Tarpy's Roadhouse

4.6
1696 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tarpy’s Roadhouse is one of the best restaurants in Monterey. Always great service and delicious food.

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SM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely experience - great food & outstanding service. It is also a really pretty/inviting plCe.

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SP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best evening that we had thus far at Tarpy's. Everything was perfect! The table had balloons as requested, because we were celebrating a birthday. The food was amazing from the appetizers to the desserts. The best part of our evening was Alfredo the waiter. He was professional, personable, witty and very knowledgeable of the menu and specials for the night. Thanks again for a delightful evening!!!

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DW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beet salad was great. If you added grilled chicken it could be a main meal. The halibut was outstanding and the service the same. I would recommend and my wife and I are already planning a trip back and we live in Clayton, CA.

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LG
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice day with a good friend. Will definitely go back :)

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M
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance and service was excellent. Heartily recommend it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a popular restaurant, our party of 7 felt as if we had the place to ourselves and our wait staff was very attentive. Can’t wait for our family to come back!

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B
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great out-of-way spot on the Monterey Peninsula. Innovative, great interpretations of California cuisine

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Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very expensive. The ribs and pork shank were over cooked. The sides with pork shank were uneatable. Also everything is overpriced. I will not go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food
Had bad experience last summer but last night was fabulous!!!!!!

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PB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated my brother's Birthday here. Our waiter Nic was outstanding. By the time we left, he remembered all our names. Constantly came back to check on us. We appreciated that a lot. Since our experience we have referred Tarpy's to 2 couples who when there for dinner. Thank you Tarpy's and Thank you Nic.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sisters birthday

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C
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ve had a large party of 10, and usually go there for many other dinners. Most of the food was very good with the exception of the beef with beet salad. It was quite different than we’ve had before. The dressing was too heavy and beets seemed almost stewed.

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M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum- been before and will be again. LOVE it!

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WT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We look forward to returning to Tarpy’s on each visit to the area

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EF
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service.

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KB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent simple menu, caters to the masses. Well kept restaurant and grounds. Good parking.
But, the FOOD!!! Every time we eat there, the food is cooked and seasoned to perfection, ample portions.
The prices are very reasonable for what you’re getting.
We have yet to be served any mistakes. Never have we sent anything back.

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E
San Antonio
31 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed lunch with family.

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OT
Central Coast
45 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten there many times and again a great job. An afternoon lunch was made special

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j
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Great location. Enjoyed everything

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AQ
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We always recommend Tarpy's to friends and acquaintances ....

Tarpy's Roadhouse
Responded on June 11, 2019

Thank you, Alexis for the 5 stars and for recommending us, we truly appreciate it! Look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Colleen Balzano

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I took our dear friends here for their 15th anniversary. They were so overwhelmed with the quality of not only the food & wine but the service as well. The whole experience even brought tears to one of their eyes and gave the other one pause. Thank you for a great evening!

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k
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Very lovely set up - was originally a giant home - so is surrounded by gardens, pathways, and an intimate feel inside. The food was spectacular. I had the salmon, blackened with beurre blanc. A pure delight. The rest of the table loved their food too - what a gem! We will be back next time we are in the area.

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MB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very courteous, helpful and great staff from beginning to end. Our server Deveroe was knowledgeable of the history of Tarpy’s and what was available on the menu and your specials.

Tarpy’s is a bit off the main but well worth it. Would love to return this summer to enjoy the outside.

Our appetizer of grilled artichokes and tomatoes to each of our entrees - grilled salmon, shrimp hit our palate well.

Balloons and tasty desserts topped off our enjoyable evening

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had the opportunity to take some friends who came into town and wanted to take to one of our favorites in the Monterey Area. As always the place was fantastic, my only complaint was the waiter. Though he was quite attentive, we felt pushed. We really did want to spend time relaxing, when drinks arrived he wanted to take our order for the main course, we wanted to have appetizers, and told him we just wanted relax, yet again after appetizers arrived, he wanted to take our dinner order, again we told him we want to relax and talk. Through the whole meal we felt rushed. Spending $450.00 for (4) people, I don’t want to rush through dinner.

Really this was the only issue, we were seated right on time, the place has a fine atmosphere and is conducive to conversation, food was wonderful, (2) of us had the special New York steak, one the aged rib eye and the other there Sirloin with Gorgonzola cheese sauce. Dinner drinks to dessert was wonderful.

Definitely go, but tell the waiter up front if you want to go slow!

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JW
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pedro provided great service.
The food was awesome.
The diverse clientele is a credit to your establishment.
And, the acoustic ceiling tiles and carpet allowed everyone to enjoy quiet conversations in the dining room.
Thanks!

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k
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for the amazing dinning experience and for making my anniversary such a memorable moment for myself and my fiancee. I had a vision of how I wanted to surprise my fiancee on our anniversary, I deliver decorations and I explain to the person in charge of front desk of how I wanted the table to look. I was blown away as soon as we walked to our table, I was able to see the effort and dedication that they put into decorating our table just the way I had imagine it. We are getting marry next year and Tarpy's will be our wedding venue. Thank you for everything.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tarpy’s never disappoints. My Wife and I always look forward to the night we choose it as the restaurant ‘date night’. Great atmosphere, excellent service, delicious everything.

We will be returning again and again....

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LN
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, service good but a little slow

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LR
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Service was outstanding & the food was very good! I would recommend it to my friends & family!

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for our daughter’s college graduation. The menu was great, something for everyone and cooked to perfection! Wonderful ambiance for an amazing celebration.

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E
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bring back the short braised short ribs please. It was very good

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CL
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch for our daughter's graduation celebration. Our waitress, Levi was amazing. Food was fantastic. We can't wait to go back on a sunny day to enjoy the beautiful grounds and outside eating. Thank you Tarpy's

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B
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Celebrated a birthday - they had balloons on the table and gave the birthday girl a dessert that was tasty. Out of control child was at the next table, and the staff handled him with great finesse.
The place was packed - which is always a good sign to me. I will be back!

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HC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought our daughter for her graduation with her MA. We had excellent service from the host to the server and runners. Our food was outstanding and we walked away so very glad we went to Tarpy's for dinner. Great experience start to finish.

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NA
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would only mention that we had a private room at Tarpy's. It made all the difference in the world. The regular dining room tends to get very loud. Otherwise, great food, great service , and a wonderful atmosphere as we could (10 of us) could hear each other and participate in the conversation.

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VS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Laurie as our Server and she was outstanding. Attentive w/o being intrusive. She was friendly, knowledgeable regarding the menu, portion sizes as well as very accommodating regarding special bar recommendations. To top off our experience we got the chance to meet her Mom who was lovely. We have long loved Tarpy’s but Laurie made our most recent visit memorable.

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S
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great combination of food and atmosphere. This place captures California casual. The short rib special was world class.

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SM
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance!

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OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place overall. Will come back. Food on par.

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