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Tarpy's Roadhouse
Tarpy's Roadhouse

Tarpy's Roadhouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tarpys.com
  • Email: debbie@tarpys.com
  • Phone: (831) 647-1444
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Michael Kimmel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Countless arrangements go into making your event warm, memorable & special! Tarpy's Catering can make the planning easy and straightforward from start to finish. Tarpy's is known for providing spectacular cuisine served by professional staff and at an excellent value.
    As a Full Service Caterer we can handle the details of your event, including finding a location, contracting with florists, bakeries, photography & video experts, musicians and lodging. Think of us as your own personal concierge! We will help you create an event that will be remembered favorably, and you will totally enjoy!
  • Private Party Facilities: Tarpy’s Roadhouse offers a full-service banquet department. There are 3 private rooms as well as 3 semi-private rooms to choose from when planning your special event or function. Some rooms are subject to a room fee. We also have available the latest Multi-Media tools to add polish to your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Corinne (831) 655-2999

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Canyon Del Rey
  • Public Transit: Monterey Salinas Transit bus line stops in front of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking lot is provided with plenty of off-street parking.
A word from Tarpy's Roadhouse
Relax in this 1917 Roadhouse and enjoy creative, Five Star American Country Cuisine. The wood-burning grill provides wonderful flavors for wild game, the freshest seafood and prime steaks. Set on five landscaped acres, the patios and extensive gardens provide a refreshing backdrop for hearty sandwiches, vegetarian entrees and tempting salads. This restaurant in Monterey has seven private and semi-private rooms available for banquets, meetings and celebrations. The full bar, award-winning wine list and knowledgeable professional service ensure a terrific dining experience. Reservations are recommended. Tarpy's also offers affordable full-service, off-site catering.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Hello, The service and food was excellent. The ambiance was pleasant. We had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Great experience with an excellent Server.food was a cut above normalizing.overall superior experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Efficient , knowledgable , friendly staff. Fresh , quality ingredients, beautifully presented entrees. Great wine choices."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Went here with a colleague. Excellent for dinner, meeting and doctors preference!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The weather was rainy, so it was not a good day for patio eating which I have found very pleasant in the past. We had a nice table inside which also has a nice atmosphere. The Salmon Salad and Creme Brulee that I had were both excellent. My companions had the Seafood Salad and Apple Pie which they both said was excellent also. I made our reservations online and we were seated promptly. Our service was excellent."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "we enjoyed our dinner and look forward to returning."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Try it, you'll like it. Great Staff; good food--a delightful experience. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Have been to this location a few times and have always been more than satisfied. This time it was not as we expected and will reconsider whether we eat here again."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Went to dinner to celebrate friend's b-day. Baby back ribs were flavorful and so tender the meat fell off the bone. Filet done perfectly and tender. Brought dessert with candle without asking. Busy place with several parties happening in rooms set apart. Noise level moderate but much better than in the past. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food was ok, but it seemed rushed and thrown together. I had the Oysters Rockefeller, and they were served in a variety of sizes and shapes which made it difficult to enjoy and consume; they were not consistent in that some had too much breading and cheese that just separated from shell while others had little breading and cheese which made for a bad experience. Next was a steak and it was not a chop deserving of the price that was charged, it looked like a small chunk of inferior meat and it was not cooked as requested, it was warm in some places, cold and almost raw in others. The fish dish was the only dish that as ok, but they served it on top a bead of mash potatoes to make it look more meatier than it really was."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was outstanding. I had a warm Napa Cabbage salad with chili encrusted chicken that was very tasty. All four of us enjoyed our meals. We each had a cocktail and they certainly were not watered down! The biggest negative was that I felt the sevice was a bit "pushy." It seemed like they really wanted us in and out as fast as possible. The cocktails were no sooner put on the table than we were being asked to order. This would have possibly been OK except the n it seemed we were asked at least four times if we wanted to order another round. After about the second time it was annoying. I'm hoping this was just an off night as I have eaten at Tarpy's many times over several decades and have never before felt rushed."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Wonderful environment to dine in and the food was tasty and generous. Staff are very kind and accommodating. A lovely place for a special occasion. Can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Wine did not come until after dinner was served. Meatloaf was barely warm. Restaurant did adjust the bill, but overall disappointed in the experience"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "This restaurant represents the epitome of casual elegance. Great for a special occasion, power lunch, or just dining with friends. An excellent wine list and a manageable menu - excellent food and service."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Blueberry pancakes were tasty but berries were scarce."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We went to tarpy's last night and irt was great. I have had lunch there a couple time, always good, but never dinner so it seemed like a great idea to drive down to Monterey have some fun and a great dinner in a nice venue. Mission accomplished. Everything was good and portion sizes are very ample. Go try it out when you are in the area."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This was a special evening with friends. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Tarpys. Having "Roadhouse" in the name made us expect to get steaks, but three of us went for the seafood specials instead. Everything was perfectly prepared. Service was excellent. Be prepared to pay top level prices, but rest assured, you will receive a top level meal. I was not disappointed as I have been when paying the same prices on Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Tarpy's is always great. Staff is generally nice and efficient and not afraid to have a little fun now and then. Food is excellent. Some's a little pricey, but most items are average priced for the area...and delicious. One of the funnest parts of Tarpy's is that it's built into an old ranch home and the interior is somewhat of a maze."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I went on line with a reservation on a nice table since the occation was very special to my new bride and friends. upon arrival to the restaurant, I was expecting a nice table along with a nice setting but when we got seatted, we got the best table on the whole establishment, in "front" of the fireplace,,, I asked one of the inkeepers if he would light the fire place and right aweay he came back with a lighter and produced a nice fire for us all. We were very happy with the friendly service from everyone there, they know how to make special moments go a long ways... great job every one there, oh yea! and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We called late on a weekend night and the staff was very accommodating for a great place to eat, My husband had a rack of ribs which he said were incredible! I had the 10 oz Filet which was cooked perfect. The wine and beer was great, the service was Excellent, We will be going back to the brunch on Sunday. ! This is close to where we live and with all the different scenic rooms to choose from you can have large groups or a small intimate table. We will HIGHLY recommend TARPEY'S It's in a great area, Rustic,"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Whenever we crave Lobster, meatloaf, crusted chicken, salads and desserts we don't think about trying a new restaurant. Tarpy's has it all and satisfies every tastebud in our family."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Dining at Tarpy's is always a special occasion. The eclectic decor brings a smile from the moment we walk in the door. There's always a warm greeting. The food is delicious and the wine list, which is conveniently accessed on a tablet, offers a nice variety including many of the best Monterey wines."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Calamari appetizer was fantastic and meatloaf was amazing. Our waiter was very attentive and pleasant. The restaurant was very classic."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The food was great and the service was too. We have been to Tarpy's before and have always had a wonderful dining experience. There is one observation worth sharing though. If you are there for a romantic night (i.e. date night with your wife) request to be seated in the main dining room even if it takes a little longer to be seated,as opposed to the area next to the bar. Even though technically it is not "part" of the bar, this dining area is quite noisy and next to the entrance and waiting area which takes away from the romance. It was difficult having a conversation without feeling like you had to speak loudly to be heard. Otherwise, I would certainly recommend this restaurant for a romantic dinner experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The only reason to go here is if you are a local known by the wait staff, otherwise this place has the worst service ever even on a slow Wednesday night. It will take forever to get everything from water, bread to even a second glass of wine. After 15 minutes we had to flag down the hostess and still waited several minutes for the wine we ordered. It truly is a shame that shoddy service ruined a dinner where the food was actually pretty good. Definitely not a place for out-of-towners."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Our server was terrific. Some of the best service I've received in this area at a restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Always consistent Tarpy's is one of our "go to" spots. We can count on delicious, beautifully presented dishes (and always some great specials), served efficiently by a knowledgable, friendly staff in a lovely atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "This was the first time to Tarpey's. It was a wonderful treat. The food was great and just enough."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a great time and a great meal. We always enjoy Tarpy's"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Valentines Day is always a tough day for restaurants, and we arrived 15 minutes early for our 8:30pm reservation. The hostess was preparing to seat us when an employee who appeared to be in charge told her, "They are early, they can wait." No one else was waiting. We were seated at a table next to the very noisy kitchen door, and when we asked if we could be seated in one of the vacant window tables, we were told that since we did not request this option in our reservation, we could not move. At this hour there were many empty tables around the restaurant (and that remained empty throughout our dinner.) The food was excellent and our waiter was friendly and efficient, but I will not be returning to Tarpy's any time soon."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised with this establishment. The location -- next door to the Ventana winery -- makes it very convenient to do a little wine tasting prior to dinner. The restaurant itself is attractively housed in a Spanish architecture building surrounded by an abundance of plants and trees. The menu is varied with something for almost any taste in cuisine. Beef, fish, chicken, pasta -- you name it and they've got a dish for it. I had the BBQ ribs and my wife had the salmon dish. Both were outstanding. The ribs were meaty (almost no fat) and succulent. The salmon was well prepared served with a tasty sauce. They also have a wide variety of bite-size and appetizer dished. I recommend the fried chicken bites which are outstanding."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "it was valentines day I thought the service was not going to be good since there was a lot of people but it was totally the opposed the service was great food was on time we didn't have to wait to be seated. My experience was good I will recommend Trapys"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Although, we showed up after our reservation, we were seated right away on a busy night. I was worried the place would be to full to seat us but they had enough seating. The service was friendly. The ambiance was perfect and the food was great. I would recommend this place to anyone because of the large menu selections. Thank you."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The portions were paltry for the price being charged,you should offer either soup or salad. The special steak did'nt even have a 1/4 worth of patatoe with it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Tarpy's is a gem, providing your table is located in one of the larger open rooms. I should have requested a different location. Our table was squeezed between two others & a larger group, all in a small room. Service was prompt and helpful, but explanations about specials was lacking and less than enthusiastic."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The menu provided a nice variety of dishes. All 7 in our party totally enjoyed their meals & commented on wonderful flavors & careful preparation. Dishes enjoyed included grilled artichoke, salmon, pork chop, grilled prawns, pecan waffles & meatloaf with mushroom mashed potatoes. We will all look forward to returning."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Tarpy's has always been one of my favorite restaurants, five stars all the way. My husband and I wanted to introduce it to some new friends so took them there. Everything was just as we had told them, food amazing, but even they commented on the really snippy waitress. Never smiled once, treated us like we were an inconvenience. When we needed a little more time before we ordered, she looked at us like we had two heads, left and came back within 2 minutes. Frankly she should be fired. It will be a while before I return because of this experience. I then talked to friends who had a similar experience with a waiter there. I would suggest management hand out a review sheet with the check. You might be surprised at the feedback."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This is a beautiful restaurant both inside and the outdoor area. From the start the hostess seated my wife,son and myself at a noisy bar table even thou the dinning area was empty. Hostess ignored me trying to get her attention but our server did finally get the hostess to move us to a quiet table. Server knew her menu and specials, very helpful in ordering. Food was average, my steak was cooked perfectly medium rare, the rest of the food was also done well. My son did feel the shrimp and lobster pasta was the best of all of our dinners, all agreed. Great interior and maybe a little above average food but server was poor,"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Great relaxed atmosphere.. a definite special occasion venue"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I have been to Tarpy's many times over the years. In a cool old rustic roadside building with history, Tarpy's offers a laid back fine dining experience. Consistently great comfort food in a rambling setting. Attentive staff and cozy environment. A standard when visiting the Monterey area."
    Dined on 1/25/2014