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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
  • Email: info@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
  • "Carpe Vino is a true treasure! My husband and I were amazed to find this food heaven nestled in Auburn. The restaurant can hold its own against any of the very finest cuisine to be found in San Francisco or New York City. The chef is extremely innovative. The service is beyond compare. Paul served us with expertise professionalism, wonderful tales, and kindness. What more can I say! Travel there for the day and book early!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We hadn't visited Carpe Vino in several years and they have really stepped up their game. In other words the Sacramento Bee review was not hyperbole! Out of this world food and great wine prices - the steamed PEI mussels, Caesar salad and especially the kabocha squash agnolotti were wonderful. Loved the Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz so much at $64.95 a bottle that I had to buy 5 more at the half-case price of $39.95. This is now one of our top 5 favorite restaurants in Northern California - right up there with Trokay, Bottega, Hock Farm and Ad Hoc! My only suggestion is to book dinner very early or very late since the acoustics only magnify the noise level from adjacent tables."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "My wife and I have only been frequenting this establishment for about a year. We are real foodies at heart and have dined at lots of critically acclaimed, Michelin stared, superstar chef restaurants around the country. This restaurant is a real find...in Auburn of all places. Chef Alexander uses local, seasonally fresh ingredients and gives them a world-class spin. Add to the fantastic food, the wine selection is amazing and inexpensive. The combined experience of great food and fantastic wine, is amazing!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We have eaten at Carpe Vino before and with each experience we have found that the food and the service just get better! The wine list is extensive and there is no mark up on the cost of wine - a $25 bottle of wine purchased from the wine shop side is $25 when ordered while dining. The only draw back can be the noise level, otherwise an absolutely wonderful place to celebrate a special event or just a great dinner out."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our waiter, Steve , was spot on. This place knows how to please the patron and they do it with grace."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We enjoyed a delicious Sea food "Prix Fixe" dinner that was amazing! The reservations were easy. The wine selection was awesome. The wait staff was fast, freidly and knowledgeable. This is a must do if you are anywhere is the northern CA area. We will be back! .. next time to dine in the Wine Cave :)."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Absolutely outstanding food every time! Our favorite spot in the area. A bit of a hidden treasure, but once you go you will always go."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Carpe Vino never disappointments amazing wine, food and service on EVERY visit!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This is our favorite restaurant. We come every chance we get. It is a 40-minute drive, but worth it. We always thoroughly enjoy our dinner and look forward to the Chef's creativity each time. The service is consistently excellent also -- friendly and professional at the same time."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We have been to many of the Prix Fixe dinners at Carpe Vino, and have found them all outstanding. But this seafood menu was so exceptional -- we loved it. The Chef is so artistic in his presentations, and how he comes up with his various dishes amazes us! Everything tasted fantastic. We hope he will keep the Hook, Line, & Sinker Prix Fixe dinner in the mix every year. Service was impeccable also, with Tom as our server. He was very personable and also knowledgeable about the menu. We had lots of questions, and he addressed them all. A wonderful evening. Thank you!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I couldn't believe it when friends told me Auburn had a restaurant that had over the top food and great wine for great prices. I didn't believe it until I ate there. What a great find! We live in Granite Bay and have always said we should go to Auburn more often to try the restaurants. We finally did and were so thrilled to find Carpe Vino. Formally from the East Bay, we found the restaurants in the Roseville lacking in good food. Now we have a new gem to visit regularly. The restaurant was having a special menu week featuring seafood. So many great choices, all of which were so fresh and perfectly cooked. Every detail was perfect. We will be back to try the regular menu and enjoy the fabulous wine."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This restaurant is a special gem, impeccable service and delectable food. The entrance is deceiving...but attention to detail at the meal makes it worth it."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I went with two girlfriends for a birthday celebration. The food was amazing! I ordered the braised beef cheeks and they just melted in my mouth...yum! My friends each ordered the pork chop (double cut) and the filet. Everything was incredibly tasty. Gary, the owner was there and stopped by each table to see how people were enjoying their dining experience - very nice touch! I would definitely recommend this to friends and I will be back."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We are never disappointed with Carpe Vino. The food is excellent; wine selection extensive; and service impeccable. Thank you to the Moffats for this fantastic family run establishment."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Went here for my birthday and found that the 2 tables around us were also birthday celebrations. We have been here several times before and and every experience has been wonderful! The food and service are excellent, but it can be noisy when the restaurant or bar is full. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Dined with friends on a Wednesday. Wine bar was active, and only a few open tables for two in the dining rooms. Service was great. Tom gave us two great reccs for wines to accompany our meal. Started with mussels, fresh & tasty, served in sauce for dipping bread. Then, roasted chestnut and apple soup, excellent. Entree: Arctic Char. A pomegranate reduction, which was not overly sweet, complemented a parsnip puree. The char was cooked perfectly, as were the vegetables. For dessert, hazlenut panna cotta was well prepared, topped with a coffee gelee & roasted hazelnuts. We felt no pressure to leave as in some restaurants where they try to turn over tables as quickly as possible. A great evening.."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food is the best we have found around here hands down! Wonderful wines to choose from. It's always a treat to go to Carpe Vino. The only thing I would change (it would never stop me from going) is the lighting in the restaurant, could be a lot better."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I cannot say enough great things about this establishment. Steve the bartender and all the staff are spot on when it comes to pairing wine with food or just suggesting a great new find. The food is exquisite and the service impeccable."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great meal with friends. We keep coming back for special occasions. The menu rarely changes over the years, nor adds specials, so I ordered the Duroc pork chop for the first time and it was amazing…so tender with subtle layer flavors of bacon and apple. Everything is seasoned perfectly, no additional salt needed. Again we had Paul as our server, and always will ask for him; attentive and fun, yet not overbearing."