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“Good Food, Great Service, Fun Atmosphere”
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Cellar Cat
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Ranked #11 of 158 Restaurants in Albany
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$29
Description: Cellar Cat is a wine-centric bistro and bar in historic downtown Albany Oregon. With our multi-award winning executive chef, our award-winning mixologist and the friendliest, most welcoming and attentive servers around, Cellar Cat is THE go-to place for dinner. lunch, brunch or a leisurely craft beer or bottle of wine enjoyed on a lazy afternoon. Our New American food is honest (the seasonal ingredients fresh, not hidden beneath heavy sauces or trickery). Our century-old brick building is kept cozy with the help of linen tablecloths and tapestry wall hangings. French-onion soup. Croissant bread pudding. New York Steak. Glorious fried chicken with mashed potatoes. Weekend additions. House made pastas. Smoked beef brisket sandwiches. Steak salad. The list, the deliciousness, goes on and on. Craft brews on tap. Classic and contemporary "cat tails". Marvelous wine. Cellar Cat - the North West's new cultural center and home away from home. THE place to Be Here Now. Meow.
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Description: Cellar Cat is a wine-centric bistro and bar in historic downtown Albany Oregon. With our multi-award winning executive chef, our award-winning mixologist and the friendliest, most welcoming and attentive servers around, Cellar Cat is THE go-to place for dinner. lunch, brunch or a leisurely craft beer or bottle of wine enjoyed on a lazy afternoon. Our New American food is honest (the seasonal ingredients fresh, not hidden beneath heavy sauces or trickery). Our century-old brick building is kept cozy with the help of linen tablecloths and tapestry wall hangings. French-onion soup. Croissant bread pudding. New York Steak. Glorious fried chicken with mashed potatoes. Weekend additions. House made pastas. Smoked beef brisket sandwiches. Steak salad. The list, the deliciousness, goes on and on. Craft brews on tap. Classic and contemporary "cat tails". Marvelous wine. Cellar Cat - the North West's new cultural center and home away from home. THE place to Be Here Now. Meow.
Reviewed 31 March 2018

We had dinner here before the ACT play. Menu had 2 vegetarian entrees in addition to at least one appetizer that was vegan/vegetarian. Allthough not an extensive menu, there were several good options. I had the flatbread vegetarian pizza, which was delicious--an evening special. My daughter had the chicken w/greens and mashed potatoes. The dressing on the leafy kale was unusual, lemon with butter and maybe something else and it was delicious.The French Onion soup was good, not the best and I probably wouldn't order it again.

For dessert, we had the chocolate tart and coconut "ice cream" with tiny flecks of chocolate--light and delicious. The chocolate was dense with whipped cream and drizzled with what we thought was Hershey's syrup.

The wine list was extensive and the cocktails sounded great.

Our wait person was personable, available, but not hovering, just the correct amount of attention. He did not mention the other nightly special which we overheard when he was explaining the menu at the next table. Water glasses were refilled promptly.

The atmosphere is interesting and pleasant. The brick walls add to the welcoming feel.

We will definitely return.

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Thank Hazel S
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Holly E, Owner at Cellar Cat, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Thank you Hazel! Please DO return!

No Hershey's syrup here (everything made from scratch) but glad you liked that crazy dense delicious ganache dessert. Wowowow, hard on THIS cat's diet!!

Sorry the server (new) didn't share all of the specials, we have since solved this misstep by putting the specials in writing. We are devoted to improving and really appreciate the five stars despite the four and a half star performance; next time: we'll give you a TEN star evening!

We have a fab new exec chef whose family is full of vegans and vegetarians and so she will be adding many more dishes to our currently downsized menu (downsized in order to transition her in). We change our menus about every 2 - 3 weeks with the seasons and according to customer demand. We are VERY excited about the future, more veggies, more clean food, more vegan/vegetarian along with simply more deliciousness! Summer is coming!

Thank you so much for joining us. Thank you for the review. Merci!

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

My daughter visited Cellar Cat in February for lunch and really enjoyed ourselves. The decor with cats was not overwhelming, and pleasantly decorated. The food was a good with nice combinations of flavors.

Thank Cherie J
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Holly E, Owner at Cellar Cat, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Merci Cherie! Although we are no longer open for weekday lunch (but are open for Saturday/Sunday brunch), we are so glad that you came in and we appreciate you writing us this fine review! Hope to see you at dinner or on the weekend soon. Cheers!

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

Number one in Albany in my estimation. Not a huge menu, but always at least one selection that knocks my sox off and an excellent wine list always. Enjoyable live music Sunday nights. Jim and his crew have brought a winner to Albany Oregon.

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Thank SREuroTraveler
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HollyEvans, Owner at Cellar Cat, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2018

Oh you darling SREuroTraveler person. I thank you, JIM thanks you! Doesn't he do a great job? Thank goodness he had his real job for so long that he could come join us in this latest Cat venture and invest fully in it. He's the best.

The menu is getting a little bigger. We grow and change it in kitty steps, always listening to what everyone has to say. It has grown a bit since your review, particularly the lunch menu. It will continue to grow.

And the music, oh how we love it too! Can't wait to add a second night, it's so wonderful and there are so many all-pro musicians who do the circuit from S.F. and L.A. up to Seattle and Portland and they stop in and knock our socks off along the way! Wowowowow!

Thank you so much!!

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

Two of my friends and I met at Cellar Cat last Friday (1/5/2018) for lunch and had an absolutely delightful meal which added to the fun visit with one another. I had the French Onion soup ----best I have ever had and my dining companions both remarked positively about the roasted vegetable sandwich and the cheeseburger they ordered. I snuck two french fries from one companion's plate and WOW! Nicely done! We tried the tomato jam which was incredibly good both to dunk the fries in and on the sandwiches.
We were warmly welcomed by the hostess and had great service by our waiter, that means a lot to feel so welcome. The hostess told us the history of cats in the wine industry---pretty cool!
Wine list is extensive, food menu offers just the right amount of choices, both are reasonably priced. Although none of us had the brisket, we could smell it smoking out behind the building and I will go back for some of that goodness.
Keep up the great work, Cellar Cat!

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Thank marymo362
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HollyEvans, Owner at Cellar Cat, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2018

MaryMo you wonderful woman you!

First, THANK YOU for coming in for lunch. We have only been doing it a short time and I haven't had time to really let the world know about it and Isaac and his crew are doing such a bang up job of it! And you are right; that brisket sandwich is to DIE for! You must try it (though I am avoiding it right now due to my diet; I love it too much).

We really appreciate you coming in and spreading the word. Always let us know what is working - and what is not - we do what we do for you and we listen to everyone. Thank you for the lunch encouragement!! We WILL keep up the great work and do even better!

Merci!

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Reviewed 30 November 2017

Great food, Extensive and reasonably priced wine list. Feindly staff. Good service. We ahve eaten here several times. it is our favorite restaurant in Albany. Great for couples, Nice pleasant atmosphere.

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HollyEvans, Owner at Cellar Cat, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2018

Oh Ray Topping what a darling you are! Thank you for coming in, loving us and telling everyone. You are the best! Thank you!!

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