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Carpe Diem - New Canaan
Carpe Diem - New Canaan

Carpe Diem - New Canaan Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://carpediemnewcanaan.com/
  • Phone: (203) 594-9599
  • 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 (203) 594-9599

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Forest St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    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
  • "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