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Tar & Roses

1408 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 1408 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 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Delicious food, great flavors. Romantic setting and very attentive staff.

vipkerril (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Our server was excellent. The food was delicious, although, truth be told, we probably ordered too much.
Our server recommended many dishes which we loved and we ventured out on our own. Our table was in the back...a little chilly but they came and turned on the heat lamp so that helped a lot.
We have ALREADY recommended it and we will definitely be back!
Highlights were the oxtail dumplings, the roast chicken and the strawberry galette.

Billy (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful tapas style restaurant that also offers and extensive drink menu and fantastic desserts!

littleg (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

I love Tar & Roses. I've been coming here since they opened and never had anything less than a superb experience. All the food is fantastic but the snapper for two is exceptional, as well as the roasted carrots and trumpet mushrooms. Great wine list, delicious desserts. There's a reason you can't get a reservation here within the next two weeks. This place works hard to live up to the hype and i think it's the best restaurant in Santa Monica. Always look forward to my next visit!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

If I could give this place 10 stars I would. Every time we visit the food and service blows us away. We had a belated Valentines dinner last night. We didn't capture every course because we were enjoying it too much. The food was absolutely excellent and the service was beyond expectation. Everyone is so attentive yet let's you enjoy your experience. THANK YOU Johnnie, Carly, the kitchen, and back waiters for such a memorable experience. Words don't do it justice.

We had the yellowtail crudo, octopus skewers, duck, brussels sprouts, mushrooms and skirt steak. EVERYTHING was so delicious! And thanks to Carly's vast knowledge of the wine selection and truly caring that we had the best experience, she paired wines with each course perfectly. She is the best!! We really love everything about this place.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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 on February 13, 2018

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 on February 12, 2018

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.

KrissG (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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 on February 11, 2018

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 9, 2018

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

DianaM (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 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 6, 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 5, 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 3, 2018

Great as usual