Saucito Ranch


Storied past. Tasty present.

The name Tarpy comes from Matt Tarpy, an Irish settler who in his day, was a well-liked vigilante living in present-day Watsonville. Tarpy sold a portion of his land to Sarah and Murdock Nicholson and not long after, a dispute ensued over property boundaries. Tarpy’s sense of summary justice 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 beautiful stone building that is home to our 3.5-acre restaurant was originally part of the Ryan Ranch family homestead. The structure dates back 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. Through the years the building changed hands — Tarpy’s Roadhouse opened in 1992.





Meet the Team


Debbie Edwards
Debbie Edwards

Born and raised in Monterey, Edwards has spent most of her life in the restaurant business, serving celebrities such as Lucille Ball, Carey Grant, Clint Eastwood and Merv Griffin.

Edwards came to Tarpy’s Roadhouse in April of 1993, first as a server, then was promoted to manager in 1996, becoming General Manager in 2000.

Her love of the restaurant business, customers, and staff, has made Tarpy’s a local favorite for years.

Executive Chef
Gabriel Arguelles

“Gabby” practically grew up in the Tarpy’s kitchen, starting as a prep cook and working his way through the ranks. He has assembled an impressive repertoire of culinary talents along with a unique style that has helped shape the Tarpy’s you know and love.

Chef Arguelles’ flair is apparent throughout the menu and in daily additions where he crafts delicious “California Country Comfort Cuisine.”

Andreas Diaz

Andreas Diaz

Chef Diaz has spent the majority of his career in the Tarpy’s kitchen. Beginning in 1993 he has dedicated his career to sourcing local ingredients and crafting exceptional food. His talents shine through on desserts, where his artistry is on full display in items like Chocolate Espresso Bread Pudding and our Old Fashioned Coconut Cake.











Name Balzano
Colleen Balzano

It’s no stretch to say that Colleen Barzano’s whole adult life has revolved around the restaurant business.

“Restaurants have been my thing,” says Colleen, who has been the bar manager and spirits director at Tarpy’s Roadhouse for the past seven years. “My first restaurant job was when I was 17, at a local Italian pizzeria. That started my love of restaurants.”

Originally from Queens, New York, that job as a teenager was in Pennsylvania, which lasted two years and led to another restaurant job in the state, where she says she learned everything she knows about restaurants, from serving, bartending and creating cocktails to managing one.

Meanwhile, her mom had moved to California, so she invited her to come out. Monterey, after all, was a hub of great restaurants and she lived near a pretty good one. So, Colleen applied for a server’s position at the restaurant — Tarpy’s — driving out a couple of times from Las Vegas for face-to-face interviews.

That’s when Tarpy’s GM Debbie Edwards, seeing her long experience behind the bar, asked her if she wanted to be bar manager instead. She started as bar and spirits manager in August 2013, and has been there ever since.

When she’s not creating new cocktails, Colleen likes to spend her time outside, walking on the Rec Trail and traveling (pre-coronavirus) to such in-state destinations as San Francisco and Pismo Beach.

“It’s a fun and energetic place to work and we have the opportunity and freedom to be creative,” she says about Tarpy’s. “They have trust in me.”

Chelsey Martens
Chelsey Martens

After working in sales for 8 years, Chelsey found herself at Tarpy’s on her way to becoming the head hostess. She was recognized for her exceptional customer service and later became a fill-in manager as well. After obtaining her medical administration degree, she took a short hiatus to pursue the medical field, where she realized her heart was in the hospitality industry. She returned to Tarpy’s to take on a new and exciting role as wine manager, and is really looking forward to this next chapter!

Take-Out for a Great Cause!

Montrio Bistro, Tarpy’s Roadhouse, and Rio Grill have launched a new, 60-day fundraiser in support of the Food Bank for Monterey County. With the “Pick It Up, Pay It Forward” campaign, 10% of all proceeds from take-out orders will be donated to the food bank, until September 31st. This initiative does not apply to delivery orders.

With the difficulties of the pandemic, food banks are struggling to keep up with growing demand. So come and pick up your favorite meal today to help us support this cause! Our dishes - especially our family-style take-out boxes – make your taste buds feel great, but, nothing feels better than helping others in need.

Ken and Mona Donkersloot, owners of the three restaurants, are committed to this important need in the community and hope to meet a goal of $20,000.00 for this terrific cause. Urging the community to help, they will personally match an additional $5,000.00 if this is met. Help us meet this goal! Let us cook dinner this week - you’ll get an incredible meal and all the satisfaction that comes from doing good.

Browse our takeout menus and place your order today!

2999 Monterey Salinas Hwy | Monterey | California | 93940 | (831)647-1444