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Tarpy's Roadhouse

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2999 Salinas Highway, Monterey, CA 93940 (Canyon Del Rey)
Monterey Salinas Transit bus line stops in front of the restaurant.
18316471444
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Visitor rating
  • 180
    Excellent
  • 96
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Really enjoyed our experience here!

We headed here after decidinga visit to the aquarium. We originally wanted a steak so I was a bit disappointed there was no Filet on the menu. They had a fair selection of entrees, including burgers and sandwiches. The atmosphere was really interesting. The building is quite historic with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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ustravelermom
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66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We headed here after decidinga visit to the aquarium. We originally wanted a steak so I was a bit disappointed there was no Filet on the menu. They had a fair selection of entrees, including burgers and sandwiches. The atmosphere was really interesting. The building is quite historic with beautiful architecture. The grounds outside were lovely. We walked around both... More 

Helpful?
Thank ustravelermom
Debbie E, Manager at Tarpy's Roadhouse, responded to this review

We're so glad you decided to join us and had excellent food and service! Touring the historic property is always a fun treat, glad you enjoyed it! We hope to see you again for more out of this world desserts, thank you for the review! More 

Jenks, Oklahoma
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52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for dinner on our last night in the Monterey area. Not much to say about the restaurant. It was just an ok experience. There was nothing really special about the steak....mine was a little undercooked, but I'm not one to return food to the kitchen, unless it is just completely inedible. The service was slow and the place... More 

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Thank 2ReadyforVacation
Debbie E, Manager at Tarpy's Roadhouse, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear you didn't have a better time on your visit with us. We want all our guests to have a perfect meal with welcoming, attentive service and we apologize that wasn't what you experienced. We appreciate you bringing this to attention and truly hope you will give us another chance to show you a wonderful dinner.... More 

Pebble Beach, California
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tarpy's always delights with fabulous food, excellent service and lovely ambience. The food is creative, varied and delicious. The beautiful patios are perfect for warm evenings, and the bar is charming as well. Our server Tommy is the absolute best. He handles special requests with a smile and is always prepared to suggest the perfect drink or meal. Perfect place... More 

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Thank GigiGeorge
Debbie E, Manager at Tarpy's Roadhouse, responded to this review

We're so happy to hear you always have fabulous food and excellent service on your visits with us! We appreciate the nice review and look forward to seeing you again for more good times! Thank you for the 5 stars! More 

Gonzales, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is by far me favorite place to eat on or near the peninsula. It has been since it opened. It has changed hands a couple of times but the current owners have had it for a while and they are great. Pleasant greeting, attentive and friendly service and the best food anywhere. I don't think I have had the... More 

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Thank George W
Debbie E, Manager at Tarpy's Roadhouse, responded to this review

We are thrilled to be your favorite place to eat on the peninsula and that you enjoy the best food and friendly service with us! We appreciate your kind words and look forward to your next visit! Thank you for the 5 star review! More 

Gilroy, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family has been going to Tarpy's for several years,we've always had a great meal all the staff is wonderful but Tommy is are #1 server from beginning to end he's attentive very personable &even when they are super busy he kind and always has a smile

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Thank LilInjunGirl
Debbie E, Manager at Tarpy's Roadhouse, responded to this review

We are glad you have you've been dining with us for years and always have a great meal! We know how important service is and are happy you have a wonderful time with Tommy as your server! Thank you for the nice 5 star review, we look forward to your next visit! More 

Carmel Valley, California
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

everything is excellent chef perfect and very=classy but not out of sight prices wonderful small plate lunches I had huge prawns on rice with a pumpkin seed puree just right size for lunch $18.00 sat on the patio lovely unparalleled service !!!

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Thank Jana B
Debbie E, Manager at Tarpy's Roadhouse, responded to this review

We are glad you had an excellent lunch on the patio and received lovely service too! We hope to see you soon! Thank you for the 5 stars! More 

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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came down to Monterey for an overnight get-a-way and celebration. I trust TA reviews and chose Tarpy's. And so, so, SO glad we did. From the moment we were greeted to our wonderful server, Chris, it was an excellent experience and meal. My partner had the Pork Chop that rivals the one at that famous Napa "truck stop." Actually... More 

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Thank M. A. G
Debbie E, Manager at Tarpy's Roadhouse, responded to this review

We are so happy you decided to join us and had a perfect meal and a wonderful server! We want all our guests to have a great time and are glad you enjoyed our gluten free apple crisp too! Thank you for the wonderful 5 star review, we hope you can join us again! More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love to eat at Tarp's and today was the best. I ordered appetizer size of shrimp and grits, they were the best I have ever eaten. My partner had the sea bass special it also was wonderful. The service was excellent.. I have never been disappointed in the food, wine or service. TARPY'S IS THE BEST

Helpful?
Thank susan m
Debbie E, Manager at Tarpy's Roadhouse, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We are so happy you think we are the best and you enjoy wonderful food and excellent service on your visits! We appreciate the 5 stars and look forward to seeing you soon! More 

Boulder, Colorado
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71 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Elegant local restaurant where we celebrated 2 birthdays. The pretzel appetizer, salmon dish, lamb shank, calamari, bread, crab cakes, scallops and strawberry rhubarb sorbet were all wonderful. The chicken entree was not special. Our server, Wendi, was super. We would go back.

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Thank Burt O
Debbie E, Manager at Tarpy's Roadhouse, responded to this review

Thank you for the 5 stars! We're so glad you chose to celebrate birthdays with us and enjoyed a wonderful meal! We know how important service is are happy you had a super time with Wendi! We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Monterey, California
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78 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Great location and wait staff. Lots of people enjoying meals. I thought the food could have been better. Sandwich was difficult to eat. Appetizers were delicious.

Helpful?
Thank Joncab5
Debbie E, Manager at Tarpy's Roadhouse, responded to this review

We are glad you liked our great location, waitstaff and delicious appetizers and are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your sandwich. We truly hope you will join us again so we can ensure you'll find an entree you'd love. Thank you for sharing your review. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2999 Salinas Highway, Monterey, CA 93940
    (Canyon Del Rey)
  • Public Transportation: Monterey Salinas Transit bus line stops in front of the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 18316471444

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?