Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

★★★★★
  • 1535 Elizabeth Ave 202

    Charlotte, NC 28204

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  • 704-377-7976

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This place is one of the classiest places in the area. If ever you need a place to have a romantic date, this is the place to be. Their food and decorations are perfect for a romantic night.

5
★★★★★

This place is one of the classiest places in the area. If ever you need a place to have a romantic date, this is the place to be. Their food and decorations are perfect for a romantic night.

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I really love the service that the people of this place give to the customers. They are so prompt and very friendly. The food is great too and deserves second servings.

5
★★★★★

I really love the service that the people of this place give to the customers. They are so prompt and very friendly. The food is great too and deserves second servings.

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Our family of 3 enjoyed Carpe Diem for dinner. Not only did my husband and I enjoy the beautiful decore, attentive service and delicious food and wine, but our 7 yr old son found it a memorable night. Although it is not intended to cater to children, the staff accommodated our son by improvising a chicken breast into ""chicken fingers"" with mashed potatoes. Our son felt it to be a coming-of-age experience while my husband and I enjoyed dinner out in a lovely restaurant. And we prefer the pricing to many of the fashionable restaurants in Uptown. I can't wait to go back!

2
★★★★☆

Our family of 3 enjoyed Carpe Diem for dinner. Not only did my husband and I enjoy the beautiful decore, attentive service and delicious food and wine, but our 7 yr old son found it a memorable night. Although it is not intended to cater to children, the staff accommodated our son by improvising a chicken breast into ""chicken fingers"" with mashed potatoes. Our son felt it to be a coming-of-age experience while my husband and I enjoyed dinner out in a lovely restaurant. And we prefer the pricing to many of the fashionable restaurants in Uptown. I can't wait to go back!

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The food never fails to wow! The decor is fabulous! I really have a hard time finding faults! You can come in and order an ""old favorite"" like the warm goat cheese salad or the buttermilk fried chicken OR pick from their ever changing menu items! There is something there for everyone...even my young children enjoy it!

2
★★★★★

The food never fails to wow! The decor is fabulous! I really have a hard time finding faults! You can come in and order an ""old favorite"" like the warm goat cheese salad or the buttermilk fried chicken OR pick from their ever changing menu items! There is something there for everyone...even my young children enjoy it!

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Can't express my undying love for this restaurant in words. The service...the atmosphere...but most of all, the chicken. Oh, the chicken!

5
★★★★★

Can't express my undying love for this restaurant in words. The service...the atmosphere...but most of all, the chicken. Oh, the chicken!

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my wife and I just returned from a very pleasant meal at carpe diem. we will recommend this place to friends. we will return with our teenage daughters and we will return without them as well. food was very high quality, but wait staff was welcoming and friendly. not stuffy. requests were granted where possible. very acceptable alternatives were offered where requests could not be granted. credit a knowledgable wait staff. atmosphere was relaxing and conducive to conversation

2
★★★★☆

my wife and I just returned from a very pleasant meal at carpe diem. we will recommend this place to friends. we will return with our teenage daughters and we will return without them as well. food was very high quality, but wait staff was welcoming and friendly. not stuffy. requests were granted where possible. very acceptable alternatives were offered where requests could not be granted. credit a knowledgable wait staff. atmosphere was relaxing and conducive to conversation

Pros: nice decor -very attentive wait staff

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We went here during the Charlotte Restaurant week and were very impressed. The food was fantastic and so was the atmosphere.\r\n\r\nWe even stayed quite a while after we had finished your meal and the wait staff remained very courteous. \r\n

2
★★★★★

We went here during the Charlotte Restaurant week and were very impressed. The food was fantastic and so was the atmosphere.\r\n\r\nWe even stayed quite a while after we had finished your meal and the wait staff remained very courteous. \r\n

Pros: Food

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Great place to go for dinner and drinks in downtown charlotte. It is kind of pricey but well worth it!

4
★★★★☆

Great place to go for dinner and drinks in downtown charlotte. It is kind of pricey but well worth it!

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I went to Carpe Diem for the first time and was very pleased. They were more than accommodating when we asked to move tables to the back room, even though we know it can be annoying since we are in the restaurant industry. Our server, Angeli, was delightful and made the whole experience even better. The best part is that the menu has something for everyone...fish, red meat, fried chicken (gourmet style of course), light, and heavy dishes. I love when an upscale place can prepare something like fried chicken to perfection, and it still fit the upscale style! I highly recommend this restaurant.

2
★★★★★

I went to Carpe Diem for the first time and was very pleased. They were more than accommodating when we asked to move tables to the back room, even though we know it can be annoying since we are in the restaurant industry. Our server, Angeli, was delightful and made the whole experience even better. The best part is that the menu has something for everyone...fish, red meat, fried chicken (gourmet style of course), light, and heavy dishes. I love when an upscale place can prepare something like fried chicken to perfection, and it still fit the upscale style! I highly recommend this restaurant.

Pros: Something for everyone at the table

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This is a follow up to my previous review ""Carpe Diem did not sieze the day."" While our experiences here were not what I had hoped, I was pleased to receive an e-mail of apology from one of the owners. This is definitely service at a high level. Most places would have let this go and figured it was just one customer lost. It also leads me to believe that our night may have been an isolated experience and would be willing to possibly come back in the future.

2
★★★★☆

This is a follow up to my previous review ""Carpe Diem did not sieze the day."" While our experiences here were not what I had hoped, I was pleased to receive an e-mail of apology from one of the owners. This is definitely service at a high level. Most places would have let this go and figured it was just one customer lost. It also leads me to believe that our night may have been an isolated experience and would be willing to possibly come back in the future.

