Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

4.7
1760 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
“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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(704) 377-7976
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Ketterhagen
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Private party facilities
The entire restaurant is available for private bookings on Sunday and for breakfast/lunch everyday. A completely private room is available any evening and can accommodate a group of up to 40 guests. If you are using a screen for a presentation, the capacity is reduced to 28 guests.
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Private party contact
Bonnie Warford: (888) 641-4749
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Catering
Planning a wedding, cocktail party or corporate event? Carpe Diem is available for off premise full service catering. We deliver the quality food and service you expect from Carpe Diem for events of up to 250 people. We can assist you with all aspects of your catering, from planning and menu decisions to rentals and set up. The service staff at your event will be employees of the restaurant, not contracted labor, so we can guarantee professional, friendly staffing for your event. We have a variety of standard menus available for your event, or we can completely customize a menu.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Travis Avenue
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Parking details
Parking is on Elizabeth Avenue in the lot diagonally across the street. There is also a lot behind the restaurant on Travis Avenue. Street parking is available.
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Public transit
There is a bus stop located 200 yards from the restaurant.
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1760 People Are Saying
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MC
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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C
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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H
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service! Excellent cuisine. Never disappoints

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Charleston
150 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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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I could cook so creatively and beautifully. The food was wonderful! Brian was our most excellent waiter, there when you needed him but not hovering. I had trouble deciding what to have and all the plates that went by were simply gorgeous. Absolutely, we will return.... Soon! thanks, Y'all!

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LC
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants of all time. Always delicious and a great experience.

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MG
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carpe Diem is a great place for dinner, either business or pleasure. They have a lot of creative dishes as well as standards done with a twist. I recently had scallops accompanied with a cherry and it was excellent. The restaurant also has a relaxed atmosphere while still achieving a fine dining experience. The food, service and atmosphere are all superb.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Both fish dishes were excellent! Portion size very satisfying. Bread pudding for dessert was a special bonus.

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DM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed! Service is always outstanding; food, creative; ambiance, relaxing.

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KF
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was fairly good but overpriced for the amount you received. It was also extremely noisy in the back dining room but I think that is primarily because of the acoustics. Overall I would not return

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B
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites. It is always an outstanding event in every respect. Food is delicious, service is impeccable and the surroundings are handsome. I usually order the fish special which is local, imaginatively prepared. Never been disappointed.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I were celebrating our 4 year anniversary and decided to try Carpe Diem on Wednesday night at 8:00pm. We were blown away in every way. The ambience was romantic and dim providing the perfect atmosphere for a intimate date night. The service aided greatly in creating a lovely evening. From the moment we walked in the door, we were welcomed and treated as though we were close friends with each staff member. The young women named Hope who waited our table was attentive and very sweet. The food was without a doubt the highlight of the experience providing everything you could want and more. Carpe Diem is the first "high-end" restaurant that actually gives you the amount of food that you pay for. The portions were large, delicious and beautifully presented. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough to anyone who is looking for a romantic night out or even a business dinner.

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RB
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails, always the best

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j
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible food and way over rated!!!
The place was totally empty
The employees paid more attention to each other that the guests

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Charleston
151 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding! Service was perfect! Hope to come back!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Shrimp and grits were great and the wine list is legit.

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JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy and delish! I will definitely return often. Wonderful food and good service.

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JG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service. Good was divine. We went to celebrate a birthday and it was the perfect place for this occasion! It has a lively but not too loud atmosphere, which was very pleasant. Very well thought of by the locals! We absolutely loved the total experience!

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

Excellent food and service. Loved it. 1 in my party was a vegetarian and it definitely satisfied her palette!

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful and our server was fantastic. Very friendly and very knowledgeable. Will return.

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b
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great foo for a family of four, good choices, kids loved the fired chicken which was well prepared and cooked hot. Our steak and fish dinner was excellent - the staff looked after us well even though we had two girls with us - normally we find restaurants ignore us but it is refreshing to see this attitude. The girls would love to come back again!!

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C
Charlotte
41 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating friends of ours wedding. This was a favorite dining spot for them. I did forget to tell the restaurant when I made reservation about recent nuptials. however I mentioned while there and they said they do not do anything special. Other than that we had a very nice and enjoyable dinner. We have been to this place a few times before and always good.

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RB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best restaurant in Charlotte. The food is prepared perfectly every time. Your taste buds rejoice with every bite.

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

Everything was as expected from A fine dining establishment. Menu and daily specials were unique and excellent. Love the special touch of adding birthday graffiti on our table. Highly recommend.

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BC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal-- one of the best I've had in Charlotte. The service was outstanding. Our table was even decorated for our anniversary when we arrived. Still one of the top restaurants in Charlotte and for good reason. Top quality from start to finish.

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M
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Consistently great food. The seafood stew was fabulous!

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MW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 3rd time to Carpe Diem. All visits were outstanding. I get the vegetarian option while my fiancé always gets the fried chicken. Would definitely recommend!

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SF
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Carpe Diem since it was located in its former space in Uptown. It is our "go to" place for special occasions (this was our 10th anniversary dinner). The staff is friendly and professional and the food is always fantastic. After 16+ years we still default back to this restaurant when we have guests from out of town we want to impress.

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T
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, excellent service and food.

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5
Charleston
151 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent! Will be back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reservation made. Anniversary. Table was decorated by staff. That was thoughtful and personal, much appreciated and helped make the evening special. Food was very good. Salmon very flavorful yet the vegetable and congee not flavorful. Steak was very good with great tasting compound butter. Carrot purée very interesting and good.
Our wait staff experience was fantastic. She was just attentive enough to know when we needed something and didn’t hover or interior is during dinner. If it looked like we needed water it was poured without asking. So refreshing . She filled out wine when needed . We talked withher after our meal and the entire staff was professional and prompt.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to get together with friends. Food, staff, well everything was terrific.

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CW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Carpe Diem for a number of special occasions, nights out with friends and even rented the back room for a get-together and meal for 40 after a funeral. The food and service are always exceptional. The woodwork and warm ambience make even a table in the middle of the room seem cozy.

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SC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely meal at Carpe Diem -- this place is reliably excellent. Their soups are always good and sometimes amazing, and the cucumber soup I had this time was definitely in the amazing category. Menu items are interesting and flavorful but not bizarre, and always well-prepared. Service is solid, attentive but not intrusive, helpful and flexible. A good place to take someone you want to impress, or if you just want to take a friend for great food and peaceful conversation.

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UM
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

There was only 2 tables occupied for the first half of our dinner. The other table was so loud we couldn’t hear each other talk.

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C
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Husband’s Birthday- and he wanted CD It was perfect- always has been, always will be. Innovative dishes with a southern twist- and some clever cocktails. Add a perfect wine suggestion to go with our entree selections, and you have a memorable, perfect occasion. Thank you Theresa and Crystal.

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