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“Wonderful small plates and interesting wine list” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tar and Roses

Tar and Roses
602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
310-587-0700
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Ranked #2 of 564 Restaurants in Santa Monica
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
Olney, Maryland
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82 restaurant reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Wonderful small plates and interesting wine list”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

Stopped in early evening after shopping. I sat at the bar and sampled some small plates. The bartender was very knowledgable about the wine list and menu. I enjoyed the roasted beets and the Jerusalem artichokes. Both were quite tasty. They also have a reasonably priced pick 3, 5, or 7 from on the blackboard that includes various bruschetta, charcuterie, and cheeses. A great atmosphere and the music (at least early evening) was not blaring; you can hold a conversation and actually hear your partner. It is upscale local and sustainable food, so expect to pay accordly. Well worth it!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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atlanta, GA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“ok food - service was great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We were early and I was off put by the hostess' offer to move us to a bar but we had to choose either eating on stools or waiting on the hard benches until our reservation. We could not eat a snack at the bar and then move to our table - a bit pretentious for me. We had the snapper - it was ok. I did not think it was great. We also had the salad it was good. the service was outstanding and the dessert was great - their was a woman who was managing the floor of the restaurant and she was fantastic and in fact saved the review for me for this place otherwise eat somewhere else.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Modern cooking at its best.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

If you're sick of modern cuisine that claims to be tapas but charges $13 for a plate of tiny sausages then Tar and Roses is your refuge. They don't claim to be tapas, however they do encourage you to share and that's what this place is all about. Correctly portioned for sharing with a max of 4 people, delicious modern American cuisine that is innovative but unpretentious and a solid wine list.

We enjoyed the duck rillets and charcuterie to stary. The gnocchi was amazing, very delicate. We also have the fried snapper which was not only delicious but had great presentation. For dessert we had the tar bar, a super rich and dense chocolate bar.

Make a reservation a week in advance if you want to eat at a reasonable time. If you dot have a reservation go at 930, order a bottle of wine and hang out. If you don't have reservations prepare for a 2 hour wait. It's the hottest spot in Samo right now so even if you have a Rez you may need to wait 15 mins but if your coming here to eat quick you're in the wrong place. Prepare to dine.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Excellent resto concept”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Excellent food in an excelling atmosphere! Menu items for sharing and tasting, Italian fushion. A range of foreign beers on tap, wines of all over the world. The bruchetta's are small pieces of art and delicious.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Food is AMAZING!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We went here on our last night of our trip and it was soooo good. I checked it out on tripadvisor before I went and read some of the reviews and agree with all the positive comments just really good food and nice not to eat crappy food when you are away. This is a must if you are in Santa Monica! I am still dreaming about how good the food is.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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