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Carpe Diem Napa

4.4
695 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Cozy
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
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Phone number
(707) 224-0800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Scott Kendall
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Brown Street
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Parking details
There is a 3 story public parking garage kiddy corner the the restaurant, along with ample street parking.
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Special events & promotions
Winemaker Dinners: Please check our website for dates and menus for these incredible dinners!
www.carpediemwinebar.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 695 People Are Saying
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4.5
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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This restaurant was fabulous! Every part of my meal was to die for! Our servers Name was Glen and he was kind, friendly and full of information. Will definitely eat there again!!!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Birthday and first trip to Napa

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We would go back here again in a second. Easily the best meal we had in Napa. Our waiter, the underwaiter, manager, and bar tender were knowledgeable, fun, and attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

madeline is amazing! she was so personable and the epitome of great customer service- other places could learn a thing or two from her.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Excellent food and service. Definitely will go back.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Always impressed with the menu offerings at Carpe Diem. Great service and ambiance.

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1.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Never posted a review in my life of anything. The worst service I have ever experienced. Absolutely horrible evening. Just unreal

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Awesome food - amazing service. Love - love love.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Perfect date night spot. Fantastic staff. Very accommodating and polite. Thank you for great service.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

We don't drink. So what are we doing at a wine bar? Eating some really good food, that's what! Carpe Diem serves generous portions of hearty, well executed food that is a full level above what most bars serve (well, it is Napa, after all....lots of competition!). We were wowed by the quality and excellence of the food. Salad and the prosciutto/Brillat Savarin starter were excellent. We had the short rib and the shrimp/grits entrees and both were delicious. Note the DR is not that large so don't try to bring a really big group here without a reservation. Of the 12 restaurants we visited on this trip, we ranked Carpe Diem as one of the top 3. Remember: big portions! (when you're traveling, leftovers are usually 'left behinds', unfortunately.)

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We started with the house-made cherry sour beer, and it was perfection in a glass: deep cherry notes without being overpowering and a smooth finish. My friends had the gin cocktail, which they loved, then we ordered the harissa fries and mac & cheese - so good! Love the atmosphere, and our server Brooke was on point. We can't wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Great food, great service

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great meal- first time there. It was recommended at on of our wine tastings from Rick at Alpha-Omega. Wonderful server Isabella- wonderful scallops and risotto - also has the butternut squash risotto. Topped it of with the Trix dessert. We’ll be back

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Stopped here for dinner before a show at Uptown Theater. Waited in bar area for the rest of our party for 4. Service was friendly, prompt. Cocktails very good. When our party arrived, we were promptly seated. Our waitress was very friendly and spent time with the table explaining some dishes. 3 of us went for the prix fixe menu of 3 courses for $36. Everything was fresh and delicious, and an outstanding value. Would come here again on a visit to Napa.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Everything was amazing! From the fresh food to the great service!! It was our first trip to Napa and so glad we found this gem to enjoy!!!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We did Happy Hour at Carpe Diem. It never dissappoints! Ordered the wild mushroom flatbread with truffle oil, the house salad, the special shrimp soft tacos of the day and an order of harissa fries. Delicious and such a bargain with the Happy Hour discounts.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Cuisine was great, service was exemplary. However, we were charged for each refill of our lemonade (5x) and Arnold Palmer (3x) and the menu does not detail that refills are not free. That one aspect really irritated me and my friend and took away greatly from what would have been a very nice evening. To top it off, the glasses were thin in diameter and did not provide very much of both drinks. Your excellent cuisine and excellent service was marred greatly by this.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Very loud..service was chaotic..server brought us empty plates, set them out and then came back, collected them, and took them to another table...yuck! Food was good..value was o.k. Service was crazy..so many attendants running around yet nothing was in order and we would wait and wait after ordering beverages...odd..manager was running around serving and looked rushed. We've been to their happy hour and that is good..first time for dinner..won't do it again. Brought friends and were a bit embarrassed...but we laughed about it.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful food, drinks and service. First time visiting and we will be back!

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Great salad but downhill from there. Shortribs were poorly seasoned and just not very tasty. Carrot cake for desert was disappointing - soggy and rather bland - served with some kind of ice cream or gelato but that had no distinctive flavor. All in all wonderful service but probably would not go again for the food.

