About 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.

2999 Salinas Hwy
Monterey, CA 93940
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH~ Daily from 11:30

DINNER~Daily from 4:00

SUNDAY BRUNCH~ 11:30-3:00

Cross Street:
Canyon Del Rey

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 647-1444

Website:
http://www.tarpys.com/

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!

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.

Executive Chef:
Chef

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. Email: alethea@tarpys.com

Private Party Contact:
Banquet Team: (831) 655-2999

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Book Your Holiday Parties At Tarpys!

Special valid Nov 2, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Specials

Book Your Holiday Parties At Tarpys!

Special valid Nov 2, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Details

From small intimate gatherings to a full-on bridal bash, our beautiful property provides endless possibilities. Tarpy’s offers intimate patios, private, semi-private dining rooms and courtyards along with an events team specializing in YOU. Excludes Tax and Tip. Custom menus, creative cocktails and wine pairings are all part of what we offer. Special valid Nov 2, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM.

Tarpy's Roadhouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

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4.1

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (39)
Great for Outdoor Dining (36)
Great for Lunch (31)
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Comfort Food (31)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Business Meals (28)
Special Occasion (28)
Good for Groups (27)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Worth the Drive (25)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Good for a Date (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Fun (20)
Local Ingredients (20)
Romantic (19)
Authentic (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Cozy (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Seasonal (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Healthy (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Organic (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Disabled Access (5)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Scenic View (4)
Tapas (4)
Great Beer (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vegan (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We have been coming to Tarpy's formally years and returned for a special occasion last week. We were very disappointed in the food. Steaks were fatty and full of gristle. Reamining items, including desserts, were mediocre- certainly n9ot wonderful as in the past. Service and ambience were fine.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food. Burger was cooked perfect!! Highly recommended.

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·Dined 5 days ago

we loved watching lear jets and commercial plans fly over the patio where we were dining for lunch. The indoors is nice at night and the food has daily specials and lots of variety.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I ordered meatloaf and didn’t eat to much because i had appetizers so i asked for my meal to be boxed, I never received my box to bring home. I asked my server about I️t and she said she saw the kitchen throw I️t away. She had the kitchen prepare a child’s serving and when i went to eat it the next morning i realized it was a bite size portion. I was extremely upset because what they tossed out was a huge portion. I will NEVER go back to eat there!!! Very dissatisfied !!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The duck tots were awesome, so was the lobster burger. Great service, great atmosphere, and a good selection of unique non-alcoholic drinks.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I have been there several times, and I've never been disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Was great in all honestly. Maybe a little over priced. The meatloaf was good but could use more flavor.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The most fun restaurant ever! Food is delicious and innovative, and the artwork throughout the restaurant (including the art you get to draw with crayons on your table), makes for an utterly delightful dining experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food and fantastic service. Wait staff is extremely attentive, work in teams to ensure great service and are very nice.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Disappointed new owners didn't pick up tradition of decorating tables when there's a birthday. Disappointed chef couldn't take time to create cream sauce for pasta to accommodate my allergies. Otherwise, all was perfectly fine and delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Consistently good food and drinks. Nice atmosphere for a business lunch or a date night.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I had the Portabella Sandwich for lunch and it was delicious! My friend had the Cobb Salad and she said it was very good. Nick was our server and he did an excellent job!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 5, 2017

They really know how to make you feel special on a birthday, which to me is very important. And the meal was so delicious start to finish.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Thank you to everyone at Tarpy's who helped make my friend's 65th birthday celebration a success. We had wanted to sit outside, but the weather didn't cooperate. You accommodated our party of 5 at a nice table in the shell room and we had wonderful service, food and wine. We are from Kansas but love dining at Tarpys!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I've been going to Tarpy's for at least 20 years, although it's been about 3 years since I was last there. What a change! The food quality has dropped off considerably; the service was indifferent; and the prices are much too high for the small portions and poor food quality. The Chinese Cabbage salad had no punch, no real flavor. The crab cakes were small, very bread-laden and over-fried. Terribly disappointed.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Delicious food, fantastic artichoke with blistered tomatoes and sun dried tomatoes and side of pesto sauce, great bread, Wednesday 1/2 price on wine bottles, delicious meatloaf

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food and service! Enjoyed out meal and made business discussion easy

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I was at Tarpy's 20 years ago with my parents, God rest their souls. I will always remember the restaurant. It was a special time for my folks, their 60th wedding anniversary and my wife and I gave them a trip of a lifetime...traveling up and down the coast of California from Paso Robles to Napa. What a trip. Tarpy's was one of the great restaurants we went to. Fast forward 20 years and my wife and I were again in the area and this time we brought friends from Minnesota. Tarpy's did NOT disappoint. The food is absolutely AWESOME. The weather was fantastic so we sat outside. You could not ask for a better experience. I will make sure my next visit to Tarpy's is NOT 20 years from now. You should either. Go there today.

All the best!

