Monkey Cat
Monkey Cat

Monkey Cat

  • 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: Sunday - Thursday 5:00 - 8:30 Fridays & Saturdays 5:00 - 9:00
  • 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 (corkage fee applies), Private Room, 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 to reserve the banquet room
  • Private Party Contact: Jim 5308888492x
  • Special Events: Special Menu for Easter, Mother's Day & Thanksgiving.
    Open for Christmas Eve & New Years Eve, & Valentine's Day.
    Reservations are required for Holidays.

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
93 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (60)special occasion (45)fit for foodies (41)romantic (32)notable wine list (23)great for lunch (23)great for outdoor dining (17)good for groups (12)hot spot (10)late-night find (6)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Consistently Good!
    Margot
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Monkey Cat is one of our "go to" places when we want good food, good service, and a pleasant time. This past Friday eight of us had lunch there after a presentation at the library. Our reservation was for 1:45 and we made it on time (whew!). Although the restaurant closes at 2:00, they did not rush us to eat or leave. All of us enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Great ambience, proper timing on course serving, decent wine list, excellent appetizers, mediocre entres. Chicken over-cooked, tough, and too sweet. Fish tasted good, but limp slimy texture. They should have done better.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I like the Monkey Cat because it is reasonably quiet. the service is efficient and the atmosphere is soothing. I also like the fact when I ask for a window table I usually get one. The food is always top quality also the Caesar salad is the best in town. We certainly will return soon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite in Auburn
    PenrynDiners
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We've eaten at Monkey Cat three times now, and have had a good experience each time. The service has been perfect, and the noise level has been low. The calamari is high-class, with tentacles. It has been perfect two out of three times; the third time it was overcooked, but not enough to complain about. The salmon dinner has been excellent both times I ordered it. The beef short ribs were great; that dish would be a good addition to the permanent menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great lunch
    DMVGAL
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Met my sister and her husband for lunch. There is a great menu which everyone found something we all really liked. The food was great and service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious dinner, varied menu, and super service at Monkey Cat. After being 45 minutes late for a reservation, though we did call, we were able to have a nicely placed table and be seated when we arrived harried after traffic and rain. Good place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find in Auburn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It's not easy to find a great restaurant in Auburn without making reservations well in advance but we were lucky to get a spot at the Monkey Cat. We're from out of town and it was a great place to visit with family. A nice menu of really well prepared dishes and awesome service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, slow service
    Mojorising
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    First time dinner at this restaurant. Girls night out. Great atmosphere. Awesome burger. Bread offered at beginning of meal was really salty. Service was very slow but friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Choice
    DoctorDineVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our family dined at Monkey Cat on a Friday night before a HS football game. We don't get to Auburn often and were looking to try something new. We found the ambiance pleasant, the servers friendly, and the food very good. Our mac/cheese appetizer was perfectly cooked and sauce not too heavy. The salads were huge and well prepared. I had the 16 spice chicken which was also perfectly cooked and moist. Other entrees included the pesto tortellini (delicious) and eggplant parmesan (good but lacked flavor). My only knocks were that the service was a bit slow for 5:30 pm and the wines by the glass were not very inspiring. I wouldn't quite say it was fit for foodies but we eat out often and have very high standards. Solid choice overall.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    There were 6 of us celebrating a birthday for one of the attendees... We had a great time. Waitress was friendly and helpful. Will be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Special Occasions
    Teresa22
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This was our second visit to Monkey Cat, and we would chose this restaurant more often if we lived closer. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is relaxing, and the service is good. We appreciate the fresh ingredients and appealing presentation. We were fortunate to have arrived during Happy Hour on our last visit, which featured a good selection of appetizers at very reasonable prices. We would recommend Monkey Cat for a date night, anniversary or other special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Britt
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our first time there. Good Food, good atmosphere. Perfect for our date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not our favorite
    NVdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The soup and appetizers were delicious but the entrees, seafood pasta and sea bass were bland and some of the mussels were bad.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistent and Welcoming
    Margot
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Monkey Cat is one of the few places we choose to have a great meal in Auburn at an affordable price. The staff is attentive and friendly. The food is consistently good. Art decorates the walls and changes frequently. It's a perfect place to go with a small group, eating either in the main part of the restaurant or in the back room for slightly larger groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Auburn Oct
    DMitchVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This is my 6th visit to the restaurant since discovering it a few months ago and the food and service are always great!!!
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  • best restaurant in the Auburn area
    edretic
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We love the ambiance and the food. Great service as well. Not a place to take the kids our a big group. Perfect for a quiet dinner date or a special ocassion. We've had our last two anniversary dinners here and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • auburn's finest
    evieforsure
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    delightful dining. monday eve so nice and quiet, regular place for us, best in Auburn... waitress charming .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Izzur
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Cute location in downtown Auburn. I had a filet and it was quite enjoyable.
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  • Anniversary Dinner
    Lizzygirl
    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
    RJCLikes2Eat
    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
    • Ambiance
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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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  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
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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.