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
waste of time / money – I've been here a few times. The building / atmosphere has potential, but when you factor in poor and slow service, and mediocre at best food, why would you waste your time and money at a place like this? Decatur is in dire need of a nice mid-price place to eat, and this place doesn't even come close. You're better off going to Fellini's next door. Much better food and friendlier service there, which is a joke considering Fellini's is a by the slice pizza joint.
New Chef is Great! – The new Chef Rocks! He came from Apres Diem their sister restaurant. The Food was great! I love the mussels!
Venue looks good, food and staff aren't up to scratch - hungry ants!! – We should have known that the place was slightly chaotic when the hostess seated a couple who had arrived after us first. Once seated we had long island iced teas. They were mediocre at best. The french onion soup was simply concentrated beef stock with a little cheese on top. We sent it back. The tapas arrived about 30 minutes later, all at the same time. Some of it had clearly been sitting for quite some time. Following comments relate to the tapas only. The tuna (sushi grade we're told) was more supermarket than anything else, the pork rolled in bacon, very average. The chicken dish was probably the best.
While eating the appetizers, I was bitten by an ant. Uncanny, I thought, but carried on regardless. A little while later, a kitchen hand (possibly) came to the table and told us that they had an ant problem and that we could move if we wanted. He then disappeared like in a scene from a Harry Potter movie ("pouff"). We then found another table and expecting our food was to be transferred over to the new table, were left for a few minutes in a state of limbo, looking at our food (which by this time was likely being eaten by ants).
It was difficult to get the attention of the waitress too. She didn't know the menu (referring to a scribble pad for the evening specials). The venue has a pleasant ecclectic modern feel, but nonetheless it's the last $84 they'll see from me.
Yummy food! – We return again and again for lunch! It's a favorite of ours! Wonderful salmon sandwich on ciabatta bread. Great lamb sandwich, delish crab cakes when they have them, and desserts are wonderful! Took my brother and his SO when they were here from CA and they loved it too!
Worst service and management ever!!! – This restaurant is a complete #*@$&@#$ and their manager is even worst. I went last december there for the first time for a company dinner. The waitress dump the food on my Jacket, shirt and pants. The manager, Tim Shaw, gave me his card and offered to pay for dry cleaning. I sent everything to the cleaners, but my pants did not survive. I called and talked to the manager and the moron told me, oh yeah , I remember, it was "such a drama", can you believe that, the stupid waitress puts all the stake and sauce all over me and the moron dares saying "it was such a drama" so ironically over the phone. Then I told him my pants were ruined and that I demanded that the restaurant paid for them and the dry cleaning bill. I said they were dockers and usually were about $90, unless there was a discount to which he replied, I have never seen those pants cost more than $40 dollars, a complete idiot if you ask me. I sent the original tag for the pants with the $90 MSRP. He had me write a letter, send him the receipts, etc. I did this and up to now I have not received a dime from this place. AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS!!!. The food they served me, afterwards was cold and did not taste good to justify their expensive prices.
Most beautiful patio in Decatur. Hidden gem. – Some friends told us to try out Carpe Diem in Decatur. I didn't even realize it was there. I had always enjoyed Apres Diem and Carroll Street Cafe and was delighted to hear that there was another in Decatur. We had brunch there the other day, taking advantage of the unusually mild temperatures we sat out on the beautiful Carpe Diem patio. The service was prompt and friendly . The brunch menu had many unique and interesting choices and everything we tasted was delicious. It is a liittle tough to find but I highly reccomend seeking it out.
Great customer service!! Best atmosphere in the city.!!! – We met at Carpe Diem for dinner the other night. We were seated promptly and served drinks just as fast. We started with the Calamari which was cooked perfectly and served with two delicous sauces. I had a filet which was the exact temperature I ordered and melted in my mouth. My friends entrees were also cooked to perfection. After dinner we enjoyed dessert and coffee drinks. Overall a fantastic experience.
Management horrible!! Customer Service SUCKS!Tim Shaw should be fired! – We chose this place to meet up with some old friends. The food came out and it was not good!!! at least 4 of us had some sort of problem, either with the drinks or food but the bad thing about it is that no one tried to make it better, instead of coming out to see what it was they could do to make it better, they kept coming up with excuses!!!! I don't want to hear excuses, just make it better, I'm paying my money, but instead of trying to make it better so that I would at least consider patronizing this place again, no one offered any apology and had the nerve to get smart about it. I will never patronize this place again!! Instead I will try the other 1 million restaurants in Atlanta where my money will be appreciated......you want people to come back, not leave and hate your place!!!! Duh!!! Get a customer service class Tim!
In the end I decided it's not worth the wait... – Carpe Diem does have a fabulous and unique atmosphere esp. compared to the rest of the eateries in Decatur but I'm not sure if a stop is worth your time. I have been to Carpe Diem about 10 times as it's down the street from where I live and every time I went the service was slow. Too slow. Once we waited a long time only to have my frittata arrive uncooked on the inside but I let it go. After this past Sunday when it took 40 minutes to get a simple brunch I finally had to cross it off my list of brunch destinations. A table which sat down before us got there food a good half-hour before we did. I finally spoke to the manager (which I meant to do on previous occasions) and she said the issue was a large party that they had downstairs. Not a good excuse...restaurants should be prepared to handle a large party and the rest of its guests at the same time. Combine that with repeated requests for simple things, such as lemon and a box and it's off the list for good.
Ultra-stylish but unpretentious eatery makes a home in down-to-earth Decatur. – The Scene
This elegant, industrial space makes a dramatic statement. From the entryway, stairs lead down to a striking dining room with soaring ceilings and lots of glass. Banquettes line the walls, while sleek mahogany-stained tables fill the room. In contrast, low-slung couches cluster around coffee tables in the intimate bar area. Service is friendly, if somewhat flaky.
The well-rounded menu works for sampling. Fried calamari is well executed: tender, not chewy, with light breading and a piquant marinara for dipping. A mound of crispy shoestring fries, served with garlic-parsley sour cream, is perfect for sharing. Entrees are hit-or-miss. Wood-grilled chicken breast is dry, but nicely sauced in a rosemary au jus. Grilled sashimi tuna steak delights; served rare, it's topped with a spicy Thai-influenced sauce. For dessert, order the molten chocolate cake.
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