We have dined here many times
We have dined here many times and have never been disappointed. The wait staff is very friendly and professional. We have friends that come up from the Bay Area just to go to dinner with us at the Monkey Cat.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall, a great experience.
Overall, a great experience. Good atmosphere, and only about a 20 minute drive from Roseville/Rocklin. Service was very pleasant. Enjoyed, but would order more carefully next time. Some of the dishes had sweet sauces/seasonings (16 spice chicken and the salmon), which is not to my liking. The food was prepared well, but will simply ask more questions next time before placing the order, and it won't keep me from returning.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
MY WIFE AND I ATTEND MONKEY CAT OFTEN BECAUSE WE ENJOY THE STAFF THEY ARE FRIENDLY, KNOWLEDGEABLE, AND DOWN RIGHT PROFESSIONAL. THE WINE AND FOOD IS AWESOME.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice find in Auburn
Monkey Cat is one of the few restaurants open on Monday night. There is a cozy bar area, and interesting art around to create a nice ambience. The service and good were very good, and the wine list varied and reasonably priced.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Me and the wife left the kids for a bday/ Mother's Day dinner. The ambience was good and the food was excellent . We were actually surprised that we were done with dessert after only 40 mins. Then it took 30 mins from the end of dessert to finalized the bill. Not often that the food is prepared faster than the bill.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We made a reservation but
We made a reservation but didn't realize we had to tell them we wanted outside so that wasn't available. Food and service were very good.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Going to the Monkey Cat is very special. They have the largest local wines, the food is always done to perfection,and the service what can I say, friendly, professional, informative and makes you feel good
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great evening and meal at the Monkey Cat. The food and service were just outstanding and such a relaxing atmosphere. Nice place to relax and spend our anniversary.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took a new client for dinner the food and service was awesome and my client said they would return.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Two out of three in our party thought the meal was good. The third party ordered Duck Breast which was tough and very fatty. He didn't complain though in retrospect the chef should know when his product is not up to the usual standard. Our waitress was extremely good and very efficient.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, ambience and service. I love the cozy, boho chic of this restaurant. Loved the food and wine selections - something for everyone - vegetarian, flea food lover, or serious carnivore!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gem of the Foothills
Great Food, Great Service & Great atmosphere...... Best Resturant in Auburn, California
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for guests
Took our relatives from Colorado to dinner here. Made online reservations and requested a special table in the comments section. When we arrived the restaurant appeared full, but we were cheerfully seated at the table I had requested. We enjoyed great service, good "specials" and excellent food. Our guests were impressed, prices were reasonable and we were very happy with our experience.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have dined here for many years and we have never been disappointed for lunch or dinner. Filet Mignon is excellent!
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyable Evening With Friends
This was not my first dining experience at Monkey Cat and it won't be my last. Very enjoyable evening with good food, great wine and friends.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had never been here before. Found you on the net, we are from Grass Valley. We will certainly be back. Love everything about the experience.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A pleasureable dining experience
We experienced a knowledgeable, pleasant waitress. The owner is hands on and very friendly. The food was delicious. Great house salad. The special of the eve. was a pasta with mussels, clams, and salmon. This was so flavorful. Its so nice the Monkey Cat features excellent local wines! We had such an enjoyable evening.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our gathering of 6 enjoyed all that the Monkey Cat had to offer. We would dine again.,
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
As usual, the food was wonderful.
As usual, the food was wonderful. I love their menu. Service always good.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Attending the Auburn Cruise Night is always a lot of fun, but it's very busy, often hot, so we planned ahead and made a reservation at Monkey Cat for a nice break in the action. Our request for a booth was honored and we had a nice cool, quiet oasis to enjoy some wine and good food. We started with some pork filled jalapeno poppers which were tasty (filling), but the hotness of the chiles really knocked our socks off -- even my husband who loves spicy chiles. That was a bit of a rocky start. My husband had the chicken cordon bleu which he loves and you don't find on many menus. I had the sea bass which was delicious. We finished with a lemon dessert (the name escapes me) that was light and very yummy and the perfect end to our meal.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time and 4 of us really enjoyed the dinning.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tops for Service and Food
We have enjoyed dining at Monkey Cat for a number of years. We have ALWAYS had outstanding service from their staff. From the moment we arrive until we have enjoyed that last bite of dessert, the experience is the best. The food is consistent and well prepared. This restaurant is one of our favorites and we highly recommend it.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The fish of the day, sea bass was awesome! The service was just right not annoying or absent. The best place to eat a nice romantic dinner in Auburn!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a gift card which brought us to Monkey Cat and so glad to have experienced this place. Great food, friendly staff, we were taken care of, we would go back! :)
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy all around!
