Carpe Diem Wine Bar
Carpe Diem Wine Bar

Carpe Diem Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carpediemwinebar.com/
  • Phone: 7072240800x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner:

    Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Californian
  • 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: Winemaker Dinners: Please check our website for dates and menus for these incredible dinners!
    www.carpediemwinebar.com

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.
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Carpe Diem Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)notable wine list (38)neighborhood gem (29)vibrant bar scene (18)hot spot (16)romantic (14)good for groups (13)special occasion (12)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (7)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wheels
    JerwheelsVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent eatery with character. Each small plate as good as the next. Hot spot location in downtown Napa close to the river. Very friendly service providing an outstanding Napa experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience.
    dc27
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The atmosphere here is very chic and relaxed. We had the Filet Mignon skewers which were very tender and flavorful. We also had the Ostrich burger which was a new experience for us. It was very good with a great flavor - not gamey at all. We had the wine that was recommended with the ostrich burger and it was a great pairing. The homemade Twix dessert shouldn't be missed. We were at Carpe Diem 2 nights before the Napa earthquake. Our hearts go out to the owners and staff. We walked by last night and the destruction is intense. We hope that none were injured and they can get rebuilt and back on their feet soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was a wonderful fun filled place. Food outstandinging and unique. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food not great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went here during our vacation in wine country. The food was very good we ordered some tapas including the flash fried squash and crab as well as the duck mac and cheese they were all very good. We attempted to order the mozzarella appetizer which it seemed they ran out of which was dissapointing. The most troublesome part of the meal was the service the food came out at a good rate it was just that we felt the waitress was kind of neglecting us (failing to inform us the mozzarella dish was out etc). So in conclusion excellent food needs work on service but not insurmountable work.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were expecting a simple but delicious culinary experience. It was, indeed simple, but not delicious. The food was like " I wanna be a great cook " mixing products which should not be mixed with a poor result. Try harder !
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  • Fun and delicious
    Texan52
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Dinner on a Monday Evening following a tour of 4 wineries earlier that day. Food was delicious and wine pairings were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super yum!
    YUMYUM7
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is one of my top 3 fav places to go in DT Napa. Carpe Diem never disappoints-the food is awesome and we love how it is presented to be shared so you can try a bunch of different things. Great service, fun atmosphere, excellent service each time I have been there. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Visitor
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Everything was exceptional, from the delicious and imaginative food to the personable waitstaff. Great experience. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carpe Diem
    FumeVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The best dinner I have had in some time! The menu is a bit small but everything we ordered was delicious and always is. From the tuna tartare appetizer to the ostrich burger and scallops. The twix dessert is a delicious must have! Our server was great. Attentive and familiar with their menu. Small dining area and bar with a few table outside. Located right downtown. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Carpe Diem was crowded with tables and chairs packed in so tightly that people could hardly move and that includes the wait staff. Consequently, it was very, very loud. Probably because of the crowd, the service was slow even though the server was quite nice and enthusiastic. The food was mediocre as was the wine selection. We would definitely not want to return to Carpe Diem for meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice time
    Beachdweller
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was good, but not memorable. I really enjoyed the Curried squash soup and the tacos were fantastic. The duck confit Mac and cheese was very rich and tasty but needed more duck. Our server, Rachel, was wonderful and attentive. She had great wine recommendations. I would go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small portions
    vinobarolo
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Order 5 items from the cheese and charcuterie list to share between with my wife. Portions were very small for the price - 5 selections for $19. Would have expected the price to be 1/2. However, the flavors of the cheeses and meats were very good and went well with the wine we ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Fine among many
    GregVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We truly enjoyed the unique menu, I loved the curry, ginger carrot soup and my wife loved the pulled chicken salad. In Napa many choices and often highly priced. Although this wasn't cheap, it was worth the value.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love small plates
    walkabout
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I had the 3 choice charcuterie plate, very tasty. Squash blossoms also good, maybe a tad over coated. Quack and cheese is very rich and heavy a few bites filled my tank. Filet mignon skewers were tender and nicely seasoned. They have a premium wine flight which was awesome.
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  • A Must!
    GoodEats
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    One of the best restaurants in Napa. Great tapas dining - my favorite dish is fried squash blossoms! Price if good too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Club1136
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Had a great meal here, and service was excellent. Good location in Downtown Napa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Meal Ever
    FuzzyVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over Rated!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best in Northern Cal
    PIceter
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Day was Siezed
    cotugs
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • too salty and bad service
    DrJenVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible!
    worldofwines
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but too pricey
    cackieVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spectacular menu
    DrPam
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing dishes and service
    DanielL
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour
    napadiner2VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dining Experience
    BBL377
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty American food
    Ilccu
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    TheSmiths
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun as always!
    The5MRanchVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • carpe Diem
    sherry
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 368 reviews are from the Carpe Diem Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • Great Happy Hour!
    reviewer20398
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Yummy food and servers are friendly and attentive!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeatable year after year 🍷
    LuvItalianVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Lives up to it's name & definitely was worth the return visit... We'll be back again & again...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner
    Ronnie
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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 =)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good eats and nice staff
    DrMangoVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tennisfan
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Had price fixed dinner, offered for month of June. Very good food, with hardy portion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic find
    Tayandgray
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Dinner
    Will
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic service
    KimberlyZ
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    HetalVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet