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Carpe Diem Wine Bar

#17 of 213 Restaurants in Napa
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options
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1001 2nd St, Napa, CA 94559-3099 (Brown Street)
+1 707-224-0800
Mon - Sat 16:00 - 21:00
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Sacramento, California
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This small restaurant is full of big flavor and big service. The entire staff was so friendly above and beyond normal service. Graff was our server who never left us wanting for anything. Tortilla soup, butternut risotto balls, and the tacos were amazing. Wine list is full and robust.

Thank RandRMM
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

The Tuna Tartare was just delicious. Young girls at the service and they were very friendly. Very quick service. Also nice for an aperitif of a couple of cocktails.

Thank Teresa C
los angeles
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

We had dinner there with my family during thanksgiving week end. First off, the food was great. Inventive, flavourfull, and just enough choices so that you don't spend 20 min riding the menus 5 times. With that, the wines are just great. Overall, the food and wine are priced just right. Everybody including the kids loved it

Thank stanLosAngeles
West Frankfort, Illinois
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

I led our group here after reading about it on tripadvisor. The menu was small and I was afraid it may be too different for our group. But, everyone loved it. Some got pumpkin sweet potato soup and said it was wonderful. I got Moroccan chicken and it was great. Fettuccine in a light lemon sauce also good. Someone in... More 

Thank leslierph
Twin Cities, MN
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Good dinner, but overpriced in my opinion for the quality. Our total bill with tip (20%) came to $90 for two of us and we split an Ostrich burger, tacos from the small plate section of the menu, and dessert. Again both items were good and our waitress was fun and personable. Would I go back? Probably not. Plenty of... More 

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Albany, California
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016

It feels like it is increasingly rare to find a menu with even 1 or 2 items that you haven't seen or eaten at a number of other restaurants. Finding Carpe Diem with its creative selections was a relief and a joy. Ten of us ate dinner in the restaurant section of the establishment. Much of the menu is small... More 

1 Thank HereWeGo282
Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Walked in for wine and appetizers in the bar. Had the Artisanal cheese and charcuterie plate. Excellent quality meats, cheese and other tasty goodies. Bread was great and toasted just right. Bar tender was attentive and offered up some wine choices not my original selection. Ended up staying for two glasses of different ones that nicely complimented my plate. Small... More 

Thank Sunnydaz009
Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews
Reviewed 31 October 2016

This was our second visit to Carpe Diem. This time we took friends who we knew would appreciate the experience. Not only does Carpe Diem have creative, delicious food and exceptional service, but they are also happy to alter portions so that all dishes can be shared by a group. We shared six dishes, including dessert, and enjoyed every bite!... More 

Thank FS S
Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Attractive establishment, comfortable seating, excellent service, very enjoyable wine pairings with each of the 5 courses served. Creative, mouthwatering appetizers, masterfully prepared meals and deserts. High quality ingredients evident throughout meal. Meals were satisfying without leaving you feeling stuffed. I would have gladly filled up on the appetizer but am glad I had all the courses. You must try their... More 

Thank Mary W
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

If you’re going to be in Napa for more than one day, include Carpe Diem on your dinner list. Super good service (attentive but not over-bearing), great wine-by-the-glass selection, and solid small plate choices. My wife and I had a great meal in a good ambience.

Thank Rick H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
American, Bar, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 2nd St, Napa, CA 94559-3099
    (Brown Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Napa Valley  >  Napa
  • Phone Number: +1 707-224-0800
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.

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