Tar & Roses

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2001 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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 2001 People Are Saying
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal: Peas roasted w/mint, Chx liver mouse, Duck. Wow.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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AS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, even for a vegetarian like me. The squash blossom gnocchi cannot be missed if you are veg. The service was great. A little loud, but overall a great place for Sharing delicious food

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MD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavorful dinner and awesome service the whole team from host to support staff and management is impeccable! The whole fish is to die for ! And the strawberry crostata is a cant miss dessert!

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HJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere. Loved it! Went for my boyfriends bday and we were both happy

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R
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious- had the lamb kebab, duck confit bao, trumpet mushroom with soft egg and soft shell crab with mango and green papaya. Service attentive and all are so warm and friendly. Love this place! Wish it was closer to the South Bay.

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BP
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place!

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l
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is definitely a cozy, energetic hip restaurant for great get-togethers with a friend from the past. The ambiance is energetic full of conversations galore among the dining guests in attendance. It has a modern, architectural but very cozy atmosphere and the staff all the way from Manager to waiter to busboys pay attention to every detail to ensure you have good experience.
The food was very tasty and vibrant. Although there are no large portions served here, it's definitely a menu that you want to order as many different items and share. We had the Duck breast (so tender), Oxtail appetizer (much like a potsticker, and a house specialty), Squid ink Pasta (tangy), and beef (also tender). We also appetized on the Peas with Sea Salt & Mint (much like edamame but larger). Everything was cooked to perfection. We celebrated our daughter's graduation and they complimented with a cup of very good honeycomb ice cream (I would come back just for that!).

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CL
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative and delicious food. Excellent service. Can be a little noisy.

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

This place is amazing. It is a must try.

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SM
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We were off to a shaky start because they were way behind on their reservations and kept us waiting about 25 minutes past our reservation time. I know whites wasn't their fault—people were lingering too long. However, staff was super gracious about it and once we were seated service was truly excellent and the food was too. Our table was a bit of a bummer because it's just a little too bathroom adjacent...if there was a way to screen that off somehow it sure would be nice. But A+ for service and kitchen

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AM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a slam dunk - oxtail dumplings and seafood pot were amazing! Great service too.

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AJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate all the things, and it was delicious.

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KA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New favorite restaurant! Every plate was amazing, the oxtail dumplings were delicious. Cant wait to be back.

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D
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Bone marrow NO NO
Soft Shell Crab NO NO
Too congested

Too crowded

Too noisy
Food is OK but ambience is very marginal

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TM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The branzino Was very good as it was the previous times I’ve been there. However the artichokes which used to be roasted are now deep fat fried and were literally saturated with Oil It actually made me a little sick to my stomach. I told the manager and she said oh I’m so sorry. But did not see fit to take the offending dish off the bill which is the usual practice. There are many lovely dishes there however this visit was a true disappointment. I don’t see returning in the near future

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B
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW!!! Incredible service and incredible food! We ate at the bar and Paige was the best server EVER!! I highly suggest everybody eat here. We had the seafood pot, the bruschetta, the cauliflower, the soft shell crab, and he killer strawberry dessert. I cannot wait to go back. FABULOUS!!!!!!!
Adrienne Francine Caudill Miley
Chef Concierge
Hotel Shangri-La

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wine list she was one of the best servers we had on our trip to Santa Monica. The food was absolutely amazing everything came out super fast and with so much attention to detail. If you want to be treated like a king for a day definitely come here.

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IO
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was extremely tasty and the server's recommendations were on point!!

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CP
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every time we go to Tar & Roses we have a perfectly delicious meal that leaves us with happy bellies and a wonderful feeling of a lovely night out. The spring take on the venison with the parsnip puree and the blueberry sauce was perfection. We always get the oxtail dumplings, which are magical and this time we tried the fried artichokes, which were perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. We love sitting in the patio, which is a lot more quiet and intimate. Always a great evening!

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t
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wow! Great food and great dining experience! We are spoiled with great food in SF, but Tar and Roses was a special experience. Ever eaten st a place where you love every dish you order and want more? Also, great service from waitress to bus service to visit by co-owner/manager to our table. Craving to go back again.

