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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (26)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
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Creative Cuisine (19)
Special Occasion (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Cozy (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
Casual (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Romantic (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Comfort Food (9)
Authentic (8)
Business Meals (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Healthy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Fun (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·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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 (Denver)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Lots of onions in the veggie stir fry

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·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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vip
 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Portland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and service especially on a busy Saturday evening.

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 (Phoenix)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Sacramento)·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.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 10, 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 7, 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 7, 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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 5, 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 2, 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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 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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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 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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vip
 (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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 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 27, 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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 19, 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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 16, 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 16, 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 16, 2017

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

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