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Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

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1535 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204-2508 (Travis Avenue)
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After being in my list for a long time, finally I found some time over the weekend to try out Carpe Diem. Went there along with my Spouse & Daughter who is 3. I had a bit of apprehension about getting anything for my daughter since it was labeled as one of the most romantic restaurants in Charlotte. That being... More 

Thank Sidb80
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Always consistent and excellent -- wonderful flavors, varied menu, healthy choices and excellent drinks as well! Staff always friendly and professional -- Bonnie and her crew are our favorites!

Thank echsusn
carpenc, Owner at Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers, responded to this review

Thank you. We appreciate your taking the time to let us know. We celebrate our 27th anniversary next week. It is good to hear that our customers are still happy! More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food was presented beautifully and it was delicious. Thanks for such good service. Best place we found and was recommended by several people. YUM!!!

Thank Diane H
carpenc, Owner at Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed it! More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Carpe Diem is one of those restaurants you can count of for quality of food and service. The food is fresh and creative. The service is attentative without being overbearing. It is one my go to restaurants for entertaining guests.

Thank swf3
Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fabulous martinis. The buttermilk fried chicken is fantastic. I don't even like chicken breast and I am stuck on this dish. We have never been disappointed here. Food and service are always great.

Thank Glenda T
carpenc, Owner at Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers, responded to this review

If we were ever to take that fried chicken off the menu, we would be hunted down by our customers! Who knew when we put it on our menu in 2000 that it would become so loved. We are glad you enjoyed your meal. Thank you for your patronage. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited during Queen's Fest and enjoyed the selection. The restaurant was loud but everything else was wonderful.

Thank C. H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A few months ago I wrote a negative review about Carpe Diem. The management of the restaurant tracked me down and expressed a sincere apology. I was impressed with their action and returned a few weeks ago. I was pleased by both the service and food. Five stars for Carpe Diem

Thank Geladner
carpenc, Owner at Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers, responded to this review

In our 27 years of business, we certainly have made mistakes. We do our best to respond and correct them as much as we can. Thank you for giving us another opportunity. More 

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149 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great neighborhood restaurant with diverse menu and a cozy atmosphere, Server was very knowledgeable about their selections. Don't miss this experience!

Thank SouthernDew
Lake Wylie, South Carolina
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129 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Carpe Diem was my favorite, to go too restaurant for several years when they were in their old location, but due to the distance, we had never been to their new location. Yesterday was our 52nd wedding anniversary and I thought, what a great chance to try Carpe Diem again, so I made a 6 PM reservation for 4. My... More 

Thank James W
carpenc, Owner at Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers, responded to this review

We appreciate your letting us know about your experience. I think a few things went wrong and it was difficult for us to recover. Our chef didn't know that people had requested a sauce for the calamari on so many occasions. Perhaps the message has passed to different members of our culinary staff and no one in the kitchen realized... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant had great atmosphere and a very helpful friendly staff. My husband had the the duck and waffles which he enjoyed very much. I had the trout with fresh vegetables and pea puree. It was light and delicious. If I had one criticism it would be they are a little to heavy handed with the salt.

Thank Michelle T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, International, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1535 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204-2508
    (Travis Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: There is a bus stop located 200 yards from the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Charlotte>  > Elizabeth
  • Neighborhood: Elizabeth
  • Phone Number: 17043777976
Join us for Appy Hour and a Half. All appetizers are half price from 5:00PM-6:30PM Mon-Thurs in the bar. Tuesdays all house cocktails are 1/3 off all night. We also feature a half price bottle of wine selection on Monday and Tuesday nights. Carpe Diem is a fine dining restaurant and caterer located in Charlotte, North Carolina. We are in the historic Elizabeth neighborhood near downtown Charlotte. We have been open since 1989, but have moved twice due to downtown business developments. We are now in our third incarnation at 1535 Elizabeth Avenue. Our interiors are done in a beautiful art nouveau style. Mahogany doors, copper lighting that vines around the wood work, and marble floors are just a few details that will engage you in the surroundings. Our menu features long time favorites, like our hazelnut crusted goat cheese salad and buttermilk chicken with black pepper-shallot cream, but we offer a variety of specials to keep your palate interested. We have several vegetarian options on our menu and a daily vegetarian special. We strive to use local products from our hard working farm partners.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?