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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 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.

Tar & Roses Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (62)
Creative Cuisine (54)
Good for a Date (45)
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Neighborhood Gem (38)
Special Occasion (37)
Worth the Drive (29)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Cozy (22)
Hot Spot (22)
Notable Wine List (22)
Romantic (21)
Authentic (19)
Casual (18)
Fun (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Tapas (15)
Seasonal (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Organic (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Great Beer (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Healthy (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Scenic View (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 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!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 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.

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·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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Organic, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Vegan, Disabled Access, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Cozy, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Fun, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great as usual

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Organic, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Fun, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 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! :)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 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, impeccable...as always.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Really good, but overly expensive

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Dinner with coworkers

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Tar & Roses is my all time favorite restaurant in LA. I appreciate any and all excuses to eat there. I'm not always the most adventurous with food, but at Tar & Roses I will try absolutely ANYTHING. I've never had one bad bite of food and find myself craving the Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi frequently. This place is a MUST.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The whole experience was great from the friendly hostess, the attentive and knowledgeable waitress, the delicious food to the comfortable, warm atmosphere.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Love this place. Went for the DineLA menu, but the regular menu seemed good for the price.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The oxtail dumplings are all the rave reviews make them out to be. One of the best dishes I've ever eaten. The seafood curry was excellent with the perfect heat for a winter night. Not as impressed with the roast chicken (moist, tender but flavorless). Staff is outstanding. Full house with limited elbow room. Between the crowd and the music, it is difficult to hold a conversation. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Tar and Roses is my favorite restaurant in Santa Monica, it never fails me! EVERYTHING there is good, with great service and a wonderful ambience. I just love it!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food, Service and ambiance was great, the problem is always the light, it is hard to read the menu.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The food at Tar & Roses is amazing. I dine out regularly and I cannot recall the last time I've had a meal that I wanted to take my time with from the started to the dessert. We ordered from the DineLa menu and every item we ordered on the menu made me want to come back as soon as possible. The oxtail dumplings are a must have. (if you eat red meat) Mouthwatering!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent dining experience; creative and delicious food, lovely dining room, fabulous service

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Dynamite. Will definitely be back over and over!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Oxtail dumplings all the way!!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Favorite Spot in Santa Monica! The Snapper for two is LEGENDARY!

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Authentic, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great food and wine. Experienced staff to guide you through all the tasty options. We have had several memorable meals at this fine establishment and look forward to many more.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Tar & Roses is my favorite restaurant. Everything on their menu is amazing but two things stand out the most, the Oxtail Dumplings and Strawberry dessert. They are both to die for. You also always get top notch service to go with your wonderful meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Possibly the best meal I've had in 5 years of living in Los Angeles. Attentive, warm, and helpful service and flawless food.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We had the Dine LA menu, different choices. Everything was exceptional. This is truly a foodie spot.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Went for restaurant week after I’ve been wanting to go for some time and it did not disappoint! The food was fabulous- the oxtail dumplings were rich and delicious, the fish pot was divine, and I’ll be dreaming of the glorious honeycomb ice cream OMG. I love a restaurant with good ambiance and this wasn’t what I had hoped for or expected. It could have been much nicer given how awesome the menu is but I got over it. Would definitely return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was my second time at this restaurant, this time for DineLA and the food was just as great! I love the variety in menu, and I've yet to try something I didn't like here. The service is pretty great, even when they are running behind schedule.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This place, oddly, we don't go to as often as we should considering how much we love it. We were 30 minutes late to our reservation (babysitter) and they were still able to seat us with out any fuss or wait. The staff was great and the food is always fantastic, I also enjoy the wine selection. This is one of those restaurants where you're always looking around at what other people ordered and think "I want to try that next time."
If you haven't, you should.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2018

The dine LA Menu offered a good set of options to try their food. Appetizer to get: oxtail dumplin *sparly eyes emoji. The hanger steak, was cooked perfectly and the potatoes were heavenly. The seafood bowl was a little underwhelming. I don't know why nice restaurants are so adverse to a good ole corn on the cob to make the dish less fishy and more dynamic (mussels, oyster, shrimp and scallops (da bomb tbh), in a fishy curry broth).
However, the main drawback is that the seating arrangement is so tight and narrow, there's no real intimacy to the food. Often you're bumping elbows with the folks next to you, trying to speak over them to be heard by the people you're with. During peak hours, with the noise, its feels more like bar with a nice Menu than an actual restaurant. The cocktail bar I was at just before was quieter.
The food is good, but I'd try to go when its less busy.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Been to T&R before but this time we tried the dine LA menu and was very happy with the offerings. Sometimes restaurants miss the mark with dine LA but not here. We will be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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