Tar & Roses

4.8
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2312 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tar & Roses is a globally inspired culinary experience.

With our heart beating in Southern California, we want to create a welcoming ambiance for all to come and celebrate food. Jonathan Gold of the Los Angeles Times, claimed that Tar & Roses "...may also mark the first time in our nation's history when cauliflower became more delicious than prime steak," and we love to push the limits when it comes to traditional ideas of food. With our rotating selection of local craft beer and our ever-changing menu, there is always something new and exciting to try.

When you step into Tar & Roses, you'll feel like you are coming home. We invite you to come share a meal with us.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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MM
New England
37 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

An excellent meal and excellent service

DB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Fourth times we went in the past 3 years and still as good and original as ever. Highly recommended.

B
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal which was suggested by server. A bit pricey but awesome for a date night or special event

m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

oxtail dumplings and the salted caramel ice cream dessert were the highlights....octopus skewers were just ok...duck was chewy..hangar steak was decent..service was great.

T
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just the best meal ever! As per usual. This was our fifth visit and everytime our minds are blown! We loved everything we ordered.

AN
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I had one of the best steaks that I have eaten, especially considering I was not asked how I wanted it. (It was perfectly cooked.) The starters were expensive but beautifully presented and delicious. The only complaint would be the noise level (I could barely hear the person across the table from me) and the ambience, which should have been a bit cozier. But again, the food was scrumptious. I highly recommend!

KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food amazing and much was locally sourced. Wines yummy. Our waiter was AMAZING and expertly helped us navigate our dinner. We booked to come back before we left the table!!

E
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Always love the food. Octopus was so tender. We both had duck and the new preparation was delicious. I wish that the menu would change a little more or maybe some daily specials. Love the wait staff. So friendly. The corkage charge at $30.00 is just to much. We’ll always go back for Valentines Day and New Years.

DA
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Too many wine options in a good way and the meat is cooked to perfection

FL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We always come and eat here when we’re visiting Los Angeles. It’s been consistently good.

L
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved this place. From the moment you walk in you fall in love with the ambience. Food outstanding. The chicken liver mousse was delish as were the grilled octopus skewers. The venison loin was unbelievable. The server also picked out a wine for me that was incredible. Can't wait to go back.

HG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I frequently dine at Tar & Roses - to me and my friends it is one of the best restaurants in the city! Andrew Kirschner's restaurant never disappoints! The "sublime" flavor profiles of the food, which is always creatively prepared and plated is delicious. The wine and beer list is extensive and carefully curated, giving you ample choice to pair them to the eclectic dishes. The waitstaff are knowledgable and attentive and the food is brought to the table at the perfect pace. The hosts are welcoming and Andrew and Johnnie Jenkins, GM - make sure there is not a missed step! The ambience is perfect whether you're having a casual dinner or celebrating a special occasion ! The consistent excellence of this restaurant never ceases to amaze me.

T
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was great except the noise level made it very had to hear

JP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our waitress Lucia was a delight. Excellent selection of wines. The cauliflower was yummy and superb! Loved the spaghetti carbonara.

RR
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great chicken. Noisy and water was room temperature with no ice until requsted.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance!

MI
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you are a 'foodie' this is a place to visit... Really interesting combinations.. Definitely try the fried cauliflower.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seafood Pot was top 5 dish all time- just amazing.

M
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Carly, our server, was over the top, available but left us alone to have our conversation without interruptions.
The fried fish was great, not crazy about the sauce that came with it, I thought it was a bit too sweet.
The sunchokes were ok, nothing special, the mushrooms were good and the mash potatoes were too creamy, not enough potato with the cheese.
With so many restaurants in LA not sure if I would go back again.

LC
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Definitely recommend!!

WM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

A lovely restaurant environment but way too noisy. Why the loud music??? Food was fair...yummy fresh veggies overcooked and smothered in tasteless cheesy sauces...again, why? Lovely wait staff. Best to go with a group to try different things best shared.

