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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

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join us for a three course meal with several choices of appetizers, entrees, & desserts. Our regular menu is not available, but our New Years Menu features fantastic specials to ring in the holiday. $55.00 per person not including tax, alcohol, or gratuity. Cancellations require a 48 hour notice.

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Carpe Diem Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (38)
Special Occasion (38)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
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Romantic (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Cozy (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Business Meals (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Authentic (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Worth the Drive (11)
Healthy (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great Beer (5)
Casual (5)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Fun (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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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vip
 (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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·Dined on October 14, 2017

What a time! From the moment we walked in, the experience was perfect. The service was impeccable (thanks JJ!) and the food, my god, the food!! The fried chicken is easily one of the top 3 meals that I’ve ever had in Charlotte. We’ll be back

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This restaurant has been around for many years and I know why. The food was excellent and the building is lovely.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

OUR waitress was great and the food was absolutely amazing. Would definitely go again!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Food was good, but uninspired and unremarkable. Presentation was just average. Bread was warm and flavorful. Service was attentive and pleasant. Nothing to really complain about, but with so many choices available in Charlotte, I will try someplace else next time.

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Came here after 2 years or hearing about it. My BF and I had our anniversary dinner here and it was devine! The service was impeccable, the food was perfection! I will be returning!

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Creative and delicious food, and excellent service. Best Manhattan in the lower 48, too! And, knowing it was our anniversary, the table was decorated with anniversary confetti. Couldn't have had a lovelier (or tastier) dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were excited to try this highly rated restaurant. Very high quality cuisine. Each course meticulously prepared. Server could have been more engaged. Surpisingly, on a Saturday evening, no knowledge on staff to provide any guidance for what looked to be a good wine list. Great food, but just a mediocre experience on this evening.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Dinner was wonderful, as usual. We love this place. The service is always stellar and this time was no different. Lisa was very nice, engaging and funny. She made our experience that much nicer.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Overall great experience. There weren’t too many people in the restaurant at the time, but the food was excellent and our waitress could not have been more professional, yet engaging.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Pork chop was red/pink inside and had to be reheated. Manager asked how I had requested it be cooked, like it was my fault, however I was never asked by the waitress how it was to be cooked. Also, I thought pork was never supposed to eaten rare? Table next to us had to do the same with a steak.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Wonderful anniversary dinner! The food and service was excellent. We sat at the two-top in the alcove and it was perfect!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Love coming here. The food and the service are always consistent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great spot. Food was excellence and a cool ambience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Wonderful food in a beautiful Art Nouveau setting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Need soft surface in main dining room to cut down on very high noise level.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I love the atmosphere of the restaurant. I have eaten here several times and I love this place. I will definitely return for another meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I have dined here for years and they consistently do a wonderful job with the food and service!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I witnessed my worst nightmare that had nothing to do with the restaurant or the staff. A young customer seated near us was clapping and snapping to get a waiter's attention. I almost said something to the guy about his highly inappropriate behavior. His much older dinner date should have walked out. Possibly he was clueless too.

Carpe Diem is a special place for special people who appreciate an always creative, ever changing menu and a happy, cheerful staff of culinary professionals. Never, ever clap, snap or whistle please!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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