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Tar and Roses

Certificate of Excellence
Santa Monica
American, Contemporary
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602 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2502 (SE Corner of 6th Street)
+1 310-587-0700
17:30 - 22:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 17:30 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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Dallas, Texas
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71 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Everything was great, meat could have been cooked better (some dry, some fatty, some under seasoned). However, most dishes were 9 out of 10.

Thank AdrockDallas
Huntington Beach, California
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The tapas menu was delicious - we had bone marrow, blue crab toast points, lemon ricotta gnocchi (husband really loved this - fresh & tasty), roasted carrots, cheese/prosciutto board. They have a nice beer selection, both on tap/bottles. Didn't have any wine, but the selection looked plentiful. We didn't have enough room for dessert, but selection looked great. Price was... More 

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San Jose, California
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155 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely a popular restaurant and I can understand why. Four of us had dinner here on a recent Friday night. The restaurant was full when we got there, and when we left. There is this odd little area at the front where they want you to wait until your table is ready but my husband felt too claustrophobic (LOL) so... More 

Thank Diane W
Santa Monica, California
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is a place for good food that most everyone in your party will enjoy. Didn't have a bad dish but I think the price is a bit too pricey for what you get. The portions are small and meant for sharing. However, it's really a bit too little food. Tasty though.

Thank Jason L
Edmonton, Canada
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here in October for a drink and some appetizers as we ate our way around Santa Monica and Brentwood areas. Service was prompt and friendly. We shared a coupe appetizers as we we're having entrees at another restaurant..trying to squeeze in as many places as possible on a wknd trip. I don't recall what exactly we ate, some... More 

Thank kidcollins
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

My friend and i both love small plates, and this is a wonderful departure from Spanish tapas, not that the re is anything wrong with that. The bone marrow was yummy, octopus tender which is no mean feat. Duck breast was lovely, but the corn cake was more of a muffin than a souffle. Service was wonderful. Our inside outside... More 

Thank Roberta K
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This is the second time I've eaten here while visiting the LA area and I can't wait to come back. This is one of the best meals I've ever eaten. Ever. Small plates allow you try several dishes and since there were four of us we sampled seven. The unanimous favorite was the lemon risotto that was served as a... More 

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Paris, France
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

An LA experience not to be missed: food is excellent, original with a twist but not pretentious as it can sometimes be in LA; the wine list offers a good selection with affordable prices; the service is professionnal and nice;

1 Thank sissiimperatrice
Santa Monica, CA
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

If you like to share, you will love this place. The food is great and the service excellent. Try lots of different items and share. You won't go wrong. Amazing wine and beer selections as well

Thank Terri D
Santa Monica, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I had been looking forward to dining at T&R for a long times, but it was impossible to get a table without booking weeks in advance. Finally I booked well ahead of time to ensure a seat and I went with eager anticipation. Upon arrival my date and i were seated in the far back in a room that reminded... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 30
American, Contemporary
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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