Carpe Diem Restaurant
Carpe Diem Restaurant

Carpe Diem Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://carpediemrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7043777976
  • 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, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • 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 8886414749
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Carpe Diem Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (76)romantic (75)fit for foodies (70)neighborhood gem (51)good for groups (28)notable wine list (23)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (5)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Charlotte's Best
    CGTracy
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    It is notable when a restaurant that has been around for a while actually gets better. This restaurant is as good as it gets and then some. Great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The duck was underdone, raw in the middle. The seafood soup was very salty. Disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Pork & Chicken !!!
    smaroulisVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The pork schnitzel w homemade Spatzeal is excellent. The fried chicken- excellent. It doesn't get better than this!!! Awesome food & service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great
    south1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Not a frequent diner at Carpe Diem but have dined with them more times than I can remember over several years. It is consistently a superior experience, always top notch and seems to be getting even better. Would recommend for any special celebration, a group outing, or just for a darn good evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carpe Diem always good
    diningout
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had delicious food (as usual)--three different entrees. The wait staff was very attentive. Carpe Diem has a nice spacious bar area for those who want a glass of wine/drink and casual dining. The three of us enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    JimTrittenVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We flew in from New Mexico and met family members for a delightful experience. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    GJR1
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Carpe Diem never disappoints. I took colleagues from out of town here for dinner. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal and had a great time. Outstanding - and I love the partnerships with local farmers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Haven't been to Carpe Diem in years. Better than ever!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    Dine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The restaurant was not up to par. Previous meals were superb, with great service.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long Drive
    OldGuy
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    After 400 miles on the road, we cleaned up, ate well, relaxed, and enjoyed friendly, quick, competent, unobtrusive service. If it weren't so far away, we would go there often. Next time in Charlotte, for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food and service is consistently wonderful. There are enough fresh, fun food combinations to keep it interesting, but also delicious familiar ones deliciously prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be our new favorite!
    charlottenewbies
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Monday was my wife's birthday and we chose to return to Carpe Diem. It was the first restaurant we visited as we were house shopping in Charlotte a few weeks ago. I had read many positive on-line reviews and we were not disappointed! My wife loved the fish and I the fried chicken. On our last visit she raved about the filet and I went back to the chicken. Love the chicken! There were some nice birthday touches that made the evening even more special...we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing second visit
    Disappointing
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The specials were unremarkable compared to our first visit. The wait-person mispronounced arugula and cippolini (onions) which was quite unprofessional and distracting. We heard her make the same pronunciation mistake with 3 other tables besides our own. Altogether, the food was disappointing, especially since we had previously had a delightful meal at this restaurant. I doubt we will give this restaurant another chance.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Wonderful food selections, great service; great place for special occasions
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Pork Tenderloin
    smaroulisVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Wonderful grilled grape salad w roasted pistachios- really brought out the flavor of the nuts. The pork tenderloin loin w homemade spatzale & beets was absolutely delicious! I usually have the excellent filet Mignon but wanted to try something different. Wow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to celebrate
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The staff is friendly and helpful. When I reserved on Open Table I mentioned that it was a celebration and the staff had the table decorated and even mentioned the celebration as we sat down. Food was excellent (buttermilk chicken is the best!). Wine list, cocktails, and deserts are reasonably priced. Only negative is that portions can be inconsistent. Two people in our party ordered the salmon and one had a nice sized portion and one received a small sliver. Also - for the price, I'm surprised that they served farm raised salmon. Also, we had older folks in our party and due to the loud environment they did have trouble hearing at times.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food, Awkward Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was AMAZING but the service was fair. Our server lacked experience and basic ettiquette which made for an interesting and slightly awkward evening. When I asked if there were any specials, the server gave me a copy of her notes. This piece of paper (which was not intended for anyone but her) had the specials listed on it with some items underlined. I have never experienced this before at a high end restaurant. Even the Maître D was taken back by this. It's unfortunate the service took away from our experience because the food was EXCELLENT!I had the Goat Cheese Salad and the Scallops, and my husband had the Buttermilk Fried Chicken. The scallops were cooked perfectly and the roasted brussel sproats were the best I have ever had.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What they do well they do very well
    Sssavage
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We went to celebrate a birthday. They decorated the table with confetti! While simple, it was a nice touch to a delicious meal. The scallops were perfectly cooked as were the Brussel sprouts. And the desserts... Oh the desserts!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good!!
