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Tar & Roses

Map & Directions 602 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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310-587-0700
  • New American
  • Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm, Mon-Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking

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LA Weekly's Description

At Tar & Roses, the journey is more cleverly curated than at many other restaurants traversing the same path. The meats and cheeses are better sourced (don't miss the chorizo, its fat slick and coated in smoky/sweet Spanish paprika); the snacks, more playful. If chicken oysters-on-a-stick sounds like a silly gimmick, it's a silly gimmick that works — the chicken's most tender orb of flesh highly spiced with Moroccan-type spices and served with a tamarind-heavy sauce. Three cubes of deep-fried pork belly make up the pork chicharron kebabs, the crisped fat set on skewers along with grilled figs and sweet spheres of onion. Bone marrow is presented as it should be — with salt, grilled sourdough bread and very little fanfare.

 
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  • Los Angeles Times on 06/07/13

    Tar & Roses, which also has a terrific, mostly Italian, wine list, may also mark the first time in our nation's history when cauliflower became more delicious than prime steak.

  • Los Angeles Times on 05/09/12

    Jonathan Gold's tip: "If I had to pick the single most delicious thing in the restaurant, it would probably be the English peas, drizzled with oil, sprinkled with sea salt and roasted..."

  • Michael K. on 08/05/12

    Has some decent appetizer veggie options but lacks entrees for vegetarians. They were out of the only two they offer tonight

  • DAN C. on 04/06/12

    An extraordinary addition to west side dining. Order a few of the vegetable side dishes - all are creative, delicious preparations that will force you to stop and admire the gorgeous presentations!

  • The Bad Hindu on 11/06/12

    Get the bone marrow if that's your sort of thing. Don't miss the oxtail dumplings! The chocolate tar bar with sweet rose creamery salted caramel ice cream is another highlight.

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