Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

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1954 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.”

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(704) 377-7976
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Ketterhagen
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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 40 guests. If you are using a screen for a presentation, the capacity is reduced to 28 guests.
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Private party contact
Bonnie Warford: (888) 641-4749
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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.
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Cross street
Travis Avenue
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Parking details
Parking is on Elizabeth Avenue in the lot diagonally across the street. There is also a lot behind the restaurant on Travis Avenue. Street parking is available.
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Public transit
There is a bus stop located 200 yards from the restaurant.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine