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Carpe Diem Restaurant

4.6
1694 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Perfect For:
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  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Carpe Diem has been open since 1989. We have moved twice due to downtown business developments, but are now in our third incarnation at 1535 Elizabeth Avenue. Our interior is done in a beautiful art nouveau style. Mahogany doors, copper lighting that vines around the wood work, and marble floors are just a few details that will engage you in the surroundings. We, the proprietors, sisters Tricia Maddrey and Bonnie Warford, are from Miami, Florida. Our interest in food grew from a love of the Latin and tropical flavors that influenced us growing up. Our menu offers a variety of dishes reflecting "new American" cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Regular Hours
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Open Easter and Mother's Day for Brunch. Closed on Memorial Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Years Day.
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Phone number
(704) 377-7976
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business 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 37 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 behind the restaurant on Travis Avenue and on Elizabeth Avenue in the lot across the street. Some 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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Special events & promotions
Mon-Thurs, 5PM-6:30PM 1/2 price appetizers in the bar.
Mon-Tues, one 1/2 price bottle of wine selection
Tuesdays all house cocktails are 1/3 off.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1694 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We celebrated an anniversary dinner and upon arriving at the table, there was confetti of wine glasses and bottles to commemorate the occasion. It was such a special touch! We had the beef carpaccio for appetizer, which was spectacular. For dinner, my husband had the pork shank which came with an amazing sweet potato mash (he wants to try and make it at home!) and the meet fell off the bone and was super tender. I had the duck with kale and pasta. It was fabulous and I ate every bite (even though I have always hated kale). For dessert we enjoyed the fruit cobbler with vanilla ice cream. I highly recommend visiting this place as it was both incredibly affordable as well as extremely delicious. We will definitely be coming back next time we're in town.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Wife and I celebrated our anniversary and received a great table with festive confetti. Small gesture but really cool.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Get the chicken it’s amazing .... was very nice for my birthday celebration.. definitely going back👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Went for a birthday. Fairly empty on a Saturday. Food was good but everything I'd read about the restaurant left me feeling it was a little overrated. Food was good but for the cost I think you can get better at similar restaurants. Service was fine but somewhat slow considering how few people were there. May have been an off night or this may just not be my style of dining.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We were seated in the back of the restaurant where a large party was seated...so it was much
louder than we would have liked.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

After dinner this past Saturday, our 6th visit to Carpe Diem, my wife and I have designated it our favorite restaurant in Charlotte. We've eaten in many of the fine-dining restaurants and find that Carpe Diem more consistently meets our expectations than any other. Crystal, our server, did an outstanding job recommending wines, including one Austrian that we'd have never picked but now love. My sweetbreads were fantastic, and my wife's nut-coated trout was delicious. Carpe Diem's prices are just right for the quality of food, making it a high-value vs. competition. We'll continue returning.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Get the fried chicken! And the desserts were fabulous as well!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

We awesome

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Very few times you have a dining experience where everything it’s great from beginning to end. The restaurant is centrally located. The Decor is warm and elegant without being intimidating. You can have a nice conversation without having to raise your voice to be heard. The service is attentive and professional and not snooty like in other upscale restaurants. Now the best part, the food. The prices are equivalent to the quality of the food. The portions are not as small as in other upscale restaurants, where you pay a lot and get tiny portions. All the dishes we ordered were perfectly made and very tasteful. They have a great selection of wine, served in nice wine glasses, not in clunky wine glasses. The experience at Carpe Diem was more like what you get and expect at a restaurant in Greenwich Village, NY. Can’t wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Another couple joined my wife and me for dinner on a quiet Wednesday night in the bar area. We dine at Carpe Diem about every six weeks and now know the restaurant reasonably well. We all enjoyed a specialty cocktail and then had dinner with wine by the glass, for which they have a decent selection. Camille served us with friendliness and professionalism, making the experience special. The oysters were sweet and plump, and the entries (vegetarian, pork, and chicken) were all delicious. Cheese plates rounded out dinner, and we left satisfied and looking forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

My husband and children took me to Carpe Diem for my birthday and it was wonderful. Their menu was great, not too much to choose from but enough that any taste we may have had was represented. We all had a different dish and we all enjoyed it tremendously. The atmosphere was wonderful as was our service was outstanding. They even decorated the table tastefully for my birthday.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great service. Eveytg

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Terrific evening.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

This is our favorite “nice occasion “ restaurant. Great food, great service, and great atmosphere. I highly recommend it for those special nights out with that special person or group of friends. The staff is well trained and goes above and beyond to be of service but not bothersome.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Wonderful service and the food was absolutely fantastic!! Would highly recommend it!

