Monkey Cat

4.6
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1110 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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4.6
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CherylH
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was a bit hot patio dining! We were just glad to be able to go out!

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JillC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was attentive without being overbearing. Our server suggested a great starter. The corkage fee seems high compared to other restaurants.

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JohnH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our first experience at this restaurant was only fair. 5 years later the quality of the food was good. Not amazing but good. I felt the service was excellent. The wine selection was weak if you like good wine. Overall, 4 stars. Nice job.

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TerryG
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food were amazing. This was all our fist time, and when this mess is done, we will go back.

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BertG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food. We were on the patio which is nice, shady, and secluded.

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KimG
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We haven't been here in a while. We decided to try it because it had new owners. The food was excellent and we are picky foodies. The service was also excellent. We will definately be back!

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JenA
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Ive been here twice before. Food was amazing then. Im sure it is because of all the restrictions but my mac n chs tasted undercooked and from a box. It was so good before. My boyfriend loved the lamb chops though a bit too rare. The cocktails were amazing and service fantastic. Ill be back no doubt.

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vipJamielR
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great surprise in Auburn! We ate here twice we liked it so much

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to dine; especially with the dedicated staff & owners alway making each experience amazing

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MichaelL
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to come to celebrate anything in life

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vipFine
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice experience. Seafood Pasta was perfectly cooked, full of fresh seafood and well balanced (just enough pasta without overwhelming). Duck was cooked to perfect temperature and the margaritas were 2nd to none. This is definitely a hidden jewel in downtown (not old town) Auburn. Highly recommended.

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foothillsgirl
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool inside on a 100 degree day for lunch. Outstanding steak tenderloin wrap. Would order again in a second. Looking forward to next shopping trip to Auburn.

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KenB
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently good, great ambiance, and staff certainly working hard to ensure a pleasant experience. The remodeled Bar looks very nice too!

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Misty2015
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good there, had a great Birthday!

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vipTJcraig
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

There were 4 in our party...chicken cordon Blu was okay...my son had the rib eye ..my husband had the duck...it had quite a bit of fat..but was tender and good. We Would come back...service was so-so...

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TonyG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive and she had much help in additional staff members. The penne pasta and scallops were seasoned in sauces so exceptional. We dined on the patio which added to the ambiance. We will shall be back. Cathy & Tony

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vipWalden
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The completely remodeled space allows for safe and relaxed dining.

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BlairS
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to be back having dinner at Monkey Cat, Great new owners and staff that care !

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Merilee
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at the Monkey Cat in Auburn several times and have never been disappointed. Their tomato soup with bleu cheese is a taste experience not to be missed!

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DaveH
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wait staff were friendly and gave great recommendations. Food was very good and nicely presented.

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BryanS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great surprise. First time dining in downtown Auburn. Couldn't have been any luckier to make a reservation at Monkey Cat. Just the two of us the day after Valentine Day. More than made up for the lack of a Valentine Day dinner.

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DaveD
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Service was slow and unattentive, it was busy but still hard to flag down the server. 2 out of 4 of our dinners were not good, the lamb was very very undercooked in one dinner entree and my seafood pasta was very bland. And it was a Birthday dinner, I expected more for my wife.

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jakeT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We like the Monkey as a place to bring our out of town friends as it has a lot of character. We have lived in Auburn since before the Monkey Cat when the building was the corner grocer. one thing we would like to see is another vegetarian item on the menu. Lots of our friends have taken the plunge and are Vegan and Vegetarian. still, it is a great place to eat.

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TanyaZ
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and drinks was happy they didn’t change their whole menu for Valentine’s Day!

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ClarkM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service, Great food, Memorable experience!

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ShirleyD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

I have eaten at Monkey Cat many times and would normally rate it very high. Valentines Day dinner was not at all what I expected! No Valentines day special menu, No extras like flowers on the table, nothing at all! Food was not great but was very expensive! Service just so/so! Won't be back for a holiday again

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Monkey Cat was recommended to us by a store owner in town.
We didn’t care for the ambience, but the staff was very nice,however
The food was not warm enough

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Rony
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. We were seated promptly. The friendly waitperson achieved perfect balance of attention and privacy. Food, wine and dessert were first class. A delightful evening.

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Kathy
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. The food was very, very good. We had the Filet Mignon and it was cooked perfect and very tender. Would highly recommend it and we will go again.

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DebbieM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love going to Monkey Cat! Great place for cozy dinners . I was slightly underwhelmed by the Petrale Sole special but generally highly rate food and service .

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GaryH
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food, good service.
Only issue was cold air coming in the back door when people went out that way.

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vipKellyB
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The two specials, brick chicken and short ribs, were EXCELLENT. The flatbread with goat cheese and mandarins appetizer was also EXCELLENT. And finally, Tony did a marvelous job, as usual. Can’t beat Monkey Cat for date night!!

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HalB
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good, but on the expensive side. They waitress was very nice. One thing that bothered me, although I did not complain was the drinks. The specials sign coming in said there was a special on margaritas for 5$ We 4 of them. On the bill, they charged $12 each instead of $5 which was $48 instead of $20 I anticipated.

Monkey Cat
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hello, I apologize for the confusion on the margaritas. Our house margarita made with well tequila is $5 on Tuesday's; but, you were served ours silver margarita with patron silver for $12. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again.

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Ahimama
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have gone there 2 other times and was not impressed considering it was rated as the best restaurant in Auburn. I decided to try it again since friends have said it was good. It was better this time so possibly it was because I ordered a different meal. The service was slow but the waitress was pleasant and kept us up to date on when we would be served. It is a nice restaurant but I am spoiled from living in the Bay Area for many years and our travels around the world.

Monkey Cat
Responded on January 17, 2020

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you again and are happy to hear that this visit was a better experience. We hope to see you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently good service and great food. I have found menu offers a good range of dining choices.

Monkey Cat
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review and allowing us to serve you!

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LesA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I would recommend the restaurant if price is not important. I do not believe it is good value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Monkey Cat was rather quiet when we dropped in for a late lunch after skiing all morning, but the wait staff couldn’t have been nicer. The food was fresh and prepared well; a very enjoyable experience! We hope to get there again soon.

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MissiD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

New Year’s Eve. The food was good but portions were to small.
Table was small and uncomfortable.

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BrianM
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great prime rib special on Wednesday and Thursday!!!

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Jeff
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monkey Cat is fantastic, the best restaurant in Auburn

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Monkey Cat is rated 4.6 stars by 1110 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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