Family members who eat together stay together, and family members who get stranded on an island together begin imagining one another as food. Have a family meal with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $25 for $40 worth of slow-smoked barbecue and drinks for two
- $49 for $80 worth of slow-smoked barbecue and drinks for four
Popular menu items include wings, potato skins, fried mushrooms, full rack St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork platter, tavern burger, barbecue sampler platter, New York steak, rustic apple stack, watermelon mojito, and a selection of draft beers.
The Cats Restaurant & Tavern
In the 1920s, decades before it became The Cats Restaurant & Tavern, the Cats Roadhouse was known around town as a notorious speakeasy and bordello. The identity of the 19th-century building changed several times afterward, from realty office to gun shop to sporting-goods store, before reemerging as a tavern in 1967. These days, the renovated space pays homage to old-timey saloons—in the Wild West days of shot sheriffs and not-shot deputies—with touches such as stagecoach wheels and a curved mahogany railing from San Jose's oldest courthousek.
When it comes to food, however, the tavern adheres to a different tradition. The Cats stick to BBQ made by pitmasters who have all been certified by barbecue legend Paul Kirk. Cooks slow-smoke pulled pork and St. Louis ribs for at least six hours, plus sear chops and steaks—including a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye—over oak fire at up to 1,200 degrees. Local wine and craft beer complement succulent feasts, which unfold amid nightly live music; view the upcoming music calendar here.
“I was hoping the BBQ was going to be good and we were more than surprised by the great quality of the food. Everything we ordered was fantastic and cooked to...”
“I was hoping the BBQ was going to be good and we were more than surprised by the great quality of the food. Everything we ordered was fantastic and cooked to perfection. We are definitely going back, such a unique place.”
“Make reservations or get there early. The BBQ is great!”
“Make a reservation. It is busy. Really good slow cooked ribs and homemade beans. Best you can get in the West!”