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The Cats Restaurant & Tavern
The Cats Restaurant & Tavern

The Cats Restaurant & Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecatsrestaurantandtavern.com
  • Phone: (408) 354-4020
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: T-W 4:00pm-10:00pm
    Dinner: Th 4:00pm-12:00am
    Dinner: Sa-Su 4:00pm-12:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Offers private dinning for 15-70 people. Also able to accommodate buy-outs.
  • Entertainment: Live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 17
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot off of highway 17. Private shuttle from the town of Los Gatos to the Cats Restaurant and Tavern.
A word from The Cats Restaurant & Tavern
A historical roadhouse featuring barbecued pork ribs, pork shoulder, chicken, and brisket beef smoked over hickory wood. Delicious oak wood grilled steaks, porch chops, lamb chops, and fish.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Been here several times but not in about 5 months. Since last visit the changes made are not good. Now the bread is not free and salad doesn't come with dinner! Those 2 items are so cheap it makes me wonder why they can't offer them to patrons anymore."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great service; good food; Chicken and steaks are great; ribs are ok."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We enjoy going to the Cats with our kids or with friends. Lots of yummy choices and always great results no matter what we order!!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The food was ok, nothing special. The noise level was quite loud. We had dinner reservations at 6 and about half way through dinner the band came on. Even though they were in the bar area, the speakers in our dinning area made it very loud and hard to have a conversation with our guests. Probably more for the younger crowd. Probably should go there once."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Tasty ribs! Meat falling off the bone! Definitely a place to return to!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We went on a Friday night with a large group and our table was waiting. The service was spot-on even though we were a little rowdy. My steak was perfect and I heard the same all around the table. The shuttle service is awesome. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "While it was a very busy Saturday night, they were still accepting OpenTable reservations, so we grabbed one for 9:00pm. We arrived a little early and was told they couldn't find our reservation (OpenTable "loses" them sometime, I was told.) Even though I could show the email confirmation, it seemed we were put on the standard walk-in list. The food is good with decent BBQ dishes - the ribs were pretty tasty, but rather than ordering "wet" I think next time I will order them "dry" but with a side of the spicy BQ sauce. The gumbo side dish was VERY good. Service was pretty good and the waiter offered my wife a glass of wine to make up for the reservation snafu. The bar downstairs was packed and seemed like a fun time with a live band."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have been going here for 35 years and it has always been one if my favorite spots in Los Gatos! The recent renovation is outstanding and the food and entertainment and bar scene are all happening. I had the pulled pork and it was killer! The Fridqy night we went the band "Fossil" was playing and they were fantastic. If you live in or near Los Gatos then check it out. And If you have never been before you are in for a welcome treat. Thanks, Brian Kessler"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Outstanding ribs and chicken. The burnt-end baked beans were to die for. Wonderful old-west ambiance, completely redecorated, but feels like the old Cats. Wonderful live music venue as well. We will be coming back, again and again."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and service. I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was excellent! Our server was Shawn and he was the best :)) All around great experience! We will definitely be back soon."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The ribs and sliders are outstanding. It's all about the BBQ the sides are limited."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I finally had a chance to eat at the Cats, and it was well worth the wait. BBQ was tasty, especially the dry rub ribs and pulled pork. Portions are generous and nothing on the menu is too pricey. This place is great for a fun date!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food was very good. Service was very helpful. our group was a handful and everyone was very happy they came."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Always look forward to eating here. My 4th trip in the past 6 mos. I haven't departed from the same order, BBQ sampler and a Moose Drool beer. I usually can't finish the meal so I take the 1/4 chicken that remains to go. Never have been disappointed."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Loved the BBQ rub on the chicken, ribs and pulled pork. Don't even need to add extra BBQ sauce. Fun place just outside of Los Gatos on Hwy 17. Apple cake for dessert is to die for...almost like an apple bread pudding, so moist."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We've been going to The Cats for decades and were so happy when it re-opened after an extensive remodel. The kitchen has it down, the dry-rubbed slow roasted/smoked ribs are the best. You can have sauce on them if you want and I like the option of by passing the sugary sauce for the savory dry rub. The sides have gotten better as has the appetizer menu and their steaks are great. The service has taken a hit these past few months - seems like all high school kids - so they would do well to get some seasoned wait staff. Otherwise it will remain a favorite pit stop on the way up the mountain."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "From taking reservations (thank you Open Table) to good service and delicious food, the "newish" Cats is my kind of place. It's the right combination of really good BBQ, unpretentious and attentive service, and great location that make this institution a new go-to again (used to go a lot in the late 80's). And the live music makes for a really fun Saturday night. LG/Cats get it right."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Good ribs. Good beans. Service was prompt. Menu has some room for improvement."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The pulled pork platter was delicious. The onion ring appetizer could have been larger as I really liked them! The decor is very eclectic but it made it fun for the kids. The band was playing but it didn't affect the dining room at all. In regards to kids, its a nice place as they re distracted with all the decor allowing for lots of games (how many cats in the room). In regards to kids menu, it's a bit of a bummer that they don't have regular french fries for the kids (although mine liked the potato slices) and the veggies would be better if it was broccoli versus squash, but overall my kids ate and had a good time."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I have not been for many years (before the fire) but it was a delight. Nice crowd and lively bar! The food was much better than I expected and everyone in our party had a wonderful time. Parking is a bear and returning south is inconvenient but well worth the trouble. