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Carpe Diem Restaurant

1645 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Special Occasion (35)
  • Good for a Date (34)
  • Good for Anniversaries (28)
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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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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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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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


Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate your romance with us. We will be offering a pre fixe menu featuring favorites such as the buttermilk fried chicken as well as seafood, filet, and lamb dishes. $55.00 per person for three courses.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What 1645 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner 
Dined 3 days ago

Went on a double date night during restaurant week. The food, service and atmosphere were absolutely amazing! After dinner we went to another nearby establishment for drinks and ended up returning back to Carpe Diem to enjoy the bar area for drinks there as well. Carpe Diem did not disappoint! Will definitely return!

Experienced (Charlotte)
Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I have been there twice. The room is beautiful. The food is good, mostly. The prices are on the high side. As seems to be the current fashion of upper tier restaurants these days, the presentation tends toward the little-food-on-big-plate style. No sides are included with the entree. On our last visit, the only side available at extra cost was spinach. Mixed drinks are in the $14.00 range. The dessert (coconut cake) was dense and refrigerator cold. While I didn't mind spending a little more for a special occasion, I left feeling I didn't really get my money's worth.

DinnerDude (Charlotte)
Dined 7 days ago

Carpe Diem is by far Charlotte’s finest restaurant. The food is prepared to perfection. The wait staff take everything into consideration while serving you. The ambiance is all encompassing. The food is presented and not served. It is uncomparible to other venues.

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
Dined on January 13, 2018

Celebrated my 40th birthday with friends before seeing a show at Ovens Auditorium. The service was great. The food was amazing. We had several different appetizers, including the beef carpaccio, the pizetta, and the sampler plate. They were all fantastic. Our entrees included the sea scallops, the mahi mahi special, and the pork shank. Again, they were incredible! We also had dessert. One of my favorite desserts to get anywhere is bread pudding and the one here was probably the best I’ve ever had! My friends got the coconut cake and the cobbler and enjoyed them as well. We’ll be recommending Carpe Diem to others!!!

vipluvfoodanddance (Charleston)
Dined on January 12, 2018

We used to enjoy this restaurant but the food and menu are just not what they were. Interesting ingredients only matter if the food tastes good - which it didn’t. Very disappointing for what was a great restaurant 5 years ago.

vipHenryK (Charlotte)
Dined on January 11, 2018

Food was great, service excellent. We were headed to theatre after dinner, and they were very helpful in serving us in a timely manner. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great meal.

Raskl (Charlotte)
Dined on January 2, 2018

Carpe Diem does it right! From the moment we arrived, we felt welcomed. We were led to an intimate dining alcove and our server, Crystal, was excellent. We both ordered the buttermilk fried chicken and did not yummy! Great place to celebrate our anniversary!

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on December 30, 2017

Carpe Diem is a good Saturday date night spot. Our food was tasty (we had the fried chicken and the pork shank) and our server was friendly. The Mexican chocolate cake for dessert was delicious. But the over all experience was dampened by the lackluster hostesses (there were two) whose greeting was delivered without eye contact or an ounce of enthusiasm. Not the best first impression for the establishment.

vipOpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
Dined on December 30, 2017

Average meal. Ambiance and service are a little lacking. Food better than average. Someone should teach staff that you don’t clear plates until everyone at table is finished- pretty basic stuff.

Dined on December 30, 2017

Salad was the best thing about this place. A close second was the beef carpaccio. The duck wings were too sweet and the oysters were small and flaccid. We decided on dessert and got the torte, however we ended up eating a stick of fudge with a crust that was difficult to cut with a fork. Our watress was awkward and didn't know the specials. Not worth going to for the price.