Tar & Roses

4.8
1854 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 1854 People Are Saying
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Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable food & great service.

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

Unbelievable!! The food, the service, the ambience, everything about this restaurant was perfection! We celebrated my moms 60th and it exceeded all expectation. Thank you!

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AK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best food I've eaten in LA in a long time. All four dishes were over the top delicious. Lots of inventive flavors and textures in every dish.

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

This was our first visit to Tar & Roses in nearly a year. We've loved it for years, always had a great time there, but last night particularly stood out. There are plenty of new items on the menu, and the entire dinner from start to finish was fantastic.

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BC
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The waitress we had was very good and friendly. We ordered 5 small dishes but nothing was spectacular. The best dish was the simple chicken liver pate, the gnocchi was too soft not enough texture.

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

First time at Tar & Roses. Great service and wonderful food! Mariel our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. We had our Anniversary here and overall we were extremely please with just about everything. I asked for a quite table and we were seated in the back room and it was perfect for us. We are recommending Tar & Roses to our friends and family. We will be back!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

This was the service: my date and I ordered one glass of champagne before the food. We get the food and order a tasting each of some red wine, and the tastings come just as we finish our meal. Lol

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W
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always

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MF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

I would come again and recommend to others.

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S
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing whole red snapper, steak, vegetable sides, venison. Great birthday dinner with friends!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made a small mistake in our order and addressed it right away and gave us a free plate. Excellent food and service.

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FL
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fantastic local restaurant . Always busy with good reason

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J
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great evening with amazing food and service! Fantastic all around. One of the best restaurants in Greater LA and Westside! Thank you!

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TL
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Did feel a bit rushed, but do understand how popular the restaurant is.

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AA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No complaints! Not a bargain but worth every penny. My only suggestion is that if your restaurant opens at 5:30, your valet guys should be up and ready to go by 5:15. We waited for almost 40 minutes for the valet. They were very nice and absolute pros but they weren’t there early enough. It would have been nice to grab a drink before the restaurant opened.

But everything was aces!!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I just moved to LA and found this place. We will be coming back in the future with friends and family. The service was great. We ordered the snapper and soba noodles and it was amazing.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The venison was perfectly cooked and prepared, and the oxtail dumplings were to die for. Worth going just for those two dishes.

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JB
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious!!! Service was great! We shared the steak for 2 and it was perfectly prepared. Also the broccoli and the miso eggplant - i would order all again

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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Really good place for a date night! We got the crab cake, oxtail, and lamb belly and were not disappointed. Only complaint was we got sat next to the bathroom and it wasn’t the best view.

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing but the ambience was too loud

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love the food so much. True balance bwteeen being creative and being delicious. The music choice has some room to be improved. Having good music can really turn the notch up. But overall very nice

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HL
London
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice place - good ambiance, very good food, the wine list is extensive and has a lot to offer for both generous as well as price conscious guests. Service was great, not in your face style (as can be the case in the US), but very attentive and unintrusive.
Would love to go back with a bunch of my best friends. The oxtail dumplings were very, very good.

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s
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dinner at Tar & Roses. The food is delicious! Loved the little spare ribs, the fried cauliflower and the gnocchi was the best we’ve ever had. Great service and an all around lovely evening.

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S
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently fabulous

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AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 years since my last visit and still outstanding in all aspects.

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IK
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant deserves the 5 star rating! The food and flavours were amazing. Service was very attentive and made great recommendations.

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WM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After having dinner at Tar and Roses for the first time, which is only a few blocks away from us, our immediate thought was"why haven't we been coming here forever?" The food is first rate, the staff is welcoming and smart, and everything went off without a flaw.

They recognized me, which is a pretty amazing feat since we have never been there before, and had already reserved the best table in the house for us. More important, their pretty interesting "one for one" corkage policy meant we could bring our own bottle of wine for free as long as we bought one from them- a $30 savings. Everything was delicious but the standout was the dumplings- a definite must.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent -price but steep

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Tar and Rose's for a date night. By far the best service I could imagine, the servers were communicative, and very attentive need I say my win glass was filled on the dot every time. Best wine btw and food was outstanding!

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DN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta Carbonara was the best pasta I have ever tasted. The egg, with the bacon, with the pasta, wow!

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KJ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Each dish was absolutely superb. The grilled gem lettuce was complex and savory, the venison was extraordinarily tender and succulent, everything amazing actually. Our server was terrific, very informative, helpful and personable. The environment was too loud for our comfort, which was the only downside for us. We actually left more quickly than we might have otherwise because we were so ready to be out of the din. (Some soft surfaces might help blunt the noise in the back room.)

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OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been wanting to dine at Tar beautiful food, lively setting and excellent staff.

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D
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, cool ambiance, excellent food, overall fantastic!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Service was good and food was fair, but we were seated in a back room with a huge party. Acoustics are horrible and noise was unbelievably loud. We could not carry on a conversation throughout our entire dinner.

In situations as this when a large party is there, guests should be given the option of seating in this area (similar to being given the option of bar seating)

Additionally, they do not have a bar.

We would have tried another restaurant but unfortunately it was too late to change our plans.

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My one quibble is that it seemed important, once the check was placed on the table, that we provide our form of payment, as if they needed the table. The waitperson checked twice in too short of a time. Other than that, it’s a terrific restaurant.

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JA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome spot, great food, good service. Recommend!

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JI
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really impressed with the whole dining experience from start to finish. Every dish was out of this world and we savored each bite!

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KC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant!! The small plates to share were all so unique and delicious!! Highly recommend!!

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PO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is inspired, and delicious! The staff is knowledgeable, and able to discuss all dishes in detail. Every server was attentive and friendly. The atmosphere is so cozy, but still with a nice hum of energy. The music is too loud--not necessary in such a great restaurant. We finished everything we ordered, except the cheesy mashed potatoes--these were bland, watery and outdated. I would either offer mashed potatoes with substance, or something more inspired like polenta with ricotta and calabrian chile jam. Overall, one of my favorite restaurants in LA.

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OT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tar & Roses is a local favorite that is perfect for everyday dining or a special occasion. The food is always excellent and the small plates provide an opportunity to sample many items on the menu.

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