I took my 21 year old son as well as my neice and her boyfriend and had a great experience. Being the more basic eaters, we asked the waitress if we could get the entrees without the fancy sauces and she said of course. No problem. Everything we had was delicious. From the salted bread, ceasar salads and spicy pepper appetizers for starters, everyone was in heaven. My neice had the salmon, her boyfriend chicken florentine and my son and I both had the filet. Everything was cooked perfectly. We were stuffed, but of course still had to give the cheesecake a try. Very happy with the night and I highly recommend Monkey Cat. Being a local business owner I'm always asked where to go for dinner and I put this place on the top of my referral list.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Name sounded cool and my wife and I needed a date-night. Food was awesome, I had the duck breast my wife had the portabella mushroom, we had shrimp and lobster wontons for an appetizer. We will be returning soon.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sweet Spot in Auburn
On our first visit, MONKEY CAT in Auburn hit the sweet spot. Its colorful poly-Asian decor frames a conventional but well-executed menu, supported by the friendly, professional service; our server Gillian was tops. Our special occasion evening featured a perfectly grilled rare Rib Eye, tasty mash and al dente veg, and a scrumptious fresh halibut. I'll remember an earthy Vina Castellano Tempranillo that has raised my estimation of Placer County vineyards. We'll look forward to our next visit. And thanks to the kitchen for their attentiveness to one member of our party with special dietary considerations!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Picked this restaurant at
Picked this restaurant at random for a birthday celebration. What a great find. Loved it. Will definitely be back.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great and much improved
Food was great and much improved over our last experience. Service was good too although gave it 4 stars vs 5 as this waitress while trying to be very diligent was a bit intrusive and could perhaps be more observant on the situation and/or non verbals. it appeared like she was relatively new and was following a "good service" template to the "T" regardless of the situation.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small town gem.
Five of us had great meals last Saturday. The ambiance is quite charming. Good location in the main downtown area. The salmon, sole and duck were all prepared and presented wonderfully. Great local wine list. Service was excellent. A manager or maybe the owner checked on us to make sure we were pleased. When the bill came because we had had multiply glasses of the same wine, they charged us the bottle cost for four of the glasses, instead of the per glass price which would have been more. My daughter had an issue with a Majito drink and they very graciously gave her a different drink. We are already planning on when we will go back.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I chose Monkey Cat for dinner in Auburn. I was pleased with the entire experience. Our server Shannon presented the menu and specials very well and with a glass of cab to start with and some crab cakes we were in heaven. As Shannon told me, her favorite dish is the seafood pasta. What a choice, it was excellent, full of salmon, clams and much more. It was so good that I had to use that olive oil dipped kosher salted bread to pick up the remaining sauce. My guest ordered the Monkey Cat House Salad which had generous portions of chicken added. I like trying new places, but it will be hard to go anywhere else when traveling into and through Auburn. Jim Bril came over an we shared our pleasure with Shannon and our meal.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful and Romantic
Attention to detail, good food, wonderful service. All aspects of a special evening were attended to and very much appreciated.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Neat unique place.
Very fun place to have a nice dinner out. Food was not superb, but still very good. I would return again.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Again Monkey Cat doesn't disappoint
This restaurant has the finest food in Auburn and is always on top of their game. The chef's preparation of the many different menu items is always amazing. The reduction served with the pork loin was very tasty but not overwhelming. This is as fine a local establishment you will ever eat at in Auburn, Ca.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Must dine here
I/we love to frequent the Monkey Cat. Their food is consistently excellent as is their service. They also have a great happy hour.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great evening out!
