Monkey Cat

4.6
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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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BS
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.

DD
Sacramento
1 review
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.

T
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.

TZ
Sacramento
11 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!

CM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service, Great food, Memorable experience!

SD
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

OT
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

R
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.

K
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.

DM
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 .

GH
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.

KB
Sacramento
1 review
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!!

HB
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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A
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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OT
Sacramento
2 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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LA
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.

OT
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.

MD
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.

J
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monkey Cat is fantastic, the best restaurant in Auburn

JY
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always! The food and service are always great at Monkey Cat!

BS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined there many times over the years because I always order the Seafood Pasta because it's the best
in the area! I was sad to here that the owner had passed away last June. Great Man!
New owners keep up the good work!
Thanks!

LF
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was extremely slow, specially when it came to getting our food once it was ordered. Very pricey for the quality and the amount. Pours of wine were not even close to what one would expect for the price. One of our party ordered one of the "specials" as described by the waitress (seafood pasta in red sauce) and when it came to the table it was in white sauce which is exactly what was NOT wanted. The order was not sent back only due to the amount of time we had already waited for our food.
Very disappointed and was hoping the new ownership would provide a new great restaurant in Auburn, as we do need one.

M
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The filet is AMAZING!!!!! The bread is exceptional, I always love bread from the Truckee bakery!!!!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food amazing service.

R
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good menu and specials. All 6 of us had excellent meals and shared desserts. Great service. Look forward to our next opportunity to visit.

c
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I HAD A DELIGHTFUL DINNER OF SCALLOPS WITH NOODLES AND BOK CHOY. MY WIFE DINED
ON SHRIMP. BOTH MEALS WERE DELICIOUS AND THE SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT.

JC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was friendly and helpful.

K
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We celebrated our 39 th anniversary and were greeted warmly on arrival. Tony , our server, was there to greet us.
He is most helpful explaining the entrees and the wines. All 6 of us enjoyed our meals and the and the ambiance! Salmon and Steak were both delicious!

j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We wanted to like this place - a local joint, in the heart of downtown. I rarely give a review, but am doing so in order to help the owners correct some small issues, which would greatly improve the experience. It wouldn't;t take much to make this a great experience.

- Apps
Tomato Bisque
Fried Artichoke Hearts
Flatbread (Portabella / cheese)

-Mains
Scallop Soba Dish
Asian Salad with Portabella Mushroom

The Soup came out Luke warm, but they were prompt in heating it back up. It was the tomato bisque with blue cheese, great soup, was great other than very low temp.

Artichokes were fine, although my wife passed on them, I thought they were fine, if under seasoned.

The flat bread had excellent flavor, but due to the amount of olive oil under the bread and on it, it was extremely "wet". Flavor was great, just need to tweak the preparation to keep the bread flat / non soggy.

The salad was fine, but my Soba dish had flavor of soil at the bottom. It had box ahoy in it, which is notoriously hard to clean, but I suspect they need to look at how or if the box ahoy is being rinsed before preparation. Once again flavor was great.

Taken together it may read harsh, but honestly, these were small things that are easy to fix. The food flavor was excellent, and service was attentive and friendly in a great ambience.

Please go there, and give honest feedback, as they are on the edge of being a great neighborhood gem. This was a Monday night, which is probably not anyone's best day if we are honest, and it is possible I had an unusual experience.

NJ
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine at Monkey Cat on an average of once a month. We have always had great service and food. In fact, we think it is the best in Auburn!

KC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t especially good either. Just okay. For the price I would go somewhere else.

OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was ok. The best of our three dinners was the scallop udon. The service was very slow but they were nice. The location and ambiance was cool.

JD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Been many times. Please go and enjoy with family and friends.

AA
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant & has been for years. As we understand there is new ownership. With this is mind it was great to see the same great staff that always makes the experience for us. My wife's favorite dish is the scallop udon. She orders this dish every time. So she knows it well. However this Saturday night 11/9/19 she was disappointed to see that the dish had changed. The broth was different it was much more beef based, darker in color & didn't have the same amount of ginger flavor. She also noted that instead of a few large scallops she had a larger number of small scallops. I tried the scallop udon as it is also one of my favorites. Needless to say were both disappointed in the change to one of our favorite dishes.
We also saw a sign as we entered regarding the new "kids" menu. We have children but reserve Monkey Cat for date nights or dining with other adults. Our typical dinner for the two of us with appetizers, salad, entry, desert & a bottle of wine sometimes two is well over $200 & worth every penny. We have restaurants we take our children too & will take to the Monkey Cat when they are old enough for the full menu. Until then we will continue to take them to restaurants with placemats for coloring & crayons. I surely hope to not see crayons & coloring mats reserved for lesser dining experiences than what we have come to know from Monkey Cat.

c
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. The chicken cordon bleu was excellent, as were there desserts.

T
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Monkey Cat! I always tell friends and coworkers about Monkey Cat every chance I get. When my daughter visits from Southern California we “have to” go to Monkey Cat.

That being said, for the first time ever I was seated on the bar-side of the restaurant. The ambiance was not there. The lighting is a bit harsh in the one light fixture (we were under it) as compared to softer bulbs in all the others. There’s too big a walk thru for traffic right down that center section, the tables are laid out like any regular old place but this is Monkey Cat, seems more thought could have been put into that layout on that side and more fitting to the vibe of the restaurant. But we love the entire menu, the bar menu and the staff are wonderful and fun! I’m sorry to mention the lights/seating. It did unfortunately affect this visit and we didn’t linger for dessert and coffee. But I’ll be back. Thank you.

DE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent drinks. Excellent service.

DG
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

G
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Very disappointed in the quality of the food
Terribly over priced for tomatoe soup with a few shell fish - special

EF
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service! They just created a kids menu and it was very good and kid approved! Highly recommend their calamari appetizer. Good selection of local wines as well! Definitely check it out!

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