Tar and Roses exudes a classy calmness not often seen in this part of town.
Met a business associate who was coming in from out of town. I wanted a place that was guaranteed to have good food and this restaurant did not disappoint. Everything I ate was delicious. But my choices were very limited as a non-dairy eating vegetarian. Almost nothing on the menu. My colleague had many more choices and enjoyed her food, but she thought everything was too salty. I would say the atmosphere was a little cramped and noisy. But we had an excellent, very enthusiastic wait person and she gave us great recommendations. Would definitely come again.
My friend and I had an OUTSTANDING dining experience at Tar & Roses. We asked the executive chef to make recommendations for us and he chose dishes that wow'ed and surprised us. The chicken liver mousse is a taste sensation -- not liver-y. It's delicate and luscious and beautifully paired with berries and honeycomb. Delicious. I don't know how they elevated the carbonara. The best we'd ever had. The crab cake rests on a great sauce that combines sweet with heat. The shellfish pot was tasty. Ask for extra bread for dipping. :-) Tar & Roses does vegetables well. The wood-roasted english peas with a bit of char and zingy mint and sea salt were addictive. The broccolini? We couldn't get enough of it. Don't miss out on the strawberry ricotta crostata for dessert. Actually, don't miss out on Tar & Roses. Great dining experience. And they also do very well with wine recommendations. :-)
Always a great meal when we are in LA. We had the small plates of Bone Marrow, Squid Ink Pasta, Yellow Tail - then share the whole fish and ribeye. With a few vegetable sides, that was plenty for 5 people. Tar and Roses does an amazing job with all the different flavors - all so well done!!!
service and food as always was exceptional! tar & roses is a gem and remains our favorite!
Great food as usual
Let the restaurant know ahead of time it was a special occasion, our 20th Anniversary. Well, for all that trouble, we were seated in the very back...in a corner, it was quite tight. Oh, and there was a large group next to us so yeah...not very romantic. It's a pretty loud place in general, which is great, but not for a date. The menu, sort of like the restaurant, feels a little claustrophobic. The food that we did try was very tasty. It took a while to get it...the service was pretty bad. Just super slow. We were not a priority for this gal at all. It wouldn't have been so bad if maybe we weren't stuck in a corner next to the party of 12. Seriously, we could not hear ourselves across our own table. We sat, stared, laughed...whatever, glad to have checked it out. I don't get the hype.
The food here is incredible. Everything is absolutely delicious. The wine list is fantastic. The service is perfect. Great advice given about the food and wines. It is my new favorite restaurant.
We love this place. Totally delicious small plates of very yummy food. We had avocado toast (with sesame seeds and hot peppers, spicy clams, crab cake and branzino with fresh pea tendrils. All truly amazing.
Loved everything about this restaurant! Fresh everything, perfect for sharing, cool space and excellent service.
Start with a Charcuterie Board!!! Seriously, if you don't you'll be super disappointed when you see all that deliciousness being delivered to other tables. Everything on the menu is good but the deep fried Snapper for two was AMAZING and surprisingly easy to eat and a LOT of food.
Menu changes based on seasonal availability but we also enjoyed the charred beets with feta, the baby gems salad, gnocchi and roasted chicken on a big bread salad.
It's a loud but not head-banding loud. Casual, easy valet parking and great service.
Great Food, Great Service
Was happy to have dinner in this comfortable yet chic room. Our server's recommendations were spot on and he was very attentive. Food was fresh, seasonal, and creative.
I had the whole fried fish, great wine and the Tar bar as a dessert. The food was delicious! I highly recommend this place.
Great place for foodies! We started with the bruschetta and the Gorgonzola dolce and they were amazing! The standouts were also the liquor selection as well as the fried cauliflower and squid ink pasta! Thanks and see you soon!
We really liked our waitress and server too! She knows what she is doing and talking about versus some restaurants that have new servers!