    lavina
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in Charlotte.... the menu, food and service is consistently exceptional at this Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant
    Mindy
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We were in town for two days and wanted a good restaurant that provided good wine and a fine dining experience. We found exactly that with Carpe Diem. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Charlotte!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous food
    op73
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Another great dinner at Carpe Diem. Buttermilk chicken always stellar. Interesting combination of ingredients make this a must-go-to place for foodies. Only major complaint- noise level is extremely loud. Rude, boisterous patrons can really spoil the wonderful ambience of the art nouveau surroundings. Management needs politely to address this issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Carpe Diem is a great restaurant to have a wonderful meal with friends. The food is delicious, and the service is the best.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as usual
    kime
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Carpe Diem catered our wedding with the best food, and they never disappoint when we go to the restaurant to eat either!! The food is amazing (especially the fried chicken) and they have the best service of any restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The place to go for quality dining
    rarereviewer
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband and I took his foodie parents to Carpe Diem while they were visiting. We all loved it! His parents were even reiterating how much they enjoyed their food the next day. Although the menu is not extensive, Carpe Diem has very unique dishes. They use tons of local products and everything is fresh. Half of us ordered off the restaurant week menu (which had quite a few good options) and half of us didn't. The goat cheese salad was, by far, the favorite for everyone. Our waitress was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. Service was always prompt. The noise level was a bit high for my taste. I had to raise my voice to be heard by the person just next to me. Overall, a lovely experience, and we will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed Carpe Diem
    Debbie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We really enjoyed our night at Carpe Diem. The food was great and wine very good as well. The only thing we didn't like is that we felt a bit rushed. The server took our dessert plates before we were done eating them. Otherwise a great dinner and we would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reese122
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Dining room was crowded and loud. Food and service were good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Moved from "To Try" to "Go Again"
    Reina
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I had heard of this restaurant several years ago from an old colleague -- she praised it, and ever since then, I had been wanting to try it but hadn't found the right opportunity until this past week. My friend and I went there for Restaurant Week and wow...the food was magNIfico! She loved and gave it five stars too!!! From the intro rolls all the way through dessert, nothing was anything less than absolutely superb. I'm so glad I finally found my way to this place and will SURELY be back and will recommend to others!! Also the lady who served us was really nice, helpful and attentive, and the atmosphere was peaceful -- seems like it would be a great "date night" spot. Look forward to going many more times in the future!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh and delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food was fresh and delicious! The restaurant is gorgeous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food...
    GreatQ
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    ...at a fair price during restaurant week. The restaurant is trendy, has good service and food, but if not for restaurant week ($30/3 courses) we would have considered it very overpriced. The buttermilk fried chicken was delicious and cooked to perfection. The sides were plain spinach & plain potatoes (no seasoning). The salmon was good...just salmon. The restaurant is VERY LOUD.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love Carpe Diem!
    foodie123
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I love Carpe Diem. The food, cocktails, atmosphere and service are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Foodluver
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    From the great bar and wine list to the wonderful service and food, Carpe Diem is a real treat! Everyone on the staff was very friendly and the food is off the charts. Get the fried chicken you will not be sorry! Such a wonderful experience and I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Eclipse29
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I absolutely love Carpe Diem! I love the intricate woodwork throughout the restaurant. My meal was fabulous - the buttermilk fried chicken can't be beat. I took 2 friends who hadn't been there before and they raved about their meals as well. We tried some of their unique cocktails and enjoyed them. Our server was very friendly and attentive. I always have a great experience at Carpe Diem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Choice
    diciny
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I took my sister here for her birthday and were not disappointed with the food, service or atmosphere. The Queen's Feast menu is outstanding and we found all selections delectible. If only we could have had them all! Lovely dining room, friendly and attentive service and excellent food. The only criticism I would have was that the cosmopolitan cocktails we ordered were not up to par for such a fine restaurant. This was only our first visit and will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    karalukeVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had moved away for a few years, so it's been a while… but Carpe Diem is as good as I remembered. Such a cool vibe, great food, and interesting cocktails. A winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Queen's Feast First Time Visit
    GoodEats
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Four of us took the opportunity that restaurant week gives us to try Carpe Diem for the first time! We each had different course selections. The fried chicken and salmon were especially good. The chocolate cake with strawberry jalapeño sauce was incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    Pickyeater37
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Delicious food, varied menu, great service in a nice atmosphere. I will definitley recommend Carpe Diem to others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It was a great evening! the food was wonderful and the service perfect. It is a little loud so to have a large group would be difficult to hear each other. Otherwise, we loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comfortable, Amazing food
    CharlotteBill
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Restaurant had a comfortable, yet high end feel... Great layout and excellent food...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of my favorites in Charlotte
    JulieVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening Out!
    kevncoley
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.