My favorite restaurant during my brief stay in Santa Monica was, hands down, Tar & Roses. This spot was brimming with energy, great people watching, and food so good its still calling out to me in daydreams. Do book far ahead, as reservations are being taken a month out now. Then grab a few friends and order a slew of dishes to share and savor between you all.
They've got your wine needs covered ...
Voted one of the top 10 new restaurants in LA, Tar & Roses' menu features local and seasonal dishes, with an Italian flair, and come served family-style.
We DEVOURED the following:
Spaghetti carbonara: / soft egg / pancetta / parmesan / black pepper:
Oxtail dumpling / san bai su / chili / green onion:
And the absolute show-stopping piece de resistance:
Whole fried snapper for two / cold soba noodles / dipping sauce:
I've never said no to a dessert menu and this was no exception.
Strawberry crostata with a side of honeycomb ice cream:
Feeling particulary hungry? Grab four or more friends and pre-order one of these feasts (goat anyone?!):
The bill comes in a tongue-in-cheek envelope stamped "The Damage", but after that food induced coma, you won't even know what hit you.