Tarpy's Roadhouse

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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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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly and consistently great. My prawns were to die for... served still sizzling. Everything was fresh and flavorful, the wait staff friendly, personable and quietly efficient. Our only complaint is that we don't live close enough to go more often... open one in the Bay Area!

D
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent. We had a group of 9 and they seated us very quickly and were very efficient and friendly in getting our orders.

H
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We think of this restaurant as a hidden gem, for those visiting the Monterey Bay. The food was delicious, the service was great, and the structure of the building is terrific. Definitely would recommend this restaurant, for any occasion - it's special!

HS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Ordered baby back ribs. Received them cold. Asked server to take them back. He was very accommodating to my request. The order came out again in about 10 minutes. Ribs were warmer but the sauce was non-descript - almost prepackaged frozen. Very disappointed in the quality of the food but service was good. Won’t return.

LF
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate on the side patio with a gorgeous view of the fountain and little wooded pond just across the parking lot. We all had great sandwiches and a wonderful visit with my aunt, who is a little hard of hearing and so we appreciated that it was nice and quiet on the patio. The service was attentive and fast, and I was able to get back to work in good time.

I love Tarpy's, can't wait til the next good excuse to meet out there!

o
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a part of 12 with 4 young children who were quite lively. We sat outside in their patio and had a wonderful time. Our server was super attentive. Most importantly the food was delicious, just as I had experienced in the past. We will definitely be back.

FG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed my visit to Tarpy's. I used to go there in the 90s when visiting the Monterey Historic Races. It has expanded a bit since then but still has the same charm. Food and service were great and the vibe was fun.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good, people were friendly, I just wished our server was slightly less forgetful and a little more attentive. Not a fan of the overwhelmingly yellow decor in the room we ate. Overall a great experience though! Would definitely go back and recommend.

JL
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third visit. We’ve enjoyed each time. Friendly staff, varied menu, and delicious, generous portions make it a winner for us when we visit the area.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Dinner, food was amazing!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I left a special occasion note on open table- and told hostess we were celebrating an engagement. No recognition at all.
We had to ask for bread twice while every table around us had been served. The waitress apologized and said she put the order in but someone else took it.
Meatloaf was dried out.. tasted ok. The pretzel looked the best at the next table!

RD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great venue, atmosphere and food. Service was a bit rushed. If they could slow down just a bit it would be worth another star.

CB
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside, so noise level was low. This is obviously a popular restaurant, fun ambience, and a very good menu with many choices at fair price. We will return.

M
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent venue for lunch or dinner. A well balanced menu and very good value, as a quality meal and experience. Intend to return.

WA
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had Shrimp and Grits, I suggest you avoid this dish. It’s like they put the grits in a blender as the consistency was more like mash potatoes. My wife had chicken, it was very good especially since she shared her plate with me.

G
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we are in the neighborhood, we take advantage of dining at Tarpy's Roadhouse. We have been doing so, literally, for decades. It's our must do spot!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s in the Monterey airport flight path so planes do fly over occasionally. But I still love this place. The surroundings are beautiful and the service is great.

DE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outside location and ambiance is great.

Food was good also and the service was fantastic. If you in the Monterey area, it is a must.

F
Central Coast
41 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Tarpy's! The Cobb Salad with Shrimp is great for a light meal...one of my favorites!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Few favorite items have been removed from menu since last visit.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Food was ok. good local wine selection.

DM
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Have been coming to Tarpys for 13 years. Never had a bad meal until tonight. Took over an hour for the main course to come (soup/apps came quickly, to be fair). When food arrived it was cold and tasteless. Waitress and apologetic and very nice, and tried to fix things. Free dessert. But at that point the evening was ruined. I will go back, but a couple more experiences like this and I will have to change my favorite restaurant in Monterey.

SB
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ribeye was very rare, we ordered it medium rare. Sides with the sea bass was cold. However, this place has the most unique and beautiful atmosphere. If the food was served hot I would have given this place 5 stars. It is worth visiting and hopefully it was just a fluke that our food was cold because I would go back and try it again.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a reservation so seating was no problem. Server was all over the place, (as expected) but he pulled thru. Food was Very tasty!!! Prices are decent.

KB
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've loved this place for years, so have been here many times. The fragrance of cooking/grilling food always makes me want to order everything on the menu! The service was very good, as always, and the only small negative was that the chicken on my daughter's Napa Cabbage Salad, and my own Wood Fired Salmon were a bit over cooked, but still delicious. Many thanks for being there when we want to celebrate something! We even enjoyed the yellow jacket who seemed enamored of my daughter's chicken----we watched as he sawed small pieces of chicken that looked like meatballs and then trundled off with his treasure:)

J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to meet friends for brunch!!

P
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. A bit loud and some of the tables are very close. It can make it feel like you are eating dinner with them, but great food. Brisket was good!! Service is nice. A little pricey.

P
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were so gracious. We were meeting with family that we haven't seen in awhile. Talked for a very long time. They didn't kick us out. Will definitely go again. Not to mention the quality food. It was a great experience!

M
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A go-to place for me whenever I am in town for social or business dining. Beautiful ambiance, outstanding food and service. Had lunch with friends on my most recent visit and the weather was nice enough to enjoy the outdoor seating (which is dog-friendly too). The hostess and our server were warm, friendly and accomodating. A great menu with varied selections. The food we ordered was delicious and presented nicely. Best of all, this place has been consistently excellent during my visits over the years. Hope to return soon.

T
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

food and service were very good we would return the next time we are out there

NG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tarpeys never disappoints ...delightful, creative dishes...always pleasurable and fun.

J
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Consistently pleasant, good service, and good food. A place to go when you want to ensure a nice dining or luncheon experience

L
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Tarpy’s from an industry recommendation. Our server, Devereaux and all others who popped in the check on us were great! They had a great cocktail recommendation and the food was fantastic.

TH
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was up and down. Two of our dinners were served ten minutes after the rest of our party. We asked if we could have 3 separate checks and the server agreed but didn't deliver on this promise. Food was good.

CP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great staff and enjoyable atmosphere. The crayons and paper on the table is a great idea. We had fun.

o
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Tarpy's was just perfect. Great food, fine service and comfortable chairs!

EF
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and great service from Adam. Two thumbs up!

MU
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the Prime Angus Sirloin which was done to perfection and topped with a slab of bone marrow butter. My wife had the Maple Brined Pork Chop which was also excellent and very moist, not the typical dry chop served up by most restaurants. My only complaint, hence the 4 stars, was the bottle of wine I ordered was not in stock. Could have guessed it as the next bottle in that category was $15 more. MMMM!

n
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great time when I come to tarpy's. This time was no different Sam was excellent she was very knowledgeable and courteous to me and my godmother. The passion fruit margarita was amazing and her recommendation on the Don Julio Anejo to complement our drinks was beyond my expectations. Always a good time and we'll be back.

JL
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chili-Crusted Chicken breasts were juicy and flavorful, and the ribeye was delicious.

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