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
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Carpe Diem - New Canaan reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (22)neighborhood gem (15)special occasion (11)fit for foodies (10)romantic (9)notable wine list (8)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (4)good for groups (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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.
  • Terrific Restaurant
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. Great food and warm setting. Service was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    August
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    We loved the food! Real authentic Italian -- quite delicious!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice new place
    Allie
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always sold
    DanHVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    A go-to favorite in New Canaan. Always good food and service. You just can't miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    Mark
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a bit expensive for
    Stevek45VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    It was a bit expensive for a fair meal. I probably wouldn't recommend it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cest moi 38
    Cestmoi38
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Comedy of Errors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    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....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great choice...
    mostlyfishVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our second time here.
    DWBCPAVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    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. .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK But Not Wow!
    only1rara
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but terrible management
    Steve
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service and food
    DWBCPAVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time was had by all
    Kells
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Food was great, dessert even better! There was even a 5 piece jazz band that started at 9. We would absolutely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fit for a special ocassion or meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local, reliable upscale Italian
    DanHVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.