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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!
Auburn, CA 95603
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Off-site catering available. Plaese contact Jim @ 530-888-8492
Street side parking, parking lot located on Cherry Ave as well as Lincoln Way
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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