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About Monkey Cat

Located in historic downtown Auburn, The Monkey Cat is a popular destination for both locals and visitors who are looking for a fine dining experience. Voted as "The Best Restaurant" in many reader's surveys (Auburn Journal), The Monkey Cat has a special ambience and extensive menu. In 2005, the owner, Jim Bril, came to Auburn from San Francisco where he was the managing partner of the famous Fior D' Italia in North Beach, known as "America's Oldest Italian Restaurant". He quickly made The Monkey Cat into Gold Country's premiere restaurant for fine dining, banquets, business gatherings and special occasions. The lunch and dinner menus offer something for every discerning palate. Discover great appetizers like Monkey Cat Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Lobster Wontons, Stuffed Portobello Mushroom, Prosciuttto Wrapped Chicken Skewers and more! There are many different salads and fabulous entrees including steaks, seafood, poultry and pasta!

805 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Continental, Contemporary American, International

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00 - 8:30 Fridays & Saturdays 5:00 - 9:00

Cross Street:
Cherry

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(530) 888-8492

Website:
http://monkeycat.com/

Catering:
Off-site catering available. Plaese contact Jim @ 530-888-8492

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Special Menu for Easter, Mother's Day & Thanksgiving.
Open for Christmas Eve & New Years Eve, & Valentine's Day.
Reservations are required for Holidays.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Come celebrate the Holidays with us! We will be open from 5:00-8:30. Our brand new menu will be served along side of some amazing seafood specials. Reservations are required.

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Monkey Cat Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
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Good for Anniversaries (20)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Casual (16)
Romantic (15)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Cozy (11)
Healthy (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Authentic (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great Beer (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Organic (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Good for Groups (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was exceptional. We both had the special of sea bass. Happy hour margaritas were very good. Service was wonderful!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

We were sorry that there were almost no vegetarian entrees other than salads.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our first time here and we’ll be back! Service was impeccable and the food was cooked perfectly!!!!!!!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Always reliable for great food and friendly efficient service. This is our favorite local dine out choice. Year round lovely environment. New menu doesn’t have our favorite petrole sole but the scallops were new to us and absolutely delicious! Would recommend to anyone looking for a nice lunch or dinner experience in auburn.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent service from Shannon and was very responsive to all our requests!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a party of 5 at 6pm for Thanksgiving. We eat at the Monkey Cat about once a month or a little less. Normally, the food and service is excellent. They not only seemed to be short-staffed on Thanksgiving, but they ran out of mashed potatoes and lamb chops! Who in the hell doesn’t make enough potatoes?! It took a long time to get cocktails and wine as well. When we spend $225+ for dinner for 3 people (the other two paid separately) we really do expect something better than average.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had reservations for Thanksgiving and everything was perfect. There were 6 of us and we had a private booth which kept the feeling of having dinner with family. The food was very good and they gave several options for the main course instead of just limiting it to turkey. The server was very nice and prompt. We had a great time and will be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We always have a wonderful time and we especially love Gabby as our server!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Organic, Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Vegan, Healthy, Disabled Access
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

I loved the restaurant. I ate lamb chops which were perfect!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fabulous, traditional Thanksgiving dinner because we couldn't make it to Grandma's house.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Quick Bite, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The restaurant was cold when the door was opened. The food was good. I had the duck, wasn’t happy with the presentation. The lamb chops were nicely presented. The dessert was yummy! $5 for coffee seems high. Espresso would be a nice touch.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

