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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
  • "We have always enjoyed eating at Carpe Vino. You ALWAYS know you are going to get good food, good wine and good service."
    Dined on 10/25/2014
  • "Best service. Best wine. Best food. Best restaurant around!"
    Dined on 10/21/2014
  • "Frequented for my wife's birthday celebration. Wanted to try somewhere new and ended up here - we'd heard good things. We were not disappointed - small but excellent food menu, great wine list (at fabulous prices) and great service. Well worth the drive out to Auburn. We think we found a gem."
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "This exceptional restaurant once again provided exquisite food and suburb service. The dynamic wine list remained impressive and included local wines of distinction, plus a helpful and knowledgable staff that provided excellent suggestions. The menu is a compact list of well thought out options that should please almost all palates, with an emphasis on fresh quality ingredients artfully prepared and presented. The restaurant is understandably very popular so we usually choose to dine a bit early to avoid acoustics that can be a bit on the loud side when the house is full. However, the food definately trumps the sound level and a visit is highly recommended whenever you can book a table."
    Dined on 10/11/2014
  • "Fabulous! My husband and I shared several appetizers and salads. All of it was wonderful, and with each course, we wanted more of the same. The mussels were the best I have ever had. My husband said he had only had better on a fishing boat in New Zealand. We actually ordered a second dish of them. I rarely comment about salads, but both the beet endive salad and the chopped salad were so interesting with a great blend of favors! We will have trouble ordering anything else in the future if those items remain on the menu. Service was friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 10/10/2014
  • "Atmosphere was too formal. No background music, instead I felt like a voyeur hearing everyone else's conversations. Plate and silverware on the table when I sat down didn't work well with the giant menu on a metal clipboard. Wine that my waitress recommended was OK, but nine dollars plus tax and tip for only 3 ounces was way too expensive. Even more ridiculous when I overheard a waitress bragging to another table how much cheaper their wines are compared to other restaurants. Food was delicious with some nice garnish to add texture, but it just lacked a punch of flavor to make it memorable. Overall I just didn't have an enjoyable enough evening to make me want to return."
    Dined on 10/10/2014
  • "First class in all respects. First visit to out of the way gem. Go. Enjoy."
    Dined on 10/9/2014
  • "We had a delicious dinner with friends there. Chairs could be more comfortable for the over 50 age group. Service was excellent. We will return."
    Dined on 10/5/2014
  • "From a foodie perspective, this is easily one of the best restaurants in CA. No exaggeration. Everything on the menu is amazing. The chef is a genius and it exemplifies the farm to table experience. The extensive wine list is a perfect compliment. Carpe Vino is a hidden gem in the Sierra Foothills. Well worth it."
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • "Had an out of town guest and set up a small group for dinner. Wine was very good. Wine selection assistance not informed on our selection. Food was very good especially the lamb. Portions were just right - not too large. Noise level was very low it was easy to talk and be heard."
    Dined on 9/30/2014
  • "We love Carpe Vino! We've been before and considered it a perfect location for our 5 year anniversary celebration. We love the wine and how intimate and romantic it is. Had a beautiful evening! Thank you!"
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "We have been dining at Carpe Vino since they opened and have never experienced a bad meal. Always fresh and expertly prepared. We are huge fans of the theme dinners. Totally Tomatoes was off the hook! The staff are knowledgable and go out of their way to make your dining experience top notch."
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "The service staff are attentive without hovering. Plates disappeared when we were ready for the next course. The owner was gracious and appreciated my humor."
    Dined on 9/24/2014
  • "The food, ambiance and service were great, but we were not informed that the regular menu was not being used. Instead, a tomato based dinner with a set price of $60 was being offered. With tips and add on charges for wine and opening, the total for four people was near $500. We will not be back for a long time. The food was good but not worth $60 per person."
    Dined on 9/23/2014
  • "My husband and I are locals and we love Carpe Vino. I have never been disappointed in my food and have left the restaurant feeling completely satisfied. We recently dined there and enjoyed the Beet Salad and the Caesar salad, both exceptionally put together. I had the Sheep's Milk Ricotta ravioli and it was delicious, light and full of flavor. My husband had the filet of beef and his only wish was for more of the same. Don't forget to order dessert. The profiteroles were incredible and very unique. This restaurant is a secret gem in Auburn."
    Dined on 9/20/2014
  • "This restaurant could hold it's own in any city. It has it all. Wonderful interesting food. Great service, with polished professional and friendly staff who know the food and are experts with the wine. Lovely ambience, with beautiful art and decor. Comfortable, quiet seating and a temperature that alway seems to be perfect. Love this place. Thank you!!"
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "Probably the best gazpacho I have ever tasted! I would maybe stick to appetizers the next time I go. Service was a little slow when we first arrived and somewhat sporadic throughout dinner. Maybe they were understaffed? We are definitely joining their wine club! Great wine, incredible prices! A true gem."
    Dined on 9/7/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful! The food, the staff, and the setting were perfect. The pho bone marrow was amazing!"
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at this rustic restaurant and wine shop. Service and food was good. Wine list is great for those who like high alcohol wines. Not our style. Wines are not main stream and almost no imports. Prices are commensurate with food quality. Figure $80.00 per person with wine"
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "We've dined at Carpe Vino quite a few times, and the service and food have been consistently great. We're also big fans of the fantastic wine list, which doesn't carry the normal restaurant markups. Add it all up, and it's hands down our favorite place to eat."
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "If you are looking for a gourmet farm to table restaurant which elegant charm, visit Carpe Vino."
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "Excellent food at Hot August Nights theme dining. Wonderful service from Tom, offering perfect wine pairings. The chef delivered beautiful vegetarian options. Always fantastic, always proud to bring Bay Area foodies to this Auburn gem."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Our meal was excellent. Each course was prepared with great care and the presentation was perfect."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "I just went to the last "Prix Fixe" dinner. I have been to several and have yet to taste a dish the didn't amaze me. Chef Alexander is unbelievably talented and takes you on a journey with each course, it is truly impressive. The staff is always professional and the wine list is awesome. I highly recommend!!!"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Went with my fiance to their monthly fixed priced meal. Theme was Hot August Nights, so the courses were fitting for the theme. Food was amazing and Chef Alexander continues to create fabulous and inventive dishes. This place is a local treasure and I will always be a loyal customer. My fiance commented several times that our waiter Paul was the best waiter she's ever had and I would have to agree. He is friendly, efficient and just seems to know when you need something without hovering over you. A definite skill that cannot always be taught. I would highly recommend Carpe Vino!!"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "My husband and I went there for the first time, even though we've lived here for over twenty years. As my husband told our waiter (host?), Paul, the only thing better than the food, which was fabulous, was the service! I felt as though I were one of the judges at an Iron Chef competition. I loved the unique food combinations, especially the black pepper ice cream! Paul was kind enough to walk us through the menu fixe and recommend the perfect wine to complement our meal. It was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary and will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Carpe Vino is one of the finest restaurants in Northern California outside of San Francisco and Napa. In the Sacramento area, only Biba downtown comes close to matching the excellence of the food and the quality of service at Carpe Vino."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Our experience once again at Carpe Vino was great! The wine list is outstanding and the food exemplary. At times the service is a bit haughty, but you can overlook that with a great meal accompanied by amazing wine. We have enjoyed several meals here and will continue to return. We were lucky enough to be out in the wine cellar so the noise level was perfect - the dining room can be extremely noisy. This is the perfect room to enjoy friends and the food."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Busy Friday night slowed down service, but the food was great ... gourmet dining!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Since the moment we sat down, the service, food, and wine were excellent. This place is great for couples to small groups. The setting is intimate, and wine selection, exceptional. Preparation and presentation of food were beautiful and delicious. Our group of four had the scallop, lamb meatballs and tomato salad as appetizers. Lamb shoulder, swordfish and duck as entrees. All delicious, perfectly cooked, and savory. Highly recommend the restaurant for everyone."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "First off we went on a weekday. Be prepared for a longer dining experience but every minute well worth it. There was not one dish that we had that we felt warranted ANY improvement. I had picked the restaurant due to its excellent reviews. When we walked into the wine bar I was a little leery at first that it was too pub-like however we were quickly escorted into the back dining are which is lined from floor to ceiling with wine bottles and perfect for our intimate birthday dinner. Wine is sold at retail prices so we had two bottles of exceptional wine which in a typical restaurant wold have cost hundreds but here we spent 90 & 50. Great experience."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Have dined here many times. Chef Alexander creates perfect dishes to pair the exceptional wine offering Jay and Gary continue to deliver. Service is impeccable and if you need a suggestion of the perfect wine one only needs to ask the bartender. He has an excellent knowledge of all wines."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Very nice environment, beautiful venue. Expensive menu, small portions - a little pretentious for the ordinary diner. Will likely not eat there again since it was so out of my league but I did enjoy my experience very much. It was also VERY loud and difficult to hear the one person sitting right across from me."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Our first visit to Carpe Vino will not be our last. Our early evening reservation was ready, a lovely window table looking out at Old Town Auburn. Our server was thoughtful, kind, and professional. He explained the menu and wine list. I asked about the $5 add on price for a bottle of wine. He explained that the Carpe Vino Wine Shop sells the wine at retail price and the restaurant adds $5 for the service. It seems fair. Also, wine by the glass comes in three "pour" sizes and charges. The restaurant was sparkling clean and looked smart. We ordered and very soon enjoyed a delicious dinner! The lamb was wonderful! The prices were "right",I feel, for this award winning intimate restaurant. Try it and see if you feel that way too."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "My husband and I drove from Sacramento to have dinner with friends at Carpe vino; this was our first visit. We found the food to be extraordinary. The chicken liver pate appetizer was amazing, as was the duck and pork chop entrees. The waitress was one of the best we've ever had - she was attentive and very knowledgeable about both the food and the wines, and her suggestions were excellent. One of our best dining experiences ever!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Outstanding food. I ordered a lovely series of appetizers—white corn soup, roasted beet salad, and mussels. Perfect. (And I had just come from the fine dining world of San Francisco—Boulevard and Slanted Door.) I also liked that I could order small tastes of wine so I could try more winemakers and varietals. My server was knowledgeable about the wines and about recommendations for a single diner. She was friendly without being invasive. A great experience all the way around."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "This is our Special Occasion restaurant and we've eaten here 6+ times. The food is dependably exceptional -- it's a real treat that this quality is available in Old Town Auburn. For the first time, we were not very happy with the wait person... I think she had too many tables assigned to her and we were the "odd-one-out." This could be considered in the "normal" range, but for a restaurant of this quality and reputation, it was disappointing. Nevertheless we will ALWAYS consider it FIRST for a special occasion."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We found the food and service excellent but we're not at all impressed with the the decor or the extreme closeness of neighboring tables."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We are never disappointed with the food, service or wine selection. Carpe Vino is a gem!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Price Fixe was so good we had to eat there twice last week."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
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