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Poor Calvin's
Poor Calvin's

Poor Calvin's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.poorcalvins.com
  • Phone: (404) 254-4051
  • Hours of Operation: Free Car Service provided by Uber for all midtown and downtown. Call for scheduling or mention while making reservations.
    COMPLIMENTARY glass of wine with your Entree, with your show ticket at the FOX Theatre.
    Brunch Sat-Sun 12am-3pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:30pm Saturday- Sunday BRUNCH 12 pm - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Asian, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Calvin Phan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, 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: call for catering service
  • Entertainment: SPECIAL COCKTAIL,
  • Special Events & Promotions: Weekend Brunch
    Sat and Sunday 11am-3pm Asian inspired brunch...incl. chicken waffle, omelette in the pot, all you can mimosa, bloody marry's, screw driver...
    Lamb burger and more

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Renaissance Parkway
  • Public Transit: A short walk from Civic Center and North ave. Matra train stations.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking with additional street parking. No Parking Fee.
A word from Poor Calvin's

Free Car Service provided by Uber for all midtown and downtown. Call for scheduling or mention while making reservations.

We know the word "fusion" has been wielded 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Crispy beef was unbelievably good as well as the tea cake."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food and service was amazing as always! I look forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food was excellent; fusion was successful without losing the authenticity. Great option for downtown dining."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Dined at 11:15 for lunch - excellent time of day- only one other party there. Excellent Service and 3 of 4 entrees were spectacular! Fried chicken just a tad undercooked on one entree. Quaint, unique building. Chef Calvin was delightful and the server was the best I've ever had!! Prices were very, very reasonable for the quality and quantity of food served. The dessert apple (their signature) was SO GOOD and MORE than four ladies could share! My sister had a Moscow Mule and absolutely loved it! Two of the four sisters are pretty much food and restaurant "particular" and they raved about everything! Would definately love to visit again."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food here is great! Love the staff as well- very attentive even when they're busy."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I wanted to like Poor Calvin's but it was not to be. Came in on a Monday night with a reservation for 6. We were seated immediately and given a rundown on the menu by Martin, our waiter. First round and apps came out quickly but after that things went downhill. Not sure if Martin was the only server in the place but at various times I saw him bussing, setting tables, running drinks and serving. When meals were served I ordered glass of wine along with 2 of the others at table. Drinks did not come until dinner completed and Martin was asking about dessert and how to split bill. Food was good, not great. Mac and cheese was amazing! But it the the service problem that plagues the dining industry that was the turn off. I will not return."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Food is amazing! Service got better, but we waited about 10 minutes before someone took our drink order. I wanted Lola's section, but she was booked. She is awesome last time!!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I definitely would've never guessed this gem was right under my nose! The food was absolutely AMAZE and our experience was overall great! The lobster fried rice was nothing short of heaven!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Poor Calvin's has some of the best food in Atlanta! Tell James RepZio sent you!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Went with a coworker while in ATL for a convention. We're both vegetarian and had plenty of choices. Veggie ceviche and spanikopita were standouts and our Thai curry entrees were amazing. We sat near the dessert case and only disappointment was we were too stuffed to try one. When we left, they offered to call us a cab and when we got to our hotel the driver told us the restaurant had already paid him. Totally unexpected. We will be coming back to Poor Calvin's on our next trip!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Delish meal, we had the chocolate pound cake dessert and it was disappointing but main meal, drinks, appetizers all delish."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "What a great surprise. We were looking for an interesting brunch menu (since my wife does not eat eggs) and we certainly found it at Poor Calvin's. The menu was wonderfully creative and the food excellent. There were so many great choices it was difficult to decide. We loved everything we ate (and drank) - fusion food based upon Southern and Thai. Very original and very delicious. Our waitress was wonderful, extremely personable and friendly and she made some great suggestions. We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Poor calvins is just south of midtown and has a lot to offer. The service and food are always amazing. If they have a special that sounds good to you- get it!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I took my husband here for his birthday to enjoy a nice brunch. The brunch was amazing. The food was out of this world and we will be back . The vibe had this NYC ambience which was great since I'm from the Queens, NY and miss places like this at home. The chef Calvin himself came out to ensure you were having a good time. We spoke to him directly and he was so nice and passionate about food. Great place a must try ."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I typically take larger groups out for dinner, and I think I'm glad it was just two of us this time. The ambiance at Calvin's is nice--strong feel of a converted house (and we sat on the enclosed--and thankfully AC'd--porch). The waitstaff was really excellent, including handling an allergy situation with competence and grace. The food was fantastic--I would put it at about a quarter of a star below Serpas, but a very close call. On the whole, we took our waiter's recommendations on food, and he never steered us wrong. Desserts were, perhaps, the highlight, with a bourbon-soaked grilled poundcake and a red velvet-marscapone suspension cake. Amazing!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "All of the small plates are to die for and the bottomless brunch special is amazing!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I like this restaurant! Great lobster macaroni and fried chicken, and even better customer service. :-)"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Took my daughter and 2.5 year old granddaughter for Sunday Brunch yesterday. Thoroughly enjoyed it! Although they were very accommodating for my granddaughter, I wouldn't necessary classify as "kid-friendly"(or maybe it was just my rambunctious sweetheart exercising her "terrible 2's tendencies!). 