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About 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.

1568 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5pm - 9pm
Reservations of 5 or more must contact Carpe Vino directly.

Cross Street:
Sacramento Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(530) 823-0320 ext. 102

Website:
http://www.carpevinoauburn.com/

Entertainment:
Carpe Vino does not offer musical entertainment.

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.

https://www.carpevinoauburn.com/contact-us/old-town-parking-map/

Executive Chef:
Eric Alexander

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:
Restaurant Manager: (530) 823-0320 ext. 112

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Carpe Vino (21+ Establishment) Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

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4.8

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4.7

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4.6

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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined 2 days ago

It was amazing ❤️ We arrived early so did wine tasting at the Bar... Enjoyed Crab Appetizer and Scallop Entree and Beef Cheeks melted in our mouths! Our Favorite Server did his Magic ❤️ Short drive from Sacramento... Thank You for making our Date Night Special ❤️

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We were running late due to traffic. We called ahead to let them know and put in our order. Patty held our table and had our order in to the kitchen before they closed. The table was set precisely with an equisite arrangement of flowers in vase. Kendall provided us with outstanding service. The food was superb and the wines selected by Paul were nicely paired. Three cheers for Carpe Vino!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing food and service as usual. Wine was exceptional

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food is the best! The menu changes with seasonal variations and dishes are beautifully presented and taste wonderful. My husband and I shared the beet salad--nice touches of grapefruit, orange, etc.--and I had the lamb meatballs, my husband the wagyu sirloin. We often share a cheese plate (not this night) but enjoyed our desserts--almond cake and chocolate cheesecake. The atmosphere is convivial and easy going, staff is friendly and helpful; wine list extensive. Only comment is that servers handle all bussing--olives, bread, water, clearing items, a lot to manage--and it might be helpful to have a person roving to pour water, clear tables, get bread, etc.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Carpe Vino is my favorite restaurant anywhere in Northern California. The food is amazing due to the special gourmet sauces that are unique to this restaurant. We always choose Carpe Vino for all our special occasions. The service is 5 star as they always remember to roll out the red carpet for any special occasion. For example, I brought my husband there last week for his birthday. They had a card on the table for him and when they served desert, they wrote Happy Birthday in chocolate across the plate. The extra personal touches helped to make the evening very special.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Most delectable and interesting food in the entire Sacramento region!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

It was not a meal, it was a delightful dining experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Best Restaurant in Auburn and equal to almost any restaurant in the Bay Area. Unbelievable wine list for reasonable cost. Creative chef with the best, organic, sustainable and local ingredients. Friendly atmosphere and cute part of town for after dinner window shopping/ antiquing.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great service and great food!

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Tom was wonderful and we had a great meal. The pork chops are amazing

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Prompt efficient service. Delicious food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I would highly recommend this restaurant. Great food and exceptional service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Fabulous food. The cream of mushroom soup is awesome and so glad it was back on the menu!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great service. Delicious food! The lamb meatballs were to die for! We will definitely be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Such great fresh flavors. Every course was so delicious. I love how the sauces were not rich & cloying but bright and accompanied each item on the plate. I will definitely come back here. The server need to slow down a bit, he seemed to be in a hurry and it was not busy. We could not even get a sentence out before he was gone again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Friendly vibe, delicious food, terrific fairly priced wines and great service. The broth in the mussel appetizer was to die for. And the double cut pork chop was substantial and perfectly cooked. The best restaurant in Auburn!

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Absolutely five-star fabulous! Best beef-cheek I have ever tasted. Other offerings equally spectacular, and wine availability and advice excellent. Worth the drive to Auburn!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Basically the best restaurant in Auburn. The wine list isn't exhaustive by any means, but what they have is very good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 25, 2017

One of the best restaurants, if not the best, in the entire Sacramento region. Great wine list that is priced at retail (if only more restaurants went this way, or at least had conservative markups), great service, and a chef that can be counted on to deliver great dishes consistently.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went there with my wife with great expectations. We were disappointed. The waiter was very gratious and enthusiastic about the food.

