602 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Mon, 04/20/2015, 9:15pm reservation
Tar and Roses is one of the most popular restaurants to hit Santa Monica. Located on the corner of Santa Monica and 6th, the restaurant is open, a bit industrial and chic with a modern vibe. Floor to ceiling windows allow for potential customers to have a peek into this bustling restaurant. A back patio with a number of tables is hidden beyond the main dining room allowing for an intimate setting. Somehow, Chef and owner Andrew Kirschner got it right with the decor (being that he is a Santa Monica native and all).
|Simple table setting|
The menu is seasonal, highlighting fresh ingredients and incorporating flavors out of the norm. As unique as the dishes are, some lack a bit of texture and proper execution. Regardless, dishes are presented beautifully.
The service at Tar and Roses is superb. Upon arrival, we were told our table would not be ready for another 20-30 minutes. Most restaurants simply make you wait, but this restaurant went above and beyond: they provided us with a cheese platter on the house to compensate for the wait. In my opinion, that action alone is a reflection of the staff's character and priority to make customers happy.
|The cheese platter on the house. All delicious!|
|OXTAIL DUMPLINGS ($10.00): San bai su, chili, green onion. Although the dish contained oxtail, it was very light. The oxtail had great texture and the dumpling wrappers were superb. A great dish.|
Overall, Tar and Roses is an agreeably decent restaurant in Santa Monica. The ambiance is sophisticated and is an ideal place to take a date. Although I felt the food failed to amaze me, the service was phenomenal. For that alone, this restaurant deserves four piglets. Would I come here again? Probably...just because it's difficult to find a restaurant with good service these days.
Notable dishes: Strawberry Crostata and Hanger Steak