Monkey Cat

4.6
1014 reviews
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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. Owned by Jim Bril, formerly from San Francisco, where he was a managing partner of the famous Fior D' Italia in North Beach. Monkey Cat offers a wide selection of dishes, with something for everyone. The lunch menu has hearty sandwiches, delicious tacos, 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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Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Pleasantly surprised at the breadth of the menu: the 4 of us had: 1) duck, 2) beef short ribs, 3) lamb and 4) halibut (special of the day). Honestly, the preparation was not up to 3-Star Michelin standards, but they were all very nicely done. I had the halibut and would not order it again … only because I would want to try some of the other dishes on the menu that I did not try (those that I had dinner with graciously allowed me to sample their entrée and all were delicious)

The cocktails were not up the standards of the food, but the food was excellent. Unfortunately, I failed to check out the wine list.

The dessert offering were excellent. I was surprised to see a chocolate cake from Divine Desserts (out of Loomis). We had a carrot cake, lemon cake, Crème Brulee and the chocolate cake.

The service was excellent. Our waitress was knowledgeable regarding the menu items and had such a terrific smile that I swear she made the food taste better (attitude is everything).

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JB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening good food, good service will go again (soon)

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SV
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We're from out of town & don't get to Auburn very often, but are always delighted to return to Monkey Cat. We've eaten lunch and dinner there 4 to 5 times & every meal has been wonderful. Servers are attentive, too. This time, waitress had noted our Open-Table comment that we had an event to get to by a specific time & she was very accommodating. Yum!

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JG
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monkey Cat is probably my favorite restaurant at this time.
You can always count on them to have consistency excellent food & service.

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NJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a friend’s birthday. Excellent food and great service.

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DV
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite go to restaurant never disappoints. We’re so sorry to hear of the owners death. Certainly he leaves a big hole in the community and the restaurant. His well trained staff however carries on his penchant for taking care of the clientele in the same lovely way he’d have required. We love recommending monkey cat or taking guests for a night in our wonderful town.

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D
Sacramento
48 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Steak 🌮 tacos 5
Iceberg salad 5
Crab cakes 3
We drove up from placerville. Finally got up on weekday

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DK
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Monkey Cat multiple times for quiet middle of the week meals to Thanksgiving dinner. We are always received warmly and hospitably. The ambiance is welcoming and interesting: some Monkey Cat themed objets d'art and art from various local artists. They have a full bar with craft cocktails as well as a wine list with selected local wines.
Most importantly, the food is consistently delicious and well presented. I especially like the duck breast and the lab chops, as well as various specials. I have never been disappointed when I have eaten at Monkey Cat.

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NB
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place for birthday and anniversary celebrations. Always great filets and the service is spot on. Highly recommend!

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CG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent... service efficient and super friendly.. we enjoyed the experience!

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LG
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exquisite; the service personable and attentive; the ambience charming, just quirky enough to be interesting; and the name of the place is to die for!

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KF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Waitress was very nice but extremely slow to service. Way too long to wait for everything . Small tip

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OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, always a fun experience! Love that thy feature local artist work!

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was amazing, service was amazing, prices are so very reasonable, great wine selection. We love this place and everything about it. We always recommend to family and friends.

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RL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the Monkey Cat. The best, perfectly prepared lamb chops I have ever eaten served with a delicious, tart cherry sauce. Wine list was very good and quite reasonable. My wife had a pasta with oil, garlic, vegetables and shrimp that I plan to try next time. The wait staff was helpful and friendly and the entire dining experience was most enjoyable.

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CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable lunch. Good food and great shady outside area to sit with the dog.

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DM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always superb! Food is consistently excellent and service top notch.

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K
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Did not have Menu item as described on website “Eggplant Au Gratin” that we specifically came there for !! Could not get a Booth at 5:30 on Friday because we didn’t request it on Online reservations! Of which I didn’t See or know that was mandatory
Limited menu options with minimal portions
Server was nice but large time gap between
Clearing table to Check request

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PB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was very good and the location is easy to find and parking nearby was great.

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JP
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value ....fantastic service... outstanding menu ... great local restaurant ... travelers must stop for dinner

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NJ
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

We eat at Monkey Cat often, always loving it. The last two times though were not good. Once there was a guy with his kids with a basketball game turned on...on his phone with the sound all the way up so they could all watch the game. Waitress or manager should have had him turn it off. This time, we received the wrong food, it was cold and my to go bag we had to ask for since she took it away to have packaged but didn’t return with it. Then only my meat was in the bag.

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DD
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was very good. I had short ribs and my husband had steak. We had calamari for appetizer which was also good. We ordered salads which were not delivered. When we were finishing the appetizer, the entrees were delivered. At that point we told them not to bother bringing the salads. Overall the staff was friendly and the food was good. We will give it a second try.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great restaurant. The food was wonderful as usual. Love the ambiance

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JT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated promptly. Our server, Urka, was cordial and attentive throughout our visit. We can't wait to return.

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MG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. Our waiter Tony was great. The food was delicious and service stupendous. The short ribs were perfect and fell off the bone. We will return as soon as possible.

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ML
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Salad swimming in dressing:-(

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C
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We each had appetizers because we like the variety of choices.
They use excellent quality ingredients and each dish has many combined to make the taste perfect.
The salad has nuts and fruit included with just right dressing for instance.
They present a tray of desserts to pick from so you don’t guess what will arrive.
The server takes a long time to arrive and usually there all only 2 for whole restaurant

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DW
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place to eat in Auburn - the food was good for the price and the service was very good.

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LW
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, and the Halibut was awesome. Cooked to perfection!!

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ST
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always love Monkey Cat! Great food, service, and atmosphere!

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MW
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our 38th Wedding Anniversary! It was a very nice evening. Everything was wonderful!

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C
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome as always, service was great! Best place in the foothills by far.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I moved to Auburn a year ago and have been to many local restaurants - Monkey Cat is our favorite. We came from the Bay Area and Monkey Cat could easily make a place for itself in a sea of excellent dining establishments.

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LU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 41st wedding anniversary on April 1st. The service was outstanding, food was delicious, and the ambiance was fantastic. When we ordered dessert, our waitress surprised us each with a glass of Port. She said this was on them, and wished us a Happy Anniversary. If you're looking for a special place to celebrate or just want great food, the Monkey Cat is the place to go.

John and Lucille Mlakar

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n
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went early (5pm) on a Sunday. Food was fantastic and service was attentive and friendly

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ND
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was friendly but slow. Asked for water and never received it. Meal was prepared well but lacked flavor. Didn't have top shelf Rum. Not a full bar service as expected.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Not enough wait staff so we did not get good service. One of the meals (steak) had been asked to be medium well and came out medium rare so had to be sent back so rest of our table of 4 were done with their meal before he got his steak back. Had to wait along time for drinks to be ordered and then along time for them to come. Same with meals. Then took forever to get our bill and it was wrong so had to wait again. Waitress had a very bad attitude.

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R
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing!! Needed more staffing as a little slow on getting water and our drinks. Food came pretty quickly. All and all no complaints. I have been here many times. Great 👍🏼

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GM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We didn’t appreciate that we had to pay for two more pieces of bread for dinner came with two pieces we asked for more and we had to pay that is ridiculous we ordered salad appetizer main course and dessert and cocktails and we had to pay for our bread what a shame !

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, fresh cuisine. Nice variety of wines. Charming ambience. Very friendly staff.

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