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Tar and Roses

602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
310-587-0700
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Ranked #2 of 565 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
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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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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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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Alaska
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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
29 helpful votes 29 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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Basel, Switzerland
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Although we had a reservation, they called us to confirm. I guess they would have suspended it if we didn't return their call. The place looks modern and elegant, service was very fast and friendly, but prices are a bit higher than average. We started with a trio of cold cuts with different jams and some bread, and my husband... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Great service, nice ambience, brilliant food. Book, eat, enjoy. The Snapper was fantastic, so to popcorn.

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North Palm Beach, Florida
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3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We've eaten at a lot of excellent restaurants, and this ranks among the very best. It has a hip and happening vibe without being too loud nor too edgy. The food was delicious and unusual, and the service was outstanding. I would definitely go back again, and I recommend this to anyone who appreciates creative quality food.

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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

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

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
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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