Tar & Roses
No longer just a GnR cover band fronted by the particularly charismatic skeletal remains of a wooly mammoth, Tar and Roses is now also a date-friendly bistro chock full of marble and wood, the debut effort of lauded chef Andrew Kirschner (Joe's in Venice, Table 8, Wilshire), named LA's Best New Chef by Angeleno.
This warm, intimate restaurant is located near Third Street Promenade, but not quite in the middle of the action—making it a neighborhood haunt that’s perfect for date nights or small group dinners. A delectable blend of New American, Asian, and Mediterranean, we can’t quite pin the food down to one category. What we do know, however, is that the various influences benefit the menu instead of making it feel like it’s all over the place—so you’ll find everything from melt-in-your-mouth oxtail dumplings to spaghetti carbonara and golden-fried whole snapper (one of their most famous and photogenic dishes). For a special occasion, get the T&R Supper, which offers three family-style courses focused on a main dish of your choice—wood-fired goat, dry-aged ribs, or shellfish paella—and needs to be booked at least one week in advance.
How to book: Call the restaurant directly at 310-587-0700 to book a T&R Supper.