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Carpe Diem Restaurant
Carpe Diem Restaurant

Carpe Diem Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://carpediemrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (704) 377-7976
  • Hours of Operation: Regular Hours
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Open Easter and Mother's Day for Brunch. Closed on Memorial Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Years Day.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Paul Ketterhagen
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Planning a wedding, cocktail party or corporate event? Carpe Diem is available for off premise full service catering. We deliver the quality food and service you expect from Carpe Diem for events of up to 250 people. We can assist you with all aspects of your catering, from planning and menu decisions to rentals and set up. The service staff at your event will be employees of the restaurant, not contracted labor, so we can guarantee professional, friendly staffing for your event. We have a variety of standard menus available for your event, or we can completely customize a menu.
  • Private Party Facilities: The entire restaurant is available for private bookings on Sunday and for breakfast/lunch everyday. A completely private room is available any evening and can accommodate a group of up to 37 guests. If you are using a screen for a presentation, the capacity is reduced to 28 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Bonnie Warford (888) 641-4749
  • Special Events & Promotions: Mon-Thurs, 5PM-6:30PM 1/2 price appetizers in the bar.
    Mon-Tues, one 1/2 price bottle of wine selection
    Tuesdays all house cocktails are 1/3 off.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Travis Avenue
  • Public Transit: There is a bus stop located 200 yards from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is behind the restaurant on Travis Avenue and on Elizabeth Avenue in the lot across the street. Some street parking is available.
A word from Carpe Diem Restaurant
Carpe Diem has been open since 1989. We have moved twice due to downtown business developments, but are now in our third incarnation at 1535 Elizabeth Avenue. Our interior is done in a beautiful art nouveau style. Mahogany doors, copper lighting that vines around the wood work, and marble floors are just a few details that will engage you in the surroundings. We, the proprietors, sisters Tricia Maddrey and Bonnie Warford, are from Miami, Florida. Our interest in food grew from a love of the Latin and tropical flavors that influenced us growing up. Our menu offers a variety of dishes reflecting "new American" cuisine. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Restaurant had a comfortable, yet high end feel... Great layout and excellent food..."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I haven't been in awhile.. but going back is such a pleasant experience. The staff is always friendly. The food is great. The specials are diverse- and seasonal. But you can't go wrong with the Southern Fried chicken."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Met friends for dinner and had a wonderful meal. Great selections and specials to choose from. Wait staff was extremely attentive and friendly. I was a great evening out!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "It was average! I thought based on the menu it was going to be outstanding but it wasn't notable! I probably won't ever go back. The best part of all of our meals was the bread!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food was delicious. Service was great. Atmosphere cozy. Prices were reasonable and I will definitely go again."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Always a pleasure to visit this restaurant. Good food and service. Great location close to downtown and if you go early, you park right in front of the door."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We are new to Charlotte and love finding new restaurants. Brought my husband here for his birthday. We had a wonderful dinner, great service, and will definitely come back again. Try the fried chicken you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The name says it all!! If this place just had a little more panache in the dining room it would be the as good as it gets. But I will trade panache for great food any day."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "the pureed sweet potatoes and fresh blueberries was an amazing combination. service with a smile, but without intrusion. portions always ample. nuances of flavor abundant."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I had the grilled grape salad and my wife had a kale salad both were ok. The appetizer was a cheese plate, again it was fine - nothing spectacular. My wife had the fried chicken and it was really good. i had the duck and it was pretty fatty - ok flavor. I won't be back though. First, when our server poured our water my wife had a gnat in her glass - disgusting. However, they brought out another and she drank it, and there was a guy refilling water glasses, and guess what? She had another gnat in her water. So she just switched to diet coke. I wouldn't have imagined going somewhere and having two gnats in your drinks and the manager not coming out to check. Then the appetizer was supposed to be 1/2 price before 6:30 but charged full price"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Our second visit and we were not disappointed. Food is excellent although the menu is relatively small. Service, timing, presentation were all good. Would prefer a few more California wine selections by the glass. Overall fine dining experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I'm a foodie but not everyone is. The menu had some unusual combinations of foods that would not be particularly appealing to a number of people, making it a bit difficult to decide what to order. If you're looking for a crowd pleaser, this might not be the place."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was interesting and eclectic. The dishes were both presented in world classand delicious. Menu was very price conservative considering the level of restaurant. The fried chicken is utterly amazing. Our first experience and trust us this is our new number 1. Forget the traditional steak houses and experience a truly fantastic dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Had brunch for Mothers Day. Service was good, food was good, neighborhood feel was great and the family atmosphere was enjoyable. A bit over priced. Our $25 per person brunch should have bee about $18.50."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "First time there. Had a set menu and a reservation. We were seated as soon as we walked in. The service was great and the food even better. Excellent value. We will be returning for dinner and the regular menu. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants. At Mother's Day brunch we had to wait a few minutes for our server to come to the table. It was not terribly long. They took $25 off the bill. I told them that was not necessary, but they insisted. Wonderful place!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The restaurant itself is beautiful inside. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The food is unique and delicious. I would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Excellent spot in great area! Food was great and the prices were moderate. Service was good as well. Try to Fried Chicken Breast entree, delicious. Hanger Steak left a little to be desired though, but overall good choice. I would recommend."