Excellent, probably best in Charlotte.
Food, service, ambience superb
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).
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!
The entire dining experience was amazing: decor, ambiance, appetizers, main course and dessert. The palate cleanser was a delightful and tasty surprise.
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.
Wonderful as usual.
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!
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.
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.
Would not recommended. Food was decent but nothing special.
Love this place but wishing for more new items on the menu.
Beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. Great place for families.
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.
Birthday gathering for two friends - confetti on the table a nice touch!
When I visit Charlotte from my home in Portland, OR I always schedule dinner and have never been disappointed.