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Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

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1535 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204-2508 (Travis Avenue)
+1 704-377-7976
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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181 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited for a birthday dinner. Had a table in a nook with birthday confetti on table. Nice touch. Ambiance is romantic and rustic. Restaurant sits on a corner so ample windows. Menu is diverse and wholesome - fresh and distinct. Black bean, kale and sausage soup, and special kale and apple salad were excellent. Husband had signature fried chicken and... More 

Thank LThomas1301
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was great and service excellent. The server recommend the salad of evening which was split between my friend and I. And dinner was less than $100

Thank Khiramd
Charlotte, North Carolina
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is no other restaurant in Charlotte that delivers unpretentious white tablecloth high end service and consistent quality of food like Carpe Diem. As a vegetarian, I was especially impressed by choices beyond pasta and the obvious attention that was paid to my preferences as well as spice combinations. Don't miss any of the desserts too! Staff knowledgable.

Thank sprynurse1
carpenc, Owner at Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We have been running a daily vegetarian special for over 13 years. We know vegetarians must be so sick of pasta being the only option. It has been very successful for us because it also means we always have a fairly healthy special too. It is good to hear that you perceive our restaurant just... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been coming to Carpe for some time now, but their inability to keep staff is starting to seriously impact their product. The waiter had no clue what was in any of the cocktails and the drinks were very slow to be served even though the restaurant was empty. Our waiter was also clueless as to the food items.... More 

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

I am so sorry that you have had poor experiences. We have many employees who have been with us for years, but a few new hires as well. Sometimes it takes a bit to find the right replacement when someone has left. That being said, this is not acceptable to us either. We need to figure out what is going... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once a quarter we bring out of town guests in for a business meeting and have used Carpe Diem twice for small 4 - larger 6 size parties and always impressed. All guests are very impressed.

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

Thank for your confidence and for taking the time to let us know. We appreciate it. More 

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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I are usually traveling on our anniversary - often somewhere fabulous - but this year found ourselves in our home city and weren't sure which restaurant could offer us a truly memorable evening. We found it in Carpe Diem. Not sure why we haven't tried this highly-reviewed restaurant before, except it has been around for years and... More 

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

We are so glad that you enjoyed yourselves! We appreciate your taking the time to share your experience. This made our day. More 

Charlotte, NC
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have lived in Charlotte for more than 20 years and this was my first time at Carpe Diem. Wow, what a wonderful place! I hate I wasted years of opportunities to dine here. I would best describe Carpe Diem as relaxed, easy elegance. Start at the bar and enjoy a cocktail with the bartender – our bartender was super... More 

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

Wow, thank you! We are posting this review in our kitchen for the whole staff to see. This is exactly the experience we want all of our guests to have. It makes us proud to know that everyone is doing their job so well. We look forward to your return. More 

North Carolina
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60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

A beautiful restaurant with consistently good food, good waitstaff. Very accommodating with not rushing us out - 2 couples catching up and enjoying our time there.

Thank SchatzieDavidson_NC
Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

I am from the maritimes so seafood done well is our thing. I had the scallops with brussel sprouts and a parsnip purée. They were all done really well with great flavour! You never had to look for someone to fill your glass because someone was there before you asked service was impressive and food was served quickly! A must... More 

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

Thank you so much for the glowing review. Everything you wrote is how we want our restaurant to be perceived. We really appreciate your letting us know that our vision for customer service was conveyed in your experience. More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Things I love about Carpe Diem: 1. Menu is broad enough to please a variety of tastes 2. I have always had good quality meals there 3. Music and atmosphere allow conversation without shouting. 4. Servers are so competent and well trained, helpful but never intrusive.

Thank pgilbert2016
carpenc, Owner at Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers, responded to this review

Things we love about you as a customer: 1. You took the time to let us know you enjoyed your experience. 2. You are loyal. 3. You appreciate our servers, as do we. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $35
American, International, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
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: +1 704-377-7976
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?