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Cats Restaurant

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
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17533 Santa Cruz Hwy, Los Gatos, CA 95033-9101 (Highway 17)
+1 408-354-4020
Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Tue - Wed 16:00 - 22:00
Thu 16:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 00:30
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 December 2014

This place has tons of character and ambiance. It is a fun place to eat. The food is great too. They offer free shuttle service from Los Gatos which is a treat in itself.

Thank Kris R
San Jose, California
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2014

We dropped in for a drink and they were so good we decided to stay for dinner. Try the Fireflower with chili in it. Yum! The food also was delicious! Unfortunately they had wait staff call in sick and only had one waitress who was working her butt off! We had an issue with one late dinner (after initial selection... More 

1 Thank Divermaiden
San Jose, California
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2014

Bought a Groupon for the Cat's Restaurant and we weren't disappointed. Recent new management and a remodel makes this a fun place to dine. A little on the pricey side but the food and service were excellent. I would recommend making a reservation. Although we went early on a Saturday (4:15pm) the restaurant was filling up when we left. Great... More 

Thank Joni C
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2014

Last evening, we again had drinks and dinner in the bar at CATS Restaurant. When we arrived, it was a normal evening with a table in the bar still available. Others were enjoying a group outing next to us, were loud, but it was to be expected. Then, small children entered the bar area and began running around in the... More 

1 Thank ScruffyOne
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2014

Although not the most conveniently located place, it's worth the effort to get to Cats. The restaurant is atmospheric and inviting. Having live music was an additional bonus. As a restaurant/bar, it is an easy place to spend an entire evening. The menu isn't huge, but there was enough choice to keep us all happy. The steaks were very good,... More 

Thank Sicarrie
Santa Cruz, California
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82 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2014

Met a friend for dinner here. An old stomping ground and watering hole for years, the Cats has a funky mountain vibe, tho not quite in the mountains, at the bottom of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ordered the salmon salad which was really good. The only bad thing I have to say is that I told our friendly waitress about... More 

Thank KatieSantaCruz_CA
Sunnyvale, California
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2014

Has a fantastic dinner there with 6 friends on a Sunday night. The BBQ was amazing. I love a good dry rub and they did not disappoint. I recommend it for folks looking for an incredible casual experience in the South Bay. The casual live music in the bar was fun too. Mark

Thank MotoMark
San Jose, California
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013

After hearing about the Cats, we decided that we would stop for dinner on our way to Santa Cruz. I ordered the ribs and my husband ordered the chicken. When a place says its known for its great barbeque - and devotes the entire front of their menu to telling you how great it is... I expect great barbeque, but... More 

Thank stravel146
Los Altos, California
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2013

Dry rub ribs were great - honey ribs are good too if you like sweet - standard BBQ sauce was average. Cowboy chips which are potato wedges are excellent due to their seasoning - would've been nice if they applied the free check in offer and made then free. Side of grilled vegetables weren't good - they were soggy. The... More 

Thank metaraul
San Jose, California
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2013

We went on a Wednesday night and even though it was not busy and we told the hostess that we were waiting for one other person to make it a party of 3 we were still given a buzzer, wishful thinking on their part. They had a band and the music was load there but then it was always like... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:30
16:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17533 Santa Cruz Hwy, Los Gatos, CA 95033-9101
    (Highway 17)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Gatos
  • Phone Number: +1 408-354-4020

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?