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Mc Palapa - Monkey Cat, Auburn, CA

Monkey Cat

4.4
4.4
1252 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in historic downtown Auburn, The Monkey Cat is a popular destination for both locals and visitors who are looking for a unique dining experience. Monkey Cat offers a wide selection of dishes, with something for everyone. The lunch menu has hearty sandwiches, delicious tacos, variety of salads and wonderful entree options. For dinner there is a variety of steaks, seafood and poultry dishes that will leave your mouth watering. Vegetarian and Vegan options are available on the menu, and most diets & allergies can be accommodated. Placer County is home to fantastic wineries and breweries, and Monkey Cat is a proud supporter of that. Try a local drink on your next visit. Looking to take care of a larger group? Ask about private dining. Everything from Happy Hour, to Wine Down Wednesday, to Holiday Specials, Monkey Cat has you covered.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Asian, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (530) 888-8492

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available with a bar and Internet connection. Seats up to 24 for dinner or up to 50 for cocktails. Customized menu. Please contact Jennifer @530-888-8492 or jennifer@monkeycat.com to reserve the banquet room.

  • Private party contact

    Jim: (530) 888-8492

  • Neighborhood

    Auburn

  • Cross street

    Cherry

  • Parking details

    Street side parking, parking lot located on Cherry Ave as well as Lincoln Way

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,252 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. AE

    ArvidE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious and enjoyed not being rushed during our dining time.
  2. D

    Donna

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food wonderful staff! One of our favorite places!
  3. ST

    STEPHANIEG

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, good super friendly service and delicious food. 4 of us all enjoyed our meals. We like how they give you the option to add shrimp, salmon, scallops or chicken to any meal.
  4. MT

    MatthewT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been going here over 23 years. Things have changed a little but it’s still one of our Fav restaurants.
  5. MF

    MargaretF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was outstanding.
  6. g

    glicker

    New England

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a lovely dinner - menu has changed a bit since the spring and portions might have been smaller? Brie toast was excellent, all enjoyed it. Wedge salad delicious - best dressing we've had on this type of salad. Scallops were perfect, though only four they were good size, and risotto good flavor but not the perfect texture. Steak frites delicious, excellent chimichurri, but a smaller portion. The brick chicken accompaniments have been switched to the filet dinner, so the chicken is now served with mashed potatoes. The menu said it was au jus, but it was served with a thickened sauce of questionable origin (chicken pan drippings? but it wasn't a chicken gravy). The waitress suggested mushrooms, which were a great addition, but without them the dish would have seriously lacked something, especially at that price point. Very little on the menu was marked gluten-free - particularly considering the items were largely meat, potatoes, and rice, that seems easy to remedy on at least one or two items. The lemon meringue cocktail makes a better dessert (I was warned), another cocktail was just okay. It's a high-price meal, maybe not the best value, but Monkey Cat is always reliable for good tasting food and atmosphere for guests and occasions. The patio garden is nice and allows conversation. Our service was attentive and timely, perhaps a bit overly enthusiastic, or at least more than we at the table could live up to.
  7. P

    Paula

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food; great venue for "date night"! We loved our seafood pasta special!
  8. j

    johna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Set this reservation up thru open table and asked about them being prepared to offer some gluten free options…….we were seated promptly, offered choice of seats, hostess came over let us know they were aware of the allergy……….all I can say is it was a fantastic experience! From appetizers to desert food and service was incredible!!!!
  9. RH

    RickH

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place to ‘“upscale” dine in Auburn. Always enjoy the experience.
  10. R

    Rachie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Had a really great cocktail, and some decent calamari, but the rest of the food was underwhelming and overpriced. The servers were all friendly, so that is great! The lettuce on both the calamari plate as well as our garden salad was old and wilty. Such an easy fix. The burger was decent, just a bit undercooked, and the steak was just kind of gross. The steak was almost raw - definitely not medium rare. The “chimmichuri” was not fresh looking or tasting at all. It’s supposed to be a nice fresh herby sauce and their version was an army green color paste. If it had good flavor, that would have been fine, but it was weird tasting!! Not sure where they got that recipe. Lastly, the fries came out not only luke warm, but they weren’t seasoned! Like at all?! Gah, I don't understand anyone who works in a kitchen and doesn’t season anything immediately after it comes out of the fryer?! French fries need seasoning!! We passed on dessert - all of it was cake except a crepe brûlée- and it was one of those plates they bring to the table and everything looks old and gross. Not sure why restaurants do that - a printed menu is so much better! And easier on the servers. A little bummed that it was so pricey for a mediocre food experience but overall it was a pleasant because the cocktail was good and the servers were friendly.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm welcome, friendly bartender, tasty meal and a delightful chat with Jennifer the owner.
  12. JS

    JanetS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was impeccable. The food was delicious. The only negatives were the absence of vegetables in the entrees. My husband had the scallops risotto and it came with only 3 scallops. I ordered the veggie stir fry with 3 scallops only. In the past the entree came with 4-5 scallops.
  13. C