C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

While our chicken dish was disappointing in its plainness, our other dishes, including the peas and the gnocchi were outstanding. Our server was lovely, but we did not enjoy the fact that once our bill came and we paid, we were constantly asked if they could remove our dessert plates, though we weren’t finished, and then came and removed everything from our table — unused cutlery, etc. We felt pushed out and while I appreciate that people are waiting, we hadn’t been there any longer than it took to serve our meal, and for the price of dinner, being pushed out isn’t cool.

IM
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant west of the 405. One of the best in LA.

s
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A truly outstanding dining experience in every respect! Can't wait to have the opportunity to return!

JL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

So impressed it’s been a few years since I’ve been to Tar and Roses. The aged ribeye steak was off the chart and cooked perfectly. The lemon gnocchi were such a surprise to everyone at the table. We had about 12 different order’s between the four of us all were great.

EA
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow! A wonderful dining experience! We have dined at Michelin-stared restaurants in France and The Netherlands and at some of the best restaurants in SF, but Tar and Roses counts among the very best places we have ever eaten. Creative dishes and truly great wine pairings make it so special. This last dinner was our third dinner there and we will be back.

GS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We made a reservation here for my boyfriends birthday. The experience was excellent from beginning to end. The host staff was warm and accommodating. Our server was knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. And the food— holy moly! So delicious! May I recommend the duck with a side of mushrooms? Deeelish!

IG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My best friend and I went for the most lovely experience I have had in a LONG time. First off the service was AMAZING!!! From the moment we walked in the door we were welcomed and seated and introduced to our servers. The service was professional and relaxed with a touch of humor. The food was incredible - we decided on numerous small bites to sample different things. Each dish that was brought out was layered with flavor with just the right complexity. We WILL most definitely be back. Thank you Tar and Roses for the most memorable evening.

CL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Favorite restaurant in LA! LOVE IT! We love the food, service and vibe! They always take care of us!

MH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed everything we ordered. The snapper was our favorite and presented in a very clever way. I can hardly wait to visit Santa Monica again just to eat here.

JO
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent food and service. Clean bathrooms. Wish the music volume was lower - too hard to converse.

LG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My boyfriend and I dined here for the first time, and it completely exceeded our expectations. All dishes were prepared tastefully and the flavor was incredible. Favorites were the oxtail dumplings and the Gnocci, but all dishes were amazing right down to the desserts. Service was exemplary as well. Would come back. Highly recommend.

LG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing! The service and the staff were so welcoming and friendly. My one and only gripe would be the over size of restaurant. As a tall person I felt a bit confined and the table legs did not allow for much more leg room.

SR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday dinner. Everything was great!

FS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Romantic atmosphere with lighted candles shining the dim background.
Ordered the BONE MARROW with sourdough and red onion to complement it - would've received a solid 9, if not for the sparse filling (8/10). The FRIED SNAPPER was sufficient for two - the crispy outer with soft inner meat was delicious (9/10). Ended the night with STRAWBERRY RICOTTA CROSTATA, which was a bit disappointing given the hype that surrounds it - the strawberry was sour (7/10).

The service was excellent, though!

MC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

I would give this a hgher rating but it was toooooo noisy & dimly lit

GG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I think this restaurant is excellent. The service is almost too good and not much time before getting the first small plate and the drinks. Our waiter was amazing with his help on ordering. I think the only thing is the expense but overall very glad we went.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a spur of the moment find that was an amazing experience! All the dishes are meant to share. All the flavors were delicious and complex. All was very great !

A
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at T&R. We shared a Chicken Liver Pate to start, followed by a Endive Salad. For main course we had a Hanger Steak. Got to know Chris the manager , and he treated us to a fabulous strawberry tart with a side of gelato. Cozy atmosphere with excellent service. A bottle of the Prisoner to wash everything down. If we are back in Santa Monica will definitely come back.

LA
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were seated immediately and drinks came out quickly. The waitress made good food selections and we had the fish, which was excellent! We will be back.