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Service wasn’t great; room was cold. Didn’t think restaurant week value was there.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

We came to Napa for a vacation and wanted to try some of the local cuisine. Carpe Diem Wine Bar was recommended. We are so happy we made a reservation - that is a must. The small quaint restaurant was packed. It was restaurant week so we decided to do the pre-fix menu and were happy we did. We got the Raymond 2014 Cabernet and it went well with the entire meal. My husband had the onion soup - described it as a little sweet and finished every bite. I had the salad which was so rich and filling. For the entree my husband had the ostrich burger and I had the halibut. Everything was served with finesse. The service was outstanding. For dessert my husband went for the Twix served with the ice cream and I tried the chocolate dessert. It’s the only thing that was just fair. Overall it was an outstanding evening.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Nice wine bar with fun list of wines and beers. Food very good and during the week you get three course dinner for $35!! Not very busy during the winter weeks but have been there when packed on weekends. Service good and very friendly.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Kitchen was slammed. Service was very sporadic...and they ran out of dessert (disappointed esp for birthday girl) and did not say they were out of anything when we ordered. No compensation offered.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

My Halibut was dry but tye short rib my honey got was excellent!!! Both the arugula salad and butternut squash balls delish ... and dessert was yummmmO i had the Twix ice cream and my sweetie had the chocolate pudding... overall a return to spot.

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

The $35 Pre-Fix 3 Course Dinner was they best I have had! So many choices for each course was a welcome change but made it hard to decide since it all sounded so good. I had the duck mac&cheese, scallops and Mexican chocolate pudding - delicious and filling. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone local or visitor!

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

We had a great evening. Wonderful dinner, great service, fabulous food

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Very delicious!! Would definitely go back! They have an incredible happy hour menu. We had nearly everything on it and all was scrumptious.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Every dish is delicious. I started out with a squash soup, which was heavenly. I had steak tartare, which was perfectly seasoned. Others at our table had a variety of other dishes, all of which were wonderful. Good wine list. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Always a great spot for dinner. Good selection of casual foods

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Delicious food. Mushroom flatbread with duck egg rich and indulgent. Ostrich burger outstanding. "Best thing I've eaten all year".
Little quiet on the night we ate. Will come back.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

The ostrich burger was amazing, and the truffle fries were a perfect addition.

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2.0Dined on September 22, 2017

When service is poor, it really takes away from your restaurant experience. We were seated promptly, waited for menus, waited too long to order drinks, waited even longer for only one drink to come....they were out of the other. You can see where our evening was going, which took me by surprise as this restaurant had good ratings on TripAdvisor

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food and great service. Honest recommendations on items of interest based upon what we were in the mood for.

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2.0Dined on September 7, 2017

We returned after a great experience several years ago. This visit was disappointing. Food flavor was mixed. Soup shooters were good as were the corn risotto balls. Fish tacos were bland and boring. Flatbread was just OK. Truffle fries were good. Homemade mozzarella was just OK. When bill arrived, charged double for tip, when pointed out, the server claimed it was right, then when challenged, said he couldn't make changes, was manager who assigned tip. Eventually was resolved, but only after challenging twice. Will definitely not return. So many other good options.

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2.0Dined on September 7, 2017

We have always loved the food here in the past. Everything we ordered this time was extremely bland. We ordered off the Happy Hour Menu and all 3 items were lacking flavor.

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2.0Dined on September 3, 2017

We were really excited to try Carpe Diem after the raving reviews, but the food was lacking in flavor and the service was underwhelming and slow. I would not recommend.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

the shrimp and grits are absolutely delicious and "right", coming from a southern native. Their bartender is from NOLA and knows their southern drinks. Live it up.

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1.0Dined on August 26, 2017

After looking at the ratings this place got, the pictures, and the menu we were so looking forward to appetizers for dinner. We got the popcorn that looked nothing like the pictures; the burrata with tomato/tapenade that was cold, super salty, yet tasteless; and the mushroom flatbread that was just Ok. Service was mediocre at best. Even though the waitress was nice and very friendly, it seems like she was waiting on many tables far away from where we were so we did not see here very often and was difficult to even get refills on water. The place looked nothing like the upscale photos on yelp. Very disappointing, I would not recommend at all.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Fresh food and efficient service. The menu always changes so it's nice to stop in during a different season when they switch it up with what's fresh. We always get the burrata and each time they pair it with a different "topping" (this time it was heirloom tomatoes). The mushroom flatbread was great and our guys enjoyed the ostrich burger (I loved the fries that came with it). If we had room, I'm sure we would have ordered the Twix dessert.

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