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Carpe Diem Wine Bar

#16 of 213 Restaurants in Napa
Certificate of Excellence
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American, Bar, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options
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1001 2nd St, Napa, CA 94559-3099 (Brown Street)
+1 707-224-0800
16:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 16:00 - 21:00
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Palmyra, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This wine bar has great food and great service. My only critique would be that the tables are very close together so it's not very private.

Thank Ashley W
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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89 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Carpe Diem was recommended by staff at one of the wineries in the valley so we went. They had a busy scene and we sat at the bar for happy hour. The menu has plenty to tease you, however we found the food was inconsistent. Charcuterie was delicious with multiple options of both cheese and meat. I had the soup... More 

1 Thank C0dys_Dad
Sao Paulo, SP
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83 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Based on past comments posted here on TA I thought the place were specialized in wines with "wine flights", i.e., tastings for a small fee. That's not the case and in fact it is a regular restaurant. However, they had a very kind service and friendly waiters, I had the best burger of my life (Ostrich meat, brie cheese, cherry... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

We enjoyed the Ostrich burger and truffle fries!! One of the best burgers ever. The dessert was the twix bar and it was delicious also. Great service and nice wine selection too!! Highly recommend when in downtown Napa.

Thank TRBrent
Napa, California
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66 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Carpe Diem is a good restaurant if you are staying in downtown Napa. Easy walking from anywhere in downtown Napa. Pappardelle Pasta with grilled pear, toasted walnuts & blue cheese wonderful. Ostrich Burger is very unique. Cabernet Braised Short Ribs. Nice restaurant for lunch or dinner.

Thank Robert S
Augusta, Georgia
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250 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We'd heard several people talk about and recommend the ostrich burger so we just had to try it, and were not disappointed. I was expecting a sort of "chicken" taste, or maybe something a bit on the gamey side, like venison, but it really had more of a beef flavor for me. If I have the opportunity to return, I... More 

Thank Steve O
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

It's a fantastic place, can't recommedn it more. Try the champagne starter ! Great food, great service, great value ! Try the Buratta cheese it's amazing !

Thank Kildarecpl
Yorktown, Indiana, United States
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We went here and were told that the Ostrich Burger and the Truffle fries were a must. They were very good.

Thank Polly R
Palo Alto, California
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142 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

This is no reflection on the service. The people were very nice and kind. The food was eh. The only thing we enjoyed was the Quack 'n' Cheese. The burrata had a weird texture and the ostrich burger tasted funky. And all was highly overpriced to boot. When I first went there years ago, it was so memorable and delicious.... More 

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Angie M, Guest Relations Manager at Carpe Diem Wine Bar, responded to this review

Hi Sparty76, We apologize your visit was not up to our five star standards. Any time the food isn't tasting right, we ask that you alert your server or the manager on duty and they would've immediately sent new dishes to your table. The burrata is made fresh, in-house daily and the ostrich meat is delivered fresh every couple days... More 

Sacramento, California
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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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, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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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