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Cafe Carpe

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18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson, WI
920-563-9391
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Very good food, live music, interesting view of the Rock River

Café Carpe is an institution drawing music lovers from all over southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The bar area in front is quite small, the veranda opening to the river is larger, and the music hall is bigger still -- and often all three are crammed full. I would rate the food at about... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 12, 2014
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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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89 reviews 89 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Café Carpe is an institution drawing music lovers from all over southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The bar area in front is quite small, the veranda opening to the river is larger, and the music hall is bigger still -- and often all three are crammed full. I would rate the food at about 7.5 on a scale from 1... More 

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Wisconsin
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50 reviews 50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The Carp has been around for decades. It has an old timey bar with a microscopic kitchen tucked into one corner. In back, there is a seasonal porch overlooking the Rock River. Sandwiched between the bar and the porch is a listening room with frequent performances by very talented singer songwriters. That room is the heart of the business. Bill... More 

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california
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

It was a busy lunchtime. I had heard there was a back porch/deck overlooking the river and asked the "host" (manager??) if we could sit there. He quipped 'no, and its going to be busy for awhile." So I asked if we should wait to be seated or just find a seat and he quipped "well, just sit wherever'. Okay,... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Cafe/Bar with a fairly small menu (which I prefer). Food is homemade quality and very fresh. Great music venue on the rock river. The atmosphere is definitely the major draw.

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Lake Mills, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We love the Café Carpe and have been going there for years. We first heard the “Carpe” mentioned on Wisconsin Public radio because of its musical performances. Frequently we meet friends there who come from a different town. We usually go on Saturday nights for the excellent jambalaya. The desserts are very good also—carrot cake and chocolate decadence are our... More 

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deerfield, IL
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Yes, time flies when you're at the Cafe Carpe. You just want to eat, drink, listen to the music, and be merry till the sun comes up. But you can't, so you just enjoy their wonderful food and live music offerings as often as you can.

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

The people at the carpe are friendly, and the atmosphere is inviting, especially with a great view of the Rock River. but don't come for the food. Essentially, it's a salad and sandwich menu, and it is just overpriced for the quality. I first went there with two other friends, and we all had a taste of the others' food.... More 

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Friendly service, delicious food and a beautiful summer evening on the screened porch overlooking the Rock River. Tomato bisque soup made with coconut milk was buttery and amazing. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of the ingredients.

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Rockford, Illinois
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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

This place is wonderful! We made the hour+ drive up to Ft. Atkinson to see one of our favorite performers and although we've heard about 'The Carpe' for decades, had never gotten around to stopping by. Now, we're kicking ourselves for missing out for all those years. The food we ordered (cold sandwiches) was excellent, and the menu was sufficient... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011

My wife and I traveled to Wisconsin in the middle of winter with the Cafe Carpe as our destination. Behind the cozy dining room is an absolutely wonderful space where some of our favorite musicians were gathering to play, and we were able to attend two of the concerts on successive nights. We arrived early and were greeted by very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson, WI
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Fort Atkinson
  • Phone Number: 920-563-9391

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Sandwiches

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?