Monterey, California 93940
We'd love it if you would mention that you found Tarpy's Roadhouse on the Here Comes The Guide website.
Why We Like This Place
We know what you're thinking: How appealing can a place be with the word "roadhouse" in its name? Well, in this case, very appealing indeed. Though this historic stone building and its five beautifully landscaped acres boast a colorful Old West past, it's now known for delicious food, an eclectic atmosphere, and an enchanting array of event spaces.
Guests enter the property beneath a large cut-stone archway, and stroll to Tarpy's truly original ceremony site: the Courtyard, an open-air plaza sheltered by high weathered stone walls laced with ferns, trees and climbing vines. Many a bride has peeked out the upstairs window that overlooks the Courtyard and experienced butterflies of excitement as she watched friends and family take their seats. Finally, she makes her grand entrance down an ivy-lined stone staircase brimming with vibrant geraniums, and across a petal-strewn aisle to meet her groom. Against this natural, rustic backdrop, the newlyweds share their first wedded kiss.
The cocktail hour (or indeed any sunset gathering) is nothing short of magical on the Library Patio, a terracotta-paved terrace where guests savor refreshments amidst a captivating mélange of textures, colors and scents. One of the patio's walls is ingeniously built into the hillside, with nooks abloom with flowers and aromatic herbs. Meanwhile, the bridal party explores the grounds' photogenic settings—and there are plenty to choose from. A velvety carpet of grass surrounded by redwoods, pines and blossoming greenery is a picturesque backdrop for group portraits, and couples can't resist the old-fashioned white gazebo and quaint wishing well. On another lawn, there's a scenic pond with a spraying fountain.
The restaurant itself boasts a variety of pleasing spaces for receptions and rehearsal dinners, and some can be used in combination. Two of the cozy indoor rooms adjoin the charming Front Porch, where wooden tables and metal chairs cluster beneath a stone-and-wood arbor laced with passionflower vines. In the Shell Room, soft cream walls and crisp white linens impart a relaxed elegance, while a fireplace constructed entirely of seashells provides a whimsical counterpoint. The Vintner's Room displays award-winning local wines, contemporary art and views of the lush gardens. Upstairs, the Library is a spacious, private room with an open-beam ceiling, country-style chandeliers and a welcoming hearth. Inevitably, as the night unfolds, the party spills back out onto the Library Patio for dancing.
Your celebration is overseen by Tarpy's own Certified Wedding Venue Planner, who'll gladly assist with menu planning and vendor recommendations, as well as keep things running smoothly. Whatever your special occasion, Tarpy's is sure to fill the bill. And don't worry, you won't find any shady characters drinking bathtub gin at this roadhouse—just delighted diners enjoying the congenial vibe.
Tarpy's also does off-site catering, and is a Certified By The Guide vendor (which means they've passed our very tough reference check with flying colors.) You can read more about their catering services here.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 50
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 70
- Max. Seated Indoors: 80
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 110
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 110
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 110
- Max. Seated: 80
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site seats 50 indoors and 70 outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Tarpy's accommodates 80 seated and 110 standing indoors; 110 seated or standing outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: The facility seats 80 guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
50% of the estimated event total is required to reserve your date. The balance is due on the day of the event. Rental fees may apply depending on event specifications. Meals range $36–92/person. Tax, alcohol and a 21% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA
Bride's & Groom's Dressing Areas: CBA
AV/Meeting Equipment: some provided
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: forest, garden, pond
Other: clergy on staff
Venue ViewsForest/Wooded Area
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: in-house, or BYO wine with corkage fee
Smoking: outside in parking lot only
Music: amplified OK with volume restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no glitter, birdseed or rice
Alternate Info: Tarpy's Roadhouse and Monterey Stone Chapel