Tarpy's Roadhouse
Tarpy's Roadhouse

Tarpy's Roadhouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tarpys.com/
  • Phone: (831) 647-1444
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH~ Daily from 11:30

    DINNER~Daily from 4:00

    SUNDAY BRUNCH~ 11:30-3:00
  • 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:
    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 8316552999x

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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Tarpy's Roadhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (93)fit for foodies (78)special occasion (68)great for lunch (58)good for groups (56)neighborhood gem (48)romantic (43)notable wine list (31)kid-friendly (24)great for brunch (22)hot spot (19)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (11)scenic view (8)Show More
  • Never disappoints....
    SantaRosaGareVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We started with a grilled artichoke, very yummy and filling. My husband had the chili chicken entrée, served with scalloped potatoes and green beans. I had the creole shrimp and grits. Both items were delicious and very ample portions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Celebration
    bonjimg
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful anniversary celebration dinner on 11/10/14. All the dining rooms were cozy and noise level was perfect for us. Chili crusted chicken breast was delicious. Pork chop was the best ever and we tried kale chips for the 1st time and were really surprised at how good they were. Star was our server, helped us draw on the tablecloth (you have to go for this feature) and brought us a lovely frozen dessert with fresh berries and a candle to finish our celebration!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food! Roadhouse size meal
    GTJacket
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Tarpy's is a very large restaurant from what my wife and I saw, but it was sectioned off into smaller areas which created a quieter and more intimate dining experience. The wine and drink list was provided on an iPad, something I'd never seen before, but it was neat. My wife ordered the T-bone with Gruyere scalloped potatoes, roasted cauliflower, and a marrow infused garlic butter. My wife is a beef snob and was quite pleased. I had a shrimp and lobster penne special that was also very delicious. Portions for both meals were very large making us happy we had skipped appetizers. We will definitely go back and take family when they visit. Service was at the level expected for a restaurant of this caliber.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Love Tarpy's - great food, laid back, warm service, innovative dishes. A little pricey which deters us from coming all the time. If the price point were just a little less we would come here every week for the delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tarpys
    Stackie
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Came her for the first time since Todd Fishe became the chef. Food was good overall. Definitely some new additions with a bit of creativity. Drinks still interesting and with a nice variety of tasty combinations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just lovely.
    NavywifeVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Tarpy's is a favorite whenever we are in Monterey. Have not been here in years so it was nice to see not much had changed. Excellent food & service. Lovely evening with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food - exceptional service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We have been dining at Tarpy's for years and it is often our "go to" place for special occasions. We have found it to be consistenly reliable, from the hostess, to the bartender, and the waitstaff. We also enjoy the diverse menu, and often try something new.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    KCMOfoodie
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had Nick from Nepal as our Waiter. For dinner we had the Prime rib slow roasted with horse radish sauce, the meatloaf, and my wife had the Gnocci vegan dish. Wverything tasted awesome and the wait staff was great. My 2 year old had some of our food, yet they still obliged on getting him some fresh fruit that would normally come with a kids meal. As a business owner, service is vital in keeping customers coming back. Nick from Nepal did outstanding and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK Lunch
    Wineau
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were hoping Tarpy's would be significantly improved with a new chef, but it wasn't much different. Sure wish they'd find something different from the same ole, same ole sourdough bread that's thrown on the table without a basket or plate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bobbi
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Grits forever and where else would you get deviled eggs from heaven !!! However if you want to hold a conversation ask for a table AWAY from the BAR!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    First off I don't know of any place that charges different prices then on the menu. When I received the check I was charged an extra $3 for my cocktails and when I inquired I was told that tonic water was not included with my gin. I can honestly say that that statement from my waiter almost blew me away as much as the next issue. My girlfriend ordered a salad with shrimp for $9 extra. When perusing the bill I saw a charge for $12 for shrimp. The waiter again broke the news that Tarpy's charges $3 per shrimp. The menu states add shrimp for $9, however since he asked my girlfriend if 4 shrimp were ok then it was $12. This place will rip you off if ur not careful. Save your money and eat at home or try The Market Mediterranean restaurant .
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to go in Salinas
    SalinasFoodie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Tarpy's has always come through with their menu and service. Great location...still in Salinas but feels like you're not in Salinas! Food is always good. Ordered the special Caprese Salad which I had made into a dinner by adding some grilled shrimp. Was very tasty and filling. Was a perfect late dinner choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    Beachgirl9999VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised! We expected a bar/grill type of place. Instead it is huge and has many dining rooms and outside seating. Food was excellent! The ribs were very good! Only need a half of rack! A little noisy if there are big groups near you. Would def go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    Rick
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Good vibe. Good food. Interesting menu. The server bringing the entrees when we were still consuming the appetizers was the only flaw.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • twinkles
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Even though our party was late for our reservation, the staff was courteous and accomodating. The food was delicious and service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Consistently great comfort food
    McCall
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We visit Tarpys at least twice a year when we visit visit Carmel and we always love it. The meatloaf is definitely five stars. Other menu selections are very well done and the portions are quite substantial. The bartender does a great job with cocktails and the wine list is very nice. What's not to like? The restaurant seems to accommodate a number of large groups. Given the stone construction, that makes for a noisy room, but that's not a problem unless you are expecting quiet and romantic, which is not the feature of this restaurant. In good weather, there is plenty of outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • looking4newplaces
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I have been there several times and it is still my favorite restaurant in Monterey.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with my wife's family
    alwyssuny
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    My relatives from Sunrise Beach, Mo and my wife and I came to Tarpy's for an early dinner . My wife and I hadn't been here for several months and were pleasantly surprised with the remodeling. We were greeted warmly and seated promptly. Our waiter came quickly also and gave us menus and came back in a few minutes to take our order. My wife chose the half rack of ribs and I selected the ravioli with chicken and mushroom in a tomato bisque and an appetizer to share with my guests. They ordered small plate ribs which came with a lettuce wedge and small plate chicken dish. Service was excellent and not hurried. The food was tasty and seasoned perfectly. We shared a bottle of Rose' wine. and had a good time catching up and eating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Evening
    webedining
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Outside dining was wonderful on a Saturday evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Richard A.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Everything was great. I appreciate the balloons and the free dessert for our special occasion. I will recommend Tarpy's to all of my friends. Thank you for a memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't Let "Roadhouse" Name Fool You
    mike
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This restaurant is anything but a roadhouse. Great menu, great food, excellent service. We had a very enjoyable evening. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Flair
    McYum
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Good food in a nice setting, outside courtyard dining available
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Late Lunch
    daninpd
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Late lunch with an old bottle of Ridge Monte Bello. Our server trotted out a decanter, we ordered a bottle of Morgan Sauvignon Blanc to go with the oysters and calamari and the afternoon became one smooth ride of good food and good wine. Delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific late lunch
    CCMomVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    On our way from Monterey to Santa Cruz , we stopped at Tarpys and enjoyed an excellent mid afternoon meal on the beautiful patio. The food was local and delicious. Our waiter Alfredo guided us to excellent choices -- including 4-sample beer flight, salmon pasta, caprese salad and desserts of mango sorbet and luscious ollalieberry pie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great Sunday brunch place
    JoeB
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    wonderful place with great food and great service, Chef Todd Fisher recently joined the staff from Pebble Beach's Sticks restaurant and added great items to the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food, service, ambiance was fantastic. Best vanilla bean creme brûlée we've had. Server and chef went above and beyond to deal with my food allergy and this was the best meal I've had since we were in Europe a few years ago. We will be back when in the area again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No longer my favorite place
    Maven
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Service slow and inconsistent. Impossible to get anyone's attention if something was needed at the table. Food was unremarkable. I think the Heirloom tomatoes had been refrigerated, a big no-no, as they were tasteless and cold. The calamari was oily and under cooked. After years of impeccable service and delicious food this is very disappointing. If this were the first or only time we have been disappointed here I would say, " Maybe they were having a bad day". However, this is the third time it has happened in our last five visits so I think something has changed and not for the better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Neighborhood Gem
    Fink
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We went down for my 55th birthday and for a nice romantic weekend. Had no ideal for dinner and was told about Tarpy's Roadhouse from the front desk. Was thinking Roadhouse it will be just OK food and service. Boy we were we wrong. The food was just outstanding. I had the duck and my wife had the swordfish and both dishes were perfect. They had a very nice wine list and we had the apple tart for dessert. The service was very good she could have been a bit more friendly. We sat outside and the lights in the trees made you feel like you were in the forest. We be back the next time be are back in the Monterey Carmel area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Menu
    Steve
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I guess a new chef, a change in the menu, some items which have been favorites for alot of years off the menu, raw oysters served without any hot sauce or horse radish Not the same but hope it will get back its mojo Will try agin to see
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food!
    CentralCoastDiningVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The new items on the menu are tempting! I loved the kale, yum, and the shrimp and grits, extra yum. We tried the grits and cream - OMG - delicious - and the special heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad too. So good. The drinks were very, very good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood spot
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great service Noisy and very popular Great specials
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Sophisticated "Roadhouse"
    ROBOTMEISTERVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Somewhat difficult to find at night, just past the Monterey Airport on HWY 68, look carefully and you'll see the Tarpy's Roadhouse sign. This is a large and beautiful building in and out. The reviews I saw were moderate but we found the food & service first rate! My roasted Berkshire pork chop was perfectly cooked and my wife's Sirloin steak (normally a tougher cut )was tender with a perfect hot pink center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • milkmanVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food and service. Sat outside in a quiet hallway for a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • REALLY ???
    5Stardiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We each ordered full entrees. Waitress suggested the Special Heirloom Tomato Salad-I said yes I'll have one-hubby says no thanks. Waitress says 'oh I can split it so you can taste -its delicious' - we say fine. The bill comes and Waitress has charged our bill with a split charge of $2. on to the $14.00 Special Heirloom Tomato Salad. REALLY ?????
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Tarpys, nuff said! :)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Tarpys never disappoints, they always deliver a perfect dining experience. One of my top 10 fave area restaurants. Wendy is the best server!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Foodlvr
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was amazing, service was great, we had a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • know your hostess
    OldFashioned
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    First the parking is limited. I am handicapped and walk with a cane (I noted that in my reservation) when we arrived two women pushed ahead of us and the hostess even after seeing me leaning did not ask if anyone had reservations- when she came back from seating those two she took two other who "had been waiting". So why make a reservation? Does the hostess think a cane is decor? Food was good service to table was great and the rhubarb apple pie great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • running late
    eatingout
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were running late because of traffic, and they accommodated us and got us to the wedding on time, without veering from great service and a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Surprise
    SirLoinofBeefVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I never expected a "roadhouse" to be so special. Great outdoor dining and excellent food with a roadhouse cajun feel. Off the beaten path of Monterey but well worth the 10 minute drive. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family night out
    Brenda
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were a party of 16 for a 75 th birthday party. First part of the evening service was excellent. As the night went on we must of lost the staff. Too long to get dessert and to get the bill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.