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Tar and Roses

Certificate of Excellence
Santa Monica
American, Contemporary
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602 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2502 (SE Corner of 6th Street)
+1 310-587-0700
17:30 - 22:30
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Sun 17:30 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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San Jose, California
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have enjoyed Tar and Roses many times and return often for special occasions. We love the ambiance and the eclectic menu, which is updated often. Service has been 5 star to 2 star -- this is the only aspect I would improve upon.

Thank lovelyreviewer
Paris, France
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70 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great vibe, excellent service with fun food and killer desserts. It's a must go to in Santa Monica. Loved the strawberry crostata dessert and the bruschetta board was ridiculously good.

Thank elliot f
Belfast, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We called in by chance and was lucky enough to get seated at the bar in front of the chef and our friendly bar tender lady ( originally from County Cork ) super attentive, great service and the food? We opted for 7 small plates / tapas style. Breathtaking flavours, from the yellow tail tuna to the lamb tartar, everything... More 

Thank Martin O
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a reservation for 8:30 last night which they were kind enough to switch to 8 as were quite hungry (common theme in my reviews) and arrived about 7:50. They originally had a table for us right at the end by the kitchen/bathroom but when we asked for a table closer to the front of the restaurant they were... More 

Thank Greg P
Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The service is awesome. The menu is unique and the staff helps you navigate the menu. The food is perfect. Must try the oxtail raviolis and the main course whole fish. Only warning beer and wine only. The bone marrow app is to die for.

Thank csolton
Sydney, Australia
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124 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

I loved this restaurant. Lots of great tasty dishes - intended to share. Good for a business dinner; but would be even better sharing this great food with a special someone.

Thank Wayne P
Sydney, Australia
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409 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

This was our first of four nights in Los Angeles. The food was a ten all the way with a great selection of Tapas dishes. Service was excellent in a very nice setting.

Thank 1954Elizabeth
New York City, New York
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821 reviews
497 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

I was excited to visit Tar & Roses. I had heard good things from friends and was looking for something new. I was ultimately underwhelmed by the meal. The crab toast was good but not great. The sashimi was nice. The gnocchi was average at best. the oxtail dumplings were pretty good. The mushroom and egg was a nice dish,... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Everything was great, meat could have been cooked better (some dry, some fatty, some under seasoned). However, most dishes were 9 out of 10.

Thank AdrockDallas
Huntington Beach, California
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

The tapas menu was delicious - we had bone marrow, blue crab toast points, lemon ricotta gnocchi (husband really loved this - fresh & tasty), roasted carrots, cheese/prosciutto board. They have a nice beer selection, both on tap/bottles. Didn't have any wine, but the selection looked plentiful. We didn't have enough room for dessert, but selection looked great. Price was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
American, Contemporary
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 602 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2502
    (SE Corner of 6th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-587-0700
Centered around a wood burning oven, Tar & Roses serves up farmers market dishes with global influences.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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