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Hands down my wife & my favorite restaurant in the entire Sacramento area."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Very good food with a huge wine selection. Great service. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My husband and I LOVE Carpe Vino! You will NEVER find a better wine list ...and reasonably priced. I had the Arctic Char and it was moist, with a perfect sear on the outside. The venison my husband had was tender, moist and not a bit 'gamey'. We belong to their wine club, which is wonderful because you get a variety of great wines. If you love great food and great wine, then you MUST visit Carpe Vino!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This has been a favorite of ours for a long, long time. The food is excellent, i rank it on a par or better than many, many of the fine dining establishments in Sacramento, and this restaurant would be a strong competitor in SF. The dining area feels warm; brick and wood, not too dark, not too bright. Ambient noise is usually just loud enough to allow a private conversation. On our last visit, the room we were in had a large party, and the server graciously moved us to a quieter room. A great experience from start to finish. Now if I could just figure out how the chef does that amazing pork chop..."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "we went for a special occasion and were not disappointed!! the food, service and wine selection were superb!! a little expensive but so worth it for a wonderful romantic or special dinner."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We dined during Alpine Week because we love wild game and have fond memories of dining on game while traveling in Austria and Germany. The menu was limited, but they did have what I wanted, venison, and it was delicious if not a bit overcooked. The salad, soup and accompaniments were are wonderful and innovative. Great wine experience, and perfect attention by waiter Paul."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Carpe Vino is consistently delicious. Always great food, superb service and an excellent wine selection . . . which is why it's one of our favorites!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Enjoyed the prix fixe meal in February. It was delicious...especially the roasted chestnut soup. Excellent! I'd pass on the wild game dumplings in consommé...they were nothing special. The goulash was tender and served without sour cream or egg noodles...a wonderful variation! And, of course, the wine selection can't be beat. Paul, our waiter, is always fantastic. Gary, the owner, swung by our table to welcome us. This up-scale yet down-to-earth neighborhood spot is one of my favorites."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The Alpine Theme dinner offered was incredible. Again, the chef has outdone himself with incredible combinations. The Chestnut Apple soup was to die for, and my wife thought the Beef Cheek Goulash may have been the best beef dish she has ever had. The staff was excellent as usual, and the waiter's suggestions were spot on. Carpe Vino is the best and continues to create a new dining experience each time we dine there."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had the Alpine prix fixe and it was superb. Our waitress was so classy and professional. She made dinner an experience as well as enjoyable. Atmosphere in the cave was great (there was our table of 4 and a table of 6). Definitely a 5 star restaurant that we have enjoyed since it opened."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "This was our second visit. The first was Valentines day and it was the best meal and wine we have ever had. The service the atmosphere was exceptional! So we hurried back this weekend for The Alpine dinner. The chef did not disappoint. If you haven't tried it you must go now! We may not need an additional income just to support our Carpe Vino habit!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Another delicious themed, pre-fixe dinner. Look forward to them every month."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was our first dining experience at this restaurant. The moment we walked in we were welcomed by the owner. The host welcomed us as well. Our table was perfect. Not crowded and visiting was easy. The noise Level not a problem. Our waiter was knowledgeable,professional and personable. Courses Spaced nicely. Food OUTSTANDING. It was a perfect evening in all categories.We took a dear fr Kendall with us ans she too was so pleased with the evening. We so look forward to our next Visit."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had the fixed-pris Alpine Dinner on Feb 19th and it was terrific. The carrot-chestnut soup could be the best soup I have ever had, though I only got a couple of spoonfuls from my husband. His venison was perfectly wonderful too. I had the Char and it was expertly grilled exactly right and assembled with beets, brussel sprouts. Just a wonderful mixture. Great service from Tony and very good wine. A memorable wedding anniversary."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Excellent, as always, and the special featured menus are always a delight."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Always fantastic food, wine & service!! This month's regional prix fixe 4 course Alpine meal was AMAZING from start to finish."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "This was the third time we've been to Carpe Vino. It's been excellent every time. The food was wonderful and the wine perfect. Our waiter has suggested the wine for our last 2 visits and has been spot on. This is probably the best food experience we've had in years and we will continue to come back."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "My wife and I are "real" foodies and have eaten at some of the worlds best restaurants (too many Michelin stars to mention), with that said, the experience here is unpretentious and simplified, sophisticated dining experience. Its a good thing they don't allow children, it would ruin the mood completely. Chef Alexander is constantly revising the menu to incorporate local farm fresh ingredients and he puts his own flare on top. Carpe Vino has an amazing wine club and wines to choose from. We never feels like we're paying too much."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "My husband and I and two friends had dinner at Carpe Vino this past Saturday. The menu for the evening was a five-course dinner as it was Valentine's Day weekend. Everything could not have been more perfect. Our waiter, Paul, was exemplary in both his suggestions for our wine (which complemented our meal perfectly), and for extraordinary service! Carpe Vino is definitely an Auburn treasure. My hope is that it remains that way! P.S. My husband and I had just returned five days before from a trip to the island of Hawaii and this dinner was better than any we had over there."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It was a rainy evening but a special occasion for my mother, brother and I. I just began using open table and this restaurant was recommended to me. The reservation process was right up my alley, uncomplicated. Pick a time and clip, done. We were met by a pleasant gentleman who took our coats and seated us. The wait staff was most accommodating with our wine choosing. We settled on a very nice one. When asked for an entree recommendation it was right on. The ceaser salad was just right. The hors d'oeuvres were delightful. And the desert with the Tawny Port was a beautiful finish. Our special occasion was just that special."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Outstanding...service was great...food outstanding...and upon request they customized meal offered to fit dietary needs This was our 1st time with friends..we all will come again"
    Dined on 2/7/2014