Decatur >Food & Dining > Carpe Diem
105 Sycamore Pl, Decatur, GA | Directions 3003033.772937 -84.289181
Mon - Thu, 11am - midnight; Fri, 11am - 1am; Sat, 10am - 1am; Sun, noon - midnight
FUNNY HOW M0ST HAPPY CLIENTS DONT TAKE THE TIME – TO WRITE REVIEWS.... LOVE THE PLACE AND GARLIC MUSCLES ARE THE BOMB!! PEOPLE TAKE THE RIEVIEWS SO SERIOUS.... POINT IS MOST UNHAPPTY FOLKS WILL ALWAYS BE UNHAPPY SO DO WHAT YOU DO AND DONT LET THE NEG ENERGY BOTHER YOU PEOPLE LIKE THAT SHOULD STAY AT HOME... IF YOU LET EVERY LITTLE THING GET TO YOU ...... HINT HINT IT MIGHT BE YOU
Once was enough. – Over-priced, uninspired food served up by an unconcerned, rock band wannabe wait staff in an atmosphere for what the over forty crowd in Decatur must think passes for hip New York. Still better than a vacant building, I suppose.
server told us "get the f$%! out"; food good though... – visited with my husband for brunch on 4/16/11. food was wonderful; as we received the check, we were chraged $86 for $31 meal for two. as we told our server (petite, caucasian, brunette, young lady)she ran the card AGAIN for the correct amouont, which took away MORE money from us; we asked to speak to the manager, she said she didnt have one on site and proceeded to bring another server, Mark (asian decent, thin, young man) to our table to explain her mistake; he said things like this happen, and there was nothing he could do about it, we asked him for the managers contact information and informed him we were disputing the incorrect unauthorized transaction. mark became hostile and said the manager would say the same thing; we asked that he get the information anyway and my husband said to him, "there's no reason to additionally provide bad customer service when you have made the mistake"; he slammed down a business card with the managers name written on the back and the number where the manager could be reached that evening. as he continued to tell us the manager would do nothing about it, my husband said "that is all, we have made our decision as to what we will do". The young lady offered us a dessert, and i made it clear we werent trying to get a "freebie" we just wanted to be charged for ONLY the items we ordered and ate. Mark proceeded to tell us to "GET THE F#$* OUT" and he walked away. Stunned, my husband and I sat there for few seconds, like, did this really just happen?! And as my husband and i walked out, I made sure our server was aware of why we were storming out to contact a manager when Mark continued to engage in banter and attack us, following us out the restaurant and beckoning my husband to fight him, taunting him from behind saying "I'll fight you outside... I don't work here anymore now, etc...".
This behavior, service, transaction, and first time experience with the restaurant was completely unacceptable by any server or restauranter. To this date, no one has contacted us back from my message left with the restaurant Saturday evening. I do not know how we will be just compensated for this experience, as we are truly disappointed, publicly humiliated, verbally assaulted, and not to mention robbed.
Good Food--Terrible Waiter – Food was good but our waiter needed serious training on customer service. First, he offered no water to us and seemed irritated when we wanted more time to look at the wine menu. Then, when we did order a bottle, he brought us a completely different bottle than what we ordered. By the time we figured out it was wrong, he came by the table and said "Oh, I forgot to tell you we are out of the bottle that you ordered so I brought you something comparable". Then, to top it all off, he added 20% gratuity on our check even though we only had a party of 4. It clearly states on the menu that only tables of 6 or more are charged gratuity but this guy seemed to think this was appropriate. The guy just had a negative, bad attitude the entire time which made our visit to this place a bad experience. I doubt he will be there too long with that type of attitude.
Awesome hidden spot! – If you are not familiar with the Decatur area, you might easily overlook Carpe Diem, but it's well worth the search. I've been to dinner as well as a weekend brunch and had an excellent experience both times. The atmosphere, which is romantic and inviting with lots of comfy couches in the bar/lounge area, first caught my attention, but the restaurant occupies a huge and versatile space that would accommodate groups of all sizes. When I came for Sunday brunch recently there was a fantastic jazz band playing live music, and it's attention to details like that that really sets Carpe Diem apart. Service was consistently good as well.
There is something for everyone on the menu. In addition to a variety of salads and pastas, Carpe Diem has delicious and unique sandwiches and a number of entrees that seem like old favorites perfected with a special twist. You don't find Israeli couscous or bison at too many restaurants these days! I definitely recommend the specials, the chef really has a passion for the food and it shows in the entrees. They have a solid wine list as well. Brunch is spectacular, with omelettes, benedicts, french toast, etc. I had a really unusual andouille sausage and goat cheese omelette that was to die for. The bloody mary and "bottomless mimosa" doesn't hurt either.
Check out the amazing patio when it starts warming up!
Really inconsistent – I had two very different experiences here. Came in on a Monday night in the early evening for drinks and appetizers in the restaurant's lounge area. The place seemed pretty slow when we arrived, although by the time we left the place seemed to be filling up. Our server was helpful, friendly, and accomodating. Make sure to try the grapefruit martini and the stuffed squash blossoms. However, a few days later I returned with a party of 6 for Sunday brunch and had quite another experience. Our party was seated promptly, without a reservation, and the service was equally great. However, after we ordered our food took more than forty minutes (this is too long to wait for brunch, even though it was fairly busy) to arrive and when it did, half our food was cold/room temperature. We were forced to send some of the food back. I also noticed a table next to us complaining that their food was also too cold. In short, brunch was disappointed after the great experience I'd had the first time.
Great! – I just had dinner at Carpe Diem for the first time and I thought it was excellent. The food was delicious and very flavorful (especially the mussels) and the ambiance was great. There are comfortable couches for coffee or an informal meal and a more traditional restaurant (plus outdoor seating). We had absolutely no complaints about the service...our waitress was helpful, attentive, and very friendly.
Yummy food – I ate lunch here and it was delicious. I ordered the salmon ciabatta with the soup of the day (coconut crab) and they were both very good. Our server was very personable, and she gave us directions to some cute shops.
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