Poor Calvin's
Poor Calvin's

Poor Calvin's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.poorcalvins.com/
  • Phone: 4042544051x
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH:
    Tuesday- Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm (CLOSED Monday for Lunch)

    DINNER:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    BRUNCH: Saturday and Sunday 12:00-3:00pm
    $3.00 drink specials. Bottomless has been discontinued.

    FREE Car Service, provided by Uber, for all Midtown and Downtown hotel guests. Call for scheduling or mention in your reservation notes. The host/hostess will contact you prior to your reservation time.

    COMPLIMENTARY glass of wine with your Entree, when you show your FOX Theatre ticket
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Southern, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Calvin Phan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: E-mail Allende Clark, at allendeclark@gmail.com for catering service availabilities and details.

    Personal Delivery available at zifty.com
  • Entertainment: THURSDAYS: 7:00pm
    Live Jazz
    Endless house red and white wine only $15.00

    The ambiance fills the restaurant, from live music played by a superb group of musicians. Make reservations today for a weeknight you won't soon forget!
  • Special Events: Weekend Brunch:
    Sat and Sunday 11am-3pm Asian inspired brunch...including: Chicken & waffle, Omelette in the Pot, Lamb Burger and more.

    Drink Specials on all Hair of the Dog cocktails. Including: Mimosa, Bloody Mary's, Screw Driver, Sangria and more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Renaissance Parkway
  • Public Transit: A short walk from Civic Center and North Ave. Marta train stations.


    FREE Car Service, provided by Uber, for all Midtown and Downtown hotel guests. Call for scheduling or mention in your reservation notes. The host/hostess will contact you prior to your reservation time.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking lot adjacent to restaurant, with additional street parking along Piedmont and Renaissance (No Parking Fee).
    ***Be mindful of signage***