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Barbecue was fantastic. Highly recommended. Our calamari appetizer also very good. However, the potato wedges were a bit underwhelming given the quality of the other food. We had heard that the kids tater tots were to die for (really!) but the server said they stopped serving them. Hopefully we'll get another chance on our next visit."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "It was BBQ heaven! All the food was very Reasonably priced. They give you Huge portions.leftovers the next morning were still tender and juicy. The pulled pork is to die for and their BBQ'D chicken was the best I have ever had. So juicy it melts in your mouth."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was our first time visiting the Cat's Restaurant & Tavern. We had a family member visiting from out of town and wanted to take them to a nice place for dinner. We had a 5:45 pm reservation but arrived earlier so was expecting to sit at the bar to wait so was pleasantly surprised when they said they could seat us. Loved the character and atmosphere of the place. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. Will definitely visit again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Enjoyed our dinner and was great to take advantage of the 1/2 off bottle of wine- unexpected treat. Delicious food all around."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We wanted a fun place to go for a weekday dinner out with another couple. The Cats was the right choice. Very good BBQ."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "I've been to several popular BBQ restaurants in the San Jose & Santa Cruz area, and now The Cats has become my favorite! The Dry rub is the best, and I really appreciate the larger postions. The price is comparable to my previously best choices; one on South Bascom and one in Scotts Valley, but due to the higher quality of meat, and larger portions, I feel that I received more for my money."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We have been to The Cats restaurant a few times and always enjoyed ourselves. This time we came for Valentine's Day, which was probably a mistake (for any restaurant.) We were rushed through dinner, meaning that the gumbo was served when the dinner was...which was not the way I wanted it. There was supposed to be green beans with my sword fish, but there was none on the plate (it occurred to me later.) It seemed the prices used to be more inclusive when we had come a few times in early 2013 but now a salad is not included. Garlic Bread is gone, and that was what we remembered. The corn muffins were good but we did have to request them."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Spent Valentines Evening here. Food was fabulous! Music afterward was great as well!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a reservation, were on time and still waited for 40 minutes...then we were shown to a tiny table in a closet sized room. The noise level was terrible, so we left without eating. I would not go back for a meal...perhaps better just to visit the bar area for the old time ambiance. Take earplugs along and brush up on your sign language skills if you want to converse with other members of your party!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Local spot with great BBQ. Hearty portions & great Western style! Be prepared to bring some home unless you share. Very large platters. Nice to have a casual place like this in the neighborhood!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "While I've Driven by this place may of times. I was really suprised at how good the food was and for the pricing. I loved the atmosphere of this restaurant. It will probably become one of my new favorite going out to eat choices. Seems they will play live music at times, as well as a stock tavern fell; but quiet and cozy upstairs you really forget the outside world. I really give it 4.5 only cuz parking was a little hectic."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is a hidden gem in the Los Gatos hills. Best damn BBQ I've ever had, and I've been to BBQ country in North Carolina, Kansas and Texas. This place beats them all! The food is perfectly smoked and the meat just melts right off the bones with a flavor that will knock your socks off. This is a very cool and quirky place to enjoy great food, beers and live entertainment. Two thumbs up!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We had a great night. We dined upstairs away from the live music during dinner. It was the first time eating upstairs and very nice. The food was vey good too. The new menu item, wedge salad we perfect and went well with the sampler platter. Both wer large enough to share. The wine list was good too! After dinner we went downstairs to dance. They also have shuttle service on Friday and Saturday nights!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Having lived in the south at for over 30 years I can't believe I have never been to The Cats. I booked a reservation for my teenage son's a birthday dinner thinking it would be unique. It was but underwhelming. The food was generally good, a lot like Andy's BBQ,, and it was unique. Not sure we will return."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Maybe higher prices are just the way things are in Los Gatos and The Cats is no exception. I and a friend dined here. As we entered we noticed a band playing in the bar. We found it a bit loud since we had merely came to eat dinner. The place was relatively packed on a Saturday at around 8 Pm. The section we were seated in was a bit cramped and we had a hard time conversing due to the band and other conversations. Our server was good and there when we needed. The food wasn't anything to rave about especially given the price. The wine selection was good."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Smokey in a good way (meaning all the smoked entrees our group had were GREAT. Nice old west funky ambience. There was a "covers" band when we were there. Only thing missing was a dance floor."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Had a great dinner for 7 last Sunday night at the Cats! I'm a BBQ hobbyist and will be going back for SURE. That dry rub was perfect and the ribs were the best I've ever had. My party also enjoyed the chicken, burnt end beans and the service was super nice. We will be going back and recommend the place for great BBQ in a fun/casual setting."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Arrived LESS THAN 5 MIN late for early 5:30 NY Eve reservation for 2; park lot was half full at time; told to wait a few min in bar by greeter; 20-25 min later was seated in an empty dining area on 2nd floor at table barely big enough for 1 (noticed tables for 4 were very small, too); wait staffer reasonably took drink order, asked if it was our 1st visit (yes), explained menu; returned and took food order as room was filling; several tables who arrived after were being served, stopped wait staffer and asked about our meal, said would check; returned with salad/appetizer and said it is coming; more waiting...manager-type came to offer apologies, said would apply discount (done); food good or better; upon leaving, can't go north on Hwy 17."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Fun spot for fair BBQ. Good bar area to view sports with several big screen TVs and live music. A little disappointed in the BBQ consistency since this is where they should thrive. But great people on the service staff and an interesting building inside make it fun."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "I can't even put into words how great the food is at The Cats. Ambiance is fun and funky. Well worth the drive. Try the baked beans - amazing"
    Dined on 1/3/2014