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Carpe Diem Wine Bar

#11 of 228 Restaurants in Napa
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
American, Bar, Pub, Wine Bar
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1001 Second Street, Napa, CA 94559 (Brown Street)
17072240800
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Drinks, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Good for: Bar scene
Description: Carpe Diem offers a sophisticated, yet casual dining experience in the...
Carpe Diem offers a sophisticated, yet casual dining experience in the heart of downtown Napa. Our enthusiastic staff and lively atmosphere bring uniqueness to the table. An ever-changing wine list and family share-plate style menu elevates the dining experience from a mechanical process to a convivial experience. As an innovative restaurant, we modify our menu on the last Friday of every month. Executive Chef Scott Kendall and Chef De Cuisine Andrew Martin work together to create original dishes that our guests would not anticipate. Their most enjoyed plates include the ostrich burger with cranberry coriander compote, creamy brie and truffle fries or the housemade burrata which is mozzarella heaven served with cabernet sea salt, basil crystals and grilled bread. The chefs also keep things fresh with the soup of the moment and chef's selection of tacos updated weekly with seasonal ingredients. Guests are invited to personalize the dishes "Carpe style" by adding an organic poached duck egg and crispy pancetta to any plate. Wines and beers are expressly selected to compliment the food, enhancing the culinary experience at Carpe Diem. Our team is constantly searching for new wines and beers that will pleasantly surprise both locals and visiting guests. Carpe Diem Brewing Co. is excited to share their own beers exclusively at the restaurant. They will be featured on the eight constantly rotating tap handles alongside other local craft brews. Some of our unique wines include Outcast, Schramsberg, and Keever. Our extensive wine list with over forty wines by the glass entices our guests to sample something new and discover the perfect pairing with their meal.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic Dinner

We've dined here a few times and the meals are always exceptional. Great wine selection and incredible tapas. I offer the highest recommendation for the butternut squash risotto balls.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
William K
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Salinas, California
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Salinas, California
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've dined here a few times and the meals are always exceptional. Great wine selection and incredible tapas. I offer the highest recommendation for the butternut squash risotto balls.

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Carthage, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the cheese and meats app w the flight of velvets and enjoyed every bite & sip. The Mahi Mahi was fantastic and the staff all worked together to service anything I needed. Great spot and will definitely come back on our next trip to Napa.

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

If you are a foodie, you MUST go here. They'll put a poached duck egg on anything. Have it on the ostrich burger with a side of truffle fries and you'll be out of your mind!! Pair with a flight of reds and you'll be in heaven. I had to wait nearly two years since my first visit while they... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Is a small restaurant located in downtown Napa the ambience is great, the staff was great, and the food was exceptional. The only thing I could see that takes away from this being 5 stars, was that there was no heat and it was relatively cold inside the entire while eating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Busy little place - so we took a seat up at the bar. Good service. We had the beet starter (outstanding) and then the house pasta and the scallops. All of them were excellent. The menu selection is not real big but what they do is really good. We looked in at some of the other high-ish end restaurants in... More 

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Acton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We enjoyed a great dinner at Carpe Diem. The atmosphere is nice, not too loud. We had the best fries ever there - perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

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Discovery Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Carpe Diem has recovered from the earthquake & is running on all cylinders. Excellent food, service & wine choices. We could not have been happier - and can't wait to go back and try some different dishes. (I had the Ostrich burger - yummy - and also the Burratta chess appetizer - double yummy. Both recommended by the waiter Michael.

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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

I had wanted to come here for some time but it was closed on my last visit to the area because of the earthquake. All is well now and Chef Scott and Maitre d' Jim and Marie helped make this a memorable meal. I had the harissa lamb. Unbelievably good, with fresh lean lamb and delicious sauces. My friends had... More 

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Centreville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

The staff is very humble about what an amazing menu they have. We popped in for snacks and drinks for happy hour, but decided to stay for dinner. If we had only ordered the Truffle Popcorn- it would have been reason enough to be there! The outside of the building is covered in scaffolding, but that must help keep the... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We tried to visit Carpe Diem in Sept. 2014, but it was closed due to an earthquake. We were successful this year. My wife and I enjoyed our meal. There is a good variety on the menu, especially of small plates. We dined on a Charcuterie plate, tacos, scallops, and delicious apple cobbler. We tried several wines by the glass... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1001 Second Street, Napa, CA 94559
    (Brown Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Napa Valley  >  Napa
  • Phone Number: 17072240800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Bar, Pub, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

Carpe Diem offers a sophisticated, yet casual dining experience in the heart of downtown Napa. Our enthusiastic staff and lively atmosphere bring uniqueness to the table. An ever-changing wine list and family share-plate style menu elevates the dining experience from a mechanical process to a convivial experience. As an innovative restaurant, we modify our menu on the last Friday of every month. Executive Chef Scott Kendall and Chef De Cuisine Andrew Martin work together to create original dishes that our guests would not anticipate. Their most enjoyed plates include the ostrich burger with cranberry coriander compote, creamy brie and truffle fries or the housemade burrata which is mozzarella heaven served with cabernet sea salt, basil crystals and grilled bread. The chefs also keep things fresh with the soup of the moment and chef's selection of tacos updated weekly with seasonal ingredients. Guests are invited to personalize the dishes "Carpe style" by adding an organic poached duck egg and crispy pancetta to any plate. Wines and beers are expressly selected to compliment the food, enhancing the culinary experience at Carpe Diem. Our team is constantly searching for new wines and beers that will pleasantly surprise both locals and visiting guests. Carpe Diem Brewing Co. is excited to share their own beers exclusively at the restaurant. They will be featured on the eight constantly rotating tap handles alongside other local craft brews. Some of our unique wines include Outcast, Schramsberg, and Keever. Our extensive wine list with over forty wines by the glass entices our guests to sample something new and discover the perfect pairing with their meal.
Open Hours
Monday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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