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We've been many times - but this was the first time I tried the pork tenderloin - excellent! Staff is always great & friendly. Love the creative offerings."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "After numerous trips to Carpe Diem, it always amazes me that the quality remains so high. The food and service are consistently excellent!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Our meals were divine. All the options sounded fantastic and I had a hard choosing. The fried chicken was moist and delicious. Will return."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I have eaten at Carpe Diem for years and they never fail to deliver. This visit I branched out into the specials rather than falling back on favorites. The kale salad was tender, flavorful and unique---- a good way. The roasted chicken was incredibly tender and moist. All in all, yet another home run for Carpe Diem! "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "In all of the years that I have dined at Carpe Diem, I have never been disappointed. The restaurant has wonderful ambiance, and the food is always spectacular!!! Always a special treat to dine there!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This used to be my favorite spot. The last two times have been disappointing. The buttermilk chicken used to be outstanding. The gravy was watered down. Our waitress was nice, but talked so loudly and interjected into our conversation so much... I felt like I was at a truck stop. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Once again, Carpe Diem's Easter Brunch was such a pleasure! As always, the menu choices were varied and original, and also as always, delicious. A very special way to celebrate a special holiday."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary at Carpe Diem, and were warmly welcomed with a quiet table sprinkled with sparkly confetti. Everyone wished up a happy anniversary, which was quite nice. Cocktails were tasty, the salads are delicious (get the goat cheese salad). Fried oysters were pillowy and melted in your mouth. Entrees were decent-sized portions, and bordered between comfort food and smart new takes on classics. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food was mediocre, my wife chicken was over-done. The waitress was pleasant, but didn't come around much. Getting our food was slow, several parties coming in later got their food way earlier."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The location was great. The food was great. The service was great. My wife and I had dinner there for our wedding anniversary and we are glad we did. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Loved the innovative menu & wonderful service. Decor is beautiful & warm. Kale salad was great, as was the filet mignonette over a delicious farro, which was reduced with heavy cream. Even the bread is delicious."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Just moved to Charlotte and a friend had invited us to Theatre Charlotte. We offered to buy dinner in return. Picked Carpe Diem after scanning reviews. Took a chance and glad we did! The room was beautiful and stylish. Staff was friendly and helpful. Food was terrific. Will be back again."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Everything was perfect. We were celebrating our anniversary. I had ordered some flowers the day before to be delivered to the restaurant. I had called the restaurant so they would expect the flowers, mentioned that it was our anniversary, and asked to be seated at a nice table. When we arrived the hostess smiled in a way that let me know she was expecting us. We were seated at a table in an intimate alcove adjacent to the main dinning area the flowers awaited our arrival. Everything was perfect-the service was superior, the food was epicurean, and the ambiance elegant. It all made for an evening to remember. Carpe Diem is one of the finest restaurants I have had the pleasure to experience."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Great experience! I took my boyfriend there for his birthday and they put birthday confetti on the table for us. The food was delicious and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I came to town to celebrate a friends birthday and they had asked that I pick the restaurant. There were 5 of us and everyone was super impressed with my pick. They were even still raving about it the next day. We started with the cheese plate and Mediterranean plate and both were great! Myself and someone else ordered the buttermilk fried chicken and it was wonderful, two others loved the scallops, and the other ordered the ribs special. Also, on my reservation I had noted that we would be dining there to celebrate and birthday and when we arrived they had scattered birthday confetti around the center of the table. My friend was very touched by this special addition to our table. I look forward to returning on my next visit to Charlotte."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great food. Always . The Buttermilk Fried chicken is wonderful. We have to order that at least once a year. But new this time , the Fried tempura Oysters appetizer . Wow. Fantastic.. Our server was Yolanda and she was delightfully perfect."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "4 of us, each ordering different items (trout, steak, scallops, salmon) and we each declared our dish the best.. Such clever use of vegetables/sides. Haven't been to Carpe Diem in many years but I am spreading the word about how much we enjoyed our dining experience - knowledgeable waitstaff with both spirits and food. Will definitely go back - many times!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Simply put, whenever I am in Charlotte, I stop by Carpe Diem for this great meal. But it's not just the always moist on the inside, crispy on the outside best seller, it's the mash potatoes, pepper gravey and steamed spinich that help set this dish at the top of the list....simple, outstanding rendition of an old time favorite."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our salads, though they are a bit pricey ($9). The kale salad was particularly good. I had the pork special which was an awesome combination of flavors, and my wife loved the trout special except for the crabmeat stuffing. She was glad that there were only two bites of it in the fish. Prices are a bit high on everything including the wine, but it's a beautiful space and has a creative flair with the food."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Was a little let down. It was cute in terms of atmosphere but our experience was disappointing.. We had hoped to order a really good bottle of wine and found the wine list limited. The food would have been good, but everything was completely over salted. Service just ok, left a lot to be desired. Was hoping this would be a good date night spot but it was mediocre. Probably won't go back. Average experience from what we had hoped was going to be a slightly more upscale restaurant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We first experienced Carpe Diem for our anniversary dinner. It was such a lovely dining experience; the food, the service, and the ambience. We recently brought some friends of ours to dine here, and the experience, all around, was just as great as the first time. They loved it as much as we did. The mussels are a must and the duck entre is to die for! We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014