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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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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a reservation but, the hostess didn't know what to do with us. We sat near the kitchen but, it was too hot near it. So, we moved to the bar area. The food was prepared just right. The local craft beer was excellent and the cocktails were great, also."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Our party of four were drawn to Cats by Groupon. We were all pleased with our dinners and will be happy to return. The staff were very welcoming and our waiter was particularly friendly and helpful. My baked potato was superb, matching any I've ever had. I would go back just for another baked potato."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "This place was soooo good!!!! The honey glazed ribs and chicken were fantastic!!!! The price was pretty great as well! Especially with a group on! The location has great history and a good ambiance. A must go to if you live in the Silicon Valley and have a hearty appetite. The portion sizes are great as well."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Myself and two other lady friends made reservations for dinner, and the reservations were very easy to navigate. I've used Open table before, with no issues. The BBQ was delicious, although my New York Steak was thin. The rest of the meal was great, and my friends liked theirs as well, with the one observation that the Rib Eye was thin. The badn wa sgreat, adn we ended up staying there for 6 hours! We danced and had cocktails, and the staff is excellent. We will be going back."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food was great service excellent I'll go again very soon"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Cats is a fun place for barbecue in a laid back, casual setting. The food was great. The service was spotty, but we didn't mind lingering because we were waiting for the live music and weren't disappointed. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to stay and dance. Next time."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Four of us went there for dinner around 5:00 P.M. last Saturday, 8/16. Two of us, myself included, had an ant floating in our water glasses. Our waiter was quite embarrassed and apologetic when we showed him, and he quickly brought everyone at the table fresh, ant-free glasses. Other than that, the food, service and ambiance were all great; we will definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Group-On Scores: giving The Cats a solid. We decided to go for Happy Hour and were very pleased. We ended up eating in the Bar because the servers were so friendly and accommodating. Well drinks and draft beer very reasonably priced. The atmosphere and menu is reminiscent of the past lost as the Valley has moved into the new technology frontier. This is the roadhouse your Grandparents lamented about at a fireside chat The food was old west, Salinas/San Luis Obispo BBQ and much more. We went overboard with onion rights, baked beans, coleslaw, corn bread (amazing, could have had the corn-B for desert) pulled pork and tri-tip sandwiches so huge we only eat half and took the rest home. Best be hungry if you intend to devour the whole thing"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The Cats restaurant has the most incredible BBQ, especially the dry rub ribs. The Cole slaw is favorable without saturating the cabbage in dressing. Large baked potatoes done perfectly, wonderful chicken and good choices for small children. We've been to this restaurant many times, and will go many more."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Had not been to The Cats since the 70's and was so glad we decided to go there after all these years. The food was oh so good, we were already planning our next trip back. The service could be better but it wasn't horriable..."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Get there early when bands are playing. Locals fill the place. Nice rustic atmosphere. Best ribs in the area."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Excellent food, great service, quick seating! Found this gem on a Thursday night at 8:00PM and didn't have to wait for party of 3 to be seated. Food was amazing, waitstaff was friendly and attentive. Will be returning. Live music nightly. Conveniently located off Hwy 17 on the outskirts of Los Gatos."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "And if it's not to 100% to your satisfaction, they will absolutely remake your plate and redeem themselves and beyond! I usually don't return plates but my steak wasn't 100% what I expected as I am extremely picky...they grabbed the plate from despite me telling them it was fine and returned with the most mouth watering perfectly cooked steak I have ever had!!! Hands down best filet mignon in town!!! I LOVE this place! Great ambiance, nothing fancy but great history and character!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I've been coming to The Cats since the 1970's - love this place! I highly recommend for a special date night or just a good dinner."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Love this place! Staff has always been great and friendly when we've gone there for dinner. It does get a little loud when there's a band, but it's still great!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went for dinner with friends. It was easy to get the time we wanted for our reservation. The food was delicious, server was attentive. We had a fun time"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was great as always! It is a good budget friendly place to have a good meal, and great for celebrating a special occasion! I would recommend this to all of the foodies out there! Definitely try the onion strings!!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We have been to the Cats several times since its reopening. It must have changed owners since our last visit because everything that was good before was now bad. I don't think anyone working there was over the age of 25 and they were dressed in all manner of clothes, previously they wore Cats T shirts. They had no wine or beer list available, no bread basket for the table, no salad included with the entrée. The menu had completely changed and not for the better. I had a glass of house cabernet, it was $13. The Cats was a huge disappointment, we will never go back. I expect they will have a for lease or sale sign posted very soon."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Before the renovation and re-opening of the Cats Restaurant & Tavern we were regular customers, and now it is even better. The renovation has brightened the atmosphere and the same great food with some additions is fantastic. It is a local Los Gatos Gem!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Really good food, specializing in barbecue, historic renovated building. Live entertainment, large bar, dance floor. If you live in the South Bay, you need to go. It's on H17 in Los Gatos, just before Lexington Resevoir."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I’m a BBQ enthusiast and usually BBQ two to three nights a week. I’m a big fan of Paul Kirk and have BBQ’d or smoked 100’s of his recipes from his Championship Barbeque cookbook. When I heard your ad on KFOX that you had two Paul Kirk certified pit masters – we had to give Cat’s a try. We were not disappointed, the food was great, the service was great, and we really liked the casual ambiance. To steal a phrase from the Terminator – “I’ll be back”"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Haven't been here in a long time. Did not disappoint. Mentioned it was a birthday dinner with my reservation. They recognized that when sitting us and even gave us a special menu with 'Happy Birthday' at the top. Had ribs, chicken, and pulled pork. Great food & service. Will make sure to return again."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The $27 New York steak was thin as opposed to thicker as it was sold to us by the waiter. It was grissely and the texture was horrible. I question whether or not it was a NY steak? The ribs on one plate were tiny as oppossed to the ribs on another plate and we ordered the same thing (chicken and ribs). The background music (not the band) that was playing while we ate was super loud, we asked for it to be lowered and it was a problem for the waiter. Anything we asked the waiter for it was a problem for him, he acted as though he would be doing us a huge favor and was always very doubtful he could do what we requested."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We used to love coming to The Cats. The food is good BBQ with generous portions. This time it felt like kids were running the place. There were 3 bartenders, yet drinks (in the bar area) took 20+ minutes to get! They tried to deliver us food twice that wasn't ours. We ordered an appetizer & it never came. Our entrees came after 55 minutes. No apologies for slow service or update as to why, until after we let them know. When we were leaving, I went to go down the stairs and one of the food delivery guys has tripped going up the stairs and yelled f*$k! Caesar salad was all over the stairs and he's asking what do I do? How do I clean this up? Seriously? Kids running the place."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great food and our waiter, Jacob, was terrific! Great recommendations and superb service"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I must say you can't beat the food. The service was not as good as we have come to expect in the USA."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The ribs were amazing! It's a fantastic local spot that is pretty busy on a Saturday night with outstanding BBQ."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The Cats Restaurant and Tavern is a warm friendly rustic place, with amazing food and wonderful servers. The building dates back to the 1880's, when it was a stagecoach stop, so the outside doesn't speak to the quality of the food served there. The décor is a step back into time, when the land was untamed and the west was wild. Fun place, wonderful food and great bands. We love the Cats!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had reservations (recommended) and arrived about 15 minutes early. We were seated right away. Very nice."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Met our friends for a celebratory dinner and was very pleased with the meal. The noise level was a bit high so don't expect to have a nice conversation. There were families there but I wouldn't recommend bringing kids...after dinner music was played in the bar area and it was great! There should be a dance area because the waitresses were swerving to miss those that were dancing. Will definitely be back! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food is good but the noise level is a problem. To loud. The service is slow but friendly."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Two of us were seated upstairs with a LOUD group of people. Unable to hold a conversation in such a small room. The Worst thing was no babyback ribs being on the menu. My wife had the salmon and it was just so/so and over priced for a piece of fish and a potato that had not enough butter or so called loaded garnishes 24$. Waiter didn't know what beer was available. The St. Louis ribs were good. Had to ask for more butter also. So after coming here 30 years ago the place had gone downhill! Overpriced and seated next to the liquor locker felt like not eating at a true restaurant! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I even thanked the hostess on our way out for reading my special request in the comment area when making our reservation. We were celebrating a belated birthday and a successful biz trip from out of the country and I had requested a romantic table, and that we were going to linger and dance to the music. It was a special night. We got the romantic table!! It was Sat. night at 8 p.m. too! We got one of the best tables in the house. What a memorable night. The Cats is one of my favorite places to eat and listen to music. This restaurant has a great history, and the owners have done a magnificent job renovating, rewiring, re-everything. What a great place to celebrate, or just go for a drink. Thank you The Cats! Juilet"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Food was really good. Nice friendly staff. .Only issue was service. We were 6adult 2kids. 3 beer 1 special and 4sodas took about 10min for drinks and waited additional 5when he forgot 1soda. No refills offered had to ask. Food came out in intervals 2 at a time with long wait in between. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The Cats is a great local restaurant in Los Gatos. The pulled pork is awesome and the ribs are wonderful. The service was excellent and friendly."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "When it reopened, it exceeded it's prior glory. Now, no bread, no salad, the baked beans had been baked so much they were clay, and the service- it was as if they brought the gardener in to work the dinner shift."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Went with a group of 12 on a Saturday night. Have a reservation more than a week in advance. Had to wait more than 30 minutes for them to get our table together. Then they put a brand new waitress with us. The poor thing tried her best, but didn't know the menu and was extremely slow on getting us drinks. The appetizers came out slow and we didn't get everything we ordered. The entrees came out separately and our whole table we waiting for quite a long time and we all finished at separate times. Great food but horrible service. Not her fault...but management should NOT have done that too her on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food was good. Service was less than good. Took forever to get a not dirty wine glass replaced. Appetizers came half way thru the main course. Salad came at the same time as the main course, not before (as normal). No water refills. When going to this place, it is your responsibility to keep the courses in proper sequence."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "It was my first time. The food was great and the staff was happy, courteous, prompt and attentive to make it a fun dining experience. The reservation system on-line was a little confusing because it shows times for the next day, not the current one, even if you are making a reservation early in the day. So, I did not notice the date was not the current day and made a reservation for the next day. No wonder the reservation was not in the system when I got there. Luckily I was very early and the wait was only about 15 minutes while we had a drink at the bar. I also took the shuttle from Los Gatos which was terrific and very convenient. Overall, it was great and will be back for more ribs!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Such a great location for meeting folks in between San Jose and Santa Cruz. Easy Parking. Fun look when you walk in the door. Unfortunately the food is greasy and not particularly flavorful (and I really like BBQ and chilli). Even the coleslaw was blah. Service was slow and awkward at best. And the music was way to loud for such a small place. Overall, very disappointing."
    Dined on 5/11/2014