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Carpe Diem Wine Bar
Carpe Diem Wine Bar

Carpe Diem Wine Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carpediemwinebar.com
  • Email: allison@carpediemwinebar.com
  • Phone: (707) 224-0800
  • Hours of Operation:


    Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Scott Kendall
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Carpe Diem offers a wide range of catering options. From personal dinners at your home, to full blown 6 course food and wine pairings. We can cater for up to 150 ppl. Let us know what you are looking for and we will create for you a fabulous dining experience!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Winemaker Dinners: Please check our website for dates and menus for these incredible dinners!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brown Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a 3 story public parking garage kiddy corner the the restaurant, along with ample street parking.
A word from Carpe Diem Wine Bar
Carpe Diem Wine Bar offers a sophisticated, yet, casual dining experience in the heart of downtown Napa. Our welcoming, enthusiastic staff and ever-changing menu bring uniqueness to the table. Our forty-five wines offered by the glass and family share-plate style menu will entice you to try a variety of items, such as our famous Ostrich burger, Housemade Burrata (Mozzarella Heaven) and Seasonal Flatbreads. Come “Seize the Day” at Carpe Diem Wine Bar, where we eat, drink and be merry. No matter your style, you’ll be hard-pressed not to fall in love with our wine and seasonal ingredients that we have searched near and far to find.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Fabulous and creative menu. Everything we had was superb. Carrot soup, ostrich burger, tacos....it was all fresh and delicious. Great wine list. We loved the atmosphere and service was outstanding."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great for ordering small portions and sharing with the table...everything was so yummy!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "What a gem! We loved the food - the ostrich burger was outstanding…and don't forget the fries. The kale salad was tasty and the roasted carrot soup was to die for. We will be back.."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Delicious food, particularly the Harrissa lamb clay pot. Very friendly service and good advice about the dishes."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Excellent food. Service attentive without being overbearing."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This place was recommended by the B&B we stayed in. While it was close enough to walk to which we liked the food was extremely bland. We ordered the butternut squash bites for appetizers, a salad and the bbq beef tacos. The only thing that had any flavor at all was the salad dressing and the bottle of wine. We expressed this to the waitress who was very nice but didn't seem care that we were unsatisfied with our food. The atmosphere was very nice and the food presentation was nice but they didn't make up for bland food. For the price the food should should have been much better."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We had an enjoyable dinner at Carpe Diem. The hostess is a real gem and sets the tone for friendly service! We tried several of the tapas- in particular the steak skewers were excellent as well as the pulled pork tacos. Nice ambiance. Excellent and attentive service."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Had another excellent meal. Squash curried coconut soup with chili and pepitas was to die for!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Only problem was the kid sitting next to me, actually on top of me, the was allowed to constantly use the flash on his dad's phone. I am prone to migraines and found the flash somewhat discomforting. The food and service was great!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The food was very good. The only problem was the noise level. My husband and I could not even hear each other for a conversation."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great service, tasty food. Definitely recommend a visit. We had butternut risotto ball which we divine, the chefs tacos, fresh and light, and the beef skewers."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Not a great experience for the trip to Napa. Inattentive service, snail paced kitchen. Bait and switch on wine flight when gentleman farmer wine listed, another brought to the table. Disappointed overall."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Make reservation ahead! We did and were glad to hear repeat recommendations from the locals upon arriving. Try the Quack and Cheese and Ostrich Burger! YUM"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "As a local we have a lot of great restaurants to choose from in Napa, but Carpe Diem is our absolute favorite. The food is incredibly creative and the owners and staff the best in the business!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This was our first time at Carpe Diem and we went on the recommendation of a friend. She was right - it was a gem - great food, super service and even with tables close together we could have a private conversation. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Food was very average for Napa and the service was efficient but did nothing to add to the experience. Might have been an off night but Friday dinner should have been at their best. Too many great restaurants with enthusiastic servers so felt we should have gone elsewhere."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We were wined out from our wine tour the same day and the wait staff were good sports about it. The twix bar dessert is heaven. Everything we ordered was excellent."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Creative menu items including duck and ostrich. Great service. Good location. Just felt squeezed in with no elbow room."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We had a party of 11 and so,it into 2 groups. The food choices are good for both small and large appetites. Everyone enjoyed all items they ordered and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Carpe Diem was wonderful. Great atmosphere, great wine, great food! The wait staff was friendly and energetic, made for a fantastic dining experience."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "You can't go wrong with any of the many interesting selections. The harissa claypot has a great blend of mediterranean spices. Wine flights are an excellent idea. Excellent service! Only downside: Seating is tight, and if you have a diagonal facing table like we had, the long hair from the female guest on the next table was hanging over food on our table! Next time we'll specificaly request a table where this can't happen."