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Tar and Roses

Certificate of Excellence
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
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Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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268 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A Mediterranean tapas restaurant, this cozy place has amazingly good food across the board. Mouthwatering delights abound, and just have you asking for more. I was so surprised to stumble upon this find on Santa Monica Boulevard as we tried to find a place to eat, later in the evening. The ambience is lively, but romantic. The tables are a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Being from Australia this restaurant most closely reminded me of back home- the restaurant itself isn't huge you do need to book which you can do online. I love sharing plates as you get to try more things. We tried the octopus skewers and dumplings (pics below). Octopus was so tender and my husband loved the oxtail dumplings. We shared... More 

Thank TanSea
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here recently after a big day sightseeing and being hungry and tired. The service first if all was superb and the food was absolutely delicious. We had the Wontons, the Lamb Rack, the Cauliflower and the Sweet Potato plus the Toffee dessert. A must go to.

Thank Hopsabroad
Santa Monica, California
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So good eveything. I love the snack boards can choose what ton put on it great to share.lotd of cheese choices and accoutrements to go with your delectable cheeses. Everything very fresh not salty or sugary but very tasty. We ordered as main dish the duck and rack of lamb. Omg. Great couscous Haris said and grilled grapes. Very pleasant... More 

Thank sodawater
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20 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Santa Monica. The lemon ricotta gnocchi was delicious as was the carbonara. The menu is set up for tapas style/family style sharing and I thought the portion sizes were perfect for this approach. The sticky toffee pudding was very good too. They have a nice wine list with some good by the glass... More 

Thank Jaclyn P
Manhattan Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here was inspiring, delicious, different yet had a taste of home that I can't define. The variety was amazing, the service excellent, the vibe fantastic. You'll definitely need reservations, because there's a stampede of people waiting to get in even before the restaurant opens. You may be able to get in a bit easier later at night. Dress... More 

Thank Traveler21century
Thousand Oaks, California
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The only tables available on short notice were at opening - 5:30 a 5:45. No matter, we had to be in Santa Monica at 4:30. Luckily, we got a table in the open air patio in back, which is slightly quieter, and not claustrophobic. We were aware from reviews that the food is amazing but the service could be a... More 

Thank abacusz
Temecula, California
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016 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.

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London, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

…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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 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

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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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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