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

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About Tar & Roses

Tar & Roses is located in Santa Monica, California.

602 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Californian, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm
Sunday 5:30pm-9:30pm

Cross Street:
SE Corner of 6th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 587-0700

Website:
http://www.tarandroses.com/

Parking Details:
Valet Parking Available, Plenty of Metered Street Parking and Public Parking Lot is available.

Executive Chef:
Andrew Kirschner

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Tar & Roses offers several special Suppers which can be booked with a week or more notice. These include Wood Roasted Goat, Standing Back Rib, Singaporean Chili Crab and Seafood Paella. Please contact the restaurant directly for more information or for bookings.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Tar & Roses Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (53)
Creative Cuisine (49)
Good for a Date (47)
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Neighborhood Gem (32)
Special Occasion (31)
Romantic (30)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Fun (23)
Hot Spot (23)
Casual (20)
Cozy (20)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Local Ingredients (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Tasting Menu (18)
Tapas (17)
Seasonal (16)
Business Meals (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Authentic (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Organic (8)
People Watching (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food. The Octopus was amazing. Venison was great and so was the yellowtail crudo. Well presented. Cool place would go again.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

I would have given the food five stars except that the crab cake was not good, very fishy tasting. However, the manager came immediately and took it off the bill. That's just an example of the great service we received. I will go back but not order the crab cake.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Attentive service and pacing of plates of food coming on the table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We've been here a few times and it never disappoints! The food is always creative and great and the servers are very friendly.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Exceptional food offering a wide variety of shareable plates in different sizes; everything from oxtail dumplings (a must) to Thai seafood pot to venison and duck to steak and branzino. Nice selection of interesting veggies but not over the top crazy combinations. We have now tried at least a third of the menu and everything was spot on delicious!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This place is billed as a sharing plate venue but the flavors are so disparate and do not pair well. Singapore chilli crab cakes with carbonara pasta and oxtail dumplings? We left feeling like we had been to an international buffet at great expense.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Service was great and food was awesome!
It was a great recommendation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Memorable meal! We ate off the appetizers menu so we could sample more creative ingredients. The oxtail dumplings, bone marrow, braised lamb belly, and persimmon salad were all delicious, and our server new the great wine list well.

Tags: Organic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Love this place for date night with my husband. Intimate and amazing food!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I know this is a popular place, so my comments are likely in the minority. First of all, the positive stuff: it's a very nice room in a nice location. The space in the far back, where we sat, is very pleasant. The service was very good and the staff is very pleasant. The menu is varied and not overwhelming, and the wine list is pretty large and fairly interesting with many lower priced foreign wines available by the glass. However, this was our second visit and my impressions were the same as the first - about two years earlier. I found the entree heavy and tasteless. I had the duck, which was tough. The vegetables, such as they were, that the duck came on were oily and tasteless. My memory of the first visit was much the same: lots of fried and tasteless stuff. The artichoke soup appetizer was very nice and quite hot, but the bruschetta with the fried pears on top of the gorgonzola was bland, bland, bland. Again, it all had the dark brown color of something that had been swimming in too much oil. The room gets very loud. Even the back space got pretty loud, which was surprising since the roof is open. To be fair, my wife liked her meal better than I did. But I doubt I'd try it again. Too bad, because it's a nice spot.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

An amazing dining experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This place never disappoints! By far, one of my favorite restaurants in LA. The ambiance is great, the food is delicious, and they have a fantastic wine list. The staff is friendly and so knowledgeable, as well. Highly, highly recommend.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Loved Tar and Roses! Ordered way too much food... but it was all so delicious. Got very adventurous with the Fried Pig Tails and the Whole Fried Snapper. Service was excellent.

My only complaint is that I specifically requested not to be by the kitchen or bus station - I made a last minute reservation so knew it may not be fulfilled, however we were immediately sat in the very back of the restaurant by both the kitchen and the bus station. So if you make a reservation, make it early, and request to be front of house because the back tables aren't great.

