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Carpe Diem - New Canaan
26 Locust Avenue
New Canaan, CT 06840
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Carpe Diem - New Canaan Details
Hours of Operation:
Mon and Tue closed, Wed - Sun 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Private Party Contact:
Lenny Lorendo (203) 594-9599
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The only negative would be that we
felt a bit rushed. It wasn't intentional, it was just very attentive service. However, when you spend a lot of money on wine and dinner, you don't want to feel rushed. We were in and out in less than an hour."
Dined on 2/14/2014
there was nothing special about
the food, which is the key reason for going. Nothing else really matters. piano player was a nice touch, but sometimes too loud to talk; may have been just for valentines day. service was cheerful and attentive when at the table, but long pauses and unavailability in between. the dining room is quite small, and the tables were packed tight. Would have felt very uncomfortable if tables on each side were filled. towards end a couple was seated at one of the tables next to us. I felt we were seated together we were so close, and I felt very distracted by their conversation. my fur coat, which I gave up, smelled of another diners perfume when it was returned to me."
Dined on 2/14/2014
What a delight for a relaxed
end-of-weekend meal with friends. Relaxed, smooth and attentive service, and delicious food. A n enjoyable evening with friends we hadn't seen in a while, and Carpe Diem was seamless with all of it."
Dined on 2/9/2014
We had a gift certificate to Carpe
Diem which triggered our visit. We were pleased with the ambiance and loved the live piano music. We order a bottle of wine which they didn’t have, and then ordered a different bottle of wine to find they didn’t have that one either. We settled on the third wine selection which was delicious. I had the duck which was also nice."
Dined on 2/8/2014
My husband and I had a cozy seat
at a corner table on the banquette. The service was impeccable. My appetizer (tuna tartar with avocado mousse) was really good, and my main course (snapper with olives and capers) was superb. We ordered brussel sprouts sauteed with pancetta, but this wasn't totally necessary as both of our main courses came with brussel sprouts on the side (although without the pancetta). Did not have dessert because we were too full from the generous portions. Also, the wine pour is very generous! Plan to return next week for a birthday celebration with friends. Highly recommend!"
Dined on 2/1/2014
Service and food were outstanding
and the wait staff very friendly. I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion. Piano player is a nice touch...not loud, very enjoyable."
Dined on 1/25/2014
My daughter and son in law
suggested Carpe Diem - I was getting bored with going to the same places - where are getting crowded and noisy. The ambience was very welcoming and cozy especially in this bitter cold and the service was very attentive without being intrusive. The food was excellent - The wine was as well - there was something about it - we started speaking with another couple that had just finished their meal - even the patrons were nice! We will certainly go back - it will be my new go to place to relax and have a delicious dinner. Also, there was a family there with a baby - and they seemed to be very pleased as well."
Dined on 1/24/2014
The food was excellent and the
service was wonderful - our server was quite knowledgable and very helpful. My only negative comment is that it seems like they may have absentee ownership - it had snowed the day prior to our visit and, while the sidewalk in front was cleared, the driveway and walkway from the driveway to the side entrance and to the front of the restaurant were snow covered and icy. These are signs that the owner is away and nobody is paying attention to the potential liability."
Dined on 1/10/2014
It was a miserable winter night
but the food, wine and service made it worthwhile. Enjoyed the experience."
Dined on 1/5/2014
We went at somewhat at the last
minute on a snowy evening with two of our (teenage) children. We had been there once before on a Saturday night when it was really hopping, and this was quieter but equally good. The food is interesting enough for a foodie but the kitchen is flexible enough for a "sauce on the side" teenager. The food is fantastic."
Dined on 12/17/2013
Carpe Diem is a gem. The menu has
some Italian classics as well as updated favorites. The piano player and cozy, simple atmosphere was perfect for a dinner with old friends. The service was impeccable. We will be regulars."
Dined on 12/14/2013
We dined here on a quiet midweek
evening and were thoroughly charmed by the tasteful and sophisticated holiday decor, the friendly and accommodating maitre d', and the attentive service. Fresh minestrone soup was an excellent starter, and the pasta fruitti di mare entree was perfect accompanied by a glass of the house Italian chardonnay. The chef actually made fresh linguini when I asked for it as a substitution, and we were told that all the pasta served is made on the premises. Pappardelle was equally delicious. A light and fluffy slice of cheesecake with blueberry compote completed our wonderful meal. We will definitely be returning to this gem!"
