Carpe Diem - New Canaan
Carpe Diem - New Canaan

Carpe Diem - New Canaan

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://carpediemnewcanaan.com/
  • Phone: 2035949599x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon and Tue closed, Wed - Sun 11:30 am to 11:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Regis Saget
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Lenny Lorendo 2035949599

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Forest St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Carpe Diem - New Canaan
Coming Soon!
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Carpe Diem - New Canaan reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (21)neighborhood gem (17)special occasion (12)fit for foodies (9)notable wine list (7)romantic (6)great for lunch (6)good for groups (4)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great food
    kianni
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Although it took some time to be waited on and receive our drinks, the wait was well worth it! The bar had drink orders backed up and they apologized profusely. The food was delicious and we will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't forget this place!
    Judy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Tucked away on the outskirts of downtown New Canaan, this gem of a restaurant is often overlooked, but is a definite find. The food at Carpe Diem is always fresh and beautifully prepared and delicious, and the service is warm, welcoming and attentive. The menu changes seasonally and there is something for everyone, although it is not for young children. There is lovely outdoor dining in the Summer, and it is cozy and comfortable--with just the right amount of sophistication--in the dining room. I love the original photos of Marilyn Monroe and Ernest Hemingway on the walls, the candlelight and the upholstered seating. The prices are fair, especially for the very high quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carpe Diem is a true gem
    abcxyz
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Impeccable service and outstanding food. Old world charm right in New CAnaan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Carpe Diem always fine
    NCneighbor
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Most gracious and welcoming staff. Dishes are always delicious. The branzino and chicken entrees are favorites.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal and service
    Krabappel
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    First visit, was very happy with the meal and service. Will definitely go back and recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first visit!
    Radioda
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Wonderful veal! We are sure to return! Our first visit there, and we were impressed by the friendly service and excellent dinner...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    TheSharks
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This was our first visit and we have already recommended it. Fabulous food, ambience and service. Everything was absolutely perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Capri anyone????
    Dlee59VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Carpe Diem is a gem in the heart of New Canaan. The restaurant has an elegant but comfortable atmosphere and a lovely al fresco dining patio out front. It reminded us of a lovely little restaurant on the Isle of Capri. The menu was focused with enough variety for everyone. The vegetables and fruits were seasonable; we had figs and white asparagus, both were perfection. Two items on the menu were not yet available, but our server was upfront and explained why. Dessert menu needs improvement (if you have room for dessert).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible!
    diningfriend
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My husband and I recently went for dinner and immediately noticed the restaurant was empty on a Sat. night at 7:00....not a good sign. There was no atmosphere...no music..candles. I ordered a pasta dish and it was gummy and had no flavor. My husband had the lobster ravioli's and they had no flavor and tasted like they had been warmed up in a microwave. We also ordered a side which they just never brought over to our table. I am hoping the owners are planning on completely changing things around in this restaurant or there is no way it will survive!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great restaurant
    Cat10
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a coupon to try this restaurant. So we went Sat. evening it was a little pricey and nothing came with your meal. It's not a place we could come to all the time just on special occasions. But I have to say the food was amazing it was so good. we are certainly coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delight found
    dolphin
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went to Carpe Diem on a voucher and was unsure by some reviews read, but went. The place was far finer then anticipated. Outdoor patio was truly nice and was never mentioned in reviews or website. Main dining area also looked nice. Service was excellent, patient for our relaxed dining mood, always attentive and friendly. Food was excellent and menu has a nice variety and created with a good focus on choices. Duck was excellent and Red Snapper was wonderful, house wines good choices and wine list reads to be wonderful. Will be a pleasure to go back sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rocketview
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Best branzino in CT - menu has a number of great items - veal tonnato, grilled artichoke appetizer, fresh buratta with prosciutto and peppers. Best terrace in New Canaan. Great service. Love the place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 44 reviews are from the Carpe Diem - New Canaan reviews archive.
  • Carpe Pasta
    Luv2Yum
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The pasta is exquisite! It is light as a feather and made in their own kitchen. Everything on the menu is pure gourmet and served by a meticulously trained staff in elegant surroundings. Their wine list is as impressive as everything else in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    A pleasant surprise. It was our first time dining at Carpe Diem. We were with good friends and the staff paced their service accordingly. Dinner was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day dinner
    food4ever
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for Mother's Day. Loved the people and the service. The food was great. I would have enjoyed the piano music, except it was way too loud. My elderly father couldn't hear our conversation at all (until pianist finished), a problem he generally does not have. I would suggest not sitting in the room with the piano. Otherwise, we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    eater
