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Carpe Vino (21+ Establishment)
Carpe Vino (21+ Establishment)

Carpe Vino (21+ Establishment) Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carpevinoauburn.com
  • Phone: (530) 823-0320
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday 5pm - 9pm
    Reservations of 5 or more most contact Carpe Vino directly.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, French
  • Executive Chef: Eric Alexander
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Carpe Vino's "Wine Mine," circa 1850, is an unparalleled venue for private events. Constructed of stone and built into a hill behind our main building, the room is candle lit for private parties and winemaker dinners. Capacity is 24.
  • Private Party Contact: Drew Moffat (530) 823-0320
  • Entertainment: Carpe Vino does not offer regularly scheduled entertainment, but musicians have performed here for special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sacramento Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Nearby on-street parking is available, along with several public lots. Old Town Auburn is a popular entertainment destination, so best to arrive a bit early.
A word from Carpe Vino (21+ Establishment)
CARPE VINO SERVES PERSONS 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER (YES...EVEN THOUGH WE SERVE DINNER). Located in what was originally a Civil War-era saloon in the heart of Old Town Auburn, Carpe Vino offers a unique setting for relishing great wine and stellar cuisine. Enjoy wine and dinner at the "Mary Pickford" wine bar with selections from all over California, or relax in our elegant dining room, surrounded by racks of wine.

Carpe Vino's innovative menu is California themed yet French-inspired. We offer fine dining tempered by our Old West heritage, with many core ingredients sourced from local farmers whom we know by name.

The menu changes virtually weekly, with new selections added based on farmer's market availability. Upwards of 40 wines are available by the glass; since Carpe Vino has a substantial wine shop business, bottles opened in the building are priced at retail plus $5.

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Diner Reviews
  • "Had a great meal late on a Tuesday night. Have had a drink or two here before, but never the food. Looks like I was missing out. Really a surprising level of quality. Would highly recommend. Only negative, and a small one at that, is noise level is a bit high."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This is a very special place that, on a special day, lived up to their 5 star rating. The food was stellar! The service was impeccable! All in all a very Happy Birthday! The wine mine was the perfect ambiance for our group."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We have dined quite a few times at Carpe Vino and the wonderful presentations have always been creative combinations of flavors and textures of fresh, seasonal foods. The fried green tomato appetizer was scrumptious, also the beet salad; and the lamb meatball appetizer was fabulous, sitting on a creamy (yoghurt?) sauce. The wine list is extensive and varied. Ask for the back room if you want a quieter table, the middle room is livelier. It's a wonderful place to dine for a special evening out."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We are locals but have never dined at Carpe Vino, instead occasionally dropping by for an appetizer and a glass of wine. I made the reservation well in advance, and was slightly disappointed to be seated at the "viewing" table in the window. Not always my favorite table since your on display. Maybe they thought this was a great table, I don't know. Started the dinner off with champagne and two appetizers. Both appetizers were the picture of excellence, portion size was on the small side according to my husband, though I was fine with it. Dinner was ordered, and served within a reasonable amount of time, again beautiful presentation and absolutely cooked to perfection. Dessert followed and was delicious! Only complaint, room was a bit noisy."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The service is delightful. They are very accommadating to my service dogs in training. You never feel rushed and the food was delicious and so was the wine."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This is our go-to restaurant when craving good service, food and wine. The restaurant staff is very personable and their knowledge of the wine and food is always spot-on. Love this place. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Food is always incredibly fresh and fabulous."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Hey, this place serves really good food! A little noisy, a wee bit lacking in the decor department, but the meals produced and presented are just excellent. The hummus appetizer, the corn soup, beet salad, lamb meatballs, duck, ravioli, halibut and finally peach profiteroles left our group of four happy, happy, happy, and happy. Could the ambience be better? Yes, but isn't it the food we can't cook at home what we go to restaurants for? Hard to imagine you can do better in Placer County... Or Nevada County for that matter."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Carpe Vino isn't a restaurant you'd expect to find in a foothills town like Auburn. San Fran, maybe. Or even New York. The food and service are at that level. But how lucky are we to have this jewel so close to home. This time around the staff and food were simply at their best. Paul, our waiter, was wonderful, recommending a bottle of wine that we loved after first listening to our preferences. We ordered two appetizers, a salad, and just one entree to split between us. We had the fried green tomatoes, the lamb meatballs, the beet salad, then the white bass. Oh my....I love food. I love good food. I've traveled the world. But, man, this was one of the best meals in my life. Perfect tastes in the perfect order. Heaven!