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For 2
Sat, 2/17
7:00 PM
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You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at Tar & Roses.
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Tar & Roses

1403 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Tar & Roses is located in Santa Monica, California.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Californian, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm
Sunday 5:30pm-9:30pm
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Phone number
(310) 587-0700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andrew Kirschner
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Cross street
SE Corner of 6th Street
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Parking details
Valet Parking Available, Plenty of Metered Street Parking and Public Parking Lot is available.
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Special events & promotions
Tar & Roses offers several special Suppers which can be booked for parties of 4 or more, 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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1403 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Food was excellent and the service was good. Waited 20 minutes even though I made a reservation in advance. Overall great experience.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The food was phenomenal. Its quite a small space. Youre less than a foot away from the person seated next to you. So your neighbors conversation and personal grooming habits are pretty apparent. Wether you want to experience them or not. The bathroom is about 3 feet away from tables and the line where the runner organizes the coursed food. Nevertheless the space is very attractive. The service is prompt and professional and the food is delicious. Just go.

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

My partner and I have been to tar and roses twice. 2 of the best meals I have ever had, meals that linger with your heart and soul. Meals we talk about for months after. By chance we had the same waitress as months before, she not only remembered us but what we ate. I regrettably don't know her name but both times she exquisitely coursed our meal. This is a beautiful dining experience with beautiful attention to detail and incredible progression of food. Thank you to our waitress and all of tar and roses.

5.0  Dined 6 days ago

I had heard and read so many great things about the food and let me tell you this place lived up to the hype- AMAZING!!! The flavor combinations, quality of ingredients, and level of service is above and beyond all expectations. We shared several small plates - the yellowtail crudo, oxtail dumplings, chicken liver mousse, bone marrow, and gnocchi - they were all wonderful. We finished it off with a beautiful cheese plate which was the cherry on top to a great meal.
If you're a true foodie and choose flavor over fluff, GO HERE!!!
Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!

Roorose (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

A wonderful evening of creative dining as part of a birthday celebration. Very excellent and creative food options. We are ready to go back and continue thru the menu. Our serve was patient and helpful and sensitive to the fact that we were headed to a concert following dinner. It was a most pleasant experience that we will repeat.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The level of quality implemented into every aspect of a guests dining experience is very hard to come by.

5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

This was hands-down one of the best meals I've had in my entire life! You MUST try the oxtail dumplings!

vipLisa (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Awesome waiter helped us pick great options that complimented each other. Everything was delicious! We will be back!

vipEfeMoraes (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Always a good option, Tar its fun and mostly has not great but good food.

howie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Great as usual

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

I visited Tar & Roses for an anniversary celebration and it was the perfect spot for dinner. Their menu is set up with many different sized plates perfect for tasting and sharing. Everything we had was great and I would order it all again.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

food was unreal and the service was outstanding! definitely would come here every night if i lived close by it was THAT good. will be returning very soon! :)

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

tasty, interesting food, loved the oxtail dumplings.
Very loud, kinda wished I had some ear plugs!

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing meal, fantastic service, and a great space. A real gem in Santa Monica. Must not be missed!

Smak (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Consistently excellent. I've been coming here since it opened in 2012 and have never had a bad meal. I always worry when I recommend Tar & Roses that I'm overselling it and that folks might be disappointed after all the accolades. Our friends said every bite from the carbonara and unctuous oxtail dumplings to the show-stopping whole red snapper were hands-down, some of the best food they'd ever had. Of course, the service is always on point: The sommelier worried that the sparkling rose we'd ordered hadn't had time to chill properly (how bad could it have been, we ordered a second bottle). Even so, they comped our desserts because of the sub-par temperature?! So not necessary but a class move. I'll take it. If I had one complaint, it's that the bussing staff are slightly too attentive - felt like they were hovering a bit too closely, waiting for you to take that last bite so they could move in with a clean place setting. Slow your roll, guys. Other than that, always.