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.
Contemporary American, French
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday 5pm - 9pm
Reservations of 5 or more most contact Carpe Vino directly.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Carpe Vino does not offer regularly scheduled entertainment, but musicians have performed here for special events.
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.
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: 5308230320x
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Carpe Vino (21+ Establishment) Ratings and Reviews
Chef Eric Alexander and his crew continu ...
Chef Eric Alexander and his crew continue never disappoint--great food, great service, great atmosphere--what more could you want for a fine dining experience. We are fortunate to have Carpe Vino and their staff to enjoy!
OVERALL FOOD WAS VERY GOOD. WE ORDERED T ...
OVERALL FOOD WAS VERY GOOD. WE ORDERED THE ITALIAN PREFIX MEAL WITH THE SUGGESTED IMPORT WINE. THE WINE WAS THE BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT. I'M EXPECTING SOMETHING SPECIAL BUT THEIR ITALIAN SELECTIONS WERE AVERAGE. WINE IN A CARAFE? ? THE BEST COURSE WAS THE SOUP. WHEN YOU SET THE BAR HIGH PLEASE DON'T LET ME DOWN.
We ate at Carpe Vino for a birthday dinn ...
We ate at Carpe Vino for a birthday dinner. The evening was great with good service, a comfortable setting, and exellent food. The menu changes often according to season and includes fresh, local foods. I have heard many good things about Carpe Vino, and it met my expectations and more.
This was our first dinner at the restaur ...
This was our first dinner at the restaurant. The food was fantastic and service was impeccable. The staff went out of their way to make our anniversary feel special. It was probably our best dining experience in the greater Sacramento area.
Service was excellent and the food was t ...
Service was excellent and the food was tasty.
But, I would not go back for another dinner as the portion sizes were incredibly small and the dinner was very expensive for small town Auburn. We ordered One glass of wine each (which wasn't even a regular size serving) and no appetizers but ordered 1 salad which was tiny and it was $100. And when I got home I had to eat because I was still hungry.
I ordered the vegan meal which was quinoa and vegetables. The quinoa was less than two cups and I had to hunt in the quinoa for the vegetables.
I don't mind spending $100 for a nice romantic meal, but only when they give you a regular serving size. I felt my dinner was more of a side dish.
First time diners at Carpe Vino. We lik ...
First time diners at Carpe Vino. We liked the new menu with a mix of new items and old favorites. The food is sensational. Delicious and great presentation. The service was friendly and very helpful. We enjoyed the evening and will se coming back
It was pouring rain. We were seated in ...
It was pouring rain. We were seated in a separate historical rock storage room, lit with candles, heated, quiet. Service was attentive, fabulous., courteous, friendly staff. Food was outrageously delicious, perfectly cooked to perfection. I would suggest having at least TWO chocolate desserts to pick from. ; ) But really no complaints. We were too stuffed to eat dessert anyway!
This was our 6th time visiting Carpe Vin ...
This was our 6th time visiting Carpe Vino. Out of the 6 times, 4 were outstanding and the other 2 were just good. If you enjoy good to great food give them a try. The service was very good and prompt. We will return to try another menu which changes often.
Excellent dinner. Fixed price 4 course m ...
Excellent dinner. Fixed price 4 course menu was well thought out. Wines By the glass provided ample choices of red and white. Every course was exceptionally delicious. Main dining room was two thirds full but a little bit noisy.
Have had the pleasure of dining at Carpe ...
Have had the pleasure of dining at Carpe Vino on many occasions. My wife and I have made it a tradition on our anniversary for many years. We always bring out of town guests and dine at Carpe Vino when my wife and I want to dine at the best restuarant in the area!
Very friendly place where servers rememb ...
Very friendly place where servers remember frequent customers, but also give the best service to all. Restaurant also rewards good customers with generous gift cards and more. Excellent, varied wine list. Food these days is not my favorite as I'm a purist, liking simplified, high quality food. Every dish seems to have way too many ingredients that cover up the quality of the food. Also, menu seems all over the place. Feel like chef is trying too hard to incorporate everything and losing focus. However, I still love this place for the service, wine and sense of community. Hoping they will find their way again or maybe it's just me wanting a simpler, lighter, less confusing menu. Will still come for the great wine and service!
Our group had the Tomato Prix-Fixe as we ...
Our group had the Tomato Prix-Fixe as well as several a la carte side items i.e. macaroni gratin w/ carmelized onions, charred okra, blistered shishito peppers, and st. louis spareribs. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. Tyler was our server. He was knowledgeable and professional, and recommended outstanding wines to accompany our dinner.
I had an heirloom tomato salad which was ...
I had an heirloom tomato salad which was incredible. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his pate, but found the steak in his entree on the tough side. All in all the flavors were delicious, the menu creative, however we felt the menu overpriced for what you got, and the service slow. We would try it a second time as former restaurant owners we always give a place a second shot.
Nice historic area. Restaurant a lot sm ...
Nice historic area. Restaurant a lot smaller that I expected. Reviews said was typically a lot of noise but was very quiet when we were there 5pm Saturday night. Restaurant decor was better than average but could be improved. Wine boxes all around look cheap. The brick areas look good but other areas just okay. Bathroom tiny and plain but clean...if that really matters ...but most upscale restaurants have nicer bathrooms. The food was better than average and very gourmet. I've had better but it was better than average. I had the smoked pastrami and my wife had the salmon. We also had the hummus, eggplant, cucumber dip appetizer, squash with some indispices, and peach pastry ice cream desert...whatever it was called. The pastrami was good...nothing amazing but good...but just pretty plain smoked pastrami...probably as expected. The salmon had buttery flavor and melted in mouth...neither my wife or I loved it but it was well prepared. With that said I don't care much for salmon...but wife wanted it. The dip and squash were pretty tasty. Desert was very good also. Oh...we had gazpacho soup too...which was amazing. It was our anniversary date...and was very fun. My wife really liked the place. I liked that it was quiet, upscale, and romantic. Worth the price? Maybe a little over priced...but good for anniversary...and to keep a high maintenance woman happy...lol. We would probably go back again.
Our First visit, Truly impressive on man ...
Our First visit, Truly impressive on many levels.. The food was wonderful .. to say the least.. The Wine List is Amazing.. Our Server..Knowledgeable and Professional ... All assets to the Incredible dinning experience.. Our Complements to the Chef.. We look forward to Our next Visit..
Superb flavors. Our server was new, and ...
Superb flavors. Our server was new, and he tried to be very accommodating; we appreciated his pulling in of staff to clarify/get help. The pork belly and gluten-free adjustments were amazing. Thanks for making our visit memorable :)
We had a wonderful dinner. We had Waygu ...
We had a wonderful dinner. We had Waygu beef and duck breast for our main course with two bottles Cabernet Sauvignon (Gandona and Morlet). The food was delicious and the wine was really good. And the service was awesome!!!! Carpe Vino has cozy/unique/nice arrangement and has historical structure. We enjoyed having dinner here. We would definitely come back again.
Best restaurant in Auburn, Grass Valley ...
Best restaurant in Auburn, Grass Valley or Nevada City
Carpe Vino is everything one would expect of the best restaurant in the area. We were there on a Wednesday night so it was quiet. I believe on weekends it is not so. We had the heirloom tomato and burrata appetizer, then split a Caesar salad while one of us had the rabbit pappardelle and the other had the fried chicken. Everything was delicious as usual.On previous occasions we have had the hummus appetizer along with other entrees. We've never been disappointed. The service is friendly, not overbearing. The wine list is lovely. If you find yourself in Old Town Auburn you really cannot do better.
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