Permanently Closed - Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

4.8
2066 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. “Excellent”, eminently “reliable” New American fare and an “outstanding” staff have made this elegant Elizabeth dining destination “a long-term winner”; its “beautiful” art nouveau decor, featuring ornate woodwork, is “great for a romantic dinner”, but it's also an “anytime favorite” because you “don't [have] to mortgage the house on dinner.” Zagat.com

Since opening in 1989, Carpe Diem has been a pioneer in Charlotte's fine dining scene. Despite moving twice due to development, it has remained one of the top 10 restaurants in Charlotte.

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vipTMik
Charlotte
47 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good choice. Never a disappointment. Food and service is top notch.

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RandyM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Carpe is consistent. Wonderful staff. Good is always served hot which is sometimes hard to find in restaurants. You can tell they take pride in their work and enjoy what they are doing.

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BillW
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delish! The food and ambience was wonderful.
Thank you.

WD
WilliamD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant provides outstanding food and service at a reasonable price. My wife and I ate there as a celebration of our anniversary. We wanted a top notch experience and that is what we got.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and capable wait staff. Great dining experience!

JM
JonM
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. Prices are a few dollars high on each entree, and the "by the glass" wine list is somewhat limited.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great waitstaff. Hardly anyone in restaurant when we were there on a Tuesday so not a lot of energy.

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vipd1975
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here 4 times and they NEVER disappoint! The fried chicken dish is to DIE for. Your taste buds will dance. Great atmosphere and friendly staff!

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MichaelS
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place. Good food, great service and atmosphere. In addition the prices aren’t crazy either.

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waxhaw
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The atmosphere was very nice and warm and we were greeted politely. The menu was nicely balanced and the quality of food was good, especially the duck breast. The wine list is very limited, especially in California wines and the bottle we selected was out of stock....which happens. Our overall service was good, not great and the wine service aspect was completely overlooked. Not disappointing by any means, but nothing to make me rush back.

KB
KatherineB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carpe Diem is one of our favorite restaurants. They never disappoint. We always have the best experience when dining there.

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miriamb
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Valentine’s date was great! We had a reservation at 9:45 but got seated at 10:00 for some reason even though there were some available tables.
Ambiance was great and while the menu was fantastic, it wasn’t $55 worth.
But overall great experience.

JB
JeffB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 5th visit over the years and they are still knocking out of the park as the were my first visit! Service, ambience, food/drink selection and execution/presentation were on point.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a great experience. The service was great and the food was well prepared and delicious. I would dine here again.

KW
vipKellyW
Charlotte
41 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my husbands favorite restaurants! We came for Valentines Day and enjoyed every bite, as usual. From the oysters, and grilled grape salad. On to the pork chop, and salmon. Then!!!! Cherry cobbler with cream cheese ice cream!!! Great drinks too. I like the Casamigos and my husband, the cinnamon mule off the cocktail list.
Always a great experience here with excellent service.

JH
JamesH
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I messed up on our arrival time and arrived a half hour late, however they we very accommodating and quickly set a table for us. Our meal and experience couldn't have been better. It made for a very memorable Valentine's day

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John
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Went here for a Valentine’s Day dinner and the Valentine’s Day special was a really good deal. Ambiance was nice. All in all a great experience

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RAESHAWNDB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing from the food, service to drink. Thanks for kick starting out Vday!

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Maggie
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant casual and delicious

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GregW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been a Customer for over 30 years , always in our top three in Charlotte, top five in N C 👍

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vipMadcap1
Western NC
79 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! As always!

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vipAlex
New Mexico
88 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was excellent and food was good.

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SydneyL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a special date night with my husband. Our meal included bread and butter, as well as a palate cleanser sorbet after our appetizer! We enjoyed the langostino spring rolls, I loved the scallops, and he tried a NY Strip special. Nice ambience and attentive staff.

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JF20
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First rate all the way around.

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LovetoDine
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food great atmosphere and Brian was a phenomenal waiter. Can’t recommend this place enough

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KATG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience there while celebrating our 5 year anniversary. We'll definitely be going back and definitely recommend for a social occasion.

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vipGMAN
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We have dined here many times and loved it but this time we were disappointed in the food. Usually we come on a weekend and not a weeknight so maybe the food isn’t as good during the week or just a different chef? At any rate we had raved about the restaurant to our friends only to be somewhat embarrassed by the quality of the food! The service was fine!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a pleasant surprise! After all these years, it still pays to “carpe diem” :-)

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BrendanH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, adventurous menu, delightful atmosphere. What a nice experience.

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vipLeahK
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing b'day celebration for my brother. Both of our dishes were outstanding.

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ToddM
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef prepared an entree portion of a new favorite appetizer- lamb ragu is fantastic!

Nice wine list - Michael our server made a good suggestion for our meal.

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vipcarolc
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. We both had the mahi special. Just completely over the top. As a matter of fact. -We have never had a meal at Carpe that has not been! They are consistently excellent -food,service and ambience !

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WilliamR
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had major surgery three years ago at the nearby hospital. When leaving the hospital, Carpe Diem looked like a great place to eat. I promised myself I would return there to eat. I fulfilled that promise yesterday and I am glad that I did.

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billc
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each visit to Carpe Diem, our favorite Charlotte restaurant, only fortifies our preference for this wonderful eatery.

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MartinaM
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Not enough servers for the flow. Our server was also the bartender, but would not be seen for large blocks of time. We had to ask for bread, and waited the longest we ever had here to get our food. The place wasn't packed, so I'm not sure what happened.

I will also give feedback that the wine list isn't comparable to other similar restaurants and the by-the-glass choices are also fewer than comparable restaurants. The entire list and mindset behind it could use an overhaul, in my opinion. Sometimes we decide not to eat here because of the wine offering.

Our server told us when the distributor can't get something on their usual list, they substitute it for something else and no one knows about it. We reluctantly choose St. Francis, because its the best of the worst, and it had to substituted for something else.

On the bright side, our food was consistently delicious and we enjoy the atmosphere here. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I would have given this restaurant 5 stars if not for where my wife and I were seated. Our table was square in the middle of where waiters came through time and again to get to other tables and the noise was such that we could not carry on a normal conversation. We did ask if another table was available and our waitress did check but with it being a Sat night during Restaurant Week, there wasn't another to be had.

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vipBill
Charlotte
150 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for restaurant week and the service was very good, the selections just weren’t what I would have ordered. I like filet or ribeye, but not strips; but, NY Strip was on the special menu, so I ordered it. I now remember why I don’t care for them - tough.

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NancyV
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for the Queens Feast, and unlike some restaurants that participate, the portions were their normal size and the selections were off of the standard menu. Excellent!
Our server, Michael, was fun and attentive. A wonderful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice food.

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Leedo
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great. The meal, ambiance and service were all good.

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Permanently Closed - Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers is rated 4.8 stars by 2066 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed - Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://carpediemrestaurant.com/gift-cards/.