Dined on 12/11/2013
We thoroughly enjoyed this
restaurant. Great food and warm setting. Service was terrific."
Dined on 12/7/2013
We loved the food! Real authentic
Italian -- quite delicious!"
Dined on 11/29/2013
We had a fantastic dinner here.
Food was delicious, service was excellent. My only complaint was it was slow -- we weren't in a huge hurry, but appetizers took 45 minutes to appear. It is very new, so we'll chalk it up to that. Will definitely go back."
Dined on 11/16/2013
A go-to favorite in New Canaan.
Always good food and service. You just can't miss."
Dined on 11/15/2013
We visit New Canaan frequently and
dine out on occasion, and finding Carpe Diem was a great move, as the food was phenomenal, and the service excellent as well. We sat out front on the patio, and it was a perfect night. We brought our kids, 16 and 10, and they were fine in this classy spot. We will definitely return when back in New Canaan!"
Dined on 10/6/2013
It was a bit expensive for a fair
meal. I probably wouldn't recommend it."
Dined on 10/6/2013
Excellent pasta dishes;
outstanding antipasto. Overall great dining experience. Would suggest a few reasonably priced Italian wines included in the wine selection. Especially appreciated our waiter, Lenny, and his recommendation for a wine to complement the different entrees ordered by 5 people. Would definitely recommend the restaurant!"
Dined on 9/20/2013
Our experience at Carpe Diem went
from bad to worse and even speaking to the owner did not help. We had to wait to order drinks, the bus boy had to take our order, my husband's pasta got cold waiting for someone to bring him some cheese, a drink order took so long that we finished dinner by the time the wine arrived. And the food was just so so. An offer from the owner ...after we complained ....to send over some "special drinks", never materialized. Frustrating experience. Never again...."
Dined on 9/7/2013
Tuna tartare is always fresh and
prepared well. Branzino and duck pasta special were great. Wine list has many interesting (all Italian) choices. Outdoor patio is beautiful and room is beautifully decorated. Service is gracious. Desserts are fantastic. A worthy choice for semi-Formal Italian that doesn't break the bank."
Dined on 8/31/2013
This was our second time here. It
was my girlfriends birhtday and I called to let them know that. We recieved a very warm welcome from Lenny the owner. He and his staff provided us with excellent service and attention. He also provided us drinks and the birthday cake on the house. He also remembered that I have an allergy to shell fish and had a special veal chop made to order for me. My girfreind has scallops that she said were the sweetest she has ever had. Needless to say we will be back. ."
Dined on 8/21/2013
The Manager / Owner seemed to be
doing all the running around having to constantly tell two young, inexperienced waiters what to do. Therefore service was erratic, a few dishes were not available and the food is expensive. It's a shame it wasn't more slick as lovely location."
Dined on 7/22/2013
Sunday lunch and the had one beer
(as in one bottle not one option). They ran out of steak and we were the only folk in the place.. Food was excellent but I do see this place being around much longer."
Dined on 6/30/2013
When we arrived we were greeted by
the host confirming our open table reservations. I had previously reviewed the menu as I can be a picky about the food I eat and had several choices in mind. I picked the lamb chops rare because they were American Lamb - (I do not like New Zealand or Australian -- too gamey) they were delicious, tender and a generous portion. My girlfriend (of 4 years - anniversary dinner) ordered a seafood risotto which she said was wonderful. For desert we shared the restaurants own gelato, pistachio, lemon & vanilla - all wonderful. We both complimented the host and would definitely return."
Dined on 6/20/2013
Food was great, dessert even
better! There was even a 5 piece jazz band that started at 9. We would absolutely return."
Dined on 6/8/2013
A beautiful dining room, tables
set with fresh flowers, looking out at the patio also with flowers (spring at last). Our brunch of eggs Benedict and a mimosa just hit the spot. This was not our first time and definitely will return soon!"
Dined on 5/12/2013
A nice, small Italian restaurant
with an interesting menu..varying specials and solid service. Always a nice evening out and the food quality never wavers. Not a romantic place so I wouldn't celebrate an anniversary there...but good for couples looking for a nicer meal and small groups to meet up, eat and talk."
Dined on 5/10/2013
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