    Chris

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    First visit; had requested outside seating but front patio is on a busy street and back patio has cars parked just a few feet away. We opted for a table in the corner. Even though it was Sat night, it wasn’t very crowded at 7 pm. Service was great, both at bar and at table. Food and drinks were excellent. Two of us had the special Barramundi in a garlic butter sauce, with herbed rice and asparagus; the other 2 had steak frites, and the 8oz filet mignon. The steaks were both undercooked for “medium” but were quickly corrected. Looking at the menu and pricing beforehand, I expected a fancier ambiance, but people were in shorts, flip flops and t-shirts. When the check came, it had a 3 1/2% credit card fee, even before deciding how to pay. When we questioned it, we’re told it would be removed if paying cash. Odd for a “higher priced” restaurant . Not sure how many people carry $400+ in their wallets. Not sure I’d return for dinner: not enough ambiance for a celebration dinner and too expensive for a casual night out.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice wait staff and great food
  15. SR

    SusieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Customer service is top notch and food is always delicious.
  16. VH

    VernH

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everthing was wonderful. The calamari and tuna appetizers were a great way to start our meal. We had salmon, halibut, seafood pasta and scallops as our entrees. All were fantastic. Desserts were yummy.
  17. O

    Out2eat

    Sacramento

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints! Tonight we started with a wedge salad, then a chimichurri flat-iron steak and brick chicken with potatoes. Then finished it off with the best creme brûlée. Dinner was delicious, service was excellent and the owners are always delightful. This is a must stop in when in Auburn, it’s where they will treat you like family.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother in law’s birthday
  19. R

    Ronnie

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Even during a busy downtown street faire, MonkeyCat was on their game and from creative cocktails to fresh appetizers to our quality main course, service was the friendliest and most personal of all the restaurants we have experienced in the Auburn area, plus the food quality, quantity and creativity was above what is normal in the area, although there are some great restaurants in the area. Only 4 star for ambiance because a table cloth would make this restaurant achieve the next level of fine dining, although many like the more casual atmosphere so let your feelings about this ve weighed in accordingly.
  20. C

    Carolyn

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Didn’t get outside table. Food marginal. Unlikely we’ll be back
  21. JE

    JEFFRYW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Ate at Monkey Cat a few months ago and thought the food was outstanding so went back last night for anniversary dinner. I was kind of disappointed with the food. I may go back and try again, maybe the chef was having a bad night.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had The Halibut which was delicious and my husband had the pasta and shell fish which was also delicious. We were there with our neighbors and they loved it also. Will Delhi back. Service was great also
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Took my friends mom for lunch. The service was slow but they were nice. Just wish we didn’t have to continue to ask for everything, especially for tea, water and the bill.
  24. R

    Rrrr

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delightful server. Delicious meals. Nice garden setting.
  25. V

    Visitor

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    We waited over 15-minutes for our server to greet us and after finishing our starter salads, waited over 45-minutes for our main entrees. Various items that were requested (lime slices for cocktail, bread, etc.), were forgotten and we had to remind the server. For the expensive price point, Monkey Cat has slipped in quality and service.
  26. DP

    DianaP

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Took one hour and 20 mins to get our food. Was not as described on the menu. Terrible, slow service. Food was over salted.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service.
  28. KS

    KindraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the BEST experience I've ever had at any restaurant. The service, the food...the whole experience. We cannot wait to go back!
  29. BA

    BAJA

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The crowd and the crew were great, as was the food!
  30. DB

    DawnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Food. Our waitress was amazing! I will definitely be coming back.
  31. L

    Love2eat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a fabulous dinner on the patio with our dogs. Sea scallops and salmon were cooked to perfection! Ended dinner with chocolate decadent cake a-la-mode. We will be back for more! 🐾🍷🍽
  32. AV

    AileenV

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Was our first time and was not sure what to expect... wanted something upscale in between (1/2 way) us and our friend. Our friends canceled, but we went anyway and are SO glad we did. Wonderful in every respect, we cannot wait to dine there again!
  33. VE

    VictorE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All the staff were friendly and attentive. Our server, Jess, I believe, was on it! Friendly, took good care of us, but not hovering. Dinner was very well done, delicious, and noteworthy for returning.
  34. ER

    ElaineR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great new addition for taco Tuesday’s 3 tacos and 3 margarita tastings
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    $16 for three tacos in a store-bought shell with barely any fillings. Pricey and went home hungry and disappointed.
  36. k

    kors4

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the place! Great friendly staff. But wasn't too happy with my scallops & risotto. It used to be a delicious creamy sauce. Something changed. Scallops were great, but the risotto had too much of a Fiesta flair.
  37. KM

    KellyM

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was awesome! Service was awesome! Server was awesome!
  38. J

    Judith

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our server, Erica, was SPECTACULAR!!!
  39. JL

    JeffL

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Inside was too noisy, but we moved to the outdoor patio with heater and were thrilled. The food was amazing. And so was the service.
  40. TB

    TimB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always good food and great service. Would not hesitate to go again and again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

Monkey Cat offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 888-8492.

Monkey Cat is rated 4.4 stars by 1252 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Monkey Cat

805 Lincoln Way Auburn, CA 95603

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cherry

  • Neighborhood

    Auburn

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Asian, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street side parking, parking lot located on Cherry Ave as well as Lincoln Way

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (530) 888-8492

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available with a bar and Internet connection. Seats up to 24 for dinner or up to 50 for cocktails. Customized menu. Please contact Jennifer @530-888-8492 or jennifer@monkeycat.com to reserve the banquet room.

  • Private party contact

    Jim: (530) 888-8492

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