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Tar and Roses

602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
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Ranked #2 of 567 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: SE Corner of 6th Street
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Tar & Roses is frequently busy, but that doesn't get in the way of having a very personal dining experience. Honestly, I have never sat at a table here, because I feel that sitting at the bar, close to the charcuterie station is entertaining, educational and fun. This is not an expensive restaurant, but the food belies this. It is... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

excellent restaurant, really very good, we had the joint ribeye and it was fantastic; it is a little way back from the main tourist strip so you need to know where you are going but it is very much worth it

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portland, or
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

I scheduled a work dinner at Tar and Roses after reading all of the excellent reviews. We were seated in the back room with the open ceiling - the weather was perfect! The food was delicious. We all loved the oxtail dumplings and the amazing vegetables. The carrots were perfect and the Jerusalem artichokes were amazing. The service was spot... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This place wasn't on our radar screen at all but we sure had a fun dinner. Food was terrific, staff helpful and ambience buzzing. Would go back again next time there. Even bought the T shirt.

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San Francisco, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

One of the best meals we've had in a while. Fabulous choice of food, from apps to small plates through to entrees. We went the apps and small plates route so that we could try everything and we did. Everything was excellent.... too much to list here. The wine list was good, service impeccable and absolutely no rush to finish... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Tar & Roses seems to be getting lots of rave reviews from trip-advisor & foodie critics in LA......and I totally see why!! It's outstanding. Some of the most delicious and interesting food I've had in years....I savoured every morsel and argued with my wife on who was getting the bigger piece on various items. The dumplings are amazing and the... More

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Treviso, Italy
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I went there with my wife and, since we are italian, we decided to eat something local but at the same time something typical from Italy, like local white wine and soppressa, a Vicentina Style Salami, and everything was very tasteful. The food is delicious ad the service, the setting and even the price (you have to try their various... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Managed to get in here at short notice - it was rammed even relatively late on a Sunday night, which is surely a good sign. The dining room was nicely lit and buzzy, even in the back room where we were seated. Service was friendly though, as so often in the US - even in nice restaurants like this, quite... More

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Braunschweig, Germany
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Delicious food (especially their various bruschettas are to die for - of all things! I would come back for those alone; seafood and ribs were both very tender, and a ricotta strawberry tarte tatin type of dessert was the perfect final touch); great wine list including both local California and Old World wines (don't remember other New World wines as... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

But it is usually booked for weeks at a time. That is the only thning that keeps it from being a neighborhood masterpeice. You need to plan! And, it goes wothout saying - thios being Santa Monica - you need to save $ in advance.

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