1"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Three members of our party ordered the lobster fried rice and they loved it! Two ordered the egg benedict with the crab cake and loved it. I ordered the seafood platter which was a lot of fried seafood. Nothing exciting. The shrimp were good, but the everything else was fine, nothing over the top. We got the beignets for the table, those were a hit! Not like Cafe du Monde beignets, but good nevertheless. IF you're looking for a lot of "healthy" choices, this is not the spot for you. Very high rich food with no desire to "cut the butter." I would recommend the spot, there was a musician playing jazz so that was nice, and unexpected. Not too loud but at the right volume. Parking is tricky. Very small parking lot and no valet."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great fusion food with amazing drinks and desserts. Best lamb and duck I've ever had... seriously!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We truly enjoyed everything at Poor Calvin's. Next time we will go for dinner to see the full menu."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I liked this place. I like trying different restaurants and the food here was pretty good. I tried the shrimp, sausage and grits and they were good, but they didn't top my 2 favorites in the city. The seasoning, the fusion was good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Yummy! The presentation was beautiful but the taste was divine. The chicken was crispy on the outside, but it did not have a breading. It was more like a glaze, but it was not too sweet. Then there was the waffles...so soft and fluffy. I didn't teapot taste the set patio so much because every bite was filled with bacon! I forgot to mention, bacon was in my waffle batter and who does not like bacon? The sweet and salty combination was perfect. Going back soon... oh and how could I forget the bottomless drinks? I had the sangria which one glass would have sufficed (it was huge) and my date had mimosas, definitely worth the $15 bottomless price."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Sunday Brunch - 1 guy 4 angels (2 newbies) Everyone thought the food was great (as always). Lola the waitperson answered all questions about the menu with great knowledge. Chef Calvin came by and visited all tables. James the host makes the best Manhattans in Atlanta. In my opinion Poor Calvin's is the best restaurant in Atlanta."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great find. Second time here and it is even better. Snapper curry was unbelievable. Drinks to die for and amazing service. Will be back"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Poor Calvin's is an excellent choice for foodies....the menu has small bites, entrees and desserts to fit the most discerning palates. The drinks are creative and delicious! The service is outstanding....go to brunch and try the sweet potato waffles!!! Yummy! Love it. Always consistent. The lobster macaroni and cheese is deliciously decadent. I am a huge fan!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Everything, and I mean everything, about this place was spot on. The apps (basil roll, pimento crab fries) were excellent- we kept the fries on the table to munch on throughout dinner. Four of us got different entrees, and all were excellent. The steak, shrimp Pad Thai, Thai curry and sea bass were passed around once for tasting, but then everyone hunkered down to inhale their respective dishes. The suspension cake made us overeat, but it was too good to pass up. Our waiter was perfectly attuned to when we needed him and gave great recs. The music was fun, and not so loud that we couldn't hear each other talking. The house that PC occupies was quaint and gave us privacy as well as a good people watching vantageoint. We are so glad we went!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Love Calvin's. We have taken several people and have all loved it!!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Made a res through Open Table for Father's Day dinner. Arrived to find that the restaurant was closed. Luckily, we found another place nearby, but it certainly was aggravating!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We came for father's day. The food was great. We are still talking about the fried chicken. The only bad part was the place was "hot". We were sweating bullets so we weren't comfortable."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Poor Calvin's has the best bartender and chef in town."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The service, food, atmosphere and location was EXCELLENT! I would definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for a great brunch menu and service. Making this one of my favorite brunch spots!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Came here because of this article: http://www.movoto.com/atlanta-ga/best-foods-in-atlanta/. Food was great. But probably won't return here because of the shoddy decor."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Although the location may not be the absolute best, it's definitely worth stopping by this part of town for some excellent fusion fare from Poor Calvin's. Although some of the offerings might be considered somewhat eclectic, there is plenty to choose from for even the most picky eater."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Enjoyed the subtleties of flavors and surprises in combination of textures and taste, lamb with a hint of curry, quail with crispness and saltiness combined with the silkiness of oyster mushroom, dessert to die for with red velvet cake wrapped in chocolate and tapioca popping in your mouth."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Delicious Thai food in a funky yet cozy atmosphere...the cocktails were made with fresh ingredients (Midnight Overture and one made with a house-infused pineapple vodka), the appetizers were delicious (coconut shrump and lobster wontons), and the food was great - although I'd never eaten there before, it seemed like comfort food (bacon pineapple fried rice, and crispy beef). The service was excellent, with both the server and bartender taking very good care of us."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great service and wonderful food. The atmosphere was great. Our waitress was excellent and very fun. I asked for my personal drink, a hot and dirty martini and the bartender had to come talk to me about it and stated it was a great idea."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This was my second time visiting. We chose to sit at the bar instead of being seated because James was so energetic! The service provided has been phenomenal regardless of the seating. The food is always a hit. This is my go-to spot for all occasions!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We found Poor Calvin's by doing a google search. What a pleasant surprise when we visited. The parking lot is very small, but has a wonderful valet who works his magic. The restaurant is in an old house with lots of charm. You will immediately see a wonderful libation - a fruit fusion - that is fermenting in a big container on the bar. It is delicious! The shrimp tom yum soup is delicious. As is the fried goat cheese. For dinner, I love the lobster fried rice and my wife loves the crispy beef. We have been back 2-times, including inviting another couple to join us. We highly recommend this restaurant if you want to try something different -- dine at a fun, casual restaurant with good cocktails and excellent food."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Perfect brunch spot for you and friends. The bottomless offerings seemed endless and were refilled quickly. Our food was also excellent."
    Dined on 6/7/2014