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“Best experience in Napa! Wonderful food and Service!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carpe Diem Wine Bar

Carpe Diem Wine Bar
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Ranked #18 of 282 Restaurants in Napa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Brown Street
Description: 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 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 our beers exclusively at the restaurant with eight constantly rotating tap handles alongside other local craft brews. Some of our unique wines include Outcast, Rosalynd, and Keever. Our extensive wine list with over twenty wines by the glass entices our guests to sample something new and discover the perfect pairing with their meal.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best experience in Napa! Wonderful food and Service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

Excellent place! Wonderful service!
Greeted by the owners and by the time we left we felt like we were part of the family!!!
All topped off by the best food we experienced in Napa!
Thank you Mama Mia & Steve you have a wonderful place that we cannot wait to visit again!

  • Visited September 2012
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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Good atmosphere, great staff and nice food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Is this the best restaurant in Napa - I have no idea! All I can say we visited and had a very good time with good company and nice food in pleasant surroundings. The place had a definate buzz about it and nothing was too much trouble for anybody. It seemed a foody and wind buff type of place but noone was snobish or aloof about it and we had a good time. Acid test - would I go back - certainly! Would I recommend it - I guess I am doing! Did I walk out and think - rip off. No I didnt! :)

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank David F
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Cleveland, Ohio
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fun Place..Great Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

What a great find while we were in Napa. I'm glad we made a reservation because they were quite crowded even on a Monday night.

They had a nice wine list and even a decent selection by the glass. For food we had...
-Truffle popcorn with marcona almonds- we downed that in about 5 minutes after it hit our table. Wow!
-Barrota- we get this pretty much everywhere that has it and this was fabulous. It was super creamy and served with a delicious grilled bread and side of tapenade.
-Charcuterie- this was so tasty. The pork rillette was so flavorful.
-Quack and Cheese- this was mac 'n cheese with duck. And yes, it was even better than it sounds.
- Twix- A dessert worth the calories. I was so tempted to lick the plate.

A wine bar with excellent food. A must stop while you are in Napa!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SKS4
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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Terrific food! Would go there again. Had the Ostrich burger and truffle fries, totally amazing! Very reasonably priced for the quality of food. Best we had in Napa.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Richard P
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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Friendly Service, Outstanding Menu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Loved the service and the choices were outstanding. Between the 6 of us, we had the opportunity to try almost every small plate on the menu. Every single dish was superb.

Visited October 2012
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Thank Stefanie K
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