704 565 2572
121 South Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

Carpe Vinum 121


Carpe Vinum 121 is the vision of co-owners Carrie and Paul Bardinas come to life. Inspired by their travels, the Wine Bar, Bistro and Raw Bar is the realization of their dream of sharing their love of music, art, food, and fine wine with the residents of Salisbury, North Carolina. Nestled in the heart of the city’s historic downtown, the 19th-century building’s brick architecture is the background for the bar and dining area. The space has been tastefully renovated with a French Bistro flair, allowing guests an intimate wine and dine experience. The venue also offers outside seating in the private Charleston-inspired courtyard. We invite you to enjoy the best of fine dining without the pretension against an inviting backdrop of exposed brick, French art, and the sounds of jazz music.



A resident of Salisbury since 1986, Paul first acquired a passion for French and Mediterranean food during his annual trips to Europe with family. While attending Columbia University and living in New York in the late 1990’s, he helped pay the bills by working as a server and bartender, an experience that helped foster his appreciation for fine wine and fine dining. After years running the successful family business, raising a family, and travelling with his wife and partner Carrie, serendipity presented the perfect location in downtown Salisbury to realize their dream of opening a restaurant.

Paul Bardinas Owner
Carrie Bardinas Manager


Growing up in Salisbury, Carrie has always loved calling this small town home. During her college years, she learned to appreciate fine dining while working as a server at The Old North State Country Club. In her early twenties, Carrie met and fell in love with her husband and partner, Paul. Following the birth of the couple’s first child, she made the decision to put her career on hold and devote herself to raising their children, which now includes four boys. While caring for her home and family, she became an accomplished cook, hobby farmer and organic gardener, where she learned the value of cooking with only the freshest ingredients. The couple’s many trips to wineries also sparked her passion for wine. Now Carrie is on her newest adventure to share her love of good food, good wine, and good company with the community she calls home.

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