Cat's Restaurant

17533 Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos, CA
+1 408.354.4020
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Bars, Restaurants, Barbeque/Grill, Music, Live Music Venue
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Featuring the "Baron of BBQ" Paul Kirk's famous dry rub, The Cats Restaurant & Bar serves up the best BBQ in the Bay Area!

Established in 1896, and originally a stop on the old stage line, The Cats roadhouse served as a weigh station for horse-drawn lumber wagons, as well as a rowdy social club for local residents. During the Prohibition era of the 1920s and '30s, The Cats was notorious as a speakeasy and a bordello. In the '40s and '50s, The Cats building housed a realty office, a gun shop, and a sporting goods store. The restaurant and tavern were re-established in 1967, and today The Cats is one of the last remaining roadhouses in the United States.

A welcoming place to meet friends both old and new, the legacy of The Cats as a favorite destination for locals and travelers alike continues. Join us!


The Cats Restaurant & Tavern is a BBQ and sandwich joint located in the Los Gatos area of San Francisco. Current owners of the restaurant renovated the original building from the 1800s. Restored wood from the 1800s and early 1900s was used all around for floors and walkways, giving The Cats Restaurant & Tavern the look and feel of an old fashioned saloon. This restaurant offers a selective menu of BBQ, burgers, sandwiches and sides. All the BBQ dishes are prepared using the award winning BBQ sauce recipe from Pit Master Paul Kirk. 

Feast on Hickory slow pit smoked BBQ with your choice or chicken, pork or ribs or enjoy the Oak wood brick grilled BBQ with chicken, salmon, pork, veggies or your chosen cut of steak. Any combination of meals can be ordered from The Cats Restaurant & Bar for outside event catering.