Amazing food and service
Tar & Roses is a must stop location whenever I am in Santa Monica. Even though I live in Seattle, I always stop in to see what's new on their menu. Can't rave about the Bone Marrow enough (it's sooo good) and the oxtail dumplings are just decadent! The service is always very good and I highly recommend reservations as I have never been there without seeing would-be diners disappointed that there were no tables available.
Amazing! Love the service
Lovely ambiance with AMAZING food!
As always excellent
They get it right, every single time! This visit we opted for assorted smaller plates and no large plate resulting in favorite meal yet. Next time we are each getting our own order of the Oxtail dumplings, since 4 dumplings for 2 people leaves us each craving more.
The server wisely explains that you should order everything at once, so they can stage the dishes and pair complimentary flavors. This time the server suggested we had selected 1 dish that wasn't a perfect compliment, resulting in my BF finally agreeing to try his least favorite brussel sprouts, only to discover that they were delicious.
Singaporean Chili Crab cake never disappoints. We tried the Squid Ink Fettuccini and loved it.
The waiter was great and attentive and answered all our questions so that part was great. It was very loud and we had to shout across the table at each other. The food was 50/50 with some ok dishes and some good dishes. The ok was crab cake really nothing too it and not a great flavor. The Brussel sprouts had an odd flavor didnt love those. The good was the oxtail dumplings, pig tails (although some of those had a weird tap water taste?), loved the squid ink fettuccine and loved the cauliflower. The cauliflower ranked #1 to me it's very creative and nothing like I've ever had before highly recommend!
Our server was very knowledgeable, coursed out the meal nicely and offered great recommendations!
Sampled many fabulous small plates. Will definitely return.
I love the quick fried whole snapper. Its so good and unusual. Great presentation too. All the veggies are so unusual too. Very different eclectic menu of great food.
The squid ink fettuccine was just phenomenal. We really really loved it. The Brussels sprouts were also flavorful with an Asian twist (very balanced with the slight acidity brought by yuzu). Lamb tartare was an adventure (so many different kind of spices well blended). Of course there’s the oxtail dumpling and the half chicken.
Amazing experience, great menu, perfect waitress, unbelievable food and could not fault a thing!
Saw good reviews for tar & roses so decided to try it while vacationing in Santa Monica. Our server John had great recommendations we loved the ribs, dumplings, hanger steak & cauliflower. Perfect meld of unique flavors. Wish we lived closer to come back again & again.
Two ladies dinning together and we had a very pleasant experience. The parking was a little strange as you don't appear to have WiFi in house and we were supposed to text the parking lady.
Great food and great atmosphere. Love coming here for our Easter dinner.
Impeccable and attentive service, coupled with a creative, shareable menu. We love T&R - it's our go-to place (when we can book a table!).
Awesome. 2nd time at the restaurant. I love it.
Amazing spot. Best in Santa Monica.
We came in from out of town. I’ve been here before, but this time we brought our children (5 and 9 years old). It was a wonderful night. Our server was terrific, our kids loved the food (which would serve adventuresome in there books) and the ambience remained grown up rather than a feeling of family. Our kids were the only ones there and they felt special because of it. Amazing and we will return for the terrific food and experience.
amazing experience at tar and roses.. food was so good, so elegant
wine was also excellent
we appreciated it a LOOOT
We had 4 small plates and each one had such great, unique flavors. Every dish is thoughtful and likely not like anything you’ve had before. Really great place.
Food was beyond amazing! And my date loved it!
Fantastic service catered to sharing and pairing of flavors and wine. Felt very comfortable and relaxing. Great music. Great food without being too full of itself. I would certainly recommend.
Food was amazing and service was even better. Everything was delicious; food and wine recommendations we're on point. We got there 15 minutes before our reservation and were seated early. Staff was amazing, even the manager stopped by briefly to check up on us.
The food was fantastic. Rich, flavourful, creative. Excellent wine recommendations from the bar. I will definitely be back to sample the other menu options!
Food was delicious and our server (forget her name) was outstanding!! She was a true foodie and new the menu so well. We trusted all of her recommendations and absolutely loved our dinner. Keep it up.