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Cafe Carpe

18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson, WI
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Ranked #18 of 40 restaurants in Fort Atkinson
Cuisines: Sandwiches
Most recent review
- Oct 10, 2013
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9 reviews from our community

77% Recommend
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English first
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2008

I love Carpe -- I eat here at least twice a month, usually during lunch at work with some co-workers. I really enjoy the grilled cheese, but I usually ask for Swiss cheese and tomatoes, or their seared tuna salad. Otherwise, Carpe usually has specials written on a board when you come in. Try the Jambalaya or any of their... More

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