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“Good food but overrated ” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Carpe Vino

Carpe Vino
1568 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603-5010
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Ranked #4 of 140 Restaurants in Auburn
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Sacramento Street
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Good food but overrated ”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This was the third time as we met local friends there who like it. Food was above average but they put pressure to join their wine club and I find their wine expensive(less but ONLY if you but 6 or more bottles) and their recommendations marginal, at best. Their wine list at the bar is expensive by the glass and are choices they suggest(many local and this isn't Napa or Bordeaux). The wine is the taste of the owners and to me, is disappointing.i am not a wine snob; but, neither are these guys the finest sommeliers! Caveat emptor! Better prices at total wines nearby and a far better selection and quality. This isn't a pan; but, neither is it a roaring endorsement. I would continue up the hill to Tahoe for better cuisine; but, not bad for a foothills dinner if in the area.

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  • English first
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English first
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Terrible all around...don't bother”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

We had heard this was a pretty good restaurant in auburn. The food is awful,the service poor. And the wine prices are just ok. Although they have a good selection of wine, we have gotten better deals on 50+ bottles in other restaurants/ wine shops. Don't plan to return,too far to drive for just ok.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Lincoln, California, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Carpe Vino IS a Special Occasion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We visited Carpe Vino recently as a group of three couples celebrating a 67th birthday. Carpe has been a favorite of ours for years, and on this occasion they delivered quality, consistency and creativity as always. In the "mine room" we enjoyed an array of appetizers, main courses and desserts, all of which were delicious to taste and elegant to view. The wines we selected with help from Paul, our exceptional server, complemented our dinners perfectly, were interesting and reasonably priced. Carpe Vino, amiable, excellent. Thanks to Gary and especially to Paul for making this another special occasion for us.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A New Favorite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Friend of ours have been raving about Carpe Vino and just had to take us for dinner. We arrived and walked into what seems to be a little wine shop and well, it is that too. We were taken into a small dining area and while the décor was understated, the table setting and wait staff gave you a sense that something special was about to happen. And it did!

Often times I read reviews or hear about great chefs with tons of talent and their menu sounds amazing and then the food pales in comparison to the chef write up or the menu description. This was NOT the case at Carpe Vino.

We ordered a Yellow Tail appetizer with cucumbers, charred watermelon and a “gin and tonic” gelee as well as the Lamb Meatballs with gypsy pepper harissa, cucumber yogurt and charmoula. Every single morsel was delightful. While the two appetizers have completely different flavor profiles there was a delicate balance and not one spice or flavor that overpowered another. Perfect Start!

A little salad of belgian endive bartlett pear, figs, bleu d’auvergne, walnut aillade was unbelievable. Again this dish had the perfect amounts of each element to create excellent flavor balance. Truly impressive and it is just a little salad.

Lucky me our friends know Chef Erik and a more than pleasant surprise landed in front of us between salad and dinner. Sweetbreads with crispy polenta and bacon and some other things that I can not recall (I drifted off to heaven for a moment). Not a professional review here so bear with me. Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! I seriously wanted to lick my plate and every other plate on that table. What just happened to me??? Crispy, savory, sweet, rich, delicate, WOW! At this point I am so aware that this chef is truly gifted. I feel as if soon this chef will be so great I will be unable to get a table or afford his greatness so I better savor each bite, so I did!

Dinner for me a Spice Brined Pork Chop with summer beans, cipollini onions, elephant heart plum, sungold tomato. I am actually full at this point but of course the presentation is lovely and I must have a little. So glad I did! Hearty with a richness that feels light. Not sure how to describe this but he uses such fresh ingredients that it actually feels light while the spice and the chop are hearty and rich. Again Perfect balance! Oh how I wish I could create like this!

Did I say I was full? Well this part was true but if you recall I am certain that this chef is destined for great things and I am certain this is my one shot, so I took it. Peach Profiteroles’ with Viogner ice cream and peach caramel and a chocolate and earl grey ice cream with vanilla poached pears. We shared. We loved them.

Chef Erik came out to say hello and I wanted to hug him. He is humble and kind. I am certain that I have just eaten a meal prepared by a true food genius. He is one of the greats I am sure of that. And just because I want to make sure I can, I made my next reservation before we arrived home. I recommend you do this too!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Absolutely Exquisite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

An unpretentiously charming, intimately warm and inviting atmosphere. Yet if that were all there was, you might think it quaint but unexceptional. However layer in the complex, eclectic and stunningly delicious menu, the diversity of wines and the stellar service; you become immersed in a life experience you won't soon forget. We especially owe Paul our gratitude for making us feel so welcomed.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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