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“Worst name, best food”
Review of Tar and Roses

Tar and Roses
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Ranked #14 of 694 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: SE Corner of 6th Street
Description: Centered around a wood burning oven, Tar & Roses serves up farmers market dishes with global influences.
Reviewed October 9, 2013

It's hard to get a reservation in this hot spot and for good reason. Everything has a distinct clear, strong taste. I had three kinds of bruschetta, all extremely good. I then had the squid ink pasta with octopus, all black and tasty. Others at the table had the duck, which was terrific, and the mushrooms and the eggplant; all great. we'll be back.

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Thank CaTraveler7777
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

I visited the restaurant last night and really, really enjoyed the food. Portion sizes are good - although on the expensive side - but the service left a lot to be desired.

The waiters had an attitude of those in the snooty restaurants around town. This tainted the experience for us.

Thank Krassi H
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Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

One of the best meals I've ever eaten. I ate the oxtail dumplings and ribeye for 2 perfectly cooked mid/rare (served with bone, cool!) /Swedish chef

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Reviewed October 4, 2013

We had an early meal after a day on the LA City tour to save sitting in traffic on our way back to Beverly Hills. So glad we did the traffic looked horrific. We opted for the wood smoked baby chicken which was cooked to perfection. Wonderfully moist and served with bread and tomato salad that tasted like it had been cooked in the chicken juices. Very scrummy and most filling.

The bill was under $70 which we felt represented great value for money.

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Thank John M
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

We arrived in Santa Monica on a very busy Saturday afternoon without any dinner reservations for our two-night stay. Having seen how popular this place was we thought we'd try our luck without a reservation. We arrived around 7.30pm and were told there would be a 1-1.5 hour wait and that it was likely we would end up at the bar. We ordered drinks in the waiting area and were quite happy to wait but within 30-40 mins we were taken to a table out on the heated terrace. We ordered bacon popcorn to snack on to start, both ordered the pork with peaches, corn and kale (wow!) and shared the tar bar for dessert. All of it was FANTASTIC. The service was great as well. So glad we took a chance eating here - can see why it is popular!!

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Thank Liz M
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