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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
The Cats Restaurant & Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (57)vibrant bar scene (44)fit for foodies (35)good for groups (33)hot spot (29)kid-friendly (22)late-night find (19)special occasion (16)scenic view (7)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (4)romantic (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Cool Beans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I've been here twice in thirty years -- each time, my experience was excellent. Now that I'm in the area more, I'll take more parties to Cats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • snarfoid
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The $12 cocktail was good, but small. Most likely won't order that again. Ribs are still awesome.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great barbecue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and I had the ribs with just the rub. They were perfect tabs did not need any other sauce. The cornbread was wonderful
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Cats is tight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I went to The Cats for the first time & my birthday dinner. I requested a table close to the bar and was put upstairs. I like to be close to the bar, especially when there is a band and I am celebrating. Ding #1. There is a small kitchen upstairs that was right around the corner from out table. They dropped & broke many dishes twice. Like I'm deaf for awhile loud. In the second room upstairs there is a dinning area and a service station. Since it is a tight squeeze a customer knocked down some silver wear in there. More noise that wasn't the band. Ding #2. My glass was empty and my waiter didn't come back forever. Ding #3. Clearly I have to go somewhere else to get a buzz. I had to ask for a box and our plates to be cleared. Ding #4.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The best thing about Cats is their BBQ ribs and beans. Don't order the over-stuffed potato because it isn't. I thought the cornbread was a joke as it was exactly one inch square so we had to ask for more. I would not recommend this restaurant to anybody.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Fave!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    As usual, Cat's is the Bomb. Love, love, love the ribs and chicken wings. Great bar scene, and a nice mix of beers, wine and cocktails. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of a kind
    StevenS
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Very unique place and very friendly staff. We had a great time and great food here. I was worried that when they remodeled it, it would ruin the unique rustic feel but it actually made it better, great job. We will make this a place to come to more often.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GreatTime
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Great service--a bit noisy, but not overbearing--Good Food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BBQ heaven for everyone
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We arrived early for our reservation and had to wait to be seated even though there were a few empty tables. They worked very hard to get us seated and were very polite. Everything we ordered was very good-hubby had chicken and ribs that came with grilled vegetables, I had Cesaer salad, baked potato and firecracker chicken wings. The salad was huge and delicious. The wings were a bit spicy and sweet and delicious. Hubby loved his ribs and took the chicken for next day lunch. We also ordered cheesy garlic bread-loved it. Service was polite and appropriately attentive. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Ribs...Ever!
    happycamper
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The Cats is a quirky, fun neighborhood joint. Went there for my husbands B-day. The service was timely and friendly, the ribs were great and they even brought a complimentary dessert to celebrate! Don't miss the baked beans...fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Los Gatos institution for BBQ
    lostinthewillows
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This is a great place for BBQ the ribs are wonderful. They even had 1/2 off on the wine the evening we went. If you want ribs this is your place. Great on a cold Winter night when the smell of the wood burning for the BBQ makes it feel warm and cozy. Yummy
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinning experience!
