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Tar and Roses

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Santa Monica
American, Spanish, Contemporary
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602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA (SE Corner of 6th Street)
+1 310-587-0700
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5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: Centered around a wood burning oven, Tar & Roses serves up farmers...
Centered around a wood burning oven, Tar & Roses serves up farmers market dishes with global influences.
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  • 272
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  • 69
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 1
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  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Spicy, but very good

Food was very tasteful, pricing ok, however if you're not used to spicy foods, ask for the waiter less pepper on your food. There are several good beers and food seems very fresh and tasteful. Tables very pleasent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Fernando L
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Sao Paulo, SP
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Food was very tasteful, pricing ok, however if you're not used to spicy foods, ask for the waiter less pepper on your food. There are several good beers and food seems very fresh and tasteful. Tables very pleasent.

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Thank Fernando L
Dayton, Ohio
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Two of us shared crab bruschetta, oxtail dumpling, sweet potatoes, and sea bass. Excellent! Be sure to make reservations and try the strawberry dessert .

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Thank mark d
Santa Monica, California
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102 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the highlight of the week! I absolutely loved everything about this place. The ambiance, food, service and the food. If you saunter in with a 9:30 reservation and they have you wait a few minutes they are right on target. The deal is if you waltz on in and no one is waiting the place may not be... More 

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Thank Bradley1965
Edmonton, Canada
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our party of five went for dinner. We had reservations and were promptly escorted to our table. We ordered 12 dishes plus dessert that proved ample food for all of us. We could have eaten more but that would have left us bloated! The food is awesome. We raved about every dish. Personally, I could live on the braised ribs,... More 

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Thank 20083619
Bend, Oregon
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334 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Apparently Tar & Roses was closed for several months due to a kitchen fire. We were lucky enough to have a dinner there just after they reopened in January 2016. The restaurant is located a few blocks away from the pedestrian shopping mall in downtown Santa Monica. It is crowded, noisy and the perhaps 20 tables were constantly full for... More 

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Thank DoctorM
Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were invited to join friends who love the restaurant and go there often. We were not disappointed. It was one of the best meals we had in Santa Monica in the last 40 years! We had an attentive waitress, and the owner/chef Andrew personally attended to our dietary needs and wishes. The Venison and Hanger steak were perfect and... More 

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Thank travelingman010
Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Service can sometimes be spotty and be prepared to wait without a reservation, but I've yet to have a bad meal there. If you get the chance to call ahead and request a goat dinner you will NOT be disappointed. Truly a treat.

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Thank alynicky
Flagstaff, Arizona
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149 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Was there back in June. Heard it's temporarily closed (or maybe longer). Great food with a twist. Enjoyed the atmosphere with friends and had great aps, dinner and dessert. Was on a one week trip in LA and this was very fresh alternative.

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Thank Ryan T
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Travelled from San Diego to meet up with friends from Portland in Venice Beach. Wanted to experience #1 rated restaurant - they were closed on Saturday night. No notification on website. Very disappointing...

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 via mobile

Good food...great service. Will definitely go back...the price is just right not too pricey and not to cheap either.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
    (SE Corner of 6th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-587-0700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Spanish, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Centered around a wood burning oven, Tar & Roses serves up farmers market dishes with global influences.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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