Carpe Vino has never failed
Carpe Vino has never failed us...exceptional food, great wine selection and amazing service. It's our "special night" restaurant.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific food, knowledgeable
Terrific food, knowledgeable staff in this hidden gem in Auburn.
7/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderfulndinner. Food was
Wonderfulndinner. Food was excellent. I just wish the table seating was a little more intimate
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Wonderful Anniversary
Ever had lardo? You are in for a treat! Made on-site and looks like a velum of thinly sliced fat, but OMG...so tender and tastes like a white proscuitto. This was over an assortment of fresh melon and created a small bit of heaven! My second was the best agnolotti I have had in my life. In fact, I'm on a mission to try and replicate this dish in my home...wish I had the exact recipe (hint, hint). Simply put, one of my all-time favorite meals.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are never disappointed
We are never disappointed - always excellent - we love bringing friends for their first time - they are always impressed...the swordfish was cooked perfectly...
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my wife here for her birthday because Carpe Vino was highly regarded on OpenTable.
1) The food is incredible. Great gazpacho, great cheeses, great entree's. I don't like chocolate desserts much, but my wife does and even I liked it with the basil ice cream.
2) The portion's are in the Goldilock's zone.
3) The service was great.
4) They sell wine at retail +$5 for non wine club members. A member at one of the tables around us just browsed the restaurant and picked up bottles to drink with dinner. Where else can you do this?
5) Without wine and dessert, you could probably get out of Carpe for ~$50-60/person (app+entree+tip).
If you like wine, go for the variety. Either way, go for the food.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Carpe Vino has the finest
Carpe Vino has the finest dining & wine in the area. Do not miss dining here!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian Fix Price Dinner
The Italian Fixed Price dinner was nothing short of excellent and the new option of pairing a carafe of wine was an added bonus. Once again we had a meal worthy of the finest restaurants in Sac. or San Francisco
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had the best dinner here last week. Our whole experience from start to finish was excellent. The chef is a genius. His food was well presented and taste better than it looked. We are extremely happy we have a restaurant experience of this caliber so near to us.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Selective excellence- brilliant -go
Prix Fixe dining is always a challenge. You challenge the excellence of the chef in charge and expect the best. I have yet, to be disappointed by the outcome with the return from Chef Alexander. He is detailed , delighting in un-common choices to express the theme for the evening.
I await his next menu with anticipation...
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We wanted to do something special for our anniversary and Carpe Vino delivered!
App- Moroccan lamb meatballs with Harissa and yogurt- beautiful flavors and a generous portion.
Salad-endive, pear and Humboldt Fog blue cheese and a walnut purée-unbelievable.
Entrees- lamb shoulder with eggplant/date purée, handmade angoletti pasta with sheep ricotta, tomato confit and swordfish on polenta with vegetables - lots coming from the local farmers market.
We chose a Switchback petite sirah from their extensive wine list and it was big, bold and fruity- just as Ada our server described! Dessert - chocolate cake with basil ice cream and pistachio brittle! Perfect!
Carpe Vino is a must try-Chef Eric and pastry chef Courtney are an unstoppable team.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice special occasion dinner
My wife and I enjoyed a very nice date night here after getting a sitter for the kids. Great food, wine, atmosphere, helpful staff. We would definitely return. (Not cheap, but that wasn't a surprise)
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dining experience
We had out-of-town guests and decided to take them to Carpe Vino for dinner. They live in the Bay Area and were very impressed with the food and the atmosphere. We had a couple of appetizers, salads and entrees and everything was outstanding. The wine list is very complete and there is no mark up on the price of the bottle. In my reservation, I had requested a window table, and we were seated at a nice table right near the window. This restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner or an evening out with friends.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upscale restaurant with casual and comfortable atmosphere. Personable, attentive staff and top-notch service. Other customers were very friendly as well. Bread with olive oil and balsamic was excellent. Pork chop was recommended by two other customers and did not disappoint - it was delicious. Great wine list at reasonable (retail) prices. Great place for romantic dinner, special occasions or just late night drink or dessert.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Set at a thousand feet just off 80 roughly half way from San Francisco to Lake Tahie, this restaurant is a gem of fine dining and excellent wine. A small restaurant with great ambience, the staff are professional, knowledgeable and friendly. They have an extensive and interesting wine list, where you can find unusual and delightful wine. The food is outstanding and we always look forward to seeing what interesting and unique things will be on the menu. This restaurant should not be missed
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A real find.
Great food and wine. Chef is outstanding and service is exceptional. The meals are creative and very tasty.
