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Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

1535 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204-2508
+1 704-377-7976
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
1535 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204-2508
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1 - 10 of 371 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent food with a menu that has some variety. Lots of good small plates or appetizers. Salads are excellent.

Thank mickimcd
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

We happen to stumble upon this place while trecking this beautiful city. We are so thrilled we went back for dinner. The pasta and service is outstanding and great prices on the bottles of Italian vino. Definitely for pasta lovers/addicts like me.

Thank Melissarenemyers
Reviewed 23 April 2017

This was our first visit after hearing from friends good things about the restaurant, along with reading the reviews. The menu had quite a variety of different food to include Scallops, Red fish, Salmon, Shrimp, Chicken, Rabbit, Duck, Pork Chops and Beef. Even the salads...More

1  Thank VJM0085
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Lovely restaurant - very relaxing but upscale meal with great service. Pork chops = outstanding. Also has a nice wine list and a great back room area for functions.

1  Thank Jill S
carpenc, Owner at Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I love the pork chop too. We are updating to our spring menu, so look for a new version soon. Jill = outstanding for making our day. Sincerely, Bonnie Warford

Reviewed 11 April 2017

I came back after being away from this restaurant for a couple of years and it remains one of the classiest restaurants in Charlotte. The food is not only consistently great but the presentation is awesome too. Service is as good as you will find...More

Thank Keith N
carpenc, Owner at Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Thank you Keith. It is really great to hear that you enjoyed your experience after a gap of a few years. Besides enjoying the food, saying that we are consistent is probably one of the biggest compliments we could hope for. We appreciate your taking...More

Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We went here for restaurant week, the atomosphere is really neat but I was not impressed with the food, and I am not hard to please. I also tried other people food and felt the same. I thought the prices were very expensive for average...More

Thank clbmas
carpenc, Owner at Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Hi, I too am disappointed and sorry that you were unhappy with your food. I would like to hear more about your experience. Sometimes a dish might be incorrect, but typically it is just one and not the whole table. We strive to improve, so...More

Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Carpe Diem begins with an inviting entry taking you back to a previous day. The decor is exquisite and sets just the right ambiance. The service is always impeccable with every detail covered. Then the food. Each dish at the table was mouth watering. Highly...More

Thank bpnkeys
Reviewed 25 March 2017

We have been to Carpe Diem dozens of times over the years - it has become a Charlotte staple! Last time we were there, the food was just ok, which was a bit of a disappointment. The service was also a little off - maybe...More

Thank Marc M
carpenc, Owner at Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2017

Marc, I am sorry that your most recent experience was not up to par. I'm not sure which dishes or server you had, but if you would like to share more of your experience, then please send a email to manager@carpediemrestaurant.com. We always want to...More

Reviewed 19 March 2017

I've been to this long-time, much loved Charlotte eatery several times through the years (it's been in several different locations, but in it's current one for over 10 years.) I've always been enchanted with it as a lunch or dinner spot; this time it was...More

1  Thank ellenshep
carpenc, Owner at Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

Wow, I don't even know what to say to this review. It was wonderful to get this in my inbox this morning. Reviews like this really make our day. Thank you for taking the time to let us know.

Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Carpe Diem is consistently strong. I regularly go for business meals but often go to wind down and have a nice meal. They have a wonderful bar and the service is time after time friendly and professional.

Thank Joel G
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is there a train stop close to the restaurant? If so, which one? Thank you!
31 August 2016|
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Response from Sue H | Reviewed this property |
The Charlotte Trolley Gold Line runs down Elizabeth Ave, and goes right by Carpe Diem. I believe you can get off at the Elizabeth Ave/Hawthorne St. stop (in front of the Novant Presbyterian Hospital) which is approximately... More
Do you have gluten free items?
17 July 2016|
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Response from Sue H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we ate there again this weekend and noticed several gluten free items on the menu, though we did not order them because we have no problems with gluten.
can you bring your own wine? Is there a corkage fee?
6 April 2016|
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Response from GeneRump | Reviewed this property |
I am sure you can bring your own wine and the corkage fee would be under 20$.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 35
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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, 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
  • E-mail
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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