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“Torrid love sequence”
Review of Tar and Roses

Tar and Roses
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Ranked #15 of 691 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, 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.
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Torrid love sequence”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

Prolonging Provocation. Between the candlelight and the hand-blown light fixtures...Tar & Roses embodies carnal indulgence.

Sensual interplay of the bruschetta with burrata and cherry tomatoes is whimsical and a sure delight. The cheese board is a great contrast to the tender mozzarella.

Persimmon salad with pomegranate, goat cheese and candied walnuts is a diversion both satisfying and attractive.

Ricotta gnocchi with asparagus, pea tendrils and lemon is like dessert. Yielding and supple with fluid essence of lemon throughout.

Oxtail dumplings with san bai su, chili and green onion are delicate, innocent yet luscious and permeable.

Someone in the kitchen took "wood" too seriously when preparing the wood "roasted potatoes" with garlic and garnished with spicy tomato aioli. These miniature desiccated toe-like orbs were like chewing on preserved digits.

Sous-vide wood roasted whole baby chicken with an heirloom tomato bread salad is suggestive, whimsical and delicate.

Kurobuta pork loin served with hamhock polenta, wood roasted apple and kale is hearty, animate and bold.

The Spanish Vispius DO Somontano prepared with grenache, tempranillo and cabernet grapes is genuine, mild and fruit forward. Dazzling aroma.

To finish, the sticky toffee pudding with a quenelle of vanilla bean whipped cream is diaphanous, graceful and obliging.

To unchaste conduct.

  • Visited November 2013
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Corona del Mar, California
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Total Pig”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

We ate there with a friend and took a chance - without reservations - showing up at 5:30, the opening. That's the way to go. At first the staff was just getting started, but we benefitted from the neglect with extra time to peruse the menu, and we didn't feel rushed, ever. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and led us right through our ordering, letting us know if we were a little on the skimpy side, or pointing us away from some less adventurous choices (suggested the charcuterie was very good but also what we could get at any number of eateries). The bottle of wine, Tempranillo, was excellent accompaniment for: bone marrow - a very generous and unctuous portion, chicharrones (skewered crispy cubes of striated pig fat), squid ink noodles w/octopus (a little bland), soft, pillowy gnocchi, sticky dark lacquered boneless "ribs" of pork, and a large, shareable duck leg confit, and a couple of other dishes. The only unfortunate circumstance - the three of us were too full for dessert.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Julee59
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San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Tasty, Tasty Food and Fun Ambient”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

Tips: book ahead as last minute reservations are hard to come by; if the weather is good (most of the time in LA), request one of the outdoor tables

Met up with three friends here for dinner last night. The menu was a little confusing at first but after the waitress explained it, it was easy to figure out. Plates are divided into three size categories (snack, small, large) and vegetables. There were many intriguing combinations on the menu and everything we ordered turned out to be very tasty. The signature item is the whole fried snapper which was on almost all the tables. It's crispy and the sweet/sour/hot sauce it came with was amazing. It was a bit on the pricey side though - our tab for four, without alcohol and dessert, came out to about 180 including tax/tips. Valet parking is available or there's a big parking structure on 4th Street between Santa Monica and Broadway.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank who90046
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Santa Monica, California
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

Everything I tasted was excellent. The shellfish pot and charred lettuce were standouts. My only complaint is that the noise level is too high, compounded by unnecessary, loud, and insipid music.

  • Visited November 2013
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Great Atmosphere and Good Food”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

We went to dinner here for our first anniversary just recently and really loved it. Being a Maryland girl who loves seafood, I was surprised that the shellfish pot was so delicious- the broth was great. I loved the simplicity of the roasted beets with feta and my husband had nothing but good things to say about the salmon, although he wished there was twice as much of it. I would love to come back again.

Visited October 2013
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