Pros: food

Cons: service

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For my birthday, my girlfriends decided to take me to a bar for appetizers before a night on the town. We were completely surprised to find that the bar was closed on a Monday night. While trying to figure out what to do, we noticed Carpe Diem was down the street and headed over to check out the appetizer menu. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that they were running half price appetizers until a certain point in the evening. i had always heard that they were a pit pricey so half price appetizers are considered a good thing.The appetizer menu was fabulous. No chicken fingers or potato skins for this place. We were able to choose from a fantastic cheese plate (St. Andre and daily cheese served with pears, grapes, dried fruit, crackers, cornichons, and a carmelized onion-garlic compote) , Cremini Mushroom Tart
, calamari, Mediterranean plate (grilled chicken kabobs, lemon hummus, olives, and grilled pita bread ), Thai Beef Carpaccio and a few other goodies that I can't remember.
We decided on the cheese plate, calamari and mushroom tart. The cheese plate was fabulous. I especially loved the Manchego cheese of the evening with the onion compote. The calamari was fresh, crisp and the best tasting calamari I've ever had. The mushroom tart with the red and gold beets was a big hit with my friends.

We will be going back here for another girls night out. Now I just have to convince my husband to take my out for a date night to Carpe Diem http://www.carpediemrestaurant.com/menu.html

5
★★★★★

For my birthday, my girlfriends decided to take me to a bar for appetizers before a night on the town. We were completely surprised to find that the bar was closed on a Monday night. While trying to figure out what to do, we noticed Carpe Diem was down the street and headed over to check out the appetizer menu. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that they were running half price appetizers until a certain point in the evening. i had always heard that they were a pit pricey so half price appetizers are considered a good thing.The appetizer menu was fabulous. No chicken fingers or potato skins for this place. We were able to choose from a fantastic cheese plate (St. Andre and daily cheese served with pears, grapes, dried fruit, crackers, cornichons, and a carmelized onion-garlic compote) , Cremini Mushroom Tart
, calamari, Mediterranean plate (grilled chicken kabobs, lemon hummus, olives, and grilled pita bread ), Thai Beef Carpaccio and a few other goodies that I can't remember.
We decided on the cheese plate, calamari and mushroom tart. The cheese plate was fabulous. I especially loved the Manchego cheese of the evening with the onion compote. The calamari was fresh, crisp and the best tasting calamari I've ever had. The mushroom tart with the red and gold beets was a big hit with my friends.

We will be going back here for another girls night out. Now I just have to convince my husband to take my out for a date night to Carpe Diem http://www.carpediemrestaurant.com/menu.html

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Excellent food and many choices that sound great, plus some nightly specials. Loved the ambiance and the service was attentive. Very nice atmosphere!!

5
★★★★★

Excellent food and many choices that sound great, plus some nightly specials. Loved the ambiance and the service was attentive. Very nice atmosphere!!

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Carpe Diem is an old Charlotte classic. It has a very local patronage. The food is always wonderful, and the wait staff is very courteous and helpful. A little on the pricey side but still in sync with its competitors.

5
★★★★★

Carpe Diem is an old Charlotte classic. It has a very local patronage. The food is always wonderful, and the wait staff is very courteous and helpful. A little on the pricey side but still in sync with its competitors.

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I have been going to Carpe Diem for years but only since it arrived at its current location on Elizabeth. It is my favorite birthday and New Year's Eve restaurant and that is saying something because I have eaten just about everywhere. I am a vegetarian, my husband is a meat eater and we both love the food. I always have plenty of menu options and that is rare for a vegetarian! It is a little more expensive that Pewter Rose but definitely along the same theme. They have one of the coolest bars in Charlotte but you will only find adults drinking here. If the idea of another boring steakhouse puts you to sleep and you are ready to spend $100+ for a dinner for two, don't hesitate to try it!

2
★★★★★

I have been going to Carpe Diem for years but only since it arrived at its current location on Elizabeth. It is my favorite birthday and New Year's Eve restaurant and that is saying something because I have eaten just about everywhere. I am a vegetarian, my husband is a meat eater and we both love the food. I always have plenty of menu options and that is rare for a vegetarian! It is a little more expensive that Pewter Rose but definitely along the same theme. They have one of the coolest bars in Charlotte but you will only find adults drinking here. If the idea of another boring steakhouse puts you to sleep and you are ready to spend $100+ for a dinner for two, don't hesitate to try it!

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We have followed this restaurant from one location to another for almost a decade. It is still one of my all time favorites. The menu is always interesting and the service is friendly and professional. The food is always prepared well and presentations are lovely without being over-wrought with trendiness. The little sorbet palate cleanser is a nice touch ignored by every other restaurant of this caliber in town.

2
★★★★★

We have followed this restaurant from one location to another for almost a decade. It is still one of my all time favorites. The menu is always interesting and the service is friendly and professional. The food is always prepared well and presentations are lovely without being over-wrought with trendiness. The little sorbet palate cleanser is a nice touch ignored by every other restaurant of this caliber in town.

Message from Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

Carpe Diem has been locally owned and family operated for over 20 years. We support local farmers and business', as well as many charities. The owners, Tricia Maddrey and Bonnie Warford, are committed to being good corporate citizens. We also care about your experience at Carpe Diem and welcome all comments.

More about Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

Carpe Diem is a full service fine dining restaurant located in the Elizabeth neighborhood near downtown Charlotte. We are rated in the top restaurants in Charlotte by Gayot, Zagat, and Charlotte Magazine. We are also a full service off premise caterer.

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Diners can imagine themselves in any urban center---Paris, New York or San Francisco---in the lovely surroundings at Carpe Diem. The kitchen presents dishes with influences from around the globe, such as the Asian influence in the Szechuan…

 

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