Tar & Roses

4.8
1800 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Tar & Roses is located in Santa Monica, California.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Enjoy the T&R experience you know and love on Valentines, with our regular menus only and no prefix.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

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

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1800 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could give this place 10 stars in every category, I would. It was, hands down, the best dining experience I've had in a long time (and I eat out frequently.) I only wish Tar & Roses wasn't 400 miles away from my home. If it was closer I'd be there twice a week. LOVED IT.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique and delicious food, very attentive staff, warm/welcoming vibe!! Loved the dining experience at Tar & Roses! No wonder they are still popular...

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OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative food. Wonderful service.

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M
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant!! Once I get over my initial annoyance for having to wait 30 minutes for my table to be ready (you can't rush dinner here!), from the moment you sit down at your table, be prepared to be overjoyed at the food! Delicious from beginning to end!! The crostini (smoked trout still my favorite), to the spectacular whole fish and the outstanding sides (cauliflower was so yummy!), you will be a forever fan. Service is always impeccable. Just wish there was a way i could come in and my table would be waiting for me!

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k
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is the family's favorite. We have been here multiple times and each time we were impressed with the different dishes that were presented to us. It is a family-share style and each dish is tapas-size. So we get to taste a variety of dishes. We were usually too full at the end to have desserts, but the time we did, we kept talking about them afterwards because they were so remarkably good. Their cheese board is spectacular too.

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c
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding dishes! Particularly loved the oxtail dumplings and fried red snapper. I will for sure be back again. I was only slightly unimpressed by the soba noodles that accompanied the red snapper. The noodles were stuck together at some ends which means whoever cooking it did not stir the pot to separate the noodles! How unfortunate for a pricier restaurant to make a mistake like this.

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LR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for any occasion but wonderful for a birthday, date or important business meeting. The food is amazing!!

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MM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 1st time dining with you and it was wonderful in the “outdoor” room! The only side comment I’d make is that it was really loud with conversations and the restaurant music playing overhead. We hope to be back on our next visit to the area!

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j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, wine and service. Tables are close together, and it's a bit noisy, but that's the only down side. We very much enjoyed our dining experience.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food! The dumplings and bone marrow are a must. We could have done without the crabcakes. The main meal was definitely a show stopper.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and tasty food

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fave restaurant

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RP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food - very tasty. Attentive service. Busy and a bit noisy but perfect for a nice date.

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T
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Mostly delish food at a fair price. Some dishes were surprisingly spicy, which was unexpected. The music was really loud, hard to talk. The seating felt a little cramped.

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P
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Found it on business trip last year and its our go to any time in Santa Monica. Was in are for wedding last week and drove an extra hour to get there to take the family for my sons's birthday. We had a great time and the food, service, wine, drinks were all great. Will be back!

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So damn good. Brad was awesome. Good times

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal we ate on our vacation. We got the dumplings, the gnocchi, and the hangar steak and they were all the best flavors we found in SoCal. Everything was spot-on and the atmosphere compliments everything perfectly. We actually tried to go back again a couple nights later to get the same exact food (we have never done this before on vacation) and they were closed for the new year holiday. I would recommend anyone to eat here.

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BJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We’ve been here several times and everything was SO good! My favorite restaurant in Santa Monica!!!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place.

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Received a gift card from my nieces and nephews in Virginia for Christmas. Such a wonderful surprise. The food was excellent, beautifully presented and graciously served. Unique and unusual choices. We loved everything thing but I think the fried cauliflower got top 10. Don't miss this this excellent restaurant. Be sure to make a reservation.

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JR
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant of been too in a long time... the fried snapper was fabulous and the service was the best I have had at restaurant that was so busy.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Every plate was delicious. Oxtail and octopus were our favorite picks.

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J
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative dishes and the small dishes provide a good experience in tasting unique creations

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RS
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious whole fish and side veggies.. good wine selection and EXCELLENT service.

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f
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was an exquisite meal from start to finish. Everything we ordered was superb and the waiter was helpful and smart with his recommendations. Outstanding! Can't wait to go back and try other dishes.

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t
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always! Service was impeccable !

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent. Would definitely go back.

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and wonderful service.

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WC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite spot to eat in any LA zip code, Brad hooks it up.

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LB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fried red snapper and Oxtail dumplings are a must!!
Great wine and beer selection, great food and service.

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v
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime Snapper. Great wine list. Inviting staff.
Restaurant Perfection.

I can't get to this restaurant enough.

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JO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience lived up to the hype.. The table was ready at the time of reservation.
Service was very good. The food was delicious and well spiced and prepared. Plenty of Interesting and tasty vegan dishes.
My only mild complaint is the wine pours are a little on the light side. My suggestion would be to offer two different pour sizes.
I’ll be back to see if that happens!

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LD
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The venison entre was wonderful and I can’t wait to go back to try more things from the menu.

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l
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great tasty food and great value for money. Server was very attentive and timed the courses perfectly. It was a bit loud, but a great experience nonetheless.

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RS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautifully crafted tapas dishes that were complex and married multiple textures and flavors. Yet the restaurant is not stuffy and has a “vibe”. No mixed drinks on the menu but wine and beer options are extensive. Great place to go with friends.

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TC
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! This is one of my favorite restaurants! The food and service are outstanding! Always great to go back there.

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MR
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy restaurant, good service with knowledgeable staff. Had fish to share- so good- would certainly return

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S
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been there several times and so far never disappointed about the food and atmosphere. Only little thing this time was that server suggested that we ought to take one main more which ended up being far too much and thereby also a bit more expensive.
But apart from that lovely will for sure go again.

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B
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A little pricey with small portions that is just shy of making it feel like its worthwhile to return to for dinner any time soon. Also, waiting area isn't great, particularly if you want service to get some drinks.

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