As always a very pleasurable experience. Great selection of fish, chicken and beef dishes. Continued great service. We will be back soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We are visiting Auburn periodically to find a new home and it was my birthday celebration and was a wonderful evening of great drinks and food at your restaurant!! Thank you!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Healthy
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We (party of 4 adults and one child) arrived at 5:25 for our 5:30 reservation. While everyone there was very nice, we were very disappointed in the service: had to ask twice for the Shirley Temple, (which was made with soda water, not 7-up); never did get the Coke ordered, we had to wait 30 minutes for our order to be taken, then wait another 35 minutes for our food to arrive and one person only ordered a salad, two were already-cooked fish stews, another was appetizer of ribs with the most difficult was seared scallops, which was delicious. After ordering dessert, another wait of about 15 minutes before two small $8 cake slices arrived! When our bill didn't show up after having finished dessert and waiting another 15-20 mins, we finally just stood up and walked to the door, having to ask someone for our bill, another 5-minute wait for our server to appear with it. No one was at the check-in desk for me to leave my signed receipt with so we just paid it and left it there--not happy about that either.
I realize it was Saturday night but people were coming in after us, eating and leaving by the time we got our food! There was no one behind the bar and the kitchen must have been short-handed too because our server disappeared for long periods of time--cooking? This Auburn store needs to staff-up for a Saturday night.
It was a special occasion for us and we left feeling more than a little frustrated, disappointed and, frankly, embarrassed by our choice of dining places.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The quality of the service, food and ambiance was great. We will return as the experience was worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Went in for lunch after walking around downtown. We enjoyed the Duck Tacos, the Burger and some fries and avocado for the kids. Service was great, food was fantastic. Thanks for an enjoyable time for our little family.

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 (Yosemite)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very nice. Great soup and lemon cake. Efficient service. Friendly staff. No espresso.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always a pleasure to eat at the Monkey Cat. Wonderful atmosphere, great service and delicious food!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I had a great business lunch at Monkey Cat yesterday with someone who had never been. We both had the Mahi Mahi which was perfectly seasoned and cooked. It had an Asian flare to the dish which was delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food and service was great. Went there for my mother’s birthday and they surprised her with a free cake.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great place to go for a celebration or intimate dining

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Monkey Cat is a reliable and very pleasant restaurant. The wait staff are invariably pleasant and competent. I wish the menu had more gluten=free options. There are no gluten-free small plates for a starter course and only a few gluten -free salads Most of the gluten free dinner options are red meat and it would be nice to have a poultry and fish selection. That said, I appreciate any gluten-free options and I also appreciate having gluten-free choices marked on the menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Maybe it was an off night for this place, but the food was mediocre at best, same with service. Ambience was neat.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was wonderful. We’re busy and seem like there was not enough help. We love going to Monkey Cat.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food and service were excellent. Sent soup back since it was barely warm. Best meal I've had in auburn.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I haven’t had such a good meal in a long time! I had the Filet with shrimp and my date had the duck. Both of us absolutely loved the meal. Oh yeah, the desert was really good as well! Definitely worth the check out. It was nice to walk around downtown Auburn as well. Thank you for the great meal, Monkey Cat!

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Amazing as usual!!! The filet is always perfect. We really love this place

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Food selection was very good, presentation of plates was excellent,
atmosphere was quiet and cozy, server was very attentive to our needs.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was good, but service was terrible.... so slow and there were only a few people dining in the restaurant. It took forever to get anything- including a huge wait from when we were seated until when we even got water. Won't be going back!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Host and wait staff were very friendly. They were knowledgeable about both the food and wine list. We had steak and seafood and both were fresh and flavorful. Serving sizes were on the generous side. Topped it off with coffee and caramel cheesecake. We were both satisfied and happy as we strolled through Auburn after dinner. Thanks!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

The ambience was fantastic, started with our hostess then followed up with great food. ..completely satisfied and a new customer. ...

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

I live in Hawaii but, if I lived in Auburn I would visit the restaurant on a regular basis.
The food was great, service outstanding, in my experience, theis is the best restaurant in the Auburn area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Organic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Mgr. very accommodating as we requested booth to celebrate our anniversary.
Dessert was comp'd and we appreciated it, and told mgr. of our appreciation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great service, great food and good wine selection. We enjoyed the whole evening.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Service & food was excellent. Noise level a little load but people were having a fun time next to us

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We were recommended to have dinner her by our hotel. It was a good choice. The menu did not have any monkey or cat but, what it did have was great. My wife had a very nice cordon blue chicken and I have the sole. My wife could to eat all the chicken since it was such a large portion. We would go back if we get back to Auburn.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Had a terrific halibut dinner. Great service and the atmosphere is interesting. A must visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We had an amazing dinner! It was a Monday night and very quiet so that was perfect for us!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had an attentive and friendly server. The pace of the served food fit our request for a romantic evening. Varied menu--delicious food--beautiful presentation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Excellent food & service. One of the best restaurants in the Auburn area.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation
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