What You'll Get
The monopoly tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at exclusive restaurants, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their moms. Leave the monocle in your parent's basement and sample fine dining with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of continental fare, wine, and more at Carpe Diem, located two blocks from Decatur Square in Decatur.
Carpe Diem relaxes diners in a tranquil, stylish lounge, serving upscale, elegant cuisine from Morocco to several Eurasian nations that don't yet exist. Monday through Friday, visitors can delve into tapas, such as lobster crostini, topped with caramelized onions, tomatoes, spinach, and a flavor-enhancing vodka butter sauce ($6). Those who like to dress their sandwiches up in a beret will adore the French-originating croque monsieur sandwich, which stimulates the olfactory nerves with its shaved pork loin and melty Gruyere cheese ($9). Wine-imbibers can revel in Carpe Diem's enormous collection of whites and reds, such as Washington Hills' Gewürztraminer ($6.50), while specialty drinkers can experiment with Carpe Diem's Carolina tea ($7), a sweet tea and vodka creation served on the rocks.
Carpe Diem's cosmopolitan, candlelit setting, with sinky couches and a large outdoor patio, is an appropriate destination for those in need of a waker-upper after a long night of listening to Clint Eastwood read the U.S. Constitution. Clutch one of Carpe Diem's caffeinated elixirs, such as the chocolate-milk-sided mocha au lait ($3.25), or stop by for an extensive brunch.
Carpe Diem's food scores a very good rating from Zagat, an average of 3.8 stars from OpenTable diners, and a four-owl-eye average from TripAdvisors. Citysearchers and Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars, while Kudzu reviewers dish 4.5.
- Awesome atmosphere with couches to lounge around on, jazz music sometimes and a wonderful array of desserts. – HollyB5265, Zagat
- Once the weather changed from warm to chilly, the staff was very accommodating to our request to move indoors. Also, the waiter served us with warmth and good humor. The chef prepared a superb and delicious meal. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 5/08/10
- Great location, great service, great food…Calamari is good for appetizer and the tapas menu is pretty good, too. – InvisibleMan77, TripAdvisor
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 7, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per table. Not valid with other offers. Tax & gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.