Monkey Cat
Monkey Cat

Monkey Cat

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://monkeycat.com/
  • Phone: 5308888492x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, International, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Off-site catering available. Plaese contact Jim @ 530-888-8492
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining room available with a bar and Internet connection. Seats up to 28-up to 50 for cocktails. Customized menu. Please contact Jim @530-888-8492
  • Private Party Contact: Jim 5308888492x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cherry
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street side parking, parking lot located on Cherry Ave as well as Lincoln Way
A word from Monkey Cat
Located in historic downtown Auburn, The Monkey Cat is a popular destination for both locals and visitors who are looking for a fine dining experience. Voted as "The Best Restaurant" in many reader's surveys (Auburn Journal), The Monkey Cat has a special ambience and extensive menu. In 2005, the owner, Jim Bril, came to Auburn from San Francisco where he was the managing partner of the famous Fior D' Italia in North Beach, known as "America's Oldest Italian Restaurant". He quickly made The Monkey Cat into Gold Country's premiere restaurant for fine dining, banquets, business gatherings and special occasions. The lunch and dinner menus offer something for every discerning palate. Discover great appetizers like Monkey Cat Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Lobster Wontons, Stuffed Portobello Mushroom, Prosciuttto Wrapped Chicken Skewers and more! There are many different salads and fabulous entrees including steaks, seafood, poultry and pasta!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Monkey Cat reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (68)special occasion (50)fit for foodies (41)romantic (33)great for lunch (30)notable wine list (26)great for outdoor dining (17)hot spot (11)good for groups (9)great for brunch (5)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went to Monkey Cat to celebrate our 17th year anniversary. The server forgot our appetizers and brought our soup and salad immediately. almost an hour went by and we hadn't received the appetizers we ordered nor our entrees. Our server came to our table and apologized for the food taking so long. She said she had broken a plate and they had to make our dishes over again. I asked about our apps and she said she forgot. She was very apologetic and comped us our wine and beer. She over heard it was our anniversary and brought us each a free dessert. The food and dessert were decent but the ambiance is a little weird with track lighting making you feel like you are under a spot light. Not sure I'd visit Monkey Cat again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Undiscovered Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Going to attend a concert at the Auburn Events Centers (Maria Muldaur dress rehearsal concert for her national tour beginning in October - a story there as well - what a funky, cool place is the AEC), so I bethought myself to take my lady to dinner. Cruising through the restaurant listings for Auburn and the Monkey Cat had a review which intrigued. I AM A BELIEVER! And we will be back. She had the fish special - swordfish cooked perfectly, and a new drink recommended by Heather, our server (who receives props of her own for attentiveness without being intrusive); I had the duck dish - highly recommended. The chef cooked everything to order and the Monkey Cat will be visited by us again. Truly an undiscovered gem and worth the drive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    smashley
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I recently dined here with a friend for a business meeting. Our server Beth, was wonderful & attentive. The Chinese Chicken Salad we enjoy was delicious, with grilled chicken and a home made Thai Peanut Sauce. We will be using this restaurant often for our business meetings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorite restaurants!
    BaileyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    What an awesome dining experience! The food is simply superb, the service is wonderful and the ambiance is terrific. We love going to this restaurant. It's elegant without being stuffy. They also have an outdoor patio that is magical. We can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typical Excellence
    Popeye44
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Other than a bill mix-up, the experience was near-perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best
    Popeye44
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    One of Auburn's finest; food is always great. Filet and lamb were exceptional.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful Auburn Staple
    waltersb
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food and ambiance are consistently good. The service is attentive without being overly so. We split the Spinach salad and shared the Lamb chops and Petrole sole. No room for desserts but maybe next time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What makes a great restuarant
    monkeycat4dinner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have dined at Monkey Cat many times and the key to a great restaurant is consistency. Consistently great food, service, and atmosphere, Monkey Cat has it all
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Monkeycatreview
    duckfoot
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Split a Rack of Lamb. Very good and split chg good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We both enjoyed it
    5ft19in
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I went on a first date with a lovely lady I was introduced to and the restaurant was perfectly suited for such an occasion. My date ordered the salmon and I ordered the filet. My house green salad was excellent with a nice apple cider vinaigrette and my date enjoyed her Caesar salad. That was followed by our entrees, both served atop a lovely bed of vegetables featuring fresh green beans which were delicious. The filet was perfectly cooked to order, the mushroom sauce was very good and my date's salmon could have posed for a photo in a culinary magazine. We had a lovely time aided by a terrific server and the food fit the occasion to a T. A solid 4 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monkey Cat Visit #2
    DMitchVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This was my 2nd visit to this restaurant and both have been great. The food is well prepared and hot and the service is very good. Worth the drive from Folsom for a nice night out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MferVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Salads are a specialty here. The Caesar with perfectly cooked salmon is not to be missed. Spinach salad with cranberries and feta is huge and seasoned just right. The cumin and fennel fish tacos were unique and worth a visit
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Catch yourself a Monkey Cat
    dlamy8here
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. The waitress was good too but maybe just a little overworked. No bartender and the two waitress' had to make their own drinks which took them away from their tables. While it wasn't at all crowded it took quite a bit of time to order drinks, get bread, and order our appetizer and dinners. Fortunately, we were not in a hurry but it needs to be mentioned. The food and atmosphere were so good I'd go again and I'd recommend it to anyone who doesn't have a scheduled event after dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gffoodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Beth is the greatest! Love your food and gluten free accommodations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Fish
    vinofyl
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and I had not dined here in several years because our last experience was rather mediocre. This time was very different. We each ordered fish; sole for my wife and salmon for me. Both were excellent. My salmon had an apricot/toasted almond topping that was out of this world. The sole was also wonderful and each plate included a perfectly prepared vegetable mix. We started by splitting the house salad which was very good. Service was prompt and personable. Prices are very reasonable and we felt that overall it was an excellent value.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get treated like a king
    Steeil
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My dad is on a salt restricted diet which makes dining out difficult. They totally catered to his special dietary needs and even made him his own bread. Definitely recommend that was a first
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best burger
    DIXIEDEESgeochaches
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    There grass fed burger was by far one of the best burgers I've ever eaten. Thet we're very accommodating to tweak the menu to our request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Great service
    PrettyGirl
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The staff at Monkey Cat was amazing. They hit my reservation notes line for line and took our dinning experiance to the next level. The food was excellant and though we did not save room or time for the deserts, we have already made plans to return for apitizers, then desert. "What a great experiance"
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sr.
    Senioritis
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Service great, good very good. Need a better wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Petrale
    Harlowe
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I have ordered it on a number of occasions. Love the different sauces that go with it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Auburn Favorite
    Rosanne
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is our go-to restaurant in Auburn and since we live in Auburn, that's frequent. It's nice because it's a short drive, parking's good, and food is always delicious, the quality's consistent and the staff if most friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expensive
    Duster
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The service and food was good, but the cost was high for four people. We have eaten at many other restaurants that has same type of food and we paid a lot less money.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    timdar
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We live near Reno, with many good restaurants. This is one of our favorite restaurants. We spent the night in Auburn just so we could have dinner here. Every time we have been here the service, food and atmosphere have been great. We hope to return soon. A must if you are stopping in Auburn.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did not live up to expectations
    foodieandwinesnobVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were very encouraged by the reviews of the guests to Monkey Cat. The place is cute and eclectic. However... the food was just TERRIBLE!! I'm really sorry to have to write this review. I'm normally very optimistic when rating restaurants unfortunately this time, the restaurant needs to know. We were recommended the rack of lamb and the "special" of the nigh which was sword fish. Both of them BOMB! big time disasters. The rack of lamb was, let me put it in a honest way, tasteless, not cooked as the check recommended (medium rare, it was medium well!!) not good. The sword fish, my poor wife could only managed to eat half of it, because it really was that bad. I'm sorry to be this negative but, I felt I wasted $90.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had Salmon and Filet Mignon. Both were excellent. Be advised if you use a groupon for your meal there they only allow 1 groupon per table. If both couples have a groupon you will not be allowed to use both at the same time. Bread they serve before dinner is excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • great restaurant
    AlamedaJeff
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    definitely try the jalapeno bacon corn chowder it's really good . the breads are amazing and. The ambiance was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Surprise
    3nightsaweek
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Decided to try something new Saturday night. Found Monkey Cat on Open Table. Read the reviews and decided to give it a try. It was a real treat. Ambiance is great, service was perfect and the food was excellent. We will go back for more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had a group of eight (including a baby and a toddler) for a family birthday dinner, and they accommodated us very well. From the custom pasta sauce for the toddler to the excellent bread, the food was great. The personal attention was awesome. The waitstaff danced with the kids! Quirky ambiance, in a good way, made it even more memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GaryS1
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our dinner at the Monkey Cat. Our server was very attentive and she was very pleasant. Our food was served promptly and was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charming local restaurant
    Pegasus
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    let's keep this simple, great food, great service, good price... What more can you ask?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Auburn Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Excellent food, friendly & knowledgeable service, great ambience all at reasonable prices. We had the seafood pasta and the rack of lamb. Haven't tasted better outside a few San Francisco restaurants. Open Table did mess up the reservation because it only allows for so many reservations. We went 45 minutes later than we wanted because Open Table said it was full but when we got there the place was only 30% occupied. Waitress explained that OT blocks out 90 minutes per table and that wasn't what the restaurant experienced. Oh well....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant, great food
    golfergirl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have been to Monkey Cat before and really enjoyed it. I have to say that I think the food this time was even better than I remember. I had the mixed seafood special and it was delicious. My friend had the pork tenderloin and said that it was equally good. The service was outstanding. The restaurant itself is very inviting and comfortable. Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • First Timers
    2Gormets
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our first visit to Monkey Cat for our 17th anniversary, and it did not disappoint. Very friendly wait staff, extraordinary food, very reasonable price. We made reservations to be on the safe side, but really did not need them. My wife and I had the pork medallions with an incredible sauce and veggies cooked perfectly. There was plenty of food and we actually boxed up some leftovers and took it home. It was especially nice to see art work from local artists on the walls for enjoyment or purchase. Every few months they feature a different artist. The restaurant is located away from the main downtown area where we parked just a few steps from the front door. Be sure to ask how the restaurant was named Monkey Cat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have a hamburger instead
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I ordered the eggplant parmesan and it was tough and lacked flavor. I did not eat it. My husband had a hamburger which was good. They did comp me my meal. Good PR
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must have been busy
    NicholeVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I routinely set up lunches at this restaurant due to fabulous food and drinks and you can have a conversation with out having to talk over other tables.. But this particular time was actually a horrible experience. The food took over 40 minutes to arrive, my sandwich was made incorrectly, the restaurant was loud and the waitress was extremely busy and it was hard to grab her attention. It looked as if they were not prepared for the crowd they received. Short staffed and over crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Ninifish
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was our second visit to the Monkey Cat. First was Thanksgiving 2013. We did not order the traditional turkey dinner and everyone was very pleased with their meal. Took our friends from the Bay Area recently and we all thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Two ordered the fish special, one had lamb chops and one had the salmon. Our compliments to the chef! We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Martha
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This is a gem! Service and food are excellent. I would return to this restaurant and highly recommend it. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hey, it works!
    RaffaVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Monkey Cat is not the most outstanding place to eat in Auburn, but it's not half bad. The staff are friendly, you can get it and out quickly, if that's your goal, or you can linger. We eat here again and again just cuz.
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  • 30th wedding Anniversary
    Anniversary
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Very nice atmosphere, we enjoyed our 30th wedding anniversary. The waitress was so accommodating and very pleasant. I would recommend monkey cat restaurant to anyone. The lunch menu looked good too. We will be back money cat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Place!
    FoodenthusVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Very satisfied with food ambience and service. We would gladly come back to this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.