But the food, service, general ambiance and my company made it all worth it :)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 4, 2017

So delicious!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Fantastic, as always! My go to place.When I am there, I am happy.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Second time still amazing, Fried snapper is great! We had a very loud table next to us which was a bit annoying but the service was one of the best I’ve had.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our waitress Jolie was particularly pleasant and cooperative. Our table in the front corner was nice with good room and light. I felt the menu was pricey and that means the food and service must be way above standard and that is what Tar and Roses delivered so I will come back.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

this is the first time I've been back since the re-model and it did not disappoint. The whole bass is as gorgeous and delicious as ever...that dipping sauce! The bruschettas were the perfect size for sharing for appetizers; and the wines were well selected. It's a home run!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 23, 2017

It was different and delicious!! I would definetely go bakc

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Exceptionally good staffing and outstanding food. An all around excellent experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Romantic dining experience

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had an excellent meal here. Our server was extremely helpful and seems to always check on us at the right time, without being overbearing. The food was incredible and can't wait to go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Get the strawberry dessert.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This was my first time here and I will definitely return. The restaurant is broken into 2 sections. The front is a more lively casual area with a small bar. In the rear there is another dining room which is partially open to the outdoors and slightly more formal and quieter. We dined in the later and were very happy as this was a anniversary dinner. That said either room would be great. Interesting wine list. I focused on the reds which had sections from Italy, Spain and the U.S. There is a range from moderate to medium expensive but in general a decent value. Food is meant to be shared and that's what we did but for those who like their own dished, there is a nice selection of "larger plates". We had the oxtail dumplings, great. A tuna crudo with citrus and jalapeño, excellent. "Real" spaghetti carbonara!! The shellfish pot was delicious and spicy curry. The duck breast was cooked perfectly. The service was appropriately attentive and helpful with answering questions. Overall a lovely time and delicious meal. I look forward to sampling other dishes in the future.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Delicious! A little bit pricey, but a great experience overall

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 17, 2017

love this place as always. def recommend ordering a bunch of small plates so you can try more items. only wish they served cocktails.

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Outstanding service and inventive food. We loved the cauliflower and the sweet potatoes. Also enjoyed some great craft beer.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Great Beer, Cozy
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always 👍 Been going there for couple of years and its been consistent. Great food, strongly recommended.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We started with the box tail dumplings which were to die for. So flavorful! Then we had the fried pig tails which I wasn't a huge fan of. The crispy skin caramelized and got stuck in my teeth however our server who we loved got me a tooth pick which I thought was super sweet. Next we had the seafood pot and duck which were outstanding. Then ended the meal with the strawberry ricotta and chocolate tart and they gave us a candle for your anniversary which was very thoughtful. All in all our experience was great. I did not like the location where we were seated right by the door where most of the foot traffic was , which I probably should have mentioned upon arrival but it didn't ruin the evening. Atmosphere is trendy upscale and all of the waitstaff where super attentive and awesome. We loved our visit

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Brad was our waiter and was awesome.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Service and food we're excellent! The decor was great and a good date night outing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Incredible food. Great experience. Octopus and berry crostata were awesome. Sardine crostini was to die for........................................

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Authentic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find
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 (London)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We had a lovely meal booked at short notice very sophisticated food with fabulous flavours and excellent service. We would highly recommend this restaurant!! This has been our most enjoyable meal in three weeks in California. Please open a restaurant in London!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wonderful as usual! Amazing service and spectacular food!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wedding Anniversary. Excellent food and service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

T&R consistently delivers every time we dine there. Never a complaint. The traditional items like the peas an the marrow are a can't miss while the seasonal and rotating menu items never disappoint.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We have been here so many times & it never fails we just have the Greatest Time here ! First off the place just has the feel of comfort & grace . Second of all the food here is just spectacular it brings true Joy to your taste buds ! And third but not least the service is spectacular our waiter was the best & the manager Johnnie checked on us twice & gave us some great advice ! If your looking for all the above features in a restaurant you have to try Tar & Roses the best Bang for your Bucks in Los Angeles !

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Cozy, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Good variety in menu for foodie types. Both tapas size and larger plates. Reasonable wine selection for the price point. Most dishes very tasty . Whole snapper less impressive. Still it was very enjoyable for a birthday dinner out!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Very pleased with the food. Definitely a date place.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent service, great food. The waitress made excellent suggestions, she knew the menu very well and we aporeciated the guidance. We ate at our owm pace, we never felt rushed. The patio was beautiful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fun
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