J&J

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Service was iffy. Ordered a second beer which never arrived. Pretzel the best thing we ate. Iceberg salad average and ribs were dry. Waiter inattentive. Have been here serval times over the years. Very disappointed this time.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great setting, menu & service. Love the outdoor patio.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

So good! One of our favorite places in Monterey. Order the prime steak!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We go to Tarpy's often. Especially when we have out of the area guest. Food always good and service is excellent. Limited menu is only drawback. So we order our favorites!

Tags: Seasonal, Organic, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was excellent. Best if all was our server, Alfredo, who was friendly, informative and fun. Would definitely recommend Tarpy’s and look forward to returning.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Once again, we had another great meal at Tarpy’s. We loved our waiter, Nick S. He has to be the friendliest waiter we’ve ever had. He is great with recommendations and is also very efficient and professional. He makes our dining experience even better. The food as usual was wonderful. We tried the pretzel appetizer for the first time and really enjoyed it. We couldn’t resist ordering the deviled eggs again, having enjoyed them so much on a previous visit. The short ribs and sirloin entrees were great as usual. We did order dessert this time and thoroughly enjoyed the chocolate cake. We’ll be back!!

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

This turned out to be the perfect place for our business dinner. Wonderful atmosphere, terrific food and wine, and great service!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We had such a delightful lunch out on Tarpy's cool outside stone patio with teak tables; the oldies music was a nice touch. The food was delicious; great calamari appetizer (spicier than most) and the adult grilled cheese sandwich was something I'll have again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Casual, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We have been to Tarpeys probably 20 times and the first 19 were all excellent. This time was not so good. Hope it is an aberration. Service was attentive for 3/4's of the meal then it seems our server forgot us and it took FOREVER to get the bill when we were done. We think this had to do with what looked like each server handling random tables, rather than only one section of the restaurant. We had a few flys buzzing around our table and landing on food the first half of the meal- then they disappeared. Open doors and windows because it was warm? We had the dirty tots for appetizer - which seemed like a good idea - tater tots with duck confit - but it just wasn't what we thought it would be. My wifes' prawn pasta was excellent and tasty with great tasting prawns - almost like lobster. My half rack of ribs - smoked- were underdone and it was hard to get the meat off and hard to get the ribs separated. I should have said something but I didn't. They were also very very rare- but that's typical of smoked ribs. The Peanut Butter mousse cake for dessert was excellent- highly recommend that. Whisky sour was good and a good price. Excellent wine selection - I had the Big Ranch 32 cabernet - never heard of it - but very good. We'll go again soon and hope we get a better experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Casual, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Tremendous server who was friendly, well aquatinted with the menu, and most attentive through the meal

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We absolutely loved this place. The atmosphere was cozy even though the venue is huge and the food was AMAZING!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had a wonderful experience at Tarpy's for our girls night out. Our server was excellent! Three of us had the steak special and they loved every bite. I had the Prawns and Grits, which I found a little bland and my friend had the prawn pasta which was very filling and rich. We enjoyed the recommended drinks and appetizers. I go to Tarpy's frequently for lunch and I sometimes forget how fun it is for dinner. We'll definitely remember to go back.

Tags: Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had a small birthday celebration and the service was fabulous. They put balloons on our table. It was quiet and intimate. The good was delicious! We will be back again soon!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Tarpy’s was a really great experience. Staff was super friendly, smiling and welcoming. Our server was in a great mood and ensured had a great time.

The food was so good. Huge portions of high quality and well prepared food.

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

We went there for my wife's birthday. It was a beautiful sunny day. The restaurant setting whether inside or out was very nice and pleasing. My wife ordered the sirloin and she was very happy with that. I'm a burger fanatic. The burger I ordered was good but I expected a tastier burger from their restaurant. Since I've not tried many of their foods I leave it to that. We're still happy about our trip there. Hope you enjoy it too.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Absolutely a spectacular place. Wish we could take it with us to our home town. Will return for sure

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Nice spot. Went for dinner but looked like patio was nice. Might try for lunch.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We had a delicious meal at Tarpy's. The salads were fresh and flavorful. Three of us had the petrale sole special which was fabulous. One of us had the shrimp and grits that was wonderful. We all left feeling that our meal was delicious. And our server was great! I can't wait to return!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Have known about Tarpys for years, and never dined there. We've always opted for an ocean view. Well, not anymore. Tarpys offers outstanding dining in a unique setting. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Great service, friendly staff, and friendly guests. We had enjoyable visits with two tables adjacent to us. A very nice, memorable evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was excellent, service was very slow! Everyone enjoyed their meal! Just wish the service had been more prompt.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our friends had never heard of Tarpy's, so this was a first for them. This is a great spot for couples to get together. Good food, great service, interesting menu items. Loved up to our description to our foodie friends.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wonderful location/building. Amazing waiter Nick (?) from Nepal. Perfect place for a special occasion. Food good but a bit pricey.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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