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About Carpe Diem Restaurant

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.

1535 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

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.

Cross Street:
Travis Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 377-7976

Website:
http://carpediemrestaurant.com/

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.

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.

Public Transit:
There is a bus stop located 200 yards from the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Paul Ketterhagen

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.

Private Party Contact:
Bonnie Warford: (888) 641-4749

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

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.

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Carpe Diem Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

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93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (35)
Special Occasion (34)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
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Romantic (22)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Business Meals (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Cozy (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Worth the Drive (10)
Authentic (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Healthy (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Casual (4)
Great Beer (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 3 days ago

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!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (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 disappoint....so yummy! Great place to celebrate our anniversary!

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·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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (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.

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·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.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Love the food. Great service. Always.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 23, 2017

My wife and I went here for a date. We went in knowing it was a standard american menu, and we were not let down. There was not a lot of creativity, and the Filet of Beef did have Potato Bignets, which was a fun twist. The Buttermilk Chicken had spinach and mashed potatoes/gravy, and all went together well as you would expect. Overall we enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was excellent. Wonderful knowledgeable server. If we lived in Charlotte we would come back often.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Stand by and go to for us for years! Food was little under expectation but still good. Busier than normal so a little loud but to be expected with the holidays

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Business dinner with executive team. Everyone really loved spot and we'll be back. Get the fried chicken. The 2 members of our group who got duck and pork chops were out-ordered by the 2 who got the fried chicken. Nothing's worse than fried-chicken envy.

For some reason, our server kept disappearing for long periods of time and we had wanted more wine. By the time she returned, our meal was over and we didn't want it any more. Ah well, saved the calories and the cost.

The brined pork chop was too salty --- but hey - they said it was brined. Shoulda caught the clue.

Will definitely go back. Hopefully the service was just an off-night and will avoid the pork chop.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 13, 2017

All dishes were excellent except for pork chop which was too peppery.

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Made a reservation for my girlfriend’s birthday. We were sat in the back, semi private room at a small, intimate table that was perfect for the two of us. Carpe Diem had taken it upon themselves to decorate the table prior to our arrival, which I thought was very welcoming and showed they cared about helping us celebrate the occasion. Lisa took care of our every need and the food was outstanding! We shared the beef carpaccio and grilled grape salad for an appetizer and mid course, then both devoured their famous buttermilk fried chicken for entrees. I would make a special trip back just for the fried chicken, one of the best dishes I’ve had in Charlotte. I definitely recommend Carpe Diem for a fantastic dinner that’s sure to impress.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 11, 2017

One of our favs, but tonight was just a little off . Service was a little slower than normal and dessert was not impressive at all. Main meal was very good.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 10, 2017

My girlfriend has never been to a high end restaurant before and she fell in love with the restaurant and wants to go back. We had a great time. Great food and great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great dinner for a birthday! 6 of us sat in the bar area for dinner at a round top. Lots of options, food was delicious

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

The service was great and Crystal took very good care of us.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Excellent service and nice atmosphere. Dinner on Tuesday and it was very busy and somewhat noisy with the crowd but not terrible. Ordered the fried chicken and it was fantastic. Parking was free and close by which was a bonus.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Outstanding service by Lisa, delicious food and a great variety on the menu to choose from. We enjoyed celebrating a birthday with a group and were very pleased with our food, service, and varied menu.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

From the bar to the restaurant, from cocktails to dinner, loved this restaurant! Friendly and attentive service, delicious food and drinks, and great ambiance. Highly recommend!!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was very ho-hum. Overpriced for the quality of food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Carpe Diem's food was excellent, but the highlight of our evening was the prompt, attentive service provided by our waitress (whose name I unfortunately forgot to obtain). Her explanations and recommendations about the menu were thoughtful and helpful, particularly to our guest, who has a food allergy.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We brought out-of-town foodies to this place and our meal was sorely disappointing. The grouper special of the evening had octopus and chorizo as well, but none of the flavors on the plate came together, the octopus being tough and rubbery, too. Our mussels appetizer was ok, nothing to shout about and it probably took 45 minutes between appetizer and entrees. Our server disappeared for most of this time, leaving our mussel shells sitting in front of us for a good 20 minutes. The only bright spot in the evening was the buttermilk fried chicken that they are known for. Thankfully we recouped our foodie friends’ trust by taking them to BLT Steak the next night. No one ever apologized to us for any missteps, so I don’t think we can return.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We love this place. And we used our OT points too. Great food. The filet and fried chicken were great. The salads were great too.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Very cozy and intimate restaurant. The food was quite flavorful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great dinner, great service. Dined in the bar which was exceptional.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great place! Second time going there and I wasn't disappointed!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We really enjoyed our table in the bar. Our server was very attentive. The food was excellent. Most of the table ordered Filets all cooked perfectly. We would definitely return and we highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

we got there late, after the show "on your feet"(Gloria Estefan) at 10:35 PM. While there was only one other couple still there, no problem being seated.
Food was great, and I'm fussy. I had rillettes of bunny over vegs and Colleen had duck breast with something I can't remember. The dessert of ginger rum cake was delicis

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Have visited Carpe Diem for dinner many times and brought an out of town friend there last Friday night. As usual, did not disappoint. The food was spectacular. I had the filet, my wife had the scallops and our friend had the fried chicken and all were wonderful. I am especially fond of the goat cheese salad. Sat in the bar for an after dinner drink and enjoyed the vibe at the end of the evening. One of our 3 or 4 favorite restaurants in Charlotte for food and atmosphere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The shrimp and grits my wife ordered were not what she expected...too much spicey bacon!
The black rice salad was outstanding and could be a main dish.
My pork chop was very good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Took three friends who had never dined here. They were so impressed by the ambience and the many entree selections. Certainly one of my favorite restaurants to frequent especially for a theatre event at Ovens.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Wonderful food, excellent service, comfortable environment, all around very good for the value received.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Went for Fiancee birthday. Meal and Service was top notch.

Tags: Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Cozy, Healthy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 27, 2017

As always, Carpe Diem came through and served great food in a great atmosphere impeccably. Enjoy picking from the specials of the day, always good. Friends have their favorites. We are never disappointed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Surprised the wife with a beautiful night out with family and friends, and fell in love. First of all the restaurant is beautiful and has an amazing wait staff. The food blew all 10 people in our party away 10/10. This is the first review I’ve left in 5yrs but this place was special.

Tags: Organic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We are long time patrons of Carpe Diem but this time was not up to speed. The mostly male staff didn't do much to make us feel welcome. They seemed rather indifferent. Our server Michael we fine but had to follow up on things that should have been done correctly. I had the warm goat cheese salad but the plate was so cold it cooled the cheese down. I never had it served that way before. A bit disappointing.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We dined with friends for a special occasion,they had never been to CARP DIEM.Everything was excellent and they would love to go again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Always a reliable place to enjoy a good cocktail and excellent food. Staff is impeccable!

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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