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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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "definitely try the jalapeno bacon corn chowder it's really good . the breads are amazing and. The ambiance was great"
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "let's keep this simple, great food, great service, good price... What more can you ask?"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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...."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Service was wonderful! Food was delightful. I appreciated the size of the portions."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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