Long considered the top Charlotte dining spot, this treasure isn’t so easy on the wallet, as it is wondrous on the palate. Carpe Diem has been feeding locals and travelers for over 25 years and continues to stack rave reviews. Love a restaurant that starts with hot rolls and butter brought to your table before you’ve even ordered? How about ending with a chocolate ganache torte drizzled in raspberry coulis?
But what comes between the two culinary bookends is the truly delicious part of the Carpe Diem story. Salads feature a warm goat cheese and a grilled grape salad. Entrees include filet of beef, venison and pork tenderloin. Vegetarian offerings are a mushroom Bolognese and upscale vegetarian rice grits.
Yes, this fabulous find has a children’s menu, along with highchairs and booster seats.
The trendy interior pays homage to a Paris bistro with mahogany woodwork and a dazzling wine rack tree.
Reservations are recommended by calling 704-377-7976. Tables can sit up to 12 in a party. A private room holds up to 37 guests. Open Monday through Saturday for dinner only. Also open for two Sundays a year: Mother’s Day and Easter Sunday.