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Carpe Vino (21+ Establishment)

4.7
1110 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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, French
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Hours of operation
Bar
Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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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 1110 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was fantastic as always! Very noisy night but that would have been fine had we had good service. Our waiter was horrible!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Loved our experience at Carpe Vino! The salmon was INCREDIBLE!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Fantastic Service, fantastic food. Amazing wines, very fairly priced. A+

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Simply a terrific meal from start to finish and Paul always provides excellent service.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Our go to spot. Chef Eric never disappoints. Fresh ingredients from the Farmers Market and local producers prepared creatively and always perfectly.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Excellent food, finest ingredients, wonderfully prepared, presentation friendly, palate pleasing, excellent wine list and pairings, desserts a must have and, good value for not your average restaurant meal.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

A birthday celebration for my wife with a couple of friends. Great service and quality as always. A wonderful time

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

It was superb! The food was fabulous, the staff was attentive & the environment was perfect! Alain was our waiter. He was personal, funny & just all around a great waiter. Oh & the bonus was we could purchase bottles of wine to take home with us. I’m looking forward to going back as soon as possible.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Chef Alexander and staff are top notch & made our anniversary a special and memorable occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

OBSESSED with this place! The food is AMAZING, service was AMAZING. Inside is very cozy. Our new favorite spot.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great service. Food was good. Very noisy with tables so close together.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We finally went to Carpe Vino and were pleasantly surprised. They have a great wine selection and a delicious menu. We will definitely go back again and take visitors.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Took my wife for a quiet Mother’s Day dinner and the food and wine was great! We joined the wine club as well. Everything was wonderful, food, service, everything!

This is definitely a date night or quick stop for wine. The place is small but it’s exactly one of the things we were looking for in our choice.

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone that wants a quiet place with great food and wine.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The only reason I wouldn't recommend this fine fine restaurant is because it's already hard enough to get reservations! Awesome in every way. Superlative service, wine, food, and staff responsive to all the detailed questions you want answered at a top tier meal.

Amazing. Awesome. (But don't go, so I can get in ;)

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

What can I say? It was a perfect dinner. The service was great, the food was to die for and the pink champagne just lovely. My husband doesn't like what he calls fancy restaurants; he does now lol. I wouldn't say Carpe Vino is fancy it is just good local food with a well thought out menu, wine and great service!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Amazing food and service!!!! Carpe vino rocks!!!

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Good food but the gnocchi was on the tougher side. Wish it was softer.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Fabulous restaurant...if you go there ask for the Wine tasting room....quiet and unique. Plus the food was very good and the serve excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food that comes out of the kitchen continues to amaze me. Chef Alexander is on top of his game.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We finally made it to Carpe Vino, and it lived up to our expectations. The food and service were outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We took advantage of a pre-fix offering with an Tuscan theme. As usual, everything was fabulous, including the service! We shared all 3 antipasti: Morel Mushroom Sformato (a luscious, creamy torte), Lamb Loin Carne Cruda (lamb carpaccio), and Uovo Raviolo (a wonderful stuffed ravioli in a brown butter sauce). We both opted for the Shaved Snap Pea Salad made with radish, hazelnuts and a Guanciale vinegarette dressing. This was a delightfully different type of salad and so fresh! For the main course, I had the Frutti de Mare (swordfish, mussels and another fish with new potatoes, green garlic salsa verde, Proscecco and pine nut milk). The flavors were delicate and tasty. Hubby had the Braised Veal Cheeks served on a Risotto Milanese with English peas. The veal was so tender, it felt like it melted in your mouth. If I could do it again, this is the dish I would order! Just fabulous! For dessert, we shared the two offerings: Seminola-Olive Oil Cake (with pistachios, mars carp one and strawberries) and the Buttermilk Panna Cotta (topped with rhubarb and lavender biscotti crumbs). We paired our food with a couple of different Italian wines, including Proscecco, Pinot Grigio, Primativo and with dessert, a Vin Santo.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Every course of the Italian pre fix menu was absolutely delicious. My husband and I each chose something different so we could taste more of Chef's amazing food! This is by far our favorite local restaurant. Excited for their upcoming expansion!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We have always enjoyed the prix-fixe menus, but this one was extraordinary!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Once again Carpe Vino lives up to its reputation. The prix fixe menu was superb. The ambiance delightful. The service impeccable. All in all, just the best.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

We went for their special 4-course Primavera-in-Italia meal, and it was excellent. Our waiter Paul was excellent, too, as was each of the food courses. Well done, once again, Carpe Vino!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Carpe Vino, after numerous dining occasions, continues to be a favorite and never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We had our favorite server, Paul, this time, and he made the dinner especially special as he is knowledgeable about microbreweries (of interest to my husband) in the area. We shared a Caesar salad and this is a very good one; my husband had a dozen oysters and I had the chicken breast, very tender and moist. Then dessert--rhubarb semifreddo and ice cream. Everyone is friendly and helpful at Carpe Vino--nice atmosphere--with excellent cuisine in a semi-casual setting (nice but not fussy). A wonderful evening, as always.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Delicious dinner---wine,-pate', soup, and salmon, 2 desserts--ahhh heaven!
Paul is the best server anywhere! The whole experience celebrating our anniversary will be relished in our memory for a long time.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

My friend and I had a wonderful evening dinner. The food was delicious and unique. Paul , our server was friendly and gracious. Thank you for being the restaurant in Auburn when I am guaranteed a great meal and impressive service.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Better food does not exist on this planet. Chef Eric is not only a culinary master but also a genius in love with the food he prepares and presents. That every element of every dish of every meal has been carefully attended is evident in each as it is presented. I've been tempted to say to the superlative wait-staff, "Just bring me whatever the Chef is recommending at this moment". Unbelievably, every course surpasses the last. The establishment is up-scale cozy and the tables well appointed. The lighting convivial. The view of old town from the window table is charming. Our service is always impeccable. truly a gold standard. As the dining room fills, the noise level can escalate significantly as everyone enjoys themself. Just be aware, whispered conversations won't work well. We love to go early when things are just a bit more quiet. The wine list is remarkable, beginning with the most reasonably priced-per-glass to those that are any-celebration-worthy. This is food you will deeplly savor, and then dream about.We do.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Everything is always made to perfection with Exceptional flavors and taste the staff is wonderful friendly and efficient

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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 on April 15, 2018

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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