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Carpe Diem Napa

4.2
4.2
1030 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Carpe Diem 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 wines by the glass and family share-plate style menu will entice you to try a variety of items, such as our famous Ostrich burger or Seasonal Flatbreads. Come “Seize the Day” at Carpe Diem. No matter your style, you’ll fall in love with our seasonal ingredients that we have searched near and far to find and our wine, beer and hand-crafted cocktail menu is sure to please any palate.

We are delighted to introduce our new cocktail lounge as an additional dining area. When making reservations, please note your preference for lounge or main dining room. Thank you and we look forward to serving you soon!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (707) 224-0800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Scott Kendall

  • 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!

  • Neighborhood

    Napa

  • Cross street

    Brown Street

  • Parking details

    There is a 3 story public parking garage kiddy corner the the restaurant, along with ample street parking.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,030 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Wine Country

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. VK

    VeronicaK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A favorite restaurant, reliable menu, service and overall a favorite place to dine!
  2. KG

    KarenG

    Denver

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    This dinner was disappointing from start to finish. The tables are way too close together. It felt like dining with strangers. It took an hour to get our appetizer because they had a large party in the back room that they couldn't keep up with. Instead of bringing our appetizer they brought us a "free" appetizer of cold corn soup that was not good. Why not just make our actual appetizer? Or comp a drink or the appetizer we bought? Dinner came and my sister's chicken was literally chicken with a few vegetables for $28. You cannot add more veggies and maybe a few potatoes? Lobster risotto was ok, not a lot of lobster for $40. We won't be back. Too many other really good places in Napa and surrounding area.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great atmosphere. Service at the bar can be hit or miss.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chicken was the sleeper on the menu. Mary’s organic. Insane. Best dish I’ve had in years
  5. D

    Daniel

    San Francisco

    163 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    163 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good food and service. We were very satisfied with the tomato, micro greens & burrata salad (although we could barely find the burrata); we then shared the lobster risotto which was lovely.
  6. RP

    RachelleP

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and staff
  7. j

    juliannek

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    I’m not really sure where to begin. First off they will not let you order in courses- you MUST give your whole order at once. We are a family that likes to share so trying to guess how hungry we are going to be before we see and consume the appetizers is a crap shoot. Never having eaten here we have no idea of portions sizes so this was very disappointing and set the tone for our experience. Next- the calamari is over 1/2 veggies but nowhere in the description does it tell you this. My family are not big veggie eaters so much of this was wasted. I can not eat potatoes so I asked for roasted carrots (on the menu in another dish) to replace them in the octopus salad. The switch wasn’t made. My husband’s ostrich burger was supposed to be medium it came out rare- very rare. It was sent back and replaced with a Cesar salad which was fantastic! The scallop dish lacked flavor but was a good size for the $. The squid ink pasta was fantastic and my son, who also got the ostrich burger, loved it. His came out a perfect medium. I was told the fries were great. We didn’t partake- but the cocktail menu was creative and looked delicious. Our waiter was great and our water glasses stayed full.
  8. LZ

    LisaZ

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The service was horrible, the waiter brought out the wrong drinks, he was annoyed, unfriendly & had an attitude. The bottle of wine had so much sediment in the first glass. We stated as such and he grabbed the bottle and walked away irritated. We ordered the heirloom tomato salad which had no flavor. The squid ink fettuccini with mussels, shrimp and baby scallops was the worst meal. The 14oz ribeye was mediocre. This was so tasteless , & the pasta was mushy. We wanted to try somewhere new but will never go back again. This was a horrible experience.
  9. PS

    PatriciaS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Great food - atmosphere just OK. They appeared to be short-staffed, waited about 20 minutes for a cocktail, which was well worth the wait (Seize the Bourbon) but otherwise I'd recommend.
  10. CG

    CampbellG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    The woman that served us was lovely and very attentive, but the male waiter rather terse. Food was good but not great.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  12. a

    anthony

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a Great first night dinning at Carpe Diem . Friendly knowledgeable staff . Comfortable atmosphere.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Had friends in town to show them around the area. Waiter wasn’t the best and they mistakenly gave regular fries instead of truffle fries. Other than that, the food and restaurant was enjoyable.
  14. S

    Steph1818

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    WE loved this restaurant so much we decided to take a second visit there. The food was wonderful!
  15. VK

    VeronicaK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, drinks and service are all outstanding. A favorite place for any occasion located in the heart of downtown Napa. We love this place!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We stopped in at the last minute, and it was one of the best meals we had in Napa for the weekend. Relaxed. Great food.
  17. S

    Steph1818

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant exceeded all of our expectations. The cocktails were lovely, everyone's food was excellent (salad, salmon, lamb, risotto--all were great!) I would highly recommend this restaurant and we will put it on our regular list of places to go to.
  18. PB

    PBLocal

    Central Coast

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal from the interesting and tasty cocktail (Carpe Omnia), amazing short rib, to the lava cake, all serve with a smile and panache.
  19. TS

    TobyS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    My order, for the menu, was not complete. They simply sent my food out without the ratatouille on the side. When I asked for the ratatouille, it never came, then the waitress came out and offered us free dessert instead. They should’ve told us in advance that there was no ratatouille.
  20. MJ

    MayJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Octopus Salad was one of the best I’ve had. So much depth of flavor in the salad. The Ostrich Burger was delicious. It was just as good as the one I had in So. Africa. The prices are reasonable and the dishes were impeccably presented. The wait staff was attentive and made sure our requests were met. Excellent customer sevice. When in the area again, we would not hesitate to come back again. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves delicious food at a reasonable price!
  21. KM

    KatieM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall1food3service4ambience4
    Way below expectations! Two lobster risottos, one with less lobster, both very liquidy, almost soupy (but great flavor at least). Charcuterie plate very cold, was expecting room temperature & the table water crackers were completely soft. Mac & cheese was dry. Very disappointing experience.
  22. KL

    KerryL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Excellent food, wished to have the complimentary bread while waiting for the appetizers, which was a LONG waiting.
  23. DD

    DianeD

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very intimate environment, great food, friendly accommodating service. Great time!
  24. CM

    CookieMonster

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It was a beautiful day in Napa, the windows were thrown open, and this restaurant was hopping! We were a party of 6 celebrating a 75th birthday. The event had surprise guests and the hostess gave us a conspiratorial smile as we led our birthday girl around the corner to see the surprise. The dining areas are a bit tight, but I'm used to San Francisco restaurants so it didn't phase me. We brought a special bottle of bubbly from Italy and the staff put it in a lovely ice bucket on a stand and uncorked for us. The food was delicious and the service was just right. We especially liked the perfectly seasoned salmon with those slightly crispy edges that make it extra savory. The risotto an bolognese were also enjoyed. We also enjoyed the interesting and eclectic desert menu. Everyone ordered a different item. The twix invention was the favorite. We stayed too long, but they never complained. A lovely evening, but I took a star off for the disgusting restrooms we had to use. You had to walk outside and use public restrooms off a courtyard, which were filthy.
  25. JR

    JohnR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Friendly, welcoming and helpful service, great food, nice wine list. Will return.
  26. n

    napanan

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    Food was a disappointment for the price point. Service was outstanding but If the food isn't good what's the point.
  27. m

    marie

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved, loved, loved our dining experience. The service was excellent, Jeffrey was great and made our anniversary dinner memorable. The lobster risotto was excellent as well as the mushroom flatbread. Will definitely dine here again. Nice touch meeting the owner, Gabriel.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Waited over 30 minutes to be seated after having arrived 5 minutes before reservation time. Once seated, Wait staff was very friendly, but incredibly slow to attend to our table.
  29. VK

    VeronicaK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious, consistent food. Great service and ambiance. Thank you and keep up the good work! Owners always work as hard as staff, impressive!
  30. NS

    NathanS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have been trying local restaurants lately that we have not been to and decided to give Carpe Diem a shot due to good reviews. We were impressed with the ambience and service from being seated to leaving. Very friendly staff and not pushy like some. Wine menu and beverage service was excellent. We had the cheese and charcuterie plate which was tasty, and we had the Petit Filet and the Alaskan Salmon for entrees. Both were delicious and we look forward to trying more selections here in the future.
  31. JW

    JerilynneW

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent service awesome !
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed great service and excellent food!
  33. S

    Shari

    San Francisco

    79 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Great service by Renee however food was lacking in flavor and the texture of my squid ink pasta was way under Al Dente. They were gracious enough to bring another one and it was just OK. Not what I am used to at carpe diem. My husband Salmon was good, not great. Mussels were decent but not the best and very small. Lamb chops were probably the best thing on the menu that we all had. Also it states on Napa corkage that it was $10 as of April 2022 and between then and last night it went up to $20 corkage.
  34. SA

    SachaA

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Service and ambiance was excellent but the food is inspiring and mediocre and nothing special.
  35. K

    Kate

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great option for dinner in the heart of Napa town. Great cocktails, even though the bartender was new! We had multiple starters and entrees off the menu, which were all delicious. Not the most exciting space, perhaps, but my group of 5 had a great time last week.
  36. S

    Sandy

    Denver

    149 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was okay at best. My lamb rack was undercooked to rare. I had it returned to the kitchen but it came back well over medium. I ate it anyway. The tables are too close together.
  37. D

    Didi

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    For Mother’s Day brunch the majority of their menu items where eggs. Tables very close to each other I could hear the neighbors conversation. My egg omelette was bad. We left and went to eat somewhere else.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Service was good, but I think the food was overpriced. It was average quality, but not bad.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    As a Napa local, I would definitely not recommend this place! There are better quality restaurants around this town that have better food, and are also half the price! If you want to spend $100 on a nice meal, go somewhere else. Service was ok. Our server apparently didn’t have much to do while we waited for our food, so he basically starred at us until things picked up and our food was ready. As we waited for our food, I started looking around the restaurant. I noticed that they had flies buzzing around in the dining room, the fan in the corner above the tables hadn’t been cleaned in quite some time, and had visible dust and grime on it, the white table clothes appeared to have stains or wasn’t properly cleaned, and on the windowsill they had some plants that looked like they were about to die. We decided to stay and give this place the benefit of the doubt, later regretted. The food was ok, eatable. Definitely not up to the quality it should have been for what the description of the restaurant was. We started off with the cheese board at $25. It was ok. It was sort of run of the mill nothing fancy. My husband had the ostrich burger at $26. It looked good, but he said it wasn’t great. I had some of what should have been truffle fries, they were nowhere near. They looked and tasted like they had been frozen and refried in sunflower seeds oil. Most places around town make their own ketchup sauce or special sauce to go with the sides, meanwhile at Carpe Diem’s ketchup tasted like it came straight from Heinz. I had the saffron lobster risotto at $38. Again looked good, but was definitely not worth the money. The lobster was chewy and looked like a cat got a hold of it before they put it in the risotto. Like shredded chunks or leftovers of a lobster. The saffron was used more for color less for flavor. I probably could have made the risotto better myself. If you are a foodie or someone who likes to have a nice quality meal with quality ingredients go somewhere else!
  40. RJ

    RobertJ

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Above expectations.

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Carpe Diem Napa is rated 4.2 stars by 1030 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Carpe Diem Napa

1001 2nd St, Napa, CA 94559

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Brown Street

  • Neighborhood

    Napa

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There is a 3 story public parking garage kiddy corner the the restaurant, along with ample street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Scott Kendall

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (707) 224-0800

  • 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!

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