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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
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.
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.
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.
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."
We had a great 4 year anniversary dinner just last Friday at Carpe Vino. We have been there before and have always enjoyed our meal and the service...this time was no exception. What was especially nice this time was that Carpe Vino had a nice "Happy Anniversary" card laying on the table for us...a nice touch.
Our waiter (forgot his name) was really nice...not too pushy and recommended a couple of entrees and his personal take on a wine I was considering. We started the meal with the mixed dip sampler (really good), then had one order of pork loin and one order of their lamb meatballs...and we ended the meal with the prune plum-semolina cake...a really nice and light dessert.
All in all a very nice place to eat in Auburn...we were pretty well dressed up for the occasion and did not feel out of place...most others were dressed well too. The noise level where we were seated was a bit high...the dining rooms are long and we were at the window end where the noise might have concentrated...it did quiet down as the night went on.
We have dined at Carpe Vino many times and had excellent experience. The waiter on this trip was terrible. Took 10 minutes to get a wine menu, which we had to ask for. 20 more minutes to get a glass of wine. Tried to take our meal order before we were offered anything to drink. We were rushed, the waiter was unhelpful and impersonal. I would not go back again if this would be our waiter. I believe he was french.
Carpe Vino, a jewel set in Gold Country...a chef who cares about every detail, a manager that appreciates ones patronage, a waiter who's French Canadian influence and style make every course an experience! Big city elegance in the warm slow paced hamlet of Auburn. Not to be missed if you want the best cusine in Gold Country!
Carpe Vino is a consistently extraordinary, high-quality restaurant in Old Town Auburn. It is five-star in creative cuisine using fresh local meats and vegetables, and their wine selection cannot be topped. The chef, Eric, always surprises and delights diners with his creative use of local seasonal fruits and vegetablescombined with fabulous cuts of meat or fish ovelaid with his special sauces. Please do yourself a favor and dine there - you'll be glad that you did!
We were at Carpe Vino a few years ago, and had a wonderful experience. We haven't gone back because we live in Rocklin and don't like to drive that far. But my sister was visiting from San Francisco this weekend and we wanted a special evening. We are reluctant to take my sister and her husband to restaurants here because they eat at so many fine ones in SF and ours don't compare. But we felt Carpe Vino was an exception; it isn't. The food was ordinary, not very good, and overpriced. We are not a fan of huge portions but at Carpe Vino, they are tiny in the extreme. It seemed that the chef is more impressed with plating and unusual ingredients than flavor. My sister said it reminded her of restaurants in SF she has gone to that are impressed with themselves but don't follow through. She said of Carpe Vino, "No good, and no value." We won't be back.
My entire experience was awesome. I brought a friend who was impressed. Typically it would be phenomenal food and excellent service. That was true this dinner as well. However the pinnacle of the evening was when the chef went out of her way to specially prepare a dessert that met all my food allergy criteria unbeknownst to me. And brought it out to describe it in person. And no it was not a special occasion. They are just that good at Carpe Vino. I am already a regular, hoping this post creates more of us!!!!!!
Met my daughter here for dinner and first off, the staff was very welcoming and friendly. I read their menu online, noticed the creativity, and was not disappointed with our selection. There were a few things changed on the menu... really wanted to try the Mac and cheese...🙁. We had the cheese board to start and an order of the fried green tomatoes. Yum. We ordered a bottle of Rombauer zin to sip on. Reasonable prices on wines.😀 We also split an order of the ravioli. Delicious! We were not sure if we could split a desert too. But the hot fudge with raspberry sorbet and berries beckoned. It was sooo good, but, alas, we couldn't eat it all!! Now, I must tell you, the portions are not large by any means, but perfect if you focus on flavor and slow down, appreciate, and great conversation. And the wine....
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.
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