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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
  • Phone: (707) 224-0800
  • Hours of Operation:


    Sunday - 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 WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Had a great meal here, and service was excellent. Good location in Downtown Napa."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Ive been to all "THE" Spots in Napa valley. While all the food is generally great, This place is hands down the very best! 3 of our party of 8 said it was the best meal of their lives. Every item is unique and full of flavor. We ordered all kinds of items, and just shared. Gave us a chance to try almost everything. The consensus is that whatever you ate last…is the best thing on the menu! I was blown away by the mushroom flatbread. Carpe Diem is a MUST in Napa! Service is as good as the food. Atmosphere is active and fun, but real laid back and casual. Small and fair corkage if you bring your own wine. Bring your best Sangiovese!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Tuna tartar was so overpowered with the chili sauce (that tasted like it was out of a bottle) that the tuna may as well have not been there. The lamb clay pot had 3 tiny pieces of lamb. Ordered a second bottle of wine that never arrived."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "An ever evolving food and wine list that brings everyone that enters back for more. The staff have great attitudes, are efficient with your time, and are very knowledgeable about all the offerings. This is an upbeat, fun and very friendly place for a glass of beer or wines from around the world, not just Napa. P.S. Try the brown noser ale. (the chef brews it himself)"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Carpe Diem is a great Napa spot to grab a bite to eat or enjoy some wines. They have an excellent wine list, and plates that range from small plates to full entrees. I recommend getting a bunch of smaller items and sharing them. I'd especially recommend the mushroom flatbread and the truffle fries. Service here is wonderful, everyone is very friendly and it was a relaxed dining experience. I'll be visiting Carpe Diem again soon!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We booked a table here because it's hard to find reservation and got a good rating so I thought it must be the hottest spot in Napa. It's hard to book a table because it's a tiny restaurant. Food was too salty. The waitress is so unprofessional. If you are dining with kids, please stay away from this restaurant. I left my credit card after paying for the bill but they did not even bother to call me right away to let me know that I left my card there even though they probably have my number through open table. I realized that I left my card the following day and went back to get it. There are so many great restaurants in Napa. You don't need to stop here."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This place is a must when dining in Napa. Tried many menu items and they were all very good. The crab stuffed squash blossoms were my favourite along with the ostrich burger. Very good wine list as well."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The corn soup was not good at all but the ahi tuna appetizer was outstanding. Need to serve more food for those prices. Very small portions."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "After a pleasant day of wine tasting, Carpe Diem was just the spot for a light, tasty meal. The chef is a genius. The menu includes rasty combinations you've never eaten anywhere else. Make sure you eat here before you die."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had the clay pot with a variety if spices and the most perfectly cooked and tasty piece of lamb ever. The fish tacos were an explosion of flavors and the charcuterie was delicious. Our server and the staff was truly delightful, knowledgeable and efficient. Overall, a great spot in Napa."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed the smaller portions from the happy hour menu which enabled us to try many more dishes ... all delicious! and you can order from the regular menu as well."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Our visit to Carpe Diem wine bar was amazing. From the delicious and unique food to the excellent hospitality of the friendly & knowledgeable wait staff. We arrived almost 2 hours before our reservation & yet they were very hospitable & accommodating, seating us almost immediately. We loved the warm and welcoming atmosphere and would definitely recommend this amazing place.... Try the fantastic corn bisque, Ostrich burger &Tuna Tar tar"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Apetizers are large compared to main dishes, so don't get scared but eat all the way. It is worth it!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Amazing food and amazing service! We heard several other people at our resort say they wish they had made reservations here, so glad we did! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is our second time there and it was just as enjoyable as the first. The truffle oil popcorn is worth the trip alone. My wife and I split the ostrich burger because she wanted to try it this time. The best burger you'll find in town."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had a quiet table in a small attractive dining room. We loved the delicious squash blossoms stuffed with crab meat, the filet mignon skewers, mixed mushroom flatbread. Great service & interesting delicious menu items. shrimp & rice dish wasn't a favorite."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Yummy food and servers are friendly and attentive!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Lives up to it's name & definitely was worth the return visit... We'll be back again & again..."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A nice place for a date night or night out with friends. I'm pregnant so I didn't drink but the wine selection looked great. Our soup & appetizers were okay, but the entrees (ostrich burger and the lamb claypot) exceeded my expectations. I'm craving the caramel ice cream from the "twix" dessert as I'm typing this =)"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food here and also appreciated the Hostess giving us some wine while we waited for our table since the people who were there stayed a long time after they were through. Would definatly return here."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Had price fixed dinner, offered for month of June. Very good food, with hardy portion."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We went for our honeymoon and birthday celebration - welcomed with champagne and super friendly staff. The whole evening was great with wonderful service and fantastic food! Ahi tuna tartar and the tacos were definitely favourites of the "family style" eating"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We loved the restaurant's modern decor, and amazing food. Kimberley, our server, was wonderful. Very knowledgeable about the menu, and provided great suggestions, which we ordered and loved. If you're staying in Napa, this is a restaurant you have to go to."