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Carpe Diem Wine Bar

#19 of 211 Restaurants in Napa
Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Wine Bar
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1001 2nd St, Napa, CA 94559-3099 (Brown Street)
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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78 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a couple of drinks and the tastiest cheese board ever! Highly recommended if you're in the area!

Thank Dean M
Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little wine bar in downtown Napa. The food is Italian in influence but modern in style. The mushroom flatbread (I'd call it a pizza) has the most fabulous mushroom intensity and tastes as good as it smell. The wine list covers Napa well but also a good selection of French and Italian.

Thank Daz148
Bluffton, South Carolina
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The quality of the food made us think of being in Basque country - San Sebastian, Spain. We had the most fantastic food from the happy hour menu in Napa's Carpe Diem! The Wild Mushroom Flatbread was "to die for," as was the charcuterie board. The little shots of clam chowder were special, and the "Red Wine of the Week"... More 

Thank JoKaren1
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112 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In my view this restraint used to be better. Service was ok and the food was ok as well. Other places to try next time I am in Napa.

1 Thank Anthony A
Nutley, New Jersey
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169 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We normally travel to the area once a year but had not been for the past 2 years which included the earthquake which left Carpe Diem out of service for a while. We were very glad that they were back up and running for our recent visit! We always enjoy the quack and cheese which is a must try. We... More 

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mediocrity described this establishment. The service was average and the food was sub par. The specialty flat bread was a strange combination of ingredients that no one in our part thought was eatable. With so many places to eat I'd think they would be more customer focused.

1 Thank mdgrubbs
Los Angeles
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Carpe Diem was highly recommend by a couple of people, as well as online sites, but we wished we'd tried somewhere else. The food was fine, but it didn't wow us enough to overcome the odd coldness we received from our server. If you do go, try the pesto ricotta gnocchi. We didn't get it, but the table next to... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location and wine selection. The food however was sadly lacking. We had flat-breads and some salads which were ok for appetizers , but the main course Gnochi dish was one of the worst I have ever experienced and sadly resulted in a very bad dining experience.

1 Thank mwwindsor
Somers, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We choose Carpe Diem for dinner based on reviews and location. We started with a couple drinks, I had the Penicillin house drink which was really unique and refreshing. The build you own cheese & charcuterie board is also a winner. The aged Gouda was especially tasty. I had the ostrich burger(minus the bun), it was cooked well and very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Group of us went for dinner -6 of us. Food was great - brussel sprouts, truffle fries, meat and cheese plate and a mushroom pizza - all really good food. Service was okay - seemed like there was only one waitress but lots of helpers. Cozy location but all in all - great place for a casual meal.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Bar, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 2nd St, Napa, CA 94559-3099
    (Brown Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Napa Valley  >  Napa
  • Phone Number: 17072240800
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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