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Monkey Cat

4.5
784 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental
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  • Good for a Date (29)
  • Neighborhood Gem (26)
  • Good for Birthdays (24)
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Continental, Contemporary American, International
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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
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Phone number
(530) 888-8492
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Off-site catering available. Plaese contact Jim @ 530-888-8492
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cherry
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Parking details
Street side parking, parking lot located on Cherry Ave as well as Lincoln Way
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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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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
What 784 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ursa (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We've dined here before in the past during the lunch hour some years back. We were disappointed with our dining experience at another restaurant on Valentine's Day the prior week. I wanted to find another dining spot to celebrate my wife's birthday. Remembering Monkey Cat, and reviewing their menu offerings, we decided to celebrate there. Having had good experience with the service, we booked a reservation through Open Table. When we arrived on the day of the reservation, the greeting restaurant staff member granted our request for seating next to the front window where we could view the snow activity. We had questions regarding the menu. The waitress was excellent in providing information and suggestions, some of which we accepted. We ordered their house Cabernet at "Happy Hour." It was first rate. Usually we order one appetizer or none, but this evening we requested calamari and wonton. Both excellent. My wife and I had Chicken Cordon Blu (spelling?). I had had the same dinner at the previous restaurant not mentioned here. Compared to the former, the offering we ordered at Monkey Cat was far superior, and a dinner we both enjoyed. My wife was so impressed, she insist we come back again for a return dining engagement.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Excellent service and great food throughout

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MikeS 
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The Monkey Cat staff made my husband feel special on his birthday and accommodated the private seating we asked for. The food was wonderful, the prices are competitive, and our waitress was attentive yet gave us privacy as well. Wonderful place, would recommend it to anyone!

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vipginniemcdrew (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

This was suppose to be a Birthday surprise for my daughter-in-law who got sick and couldn't make it to dinner but my son went with us anyway and it was a very delightful dinner. The duck was wonderful and the apple brie crostini's were put of this world. Our waitress was very sweet and cordial. Since I was fasting on liquor for Lent I couldn't have a cocktail or wine but my husband and son liked what they got. We will certainly come again and bring guests with us.
GInnie

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JohnG 
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was fantastic, the service impeccable, and our family, who only get together once a year if we’re lucky, all had a wonderful time!
Thanks to all!

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Hands down one of our favorite restaurants. We live in Auburn and love this place. It is quaint and has amazing food. The drinks are handmade and are just as amazing


The staff are always friendly and know just when to check on us without being overwhelming.

This place is a gem.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Celebrated Valentines Day with a delicious dinner at the Monkey Cat; the service was outstanding and everything was enjoyed in a quiet and cozy little back room. Very romantic!

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bikedude (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

The food was outstanding and the staff was exceptional. Very friendly and excellent service.

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Richard (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Nice choices on menu. Food had good flavor and nicely presented. Service severely detracted from experience. Server not friendly or helpful. No apology for mistake in order.

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CentralDenverResident (Denver)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Lots of onions in the veggie stir fry

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RandyS (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great dining experience with my family! Excellent service, friendly staff!!!

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Wendy (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Monkey Cat is usually our go to restaurant in Auburn. The other night (Saturday) we arrived and were seated immediately but our waitress didn't make contact for over 10 minutes. No water, no drinks, nothing for over 10 minutes. Service is everything in the food biz! I was disappointed and so were the people I was with that night.

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Dollly (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent service and food. The short ribs melts in your mouth. The server always had a smile. Nice....

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vipBalletgoer (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We were in Auburn to visit friends and had dinner here. Fabulous place! Friendly staff, great service, creative and delicious food! The entire dining experience was wonderful! We will be back, when we are in the area!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Ugly dark décor. Food not good. Scallop had no flavor and in a bowl of noodle soup. Noodles gummy and undercooked. Also had chicken cordon blue. Again no flavor. Used lunch meat ham. Definitely not worth the $100.00 we paid after the tip.

Will not return!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Very nice, we go there for our anniversary every year.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and service especially on a busy Saturday evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This is such a great restaurant. I don’t know why I don’t go more often but after visiting this time I will plan to be bringing a lot of my friends here. The service was wonderful and friendly and the food was outstanding. We had the lamb shanks a special of the night which were spectacular. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone whether it’s for a special occasion or just a nice night out.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Monkey Cat is our home town go-to restaurant, whether it's ourselves or with guests. We're never disappointed, and the foods always delicious. The staff takes utmost care to assure we're always remembered, and well served.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

The specials are sooooooooo good . . . . and the regular menu items are consistently very good!!! Service is wonderful!

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