Four of us ventured out for our first dining experience at Monkey Cat. We were surprised at the numerous seafood offerings on the menu and three of us decided to go for it. The seafood dishes were amazing. My salmon was cooked perfectly and had a nice crust to it which paired nicely with my pesto tortellini. We also had two wonderful desserts, the mascarpone lemon cake and a cheesecake. We will definitely be going back to this cute gem of a restaurant.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I celebrated our September birthdays and anniversary by dining at the Monkey Cat for the first time. We hoped for a nice experience and were not disappointed in the least. We arrived during happy hour, 5-6, and were treated to discounted drinks and appetizer. We chose the fried calamari which we found a bit overdone, but very tasty. My wife had the Seafood Pasta with Chipotle sauce which she thoroughly enjoyed, describing it as the best ever. She particularly liked the large chunks of seafood, all of which were delicious. I enjoyed the Petrale Sole with rice and veggies, all of which were prepared nicely. Service and Ambiance were extraordinary making for a wonderful dining experience; we will definitely dine here again.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Monkey Cat was a new place for us. The food was great. Our service was a bit lacking, but she was trying to please, seemed like she was new. We were there for our anniversary. We will return. Enjoyable evening
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We found the restaurant to
We found the restaurant to have a great atmosphere for our birthday celebration with our son. However, it took them a long time to get our drinks to us and it was not an overly busy night. While the sauces on the pork dish and chicken dish had great flavor, the meat was overcooked and dry. We would probably try it again when we're in the area but would not recommend it to someone else until we've tried it again.
Open Table was so easy to use for reservations. We use your service again when available.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We came here the first time
We came here the first time last month for our anniversary. I chose to come back her this month for my birthday. It is a little gem. Food is wonderful and service was great. Their portobello mushroom appitizer is fantastic. I think if I came for lunch that is what I would order.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just what we were looking for
This was our first time at Monkey Cat, but it will not be our last. We had a great table by the window, wonderful food and overall a lovely evening. I am always looking for a nice place to eat, but never considered Monkey Cat, will be top of my list from now on. I had the Salmon, it was probably the best salmon I have had. My husband didn't care for his fish special, but we loved the Blue Cheese wedge salad.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My first visit and I was very pleased. Atmosphere is comforting. Restaurant is
very clean. Service was great. Try the Chinese Chicken Salad. Yum.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was delicious!
I took my wife here for our anniversary. We both enjoyed our meals. We had the fried calamari appetizer, which was probably the best I'd ever had. For dinner, I had the pork loin which at first seemed like a really small portion, but halfway through, it left me quite full and was very delicious. She had the cream of asparagus soup and the chicken Florentine. She enjoyed both immensely. We shared the Creme broule' for dessert. Great again. I found the wine list to be rather limited if you order by the glass and really expensive, which is typical of most places like this, so I ordered a beer instead. The servers were all very nice and courteous and not over-attentive, which we really appreciated.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have only been in town for about a year and the Monkey Cat is already my favorite place to go. I have been 3 times and each experience has been a pleasant one. The service is great and the food is out of this world!! Definitely a place I will continue to frequent.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Monkey Cat offers a great
Monkey Cat offers a great dining experience with excellent food and attentive service. The Salmon is great.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is our favorite pick for dinner because it's close to home (we live in Auburn), always has petrole sole (which is usually seasonal or nonexistent in other restaurants), my husband's favorite there; and excellent lamb, pasta dishes, and a chef who does everything to perfection. We are so lucky to have such a delicious, dependable, and friendly establishment in Auburn. We're spoiled and don't like to drive down the hill anymore. It's also a great place for skiers and travelers on their way home for a break and delicious meal. Kids seem to enjoy the menu as well. The owner and the servers cater to everyone to make them feel at home.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
AVery Good Find
Nicely appointed restaurant, relatively small but nice menu selections, nice wine selection. Full bar and they made a very nice Mahattan. Food was good portions and very tasty. Small but good dessert selection.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The "yes we can" attitude
The "yes we can" attitude of the staff at Monkey Cat makes all the difference. They were cheerful and professional and I noticed they acknowledged patrons, regulars as they would a friend. They let us taste some wines to determine what bottle we wanted to buy for our meal. The menu was not overly complex, the food was great as we're the appetizers. It was the best dining experience we have had in recent memory. My wife s already planning a trip back to treat her sister to lunch there.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great menu - terrific food
We've dined at the Monkey Cat several times and have always had a great meal - the menu changes several times a year but it's always a delight !
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely ambiance, food needed help
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.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM