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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
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The first time we visited was amazing. The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was nice. The second time was mediocre, the menu changes often and we chalked it up to that. We returned a 3rd time because there are always vegan/vegetarian options for myself or a chef knowledgeable and willing to make or alter a dish. The third time... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner with 3 couples and really enjoyed the atmosphere of Carpe Diem. It's very nicely decorated inside and the service was wonderful. Very attentive. The food was unique and enjoyable. It was the first time eating there for all of us and we agreed that we all really liked Carpe Diem! The only minor issue we had was... More 

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

We are glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again. Thank you for taking the time to let us know about the parking. All of the parking lots are located on Elizabeth Ave. and Travis Ave. All of the restaurants/retailers share them, but there is plenty of parking. More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food, service and atmosphere always great; Food, service and atmosphere always great; Food, service and atmosphere always great;

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

We appreciate it; we appreciate it, we still appreciate it. :) And...we are glad that you enjoy us being in the neighborhood. More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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113 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Carpe Diem has quickly become one of our favorite restaurants after two excellent dinners, both on Saturday nights. Although noisy when full, the menu, wine list, service, and ambience are outstanding. Main courses (their famous fried chicken and venison) were delicious, and their creme brûlée was superb. We use that dessert as a test to compare restaurants, and theirs was... More 

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

Thank you for giving us the feedback. We are so happy that you have enjoyed your experiences enough for us to become a favorite. We do occasionally make mistakes, so if you ever have any issues, please let us know. The only way that we can make improvements is by our customers helping to hold us accountable. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In town for college visit. My daughter and I had dinner at Carpe Diem and were thrilled with our experience. The neighborhood is really quaint. We walked in and immediately fell in love with the place. The hostess was welcoming and friendly. The decor made us feel like we were in a European bistro. Very tasteful and warm. My daughter... More 

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being in the Charlotte area since 1994, I've seen a lot of places come and go. One that stays and still is thriving is Carpe Diem. While I'd like to say I go there regularly, we really only make it there once every couple of years and each time I go, I'm reminded why we come back and at the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 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

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

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.

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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 13 November 2016

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 

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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 

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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
US$15 - US$35
American, International
Restaurant features
Takeout, 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
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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 and extensive specials everyday. 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?