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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.

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Monkey Cat Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (33)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
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Creative Cuisine (22)
Special Occasion (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Cozy (21)
Romantic (17)
Casual (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Business Meals (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Healthy (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Authentic (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Fun (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great place to eat. Service was excellent. If had to say something negative, it would be that the seats are very hard and not very comfortable.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Monkey Cat is a great go to dinner out spot. We look forward to having dinner there for two primary reasons, great food and upbeat professional staff. Our servers are always pleasant but not over the top. They understand when to interrupt to ask if anything is needed so your conversation can continue or you aren't caught with that bite you just took. The atmosphere is pleasant, cozy and eclectic. It's a reliable, go-to, restaurant. We always leave happy.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Went here for a Birthday dinner and it was a Sunday night. So even though they were busy it wasn't crazy noisy, which was nice. Waiter was amazing; great feedback/suggestions, joked around and made our special night a lot of fun. From the moment we arrived and were greeted by the hostess we felt welcomed and comfortable. Wonderful Desserts too

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

They have good selection of beer and wine. We ordered duck, chicken cordon blue, ribeye and burger. All delicious! Not salty or greasy at all. For dessert, cakes were not special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food was very good. The service excellent. Brought my parents in their 80’s and my 7 year old granddaughter and both enjoyed the meal. I loved that the catered to all our needs. Excellent!!!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Fun, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Casual, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I was there on New Years Eve. Service was fast and the food was good. Will come again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

3rd year celebrating New Years Eve at Monkey Cat-looking forward to next dinner at MC👍

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Not fine dining but adequate .Have better luck with lunch. Will return . We were here on NYear's
so I understand why it wasn't quite as good as I anticipated.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 1, 2018

As usual the food was excellent, the service warm and friendly but not obtrusive, and the ambiance on New Years Eve was great. Our favorite restaurant in Placer county!!!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always my favorite spot in Auburn. Great service and food.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was solid,which was what I was hoping for from the restaurant. It’s always hard to find a place to eat with family you don’t see often. The menu has a wide range of items and everyone was able to find something eat.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a very impressive meal with warm, attentive service. The crab cake appetizer could have been hotter temperature-wise and that is my only negative comment. The flavor of the cakes was excellent. We followed with the wedge salad, which came with housemade blue cheese dressing and a generous amount of bacon. For our entree we had the filet, and it was out of this world tender with a delicious brandy mushroom sauce. We tried two desserts-the praline cheesecake and the chocolate mousse/flourless cake. Both were outstanding! Great, friendly service and a cozy atmosphere rounded out the experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Really enjoyed this restaurant. I got the chicken udon and it was very flavorful and I thought the broth was incredible. My mom got the Asian salad, it looked good but the dressing was a little strong for my liking (and hers as well). My aunt got the tomato soup (the special of the day) and it was very good and my husband got the burger with the side salad. The side salad looked a little disappointing, would recommend getting fries as a side instead!

The service was incredible... I forgot the name our our server, but she had blonde hair, was very friendly and knowledgeable and quick. Will be back to try more of their food offerings soon!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The wine was excellent. I ordered the Veal, one piece was very good and tender. The second was chewy and not good. I would return with friends for another try.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

It was my first time but quality was throughout our experience at a very reasonable price point. I can’t wait to return!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Always a great time. Always great food and wine. Staff members the best.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We've eaten here for the last two Christmas Eve's as well as Thanksgiving last year. The food and service are wonderful and it's great for a special occasion. I generally get the filet mignon and it's consistently delicious. I highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

My favorite for lunch with friends, dinner out for special times. Delicious food, always friendly service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went on Christmas Eve. Very busy, but Shannon, our waitress was great. Food was outstanding. Restaurants on holidays can be iffy sometimes, but Monkey Cat is always awesome, no matter the date.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Caesar salad dressing was watery. Ribs were not flavorful. Salmon was good. Service was okay. It was Christmas Eve, and unfortunately, a mediocre dining experience. We recommend it and have gone there several times with very good experiences. We overheard the table next to us tell the waitress they never got their salad course, so spotty service wasn’t just us.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Nice upscale, warm, and welcoming environment with a tiny bar should you have to wait, but our reservation was on time with a great window table for two ready. Intentionally limited and well designed menu with additional daily specials, offering both appetizers and entrees. Well suited for a light or multi-course meal of well executed choices. Service was very good and personable. We were able to order appetizers before having to make up our minds on the main course, making for a leisurely dinner. Busy, even during the week, so reservations advised because it is popular with both local clientele and has a growing reputation as a discovery for tourist that pass through Auburn frequently. A great evening for two friends catching up over a really good meal.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

One of our go-to places. The food and service are always great. Nice intimate atmosphere. Great chef specials, too. Lots of local wines which is cool.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I've already talked to the owner about our abrupt, impersonal, then inattentive waitperson. It was my first experience of that at Monkey Cat. She had no people skills or finesse, and left us for long periods when we needed water or something else. She had no charm or grace in her job. The food was good, as usual. I had salmon and asked that the sauce on it be light. The waitperson took it upon herself to ask for the sauce on the side -- not what I wanted. My granddaughters and I felt rushed to order dinner, rushed to decide if we wanted take-out boxes, and rushed to chose dessert.
Monkey Cat is my go-to place for lunch with friends and for dinner with my husband and other relatives. Most often meals there are very nice experiences.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 17, 2017

As always everything was great. We were seated on time at the table we requested.

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

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 on December 11, 2017

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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