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“Creative tasty food with very friendly attentive service”

Carpe Diem Wine Bar
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Ranked #20 of 283 Restaurants in Napa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar, Wine Bar
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Drinks, 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.
Denver, Colorado
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“Creative tasty food with very friendly attentive service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

Even though we had no reservations, we were accommodated with friendly smiles and sat at a table in the bar. Everything was delicious that we ordered, homemade mozzarella, duck confit Mac and cheese, pulled pork lettuce wraps. Casual classy atmosphere with a youthful energy and friendly service was very complementary to the tasty food. I wanted to try everything on the menu and would definitely go back.

  • Visited April 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Ostrich Burger”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

Carpe Diem Wine Bar is a great place for both casual and that special occasion. The food was very good. Both my daugher and I tried the Ostrich Burger on the recommendation of our waiter. I am glad we did. It may sound funny, but it was one of the best burgers I have tasted. Will definately stop by here next time we are in Napa.

Visited April 2013
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boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“8 thumbs up!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

Four of us dined here in early April and we absolutely delighted! The food and service were very good and the ambiance quite nice, although a tad noisy with tables that were a tad close to each other. The restaurant is in a pretty part of town and we enjoyed a nice walk after dinner to walk off some of the calories we indulged in. Be sure to book a reservation!

Carpe diem for Carpe Diem! Sorry, I couldn't resist! ;-)

  • Visited April 2013
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Napa, California
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“Fun place!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I have eaten at Carpe so often we've lost count.

We have dined their alone and with family groups of 12 or more. The results are the same; fun, good food and friendly service. I have recommended this establishment to others and the report back the next day is always " great time had by all"

They specialize in "small plates" which means you get to order many items and share them with your table-mates. The by the glass wine list is exceptional - as any Napa Valley restaurant should be.

Stephanie and her crew do an outstanding job at making everyone feel like family.

  • Visited February 2013
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Harrisburg, PA
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“Good food, different selections”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

The food and service are excellent. I made a reservation and we were seated as soon as we arrived. We started with just 1 cheese with our drinks. I got the white flight and my husband got one of his favorite beers. We shared the chef's choice tacos (fillet mignon) and the house fries. Both were excellent! Ordered decaf that came out in a French press with warmed milk (wish it would have been light cream). All the food we saw around us looked really good too. Worth a trip if you are in town!

  • Visited April 2013
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