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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
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed my birthday dinner with my sweetie. The food was great and wait staff very attentive. It contributed to a very nice evening.

Thank David L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

For consistent high quality we choose Carpe Diem. Close enough to downtown for dinner before symphony. The fish always tastes fresh.

Thank Cliff R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The ambience was nice. Smaller place but not too small. The service was warm and friendly. The restaurant was very busy for a week night. I enjoyed the scallops entree. Food presentation and quality was top notch. I enjoyed my dining experience and would visit again. The bar looks like nice low key happy hour

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely place. Good service. It's been in business X years. I've never found the food to be exciting or interesting. Can be difficult to find parking.

Thank j d
Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is consistently good here and the selection can satisfy any palette. The convenient location cannot be beat. The architecture and lighting add to a warm, elegant atmosphere great for couples.

Thank SouthernRaRa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a gem in Charlotte! We went to dinner here to celebrate Valentines Day. The food is always amazing and ambiance is romantic. I had the delicious filet of beef and it was cooked perfectly, along with the unique warm goat cheese salad.

Thank Beth C
New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful exquisite dinner very reasonably priced with pleasant staff. Will definitely comeback to this establishment.

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

We are so glad to hear it. Thank you. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have eaten here many times with friends and Carpe Diem rarely disappoints. I've never been that crazy about their vegetarian dishes, but the scallops, trout, all the salads and soups have been among my favorites. I have friends who always go for the fried chicken and usually wind up taking some home. The portions are generous. The bar is... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all the positive feed back. We also would love to know how we can improve our vegetarian offerings. If you have the time, then we'd love to hear from you. manager@carpediemrestaurant.com More 

Davidson, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had an MRI for possible cancer at the hospital around the corner from CD earlier today. After that procedure, which required no food during the day, i was ready for both food and a good drink. CD delivered admirably on both. Wife had the trout, which she said was better than any outside Asheville, and I had their evening... More 

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

Thank you! We are glad you enjoyed your experience. I hope that MRI resulted in good news. More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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

I'm so sorry that you didn't enjoy your experiences. I'd like to know more about what went wrong and your service issues. We certainly make mistakes, but it sounds like it has happened a few times. We are very interested in your feedback and would like to correct this situation. Please email me at manager@carpediemrestaurant.com. Thank you, Bonnie 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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?