A great fan, Lynn
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in the Sacramento region
I believe that Carpe Vino is the best restaurant in the Sacramento region. Their chef is superb. He was trained at the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York. He is imaginative and talented. He excels at creating amazing dishes with outstanding flavor. Service is superb. The wait staff is universally excellent , friendly and knowledgeable. The wine list is extensive and filled with superb choices. All wine is reasonably priced. This is my favorite place to visit for a quiet, romantic date with my greatest love--my wife.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently Our Favorite
Carpe Vino's dinners are consistently excellent and our favorite place to dine. Chef Alexander is so creative in his food preparation, from the appetizers through the entrees. The desserts are very good also, which are made in-house by the pastry chef. Brittany was our server, and she did an exceptional job with our meal, wine, etc. She was always there to answer any questions we had and to keep on top of everything served to us. A relaxing evening. We will return soon.
9/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
we rented a town car pickup
we rented a town car pickup in Roseville to Auburn and round trip while enjoying a fantastic meal and wine of our choice from a well stocked list. Very wonderful evening that I would recommend this to others without a doubt.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for Celebration Dinner
Recognized for its outstanding food, Carpe Vino was all booked for the Saturday night we wanted to go so we went on Sunday. It was quiet and we were doubtful about how it would be. But... no worries. There were only a few other diners but the ambiance was still perfect. Our waitress was very helpful/informed about wines, etc, with good cheer. All the food was really excellent -- appetizer of chicken liver pate was incredible!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was the best meal I have
This was the best meal I have had at a restaurant in a long time.
Every course was absolutely perfectly presented and delicious. It was a "tomato" themed dinner so each course including dessert was tomato based. Imagine tomato panna cotta - it was yummy!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this restaurant for so many reasons! This dining experience was one of the prix fixe themed menus and not only was the food delicious but the imagination and attention to detail from the kitchen made the experience even better. In addition, being able to drink a bottle of wine from their amazing selection at retail (plus a $5 service charge) instead of the typical 100% mark up is such a treat! Having impeccable service to compliment the food was icing on the cake!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Foodie Heaven in Auburn, CA
If you love fine food and wine, this is a must visit destination. The best place to stop on the drive between North Tahoe and the Bay Area. Or, make it part of your visit to Sierra Foothills wineries. Adults only venue, with a fabulous wine bar and creative menu for snacks or dinner. Better yet are their theme dinners. We just had a fantastic meal with the "Totally Tomatoes" theme. And stocked up on 2 cases of great wine finds.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was there simply to sample the tomato dinner, however, I had an exquisite evening. Carpe Vino made me feel like the evening was special by the service, the ambiance and especially the food. I can go to the end of the earth and I don't think I would be able to find any food that can compare to the originality of what the chef created with tomatoes. The evening wasn't just about having dinner, it was a fabulous experience.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Amazing Experience
No better way to celebrate my birthday than dinner at Carpe Vino. We LOVE the staff, ambiance and, of course, the food. We shared the Moroccan meatball appetizer, endive and beet salad, pork chop and fillet. All were out of this world. We didn't save room for dessert...maybe next time! Oh, and we always enjoy spending time with Paul. He's the server extraordinaire!!!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceeded my expectations!
Who knew?! You could go to a nice restaurant and have the whole wines at a wine store in the wine list available to you with the wine store price! Only this would have made a restaurant a hot spot for me save for phenomenon food and outstanding service in a quiet romantic ambience! It is truly a neighborhood gem.
10/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love,Love,Love this restaurant, food is full of flavor and prepared with seasonal vegetables. So far the wine selection has been fabulous.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We visited Sacramento for one night. Googled for best restaurant. This one came up on the top of the list even though it is 30 miles north of Sacramento. We thought "well it must be good". Well, the short answer is "IT WAS GREAT" Well worth the drive.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Food and Incredible Wine
We had an incredible meal - the wine list was shared on a Kindle Fire and made selections really easy with it's tasting notes. Wine could be purchased with a small corkage fee at retail, which was amazing. Everything we ate was incredibly delicious. I will definitely be going again!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Carpe Vino. Paul was
We love Carpe Vino. Paul was great as usual. We even love Scuba Steve (aka the Colonel).
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Excellent Meal
Carpe Vino is one of my favorite restaurants and my recent dinner was outstanding as usual. Every dish was delicious, with a creative combination of flavors and textures. Service was impeccable...friendly and attentive without being intrusive. And their wine selection and prices cannot be beat.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful intimate little restaurant in the heart of Downtown Auburn
with great ambiance, good wine, excellent food and the service was excellent!
Couldn't ask for much more.
