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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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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pros: - The 'Popped Corn' was the best thing I have almost ever had. It was a tremendous surprise. it's popcorn glazed with brown sugar and bits of bacon. - All the food we had was good including the bruschetta (which rotates constantly - a good reason to keep going back!), brussel sprouts, and gnocchi. - Portions are generous even... More 

Thank kevin8098
London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The cheapest wine was 52 dollars. Surely this is too much? But a very innovative menu and excellent service. Some of the vegetables were great, but the much hyped English Peas disappointed. We also ordered the wood grilled clams which tasted like - clams! We enjoyed our meal but the bill hurt.

Thank Oliverjulian
Los Angeles
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187 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is another one of those of many Santa Monica eateries that draw a steady crowd so you need to plan well ahead to make a reservation. I would think you could go here and even if you ordered the same dish it would hit your palate slightly different each time. Take that as a compliment cause the dishes are... More 

Thank Frank G
Mexico City, Mexico
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874 reviews
450 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I will put it quite simple, the only bad thing about this place is the location... it's so sad that is not located at my hometown! I could become regular patron since the first visit. Suggestion (mandatory): make a reservation for dinner, especially on weekend. The place can be easily packed since it's so great.

Thank draghignazzo
San Jose, California
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

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.

1 Thank lovelyreviewer
Paris, France
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70 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 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.

1 Thank elliot f
Belfast, United Kingdom
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142 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 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 

1 Thank Martin O
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

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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126 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 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

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
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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