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Tarpy's Roadhouse

4.7
4.7
3094 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Relax in this 1917 Roadhouse and enjoy creative, Five Star American Country Cuisine. The wood-burning grill provides wonderful flavors for 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. Reservations are recommended.We are limited to outdoor seating. Please wear warm clothes for dinner. Not all tables have heat. All tables of 4 we allow 1 hour 30 minutes. Parties of 6 or more 2 hours. If you need more time please let us know. We require credit cards for parties over 6. All guests must wear a mask while entering the restaurant. You may take it off once seated. If your late for your reservation, please call we allow 15 minute grace period.
Tarpy's also offers affordable off-site catering drop offs

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 647-1444

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Ivan Guadarrama

  • Catering

    <br />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

    Banquet Team: (831) 655-2999

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Cross street

    Canyon Del Rey

  • Parking details

    Private parking lot is provided with plenty of off-street parking.

  • Public transit

    Monterey Salinas Transit bus line stops in front of the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,094 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    American

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Good for Groups

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Outdoor Dining

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Special Occasion

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Most Booked

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  1. S

    Sister1

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating a close friend's retirement. Everything from service to food was excellent.
  2. r

    rodneyb

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place, good food, great staff. Can get loud with background music and customers talking but overall very nice
  3. JK

    JeffK

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Allison is a fantastic server! You won’t find any better. Attentive, gracious, kind and professional throughout. Ask for her section by name, and you won’t be disappointed!
  4. AL

    AnnieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit and impressed with decor and staff attentiveness. Food choices was excellent and it wasn’t easy to choose! My friend had the salmon sandwich and I had the beet salad and artichoke appetizer both were good. We also shared the espresso chocolate bread pudding. Yum!

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded 5 days agoThank you, Annie, for the excellent review! We look forward to the next time we get to welcome you in!

  5. CM

    CherieM

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Niranjan was an awesome waiter. Very friendly and personable. Very attentive and professional. We will come back just to see him. Our dinners were very yummy. Buttttt really missed not being able to order the Brussel sprouts and bacon wrapped dates please bring them back to the menu. There was 4 of us so that's 4 requests 🥰

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded 5 days agoThank you, Cherie, for the five stars! Niranjan is a staple on our team and has trained many of our staff on the floor to deliver a similar experience. I've passed your notes along to the chef and look forward to seeing you again soon.

  6. T

    Tash

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rib eye steak was fantastic!

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded 6 days agoThank you for the five stars!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place, not on the beaten tourist path. Great food, service and ambiance. Would come here again and again!
  8. J

    John

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great service. Cold by the front door but quieter too.
  9. n

    naynay

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time was there to celebrate my birthday and everybody made it so special thank you so much.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on November 17, 2022Thank you for the five stars, and happiest of birthdays to you!

  10. C

    Charla

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tarpys is a favorite for our family. Just celebrated a birthday there and it was perfect and delicious as always.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on November 17, 2022Thank you for the excellent review! Happy birthday and we'll see you again soon!

  11. S

    Swede

    Central Coast

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious lunch and excellent service.
  12. B

    Betsy

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food! Attentive service. The room was a bit chilly u til we asked to have the door kept closed.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded 4 days agoThank you, Betsy, for the five stars!

  13. WD

    WilliamD

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great menu. Everyone was happy with their food. The bread pudding was to die for.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on November 14, 2022Thank you so much William for the five star review we really appreciate it.

  14. HL

    2HappyLocals

    Central Coast

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great birthday experience for a girls lunch out. The food was delicious and we were not pressured to give up our seats. A very relaxing lunch. Thank you

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on November 9, 2022Thank you for the five stars! Happy birthday!

  15. JT

    JamesT

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food the property and grounds are beautifully landscape the service as always impeccable a bit pricey but it well worth the money spent if you haven't been there its a treat you will enjoy

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on November 7, 2022Thank you, James, for the five star review we really appreciate it. Thank you so much for the nice comments. Hope to see you again soon.

  16. JP

    JohnP

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    San, the server does a great job with guests
  17. n

    naynay

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sam and Nick are these best the food is always good. 5 stars 🤩🤩
  18. T

    Taryn

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We celebrated our one year anniversary at Tarpy’s last night and we felt so special. The server was a little slow but we were in no rush and could tell he had lots of tables, he was also very knowledgeable and kind. They made us the most special dessert and every staff member was the sweetest! The food was VERY GOOD! Definitely will be going back to get another pretzel and calamari! The beet salad was perfectly balanced! Terrific!

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on November 1, 2022Thanks so much for the five-star review we really appreciate it. Tarpy's is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion and were glad you chose us. We hope to see you again soon.

