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Monkey Cat
Monkey Cat

Monkey Cat Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://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 WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I ordered one of the Saturday night specials and it was delightful! It was a perfectly seasoned and prepared seafood stew in a cippino base with fettucini. Each of the four of us enjoyed our meal and the ability to engage in conversation which is not easily accomplished but the noise level allowed us to do so comfortably. The staff were very personable and efficient. Overall a spectacular experience and highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Very satisfied with food ambience and service. We would gladly come back to this restaurant again."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Monkey Cat is owned and manage by an old dinning pro! You can always depend on great service and good food at reasonable prices. A local gem in Auburn CC."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have enjoyed the Monkey Cat for years, been going there since it opened. I have taken guests from out of town and they've been impressed with the food, décor and service."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Service was wonderful! Food was delightful. I appreciated the size of the portions."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had 5 people for Fathers Day Dinner. 3 had Sole, 1 had Lamb, and one had the Special which was Bass. All were outstanding."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We choose Monkey Cat for our anniversary dinner and it was just perfect. The filet mignon was 'melt in your mouth' tender--best I've ever eaten. Service was terrific and overall a very nice dining experience."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Our party of six all liked the food. The blue cheese and tomato soup, especially so. The Tempranillo wine was very good. We ate inside, but there is a pleasant looking patio, too."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We've made this our once a week go to favorite in Auburn and can always count on terrific food, great service, and a nice comfortable evening whether alone or with guests we bring. Great coffee too! Makes a nice desert stop if you're looking for one in Auburn."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I love the Monkey Cat, the food there is fabulous (well the Turkey BLT is amazing) maybe one of these days I will branch out and try something new. I tend to schedule all of my lunch meetings here due to the great prices, the fabulous food and its quiet so you can have lunch and attend to your business with out being interrupted.."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We always go here for the Seafood Pasta. I have had it at other place's but they are the Best!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was an incredible restaurant! This was out 2nd trip. Will we have more? ohhhhh yes! The service by Gabbie was incredible. Do I use incredible a lot? Why yes, I do.... TO DIE FOR!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was our first visit to this fine little restaurant. Well worth a short side trip off I 80. We stopped on the spur of the moment on our way up to Lake Tahoe on a Tuesday night. Our Friends at Fawnridge Winery had shared their enthusiasm for the Monkey Cat so we decided to give it a try. We had two delicious salads, the Spinach and the House. Both had interesting dressings well suited to the salad. We had petrale sole and the seafood pasta special; both dishes were very tasty. The wine list was not extensive, but very good. They had some fine local wines and our server had a good understanding of how to pair them with our meal. Give it a try, we think you will enjoy the experience. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Lamb was awesome!! Highly recommend it. The waitress was very helpful and friendly. The wontons were very good as well."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I was looking for a restaurant in Auburn to have dinner with my daughter and her boyfriend. This was the perfect choice! The ambience was warm & cozy, service excellent and the waitress added to our dining experience. The restaurant has a low noise level, offering the perfect venue for a quiet dinner and nice conversation. The menu had many interesting choices, and everyone at our table was very pleased with what they ordered. The next day my wife commented to a friend that the salmon she had was one of the top three salmon dishes she has had anywhere in the world. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for a pleasant evening with friends, or just dining with a companion. What a Find! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I was on a date. My self and my fiance look very young and due to that we were treated like children. Took a while to even get bread and water. It should never be assumed that someone is either an adult or teen. Took long to get the check. I figured that this happened because we are young. For being almost 21 and ordering filet migon and spending moderate money, just wished we would not have felt so forgotten. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The service was excellent and the appetizers and deserts were stellar. Great bar too. Main courses were variable , some better than others. All in all a good find in Auburn. I'd return any time."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed everything we ate.. Been here a few times, everything is consistently good- service , food.. decided that we definitely need to come more often!! "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Celebrated a birthday. Steak was deamed "good", the salmon, "excellent"; the grilled swordfish although perfectly cooked was overpowered by the roasted red pepper sauce. Special of the evening--seafood pasta with chipotle sauce was mostly fish and few clams and mussels. The sauce was good. The "Chocolate Decadence" for dessert was exceptional. A nice evening."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "This was the 3rd time for us and this time we brought my sister, sister-in-law and son. Each time the dinning experience has been very positive and food excellent especially the crab and shrimp Won Tons appetizers, a must! The service has always been good but this time it was five star our server always right there without hovering! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I love dining at Monkey Cat for work lunches, Its quiet, the food is great. The ambiance is perfect. The waitress are very respectful and can sense when you are needing them and when you are wanting your privacy. I would dine there again and again...."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I can't put my finger on it but the chef needs some training. For the price point (they're charging as much or more than the michelin restaurant I work at) the food is not particularly well prepared. My Petrale sole came without it's sauce and was so overcooked it was crunchy and dry. Vegetables were overcooked and oily and white rice? Really? The wedge salad was OK. Unfortunately I still had 3/4 of my salad left and the server brought our entrees. the fried calamari was way oily. the sauce was watered down and in our ramekin of sauce there was a piece of calamari already in it. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We found this place by a walk by. Used Open Table and got a reservation. We were warmly greeted and seated promptly. We had the portobello mushroom appetizer which was excellent. Then a seafood pasta came up that had a Chipotle cream sauce and before we ordered we asked what the waitress thought of the sauce. She asked if we would like to try it before hand, an unusual offering, which we took her up on. Most impressive service and sauce! There were many local wines on the wine list. All in all a great place for an evening meal."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Out 6 dishes we had 4 outstanding ..1 pretty good and 1 not good... That was the stir fry. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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