    lovgoodfood
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I was here ten years ago, and the place was old but nice. We decided to go back last weekend and to our surprise, the place has been renovated but kept is charm. We'll be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, pathetic service
    Kkkkatey
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was my fourth visit and the food was as expected - well prepared, delicious, and ample. The service, however, was very disappointing. We were seated and water and drinks promptly served. We ordered potato skins after being told it included 4 servings but it was actually 2 to share among 4 people. My plate included a serving of beans in a huge bowl with an iced tea spoon. The waiter promised to bring an appropriate spoon but never did and our order for a second round of drinks never arrived. The cornbread, which was listed on the menu as part of the meal, had to be requested. The band started playing half-way through our meal. The speaker positioned directly above our table was turned up so high that conversation was impossible.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cats is an authentic experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I had not been to Cats in over 20 years. I had great memories from going there with my older kids. I love getting there early to enjoy a beer and listen to great acoustic music before heading in for the best steaks and BBQ in town. I was worried when the restaurant closed for a few years and then re-opened. I thought they would have lost the charm it had, but I couldn't even tell anything had changed. I love this place and can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was great. Would be fun for a boys night out or a girls night out meal. There is live music there, but we were too early to hear it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BBQ on point
    ERICAB1989
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Awesome food, awesome staff, awesome drinks. Reservations were at 8:30 and they took us early! Very accommodating. Thanks Cats Tavern!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cute place
    Lacrosse
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Good BBQ for California. Nice old time feel. Would be a good day to day hang out. Good bar and music area.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Best BBQ I have had in a very long time. Sure wish I had gone there a long time ago. I have recommended the Cats to all my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great 50th celebration
    Cali
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a wonderful experience the other night, food was great the shuttle pick up worked out perfectly, and our waiter Ono gave us outstanding service and was so much fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If BBQ is what you are looking for it is great. Not fancy. The onion strings are fantastic if you are in the mood for a treat. The ribs come dry, wet or honey basted. Pulled pork is very good. They are cooked very well and no fatty. Although the host/hostesses are rather clueless, the waiters are very good. I recommend having a reservation because it can get very busy. I have only eaten in the restaurant and have not been there when music is in the bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Partier's that are Hungry...
    Japan
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Plus, besides eating at "The Cats Restaurant and Tavern" which has pretty good food and good people working there, this place has live music most of the week (late into the night)! Just wish it was a larger establishment so letting you know that it's a must with getting there early enough to get a table! Reservations for dining? We did but still had a good wait but didn't mind because of getting to listen to the live music! Hope this helped!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food!
    Tasty
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The only thing I would change is I would make sure the cornbread is and the BBQ requested on the side is hot! Otherwise you guys did a good job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best kept secret
    garth66
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've seen The Cat's for years when driving over the hill to Santa Cruz and was curious, but finally visited for dinner. The Cat's greatly exceeded my expectations. We visited again and found our second visit consistent with the first. The food is FANTASTIC, and the servers were very friendly and helpful. The ribs with the honey sauce were amazing. And the smokey baked beans, sauteed mushrooms, and onion strings were all excellent and highly recommended. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • letseatout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our Anniversary dinner, ordered drinks in the bar before dinner, guess the server didn't want to deal with drink only tables, she left them sitting on the bar we had to pick them up ourself and she got 2 beers and shot of Crown WRONG, she never came back to our table. Manager wound up comping our drinks and several other tables around us. Dinner table was way too small for two dinner plates, about the size of a night stand, chicken was not done manager said it should be pink. Not my chicken. Won't recommend and won't go back!! On a scale of 1 to 5, this place gets a 2. Waiter was good and attentive.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Place
    Firstimers
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This has become our favorite STEAKHOUSE. The meats have the best smoked flavor anywhere. We have been back almost every week just for the MEAT.... The beer and drinks are good, too..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great BBQ
    Aiti
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Enjoyed the food and service. Recommend the combo plate. Will return in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Very good food, great service. Hard to get back to the Valley, so probably only a yearly event.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BearPaw
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was very good. Service very poor. We went unnoticed once seated. The waiter who was serving us was having a difficult time. He dropped a full tray of food down the stairs and then later when serving us he dropped a bean dish on the table bathing my wife and the gentleman behind her in liquid. Though the food was excellent the noise level and service make this experience a poor one at best.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum!
    snarfoid
    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.
  • All about
    eatwords4u
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food is excellent..Service poor to say the least....Reservations seems like they do not look at them till you get there. As a result it either goes smoothly or it is like you didn't make a reservation. Never get Open Table points for making reservations here...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food bad service
    greatfood
    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
    wolterclan
    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.
  • Kat711
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We're never disappointed with the Cats, whether it's for dinner, or just music and cocktails. My dinner was delicious, and we closed the night out at the bar listening to great music. Glad it's so close to home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.