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We have walked by Carpe Diem many times but never stopped in to eat. One rainy night we decided to give it a try. It was fabulous. And, in spite of the rain and the fact that it was a Monday night - the place filled up by the time we left. Our server was very engaging and helpful, too."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Came here before dinner for some wine and after looking through the menu we were compelled to order some appetizers. Cheese plate was delicious, equally notable was the goat cheese dip and risotto bites. Solid wine selection. Nice ambiance."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great food, great service! CD is definitely the Napa hotspot for people wanting to celebrate with a maximum of chef creativity and excellent service. Our party of 4 arrived on Friday night ready to o just that, and CD came through again. Wine recommendations were perfect for our varied small plates, and our guests were already planning thir next trip there. We watched while the staff dealt with a challenging customer group; we were truly impressed with the directness and calmness staff kept while under pressure. Note - recommend for adults, not children."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Friendly atmosphere, good food, large wine selection, excellent staff. Have already recommended to friends. The dessert menu could be strengthened."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Found on Yelp and were very happy with the choice. Would recommend without hesitation. It is smaller so a reservation is a good idea. Prices are very reasonable too."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "This place is absolutely AMAZING!!! Great Food - Great Wine Choice! AMAZING STAFF and light and fun atmosphere. If you want to go for a nice dinner or even a casual night out, this is your place! I WILL RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I hit Carpe Diem for their happy hour the first night of our stay in Napa Valley, and it was one of our favorite meals. The restaurant was laid back, and the waitstaff was friendly and attentive, and the food came out quick and was delicious. We ordered the Quack and Cheese, which was mac and cheese with duck confit and tomatoes. The noodles unique wide and squiggly shape was great because it held all of the cheesey goodness better than traditional macaroni noodles. We also had the truffle fries, which were to die for, as well as the perfectly cooked ostrich burger, another must order when visiting this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Was visiting from out of town and was not disappointed. The Ostrich Burger is a must try. Would go back for sure."
    Dined on 9/22/2013
  • "We made reservations for Valentine's day. The normal menu looked so interesting and we like interesting food. They did call the day before and let us know there was a fixed menu and it sounded acceptable so we kept our reservation. The oysters were perfect but normally we would have ordered at least a dozen - not 2 teasers. The main course was also prepared and composed perfectly but not what I would have ordered given the normal menu. However having a fixed menu did mean that service was very fast and the dishes very high quality. Next time I am in Napa I will go to Carpe Diem to explore the rest of the menu."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I've dined here twice, once while in Napa for vacation and recently for a one off special occasion dinner. Both times the food was excellent. The menu is limited but is rotated frequently enough there is something new to try each time. Personal favs are the fries, goat cheese appetizers; osterich burger for main course and the homemade twix for a sweet finish!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My husband and I had a terrific meal and we weren't really hungry, but we weren't ready to leave the restaurant yet either. We decided to split a 1/2 glass of the most expensive wine they had by the glass. We spent $30 on a 1/2 glass, but it sure was delicious. Better than dessert! This restaurant has a very "fun" vibe."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We live in Napa and have many great choices for dining out and Carpe Diem is always at the top of our list. Great food, excellent service, reasonable pricing are what we have experienced every time we come."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "wonderful spot in downtown napa with great food and service"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "The small menu had a wonderful selection off their regular menu. The 3-course portion was just right. And I whole heartily recommend the goat cheese appetizer."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "We have read many positive reviews about Carpe Diem and were looking forward to try it for ourselves. We were seated promptly and had attentive service throughout the evening. The hardest decision was what not to order! Everything on the menu looks worth trying. All dishes are ample to share and will only enhance your evenings experience by sharing. The house made Burrata is a must to try! We loved the Harrisa Clay pot lamb tenderloin (encrusted with sumac and coriander). The Hughes Family Wild Turkey Zinfandel was a great addition. The place was very energetic upon our arrival (end of happy hour?), but mellowed out shortly thereafter. This will definitely be on our "must visit again list" - thanks for a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "CD offers a delicious selection of small plates, a great spot after a day of wine tasting."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Outstanding service and great ambiance. "big deal" board was to die for. Wine list is excellent and reasonable pricing."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We have a lot of fabulous choices to eat in Napa, but we always keep coming back to Carpe Diem. It never disappoints. Make sure to try the tacos and at least a shot of their soup. Both change daily. You can't go wrong with any of their flat breads, but the mushroom is our favorite. And, save room for the Twix ice cream for dessert!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Our second time here and it is now our all time favorite. Absolute perfection of food and wine pairing. Timing of food service could be sharper as our dishes arrived at separate times but still a great experience."
    Dined on 1/4/2014