We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Cats Restaurant & Tavern

Closes in 17 min: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Open today: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Review Highlights
Smokey BBQ and good Music

We had been hearing about the bbq ribs for some time. After a ride home from the airport, we... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Santa Cruz, California
Great ambiance, decent food

The Cats is just up the hill from us and is a great place to go on a Friday or Saturday night. The... read more

Reviewed January 21, 2018
Los Gatos, California
Read all 31 reviews
All photos (29)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent25%
  • Very good60%
  • Average6%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“ribs”(8 reviews)
“cornbread”(5 reviews)
“last week”(3 reviews)
Closes in 17 min
Hours Today: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
See all hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
17533 Santa Cruz Hwy, Los Gatos, CA 95033-9101
+1 408-354-4020
Improve This Listing
Reviews (31)
Filter reviews
31 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews ribs cornbread last week steak beans pulled pork santa cruz live music bbq hwy leftovers sunday
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 31 reviews
Reviewed November 30, 2018

I love the atmosphere of this place in the afternoon. In the bar, they generally have live music. the vibe is a small town vibe with a lot of history. Everyone is really friendly and social. I enjoy the BBQ but it is also a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank tideside
Reviewed November 6, 2018

We had been hearing about the bbq ribs for some time. After a ride home from the airport, we decided to stop and check it out. The parking lot was full on a late Sunday night. There was a guitarist with a great voice in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JeriLG
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Visiting from Massachusetts "Saloon" on the sign drew us in. The bar had two stools that were saddles but alas, no swinging doors. The food was excellent and since we came early were seated immediately. Shortly after it got very crowded. My husband has celiac...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ShezFromStoughton
Reviewed March 26, 2018

Stopped here for a late dinner after running around for the day. Was welcomed and given my choice of seat. Wait staff was great and stopped by several times to check on me and refilled the glass a time or two. I order the BBQ...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank craigcN9891HF
Reviewed January 21, 2018

The Cats is just up the hill from us and is a great place to go on a Friday or Saturday night. The bands are usually good. There is not great variety on the food but it is usually tasty, especially the ribs.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank jmot49
Reviewed August 30, 2017

I have always wanted to stop but urge to get over the hill never allowed a stop until last week. Service was great. But, the pulled pork was huuuuuuge. There must have been a good pound plus. Needless to say, the leftovers were great too!...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank fairviewmanor
Reviewed August 20, 2017

We went for Sunday night dinnaer at The Cats Restaurant & Tavern. They have statue cats by the rustic door to this barbecue restaurant. They also have music on Sunday nights. I enjoyed a Moscow Mule; my husband a beer. He ordered two drinks before...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank mini
Reviewed July 10, 2017

Went to birthday dinner with my son and partner. We love BBQ and it was great! Food much improved over a prior meal a few years ago. We all had rib eyes and was one of the best steaks I've eaten and large portions.I had...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank judybA1533BB
Reviewed April 22, 2017

On a very rainy day we were driving with a screaming baby in our car. Due to mudslides and accidents the road was packed. When we finally saw a neon sign we rushed to the parking lot of The Cats Restaurant & Tavern only to...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank kiximoller
Reviewed March 23, 2017

I hadn't eaten here in MANY years. I'm pretty sure it had been closed many of the times that I've been back in town. The BBQ was really good but it seemed strange there were no sauces to add. The music was unexpected but pretty...More

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank Allen B
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 6 nearby hotels
Toll House Hotel
1,394 reviews
.86 km away
Garden Inn Hotel
69 reviews
1.05 km away
Hotel Los Gatos - A Greystone Hotel
698 reviews
1.24 km away
Los Gatos Lodge
255 reviews
1.83 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 172 nearby restaurants
Nick's Next Door
323 reviews
1.01 km away
Icing On the Cake
140 reviews
1.04 km away
Willow Street Wood-Fired Pizza
168 reviews
1.00 km away
Southern Kitchen
105 reviews
1.05 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 45 nearby attractions
132 reviews
.61 km away
New Museum of Los Gatos
9 reviews
1.11 km away
Tommy John’s
21 reviews
.86 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
June 3, 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from U N | Reviewed this property |
This Los Gatos gem is worth the short trek up and back. I hope you enjoy it.