Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

4.7
1849 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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried Chicken is Amazing

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Y
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything about the place was first rate except the parking! Only one handicaped parking in the back!

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

Good meal and the service was excellent

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j
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Buttermilk chicken is outstanding.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best. I ate every delicious morsel of the buttermilk fried chicken. When our waiter recognized that the noise was too loud (a large party near us), he moved us to a quiet alcove. I've never been disappointed (either business or personal) at Carpe Diem.

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DM
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

First let me say this about this place. The food was OUTSTANDING, the service was EXCELLENT, so why the rating that I gave it? The place is really bad on ambience. It's an old restaurant that needs to be remodeled. That's the primary reason for my rating. Outside of that you'll enjoy the food and service but the place is in dire need of remodeling and if that did that then this place would be on my list of places I'd highly recommend.

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PB
Charlotte
60 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Saturday we had another excellent dinner at Carpe Diem with tasty food and wine, good service, and a delightful atmosphere. I had the special salad with a mint dressing followed by bass with a sweet potato puree and sautéed mushrooms. My wife's salmon in a Mediterranean sauce was tasty, although a few more artichokes would have helped. Dessert was their usual, excellent creme brûlée. We thoroughly enjoy Carpe Diem and continue to return regularly.

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JB
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely terrible!!! Must have been an off night in the kitchen as nothing we had was even remotely good. Service was excellent.

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M
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is almost as good as the food! Enjoyed a wonderful meal with excellent low key service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our table had three regular menu entrees: duck, shrimp & grits, and scallops and all were wonderful. Our waitress was attentive, knowledgeable about food and drink, and made informed recommendations.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A little pricey

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Charlotte
149 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the first time in years and loved it. Service is still excellent as well as the food. Offers us a complementary glass of champagne for our anniversary. Also surprised us with a cozy booth with curtains, and confetti sprinkled on table. How thoughtful! Huge variety on the menu. I had snapper which was very fresh with interesting spicy whipped sweet potatoes. Hubby had a pork shank that fell off the bone, so juicy and perfectly cooked. Came with a spicy beer mustard and spaetzle: yum! We’ll definitely be back to try more!

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JO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, and ambience outstanding. Recommend fired oysters and fired chicken, but everything was tasty.

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B
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I ordered the special rabbit pot pie forsomething on the order of $30, was disappointed when it was served in an aluminum tin with smear of mashed potatoes. Could’ve been a Swanson’s pot pie.....

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SL
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Carpe Diem several time and each time we were not disappointed. The service staff is courteous, food is delicious.

The thing I like the most, it’s not an overcrowded menu.

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Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They took care of our needs as my husband was in a cast and wheelchair. Always a delight to dine at this excellent restaurant that has been a part of our city dining experience for years.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been going to Carpe Diem for years in all three locations. The ambience, service and food are ALWAYS exceptional!

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WC
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb salads and entrees. Service by Michael was perfect. Attentive and responsive but not excessively and most personable. Our seating in corner as requested making for some level of intimacy. Price was appropriate. Would be very difficult to surpass our experience on this special occasion.

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L
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my favorite restaurant in Charlotte. It never disappoints

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Valentine’s day and had a pleasant experience. For $55/person, it was very worth it to each get an appetizer, entree and dessert. I regret not getting the chicken as I tried some else’s and it lived up to the hype.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Our first time there and we loved it

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We selected Carpe Diem for our Valentine Anniversary based on previous reviews. It is one of the most romantic spots in Charlotte in our opinion. Could not recommend it more highly!

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LR
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was attentive, knowledgeable, friendly and polite. Food and drink were excellent as usual. My lobster bisque and duck duo were some of the best I’ve ever had. Sampled my wife’s salmon and I agreed with her that it was one of the tastiest treatments we’ve experienced. My wife had the cheesecake and loved it. I had the red velvet pound cake which was moist and flavorful.

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JB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful Charlotte restaurant with a diverse menu with many outstanding options.

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LN
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Family and friends went for a special birthday dinner. The service was outstanding (thanks Brian!) and my brother, the birthday guy, had a great time.

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time eating here, and as someone who travels a lot and dines out 3-4 times a week, I would highly recommend this place to everyone! The service was excellent and the food was to die for!

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RC
Charlotte
35 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent good. Fine bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape. Excellent service.

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MT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We celebrated my daughters Birthday and had a very good time.

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SM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Perfect for business.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of best restaurants in Charlotte!

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1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to check out this Charlotte staple during restaurant week. We’ll definitely be back again for a nice dinner. *fried chicken was AMAZING!*

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 7 people in our party. Our dinners were excellent and service was great!

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

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F
Western NC
24 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first experience at Carpe Diem did not disappoint! Hope provided great service and the food was quite delicious!
I realize the restaurant could do nothing about this, but my
only complaint would be a VERY loud customer that I could hear her every word two tables away. The teacher in me wanted to tell her she needed to use her inside voice! Also, she interrupted our server as she was getting ready to serve us! I just chalk it up to there are obnoxious people most everywhere!

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went during restaurant week which makes it a little more affordable, but it was lovely. Very nice place, great service. The fried chicken was amazing! Really good warm goat cheese salad too. Had a very nice evening.

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B
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gracious service, excellent food as always. This was restaurant week but the ambience was no different than always.

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DS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great, cozy place with excellent food and even better service. They really make you feel welcome. Will definitely go back!

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DB
Charlotte
85 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carpe Diem is my favorite restaurant in Charlotte. It never fells me! The food is creative & delicious. The service and ambiance are outstanding. You can get a first class meal in a relaxing causal setting. Dressing up is definitely not required, though you certainly can if you want to. Carpe Diem can’t be beat in my opinion!

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RR
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, quaint and intimate!!!! The atmosphere was great and the food was decadent. Honestly one of the best Birthday meals that I have ever experienced. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

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TF
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Week menu had great variety and everything tasted good and service was good too.

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