come back for the remainder of the menu items.

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Bree
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I feel like it's more beautiful of an experience outside in the outdoor dining set up! Between the music, the wall art, lights, and separated tables - the environment at Tar & Roses is great! On top of that, the food is delicious... though I still prefer bigger portions over small shareable plates, which is why I am giving a 4 start and not a 5 start in the overall / food category.

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ChristineO
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and wine were absolutely delicious and it was wonderful to be able to sit outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new outside seating option

CC
ChisatoC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was bomb—sidewalk sitting was what it was; Service was just OK!

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lululana
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were happy with food , specially - red snapper and shellfish pot . Appetizers remain us tapas in Spain . Perfect service ! Just one complain - expensive corky fee 35 $ .

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vipPeterD
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, wine and service as always. Would highly recommend a visit.

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HayleyTG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best restaurant in Santa Monica, if not the entire city of Los Angeles. I have been dining at Tar -) The service is fantastic and Andrew Kirschner, chef/owner and Johnnie Jenkins, GM are the consummate hosts. Even during this crazy time, they have stayed true to a standard that is beyond excellent. I have know doubt you will love this restaurant! Enjoy!!

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Christina
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - the oxtail dumplings and short rib are a must. Wonderful service! Our waiter helped make sure we fit all our rounds into the 2 hour window. Outdoor dining at night was a bit cold, even w the heater, and being on the street it can get a little noisy from traffic but overall a great experience. I can’t wait to come back again!

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MyriamM
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Such a fantastic chef , everything is so delicious

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vipElliottR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is as great as ever and the staff friendly, welcoming and totally on the ball. Seeing both partners not only greeting customers but coordinating, helping waitstaff and always observing, reminded us of why we love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Delicious food, service was ok.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can not express enough how perfect the experience was at Tar & Roses.
From the host to the waitress to the food. I would love to revisit this establishment.
Thank you for a great 1st-time experience.

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vipStephanieD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything we ordered! I am lactose intolerant and there were so many things I could eat.!

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TheFinn
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service!

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vipStephanieN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as always! and the service was great--felt very comfortable--they took our temp and the tables were well distanced --a great place to dine!!

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vipJennab
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is incredible and the service was outstanding. Their indoor is gorgeous so I’m looking forward to eating inside again soon!!

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Tar & Roses is rated 4.9 stars by 2391 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.