Tar & Roses

4.8
1967 reviews
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Tar & Roses is a globally inspired culinary experience.

With our heart beating in Southern California, we want to create a welcoming ambiance for all to come and celebrate food. Jonathan Gold of the Los Angeles Times, claimed that Tar & Roses "...may also mark the first time in our nation's history when cauliflower became more delicious than prime steak," and we love to push the limits when it comes to traditional ideas of food. With our rotating selection of local craft beer and our ever-changing menu, there is always something new and exciting to try.

When you step into Tar & Roses, you'll feel like you are coming home. We invite you to come share a meal with us.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

Tar and Roses exudes a classy calmness not often seen in this part of town.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1967 People Are Saying
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DM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely. The best. We love it every time we dine here.

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PK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant, innovative menu, terrific service and inviting ambiance. The dining room can be noisy so if you have a hard time hearing ask to sit on the patio. Thumbs up.

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KE
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow ... every bite delicious was a great experience , amazing service...will definitely return

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c
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Our waiter John was very knowledgeable and matched up the food and wine perfectly. It was a very enjoyable experience. Our reservation was at 5:45 and we sat at the front table. The sun was in my eyes for about 15-20 minutes, that was the only little thing that happened otherwise all was terrific.

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great service. I enjoyed the small plate. Lots of innovative dishes

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K
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best west side restaurants hands down. Every dish superb! The service was outstanding. If I could afford to eat there more often I would.
Do yourself a favor and book it ahead of time since it’s hard to get reservations on the same week.

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RD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, attractive presentation and very attentive and friendly service. Outside patio is the best ambience and much quieter than the main restaurant

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MC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is incredible. MUST try oxtail dumplings (I would eat a whole meal of just this). The octopus and shellfish pots were standouts as well. Great, super friendly and energetic service and nice ambiance inside. Love this place

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CL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I could eat those oxtail dumplings for days and ahhhh snap the snapper for two is delicious

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent.

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JA
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply - my favorite restaurant in LA. 15 meals here and I have never been dissatisfied. Andrew is a genius.

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WF
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, attentive and friendly staff, low light ... perfect for a special occasion or romantic date.

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BF
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exception meal with
Extraordinary service. The duck was perfection. The octopus was tender and flavorful. Lucia was wonderful and both Andrew and Johnny stopped by to check on us. 5 stars ++

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GC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service!

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BL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food exceeded my expectations. Will definitely be back. Servers were outstanding!

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CG
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

All 10 dishes we tried were tasty and from quality good ingredients. Will definitely be back.

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MM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Innovative food and attentive service in a trendy environment. Very enjoyable.

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MT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had a lovely date night at Tar & Roses on Friday. Our server, Brad, was great - very helpful and knowledgable. We had the octopus skewers, 24 oz. ribeye and the trumpet mushrooms - the perfect amount of food and all very delicious.

It is not a quiet place, but we knew that having been there before, but it's not completely roaring.

We will definitely be back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiter totally messed up with my food allergies and brought me food I was allergic to but I caught it in time, luckily. They did a good job making it up to me.

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AN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place highly recommend and enjoyed.

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally the best restaurant we have ever been too, food was outstanding - please open a branch in the U.K so we can visit regularly!!

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AP
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. The food was good and the service was great.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We were seated in the worst place in the restaurant, next to the kitchen and bathrooms. Must have gotten hit 10 times by people walking back and forth. And felt as if they were rushing us through the entire meal to turn the table. The food was quite good, but we went there specifically to celebrate my twin daughter’s 17 bday, and there was nothing special about it. I would return to try the food again, but not for a special occasion.

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RR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Santa Monica for only a few days. Based on reviews I made reservations well in advance for Tar & Roses. NOW I'm so disappointed I just didn't eat there both nights. PERFECT small dishes - the menu is so creative you WANT to try many things - and the small dish makes this work.

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KM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, good Barolo by the glass and the service was attentive. I definitely recommend this place. A mixture of cuisines. We loved the bao, the Singapore crab cake and the Venison loin.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday meal was exactly what we wanted. Everything was done impeccably well.

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EW
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Still a winner! It had been awhile since my last visit, but this restaurant remains one of the best in Santa Monica. Good was delicious and the service good. The one downside is the noise level, very loud.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food but portions are small

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TM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

I asked to have our wine served with dinner. Easy peasy, right? Nope. Waitress brought it 30 minutes before food came. Ugh.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love tar and roses for a date night or dinner with friends. The tapas style splitting is fun and food is delicious!

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BF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine here. It has become our go to place for Easter Dinner

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BJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary. The food was great as usual! And service to match

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED this place. Took my mom here while she’s on vacation visiting me. The food was amazing and presentation was beautiful. Our waiter was attentive and made sure we had a great experience. My only complaint would be the area of the restaurant we were sitting in (the front) it was quite loud at the beginning and we could honestly barely hear each other or the waiter talking. It eventually quieted down though. Over all 10/10.

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OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my friends birthday dinner. It was everyone’s first time except mine and everything was phenomenal! The way the dishes were coursed, the timing was perfect and everything was so delicious

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AG
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great place. We had a great evning. Every dish was delicious

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place with an amazing food! I will return for sure next time I am in the city. The tastes are refined and sofisticated. 5 stars!

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B
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly extraordinary meal. Top notch service. The fried snapper was one of a kind. Tasty and easy to eat. The rub on the steak was delicious. Baby carrots were the best I’ve ever had. Coming back soon!

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Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was good, but I wouldn’t go back. Nothing stood out as an amazing or memorable dish. I had three courses and didn’t bother with dessert. I think most off these reviews are based off referred hotel guests rather than experienced restauranteurs. If you’re looking for an authentic experience I wouldn’t go here.

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OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and the service was great! Where do I begin with the food. Delicious!

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