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I just had my first visit to Carpe Vino. I was joined by my Son and his significant other. The staff was friendly and treated my daughter-n-law's special needs (pregnancy) with kindness and understanding. Great overall experience. Great food and service. One caveat, the bar does not serves wine only."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My husband read a review about Carpe Vino and decided we needed to try it out. We were so impressed! Their menu is sensational and it's the first time we both decide to try something we usually don't eat. I had the pork chop and my husband tried the lamb, which was so tender it was falling apart as he scooped up with his fork. We shared and were both blown away. So, that we've decided to make it our monthly date place. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and family."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We enjoy Chef Eric Alexander's creations each time we dine at Carpe Vino. He is the best Chef we have come across; we, therefore, keep coming back for more of his deliciously prepared meals. His mussels preparation is to "die for." And we had a chilled corn soup that was beyond outstanding! Paul, our server, is always so attentive to our needs and helpful in wine selections. Our favorite restaurant for food, service, and friendliness!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Our dinner was amazing! Our waiter treated us like family. He suggested a few appetizers that we normally would not have tried, but were delicious. My wife and I had caeser salad that had to be one of the best I've ever had, but the sockeye salmon entree was simply unbelievable! The flavor and preparation are still memorable two days later. I love when my expectations are so far exceeded."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This one of the best run restaurants I have ever attended. The owner is usually on site to discuss wine or food. The bartender has a superior knowledge of all the wines this establishment has to offer. The food is above any standard you might have and the service is excellent."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Carpe Vino served great food and wine in a charming setting. The service was very good and the location is easy to find in Old Town Auburn."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great little wine shop with a creative chef and great service. Nicest spot in old town Auburn."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Another wonderful evening. Food and service were both excellent! We went on Sunday and it was delightfully quiet - as sometimes on Fr-Sat it gets overly crowded/noisy. Thumbs-up, all around. Keep those special feature meals coming!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Not my first visit to CV, but I screwed up trying to add another person to my party using the reservation system; as a result, the confirmation that came the date before my dinner was one person short. I called the restaurant and was told that they were fully booked. Not wanting to dis-invite my guest or cancel my reservation, I called again and this time the person on the phone checked with the restaurant manager who graciously said they would accommodate my extra person. My birthday celebration was a success! The highlights were the prosecco by the glass, the lamb merquez, the borscht and the asadao-style beef, and both desserts...food of the prix-fixe World Cup theme. Another excellent visit to Carpe Vino!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed with our dining experience at Carpe Vino. This is one of the best restaurants in the world (seriously), and we would enthusiastically recommend it to anyone who enjoys world class cuisine."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Best food in the area...equal to San Francisco restaurants. The prices are right too, especially on the wines. This is our new favorite restaurant! We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We dined during the World Cup prix fixe dinner and the menu was amazing! Each course represented a different country with choices for each course. They were not only well thought out but executed perfectly! There were five at our table and we were able to sample most of the menu and nothing disappointed! I have never left Carpe Vino unsatisfied!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My wife and I moved to Auburn from the SF bay area and thought we would land in a culinary desert. Carpe Vino changed our minds about that and is one of the tops in Northern California!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Went right to Facebook and told my friends of this wonderful gem in Auburn - can't wait to get back for another meal!! and ponder through the endless list of wine - soooooo much wine and sooooooo little time!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great menu; wine selection and service. Highly recommended for a nice night out."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "It's pricier than it was when it first opened but it is truly a 5 star experience. I'm saving up my $ for my next visit."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was our first time at Carpe Vino to dine, we've stopped in for a glass of wine and snacks before. We had heard the place has great food and we weren't disappointed. The food was excellent, the service was excellent (even though we had a trainee), and the ambience was excellent. We'll make this one of our go to date night places. Their wines are sold at retail + $5 corkage which makes eating at a five star establishment affordable for us vinos. Plus they have a great selection of wine and took time walking me around to find the right bottle."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I have dined here several times and they never disappoint! Never had a meal or wine I didn't like!