    Friday and Saturday: VALET
    Complimentary valet provided by City Parking Solutions Inc. Additional parking along Piedmont and Renaissance with side walk to restaurant. Poor Calvin's cannot guarantee parking.
A word from Poor Calvin's
We know the word "fusion" has been wielded about to justify everything from Hula Burgers to Mexican lasagna. But the East-meets-South brand of fusion happening at Poor Calvin's? It's creative; it's innovative; and it's probably unlike anything you've tasted in the ATL. After working in kitchens around the world, Calvin Phan wanted to shake things up a little. And so, into the mac 'n cheese, the Thai spices went. Now, Calvin's giving Southern staples, like sea bass and fried chicken, a decidedly creative Asian-inspired twist (and a nip of spice, too). We didn't think good old-fashioned mac 'n cheese could get much better. And then, we tried Calvin's ridiculously rich take on the cheesy classic, gussied up with chunks of lobster and given a zing with Thai spices. This, and more innovative dishes, approached in much the same way, leave the hands of Calvin Phan day in and day out. His dedication and attention to detail are evident in each dish and dessert. You won't be disappointed.
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Poor Calvin's reviews from OpenTable diners
204 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (144)neighborhood gem (116)great for brunch (72)special occasion (64)romantic (60)hot spot (58)good for groups (54)great for lunch (46)vibrant bar scene (34)late-night find (33)great for outdoor dining (28)notable wine list (9)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • cjxxVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I had a wonderful experience dinging at Poor Calvin's. The staff was super friendly; however, the service at our table was a little slow at times. Overall, it was a great meal and I look forward to returning to try additional dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    ATLyum
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious, the Seafood Spring Rolls and Shrimp and Scallop Siam were incredible! The scallops were huge and so flavorful. The ambiance is trendy and vibrant, puts you in the mood for cocktails and a night out! Our waitress, Lola, was so wonderful and full of energy, she was a real treat. I would definitely recommend this place for a date or a stepped up night out with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best...
    lovepoorcalvins
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We wanted a fun, good and delicious dining experience... and we found all 3 in Poor Calvin's... Really good food, great ambiance, great staff and service... simply the best restaurant i've gone to in ATL... You can't beat it!!! The Best!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great OpenTable recommendation!
    vhollywood
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    What a great find. Incredible service, great ambiance (we sat on the patio), and very yummy food. The food was wonderfully flavorful and had a great presentation. We had the lobster mac and cheese, lobster rice dish and the shrimp rice dish. Sorry - cannot remember them by name. But, I remember how delicious they were! Finally, the music was a great final touch to an awesome experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Eats!
    gludoc
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Original and creative food, friendly staff, would definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    RyanVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife and I went to Poor Calvin's after a concert, and this place was still hopping at 10PM on a Friday night. The restaurant isn't very large, so don't come here expecting a nice quiet, private table. The service was great, and the food was outstanding. We decided to share a mixture of small bites and one of the entrees. The fried goat cheese was our favorite, and I don't even care that much for goat cheese. We'd also recommend the red grouper thai curry. I'd easily come back here when I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Calvin's - Rich Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    As a New Orleans native this place been the best find since relocating. Food, drinks, service, atmosphere and very friendly staff. Just like being home
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A wonderfully friendly, affirming bar where everyone feels welcome. The food and bar service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The reviews are right
    RandomDiner
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Picked this restaurant solely based on previous reviews and they were right on. Poor Calvin's is a fantastic find. Nothing poor about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Absolute surprise! Excellent cuisine! Wonderful staff! Had a great time and will refer to my other colleagues and friends. Had a very pleasant dining experience and every bite of my grouper was like "a slice of heaven".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Salty food
    birthdayjoy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Pricey, beautiful food presentation but the food was VERY salty. Out of a few of the specialty drinks by 8:30. Server was difficult to understand; English was a 2nd language. Overall good but my group of 7 was a little disappointed.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Birdie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I'm giving two stars for food. We ordered the Pad Thai, duck, stuffed olives, tom yum soup. Pad Thai was dry and lacked any sauce. The duck was a little chewy. The stuffed olives are a bit on the salty side. I'm giving 2 stars for the food and an additional star for the wait staff. However the valet deserves 5 stars for the assistance we received with my disabled aunt. He's a keeper!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delish Calvin!
    Carolbro
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food and ambience were amazing. The manager and host were great too!! We got a free uber ride home (Calvin ' s offers this). The only downside was that you pass through a shady area of town...but once you walk into poor Calvins you'd never know!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FIND
    foodjunkie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I work in hospitality and always told my guest about this restaurant never being able to try it myself. One of the guest loved it sooo much that they brought me a gift card (what better way to FINALLY get to experience this great place right?!?!?) I LOVE it!!!!! Great atmosphere, the food (OH MY GOSH GREAT!) The servers are fun and very knowledgeable. I will be returning and taking my mom who is a newly graduated culinary student to enjoy this wonderful place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    DeenieMartini
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I really enjoyed the Lobster Fried Rice! A little snug in the restaurant but enjoyed it!! Mac was a great waiter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The BEST Kept Secret!
    MrsMoore
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Poor Calvin's was recommended by my mom to attend. Although the name was curious sounding, the food was impeccable!!! I had never taste a lobster Mac and cheese as good as that! Even the coffee was savory and I didn't want it to end! I made up my own reasoning for why they call it "Poor Calvin's". They call it that because poor ole Calvin probably never gets a break from cooking all that delicious food! It's probably always in high demand every day and every night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who knew Unicorns tasted so good!
    4RealTAZ
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A small group of friends came together to celebrate birthday for brunch. The fun begins with Lola our server; she kept it fun & was attentive. The food was amazing! Eggs benedict... Unicorn fish... lobster wontons... Dessert Apple! (If you don't like sweet potatoes, stay away from the waffle). We were talking about coming back before we finished our food. I know I have to go back because they ran out of their custom blended grits & wifey wanted that. Treat yourself to a Poor Calvin's experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific little restaurant
    Neighbordean
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Easy access. Terrific service. Very nice wine list with helpful suggestions from the staff. The food is adventurous and tasty. Can't wait to visit again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is Superb
    LoveAtlantaFishMarket
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    That is it, FOOD SUPERB!!! The place is a little too noisey for me so if I want a romantic setting, this place would not be it, but the noise will not keep me away from their menu! Great for group gathering!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Ibbuutiful
