Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

4.8
1892 reviews
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“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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RB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t usually write reviews unless the dinning experience is awful. Let me start by saying I am a foody and have dined at the best restaurants in Charlotte, this place in my opinion is the best!! This was not my first time here but felt the need to write a review because each time the food is excellent and wait staff also! Last night was no exception, Hope took care of us, great personality, always smiling and just top! Would highly recommend and kudos to owner and staff!

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and amazing service! We celebrated a graduation there and we have no regrets!!

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PB
Charlotte
64 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here regularly and reserve a special table that meets our needs, as we did Saturday night. As usual, drink orders were taken quickly and warm rolls appeared shortly thereafter. Our server reviewed several specials that sounded good, but we chose the duck entree that we like a lot. It was cooked perfectly and garnished with an excellent ricotta cheese mash, lightly charred sugar snap peas, and different radishes that added color and texture. The oysters on the half shell were fresh in an appetizer, the the peach cobbler was good, although a little less crust and more fruit would have been appreciated. We were pleased and look forward to our next visit.

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SR
Charlotte
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We've been to Carpe Diem several times and have always had good food and service. This time, we again had good food but, unfortunately, had really poor service. Our starter course, just salads, took about 40 minutes to come out. We didn't even see our waitress again after ordering until we asked a different waiter to check what happened to our salads. We finally got our salads, which were fine. The wait for our main dishes was not quite as long, but still seemed longer than normal. The whole time, our waitress was rarely around and when she was seemed like we were imposing on her.

Also, the restaurant was much louder than was comfortable.

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F
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dishes combined with attentive service. The octopus is a must.

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CF
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience for a work dinner. Great food and service. Will be back.

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MY
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Selected Carpe Diem for a dinner with traveling work colleagues. We were seated quickly in a quiet part of the restaurant. The service was wonderful and our server Brad made great recommendations. The food was excellent and the portion sizes were right on. Would definitely go back if visiting Charlotte again.

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FD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife and family for a Mother’s Day Brunch and we really enjoyed our meal at Carpe Diem. I recommend it for a special occasion or date night.

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FP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Mother’s Day brunch. We had a wonderful meal in a relaxing atmosphere.

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JM
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Neat decor, but the room echoes and makes it difficult to have an intimate conversation.

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M
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We like Carpe Diem because of the consistently great food and generally low noise level. Unfortunately there was a loud group of about 5 in the bar area and a screaming child in the regular dining room. The manager did her best to quiet the inconsiderate noisy group but there was nothing she could do about the child. Children in a restaurant on a Saturday night?

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s
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, wonderful birthday meal with friends. Enjoyed the atmosphere, the service was perfect, the dishes were amazing. Even our GF and vegetarian folks were very happy with their meals! Great for a special occasion.

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e
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not sure how we have missed this restaurant before. Their menu hits all the right notes for choice and selection. The marrying of flavors, textures and presentation is amazing. This really is one of the premier restaurants in Charlotte without being pretentious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and they went out of their way to make it special. Great food and outstanding customer service. I would highly recommended.

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DI
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going to Carpe Diem. The food is always awesome. We Have tried many things on the menu and have absolutely loved some of their specials. I enjoy the creativity of the chef.

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J
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A very good meal even though we had salads and appetizers for half of us. The others had the special trout which was wonderful. The wedge salad was not truly a wedge but still very good. I have never had black eyed pea dressing and it was delicious. I would definiteyly go back.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had awesome dinner here. The service was great and paced so we did not feel rushed but really could enjoy the food.

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KA
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible food and service

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VB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We've been several times. The food is delicious. The menu has a lot of variety. Something for everyone.

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CM
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. They don't sit people on top of each other so dining is a great experience. I like to be able to talk without everyone else hearing my conversation. The noise level is low so you don't have to shout. The server was fabulous, the food amazing and perfect. We love Carpe Diem!

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C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A great place to celebrate a special occasion or bring out-of-town guests. There is a reason Carpe Diem consistently ranks as one of the top restaurants in Charlotte for 30 years. Pretty quiet during most of the week, very busy on weekends.

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D
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Easter set menu. Service was excellent; very but not overly attentive. Food was good but my son got the Eggs Benedict which fell short mostly because they got too artsy with the sauce and it lost its normal taste appeal. Restaurant is very nice overall. As you would expect, a little bit pricy for what you get on Easter.

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N
Charlotte
31 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch at Carpe Diem is always a treat. We have been "regulars" for many years at Easter and Mothers Day brunches (the only two days the restaurant serves brunch), and Carpe Diem never disappoints. The menu was "changed up" quite a bit this year, and the two new first courses were a green gazpacho with pickled shrimp and a spinach salad with fried chick peas, dried apricots, grilled leeks, and manchego - both were excellent! I loved my herbed vegetable crepes, and my hubby adored his cajun hash. The only disappointment? No cupcakes for dessert! We always look forward to the delicious cupcakes, so although the dessert plate with cheesecake bites, chocolate cookies, and a very very sweet pastry were good . . . they were not what we had anticipated. I know change is good - but sometimes perfection should not be messed with!

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RT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food with great service. Would definitely come back!

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OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delivered excellent; server not a very good listener but was fine.

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TM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would definitely recommend Carpe Diem! We went there for our anniversary and it was lovely. It was a Wednesday evening so the place was very quiet and the service was wonderful. They added some celebration confetti to the table for our anniversary which was really sweet :) We got the grain bowl and the mushroom bolognese pasta, with the cheese plate as the appetizer. We loved it and would definitely like to go back on a Friday or Saturday one week and feel the vibe there with more people. Thanks for a good experience!

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RG
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always come here for our special occasions or we want to treat family and friends to the experience. Food and service are always exceptional; noise level can be annoying at times.

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KG
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant, and have followed them through two moves.

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AC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, ambience were all excellent. Although somewhat pricey, Carpe Diam is well worth it and is ideal for a special occasion.

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S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Local Gem! What a find close to Charlotte Uptown - locally owned restaurant with inventive, and delicious menu. Great staff, too, we felt very welcome and comfortable. I will definitely return!

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b
Charlotte
86 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with wonderful service. The grilled octopus was exceptional. Can’t wait to go back.

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TH
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Upon arrival for our 6:30 reservation for 2, we were quickly seated and greeted with water and a basket of bread. Twelves minutes later we had to ask another server to see why we were not being acknowledged. He returned saying there was a mix-up and someone would be with us. He took our drink order which was delivered by the manager. They did comp us for our first round of drinks and apologized for the mix-up. After another 20 minute wait our order was taken for dinner. The food was average and not something that would make me feel like I was missing out on a great meal if I ever was in the area again. The meal was a bit pricey for the serving size. The restaurant is really loud. The intermezzo was delivered by a server waiting on the table beside of us, interesting to say the least. Since this was for a birthday dinner the mood was killed right from the start.

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RV
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy this restaurant. Usually the specials are excellent, but Saturday the fish special of
Sheep head was dry & over cooked. My friends had the fried chicken, & as always loved it. The wine selection was very nice.

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OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Only complaint was noise level in back restaurant.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Special was dry and over cooked with no flavor. Very disappointed that

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M
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We always have a superb dinner at Carpe Diem.

I suggest that for early diners give a choice table away from the water station. Thank you!!

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RR
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food was delicious and service was the best ever!!! Loved our server!

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RD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was excellent. The wine recommendated by the staff was also very good.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always good. Service excellent and like the ambiance.

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f
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is better than ever and service perfect. Ambiance lovely for special occasions.

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