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Tar and Roses

602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
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Ranked #2 of 564 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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New York City, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This restaurant is in a slightly odd location (between a bank and a Goodwill), but nevertheless, it was nice inside. We arrived a bit early for our 8:30pm dinner reservation and our initial response was not positive. Shoved in the corner, we asked for a predinner drink an were left to our own devices for some time. Eventually, we got... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Great food, service and value. Wow! Totally unexpected joy. Great food with very creative and interesting preparation. Amazing wine list with age and character. Service was friendly and professional. Totally exceeded our expectations for party of 7 sharing plates all night.

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

8 friends on a Saturday night , second time I had been. We booked for 8.30 and unfortunately the guests before us decided not to vacate the table on time. Some great customer service from the staff meant that although we had to wait we were extremely well looked after. The food was fantastic especially the signature dish snapper. Great... More

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Worcs. England
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75 reviews 75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Loved this place. Lively and great atmosphere. Some real good food choices and you must have the oxtail ravioli starter! For a busy place the service was faultless. Make sure you book. Park opposite underneath the library it is cheap.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Before our trip to California I noticed that Tar & Roses was the best ranked restaurant in Santa Monica (on Tripadvisor) so expectations were high. But they were fulfilled. We had the 3 course menu and the food was delicious (the beer and wine as well). Well prepared and exciting food but not pretentious like in a fine dining place.... More

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Santa Monica, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The oxtail dumplings are reason enough to come back, again and again. Been here a handful of times and still great. Other favorites are the squid ink pasta, kale salad, and roasted beets. Waiter helpful with wine selection, spot on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Dined here with a small group of friends and grazed off the small dishes. Just fantastic. The pork chicharon skewers were the best single bite I've had in a long time. Top drawer wine selection both by the glass and by the bottle. Excellent wait and serving staff. A problem with our table (there was a long delay to be... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

My wife and I shared a flawless eveing at this restaurant in early August. We were seated in the back open-air room, and our server walked us through the menu, making suggestions, telling us her favorites. We started with two appetizers: beef heart kabobs and an Asian-spiced carpaccio, both of which were outstanding. For our entrée we shared the whole... More

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New York City, New York
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69 reviews 69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Met a colleague for dinner at Tar and Roses, and was pleasantly surprised by their menu and their food quality. It was coincidental, that we need a restaurant that opened by 5:30 for us to make a plane at LAX. This was one of the few in Santa Monica that opened before 6 pm, and it was a gem.

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We had not only a very eclectic and delicious meal but the wines were amazing too. Service was excellent, the ambiance was fun and hip. Will definitely return to try all the rest of the dishes too. My favorite dish was the pork bellies - amazing!! Loved the snapper, the bone marrow and anything that I tried. Go and enjoy!

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