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Carpe Vino (21+ Establishment)

4.7
1079 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5pm - 9pm
Reservations of 5 or more must contact Carpe Vino directly.
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Phone number
(530) 823-0320 ext. 102
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Eric Alexander
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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.
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Private party contact
Restaurant Manager: (530) 823-0320 ext. 112
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sacramento Street
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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/
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Entertainment
Carpe Vino does not offer musical entertainment.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1079 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding service, excellent food, terrific wine list, and reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful ambience, wonder service, wonderful food, wonderful company. We were celebrating 2 birthdays and had a great time.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

This was our first visit to Carpe Vino which had been highly recommended by several of our foodie friends. The food did not disappoint (the sunchoke and spring onion soup was delicious!) and the wine list had some interesting selections at good price points. We were, however, disappointed that a couple of the menu items were not available by the time we were seated and ready to order. My husband had been particularly looking forward to the oysters and the beef cheeks--the last day this item was available on the menu--the kitchen had run out of both dishes. While we enjoyed our meal, I felt bad that my husband was unable to order two of the dishes he had been most excited about trying.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Our server Paul was exceptional and called out the right dishes and wine

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Best gourmet food within 100 miles of Sacramento. Never had a mediocre meal, ever. Excellent wine selection at affordable prices.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Carpe Vino was the perfect restaurant to celebrate just getting engaged. We were engaged the day before outdoors (on the trails in Auburn where we met as both my fiancé and I are ultra trail runners). The service, food and management were fabulous and made our night memorable! Thank you.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great personable service with amazing food

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

As we have come to expect from our past visits to Carpe Vino, the dining experience is great from start to finish. Food, service and ambiance are all first rate.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This is a great place. Nice that menu changes but the key favorites like pork chop are always there. Paul the server is fantastic.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The best food and desserts that are available in Auburn.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Outstanding experience. Always recommend it to my friends.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Thank you to the Chef for a great meal and our outstanding server, Paul!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The Service, Food and Ambiance was excellent. We will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

My wife have eaten here many times and keep coming back. When we thought of a special place to celebrate our 30th anniversary, Carpe Vino immediately came to mind. We sat next to a window lookijmg our over Old Town Auburn and enjoyed the people-watching. Paul, our waiter, did his usual fantastic job of making the evening even more special. The food was creative, had a few different choices and was presented beautifully. Each of the dishes were exquisite, filled with wonderful flavors. One of the best meals we have ever enjoyed. Thank you, Carpe Vino!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

A very nice restaurant with a very extensive wine list. Portions are on the small size and pretty much everything is ala carte. The food selection leans to the foody types with selection on the small size ( a chicken, a beef, a couple of seafood, one vegan) . Rooms have brick walls which makes the noise level a little high. The prices are high for the amount of food but the quality is very high.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Went there for St. Patrick's Day - 23rd anniversary. The BEST corned beef I have ever had! The service is great and frienly too!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Carpe Vino is superb. We are definitely part of the younger crowd that dines at Carpe Vino. I hope people our age catch on so this establishment will be here in 20 years!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We had a fun St. Pat's at Carpe Vino, really enjoyed the alderwood smoked salmon starter! Wow. Excellent server (sorry to not have made note of his name) who had a very nice touch and sense of timing. You might think that corned beef and fine dining is a funny pairing but it was excellent and I can't wait for St. Pat's at Carpe next year!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

As always, our experience at Carpe Vino was amazing. From the start with our reservations made with Patti, to our excellent server, their service is phenomenal. The food is always so delicious and creative. What makes this restaurant even better is they will be a full bar soon. We definitely will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Best dining experience in a long time. Still one of my favorite "foodie" places to go. Deserves to be in the top 10 restaurants in Sacramento! Food was excellently prepared, the wine list incredible (with wine store prices, since Carpe Vino is both a restaurant and wine club/store), the ambiance is lovely, the service wonderful, just a little noisy because of the high ceiling and brick wall.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Wonderful dinner. Loved trying new wines. Paul is the best!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Excellent food and service - more of an European dining experience. Portions are not oversized like too many restaurants. Dining at Carpe Vino needs to be viewed as a dining experience not to be rushed.

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2.0Dined on March 8, 2018

This was our second dinner at Carpe Vino and we were somewhat disappointed in the food. The service was definitely not the same caliber as we had experienced on our first visit.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Always good. Always consistent. We often try to think of someplace else to go, but in the end we go to Carpe Vino.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Wonderful experience as usual. The new menu options are phenomenal especially the petrale sole. The wait staff is always attentive and well adept at suggesting wine pairings. This place is consistently 5 stars and should be considered amongst the best restaurants in Sacramento.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Superb food and service.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food and service at Carpe Vino is exceptional. We have enjoyed celebrating special occasions at the restaurant several times, always delightfully. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Fantastic food and excellent service. Pricing is fair for the value received.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Eating at Carpe Vino is always a treat. The service is excellent, attentive and friendly. The food is delicious, creative, and changing with the seasons. My *only* criticism is, ironically, the wine. When I choose a bottle of nice wine from their expanded list, it is frequently not available. It's probably a great expense to keep a large wine inventory on hand, but it is a wine bar, after all. At the very least, the digital list should be kept updated.

All considered, CV is my *favorite* area restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

The best restaurant in Auburn, by far. I would say best restaurant outside of Sacramento. The service is amazing and the food is outstanding!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Great food and wonderful service.
Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Carpe Vino is definitely a special occasion place. The food is creative and very well prepared and presented. The service was attentive and knowledgeable , but not overwhelming . We were there on a Tuesday night and as a result it was not busy or loud. It's not large, but on a busy night it could be loud. it's in a popular location in Auburn, so parking was a challenge. It's expensive, but worthy of a splurge.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Outstanding. Only negative had nothing to do with the restaurant just some noisy people that showed up later however they were asked to keep it down. Outstanding food and wine.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Wonderful romantic dinner with my husband! So nice to be able to go out in a quiet atmosphere and be able to hear each other talk. The food was fantastic and beautifully prepared. The service was incredible! Try the oysters, they are a party in your mouth! Large wine selection .

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Amazing food and service as usual. Wine was exceptional

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4.0Dined on January 13, 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.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 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.

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2018

Most delectable and interesting food in the entire Sacramento region!

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