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Tar and Roses

602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
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Ranked #1 of 564 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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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90% Recommend
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Santa Barbara, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

My daughter got recommendation from one of the staff members at a boutique shop on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills- highly recommended this place. We agreed. Up for Bone Marrow anyone! sounds funky but delightfully light taste. Dishes are small and can be shared by 2 people so we ordered a 6 course onslaught of flavorful foods to which our... More

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New York City, New York
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Tar and Roses was packed well past 9 pm on a Saturday night and with good reason. The quirky menu needs some explaining if you've never been there, but has a great selection of appetizers,vegetable dishes,small plate and entrees. You can have a traditional meal with a salad and entree ,or appetizers and small plates. The menu was well rounded... More

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Chappaqua, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Excellent food with a different fresh twist. Great ambience and a lively bar. The food is served by an excellent staff and is a good price point for what you get. Generous portions

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Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Make sure you book to eat at this restaurant if you are staying in Santa Monica. The food and flavours are outstanding and the service is seamless so it's a popular choice for good reason.

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Los Angeles, Ca
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82 reviews 82 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

love the whole fish and blistered green gem salad. Small restaurant. Reservations very necessary. Food is fabulous

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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156 reviews 156 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
267 helpful votes 267 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My wife and I visit friends in Santa Monica at least once a year. We entertain them to dinner in the Tar and Roses restaurant. They have a reasonably priced menu. My favorite is the Chicken Salad only $20.00, accompanied by a pint of bud. Should you be on vacation in the Santa Monica area, do dine in the Tar... More

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Los Angeles, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

You need to make a reservation about 2 months ahead for a weekend night, but this restaurant is worth the wait. Our food was fantastic, we could taste all the different flavors in our food. We loved the popped corn / crisp bacon / brown sugar / chili, ricotta gnocchi / asparagus / pea tendrils / lemon,lamb sirloin / farro... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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94 reviews 94 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I had a salad to start and half chicken as my main. Both were good. I was disappointed that the restaurant only has a beer and wine license. I'm allergic to both and was really looking forward to a cocktail.

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Top Contributor
387 reviews 387 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We eat out a lot, And I research a lot before I choose a new restaurant. So it is not that much of a surprise that I often like where we eat, and we LOVED Tar & Roses. Start to finish it was a total winner. The place is buzzing with excitement and the average dinner? Spans all kinds of... More

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Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If you're into meat - get the bone marrow as an appetizer - Delicious! Took my wife and sister-in-law here for dinner and were blown away at the quality of our meals and the fantastic service. We are all meat eaters and were delighted by the choices on the menu. Lamb Belly - WOW. Tasty and flavorful without being "lamby"... More

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