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“Fantastic Dinner”
Review of Tar and Roses

Tar and Roses
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Ranked #14 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.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Fantastic Dinner”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

Had a great dinner here with some friends while we were staying at the Loews Santa Monica. I had seen a lot of reviews about this place, and decided to give it a shot last minute through the hotel concierge. Somehow, still not sure how…a party of 5 was able to sneak in at 630 on a friday. I wasn't going to question it, and we showed up ready to eat. Really fantastic dinner! 5 guys who normally eat at steak houses, couldn't get enough of the food at Tar & Roses. We ended up getting the fried snapper to put in the middle of the table and basically had one of everything on the menu beyond that. We definitely didn't have a bad dish, and I would recommend this to anyone staying in or near Santa Monica.

  • Visited March 2014
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Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Our best SoCal meal!”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

On our recent visit, we tried many touted places in Santa Monica and Venice. This one was only one that I will return to. Fun sharing plates, all executed well, without being overly "hipterish" in concept. The night we were there the owner/exec chef was expediting--a good thing to see in such a noted place! Put this one on your list, you won't regret it.

  • Visited February 2014
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Santa Monica, California
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Fun night of trying new things”
Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

I, personally, enjoy a menu that allows you to both share and try
new things without a huge commitment.

The place has a great atmosphere that lends itself to the sharing nature if the place.

You will enjoy a fantastic menu with great service.

I suggest making a reservation.

Go..you will like it!

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Thank Elizabethrap
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Santa Monica, California
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Edible Excellence”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

I only wish that there were more restaurants in Santa Monica like Tar & Roses. This place has such great dishes that often many aren't available because they are ordered so often. When it's always busy and you need a reservation more than a few days in advance unless you want to eat at 9:30, that is exemplary of a very fine dining establishment and well deserved it is.

Enjoy, it's just a little bit of what Santa Monica has to offer, but if you're visiting for the first time, try to save this for last or else no other place will match up.

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank John T
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Pacific Palisades, California
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Expected more”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

We wondered why it was so difficult to get a reservation at this highly touted restaurant until we arrived there and realized how small it was! We still had to wait twenty minutes before a decent table became available. The food was different, but very good and the service was also very good. The tables in the back are closed in and not very comfortable. The only good tables are in the front where we finally sat. Would we go back again? Maybe!

  • Visited December 2013
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