The Monterey peninsula has been known for centuries as one of the countries most picturesque areas in which to live or visit. The unmistakable fresh aroma of Monterey Bay accented by seagulls soaring above and the welcoming “bark” of Sea lions keep guests returning generation after generation. In addition to spectacular views- dining offerings are outstanding, featuring local produce from nearby Salinas and bounty from pristine Monterey Bay.
A favorite spot on every visit is the renown Tarpy’s Roadhouse. The name Tarpy comes from Matt Tarpy, an Irish settler who was a well-liked vigilante living in what is now present-day Watsonville. He went on to sell a portion of his land to Sarah and Murdock Nicholson- not long after, a dispute ensued over property boundaries. Tarpy’s sense of right and wrong got the better of him and he shot Sarah “accidentally” nine times! After being found guilty of killing Sarah, an angry mob decided it was Tarpy’s turn to pay. He was publicly hanged in an area now known as Tarpy Flats.
The brilliant stone building is home to the 3.5-acre restaurant that was originally part of the Ryan Ranch family homestead. The structure dates to 1917 when Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ryan bought 454 acres of rolling hills and meadows, then known as Saucito Ranch, and built their dream home. Tarpy’s opened in 1992 and the rest is history.
Over the years, Tarpy’s Roadhouse has garnered the reputation of “the place to go” to enjoy generous portions of five-star comfort food served tableside at the elegant rustic stone patios surrounded by their lush garden. Keep it local and start with a Castroville Artichoke, coal-roasted with blistered tomatoes topped with lemon-basil pesto.
You can’t go wrong with fresh Blackened Salmon with lemon aioli, lettuce, tomato, and sweet potato fries. For the carnivores at the table, sink your teeth into a Venison Loin prepared in cast iron seared and topped with herb butter, pink peppercorn crust, port wine dried cherries, demi-sautéed fresh baby carrots, asparagus, and then served over creamy parsnip puree. Monterey is highly regarded for its world-class wines. Take some time and explore their wine list for some real gems and enjoy a Morgan Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 Monterey County, CA and Chock Rock Pinot Noir, 2014 Monterey County, CA. Both pair perfectly with almost any menu option you may want to enjoy.
Owners Ken & Mona Donkersloot and General Manager Debbie Edwards continue to provide. handcrafted steak. ribs, fresh seafood, wild game, meatloaf and so much more. When in the area, Tarpy’s Roadhouse should be at the very top of your list.