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

The occasion was my birthday. We ordered the buttermilk fried chicken breast, outstanding, and the pork shank, quite good. We also had fried crusted goat's cheese salad and Prince Edward Island mussels, both excellent. For desert we shared a hot chocolate Mexican cake with ice cream. The cake was spicy, interesting, but not a repeat. The only disappointment was the broccoli rabe which was soft cooked but hard to swallow, kind of stringy and bitter. would not have that in future.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Great dinner with friends!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

A gem to accommodate every palate combined with wonderful service. If you like beets, their beet salad with goat cheese is over the top. This time I had the beet salad and the small Meze plate which were more than enough for dinner. Love that they have "small plates" which are more than ample for dinner if you're also having a salad or appetizer. It's also quiet enough to have conversation without yelling or asking someone to repeat themselves.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Excellent, probably best in Charlotte.
Food, service, ambience superb

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Overall everything was good, but nothing tipped me to love or hate the experience. The food was good, and I liked the tempo of when things came out. We started with a cheese platter. There wasn't enough bread served to eat all of the cheese, and the server never returned near us for us to ask for more. While there was a good amount of items (three cheeses, grapes, bread, nuts, and pickles), nothing was a special with the cheese selection . I would recommend a different starter if you want to elevate the experience.

The main dishes, we had two seafood dishes. The scallops and the special trigger fish. Scallops were great, cooked perfect with a great sear and cooked through without being overcooked. The goat cheese paired with it...not my first choice, but I like goat cheese so I didn't mind this. The trigger fish was well prepared, but I can't honestly remember much about it. . . other than enjoying the Asian inspired seasoning and sides.

Overall, the food was good, prepared well, but not adventurous or memorable. The service, other than wanting more bread with the cheese platter, was good too. Most of the time our server let us continue our conversation without being over baring.

The restaurant was empty in the front, but we were seated in the back. The entire place was louder than I would like for an upper scale restaurant, but I think this was caused by groups that were very engaged with talking across the table. The decor, not very romantic but made for funny banter. The "art" consists of 5x8 foot canvases with flower photos (not scenery, just a photo of the same kind of flower).

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I took my wife there on our first date. We just went again on our 25th anniversary. Not many restaurants have that kind of staying power!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The entire dining experience was amazing: decor, ambiance, appetizers, main course and dessert. The palate cleanser was a delightful and tasty surprise.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

I've had to opportunity to experience some great restaurants over the past twenty years. My love for television cooking shows and dabbling a little in the kitchen myself has given me an appreciation for the food I consume. Over the weekend, I got to experience Carpe Diem which has been on my radar for about a year now. My wife and I enjoyed a date night at the venue. We ordered the grilled grape salad which was divine. Each bite left you with the desire for wanting more. Once we finished our salad, we were given a palette cleanser (raspberry sorbet) to prepare us for the entree. Buttermilk fried chicken breast with mash potatoes, shallot-black pepper gravy, and sauteed spinach. If you could take a soul food dish and make it elegant and whimsical, this is it! The flavors of this dish, the tenderness of the perfectly cooked breast, and the mashed potatoes/spinach combination makes this dish an absolute must try. The desserts we had was outstanding as well and made a great ending to a magical date night. I traveled over 80 miles to try Carpe Diem and they did not disappoint.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful as usual.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We went for Valentines Day and they had a special prix fixe menu. I had a beet gnocchi with a to-die-for goat cheese cream sauce, perfectly seared scallops on a bed of parsnip purée and an espresso cake with a light meringue topping. All was perfectly prepared, the flavors were well balanced. One of my best meals in a while. My husband enjoyed his fried oysters, beef and potatoes entree and banana tart. The bread basket was amazing! Warm with a thin crispy crust and light and airy center, served with a dish of whipped butter. The server was attentive and kept our water and wine glasses filled. The decor is Art Deco, very chic! Will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

We were dining late and enjoyed the quiet intimacy and ability to relax the night before Valentine's Day. Fried chicken was delicious, but the 8-oz filet was over-the-top fantastic. Mashed potatoes, broccoli soup, and salad were minimally seasoned and allowed natural flavors to shine. Collards were strongly seasoned, but still good. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and had great timing.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

We had family in from out of town, and wanted to have a good experience catching up and being together. We had excellent food, very attentive service, and the total affect was perfect.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Would not recommended. Food was decent but nothing special.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Love this place but wishing for more new items on the menu.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. Great place for families.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Went here for an early Valentine's Day dinner - the food was excellent (the Fried Chicken was worth the trip) and our waiter was very helpful recommending wines, specials etc.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Birthday gathering for two friends - confetti on the table a nice touch!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

When I visit Charlotte from my home in Portland, OR I always schedule dinner and have never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent food and service as always.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Went with my Wife, her Brother and Niece for Dinner. I had a salad and my entrée a Pork Chop that was cooked perfectly. My Wife, being vegetarian was able to find many items on the menu that she could eat (salad and Mushroom Bolognese) . Everyone loved the food.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

We were there to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We had a wonderful meal and the service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Absolutely love this restaurant. We had a great table, great server, and the food as always was presented beautifully. It also tasted yummy. I'll be back.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

This was one of our numerous trips to this restaurant. The food was excellent food, prepared well, delicious taste. However, the internal noise is still too loud, very hard to have any level of decent conversation with guests, etc. Other than the noise level, this is a very good eatery.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Dinner at Carpe Diem was amazing! The restaurant is just beautiful, the wait staff is so efficient and the food is delicious- a pure culinary delight. I was thinking about how amazing the food was the next day!

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