The food was so-so.....not what I expected. Would not go back.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Carpe Vino has a small selection of excellently prepared small plates that will satisfy even the most particular palates. They specialize in high quality wines from all over California, and especially the local area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Chef Eric Alexander does it again! Great selection, preparation and execution. Had the tuna tartare and then the meatballs. Wife had the pumpkin soup and then the pappardelle pasta. Everything was great! Had a new server, Tom, who was also very nice and did a timely service.
Carpe Vino is consistently excellent and we are blessed to have it here--Napa style! Cheers!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Fun, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Carpe Vino remains the greatest restaurant in the greater Sacremento area.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Always a pleasure to have a meal at Carpe Vino. The staff make you feel special, but don't hover. The food is exceptional and wine list meets all needs. Glad to have this upscale venue in our little town.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I always tell my friends that the best restaurant in Sacramento is actually in Auburn. Carpe Vino has a creative and inventive chef team in the kitchen and a wonderfully procured wine list. Every time I dine at Carpe Vino I'm introduced to new flavor combinations and seasonal ingredients and my server always has the perfect wine pairing suggestion to accompany any meal. If you haven't already taken the short drive to Auburn to enjoy Carpe Vino, do it this weekend! Make sure to make a reservation though, this wonderful restaurant has limited seating and is always busy on Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The absolute very best fine dining cuisine in the land! Extremely creative dishes that are sumptuous and delicious. Have dined there on many occasions, and never been disappointed. I would rate Carpe Vino as the best dining in the entire greater Sacramento region!!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent friendly service and even better food with the very best wines offered at reasonable prices.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We love Carpe Vino, the food and wine is to die for. Their wine club is excellent. However, this trip sadly lacked in their typical fabulous service. I still will continue going back as I am hopeful that it was just a fluke that we received service from one that had a bad day.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Exquisite as always. Quality has never wavered in the 10+ years we have been dining here. Chef Alexander is a local treasure and should be appreciated on a national level.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Carpe Vino is a wonderful experience. The food and staff are top notch. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. We have dined here numerous times and every time has been a great memory and wonderful meal.

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 (London)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We stop at Carpe Vino (you need a reservation!) when en route home from San Francisco to the foothills and it is always a treat. The cuisine is really exceptional - one of the best in the area, including Sacramento. Dishes are beautiful preparations, interesting mixes of ingredients and elegant touches; wine list is extensive; service friendly and helpful; yummy desserts and usually a cheese plate. We highly recommend Carpe Vino for a special evening out.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Birthday. Disappointed that there was no Rombauer Chardonnay

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food is amazing here. Caesar salad is always delicious. The corn soup was wonderful too. Swordfish was so flavorful and so unusually prepared (in a good way). All four of us loved our meals and the wine was perfect. Carpe Vino is a delight restaurant with the most interesting and delicious menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

By far the best restaurant in the Auburn area. Great food, inventive and top quality. Service is wonderful too!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 24, 2017

What an absolutely lovely birthday dinner. I brought a friend here for her birthday, we were amazed by the simple yet creative menu and the chef's magical execution. Every bite was savored, from the heirloom tomato Greek salad with watermelon to the wonderfully sweet and savory corn. We chose roasted chicken for our main course. Cutting into the crisp skin my knife melted through the succulent, perfectly prepared flesh. One bite and I was hooked. Paired perfectly with the sparkling wine we ordered. In addition, I find it refreshing to enjoy excellent wine and food in a child-free environment. Absolutely satisfying! I'm definitely going back. If you decide to check it out, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Note, I save the five stars for places that simply blow my mind (and palate), so four stars is simply the highest praise I can give while still leaving room for that one in a million place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Seasonal, Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We just love Carpe Vino! It's our favorite restaurant in Auburn! We love the servers, especially Paul! All of them are fantastic!!

Tags: Healthy, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Carpe Vino always exceeds our expectations. Delicious, creative food preparation. Our server, Paul made the whole experience delightful---he doesn't miss a beat! Lovely evening!!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Casual, Worth the Drive, Healthy
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Lots of interesting and very good dishes, great wine list (both by the bottle and glass), attentive service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 9, 2017

this place is fantastic. My wife and I have been here many times and it always fantastic; great food, great service.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Chef Eric and our long-time server and friend Paul, as always, made it very special. The food was absolutely delicious, beginning with the corn soup and continuing with the pork medallions. Everything was served on time and we were in and out in an hour. Cudos again to Carpe Vino! We would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is a genuine "Foodie."

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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