Great for date night!!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I enjoyed our dining at Carpe Vino....my husband had the mussels, I enjoyed the duck breasts....excellent choices....our waiter chose the cheese course...yummy and my dessert was perfect!!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My mom is always raving about this place, and now I know why. Went for the Day of the Dead prix fixe menu. The food was very good, especially the duck. Our waiter Tom was patient and gracious. He recommended a delicious bottle of wine after the one we selected from the list was out of stock. Worth the drive from Berkeley, I will definitely return.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
First visit...will be back!!!
Overall we had a great experience. I only give it 4 stars because the night we visited, it was a set menu for Day of the Dead. I would have preferred their usual menu, but since I booked online, I wasn't aware of the set menu. That being said, the food was delicious. We tried different options in each coarse, all was well prepared and very pleasing to the eye. Our waiter Tom was fantastic, very professional. When we arrived, the place was PACKED. We were seated in the bar area and offered drinks. Our initial server asked about our wine tastes and let us taste a couple. Her choice turned out to be SPOT on...exactly what we wanted. We were seated at our table even before our wine arrived. Very good experience.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
It is the kind of food that
It is the kind of food that is so good you want to lick the plate. Service is perfect, a friendly atmosphere where patrons will sometimes chat with each other, warm and friendly but not intrusive. A true gem
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Day of the Dead Menu
A friend and I went to Carpe Vino for their special Day of the Dead event. Our server, Luke, was wonderful. Very attentive and helpful. The food was fantastic and the chef made special vegetarian options for me. Carpe Vino is an Auburn special and I recommend it highly.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The pre fix dinners at Carpe
The pre fix dinners at Carpe Vino are a culinary adventure. They are always based on a theme and executed to perfection. The pre fix dinners are inexpensive as are the wines, which are sold at the wine store prices (no mark up from the store prices). Because the establishment is first, a wine store, the wine selections is phenomenal, including the wines by the glass menu.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food is always spectacular.
The food is always spectacular. Staff is very knowledgeable about wine and can help you find the perfect pairing for your meal.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great wine & food as always
Always a special treat to stop here on the way to or from Tahoe!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good service; good food. Nice for a little get-away. "California Cuisine" portions but very good.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A hidden Gem in Auburn
We have dined at Carpe Vino's for about 3 years now. Each time we go, I find the Food is beyond Excellent. We joined their wine club a year ago and have really enjoyed it. They do not charge a corkage fee if they open one of your wines that you are picking up. One thing to be aware of is that you have to be 21 in order to get in. I had the beet Salad, Sea Bass and for dessert gingersnap Ice cream with a hazelnut compote. It was out of this world.
I can hardly wait to go back again!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place gets better...
And better each time we go. Love taking friends and visitors or going alone for a romantic evening.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
BEST Restaurant, Chef & Wine!
Carpe Vino in Auburn is undoubtedly the best restaurant the Sacramento Area has to offer and it is largely due to its Chef, Eric Alexander, and the owners, Drew and Gary. We were lucky enough to stop in for the "Dinner in Espana" on Tuesday and found the food superb. Not one of the four courses let us down. For an extraordinary dining delight, give Carpe Vino a try.
Rex & Gail
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our meal last night was EXCELLENT as always... What more is there is there tosay..!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Carpe Vino is just simply one of the best restaurants in the entire Sacramento region. We went for their monthly pre-fixe dinner, which this month was a Spanish theme. My husband and I generally order different item from the menu so that we can try as much as possible. We were not disappointed. All of the selections on the menus were exquisite and the service was superb. With the number of wine selections available by the glass, there is no need to buy a bottle. I really enjoy the opportunity to select 2 or 3 different wines to enjoy with the various courses. There are just too many good wines to try!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We are local to the Sierra Foothills. We had weekend visitors from Silicon Valley. This was one of the highlights of the visit. Superb food and wine. Lovely setting.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I thoughly enjoyed our dining experience at Carpe Vino. The staff were excellent as was the food. No problem in recomending this restaurant to anyone.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Carpe Vino - Foothill Gem in Auburn
Competing with the best restaurants in the Sacramento metro area, Carpe Vino has a spectacular wine menu, but it really shines with its food offerings. The braised beef cheek (Nimon Ranch) was succulent and literally melted in the mouth; the other entrees and appetizers were equally tasty. For really outstanding food, an over-the-top wine selection, and small-restaurant atmosphere, it is hard to beat - and in the small Old-Town part of Auburn, too.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food & wine
Very good wine bar with excellent food and service. Top rated wines for sale at discounted prices. The food was over the top
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM