Carpe Diem Napa

4.6
848 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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DanaM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and ambience were all great. My husband had the ostrich burger and an old fashioned cocktail, and I had the squid ink pasta and wine flight.

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Joanne
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the outdoor dining space and the food was awesome

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vipSandraS
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

unique and delicious menu items. Service and food impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience!!

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vipJennyK
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great.. all the food we ordered was really delicious. Overall start to finish very good experience. Would recommend and definitely come back next time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a great night out with my husband! Thank you for an amazing night out 😊

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JessicaK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner at Carpe Diem's parklet for outdoor dining. The cocktails were delicious, as was the fig flatbread. Service was on point, everything was seamless.

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Lori
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine list, free parking close to venue, downtown Napa.

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OliviaO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a Napa residence and Had never eaten at carpe Diem before. With outdoor dining I was a bit concerned about being in front of the restaurant in the heat. We were across the stree on the sidewalk, it was absolutely beautiful! Food was fantastic and our server was wonderful

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service

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Ienjoy
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Have dined here many times. We were seating outside by the street which I understand with current Napa rules. The service was the worse I’ve ever had there.
We received our cheese plate after our entree ( which took a very long time) No apology or reduction of bill. Server seemed overwhelmed with little personality.

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vipMiswu
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice wine selection with good variety of tapas and entrees

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was a very young girl. We walked in with a bottle of champagne & she immediately put it on ice & got our other drinks going. She payed just the right amount of attention to us, great conversation, & was fun. I would definitely go back & ask for her. I cannot remember her name.

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vipJerry
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The staff is still a little light -to be expected at this point, so am sure Service is better when more e.

The menu provides a decent assortment, and I was told d when business picks up.

I STRONGLY encourage those of waiting to dine , to do so - the restaurants are taking the necessary precautions, and they all he business.

Carpe Diem ready for you, the food is Great - so go support them

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JeffG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Graduation

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Widget42
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice menu, drinks and wine available. Sweet server, very nice experience.

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vipMDHen
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A delightful out of the way restaurant. Good food. Great Service. Pleasant in all regards.

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vipbrendanm
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Anastasia was awesome!

Even with a mask, she was very personable and hospitable!

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KatelynM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boyfriends birthday dinner. Had a lovely dinner out after a long quarantine! :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing night! We were greeted by a nice gentleman who seated us and explained the entire food and drink menu thoroughly. He also served and described our wine flights, which allowed us to taste wines from all over the world. From there it got even better - we loved the sound of the specials, but we ended up choosing the truffle short rib ravioli and the ostrich burger. Both were spectacular and we can’t wait to come back next time we visit Napa!

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AmberP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were excited to try the restaurant, but were disappointed that the menu did not have a lot to offer. Our waitress was super kind and fun so we ordered anyway and made a great night out of it !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the pork and gnocchi special and paired it with the directors flight of cult red wines and was absolutely fantastic and the server Ezekiel made my visit very enjoyable. I liked the understated and chic decor as well. I will certainly be back to try some other dishes that caught my attention. Oh and you must try the Twix bars for dessert!

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vipKimebriated
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We waited an hour and a half for our reservation that had been made a week in advance for a group of 6. The hostess kept telling us the next table was ours or we would have left and went somewhere else. I even offered to go somewhere else for a drink and come back but was again promised we would be seated. Then, they kept somehow bypassing us and seating other people who had later reservations. As a local, we used to always bring our out of town friends here. Never again. Food was pretty good but also not as good as usual and definitely not worth the wait.

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viplemongrl
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love the happy hour food here. Service was great. We were the only ones in the place at 4pm. Prices are a little high.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thus is a cute spot to relax for an evening! The stuffed squash blossoms were amazing and so was the grilled Octopus. The staff is super friendly!

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vipCheriC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place was just what the doctor ordered after a busy travel and wine-tasting day. Laid back ambiance with awesome wine and cocktail choices, and seriously satisfying, delicious dishes! Easy access and very friendly staff.....would come back again on next trip to wine country!

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BeckyL
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Extremely rude service and subpar food. I would never recommend nor would I return.

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Q1NTQ10
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to eat an early dinner. The happy hour menu was perfect.

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vipTeamMK21
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The setting is intimate and nice for a date or friend gathering. The food was delicious but the way in which the server presented the food way somewhat misleading but the food itself was a true culinary delight. Overall, it was a fun and satisfying experience.

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ErinS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anastasia was awesome and the happy hour menu was such a treat!! Everything I tried was incredible, including the Red Velvet flight. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was super nice!

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DonannF
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Out of appetizers ordered and we had a 6:30 reservation. Food was very average overall.

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PamM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely enjoyable experience. Our food was outstanding as was our server, Genaro. Will definitely be back in 2020

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StaceyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

It was 7 pm on a Saturday and the restaurant was half full, and they ran out of their two most popular dishes, squid ink pasta and hand made ravioli. Really? That early on a popular night and they didn't have two of their most popular dishes? I ordered the scallop risotto instead and it was so bland. It lacked flavor. They must have ran out of seasoning as well. Also ordered the dungeness crab ricotta stuffed fried squash blossoms and charred octopus. The octopus was good. Squash blossoms were okay. After one blossom, I removed the second blossom from its fried cocoon and ate the tiny crab filling inside. The fried shell got too heavy for me and there was hardly any crab. Our server was nice, but once she was tapped to handle the large bridal party in the private room next door we did not see her again, nor did anyone come by to fill in for her. We sat there and waited a long time for our check and water refills. They can do a better job having additional help if the server for our table has to handle a party of 20+ in the room across the hall. Won't be back and won't recommend.

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vipgourmetjayhawk
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmostphere, great service and the food was phenomenal. (Definitely try the ostridge burger carpe diem.) We'll be back!

Carpe Diem Napa
Responded on August 30, 2019

Hi GourmetJayHawk, thank you for the review. We hope to see you back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wait staff were great

Carpe Diem Napa
Responded on August 30, 2019

Hi, Thanks so much for the review. We hope to see you back again soon.

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vipPassthewine
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great meal here. ALL the dishes are worth a try, but we are fond of the Carpe Salad and the Short Rib. Great mixology and creative wine list. Jose who manages is awesome,

Carpe Diem Napa
Responded on August 30, 2019

Hi Passthewine, thank you for taking the time to provide your review! We hope to see you back again soon!

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vipLocalResident
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with served by people who care. We had pastas (ravioli and one other), fried calamari, steak (it was a special), heirloom tomato salad, cheese plate, and homemade twix with gelato for desert. Everything was prepared perfectly, and slightly modified per our requests. Server kept checking on our table to ensure we were satisfied. The restaurant is small enough that we could actually talk across our 4 top and hear each other! Great experience.

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AnitaD
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The calamari was very greasy and poured into a greasy bowl with a mayonnaise dip. The short ribs were okay, but the carrots in the sauce were burned. The truffle fries also had a greasy dip, which didn't go with the fries. However, the squash soup was excellent as were the scallops. I can't imagine this restaurant will survive much longer unless they make some major changes in the food.

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Carpe Diem Napa is rated 4.6 stars by 848 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.