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.
American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
LUNCH~ Daily from 11:30
DINNER~Daily from 4:00
SUNDAY BRUNCH~ 11:30-3:00
Canyon Del Rey
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Private parking lot is provided with plenty of off-street parking.
Monterey Salinas Transit bus line stops in front of the restaurant.
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: email@example.com
Private Party Contact:
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Tarpy's Roadhouse Ratings and Reviews
This was my 3rd time at Tarpy's - last t ...
This was my 3rd time at Tarpy's - last time was in 2013 when we visited the area, and this was our first time back to the area since 2013-we took friends also visiting the area, and they loved it. Entrees are around $22-$35-presentation is unique and very nice. The service was good but not up to par for this restaurant. I would recommend Tarpy's.
My brothers and I, who came to Monterey ...
My brothers and I, who came to Monterey for the Classic Car races, ate at Tarpy's three nights in a row. I made reservations on Open Table at least a month prior, knowing how insane Race Weekend can get. We each had three beautiful meals, shared with other siblings, of course. And there were many leftovers (previously cooked??) to leave with brother who lives in the area. It is now family tradition: When on the peninsula, eat at Tarpy's!
Service was terrible for the 2nd time in ...
Service was terrible for the 2nd time in a row. I went here a few months ago on a quiet night and had terrible service and everything was slow. This past weekend, we had to ask 5 times for waters, no steak knives for the people with steaks until we finally had to track someone down, my steak was super rare, and just everything was amazingly slow. Same waiter, too. We sat in the front of the restaurant both times.
Very disappointing as I grew up going here so i really want to like it, but it was embarrassing taking my friends here and having such a bad experience. Food was decent other than my steak.
Our experience at Tarpys was just wonder ...
Our experience at Tarpys was just wonderful! We were seated in a carpeted room that really enhanced our dining experience. The service was professional and everything arrived at just perfect timing. We look forward to our next visit.
Our hostess and waiter were both very fr ...
Our hostess and waiter were both very friendly and attentive. We were seated for brunch in the large room with a window we could open which gave us a nice option for an inside/outside feel.
I ordered an Arnold Palmer because they had freshly made lemonade and Ice tea. My friend (who I hadn't seen in a few years) had a Mimosa. Both excellent. Both of our brunch items were very good. I had the spinach egg scramble. Robin had the chicken with pepper flakes which she said was succulent, cooked just right. Since I'd had the Baker's Bacon at Pebble Beach Food and Wine I thought I'd order a side of it. Turned out to be fairly inedible. I couldn't even chew parts of it. Had to ask for a sharper knife to saw through it and ended up leaving a piece on the plate. Maybe a bad batch? Overall the experience was great though and we'd go back again for sure.
Part of a local chain of successful rest ...
Part of a local chain of successful restaurants in the Monterey area
Great staff, lively atmosphere, not subtle food but fun and filling
Fairly expensive but it is also great quality ingredients
California style food, decent beer and wine selections and fun specialty drinks
Nice outside areas if you wanted that option
Very nice to my folks who live in the area for many years now
The food was tasty--not great--but a goo ...
The food was tasty--not great--but a good value. The place was not busy yet service was very slow. Server did okay but was just not very evident during much of the meal. Brown paper on the tables is okay for a roadhouse, just don't expect elegance.
This is a go-to restaurant for special o ...
This is a go-to restaurant for special occasions when we are in the Monterey area. We really like the feel of this place. The food is always GOOD, and the service is always spot-on. The pace of service doesn't make you feel rushed. We reserved a table for 7:30, but did not get seated for about 10 minutes. That was not an issue for us, as we understand tables don't always turn over exactly when they are needed, but the hostess apologized sincerely and took drink orders. We received a thank you for our patience when the table was ready. Additionally, at the end of the meal the waiter told us the manager comped our dessert and thanked us for waiting to be seated. (We were celebrating an anniversary, and the table was set with balloons, a nice touch. I'm thinking the dessert was a nod to our anniversary, as well as the delay in seating. But seriously, the wait was not out of the ordinary.)
Tarpy's has been around for quite a few ...
Tarpy's has been around for quite a few years and managed to ride out a few difficult economic cycles. The menu has been refreshed throughout the years with updates to address changing palates (spicier food) while remaining true to its roots -- meat, meat and more meat. The wine list integrated local vineyards. Portions are large and plentiful; service friendly. We were not too hungry this visit and ordered the crab cakes from the appetizer menu along with a side of french fries and iceberg wedges. The crab cakes came with a corn salsa and avocado cream. Very good. It's very loud in the main dining area so if you have folks with hearing aids or sensitive ears, sit on the patio or in the bar area.
We waited about 10 minutes at our table ...
We waited about 10 minutes at our table before a waitress came to our table. I think we had our expectations of their food too high, because it was good, but just your typical, nothing special steak type food. My husband had the angus sirloin which he said was good. He said he should have gotten something different. No much flavor. I had the scallops which came with everything charred. Charred flavoring is good, but it's the only flavoring of all of the scallops and the veggies on the dish. I didn't finish it. One friend had the ribs which he thoroughly enjoyed and another friend got the salmon which she ate, but said the filet was very small. Overall, good quality food, but the price was marked up compared to the quality. I've had my fair share of steakhouses and seafood joints all over the country. The atmosphere was nice - the tables maybe a little too close to each other? - our waitress constantly was moving out of the way for other waiters since the distance between our tables was about only 1 person wide. I think the service may have been better if we had a different waitress. She was easily distracted and would have to repeat herself. If we return, it may just be for drinks.
We came here for our anniversary dinner ...
We came here for our anniversary dinner and found a new favorite place. The food - amazing! We started with the crab cakes which were good but I don't think I'd order those again.
We then split a salad of field greens, apples and pecans which was yummay! This is a large portion so you end up with two good size salads. The dressing was light and tasteful. For our main courses we had the chili rubbed chicken breasts and full rack of ribs. Both were excellent!! The ribs were among the best I've had and so meaty. Very generous portions and incredible flavor! We will be back - often!
The only reason I rated the noise level ...
The only reason I rated the noise level a 3 is the satellite music was distracting - especially for dining al fresco. The pleasant outdoor dining area did not need to have oldie but goodies music in the background. The volume level and the music genre was not conducive to the pleasant and relaxing ambience of the patio.
We've been going for years, and we love ...
We've been going for years, and we love it! Strangely, the service this time was actually a bit too fast, I didn't even know that was possible! The appetizer came out within a few minutes, and we barely made it through half of it before entrees arrived. I think our total time there was under 40 minutes...so it actually felt a bit rushed. There were very few tables seated when we got there, so maybe that threw the timing off. Food was all good though, the full rack of ribs was huge, and my swordfish special was a large portion as well. We will be back!
My wife and I had our wedding and recept ...
My wife and I had our wedding and reception at Tarpy's in 2010. We come here every year for an anniversary dinner and have NEVER had a bad meal or bad service. I can't think of anything negative about this restaurant.
We loved the place especially for lunch ...
We loved the place especially for lunch on sunny day surrounded by beautiful outdoor sitting area, reminding of an old Italian house look. Food was delicious, large entree portion was big enough when split for two people.
One of my favorite restaurants in the Mo ...
One of my favorite restaurants in the Monterey Bay area. Consistent great experience and I've been dining at Tarpy's for over ten years. Amazing food, good service, fun atmosphere and away from the typical tourist areas.
Somehow the kitchen sent one of our six ...
Somehow the kitchen sent one of our six entrees to another table, which was unfortunate. Happily our server explained that that meal was "comped" in its entirety. This was not enough to fully remedy this awkward but understandable faux pax, but we all appreciated the appology and accommodation. Our meals were outstanding, though, and we will return!
Since its' opening, Tarpy's was always o ...
Since its' opening, Tarpy's was always our go to place for a nice meal and family celebrations. A couple of years ago after major changes to the menu and several instances of poor service and not so great food we stopped going. However, this year my 94 yr. old Mother-in-law wanted to go back there to celebrate her birthday. We are thrilled to report the food was excellent and the service impeccable. We will be back!
I called on Friday to discuss our dinner ...
I called on Friday to discuss our dinner as both my friend and I got sick that evening. I spoke with the hostess who was to supposed to pass along the message to a manager who would call me. I never heard from anyone. I dine at Tarpy's regularly and after this experience will not return. Terrible follow up.
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