Tarpy's Roadhouse

4.6
2291 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 2291 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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LisaG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nick is an amazing server!!!

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vipGreat
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meatloaf and brisket

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vipFussyVirgo
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been nearly 10 years since our last visit to the area, and dinner at Tarpy's was on the top of the list. Our recent experience was every bit as wonderful as all previous ones!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous supper in outdoor within a tent and warm vent on a cool night. Great appetizers (pretzel & artichoke), delicious entrees, tasty beverages, and tantalizing desserts. We look forward to our return!

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TalinT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and the ambience at Tarpys. The service is always very friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food

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KATB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great outdoor patio dining with excellent service.

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Yumintum
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Consistent food and ambiance and service is wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance

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PaulA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Jose was great server. Food very good.
A little expensive but treated well!

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KenA
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tarpy's is a beautiful restaurant that is beautifully decorated topped off with an excellent staff. There food is great at reasonable prices. We enjoyed everything about Tarpy's and it's a restaurant that you don't want to miss! We ate indoors and it was absolutely wonderful!!!

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vipBuonaForcheta
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience1

I must thank our server for saving what was a very disappointing experience for our family of six anticipating a lovely early Easter Dinner.
We are seasoned diners and one of our family members works in the restaurant industry (we are very familiar with the challenges that have affected the restaurant industry throughout the state of California this year - so we are the first to recognize the need for patience and to have slightly lowered expectations at this time.)

Unfortunately - I feel that I did my part as a guest to make a reservation at a time of day that would be least impacting on a holiday.....we arrived on time and had no issues with needing to wait for our table. We were then lead to an overflow room and sat at a table furthest from any door or window. It was clear that the only other table seated was about to leave. There was no ambient music...as we were getting seated and we could see how odd we were placed - we respectfully requested to be seated one table over at least to have the view of the patio.
Were were told by the hostess that was “impossible” because of how full the reservations were and that every table was accounted for.... so we accepted the situation and tried to make the best of it. For the next hour and a half....we were the ONLY table in the room. Not a single other party was brought up to the overflow space. At no point did a manager stop by to check on us or see how they could improve our experience. We did our best to make light of the situation but would have to say - I wouldn’t bother to return after how we felt we were treated. What a disappointment.

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FrankL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

They make some really delicious food! We started with some appetizers, Maui Onion Haystack and Crispy Dates, both were excellent. Then for our meal, we had the 12-hour Brisket, an Angus Sirloin, and the Crab Cakes appetizer (mom wanted a smaller meal). They were all cooked perfectly.
It would have been nice to have a special Easter Menu, or at least a special offering for that day.
Overall, a great meal.

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DebbieG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music on Easter Sunday was great! The manager checked on everyone to make sure everything was going well! Great experience!

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LarryP
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have been here numerous times , original owner and new owner.
Always consistent in all regards.
Highly recommend........
Lovely to be outdoors on a good weather day.

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DianneC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the delicious shrimp and grits and it was beautifully presented, hot and tasty. Excellence service as usual. A fun Easter Sunday experience.

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Susan
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

This place has potential. Cute garden area with lights, nice ambience outside. Food did not live up to prior reviews or expectations. Plates priced extremely highly for the quality. $13.00/plate for kids meals alone. My husband and I got the steak and it was awful. Service was okay. We won’t be returning.

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vipTerryE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent - best turkey club sandwich I've ever had and some great appetizers. We had a group of 7 and had close to a private room so not in the main dining space so we got special attention from the waiter. The facility is very quaint and I would definitely sit outside, if the weather is nice.

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Sarah
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was great! I especially loved our waiter Nick! He is awesome! I will definitely come here to receive Nick’s service again! He has great knowledge about the restaurant and the food

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tarpy’s is always great, it has been disappointing that some of my favorites “Rib Eye”, lol, is no longer on the menu. I been going here for 6 years now and the food and service has always been great. I have had 1 disappointing customer service experience but I know it was an off moment.

I had friends in-town and I wanted to take them to my favorite local place and Tarpy’s you delivered. The hostess was great the server was great and it was a great experience for me and my out of town friends. Two mistakes were made with our orders and immediately corrected with smiles. Good food...Great Service and I will expect Tarpy’s to continue to do its part and I will continue to patronize and refer Tarpy’s as a great place to go in Monterey.

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vipMichelle
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Sometimes it is hit and miss here. The Koby burger was perfect. The two steaks were rare not medium so they needed to be sent back. They forgot the veggies with one meal.
It was a wedding celebration they always seem to miss this check box on open table
That’s just a little exhausting when you are spending $300

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JohnD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

What was once one of the Peninsula’s best restaurants has, sadly, become quite average in all respects

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lorrie our server was outstanding. Many thanks and Debby your G.M. is fantastic. The food as always was wonderful.

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MisterM
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was all excellent. Service was good, I think a little understaffed at lunch hour due to pandemic recovery. Overall, an excellent place with reasonable pricing for top quality food.

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vipnymonterey
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always and my go-to for local dining.

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vipGloGlo
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Going again with our kids.

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LindsayT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great mostly-casual place for groups, even in COVID (lots of space to spread tables out)--really nice location. They were very accommodating, and the service was quite good considering we were a noisy/picky bunch. For the type of fare, the food was solid and we enjoyed it; nothing in particular stood out as way over the top special to a point I'd rate it 5 stars (a lot of it seemed like dishes I'd be willing to attempt at home) but we generally liked what we ordered. They had some great options for the picky eaters in our group, which is why we selected it in the first place, and on that point they were the right place to go.

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Nancy2
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!

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vipElisaF
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met some vaccinated work colleagues for lunch. First time in over a year!

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JessicaC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service and great food. Good value in a beautiful atmosphere. We felt welcome.

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JacobG
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful lunch date with my wife. The weather was perfect and outside seating was social distanced. Felt very safe and very full. Definitely recommend the crab cakes and calamari for appetizers.

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LaurieW
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch as usual. Always a good experience. Thanks.

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Jack
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Person that was seating parties coming into the restaurant was rather loud.

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HappyValentine
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was outdoor seating. Tarpy’s did an excellent job of placing the outdoor seating that made you feel safe in your area. The food was very good and the wait service was outstanding.

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OliviaW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I usually lobe tarpys. But my food was so bland that I couldn’t eat it.

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CindyB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

My steak was not flavorful and the spinach was terrible. Our service was just ok, nothing special. I was a bit disappointed. The ambience was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in the area with superb service and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tarpy’s is our go-to restaurant for any celebration ranging from a birthday to a promotion at work. The menu has a wide range of options to appease whatever may whet your appetite. My personal favorite is the prawn pasta and the very large pretzel on the appetizer menu.

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LunaO
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious , worth it. Will recommend to friends and family

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vipfoodie
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

This was our first experience at Tarpy's and had high hopes. It immediately became apparent that they were short staffed. The waitress had to apologize for the long wait for our drinks, and service was slow. The calamari appetizer wasn't the normal tubes and tentacles, but some sort of extruded product that probably came from the freezer. The shrimp and grits I ordered came with blobs of tasteless grits and no spice or heat in the sauce. The scalloped potatoes were presented cold, but once they were warmed up were quite tasty. Another diner at the table stated that the mashed potatoes also lacked flavor and tasted like an institutional product. Needless to say we were quite disappointed with our meal. We will return to give it another chance, but I think next time we will stick to the cocktails and a hamburger and leave the fine dining to another establishment.

FAQs

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

Tarpy's Roadhouse is rated 4.6 stars by 2291 OpenTable diners.

Tarpy's Roadhouse does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://egift.clutch.com/downtowndining.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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