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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
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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