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Tar and Roses

602 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2502
+1 310-587-0700
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
17:30 - 21:30All hours
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
602 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2502
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting out door space, very good team work resulted in attentive service, attractive presentations for all dishes and interesting flavour combinations. The staff recommendation for two items from each section of the menu resulted in four stuffed adults!

Thank Riskm
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tar and Roses sits on Santa Monica Boulevard, appropriately close to Cassia on 7th Street (another Santa Monica standout). The food is delicious, tasty, and simple in its use of ingredients and wood grilling but also sophisticated with just the right dose of surprise to...More

Thank pamouyal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tough choice between Rustic Canyon and Tar & Roses when we pass thru on our trips to Europe. Tar & Roses is closer to the waterfront hotels, so we tend to go there most often. Never disappointed. First courses like Ricotta gnocchi with asparagus and...More

Thank Juerg D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the best places to dine in LA. Certainly not the most expensive even though high end. Every dish was inventive and beautifully presented. Even vegetarians loved the Cauliflower and mushroom dishes - both spectacular. Duck breast with a barley risotto was...More

Thank Jacob K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first trip to Santa Monica and our first evening was at Tar and Roses. What a wonderful evening, the food was delicious, excellent presentation and each plate included fresh ingredients and flavours Our server Paige was friendly and she was very informative...More

Thank Canadasunny53
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ok, here's my only "criticism"- the small plates and vegetables were so good (and we ordered so many), that we didn't make it to the entrees!! We had to wait for our table but staff was quick to bring us something to drink. We were...More

Thank Deborah E
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As a semi-vegetarian, Tar and Roses is a dream come true! Their veggies are out of this world -- I've tried their corn, sweet potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms, in addition to their gnocchi and bacon-glazed popcorn. The first time I went to Tar & Roses,...More

Thank Kaplanfamily6
Reviewed 17 August 2017

In town visiting my daughter and she took me here. We were a little earlier than the local dinner crowd so had ample seating choices. Because of this they led us to the back of the restaurant and out to a hidden outside patio area...More

Thank SoccerLuvr
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Wow what a place. Clearly very popular and definitely need to book regardless of the day. Menu is very inventive but the price goes with it. Service was excellent. Very attentive, partly driven by the popularity and the need to turn around tables. The nice...More

Thank PFTraveller62
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Cannot remember what I had, just no every bite was tantalizing and I was completely entranced with one of the Manager's 9 month old son having dinner with Mom next to me. He was eating everything..... This was by far our best meal over a...More

Thank Donna B
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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Nearby Attractions
Third Street Promenade
5,025 reviews
.32 km away
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.07 km away
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.12 km away
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51 reviews
.30 km away
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Michael L
16 July 2015|
Response from Charles G | Reviewed this property |
Went to their new sister restaurant Santa Monica Yacht Club. Small plates, good wine list. Food can be good but was uneven, Worth trying--same block as T+R which was closed. T+R suffered structural damage from a fire. It... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Lunch, 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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