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Carpe Diem Wine Bar

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Sat, 2/23
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene

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Butternut Squash Risotto Balls (3)
Roasted Onion Puree, Micro Greens
Carpe Salad
Garden Greens, Candied Walnuts, Wine Soaked Cranberries, Shaved Parmesan, Aged Balsamic (GF, V)
Foie Gras
Hudson Valley (Grade A) Foie Gras, Ginger - Fig Compote, Triple Creme Brie, Brioche, Sea Salt
Seasonal Soup
Local Flavors and Seasonings
Chef Selection Tacos
Chef's Whim (GF)
Charred Octopus
Mint Pesto, White Gigande Beans, Cucumber, Red Onion, Wild Arugula (GF)
Sweet Chili Calamari
Fried T & T, Baby Squid, Fried Red Onions, Fried Fennel, Fine Herbs, Tartar Aioli
Chicken Liver Mousse Agrodolce
Amaretto + Thyme + Sage Macerated Figs, Maldon Sea Salt, Microgreens
add on to any dish ($3.50): organic duck egg, roasted chicken, crispy pancetta, or make it "Carpe Style" (Duck Egg and Crispy Pancetta) for $6
Roasted Wild Mushroom
Roasted garlic, cave-aged gruyere, white truffle oil, arugula (V)
Selection of: one $6, three $14, five $21. All served with bread, candied walnuts, honey, fig and red wine compote
Drunken Goat
Goat - Rich & Creamy, Mild & Tangy
Point Reyes Blue
Cow - Earthy Flavor w/ a Sweet and Salty Finish
Aged Gouda
Cow - Firm, Complex Nutty Flavor
Sheep - Sweet, Hints of Citrus
Brillat Savarin
Cow - Triple Creme Brie, Nutty, Notes of Truffle
Selection of: one $6, three $14, five $21. All served with bread, Cornichons and Carpe Diem mustard
Soft, Silky and Slightly Salty
Coarsely Ground Salami, Hints of Clove
Greek Inspired Salami with Cumin & Orange Zest
Hot Coppa
Cured Port Shoulder w Cracked Pink Peppercorn
Salami De Jalapeño
Hints of Jalapeño, Slight Heat, Rich Flavor
Diver Scallops
Creamy Risotto Mint + Basil Oil, Washington State Lobster Mushrooms (GF)
Ostrich Burger
Triple Cream Brie, Cherry - Cabernet Compote, Toasted Brioche Bun, Truffle Fries
Pacific Halibut
Roasted Duo of Cauliflower, Onion Puree, Garnish of Red Wine Reduction
Our Shortrib
Roasted Garlic Mash, Roasted Heirloom Carrots, Demi Glaze
Squid Ink Fettuccine, Lobster Claw Meat, Shrimp, Manilla Clams, Creamy Tomato Sauce, Baby scallops
Handmade Ravioli
Short rib + Porcini + Black Truffle Stuffed, Sage Cream Sauce, Truffle Salt, Micorgreens
Lasagna Rustica
Handmade Spinach Pasta, Veal + Pork + Beef Ragu Layered, Ricotta, Mascarpone, Parmesan, Spinach Salad
Truffle Fries
Harissa Spiced Fries
Quack 'n' Cheese
Seasonal Vegetable
Ever changing creation. Please inquire with server
Mac - N- Cheese
Cheese Blend
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 creates 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
$10 - $25
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
American, Bar, Wine Bar
Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for the happy hour food and drink specials and were happily surprised to be served a wonderful salad and flatbread meal sufficient for two of us. The happy hour drink specials were also very good, not a weak or reduced version of the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Dan W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We made reservations and there was a short wait, so we had a drink at the bar. Our server was excellent so we decided to stay seated in the bar area. He provided recommendations and we shared a few appetizers. The food is great and...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank DallasBurn
Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

We stopped in without a reservation after arriving in Napa earlier than planned and without dinner plans. They were able to seat us right away. We got truffle popcorn and the steak tartare to start and to be honest I wasn't the biggest fan of...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank reindroped
Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

I read a TA review previously claiming Carpe Diem was a wine bar and not known for its food. I throw the BS flag and say they clearly didn’t order what we had or received the service that we did! The Korean Tacos were excellent...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 10, 2018 via mobile

There's a lot of places for wine in Napa, so when you want to eat dinner, you want good food to pair with the wine. Carpe diem had limited choices on its menu. My group shared apps and ordered entrees. We ordered pork tacos, mushroom...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank rtn225
Reviewed November 9, 2018 via mobile

Perfect place to hit up for dinner after a day of winery visits. The ribeye steak was grilled perfectly.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Travis S
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Great food and wine in Napa. We are both gluten sensitive, and the wait staff was able to handle the situation beautifully. They also have wine specials everyday. Go, and you will not be disappointed.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Sherry408
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Carpe Diem is not a large place but it has a nice, inviting menu. They do have mains but there are plenty of small plates to build a meal around. And they're all imaginative and tasty.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Daryl C
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

The food was great Halibut, harissa fries (too many!) steak, creamed sweet corn soup with basil oil - could go on! The highlight was the host who was so knowledgeable about his wines, helpful and enthusiastic without being poncy. Def recommend.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Mumofgems
Reviewed September 16, 2018

We visited at 7pm on a Sunday night and there we only 2 other diners when we arrived. We ordered wine while we perused the menu. The service was extremely slow, other diners that arrived after us had their wine served before us. The place...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Cathy W
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June 16, 2016|
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Response from carpediem10012015 | Property representative |
While we are kid and family-friendly and have booster seats and highchairs, we are a small restaurant with 70 seats. Some of the advice above rings true, if booking on OpenTable be sure to add a note that children will be in... More
December 25, 2015|
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Response from carpediem10012015 | Property representative |
Our Chef is always happy to accommodate your dietary needs and restrictions, please always ask your server for specific ingredients before ordering.
Tabetha D
June 25, 2015|
Response from GinaD-Brooklyn | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do. Obviously you'd avoid pastas and breads but they have eclectic (and delicious) menu which will satisfy everyone in your party. And do not hesitate to ask the chef and server--they will recommend foods that suit... More
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