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Tar and Roses

602 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2502
+1 310-587-0700
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
602 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2502
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our favourite ‘casual dinning’ restaurant in the US. Work with your waiter to construct a number of small plates to share. So many amazing flavours to be experienced in the one meal ! Outstanding food quality. Good helpful service.

Thank Wayne P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tar and Roses was an accidental find a few years ago but now I visit each time I am in the Santa Monica area. The food is delicious, nice selection of wines and great atmosphere.

Thank Ilume
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I were politely fighting over pieces! The restaurant has an excellent wine and beer selection. No liquor. We had one bar plate, two small plates, and an entrée. The balsalmic glazed ribs, yellowfin crudo, honey lavender cauliflower, and venison with brussels and...More

Thank Lilibie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here for a romantic anniversary dinner. In all ways it met, or exceeded our expectations! The restaurant offers “Snacks,” “Small,” “Veggies,” and “Large” dishes. Our server did a great job giving us some ideas and suggestions as to ways to order and some...More

Thank dmhn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was unassuming and the previous reviews are spot on. Be prepared for a wait if you valet park as it’s a busy corner. We had a reservation and were seated quickly on the heated patio. The ambience in the back room just added...More

Thank b201
Reviewed 12 December 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The food, service, wine, and atmosphere were perfect. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank toomuchluggageagain
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

Second time here and it was just as good as the first time. Came for a birthday celebration with four of us. More people is better so you can try more dishes. This time we had the Bone marrow (a must), Gnocchi, Branzino (whole fish),...More

Thank jtlerman
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Unique and wonderful dishes of palette pleasing food severed by an engaging and friendly waiter gave my daughter and myself an evening of enjoyable eating, and when the bill was presented I was surprised by how affordable our meal had been. I have pay many...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 27 November 2017

The food was fantastic, and so was the service! They had a wide variety of food, and it was all good. One dish was "only" very good, and when we mentioned that, they gave us a free desert to make up for it! We would...More

Thank Mark G
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

We have always enjoyed Tar and Roses, particularly dishes such as the pig tails. They have an interesting selection of wine by the glass. As all restaurants in LA these days, it’s hard to have a conversation over the music and general noise. Recently, we...More

Thank Cassandra635
Johnnie J, Owner at Tar and Roses, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

Cassandra, I want to first off apologize for the terrible inconvenience we have caused. It was my understanding that my general manager had reached out and explained the situation as well as offered you and your guests a complimentary dinner on a different evening. As...More

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Michael L
16 July 2015|
Response from Charles G | Reviewed this property |
Went to their new sister restaurant Santa Monica Yacht Club. Small plates, good wine list. Food can be good but was uneven, Worth trying--same block as T+R which was closed. T+R suffered structural damage from a fire. It... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$35
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
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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