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Tar and Roses

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Santa Monica
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602 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2502 (SE Corner of 6th Street)
+1 310-587-0700
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Temecula, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife Katherine and I had an amazing meal tonight. EVERYTHING we had was fantastic. Most importantly, the people working there made great food and wine, one of our best meals of 2016. Thank you Chris (wine) and Bree. See you soon.

1 Thank 739PaulR
London, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

…from Piedmont - tar and roses - this is indeed a red wine restaurant, though by no means epichoric to northern Italy. They have a decent list of whites, but the rich, earthy food, strongly flavoured, is predicated on red wines. Our knowledgeable waiter was rather too enthusiastic in extolling many of the dishes which is an irritating habit when... More 

1 Thank Mike H
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

5 good eaters who went through many dishes enjoying the diversity of flavors. Had to order doubles of some dishes because wouldn't add one additional(charge us but do not force us to order two) if you promote sharing make it easy to share Wine list does not justify limiting parties to two bottles

Thank Leonard G
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123 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ok so this place is by far the best restaurant I've tried in LA. Every single dish that we ordered last weekend was spectacular. They weren't all that were recommended by our server but they were still great. I can imagine that her recommendations would have been even better..so we'll just have to return. Between the three of us, we... More 

Thank Sightsmellsounds
Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Strategically located across from Goodwill in a nondescript Santa Monica city block, Tar and Roses is a pseudo trendy local restaurant with pervasive officious condescending attitude absent from appropriately designated Michelin five star restaurants. From haughty receptionist Juliet who advised that at Tar and Roses, 'we do Not need to answer our business phone', to the sweaty server who refused... More 

2 Thank CalGal29
marina del rey, California
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

My wife and I and our two children celebrated a double birthday at Tar and Roses and the service and food was of such high quality that we look forward to going back very soon. Although the overall ambience would seem to be perfect for special dining events, we got the impression that the wait staff always goes out of... More 

Thank IraT149
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48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Loved our dinner here. We had the bacon popcorn-yum and the best bruschetta we've ever had as appetizers. Dinner was delicious- our family had beef, fish and chicken and they were all delectable. Nice atmosphere and cute decor. The waiter grew on us as the night went on.

Thank seaandski4us
Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

I had a friend in from out of town and a few of us decided to catch up over dinner at Tar and Roses. It is a great place to go to share good wine and small plates with friends. The good thing about small plates is you get the chance to sample a variety of dishes. I don't think... More 

Thank travelinghillbilly1
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

There is so much to say about this place. First, let's start with the ambience. It is simply divine. Very comfortable yet has a sense of itself with class and style. The place has an intimate feeling but is not restricted for couples on a romantic date. Next is the service. The hostess and wait staff are on point. They... More 

1 Thank drlamarca
Austin, Texas
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

My husband and I had a nice little date night at Tar & Roses. They have several small and large plates on the menu and we decided to order all small plates so we could have a bit more variety. We had the oxtail dumplings, king trumpet mushrooms, squid ink fettuccine, charred gem lettuce, and braised lamb belly. We had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 602 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2502
    (SE Corner of 6th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-587-0700
Centered around a wood burning oven, Tar & Roses serves up farmers market dishes with global influences.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica
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