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We opted for a few small plates. Burrata, beef skewers, 3-choice charcuterie plate. The Burrata is outstanding. Gooey, fresh tasting and on top they sprinkle a crunchy, salty kind of garlic concoction that is out of this world. A must-try for anyone. The only criticism was the charcuterie plate. The salami slices on 2 of our choices were sliced transparently thin and there were maybe 6 slices of each. For the price, this is disappointing and dissatisfying. The service was fantastic. A knowledgeable young lady who talked about the wine choices like an expert."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Outstanding dining experience for my first visit to Napa Valley. Chef's tacos were good appetizer, but the best was ahead. I had the harissa claypot and the lamb tenderloin was to die for! It was perfectly cooked and just melted in your mouth- wish i had more meat on my plate though :). The couscous with that dish had too much cranberry/dates/raisins for my taste though, but easily fixed by picking those out. My wife had the prawns which were delicious as well. The prawns were more like big shrimp. Our server was very nice and helpful, felt very comfortable with her service."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend there for her birthday and after 50 minutes seated and only being served cold soup and then waiting another 20 minutes just to get our first course we finally left. It was unbelievable how bad this experience was. I have no idea what happened, but not receiving any food for 50 minutes after ordering was beyond terrible service. When we did receive our soup after 50 minutes, it was ice cold so we thought it was suppose to be that way, but when we asked the waitress she was in shock. She then came back to the table and told us that the chef decided to serve it chilled that day and didn't tell her (even though she stated that when they tasted the soup the day before, it was served warm). It was just a horrible."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was wan't well executed and the service was lackluster and incredibly slow. The waitress would disappear for long streches at a time. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Had the lamb in couscous, perfectly spiced and delicious. Beats other local restaurants hands down."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Carpe Diem has it all. Great location, wonderful decor, excellent wine bar, friendly staff, and super menu. We started out with one of their wine flights, which was a wine lesson in itself: they paired three different pinot noirs, each with a distinct taste. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the wine and the food. When I ended up ordering a glass of one of the flights I had tasted, the waitress brought me an info card about the winery and explained how they had come to CD recently for a staff event. This place is casual and unpretentious, but the flip-flop shorts-wearing will be sitting next to a table wearing jeans and pearls, and everybody is happy."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We had dinner here before going to a concert and the food was wonderful. We shared an excellent bottle of wine and several little bites. There was no rushing us; the service was great and we had plenty of time to enjoy each course as it came. The short rib tamales were excellent as was everything down to the salad. We don't get to Napa as often as we used to, but it's our "go to" restaurant when we do. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I was very excited to try this restaurant from all the great reviews I read. We had great service from waitress. The cheese board was wonderful, although pricey. The house fries were very over-seasoned. I ordered the Filet Mignon Steak Skewers and felt that the blue cheese was simply overpowering. The Ostrich Burger that my husband ordered was just okay. Personally, the food seems over-seasoned for the price of the meal."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We had a delightful dinner. Truffle flatbread and harissa claypot were outstanding. Would definitely go back. Service was excellent also."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The food was excellent--especially the goat cheese dip appetizer. All the foods are rich, though, so you probably won't be able to eat everything you want, which means you'll have to come back! Everyone in Napa recommended the Quack & Cheese, but as it was basically Mac&Cheese w/ duck in it, my husband wasn't too impressed. If you love mac&cheese, though (and duck), I guess it'd be good. Service was great and all the people were friendly. Tables are a little close together, so don't expect much privacy while you're eating/chatting, but we did get to give & receive recommendations from the ladies at the table next to us, who were nice. All in all a nice, romantic place with great food & good wines."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Perfect ending to a great day in Napa! Carpe Diem was just what we needed after a day of wine tasting. We shared small plates - recommend the mushroom flatbread & tacos!!!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We loved this place! Every item we ordered was to perfection! We tried things we had never had before and loved everything. The service was excellent. We had a great wait person, who recommended wines and dishes for us. She did not go wrong on anything! The next time we are back in Napa - this restaurant will be a MUST DO for us!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The happy hour menu is delicious! The service was great, and we will definitely return here the next time we are in Napa"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We had a great time at this restaurant sharing a number of tasty offerings. The restaurant was very accommodating about modifying the number of items on a dish to match the number in our party. Really enjoyed everything however the ribeye taco was a standout as was the quack 'n' cheese. Cheese and charcuterie plate was also a stand out. Dining room is tight so you feel very close to the other diners and some tables were actually conversing with each other."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Excellent service, friendly, with great energy and good food"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Carpe Diem is one of my favorite restaurants for many reasons: Their wine list caters to any palate, the food is delicious and creative, the ambience is romantic yet simple, and the service is always hands down the best whether you're at the bar or in the restaurant. Thank cD for being exceptional."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Went on a Monday nite with 4 in our group. Service was prompt and cordial. Among the most notable from what we shared were the ribeye shaved tacos and the risotto crusted meatballs. Ahi tuna was also delicious. Look forward to returning"
    Dined on 4/28/2014