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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.
Auburn, CA 95603
Contemporary American, French
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5pm - 9pm
Reservations of 5 or more must contact Carpe Vino directly.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
(530) 823-0320 ext. 102
Carpe Vino does not offer musical entertainment.
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:
Restaurant Manager: (530) 823-0320 ext. 112
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Carpe Vino (21+ Establishment) Ratings and Reviews
CV is hands down the best restaurant in our region. If you like huge gobs of cheap, crappy food, don't eat there. If you like incredibly savory foods and magically paired wines along with a cozy ambiance, this is the perfect place for you.. I'm also very impressed with the consistency, never a bad meal and the same dish eaten at a much later date is still excellent.
My only nit-picks are that the parking can be hard to find since it's a busy part of Old Town Auburn and I wish they were open on Sundays...Parking lots are available, but you'll need to walk 1/2 to 1.5 blocks, which isn't too bad.
Enjoy this incredible restaurant located in the heart of the Gold Country of the Sierras.
Carpe Vino is a very special restaurant great for special occasions. We celebrated our anniversary. The wine list is very good and not overpriced, food was excellent and creative, and the staff very friendly and attentive. We would definitely recommend it and look forward to returning someday, hopefully soon.
Very disappointed. My wife's halibut was no bigger then a silver dollar and cost $30. Not sure how our waitress served this with a straight face. My pasta came cold and after getting it reheated was basically tasteless. Possibly just a bad night but we don't plan to return anytime soon.
We waited over 15 minutes after the hostess seated us and said Paul will be with you in a minute. Just as we were beginning to think we had fallen through a crack, a red faced Paul came to our table apologizing for the delay. There had been a miscommunication Shortly thereafter the hostess came back to apologize as well. After that we we treated with the usual Carpe Vino care and had over the top appetizers excellent Halibut and desserts to write home about.
Heard a lot about this restaurant and the service was very good. The quality and creativity in their food was nice as well. I do not know if they were busy, but our soup steak, and asparagus was lukewarm at best. They took our meat back and said they cooked it more, but it was about the same when we got it back. For what we we paid, the food should have been hot...wine prices are very reasonable with good choices....🍷
The food was phenomenal, the service was great. Our kind and helpful waiter made food and wine pairing suggestions that were spot on.
We started with the shaved snow pea salad paired with a Hayfork Grenache that had a light fruity nose and a nice dry finish...just the right lightness on both food & drink to start with.
For the entrees, my wife had the braised veal breast and I went big with the 24 oz. angus cote de boeuf paired with the full-bodied Daou Cab. The veal breast was the thickest and most exquisite veal my wife has ever had...of course I tried a bite and let out a foodie moan of joy. My cote de boeuf (rib-in rib-eye) angus rib-eye was thick and perfectly cooked all the way to the bone (medium rare of course)...it was tender, tasty, and had a beautiful slightly gamy taste with the bone marrow butter...I was sure I had died and gone to foodie heaven. Both entrees were exquisite in presentation, taste, and food quality.
We finished with a a small piece of warm chocolate-Buckwheat torte paired with a tokaji aszú 6 puttonyos 2013 “gold label” wine which had the most beautiful fruity nose and a great rich passion-fruit taste to it...perfect compliment to the chocolate and with a great aftertaste.
We will be coming back for sure.
Another excellent dinner at our favorite fine restaurant in Auburn. Sometimes the noise level can be intrusive from the combination of 100+ year old architecture and inconsiderate guests. But our Tuesday evening meal was pleasantly peaceful. Service was very attentive. The food was perfectly prepared and in interesting and delicious combinations.
As always, everything at Carpe Vino is measured in levels of perfection. The setting is upscale bistro; sparkling, charming, inviting. The service is unmatched anywhere; precise, gracious, fluid, the epitome of professional. And every bite of the food surpasses the last. We were here for our first Burger Night, a new mid week folly for this Michelin worthy gem. Toasted brioche buns, house fondue cheese, pasture raised local beef, cooked to perfection. Gourmet and gorgeous. And Ahhh, the garnish; curry pickled cauliflower and a slice of a crispy, pucker producing dill. Chef Eric Alexander's magic is evident in every menu, every meal. The wine suggestion, yes, the wine suggestion, was full, light, with perfect tannins making it very well suited to the delicious burger. Dessert was an olive oil, semolina cake and has remained deliciously memorable. Carpe Vino is dream come true.
This is by far the best restaurant I've found in the Sierra Foothills. The food and service were excellent and the wine list offered a wide variety of excellent imported and domestic wines. Our waiter was very helpful in suggesting appropriate wines to go with our food selections. I will definitely return.
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