  19. TA

    TinaA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    ALWAYS order the bruschetta! It’s amazing. Also great is their new salad -sweet potato squash salad. Add chicken and it’s perfect! 💋 😊 😋

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 30, 2022Thank you for the review. We appreciate your kind words and are so happy you enjoyed your experience. With our rating already at 4.6, we hope next time we get your five stars to continue to support our score moving higher! We'll see you soon!

  20. DJ

    DonnaJ

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tarpy's is a perfect place for lunch or dinner with friends! We enjoyed our meal everything was delicious and presented perfectly. Thank you to all.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 30, 2022Thank you for the five stars! We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

  21. JT

    JennT

    Sacramento

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Party of 7 on a Thursday evening, not too much noise on the patio except for the planes! Great food and wonderful service. Everything was perfect.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 31, 2022Thank you for the five stars!

  22. CC

    CarolC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience2
    The food was amazing! Server was less than attentive, but I think he might be new and had too many tables. The noise level was ridiculous. And they totally forgot we had a birthday to celebrate. It was noted in our reservation. Unfortunate.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 25, 2022Carol Thank you for the five-star review. Next time please let the Manager on duty know. If there was live music we can have it turned down or move you to a quieter section. If the server seems busy we can help that's what we are here for to make your experience at Tarpy's the best. I apologize about the birthday not being recognized if it was mentioned at any time reservation, we do put confetti on the table so people recognize and can say Happy Birthday. Hope to see you again soon.

  23. PM

    PamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Met a friend, who was on his way up 101, for a snack and talk, 2:30 Saturday afternoon. Perfect place to sit outside and visit, with light live music. Only interruptions were the jets taking off from Monterey Airport (seemingly right over our heads). He ordered an Alvarado St IPA draft, which he liked very much. I had club soda. We shared sour dough bread and butter (now 4.95–not complimentary), crab cakes, and grilled octopus tentacles. The crab cakes were pretty standard and the red chiles (not hot) had me tasting them the rest of the day. The octopus was two long, soft, juicy tentacles with mini potatoes and cherry tomatoes and a sauce made from ground pistachios (didn’t actually taste the nuts, more the spices). Overall, the food was good; I won’t order the crab cakes next time. I’ve been here before and had a really good entree, so would probably suggest we split one next time. Our server was marvelous and quite attentive. He introduced us to the next server as he went off shift. No pressure on us to order more or move along. The bill was a bit of a shock. After I added a 20% tip on the net amount, it was $75. Wasn’t thinking beer, club soda, bread, and two appetizers would be north of $50. Tarpys is a fun and unique place and well worth a visit.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 23, 2022Pam, Thank you so much for the five star review we really appreciate it. The patio on weekends with the live music is lovely im so glad you were able to enjoy it. Hope to see you again soon.

  24. JO

    JessicaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Andrew our server was amazing As the musician as well

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 23, 2022Hi Jessica thank you very much for your five-star review. Andrew is amazing and a big asset to Tarpy's we appreciate him a lot. Thank you for noticing. I as well was impressed with the musicians today and let them know. Hope to see you again soon.

  25. J

    John

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice meal at Tarpy's. We sat outside, nice evening, good food, good service. Expensive for what we ordered, but, welcome to the future.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 21, 2022Thank you so much for the five star review we really appreciate it. Hope to see you again soon.

  26. M

    Mill

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was very good, and the patio is lovely. However, our table for 8 was not ready upon arrival, despite making a reservation. Tables were quickly brought together, but half the table was in the sun and no additional umbrellas were available. It prevented several people in our party from fully enjoying the meal.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 26, 2022Thank you, for the review. We do our best to have reservation tables available upon arrival, and sometimes, based on business levels we do have to make adjustments to accommodate everyone choosing to dine with us. While we do have several umbrellas available, and enough to cover the majority of the patio we also have fully shaded patio areas requiring no umbrellas, and of course inside is always an option. With communication, we are always happy to do our best to accommodate any requests.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to clebrate our son’s 21st birthday. When they sat us they spread confetti on the table which was great. The staff made it a point to wish our son a Happy Birthday whenever they stopped by the table. Service was excellent and the food was amazing. We had a fabulous time and can’t wait to go back.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 18, 2022Thank you so much for the lovely 5-star review. We strive to always be our best and make our guest feel at home and welcomed. I'm so glad your sons 21st birthay was special for him spent with us. Thank you for joining us for his special occasion. Can't wait to see you again.

  28. a

    annec

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The food was wonderful. But our server left much to be desired. We got our appetizer right away, but the mains came much, much later - after diners around us had already got theirs. He also ignored us to the point we did not dare to order dessert because of how long it would take to get it. The place is great - BUT they really need to turn on their parking lot LIGHTS - the parking lot is totally dark and there are many elderly people eating here! A huge liability for falls.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 17, 2022Hi Anne, Im so very glad you enjoyed your food, BUT Im so very sorry it took long to receive your meal. Thank you for the information about the lights in the parking lot, we do have lights in the parking lot that are quite bright. But I will bring this to my General Managers attention to see what should be done. Please dont let this one experience keep you from coming in to our wonderful Tarpy's.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tarpy’s is our “Go to” restaurant. We have never had a bad experience there. We went for lunch today with a party of 7 and two dogs. We never specified outdoors because of our dogs. Staff had prepared a table indoors for us. I asked if we could be able to sit outside instead, and within 4 minutes they happily set us up. I know that we gave them a last minute curve, but the service was excellent. Our server, Mikhaele, took care of us professionally and pleasantly. We enjoyed the live musician and the beautiful courtyard with family and friends. Next time it may be my wife and I, or a group of friends, but I am confident it will be another great experience. We love coming to Tarpy’s!
  30. LB

    LizzB

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside at a firepit table and it was just so beautiful!! You would get the occasional plane overhead due to the proximity of airport but nonetheless great overall!!

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 19, 2022Thank you, Liz, for your five star review we really appreciate it. The patio firepits are so nice to sit at. You should try coming on a weekend when we have live music on the patio. Hope to see you soon.

  31. MD

    MichaelD

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Rack of lamb special was excellent. Thomas is a great server.
  32. MB

    MariB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding, service was awesome, felt so welcomed, overall great experience.
  33. BL

    BruceL

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Didn’t enjoy our waiter reminding us that he had been at the restaurant for 32 years, at least 4 times. Highly recommended not ordering the short rib mushroom ravioli. Was looking forward to having the entree. Ordered something else.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 23, 2022Thank you, Bruce, for the four-star review. I'm sorry you did not enjoy your waiter, I know who you are speaking of and will speak with them. I think they are just very proud of how long they have been with Tarpy's and how long Tarpy's has been a local favorite. I do hope this will not keep you from coming back to visit with us in the near feature as we would love the opportunity to turn that four-star review into a raving five-star review. Hope to see you soon.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, from front desk to wait staff!

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 17, 2022Thanks for the 5 star review we really appreciate it. We take much pride in our restaurant, food and service. So, it is wonderful to hear from our guests that you notice it as well. Thank you for taking your time to give us the very kind feedback.

  35. RA

    RachelA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Not sure if they were understaffed, but there were pretty long waits between taking drink orders, getting drinks, taking food orders and getting the food. The drinks were quite good but the food was pretty average.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 16, 2022Thank you for the four-star review, Rachel. I'm so sorry to hear of your long wait times, our restaurant does get very busy but that is no excuse. I really apologize. Also sad to hear your food experience was only average. Our Chef and our staff strive to only come up with the best recipes. As you can see from our reviews most customers rave about our restaurant and food, I'm sorry this was not the case for you. I do hope you give us another chance in the feature to wow you.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and service was excellent ! The only negative is we sat inside and it was very crowded and noisy.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 16, 2022Thank you so very much for the 5-star review. We truly appreciate it. As to the restaurant being crowded and noisy, yes at times it does get noisy a good way to get away from that would to maybe take advantage of our beautiful courtyard patio or covered breezeway. Both are beautifully surrounded by lush flowers and gardens. Both also have heaters. We have for years running been voted best restaurant in Monterey County so we do get very busy at times. Hope to see you again soon. Thanks again.

  37. JL

    JosephL

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was leaving on a trip and met up with a friend before I left to celebrate my coming trip. It was a quiet and relaxing dinner with excellent service and delicious meal.
  38. HS

    HeinzS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    It was excessively noisy inside this restaurant. The meat was excellent and the service pleasant and efficient. However it was a very difficult time we spent there and I’d certainly not return.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 12, 2022We don't usually hear that it is too loud in the restaurant. But as you see we are a very busy restaurant, and it is an old building so it may be that the restaurant was packed and people trying to talk over each other. I'm glad you enjoyed your meal and service. We put a lot of time and energy to only source the best meats, fish ext. Our Chef also spends hours and hours making sure the recipes are perfect. I sincerely hope you will give us another try in the future.

  39. k

    kathyb

    Memphis/West TN

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Recommend to sit outside - the garden view is nice and music on Friday night made it so relaxing. Gas heaters outdoors kept it comfortable for a October evening.

    Tarpy's RoadhouseResponded on October 9, 2022Kathy thank you so much for the five star review we appreciate your lovely comments.

  40. JK

    JerryK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable experience, wonderful food, really good service at and the food options were outstanding.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Tarpy's Roadhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 647-1444.

Tarpy's Roadhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 3094 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Google Map for Tarpy's Roadhouse

2999 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Monterey, CA 93940

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Canyon Del Rey

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private parking lot is provided with plenty of off-street parking.

  • Public transit

    Monterey Salinas Transit bus line stops in front of the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Ivan Guadarrama

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 647-1444

  • Catering

    <br />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

    Banquet Team: (831) 655-2999

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