Carpe Diem

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1535 Elizabeth Avenue

Charlotte, NC 28204


Carpe Diem has been open since 1989. The restaurant is 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 longtime favorites, like our hazelnut-crusted goat cheese salad, but has new items that will keep your palate interested. As always, we feature several daily specials for those of you who want variety. We take pride in providing you with gracious service. When dining with us, we want you to truly "seize the moment" and let us take care of the details.

2018 50 Best Restaurants

$35 per person (does not include tax or gratuity)


Soup or Salad (choice of one)

Potato Leek Soup

Grilled Grape Salad - Romaine, arugula, grilled grapes, Bermuda onions, toasted pistachios, white balsamic reduction, Great Hill blue cheese

Warm Goat Cheese Salad - mixed greens, hazelnut-crusted goat cheese, wine-poached onions, apricot-jalapeno vinaigrette

Kale Salad - baby kale mix, cauliflower, bell pepper, carrots, poached raisins, Pecorino Romano, black garlic sherry vinaigrette

Entree (choice of one)

Salmon Barigoule - with onions, artichokes, carrots, white wine, stock, parsley, house-made aioli

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Breast - boneless breast, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach, shallot-black pepper gravy

Hanger Steak - grilled hanger steak, cider-braised collard greens, smoked carrot puree, Korean Gochujang chili compound butter

Mushroom Bolognese - tagliatelle with stewed vegetarian mixed mushroom Bolognese sauce, shaved Pecorino cheese

Dessert (choice of one)

Salted Bourbon Cheesecake - Graham cracker-crusted vanilla Bourbon cheesecake, salted caramel, pecan brittle

Tres Leches Pound Cake - Myers Dark rum and espresso caramel sauce, garnished with cocoa-dusted chocolate Largueta almonds

Chocolate Ganache (GF) - flourless chocolate torte, pecan crust, raspberry and caramel sauces

Crème Brulee (GF) - white chocolate raspberry crème brulee with house-made cookie

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