Poor Calvin's

4.7
3172 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Fusion / Eclectic
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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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and filling!

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BT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We were excited to bring one of our close friends who was visiting to eat here. A few weeks ago on our anniversary we ordered the seafood curry and substituted the shrimp because of my allergies. Tonight they said it’s not possible so we didn’t order it. Crispy beef was good. Lobster Mac-n-Cheese was a bit different but still good. I prefer the old menu when the fried grouper was included with the Thai curry. Please bring that back.

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PG
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good nothing impressive, good drinks, i will be back

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Poor Calvin’s last year during a conference and knew this year we had to go back again. The food is amazing and the ambiance is perfect but Sylvia is AWESOME!

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CP
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic and the ambiance was excellent. I loved the Lobster fried rice. My wife had the Fried Chicken with lobster mac and cheese, which she loved as well. I will the say the price seemed a little high compared to the location's appearance. The prices were what I would expect from a more "high-end" looking restaurant. However, all in all I was very happy and would definitely come back.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and did great with offering suggestions.

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AC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at Poor Calvin’s was phenomenal! The food was delicious! The service exceptional! Eating at Poor Calvin’s is one of the best dinning experiences that I’ve ever had!

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FI
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a relaxing Easter brunch that was exactly what we wanted complete with a delicious cocktail. The lobster fried rice doesn’t disappoint.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Went for Brunch , the items we had were not appetizing but everyone else looked like they really enjoyed their meals . Grits and and fish were mushy , Devil Eggs were ok and my daughter said the coconut shrimp were good but the main dish of chicken and Mac and cheese were not appetizing, especially the Mac and cheese . Seasonings not a match and the visual did not make you want to eat it .

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LM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Nothing special about this place!
How hard is it to cook rice? Was pretty dry and cold, so what did they do... add some water and put it in the microwave.
My dish was supposed to be sweet and spicy, but it was all sugar.

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SR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing which is an understatement. The cost is reasonable too for the quality of the food. The drinks and desserts are delicious, I can't wait to go back.

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DT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. Be forewarned that the collard greens are extremely sweet. The crispy beef was delicious. The fried chicken is very tender. The desserts are shareable and delicious. Will definitely return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great time.

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MM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

So this is a very mixed review for me. Our server was very sweet, however it took awhile to receive our drinks. My son had a sprite, but my drink was very good! Before ordering, I explained to the serve that my son doesn't eat meat or seafood, as he has high allergies, and asked for the lobster mac and cheese, no lobster, and aside of white rice. I asked for a suggestion for mine, and the lobster rangoon was delicious!!! The blackberry compote on top...amazing! They brought my son's food out with my appetizer which I appreciated, however the mac and cheese was so spicy that even I couldn't eat it. I mentioned that it was way too spicy and that it didn't' mention that anywhere in the description. Needlesstosay, it wasn't taken away or off the bill either. Now the server suggested the scallop curry which was again, amazing! As I was eating, I heard her describing the desserts to the table next to us. When we caught eyes, I smiled and said I already know what I will be ordering for dessert. About 15 minutes later, she came to our table and asked what we planned to order for dessert as the kitchen was closing. The first thing I asked for she said they couldn't make it anymore, then the second thing I asked for she actually came back and said they couldn't make that either because they had already dumped the oil. How terribly disappointing considering we chose this as our last meal in Atlanta because of a post someone wrote about the dessert. I have to say, we left disappointed, and was not granted the comped Uber ride that they promote back to our hotel. Overall, the food was good, but not sure I would recommend. Too many negatives in one visit.

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MS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as always. One of my favorite restaurants.

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PH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Unfortunately my waitress threw my left-overs away when requested to package up for take-out

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El cordero, y los devil eggs son de otro planeta!

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GB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The Waiter was very attentive and assisted us with all questions the overall experience was a great one.

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TR
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was extremely good, waitress was really nice as well. Over all very nice
I brought my guy friend there for his birthday, it would have been nice had he received a small birthday cake and ice cream
Or some type of desert.. your meals are nicely priced I’m sure you could afford to do that for birthday guest

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was impeccable! I thought that an Asian soul food fusion would be very odd but it paired together perfectly!

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met with some friends to catch up. Great bar tender, drinks and food was awesome. Great place!

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Absolutely loved the pad thai salmon- it is to die for if you like south east Asian flavors. The fried grouper was really good too, and it served in half a pineapple so very insta worthy. Will def come back and take friends here! Could also see it being a good place to get drinks on the porch

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SW
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The server was outstanding!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sister bday

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GD
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poor Calvin's is across the street from where I live so I dine here often. I often bring friends here, especially those visiting from out of town. The food, as well as the service, is always excellent. The menu is an imaginative mix of Thai and southern influences. The drink menu is well-thought as well. Definitely worth a try, reservations are usually a must.

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M
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best brunch in Atlanta. I would highly recommend Poor Calvin's.

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RT
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Great food would go make sure you make reservations.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an absolute great time! The portions are giant so we went with a few appetizers and split an entree. The lobster wontons and fried chicken were beyond delicious, both unique takes on the dishes’ flavors. Mac, our waiter, was very helpful, personable, and provided great service!

We will certainly be going back!

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t
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Already have recommended to friends.........but the menu can change unexpectedly! So when you fall in love with a dish it may leave and break your heart! Other than that small issue the food is insanely delicious. The ambiance is intimate and quant. The staff is professional, genuine, nice. Poor Calvins is one of my favorite spots here in Atlanta Ga.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and our server was amazing! I think his name is Tim

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MJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poor Calvin Neverrrrr disappoints!! Seems Iike the food taste better with every visit!!! And the service and staff are great!!! Looking forward to my next visit!!!

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PH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, cocktails, and service! Perfect location for my birthday celebration.

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AD
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always, drinks, food, service, ambience. We will keep coming back :)

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F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time at Poor Calvin’s entertaining customers. Outstanding this time and the first time. We will be back.

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d
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always exceptional. I will recommend this restaurant to anyone that is seeking to get more than you paid for!!

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CB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding and the service was great but the seats were terrible. We were stuck back in a dark corner right next to another table so we get like we couldn’t have a private dining experience.

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DM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Calvin's is a great place for family, friends or couples to enjoy good food. It's close to being in my top 10 places to eat.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is always excellent and the cocktails and ambiance too. The only issue we had was that we were late because of bad Atlanta traffic and I had called in advance to say that we would be late but by the time we got there the hostess kept saying that the “system” auto cancelled the table. She did give us our table but said we had to eat and leave in an hour and half......I just felt that they could have been more understanding of the situation and not be given an ultimatum.

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GF
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great cocktails. Great food. Lola is an outstanding server. She’s friendly, funny and on the spot. Food was absolutely delicious. Great find for us. We’ll be back.

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y
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! All our meals were exceptional!

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