Tar & Roses

4.8
2093 reviews
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Tar & Roses is a globally inspired culinary experience.

With our heart beating in Southern California, we want to create a welcoming ambiance for all to come and celebrate food. Jonathan Gold of the Los Angeles Times, claimed that Tar & Roses "...may also mark the first time in our nation's history when cauliflower became more delicious than prime steak," and we love to push the limits when it comes to traditional ideas of food. With our rotating selection of local craft beer and our ever-changing menu, there is always something new and exciting to try.

When you step into Tar & Roses, you'll feel like you are coming home. We invite you to come share a meal with us.

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 2093 People Are Saying
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EM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from CT and we wanted to do one really nice dinner, regardless of price. This was the best meal I’ve ever had and I’m still dreaming about the strawberry danish dessert. The service was amazing and the owner (or possibly manager) was also very involved which was refreshing. If I’m ever in Santa Monica again I will absolutely be making a reservation.

C
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit. Food absolutely outstanding with excellent service. Ordered the morel mushroom toast, charred gem lettuce salad and the pork loin entree.....all amazing! Save room for their signature dessert!

j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely EXCELLENT food! We can't say enough about the crispy pig tails, the balsamic ribs, fried artichokes, the fried catfish and the ribeye. OMG so delicious!! Service with Jeff was impeccable too. I loved it so much that I'm bringing another visiting family member there in a couple days!

JM
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!!! A true gem!!!

AL
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food, and ambience were all excellent. Highly recommend!!!

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good ambiance. Our server was nice.

PV
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! The food was perfect (we had the dumplings, the crab cake, the snapper, the fried cauliflower, and the chocolate dessert) the service was way over my expectation, the wine selection was incredible. I do not have one single negative comment. Make sure to try the dumpling!

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, food was good, but not overwhelmingly amazing like some of the reviews.

WF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tar and Roses is one of our favorite restaurants. The service and food are always top notch. I highly recommend this establishment,

LL
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and very creative. So delicious.

We felt it was a real dining experience.

OT
Singapore
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

This is my fifth time at tar and roses. A week ago I would have said this is the best restaurant in west la but I don’t know if it’s wrong ordering or just an off night for these guys

Duck breast - overly salted. We had to send it back
Squid ink fettuccine- nothing special and the portion was small for the price

We had a bday gathering and considering we ordered three desserts in total, only thing comped was the candle

I might start experimenting and discovering new restaurants in La now

CW
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John was our wonderful server and recommended delicious items. The cauliflower side and the roasted chicken were 2 highlights. Everything we had was amazing!

b
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding. Looking forward to going back.

E
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good. Food was amazing and inventive. We had a great time and can’t wait to go back.

MT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went on a food trip for several days and this restaurant was our last stop. And we both concluded that Tar & Roses is the best.

Food was great. We had a great server. Our steak was still a bit red however we medium well. The manager apologized and we got a free dessert.

We would certainly return here.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and amazing food. Every single thing we chose was excellent except for ribs which were just a little bit dry. The staff was so friendly and helpful. Especially with wine choices. Sitting on the patio was absolutely perfect. You must get the dumplings, Squash, cauliflower and gnocchi. And the strawberry Ricotta dessert is out of this world

MW
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb menu items
All served family style
Very fairly priced for the quantity and quality
Attentive, helpful, and pleasant service
Will definitely go back again - frequently

CB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was one of the best dining experiences I have had in a long time. We arrived early for our reservation and we were willing to sit at the bar to wait for our table, but they seated us right away. Chris came over and made excellent recommendations and our server, Carly, was as professional and present as you could possibly ask for. She was helpful, but not overbearing. I am from out of town, but it will definitely be a stop on my next visit!

SK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both wonderful. Our only issue was that it was too loud. It was very difficult to hear without shouting.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here a few times now and this place never disappoints. The food is amazing, and the service is warm and friendly and the perfect amount of interaction. Johnnie the manager is the man. Thank you, again. See you next time.

TW
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love Tar & Roses - it’s our go-to for special events, or if we have out of town guests. The stand-out dishes at this dinner were the peach/tomato burrata salad and the tuna sashimi. So wonderful. Our only complaint is the dessert selection - only one item is nut-free, and honestly, just not that great. If T&R upped their dessert game, they’d have a solid 5 from us.

S
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, the best spot in Santa Monica and one of the best in LA. The staff, the owners, the vibe, the food, the wine pairing, the desert, you name it.

They ALL care about the experience you have in their restaurant. I don’t know how else to say it better.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional, food was awesome, had the duck , gnocchis, veggies. Siperb

LM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff! From the wine to the food, everyone provides excellent service. The chef is creative and one heck of a nice guy.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service

SP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love Tar & Roses so much, it’s one of our favorite restaurants in LA. We have so many food restrictions and they always try to accommodate and help with anything they can. The food is always so delicious and we just love to dine here.

MN
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and waitstaff was excellent, would recommend the snapper, chicken also looked good.

MD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, great ambience
Great location. Most recommend

AF
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with great service. The pigs tail and the ribeye are a must. Great place for any occasions

GB
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place - great food, great service, reasonable prices given the quality. Our high expectations were exceeded in every regard. We ordered a lot of dishes - probably 8 or 9 - and everything was at least very good, with a couple of really outstanding items - oxtail dumplings, bone marrow and baby artichokes were particularly noteworthy as both original and delicious.

The waiter paced and ordered the courses thoughtfully, and really the entire staff was very friendly and welcoming - no snobbery whatsoever.

The bill with drinks for the 2 of us was around $260, which is about what it should be for one of the top restaurants in LA. We got a gift card for friends, and we will go back ourselves.

m
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, amazing food, excellent wine. One of our favorites in LA.

TH
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our last restaurant we tried in Santa Monica. It was overall the best food we had on our trip. The others were great as well, but everything was excellent at Tar & Roses. The Singapore crab cakes and Octopus skewers were delicious. Octopus was tender but full of flavor. The Singapore crab cakes tasted authentic to the Singaporean crabs we have had. Yellowtail credo was tasty but not as special as the other 2. The wood fire roasted english peas were a genius take on the Japanese edamame. Super tasty. Finally, the duck was also delicious. All in all, it was a great dining experience.

JP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food. Possibly best restaurant in Santa Monica.

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OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wonderful service.

AF
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was such an amazing experience. The staff is excellent. Very professional and welcoming. The food was also great. I can’t wait to try more options. Every time I come to L.A I’ll be sure to make a reservation here.

KT
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best meal I've had thus far in Santa Monica. The food was outstanding, worth the price, and the wines recommended were delightful.

D
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not if you are allergic to pepper.
Personally I cannot eat pepper, or anything with the word pepper (shishito, chile, arugula etc...)
and I had a hard time ordering as almost everything had pepper.

RD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tar & Roses was phenomenal from the moment we entered the restaurant. The hostess notified us immediately that they were running a few minutes behind. While not ideal with a reservation, they handled it well & we didn't wait long. We might have even been sat on time. The hostess took note of my date's request to be put in the garden and mission achieved.

We were treated the delightful service of Carly (Karly) who was prepared for all the detailed questions about the different dishes that my date could come up with...and she answered them all with a smile. She even made suggestions about pairings based on what we discussed and pacing for the order of bringing them out so we were not inundated with all the dishes all at once.

We had everything from an AMAZING Bruschetta to a Peaches dish to Bone Marrow to the Shellfish pot to the Strawberry dessert...and much more. Everything was pretty phenomenal & we don't impress easily.

The rest of the staff was amazing also from the manager checking in on us to see that everything was allright to the bus staff. There was a speck of messy food lying on the tablecloth and the bus boy cleaned it off. I was super impressed.

m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW!!!! everything was 5 stars. great food. great price. INCREDIBLE service. my favorite thing was the knowledge our server had about the menu... there are no words. Thank you for the hospitality!

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