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“Another Napa winner!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Carpe Diem Wine Bar

Carpe Diem Wine Bar
1001 2nd Street, Napa, CA 94559
707-224-0800
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Ranked #4 of 220 Restaurants in Napa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Brown Street
London
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119 reviews 119 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
“Another Napa winner!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We came on a busy Saturday evening after a day of wonderful weather. There are two outside tables and the rest inside. The place was crowded, noisy, jumping and fun.

Our waitress explained that the menu items increased in size the further right you go on the menu which helped us to decide on butternut squash risotto balls $11, which came with the best pesto we have ever had - slightly spicy- and a tomato salsa followed by quack and cheese $16.50 - a macaroni cheese variant with a little shredded duck; the waitress recommended adding pancetta for an extra $3.50 which gave it a crunchy, crispy top.

Then came an excellent ostrich burger and fries $18 which was perfectly seasoned and required no ketchup or mustard. For dessert we had a delicious white chocolate bread pudding $8.

To go with the meal we had a three glass "flight" of Reislings, one from Santa Barbara, one from Austria and one from Germany which for $13 was both entertaining and good value.

We always share our dishes, something Carpe Diem encourages, to make the meal more fun. As with many restaurants in the area most diners seem to focus on their wine, with food as something of accompaniment.

If only there were restaurants in London like this, Redd and Celadon!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Miramar, Florida
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great Place, Great Service, and Great Choices!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This place was great! Bottom line!

We booked it because of Trip Advisor reviews and were not disappointed. I say booked because I made reservations for everything I wanted to do, this included. I don't know what happens when a reservation isn't made. Also to be noted, we stayed at the Best Western Elm House and this is about a mile away which was PERFECT for a walk to eat after a day of wine tasting

The service was great! Super friendly AND they encourage sharing which is awesome after a day of wine tasting when you have no clue what you want to eat! or drink! They also have flights of wine and champagne which is a bit different and welcoming (I had the flight of champagne).

We ran into someone that said they heard the ostrich burger was fantastic. Slightly strange but we ordered it anyway, and the special way they prepare it. It was so different, but so great! Came along with truffle fries and garlic aioli. I would definitely order it again!

Overall this was a great place for dinner. I would absolutely recommend it and I would dine there again on my next trip to Napa.

Have fun!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Camden, Alabama, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Wonderful!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

This was a wonderful restaurant. They were vey nice and fast service. Highly recommend!!! The homemade "twix" dessert is a must!!!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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NY
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Glad we went ...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

Great place for drinks and Tapas. Walked in with No reservation, so hostess called our cell when she had an opening. Service was excellent. Get the "twix" dessert.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Great tapas and wine list”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Yum. We had a late bite here after a long day of wine tasting. Couldn't even LOOK at wine with dinner!!! Delicious and charming place. Dark interior.

Visited October 2013
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