The Cats Restaurant & Tavern
The Cats Restaurant & Tavern

The Cats Restaurant & Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecatsrestaurantandtavern.com/
  • Phone: 4083544020
  • 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: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American, Barbecue
  • 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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The Cats Restaurant & Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (40)vibrant bar scene (25)good for groups (23)fit for foodies (21)special occasion (17)hot spot (16)kid-friendly (16)late-night find (13)scenic view (6)romantic (3)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Wow, best BBQ I think I've ever had. Most "meat" places have no idea what to do with anything besides meat. But here the grilled veggies were good, the coleslaw excellent, garlic bread good and smoky, cornbread tasty. And the ribs..... AWESOME.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had early reservations and was seated immediately. great BBQ menu to choose from things looked great. Our waiter was very personable but had other tables he was busy with as a result we had to wait a extremely long time for our appetizer then a long time for our dinner. we were very disappointed with the service but extremely pleased with the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Fun and Awesome Steaks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    One of my favorites with friends. Quiet enough to talk, but noise is welcome. Mouthwatering steaks and BBQ, and awesome drinks. Try their bourbon specialty drinks- outstanding! Great live music option that draws a fun crowd.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timers
    Firstimers
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Surprise
    PotatoGuy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Cats Restaurant
    Allison
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    An old staple of Los Gatos. If you haven't been or it has been awhile, I highly recommend giving it a try. I got there early, 6pm (an hour or so later, it was packed), and was seated right away. Service was great. Waiter always made sure to check on me often enough but not too often to be annoying. Had the rib eye steak, medium rare and baked potato both were excellent. Barely could finish it all but did. Washed it all down with Angry Orchard Cider. Finally, ciders are starting to show up in restaurants, slowly but surly. They are a nice option to beer and wine with a lower % alcohol. Next visit, I'm trying the pulled pork which other guests had and it looked delicious. They also have live music in the bar. Check them out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the BBQ!
    PDCD
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Been coming to the Cat's for many years! This is the first time in many years that we came during the week. It is not the same! Come on a weekend! Food is wonderful, but the menu is extremely limited on a weeknight.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Honey Glazeddd Ribs RIBS RIBS!!!!!
    MissSharksFan
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good BBQ fun place
    TravelCrzy
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Good BBQ, fun place. Place was busy and service was a bit slow. Checked in on YELP and got free "cowboy chips".
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Timers
    Ruby
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must go
    Ginspec
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was great service excellent I'll go again very soon
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    If you go, only eat downstairs. Upstairs is a sweatbox. Get a booth too, their tables for 4 are really tables for too. It was a very uncomfortable evening for myself.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll go back for the dancing.
    klwong43
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ants!
    jwinedine
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun; Give Them a Try You'll Like it
    Valhala95014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic dinner
    PrincessVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Eats
    eatwords4u
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience Terrific Ribs
    returns
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Get there early when bands are playing. Locals fill the place. Nice rustic atmosphere. Best ribs in the area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Excellent Service
    FoodSnob
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BBQ in town
    Cjcaballero
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    lovethisplace
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great BBQ!!
    DWgirl13
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pinky
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never again.
    JimB
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Los Gatos Gem
    Culvett
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go To The Cats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BBQ
    rayguns
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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”
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good BBQ
    Kappyland
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad experience at Cats Restaurant
    Bummed
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The $27 New York steak was thin as opposed to thicker as it was sold to us by the waiter. It was grissely and the texture was horrible. I question whether or not it was a NY steak? The ribs on one plate were tiny as oppossed to the ribs on another plate and we ordered the same thing (chicken and ribs). The background music (not the band) that was playing while we ate was super loud, we asked for it to be lowered and it was a problem for the waiter. Anything we asked the waiter for it was a problem for him, he acted as though he would be doing us a huge favor and was always very doubtful he could do what we requested.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On the downslide....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We used to love coming to The Cats. The food is good BBQ with generous portions. This time it felt like kids were running the place. There were 3 bartenders, yet drinks (in the bar area) took 20+ minutes to get! They tried to deliver us food twice that wasn't ours. We ordered an appetizer & it never came. Our entrees came after 55 minutes. No apologies for slow service or update as to why, until after we let them know. When we were leaving, I went to go down the stairs and one of the food delivery guys has tripped going up the stairs and yelled f*$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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cats was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food and our waiter, Jacob, was terrific! Great recommendations and superb service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steve Coombe
    zoom
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I must say you can't beat the food. The service was not as good as we have come to expect in the USA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great BBQ.
    Stearnzy33
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The ribs were amazing! It's a fantastic local spot that is pretty busy on a Saturday night with outstanding BBQ.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Place
    ValB
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations
    food4thought
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had reservations (recommended) and arrived about 15 minutes early. We were seated right away. Very nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday night gathering place
    jakerake63
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    Susan
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The food is good but the noise level is a problem. To loud. The service is slow but friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cats NO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Open Table Works!
    Juliet
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.