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Tarpy's Roadhouse
Tarpy's Roadhouse

Tarpy's Roadhouse Details

  • 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 (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 WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Went to Tarpys twice in the last month. The new menu has some stellar items. I had the Scallops with Cauliflower and Bacon. It was amazing. I also enjoyed this week's "Wine down Wednesdays". That night, there was a representative from a Santa Barbara area winery, and you were able taste for their wines for free and then order a glass of it for dinner at a very low price. Great program."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Went there with my husband to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Food was excellent, but our server was horrible. They forgot our appetizer, had to repeatedly ask for items such as water or an extra napkin, and messed up on our anniversary dessert celebration. My mom called and asked for us to be offered dessert paid for by her, but the server didn't tell us until after we had ordered on our own. We then had to wait for over 20 minutes for creme brulee and an ice cream sundae, all while our coffee got cold while we waited. Very disappointing. The server kept blaming the kitchen and "new staff." We weren't convinced. Again, the food was outstanding, but we were disappointed with the lack of service for such a nice restaurant."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "For our son's 25th birthday we took him out to dinner here. The table was set up for someone special, the dinner was delicious and the wait staff very attentive! Jorge our main waiter was friendly, and suggested some very nice wine to go with our meal."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had a fabulous evening with our family....great food and it was fun trying a variety of the drink choices! Our waiter was very friendly and made great suggestions!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The menu changes are definitely wonderful and provide a fresh update to Tarpy's excellent reputation. I do wish they would bring back the fried green beans appetizer :) but love the new selections as well. During our lunch the Chef came out to greet diners - a real treat!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "As a local, this is one of the best local spots in Monterey. The food is always fantastic! I had the Prawn Pasta and it is one of the best I've had (served with a Penne Pasta and shrimp was cooked perfectly!). My son had the Salmon with Cauliflower and rice and ate every single on his plate. Finished with an Ollalaberry Pie (heated) ala mode - (we shared). Only disappointment is I was charged an extra $2.00 for the ice cream, whereas the Apple Pie came with the ice cream at no extra charge... :-("
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time dining at Tarpy's. Good food, nice atmosphere, and service so good, regulars went out of there way to seek out and greet favorite servers when they entered. The bar is bustling and can get loud while other rooms are quieter and more intimate, and theres a very nice patio we'll have to enjoy one day soon."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "great food we ate there 4 times while we were in Carmel/Monterey. the Sunday brunch is excellent."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The new menu additions rock, loved the Kobe burger with lobster and the scallops with Bakers Bacon was awesome!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Good food and wine. It was our 20 wedding anniversary and the restaurant had a small bouquet of balloons on the table for us. Outside was beautiful with flowers and pond. Seemed as though it's a regular spot for locals. Food was good. Service slow. Although the waitress acknowledged that we waited it still puts a damper on what's to be a night out with no kids. Don't like having to ask for bread and water. Had the busboy/waitress got bread and water on the table quicker without us asking it would have helped."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Tarpy's for years, as it seemed touristy and just okay back then. What a lovely change. We went on a night that wine tasting was featured. Not only was that fun, but the meal and service were very good. Chef Todd Smith seems to have changed things in a dramatic way. Waiter Wendi served us well, as did the young tall man who seated us and got the wine going."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "One of the best places in the area...everything, the food,service, ambiance consistently wonderful! We come here every time we are visiting this part of the coast and it never fails to satisfy...just great!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "From the service to the food I love Tarpy's! The servers are knowledgeable and give good suggestions on what to order not to mention they are very friendly. I ate there last night and Chris suggested the pork chop, which I loved. It was tender and flavorful :) Our cocktails (berry bliss) were refreshing and bubbly. I'm satisfied each time I dine here and I absolutely enjoy the Wed. wine downs."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "It's a cozy place, just like on old home. The manager is very friendly and accommodating. He works also; right along side the servers and bus people. The desserts were also fabulous. We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Historic building with steak and seafood menu, looks like they specialize in groups. Food was a bit plain but some people probably like that. Overall we had a very enjoyable dinner."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I appreciate that they surprised us both with balloons and dessert. I just mentioned that I will be bringing a child because it is their preschool graduation. I was hoping they were child family that they went above and beyond."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "You cannot go wrong eating here. The food, service, and atmosphere is great. You'll not be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Tarpy's has a nice outdoor patio to have lunch on a sunny day. Service was great when we had Sunday brunch. My husband and I both ordered the chicken with waffles with an appetizer of biscuits. The meals and drinks were prepared well. I highly recommend a visit to Tarpy's when you're in the area!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Every time I have a chance to visit Monterey I have to have my Tarpy's fix. This has been the tradition for nearly 20 years."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "And we got so very much more. Beautiful setting, both indoors and out. Great stone walls covered with ivy and bougainvillea made for great outdoor seating while the same stone walls were made to make you feel warm and comfortable. Pork chop with cherry reduction was incredible as was ribeye and meatloaf. I could've settled for the lobster bisque and an order of all the sides. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I booked my reservation for our 10 year wedding anniversary through OpenTable. I noted that this was our anniversary and that we would like a window seat. Our table was ready when we arrived with balloons, which was very sweet. The only issue I had was this was an intimate setting and the tables were very close to each other. A group was seated near us and it felt like they were right on top of us and they were extremely loud. It would have been nice to be in a quieter area. That being said, the food was fantastic and service was great. Will definitely come back as Tarpy's holds special memories for us as we had our wedding at the attached chapel and our reception was at Tarpy's."