Tar & Roses

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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.

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What 2237 People Are Saying
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JF
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been wanting to try this place for YEARS (we don’t get to Santa Monica that often), and I wish I had tried harder to get here sooner. We had such a fabulous meal! The roasted English peas were so lovely, I was sort of wishing we’d gotten 2 orders instead of one for 4 people and made a mental note to order my own, next time. And the mushroom toast was also delectable! Again, shared between 4 people — we should have ordered two, but then we might not have had room for the incredible strawberry-thyme tart (I can’t think of the actual name but it was first on the dessert list). I’m on a restricted diet at the moment so I chose the roasted half- chicken which was done to perfection and quite flavorful! My companions raves about the spaghetti carbonara and the venison. The service was impeccable and the atmosphere is chic yet still inviting. Looking forward to our next visit when I can be a little more adventurous with my ordering!

MH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Agree with other reviewers, the oxtail dumplings were truly a marvel. We also had the sunchokes which were great. Our server, Katie was awesome and made a good wine recommendation. Service was attentive but unobtrusive, and I love the communal dining atmosphere, makes everything more festive. For main courses my friend had venison which was tender and tasty, and my hangar steak was flavorful. I was less crazy about the potato gratin (a little cool when it arrived), but I may have just been full from the charcuterie, dumplings, and sunchokes by that time... :)

OT
Miami
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From Florida ....but love the restaurant!

s
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Incredible meal, super friendly service, delicious wine. Would 100% go back and bring more friends and family.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Popular Restaurant @ Santa Monica. Ordered Oxtail Dumplings , King Trumpet Mushrooms , Singaporean Chilli Crab Cake , Bone Marrow , Shellfish Pot + Strawberry Ricotta Crostata. A Good Dinner Experience.

C
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good food, ambiance and service. We had the steak and seafood pasta, both were excellent. A bit disappointed in the size of the grilled octopus appetizer.

JP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not the 1st time I have eaten here and am so happy I went back as I liked it a lot the 1st time but loved it this time. The food was on point and service was even better. Whether it’s every day dining or a special occasion put Tar and Roses on the short list of go to places.

ME
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is by far the best restaurant in the area and frankly our CONSISTENT go to for celebration nights or to bring visitors! Service and food are always perfect.

LV
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I wanted our last meal during our Thanksgiving trip to California to be somewhere special, and we were so glad we chose Tar & Roses for dinner. The space is beautiful, the service was excellent, and our food was amazing. We chose a total of five items from the Snacks, Smalls, and Veggies menus to share and were impressed with both the presentation and the flavors of each dish. We highly recommend this restaurant, and hope to visit again sometime in the future.

OT
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again we had a great time at T&R. The staff is very friendly and the food is amazing. Looking forward to trying the 3 course next time we reserve.

OT
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place! Food was awesome! Staff very helpful and friendly. Went with our 8, 12, and 14 year olds and they too are very well!

CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great service. I was not happy with our table by the front door, so we were promptly moved to a more comfortable location.

The food is incredible. Had the dumplings, which lived up to their reputation,. We shared the chicken which was delicious, especially for chicken! And do not skip dessert!

GC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had 7 different "small plates", and I wish we had a couple more people in our party so that we could have tried one of everything! Not a bad bite, but the outstanding dishes were the braised short rib dumplings, and the gnocchi.

A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Service! Amazing seating host and waiter. Food was delicious

JK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Always good: service, food, and ambience. The menu hasn’t changed much in years, which could make regulars wanting more.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A really great meal. Could have been improved by a more relaxed pace between courses.

K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Met a girlfriend here for catch up drinks and a smattering of appetizers. The burrata / prosciutto and persimmon salad was mouth watering and I wish I could have a bite of that (and the bone marrow) every day for the rest of my life. Prices are pretty typical of Santa Monica / Los Angeles, 1 cup of bacon sautéed Brussel sprouts for $13. Had a lovely waitress that was very knowledgable on the wine list (only wine and beer here, folks). Will absolutely go back to test out the larger plates.

BL
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was exceptional. The variety was wonderful. Our female server whose name I don’t recall was the BEST server ever. That is saying a lot since there were two x-servers at the table and we are very particular. Our reservation was under “Barbara” at 7pm on 11/18 if that helps identify our server. She paired our food well with wine and she planned the arrival of our various food choices superbly. Highly recommend the restaurant!

JG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The most delicious seafood stew with Thai seasonings. Bone marrow was silken and divine

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Birthday dinner with our daughter. Food was delicious. Seated next to kitchen with shouted orders. Not the most pleasant for an early dinner reservation. Hostess not particularly welcoming. Waitress was amazing! Again, Food was delicious.

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

The prime rib steak we ordered for two was not as great I expect it, the flavor was bland and about a fourth of the steak was fat. The other dishes were great, but I was disappointed with our main dish selection.

RZ
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant - the food was delicious! A little pricy, but, with every penny :)
Our waitress was amazing also.

TS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely excellent, great service with a really informative waiter. The food was outstanding with great different tastes and takes on traditional dishes..... we loved it

g
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience at Tar & Roses. Food was yummy as usual but the service was exceptional. Never rushed us, great table, always attentive to our needs - this really allowed us to really enjoy the ambiance and each other.

AP
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food, great wine and the highlight was our amazing server

JK
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Visited Tar & Roses for a birthday dinner. Our booking was at 7.30pm however we weren't seated till 8.00pm and the waiting area is narrow you feel like you have been put in the naughty corner.
The waitress recommended the steak which was tough, chewy and tasteless. The ambience of the place was nice and the dessert was amazing . I wouldn't rush to go back and would probably rate it a 4 out of 10 as prices are quite steep as well.

M
Atlanta
47 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were seated about 15 minutes late for our 9 PM reservation, but the hostess communicated with us while we waited and mentioned they would be bringing a complementary snack to our table when we were seated. Good communication and a small gesture like that goes a long way to making the customer happy. We started off with the oxtail dumplings and glazed ribs as appetizers and both were outstanding. The fried snapper for two with sweet & sour dipping sauce is a stand out and one of the best dishes I've had anywhere. The fish was quite large and plenty for two people to share and at $69.00 was a fair price.
We've been to Tar & Roses several times and the food and service never disappoint!

j
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

I was never big on sharing, but "small plates" doesn't get much better than Tar & Roses.

CM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food at Tar & Roses was outstanding - great flavors, well prepared, and nicely presented. The only caution I will give is that it is not inexpensive. That also extends to the wine list where a few bottles are less than $100, but most are over that. I will go back, but limited to special occasions.

s
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food at Tar & Roses is always delicious. Started with the English peas, Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi, and the Miso Glazed Eggplant - all fantastic. Then on to the Chanterelle Mushroom Toast and the Fried Cauliflower and the Branzino - loved them all. Finished with an amazing cheese plate. Wonderful meal and the service was perfect. It's a little on the loud side, but hard to find a restaurant that isn't.

CK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and great service! Seated in the rear patio area. Lovely! Got a bit noisy when it filled up with customers, but it was all in all a fantastic experience.

g
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always enjoy this place. The food is really good and inventive, the service is wonderful. It can be a little noisy but this is as close to perfect as anyone needs.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

N
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Go early for quiet meal. Gets noisy when full

E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and very, very friendly staff. We will be back!

HK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fantastic, we had the fish for two and it’s one of the best ever ,

JL
Costa Rica
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything we ordered were delicious!! Definitely coming here again!

f
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. Just a tiny bit loud but would go back in a second!

JF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The wine selection, cheese plate, venison and cauliflower were the standouts to me! Great meal and will definitely be back!

OT
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Good service, decent food, stupidly noisy though I choose the restaurant looking for a buzzy place as suggested. In fact it’s not buzzy it just has such loud music that we could hear the waitress or even talk.
I love a lively vibe but this was not ideal at all. Plus the view is just if the main road, nothing to look at at all if you are holiday and don’t want to watch traffic n shops.