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "My husband and I went out for his birthday celebration. This was the most amazing evening that it felt magical! The wine, service, presentation of food and taste was like a dream. We loved the ambiance and felt like we were in another world. Thank you for the most phenomenal evening. We are planning to come back again soon!!! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My partner and I had a wonderful meal this last Sunday at Carpe Vino. Not much of a crowd (Memorial Day) so the energy level was low but the food was fantastic. We had the Lamb Meatballs for the appetizer...outstanding! We followed that up with the Arugula & Fava Bean salad and the duck...all courses were spot on. The service was wonderful too - Brittany was attentive yet not intrusive. We can highly recommend the Val 'd Oca Prosecco...paired nicely with the spiciness of the lamb meatballs and salad!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We went there for the first time and were delighted by everything. Qualities of this find is absolutely top of the Line. Great servers, exceptional menu of a variety food items to enjoy, wine list and prices extraordinare and great presentation. It is far to often that you cannot find a quality restaurant in the gold country but this place is the real thing. A true high quality nugget."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Carpe Vino is a great place for dinner. The food was outstanding and the wine list was to die for. I had the roasted baby beet salad (the best I ever had) and the Alaskan Halibut. My wife had the romaine heart caesar salad and the spiced duck breast. Our service was excellent. Our server was also wine savvy and recommended a wonderful Pinot Noir. There were two negatives: 1) the restaurant is noise when full populated; and, 2) The portion of halibut I receive for $32 was absurd (I must have gotten all of 2 to 3 ounces). While the halibut was excellent I would not order it again because of the portion size. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This is our 2nd dining experience at Carpe Vino and it is an experience! An amazing wine selection, excellent service, creative and delicious food. Loved every minute of our time! We even were seated in the rock cellar where the noise level was zero and we could easily converse. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Yet another fabulous dining experience at this local neighborhood gem in Historic Old Town Auburn, CA. The fresh, often locally sourced ingredients are meticulously prepared and beautifully presented, resulting in one of the most delicious and memorable dinners you are likely to experience anywhere...really."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Unfortunately we chose a week when they were doing a special menu and were not able to order off the regular menu. Not our type of food, good but not our thing. Somehow, even with making a reservation weeks in advance, we always seem to get seated in a dark area in the back of the dining rooms. People that come in later get better seats, even though we asked to be moved. Our waitress was excellent as was the wine. But, we will think twice about dining here again."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the restaurant. Portions were small, but that suites us fine. Excellent food and great service!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Went to Carpe Vino with my wife, daughter and Mother for Mom's day, the food was good except the beef filet was not good at all, my wife and I had the lamb, it was perfect! My daughter had the halibut, it was good but maybe 4oz's. Over all it was a good dinner, appetizer's were good wine list was great. I understand fine dinning and am a foodie but most likely won't be back for dinner, but with the nice wine list/price I'd hang out at the bar and have some wine and munchies. BTW service was spot on! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food choices were limited. AS entrees we had haiibut, braised lamb shoulder and pork chop. Pork chop slight tough. Other dishes were excellent. Also limited choices for desert. The cream puffs were excellent. Very expansive and extensive wine list."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Best restaurant in Auburn for fine dining, hands down. Great food, epic wines, and the staff acts like adults (they don't sugar coat their statements). Found our favoite bottle of Zinfandel for a full $20 less than it can be found elsewhere in town, as well. No kids were there, which was probably the best part of all. We were able to enjoy our meal withiout listening to the normally present cranky kid that most restaurants have. If only there were a movie theatre with the same 21+ restriction..."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Absolutely amazing food, wine and service. We went for our anniversary and were so pleasantly surprised - from the small 'table' plates, to appetizers to main course and personalized dessert - all food was exceptional. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Excellent presentation, modest choices but more than sufficient, anyone would find a meal to put together, hundreds of wines through a Kindle loaned to the table, but more than adequate list on the menu. Drawbacks include poor acoustics (which make the place noisy) and somewhat slow service (a four course meal took about 2 hours)"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I hesitate to rave about Carpe Vino because we want to be able to get a reservation! But, I will. The food is excellent - prepared by a chef who was trained at the CIA in Hyde Park, NY. It not only tastes delicious, it also is presented beautifully. The dishes are "different" from other restaurants. You won't find food prepared the same way anywhere else. The service is excellent, no matter who is serving. Seating is limited. If crowded, it can be a bit noisy."
    Dined on 4/29/2014