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602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
+1 310-587-0700
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Ranked #1 of 576 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $30
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 am - 10:30 am
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Californian
Santa Monica
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: SE Corner of 6th Street
Description: Centered around a wood burning oven, Tar & Roses serves up farmers market dishes with global influences.
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Wonderful ambiance, interesting menu choices- ex. lamb belly, and brussel sprouts with pancetta, chestnuts and mustard- very well prepared.

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Los Angeles, California
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326 reviews 326 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is probably the finest restaurant in Santa Monica, and I got here on a fluke. Birthday party for a relative with 30 people, and the most amazing food all night. The appetizers were spectacular, ribs, octopus, artichokes, lamb belly, dumplings, sashimi everything different, everything with its own subtle or explosive taste . I had the Skirt Steak as an... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

From the beginning when the wait staff found us a table on a busy Friday night after we showed up without a reservation, Tar and Roses did not miss a beat with either the service or the delicious food. We had 2 "snacks", 2 small plates and 2 vegetable sides. All dishes were spot on, servings were generous without being... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

On the recommendation of celebrity chef and Chopped judge Aaron Sanchez I gave Tar & Roses a try a couple nights ago. Well, I have new favorite restaurant not only in Santa Monica but pretty much anywhere. This is a small plate place where the emphasis is firmly on the food. The atmosphere is stylish and comfortable but there are... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Excellent food and an interesting menu. Staff were super friendly and informative. If you don't have a booking they will accommodate you at the counter (which is perfect, for two people). Loved the ambience of this special restaurant.

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57 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Tar and Roses was spectacular. The food was so interesting and delicious, the service was great and the vibe so fun. We tried several small plates. Don't miss the chili crab cake, the tuna crude, oxtail dumplings and spaghetti carbonara. All were so good, we had to order some mains. The duck was delicious as was the hanger steak. If... More 

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Los Angeles
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

One of my favorite LA restaurants. Food is always consistent and excellent - service is great. Can't go wrong with the popped corn (yummy) and the duck breast.

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Atlanta, Georgia
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Wonderful meals all around at Tar and Roses. Great atmosphere, lively but not too loud, and excellent service. Food was delicious and some of the best entrees we've had in a while. There is something for everyone on the menu. We tried the duck, venison, seafood pot, charcuterie plates, spaghetti carbonara, and Singaporean crab cake among others (including veggie sides)... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Went with family and friends who had raised my expectations; however, they were right and my hopes were met! Hip yet warm, filled with lively and happy diners, T&R delivered and I look forward to a return visit. The menu was creative and it was difficult to choose from many interesting small and larger plates, so I suggest you go... More 

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Venice, Italy
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Delicious bruscheta (eggplant; sundried or heirloom -- depending upon the season -- tomatoes & cheese on delicious, optimally toasted bread) and charcuterie. Customers presented with a wide range of menu selections. Favorites include oxtail dumplings, savory chicken, fish pot, salmon, roasted beets, carrots, Jerusalem artichokes. Save room for best crostata ever -- strawberry crostata like no other with honeycomb ice... More 

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Additional Information about Tar and Roses

Address: 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
Phone Number: +1 310-587-0700
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 5:30 am - 10:30 am
Tuesday 5:30 am - 10:30 am
Wednesday 5:30 am - 10:30 am
Thursday 5:30 am - 10:30 am
Friday 5:30 am - 10:30 am
Saturday 5:30 am - 10:30 am
Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Californian

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