Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

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1966 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.
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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, ambience were amazing! Mike and Brian and Dalila all took great care of us! Amazing experience!

WW
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Good service; disappointing food.

LP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is THE BEST! Loved everything about from the food to the service. Hope is a fantastic server. The fried chicken sandwich, PEI mussels and the scallops are to die for. Visiting from Los Angeles and would come back just to try more food.

MV
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is always one of my favorites. They have a fairly limited menu but still have plenty of good choices.

G
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was tasty but portions small for the costs...as are the pours of scotch.

DM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife here for her birthday and the staff, food and atmosphere exceeded my expectations! We had fried chicken and the salmon. Both were amazing. Would highly recommend Carpe Diem for any occasion!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal (as always) ... we’ll be baaaack 😁

OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, wine and service were on point as usual. Great spot!

PB
Charlotte
74 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Four of us had dinner Saturday evening and mostly enjoyed it. The negative was not the restaurant's fault -- a table of six, 30ish people nearby were much too loud and boisterous. We ended up moving tables since we couldn't hear ourselves talk. Our server was wonderful and the food was excellent -- fish special was fabulous but duck, although good, was just a bit tough. Since we eat there every six weeks or so, we wish they'd change the menu a bit more, although the specials broaden offerings. Carpe Diem remains a reliable, excellent restaurant.

J
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pork Tenderloin was outstanding. Always a fine meal and excellent service.

PS
Charlotte
56 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The buttermilk chicken and creamy mashed potatoes are excellent. the salad was overpriced and the lettuce and greens were limp and soggy, would not get again although I liked the warm goat cheese. With modest selection our bill was over $75, no alcohol, plus tip so could only go on special occasion due to comparatively high cost

5
Charleston
220 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding! Service was the best!

MC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We keep coming back . Nice quiet atmosphere for conversation. Buttermilk fried chicken over spinach and mashed potatoes is always on menu.

M
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going for years. Great neighborhood spot. Food always a little different from the mainstream. Hence, why I go!

P
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent and honored special seating location

FM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bday
Thanks for putting glitter on table!

b
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carpe continues to deliver consistent quality as a great place for business or personal And some vegan options if you have weird friends

DF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, fabulous cocktails. There were 6 of us and 4 had excellent meals. 1 was okay and 1 (the meatloaf special) was over cooked and dry.

DS
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Fairly basic, good food. Very good special salad.

D
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it - always great food

BP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A memorable meal, excellent and friendly service, all at a moderate price point. An excellent value and experience all around.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh delish and well served. Nice chef inspired offering.

SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose this restaurant as a romantic dinner for my fiancé and I and it was an excellent choice. The food was very good and very well prepared (I had the pork chop and she had the salmon). Our cocktails were well-made and tasty. Service was very prompt and friendly. The atmosphere was quiet and fancy and very comfortable to have a quiet romantic dinner. Parking was very easy and accessible (we parked across the street).

I would certainly recommend this restaurant, especially to those looking for date night, anniversary night, or a special occasion.

s
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of Charlotte's most charming restaurants. We were celebrating a birthday and they had confetti on the table and everyone wished our guest a Happy birthday. Food was excellent and service impeccable!

OT
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant ❗️
Very good food, cheerful service, excellent management ❗️
Not too loud. Wonderful decor.
Highly recommend it.

TI
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner... Great atmosphere, great food and wonderful service. Bravo!

J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, and the ambiance was just what my husband and I wanted for a dinner without the kids.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great evening with friends! Delicious dinner served with great care and regard for us. Servers were eager to assist.

CD
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a beautiful restaurant, with good food -- a wonderful place to enjoy an evening!

o
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, great food, wonderful staff. Service was spectacular.

p
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening with my best wife and friends. Server was very attentive and offered good suggestions. Thank you.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the whole evening. Hope, our waitress, was outstanding!

w
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always an excellent meal: delicious and healthy. Famous for their fried chicken but their vegetarian options never disappoint!

JZ
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, wonderful food. Even if you don’t eat fried chicken, try it! Tres Leches cake is, as they state, more of a pound cake,- believe them.

OT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was top notch.. and food was incredible good... The chef paired different combinations of food, I never thought would taste great together.

N
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Restaurant was great. We had not been in many years and noticed that it has been consistently good, great quality of food, great service, beautiful ambiance. The food tastes fresh and delicious, the staff is so friendly!

SF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We are NY transplants having lived in Charlotte for two years but not really taken advantage of the culinary choices the Queen City has to offer. We decided to change that. We visited during restaurant week. Perfect place for a date night. They have some wonderful salad choices. Highly recommend the wedge salad. She ordered the goat cheese salad which was also a big hit. For our main, my wife ordered the pork chop which was out of this world great! I opted for the scallops - very good but lacked some flavor that would have put it in the same ballpark as the pork chop. For dessert, we shared the pound cake which was a little dry. Despite the disappointing finish, overall the food was very good. Service and ambiance were top notch. We will definitely go back. I will probably order the fried chicken breast next time. If it's as good as advertised, I may bump my rating up to 5 stars.

P
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fine place for a fine meal in a fine setting. Folks are very nice. Seem to appreciate their customers. In this case they were unusually accommodating - we had to change our reservation twice, 4 to 5 then 5 to 6. They did so with without missing a beat even though this was a very busy restaurant week for them and our changes were last minute. PS - Their fried chicken dish is wonderful and if you add their wedge salad you will leave well fed and happy. Not to mention a well-poured cocktail beforehand.

TE
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An awesome place to enjoy an evening dinner, such a romantic setting, this restaurant will always be special because it where the staff helped me make it memorable in which I proposed to my girlfriend... she said yes!

DB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time dining at Carpe Diem. Great food and great service. We will definitely come back again.