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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
  • "Food was great, service even better, and getting a table for 6 was easy on a Saturday night! Kids meals were huge! Well worth their $7"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I have used Tarpy's numerous times as one of my special occassion places over the years. This experience was surprising. The menu has changed significantly, which was a dissappointment. The food we did order was good and pleasantly presented. We had brought over a couple bottles of wine from Ventana tasting room next door (no corkage if you do that) and we had to ask for an ice bucket to keep the white wine cold. Our server (I don't know the name because he never introduced himself) clearly didn't want to be there. Bad attitude when he wasn't ingoring us completely. The manager tried to save the day with a free round of drinks and apologies, but the damage was done. Get the service back up to standards! It's what made this place special."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Food was fabulous. service was unlike previous experiences there. The waiter was very interested in the two blonds next to us and seemed to care little about the other patrons. Had to repeatedly ask for water and he got my order wrong. Very disappointing service."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "A great place with delicious food, outstanding wine list and interesting cocktails. Lovely grounds, you won't even miss an ocean view here!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Tarpy's used to be my favorite restaurant on the Monterey Peninsula. I go there every time I'm in town. We went this weekend and the food has dramatically dropped off. We spoke to a friend that had the same experience a few days before. I believe they are under new ownership and have a new chef. The food was bland and uninspired. Even the most basic dishes like the fried calamari that used to be so good has changed from tentacles and rings to cut up calamari steaks. I'm so sad. Where will I go now? I hope the same thing hasn't happened to The Rio Grill."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Chris our waiter performed very very well. Continually checking on us and managing our orders the best he could. Food was great. Recommended desserts were fantastic. See u next year!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We have been coming to Tarpy's for years after the Laguna Seca races. Great food and good service as always."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Perfect dining experience...our waiter remembered me from dining there before. He didn't rush us and was there when we needed him....what a great waiter!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This place is in a beautiful stone building, but the accolades end there. The food is over salted. My reaction to the food--a bad headache and tongue swelling suggests that there is MSG in use in the kitchen. The service was terrible when I brought my husband here for a special birthday celebration. The event was noted in the reservation and completely ignored. We had a small terrible stuck on a corner of a walkway so we had constant traffic. Our drinks came during the entrees, the salad was never served, the salty sauce that is put on one of the dishes was requested to be served on the side--it was not on the side but drenched the meat. My mention of this to the hostess got a "sorry.""
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Totally awesome restaurant. Highly recommend to anyone looking for great food and spectacular service. We have been going to Tarpy's for nearly 30 years and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Tarpy's Roadhouse is consistently good. The wait staff is attentive but not intrusive. The menu is varied but limited. They know what they do well, and don't pretend otherwise. This was a particularly busy evening due to the influx of Concours d'elegance attendees. The restaurant handled it well. The only glitch in service was the fact that the main course plates arrived too early; we had only received our salads a few minutes prior. Since we were easy, we just moved salads to the side, and worked on both at the same time. It was a nice evening."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I used to live in Monterey and made the reservation based on Tarpy's from many years ago! It didn't disappoint - in fact, it was better than I remembered! I had friends that had never been to MOnterey and wanted a really good experience - they loved Tarpy's and thought is was great!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "You can rely on Tarry ' for charming ambiance and excellent food."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We happened upon this place several years ago while on vacation. We remembered our dining experience so fondly that we went out of our way to make sure we could dine there this year while we were vacationing in the area."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The restaurant looks good, has good service, good food and easy to get to and good parking. Jivio !"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Restaraunts that have had some longevity face a difficult task when they have been around long enough to be considered a "classic". How much does a restaraunt honor its' most popular dishes while at the same time changes enough to not only be relevant, but ahead of the curve. Tarpys Roadhouse, which I have been going to for 20 years does this pretty well. It is set in a beautiful location, with one of the most welcoming and beautiful outdoor dining patios in the Monterey area. It has a couple of private dining rooms, and the surrounding grounds have been used for weddings. The service is consistently attentive, and you can bring your pooch too if you dine outside."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was delicious. It's not quiet but definitely not loud there."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great site,very charming building and grounds.friendly and professional staff.food was excellent.all around a great dining experience.looking forward to coming back."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Outstanding diverse menu. A must if you are in the Monterey. Thankfully nowhere near Fisherman's Wharf or Cannery Row."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Our lunch was great. The food & service were outstanding."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I've been to Tarpy's many times and have always enjoyed the food and the service. It's a great place to meet for lunch or dinner. I highly recommend it. Lovely atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "First time there. Loved it. Definitely coming back"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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
  • "Simple review - exactly what a promised and even a last minute (I'm good for that) change in party size was easily and enthusiastically accommodated. I get to Monterey three to four times a year and I still make it a point to stop by here for at least one of my meals...."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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