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Tarpy's was a wonderful dining experience. The new Chef Todd Fisher created some excellent specials on the night that we were there. Would recommend this restaurant to everyone. Great Food!! "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Tarpy's knows how to cook anything from fish to beef steak on a grill! This time, my partner had the chicken breast; I had prime sirloin (medium rare). Both were cooked perfectly and were very tender. My meal was served with red creamer potatoes and green beans. The potatoes must have been steamed. They were tender, but uninteresting. Simply quartering and roasting them would have helped. The green beans were closer to raw than tender. Our server took our order quickly, but never brought the bread he said he would bring right away. He never told us the specials. Someone else brought the plates for our main dish. We had to ask the hostess to find our server to get a drink refill. "Fair" service means that the guy was not rude; just MIA."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Food was great as usual. We've dined there many times and have always had excellent service! This time however, the service was not up to par. Our first waiter said she was leaving and another waiter would be serving us. Not sure he got the message. We noticed the attire was more casual than we'd seen before. Next time we'll dress down."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We were seated quickly despite arriving-early. Service was prompt and genuine. Drinks and meal arrived super fast! Mrs enjoyed her steak ,potatoes and peas ... I had meatloaf, which was a little under seasoned. Throughout it all diners all around, and nearby bar made conversation difficult. It was out first time so, maybe quieter, more intimate seating is available somewhere?"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Most of the reviews I read about Tarpy's was spot on. Food is very good and the service is spotty. My party got seated quickly. Server walked by and said she would be right with us. She did not return for 5-10 min. When she returned she took our drink order. Another 5-10 mins passed before the drinks arrived, At the same time a 14 top was being seated right next to us. Our server got that table well. After that we rarely saw our server. After she took our dinner orders, she spent her entire time with her large party. The next time we saw here was when she was picking up our dirty dishes. Asking us "how was our meal?" I am in the restaurant business and if I was reading continuous comments about my service that would be a focus "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Special occasion and repeat customer. Food as always was great. Service was off on this visit as we rarely saw our "server" and had several other staff members come by or we stopped them for assistance (bread, refills, etc). Service is normally very good, so this was just an off day."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Love Tarpy's as a place to eat and the atmosphere is good, expecially if you can dine outside. Had a steak that could have been better for the price"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Noise level was crazy - but expected due to it being Mothers day I suppose. We were making a last minute reservation since we were visiting the area from NY for the first time. Loved the ambiance, the waiter was very helpful in our selections and the food was excellent. Only one little inconsistency was we were promised bread, and halfway through the meal I mentioned it, out came a worker from the kitchen with half a loaf of bread in his hand - he plopped it on the table - no plate , no butter??? That was a little unexpected. Like, Herre ya go, you asked for bread! Other than that, would recommend."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Living in Monterey and having frequented Tarpys many times in the past, I chose Tarpys for a Mother's Day brunch for my family of 7 adults and 3 children based on a published Sunday brunch menu. We were all totally disappointed with the special menu we sat down too. Odd combinations of food. Children's menu was their standard hamburger, etc. menu. We came for brunch - breakfast combinations! I finally picked their hamburger which had Brie, hamburger, lobster, bacon and a lot of sauce on a hard bun. I couldn't eat it. The meal was extremely expensive - which again was not what was advertised. Very sorry we went. Never again I am sorry to say."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Tarpys is our "go to" place for fun outdoor dining. We go for brunch on Sundays, or after golfing at Laguna Seca, or even after hiking. Their wait staff is excellent. The wine and beer selection is tops. They have the best Bloody Mary's in town. The food is delicious and presented very nicely. Salads are the freshest, hamburgers wonderful. I would recommend Tarpys highly."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a party of 8 adults for Mother's Day Brunch. The Kobe beef burger with lobster, Brie, bacon & arugula was perfectly cooked rare and so flavorful without overwhelming the tastes of the beef or lobster. Others in our party had the eggs Benedict, shrimp pasta, meatloaf & chili chicken. Everyone was very pleased. We'll be returning."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Some new menu items with Chef Todd is refreshing. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I always like the calamari appetizer and the meatloaf entree. Whenever I stray from those I am usually at least a little bit disappointed. Great ambiance, food is hit or miss."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Good looking restaurant - staff was friendly most dishes were good - don't order their steak - more fat than meat. Low quality steak for very high price - too stringy and fatty for a $44 rib eye. Over $220 for three people with only two bloody Mary's. Would not mind the price if food was quality."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was a good fit for our Mother's Day Brunch, we sat out on the patio. It was very hot and very sunny, I was disappointed in the service, and management for not moving umbrellas even though my 85 year old grandmother was obviously uncomfortable. I've been to Tarpy's several times, it's usually outstanding, I would still recommend it!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This dinner was a gatherng of great friends and family. All had a wonderful time and dinner. The food was fantastic and the ambiance was fabulous. Great place."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My wife and I took my father to Tarpy's for his 93rd birthday. It was very good and we enjoyed the whole experience."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I have been to Tarpy's many times, but this visit wasn't my favorite. I had been told that the burger was stellar, but it was just so-so in my opinion. The meat lacked flavor, and I wasn't wild about the bun. My waitress was very helpful and professional, but she could have been a bit more attentive. It was crowded for a Sunday night, though, so maybe she had more tables than usual. I love the atmosphere of the restaurant and the variety of menu items, so I will definitely give it another try."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Dependable, but needs something to make you excited to go there, a rejuvenation of the menu would help."
    Dined on 4/26/2014