Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

4.7
1793 reviews
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“Excellent”, eminently “reliable” New American fare and an “outstanding” staff have made this elegant Elizabeth dining destination “a long-term winner”; its “beautiful” art nouveau decor, featuring ornate woodwork, is “great for a romantic dinner”, but it's also an “anytime favorite” because you “don't [have] to mortgage the house on dinner.” Zagat.com

Since opening in 1989, Carpe Diem has been a pioneer in Charlotte's fine dining scene. Despite moving twice due to development, it has remained one of the top 10 restaurants in Charlotte.
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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The evening was absolutely perfect until the staff began breaking-down, moving tables and cleaning up around us. 9:30 PM. The restaurant is open until 10 PM.

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BH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Charlotte. Great food, especially the sides that accompany the entrees. Wonderful for special occasions.

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JT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nothing special to say fair all together

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Savannah
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrating the sale of my house

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, from greeting at the door and checking my coat to extra sorbet for bacon that was a little too spicy to thank you when I left. Food was good not great. Salmon had too much of a fishy smell and taste and the menu is too limited for me.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress (Hope) was attentive but did not interrupt too often. Food was great - truly fine dining.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for a date with my wife for her birthday and we absolutely loved it

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KM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Our favorite restaurant in Charlotte. Finally got to take the in-laws and they were amazed!

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Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My party of 9 came here for the NYE three course dinner and everyone left impressed by the food and super satisfied! There were around six appetizers and six entrees to choose from, which you hardly find on a pre-fix menu. The duck, veal, and steak that most people in the party ordered were cooked to perfection and paired with very complimentary flavors, and the scallops were seared wonderfully. The cheesecake was also a great hit!

While the restaurant was packed, service was as timely as it could be and our waiter was great. It was also so fun that they had party hats and crowns on a table up for grabs for all their guests dining that evening — it made dinner super fun!

The only downside was that we were seated 30 minutes after our reservation (and we had gotten there 15 min ahead of time for drinks) — that was a real bummer and caused us to miss out on part of the rest of our post-dinner evening. Luckily there was a couch/lounge area open big enough for our party to relax at before dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ambiance was great. Waiter Brad was excellent, but the food was one of the worst I have ate. The Lobster Bisque soup was not hot and it was the worse I have ever had in this city. The size of the filet was very adequate, but the sauce that was on top of it was awlful. The Broccoli rob was horrible. The scallop potato’s were good but there was so little of them on the plate, u could barely taste them! Wine was very good but overall we were very unimpressed. We might try it one more time to get our pick off of a normal menu, but I sure wouldn’t rush back to try anything. I’m so sorry to have to say this, but I’m being truthful.

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Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Nice restaurant with good service. Unremarkable wine selection - may want to consider some Santa Barbara area and more than one Paso Robles area wines. We were seated near a table of loud, inebriated folks. I know it's difficult for the restaurant staff, but getting a rowdy table to calm down (to be clear - halting yelling and loud hysterical laughing) is important for other patrons.

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AF
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always an amazing experience at Carpe Diem ! We will be back soon

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AE
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and service!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was great!

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1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food !!

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Charlotte
123 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Carpe Diem is one of the outstanding institutions in the City. It is our go-to restaurant for any time dining as well as special occasions. The architectural detail in the bar is jaw dropping and so are the cocktails.
Michael is a very attentive server as are all the wait staff. Ivan in the bar makes mighty fine drinks. As a native Charlottean, I can tell you CD is one of our treasures.

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BD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted a relatively quiet place to take another couple and found Carpe Diem on the list of top 50 restaurants in Charlotte. We went early and the whole experience was very pleasant, in addition to the food. Our waiter was very friendly and answered questions with honesty. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a high end restaurant experience that is also down to earth. Also Christmas decorations were simple and tasteful.

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Charlotte
39 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had early reservations before a show. We were seated in a little private alcove which was very nice. Our server, Camile, was excellent. She was friendly, welcoming and extremely helpful. Dinner was great. I had the daily special which was swordfish and it was delicious. Just a little spicy but excellent. Diane had mushroom bolognese and it was delicious. Our server was very attentive and did a marvelous job. Everything was great and we had a wonderful time.

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Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, drinks were made well. Can’t go wrong here.

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LE
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good but the service left much to be imagined. There were several times throughout our meal where my husband and I were without water despite someone filling up the water glasses of the table next to us. When I’m paying the price point of this restaurant, I expect much better service.

Additionally, it was loud and full of 6-10 top tables. My husband and I were one of two, two-top tables in the entire restaurant. It wasn’t exactly a great vibe to celebrate an anniversary.

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JV
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far the best food and service I have ever had.
Came in for my anniversary and we had the best wine and appetizers and I ordered an entree that was probably a great dish, however the texture of duck just isnt for me! I hated to even tell them this but they had no problem taking it back and getting me something I would enjoy and even helped me select something that i would enjoy more.
I had the chicken and it was AMAZING and my husband has nothing but amazing things to say about the scallops.
I wish I had our servers name because she was awesome!
This is an amazing restaurant.

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FF
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carpe Diem is a really fine restaurant and a treasure in Charlotte. It's beautiful, the food is wonderful, and the service is impeccable. Also, it has coat/hat check, a feature not always available hereabouts.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great time at Carpe Diem. Slightly expensive but good food quality. Nice atmosphere. I would probably return for special occasions.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Anniversary

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Charlotte
48 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about my experience except that my steak was slightly over cooked. Love the ambiance, location of the restaurant, menu, cocktails, and service. Will definitely be coming back!!

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Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in CLT!! Beautiful venue and outstanding dishes . . . A real treat!!
Great service and very attentive!
Try the bar if you can’t get a reservation - same menu!!

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exceptional! We would return if in Charlotte again.

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Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been coming for years and are never disappointed.

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Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A great place for comfort food! Great place to have a date and quiet conversation!

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EB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I adore Carpe Diem for special occasions, whether for birthdays, anniversaries, business, etc. The food is always incredible, the service is present but not overbearing, the ambiance is quiet and pretty.

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ME
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food wine and atmosphere. I will efinitely be back in the near future. Cant believe I've missed out on this place all this time.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food fabulous. Extremely loud.

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MC
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the decor at Carpe Diem, it is formal yet welcoming and comfortably refined. All of our dishes were outstanding including the Grain Bowl which is a very substantial and flavorful vegetarian option that even non-vegetarians would like.

Our waiter was professional and also friendly and helpful.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice celebration of our daughters birthday !
The service and staff were attentive, and the meal was excellent.
We traveled over 45 minutes for this experience, and it was well worth it.
We all plan to return, in the future.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy celebrating our anniversaries here! Lovey place and great service and food and drinks!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service! Excellent cuisine. Never disappoints

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Charleston
169 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was outstanding!

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FL
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carpe Diem never fails to be delicious. The menu is not lengthy, but has more than enough to please everyone. Vegetarian or pescetarian options are plenty. The ambiance is always lovely, and the service is exceptional. Wonderful spot all around!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a special treat

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