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M
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting from San Francisco for a weekend and read about T&R. We shared a variety of dishes starting with the yellowtail crudo and oxtail dumplings. The crudo was delicious - fresh, tart and bright with citrus, avocado and red pepper. The dumplings were juicy and flavorful. Next up were fried artichokes and roasted garlic drizzled with harissa yogurt—better than French fries! And spreading the garlic on a side of grilled bread was our inventive whim. The ribs were savory and would have fallen off the bone if they had any—not sure what the fried basil brought to the dish except color. The branzino with lemon risotto was amazing—and went really well with the mushrooms with a soft egg on top. The strawberry tart with honeycomb gelato was a grand finale to a wonderful meal. Our waiter was helpful and attentive. The only downside was the volume of noise and the tight spacing between tables.

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MJ
Houston
110 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful spot to eat in Santa Monica. Pricey yet not exorbitantly so. The service was top notch and the food could not have been better. Great all around

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J
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Experience was great, just didn’t like the fish and no cocktails which we wish we had

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JK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tar and Roses hits it out of the park, every time. Simply one of the great dining experiences on the west coast.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really love Tar & Roses. This restaurant is run beautifully, and the dishes are top notch, eclectic, artistic. To sit by the kitchen is to witness poetry in motion, and is just as memorable as the dishes themselves, which are prepared beautifully. The servers who take a moment to describe new dishes + wine pairing recommendations truly make all the difference. Such a lovely dreamy spot when the service aligns with the overall experience.

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H
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from out of town. Food was delicious! Service and attention to detail awesome. Definitely recommend. Fun restaurant!

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KG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Each small plate had flavor, texture, and crunch. The chef put much thought into every aspect of every plate. The service was amazing and the atmosphere was beautiful. We were seated in the back room which was quieter and had more room between tables.

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PP
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first experience with this restaurant. We were celebrating our anniversary. The front of the house was very accommodating in trying to meet our special request of having side by side seating during a very busy evening. The menu is varied and interesting. The tapas style items are 'in the range' from a price point-of-view for excellent cuisine. The service level was great. Today, too many American restaurants think that the faster the service, the better the experience. WRONG. Tar & Roses understands that individual items need to be served as complementary items, with a reasonable time to consume the items, and a short break between courses to savor them. No plates getting cold at the table. Very knowledgeable on each of the menu items. Very attentive to the 'little things' that make a dining experience memorable. Good work Tar & Roses. We'll be back (if we can ever get a reservation). :)

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C
Los Angeles
242 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the tricks on shared plates restaurants is finding the right balance and number of choices to satisfy a group’s tastes. Our server Jeffrey did a great job guiding us and pretty much everything was good to great. Best dishes were their famous popcorn with chilies and bacon, mushroom toast, roast cauliflower and fried artichokes. Branzino was excellent and cheesy potatoes insane. Sticky toffee pudding is a must for dessert. Ask for back room (patio) if you want to have a conversation

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MK
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute great place to take a girl on a date. We had an amazing time. The staff was very helpful in recommending wine and food. Absolutely worth the price. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a fun night out, in a nice and unique place, with extremely helpful staff.

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. The food, service, a d atmosphere were all above our already high expectations. We look forward to coming back again!

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DM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely. The best. We love it every time we dine here.

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PK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant, innovative menu, terrific service and inviting ambiance. The dining room can be noisy so if you have a hard time hearing ask to sit on the patio. Thumbs up.

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KE
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow ... every bite delicious was a great experience , amazing service...will definitely return

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AG
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in Santa Monica! You can’t go wrong by eating here!

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c
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Our waiter John was very knowledgeable and matched up the food and wine perfectly. It was a very enjoyable experience. Our reservation was at 5:45 and we sat at the front table. The sun was in my eyes for about 15-20 minutes, that was the only little thing that happened otherwise all was terrific.

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great service. I enjoyed the small plate. Lots of innovative dishes

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K
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best west side restaurants hands down. Every dish superb! The service was outstanding. If I could afford to eat there more often I would.
Do yourself a favor and book it ahead of time since it’s hard to get reservations on the same week.

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RD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, attractive presentation and very attentive and friendly service. Outside patio is the best ambience and much quieter than the main restaurant

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