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I've been here for brunch twice on Sundays. The 1st time u was with a group that didn't have reservations so we waited over an 1 1/2 hours for a table. The food was so good that I decided to bring my husband fis bday. I was sure to make a reservation this time however I didn't know that I wouldn't be seated unless my entire party was there. They no longer do bottomless as of a couple of weeks ago, part of my reason for choosing to do a birthday brunch here, therefore I was a little disappointed. However James the bartender is wonderful! His professionalism & enthusiasm is unmatched! The food is 5 star & my waiter Tim was everything! He took pics for us on his phone & sent them to us. It was definitely worth the wait! Do make reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • That cake!!
    luvthisplace
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    That toasted pound cake is to die for! I loved it. I enjoyed the dumplings and the lobster won tons was awesome. Overall everything was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite Restaurant
    RichaardGRhodesVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Extent my birthday to include the whole month of August, Gary U took me to brunch at my favorite Atlanta Restaurant "Poor Calvin's". I had an item off the small bites list - Lobster mac & cheese. It was delicious. Tim was our waiter, charming & efficient. Lola made my Manhattan. James the host & Chef Calvin stopped by our table to chat. Not only is their food great, they treat my guest & me like Royalty. So glad I found this restaurant 18 months ago - never had a bad meal or a complaint about "Poor Calvin's". Try It You Will Like It.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute find = gem
    jqrichmond
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Last minute on-line check of Atlanta Thai restaurants pointed us to Poor Calvin's. Lovely meal, cool atmosphere, good service. The only issue might be the parking but the complimentary valet parking helps and the valet was pleasant and was working it as well as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Foodiecop
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great experience for your tastebuds. The staff was very friendly and had great suggestions on what to get for our first time. Everything tasted great and had plenty of left overs
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first dinner
    mikey
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our servers were excellent, knowledgeable and their service was great. Food was great. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    midtownerVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were enticed to check out Poor Calvin's because of the interesting menu posted during Downtown Restaurant week. Both of us tried different dishes and were pleased. Lobster fried rice (large tender and succulent fried lobster tail) and perfectly prepared lamb chops and tasty vegetables and mashed potatoes. Most dishes include a mix of sweet, spicy and savory. This is a laid back neighborhood hangout in a funky space with a Thai influenced menu, above average food and outstanding service. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place.....
    Breez
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The service and food was AMAZING. My friends loved it.....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely love it!
    hidndine
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I loved the food, staff, service and atmosphere. Everyone I've recommended it to has went and gave fantastic reviews.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    LauraB
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a nice time at Poor Calvin's. The food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool spot!
    Saussy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went for Atlanta Downtown Restaurant, the service and food was great! My only complaint is it was extremely hot. We told the waiter but nothing changed. Other than that, everything was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LetThemEatCake
    WouldRatherNotCook
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    OMG, the Lobster Fried Rice is the MOST delicious pairing of veggies, herbs, spices, rice ever created by man's hands! And then they put a fried lobster tail on top of it! :-) You have got to try it. It was by far the best fusion dish I've tasted and trust me, I eat out A LOT!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting spin on Thai
    FoodAddict
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The restaurant is small but the food is great. We dined outside on a cool summer evening so the ambience was great. Great date night experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Wonderful
    PoisedNIvy2
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I had been meaning to try the place out, but time was never on my side. I am so glad that I did. Our server Mac as well as the bartener was attentive and polite. We had the conch fritter and calamari as starters, the calamari was fried perfectly and there was a surprise of fried dill pickles mixed in. The calamari was not like boot leather & piping hot. The conch fritter had just the right amount of spice and the salsa on top was a welcomed addition. Our entrees were pretty good as well...I had the walnut shrimp and my friend had the lobster mac and cheese and chicken. However, the star of the show was the crepe with a berry whipped creme, whiskey soaked strawberries and blackberry compote. It was like a piece of heaven in my mouth.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing and accomodating
    Dashn
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food presentation is as amazing as it's taste!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    nycfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was great- the pizette and meatball appetizers were delicious! Went here on a date, great ambiance but was a bit too loud for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wolf pack tamed
    mmmCharisma
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Always a great experience. Catching James impromptu dance behind the bar, funny. Him again leaning thru the decor yelling bushes, funnier. I was able to introduce two friends and we all enjoyed ourselves tremendously. The staff, the food, the customers bring a certain vibrance to this establishment. A comradery exists as shared as our conversations overlap and I want to know what my neighbor is drinking and the table behind me asks my server what I ordered. After all the menu offers so many great portions, pairing an appetizer and an entrée leaves you feeling guilty for not ordering more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    NewNp
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Poor Calvin's provides a Rich dining experience indeed!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good first impression
    jcatlVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We made our first visit during restaurant week so the place was overflowing. We did have to wait past our reservation time but were not bothered since the place was unusually slammed. Despite that, the food and service were good once we were seated and we'll likely play a return visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Poor About Calvin!
    CantCookSoWhat
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was my first visit to Poor Calvin's and I was immediately welcomed and greeted by 2 great looking young men and sweetly diminutive hostess. Jenny the bartender fought through laryngitis to greet me and my two girlfriends. Though my rum punch cocktail was blah, the rest of the meal more than made up for it. My calamari appetizer was crisp and light; the pickles in it were a pleasant surprise--didn't even think I liked fried pickles. My red curry Thai grouper was great and the chef's choice of 3 desserts finished things off nicely. Mack, our server, was attentive and made the meal even more enjoyable. The only thing I definitely didn't like was my seat was in direct view of the men's restroom to which the door was constantly open!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleased
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was AWESOME! We had the duck, lamb, and sea bass which where all GREAT! the Dark and Stormy drink was TO DIE FOR! The desserts where chefs choice; cheese cake, chocolate mint cake, and berry crepe. Each was delicious as well. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. The service was great and our server did a great job of recommending what we should try and he was right each time. The reviews that I read prior to making reservations were on point! Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.