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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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“fried chicken” (43 reviews)
“sorbet” (8 reviews)
“trout” (13 reviews)
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American, International, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1535 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204-2508
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Sponsored by: Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers
1. Lovely restaurant!
"In town visiting friends and got treated to this lovely restaurant!"
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2. A Perfect Experience
"This restaurant nails it when it comes to a perfect dining experience!"
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3. Maintained Excellence
"I have been a customer of Carpe Diem since 1987."
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great restraint! Very nice ambiance. Excellent food! Well trained servers!. Highly recommend. A little pricey but worth it for a nice occasion!

Thank Martin S
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

I came from Wilmington with my husband and another couple to see a play. We had no idea where we were going to have dinner and found this little gem. The menu had great options for all diets and everything we were served was delicious....More

Thank jgh82466
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Friendly greeters! Excellent menu and specials! Grape salad exceptional. Wonderful place to dine before performances at CPCC, Blumenthal and Little Theater.

Thank Joyce G
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

The space is very tastefully decorated and the waitstaff friendly and knowledgeable. That is all good but what stood out was the superb food. All the dishes at our table were terrific including watermelon gazpacho, beet salad, ahi poke, grilled scallops, and grilled snapper. If...More

Thank Wandering963
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I've come here for two of my birthdays and each time was as special as the last. I suggested it for another friends birthday outing and it was great a third time. We pretty much ordered everything off the menu and it has always been...More

Thank ahmad a
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Great place to take friends/family traveling in from out of town. Food is delicious, great presentation and perfect for any type of palate. The rich decor inside the restaurant is beautiful. Service is always on point.

Thank Cynthia S
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

In town for business and a local associate had made the suggestion. Everything was amazing we got the fried chicken and the pork chop. Even our vegetarian colleague enjoyed her Falafel Waffle. It was excellent all around!

Thank Rebecca H
Reviewed 7 August 2018

This Elizabeth neighborhood establishment has been welcoming its guests for more than a decade with Art Deco style, delightful service and terrific food. While the menu changes somewhat with the season, familiar dishes remain popular and please even the most finicky palates. Our most recent...More

Thank Penwine
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Tucked into Elizabeth Avenue in front of Novant Presbyterian Hospital, is a gem. Carpe Diem Restaurant and Bar is a phenomenal location for couples and families for dinner. They open at 5pm in the evening. The restaurant is decorated in hand carved ornate wood arches,...More

Thank Lili P
Reviewed 16 July 2018

On what was likely our tenth visit, we finally had some dishes that were disappointing during an otherwise delightful evening. We ate in the bar area that seems more relaxed and enjoyed cocktails from the menu plus a special Cosmo they made for my wife....More

Thank Charles P
carpenc, Owner at Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

Hi Charles, Thank you for sharing your experience. I have talked to everyone involved with your meal that evening and we made the decision to change the duck. We really aren't sure why the duck was spicy, but we are guessing that the sauce was...More

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20 July 2018|
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Response from carpenc | Property representative |
We are about 25 minutes from Belmont. We hope to see you!
Charles M
5 January 2018|
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Response from speed2015 | Reviewed this property |
There is plenty of parking, behind the restaurant and across the street.
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 32
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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
Carpe Diem is a fine dining restaurant located in Charlotte, NC. 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 plus daily specials. We offer vegetarian options on our menu as well as a daily vegetarian special. We strive to use local products from our hard-working farm partners. 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. Please call for reservations.
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