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Monkey Cat
Monkey Cat

Monkey Cat Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://monkeycat.com
  • Email: jim@monkeycat.com
  • Phone: (530) 888-8492
  • 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: Contemporary American, Continental, International
  • 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 (530) 888-8492

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! Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Monkey Cat is a regular on our list of local restaurants. They do a superb job with seafood, especially the seafood pastas they offer on their "specials" list. We love the soup, especially tomato-blue cheese; and their salads are sizeable enough to share. The wine list isn't large, but it is well thought out to accompany their menu. There is a selection of locally made red wines, which is excellent, except that it includes no local whites."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner and the service was top notch. I highly recommend this restaurant and we'll definitely be back soon!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We drove from Sacramento, just wanted to get outta dodge. Waitress was very helpful and friendly. Food was fantastic and affordable. We would recommend to anyand everyone. It was/is worth the drive. Than you Open Table!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Always love the food. The Mt Vernon Barbera is excellent."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "great place to gather a small group to conduct a business-lunch"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Best of Auburn's fine dining scene! Limited wine list, but those on current list excellent choices. Top notch service---not too much or too little --a balance that is hard to achieve. Highly recommend the pork tenderloin with figs!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Duck breast and pork tenderloin was very good. Real lumpy mashed potatoes, outstanding. Spring mix salad could use some tomatoes on it."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Celebrated my mother's 86th birthday at the Monkey Cat (her request) for lunch. Many nice lunch choices but she and I selected the day's special (fish fillet). It was a wonderful fillet of sole with a great, flavorable sauce. My mother ate the whole, huge plate of food!!! Had some nice dessert choices and even were entertained with the "Happy Birthday" song and candle. It was a wonderful lunch and she talked about it all afternoon. The service was top notch. Thanks Monkey Cat!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The service was first rate. We were seated right away and had the table we requested. The food was super, cooked as we asked. The waitress was very attentive and took care of our needs through out the meal."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We were headed to our favorite winery and decided to have lunch on the way; and I suggested Monkey Cat. All four of us enjoyed our lunch and were delighted to see the wine selection had so many local wineries represented. We will be back in the near future and will recommend it to other friends."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We split the fabulous Monkey Cat hamburger and the split came with generous servings of delicious fries! Would do this again."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "My finance' and went to dinner at the Monkey Cat the food and service was wonderful and a beautiful romantic Evening at such a delightful place Thank you Michael"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We've been here a few times. The food is generally very good, but the owner is...arrogant? Very pushy on the drinks, and my God man, if you are going to put your armpit in my face to clear the table, maybe should wash first. B.O.! The waitstaff is attentive, but we sensed a general overbearing attitude of the owner, towards both the customers and staff. Very strange. Will we go back again...maybe."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Food was excellent!! My only criticism is the noise level - very loud! Could hardly talk across the table."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It took about 20 minutes before a server came to us We were seated next to a very large noisy group,couldn't hear ourselves talk! When we were moved it was to the next booth which wasn't much better It took a very long time to get our check It was my girlfriend'sbirthday so it would have been nice if server came out w/ a birthday dessert & surprised my girlfriend,singing Happy Birthrates"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Normally restaurants transform their menu on Valentine's Day to gain a few extra bucks. We were happy that it felt like a normal night, even though it was Valentine's Day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was a great expierence, me and my wife enjoyed the food, Great steak a must to try. The drinks were well fixed, no holding back on the vodka. Thank You so much for a great time. WE WILL BE BACK....."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife's Seafood Pasta was excellent, Mussels and Clams tender and overall dish great. My Flat Iron or Skirt Stake was good, meat excellent, green beans too al detente for my taste almost raw. Soup good and house salad just OK. Local wine list great and prices fair, keep that effort up, try some Solune (Grass Valley)? Overall price structure fits for Auburn, unlike some others in Old Town. We will be back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were there with a group of 8 people on Valentines Day. They were well organized the food was great and everyone was smiling. The owner w as present and welcomed each customer and circled the room making sure everything was perfect."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is the first review i've ever written...it's not what i take time to do but we love this place! My son, who's not a burger lover, keeps asking for the Monkey Cat burger! We can definitely taste the quality. The sea bass is moist and tender and a great choice."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Great place to come for a nice dinner and relaxing time. Food is excellent and the portions are sized perfectly. Good quality and well presented. The staff is very professional and make you feel welcome. Really enjoy coming here....."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Outstanding food, presentation, wine list and service - as always. Love Monkey Cat."