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Really disappointing dinner at Carpe Diem last night (5/11/14). Several diners in our party were given dirty dishes or silverware. One of our entrees mistakenly was brought out with the appetizers, then after it was sent back, apparently sat in the kitchen for a long time only to return later with our entrees (which arrived an inexplicably long time after appetizers were completed). And the food was mediocre -- not any better than you can get at dozens of moderately priced neighborhood Italian restaurants in NYC, and one of the entrees was downright bad. Really surprising after reading the pretty good NY Times review. It's a nice atmosphere, and maybe the kitchen was having an off night, but I would not go back there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    people were rude, hair in two of our dishes, unprofessional and unkempt staff - food eh
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed
    tripletmomVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We arrived at 8 PM for our reservation at same time. We had to wait close to a half hour to be seated. We were told to wait at the bar, which we did. There was no cocktail list. The dinner portions were skimpy for the price, and I had to return mine because my meat was too tough to cut! The service was extremely slow! When our bill came, we discovered that my husband's martinis cost $16 each. A very high price for a neighborhood restaurant. The management was rude when we asked about the price of drinks , and told us they only carry top line liquors. All in all, the evening was a big disappointment!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High hopes but fell short
    Adam
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Given the price tag ($75 pp with tax and tip) and decor, the expectations were high and the results fell short. A nice touch was having a piano player in the main room, but he played way too loud. There were many servers attending the tables - but the food took very long to prepare and when the waiters brought it to the table it went to the wrong people - staff appeared disorganized. Appetizers were excellent, especially the mozzarella. Entrees were lacking in flavor. i was rooting for Carpe Diem, but left a little disappointed
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    greatfood
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Took a friend out for her birthday with another friend. Had a great time. The only odd thing was I made a reservation through open table and when I got there, I was informed my table was outside, however the host was very accommodating and had a table inside for us (good thing because it was cold and then rained!). When I got home, I tried to make a reservation for the next day and no where did it state it was an outside table. Just beware.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    DMF1902VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This was our 3rd time at Carpe Diem. Food has always been quite good; service has been outstanding. And it is somewhat more moderately priced than many of the New Canaan area restaurants.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    BobDN
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Every time we go here we really enjoy the food and the service. The second you walk in you are taking care of. I always enjoy every dish that I order and the service is always top notch. Thank you, Lenny. We hope to see soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet on a Saturday Night
    robkapVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My wife and I are always on a quest to find a quiet, romantic restaurant on a Saturday night. In New York, this is almost an impossible task. The ambiance in Carpe Diem was really nice, and there was a very good piano player. The service was excellent and the food was vey good, Only fifty minutes from our house and well worth the ride .We actually stayed over in a nearby hotel to make it a great getaway weekend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroghly Enjoyable
    DMF1902VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This was our second time at Carpe Diem. Both times, the service was extremely attentive and the food was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyable on both visits.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RIG
    mouse
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We were a group of 10 on a Sunday night. Only one other group (3) in the restaurant. Drink orders taken and brought promptly except waiter did not bring my husband his wine. Repeated reminders were met with nonchalant, "ok". Overall, service extremely unprofessional. Waiter could not recall who was to be served what, checked on computer In our presence. The food was quite average and after a very long wait (why?), it was brought out lukewarm. Conceptually, the menu items were creative and varied, but poor execution made this irrelevant. I felt responsible for choosing this restaurant because it took our large reservation on OpenTable but now ti understand that other diners locally knew what I didn't: the place is not good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food a little noisy
    nanruz
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food and service was great. The piano playing was a nice touch - but if they closed the lid on the piano we might have been able to hear each other talk. I would recommend moving the piano up to the entrance area, and putting in 2 more tables below, and you would still have the great ambiance that the piano playing (which was excellent by the way) offers, without having to say what every other sentence to those you are dining with. The food presentation was almost as tasty as the food itself. Would recommend them adding a non-flavored tea like english breakfast to their list. Tea drinkers are a particular lot and earl grey is not straight up tea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • quiet weeknight
    michaelwaskom
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Restaurant was almost empty on a Thursday nite! Excellent food and service, very attentive waiter. Almost a private dinner. Food cooked to order and fresh that day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Find!
    NancyJ
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We very much enjoyed our dinner here. All of our dishes were well prepared and quite tasty. The piano player added a romantic feel to the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nothing special in new canaan
    klbklb
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding in every way
    Jeff
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday evening respite
    Rusty
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Piano was a nice touch
    Lore
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carpe Diem is Delicious
    pufferb
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Gem
    Tomato
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Canaan great find
    Lovegoodtimes
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great night out, but ownership...
    diningtiger
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a miserable winter
    abrm1
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    It was a miserable winter night but the food, wine and service made it worthwhile. Enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Snowy Day
    tammy
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Gem
    kimaohVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Italian in charming setting
    ncrnVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.