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My husband and I had a very nice dinner at Monkey Cat. We were a bit worried, as several reviews have been negative about the food, but we did not have that experience at all. We were immediately seated, then greeted by Gillian, a bouncy, cheerful and knowledgeable waitress. My husband ordered the seafood special and was very happy with it. I ordered the chinese chicken salad, which was very good. The size of the portions were just right. We split the lemon dessert and enjoyed rich, hot coffee - a must for me. We will be back!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This is our go to restaurant in Auburn. We've been several times, always feel welcome, friendly excellent service, and just a nice vibe with consistent good food. Have taken several out of town guests there who would agree with these comments."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We went to Monkey Cat for our Anniversary dinner, and everything was lovely. We would go there again for another special occasion."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I loved the server, Shannon! She is always delightful! The ambiance is very good, mysterious, romantic, however, hated the big screen behind our table for the 5 of us......felt confining. It was hard to enjoy the restaurant's environment. BTW, the patio could be fixed up a bit. It doesn't take much. The hamburgers are fabulous here, but I didn't have one that day. Sadly, a few of us sent food back because the chef was heavy handed with the spices......couldn't taste the food itself. I think very spicy should be added to the menu or a key spice added. Some people can't handle the heat or are allergic......or the server could add that when taking the order."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "Many restaurants offer limited menu items with inflated prices for special events and holidays. It was exceptionally nice to fine a restaurant that not only offered their normal menu and prices but also accompanied it with excellent service and superb food quality. The Monkey Cat has a very nice selection of items on their menu from a verity of appetizers,to delicious deserts. Not only was the food prepared to perfection but was served in a friendly and timely manner. Even though they did not have the cocktail onions for the Gibson I ordered the replacement martini was great. We will most definitely return to this restaurant and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great meal at moderate prices."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Fantastic dinner experience. We ate at the Monkey Cat before attending a New Year's Eve celebration. Our food was absolutely delicious - (the tomato blue cheese soup was to die for), & very nicely presented. We both had the steak filet mignon - it was a sizeable potion & melted in our mouths The restaurant had a mellow, romantic ambience which was appreciated since we knew the rest of the evening would be more boisterous. Nice selection of wine, yummy desserts, & great service from our waitress."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We always enjoy the Monkey Cat it is our favorite dining spot in Auburn, great food, service and wine."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "WE had a business lunch and enjoyed good food, great service and enough privacy for the appropriate lunch."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We went to this restaurant in November and enjoyed The experience . I made another reservation for a party of 8 in December We had great cocktails and appetizers. We were not rushed thru dinner. Had good salads and entrees . Good service . Loved this restaurant . No waiting in lines, no parking problems , and this Is not a chain restaurant !"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Not a whole lot of places to go in Auburn, this is one not to miss! We love it!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Monkey Cat is one of my all time favorite restaurants. The food is amazing, the service has always been top notch with beautiful kind and lovely servers, and the ambiance is relaxing, fun, and delightful. This is a place to go if you want to sit down and stay awhile, enjoying the company you're in and the conversation you're having. And the food is a-ma-zing."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "The food is great and so is the service. It is the best restaurant in the area. It is hard to find restaurants this good outside of San Francisco. Very attentive and friendly staff and the owner is there to. Check out there website that gives you an update on the restaurant and the menu and prices. Also, What is a Monkey Cat is explained. Also, you can get a massage next door for $30 per hour to top off the night."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The salmon wasn't very good. It took 50 minutes to get the main course, and we were the first ones there! The chicken cordon bleu was very good. The salads seemed lacking. We had a good time with our party, but the food could have been better."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Love everything about the MonkeyCat except the soup which was watery and barely lukewarm. The rest of the meal was excellent including the dessert. Will definitely dine here again but NOT starting with soup du jour!"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "The Bread warm and wonderful. The crab cake appetizers to die for, the best I've ever had. The wedge salad was wonderful with a bit of blue cheese in every bite.The 1/2 rack lamb was perfectly prepared and fantastic tasting. Carrot cake for dessert was awesome!"
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Originally we were scheduled to be at a Joe Bonamassa concert in Reno; however due to the weather the concert was postponed and our plans were changed. We decided to go out to dinner and ended up at The Monkey Cat. We were very impressed with the food and the service was great. We had the jalapeno poppers for an appetizer and the were hot! In a good way - the kind of heat that makes you want to eat more. We had the flat iron steak - awesome; the rack of lamb - incredible; the pork tenderloin - which was amazing! Oh, and the orange crème Brule! All in all a great nite!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I would have sent my rack of lamb back, which was terrible, were it not that I did not want to embarrass my friends who had suggested going to going to Monkey Cat! Fire the chef!"
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "The Chinese Chicken salad I had for lunch was drenched in dressing. It would have been so much better if the dressing had been lighter. But our dinners and appetizers on another occasion were top notch, and service is superb."
    Dined on 11/25/2013