Poor Calvin's

4.8
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3787 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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.6
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4.5
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OT
1 review
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, food and desserts...

DK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience4

I cannot say enough good about this place. The cocktails were amazing! The food was phenomenal. Dessert was delicious, even though I didn’t have enough room in my belly to finish it. I didn’t have a single bite that I didn’t love!!

DR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the costumer service was very personal, fun, professional and kept me smiling the entire night. This was a wonderful selection for my birthday dinner.

TC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated an anniversary and had a great time. Without question, if I was on death row the Crispy Beef would be my last meal :)

DJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. I love the atmosphere and professional staff..

GP
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The Sea Bass was excellent! Would definitely go back and explore more of the menu.

OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food! Great Service

CD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the ambiance of this place! My friend and I sat at the bar and had an amazing server who made sure our wine glasses were full. The hostesses/servers who greet you when you come in are also wonderful. Highly recommend if you're visiting or want a change of scenery and desire something more intimate.

K
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything here is delicious paired with awesome service! Went for a girlfriend brunch and even brought my baby we had a great time I would definitely recommend!!

b
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Poor Calvin’s is definitely rich in dining experience. The food was delicious. The menu was very creative and exciting. Many of the dishes either have a kick of Asian flavors and/or Southern flavors. This was an amazing dinner and it was very affordable. We will definitely be coming back.

SJ
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Abso-freakin-lutely!!!! Food was outstanding and might have been one of the best meals I've had outside of New Orleans. Can't wait to go back.

MD
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tried the fried beef which was so delicious and unlike anything I ever had before- the curry shrimp was so aromatic and full of flavor

TB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks here are PHENOMENAL! Lola is the ABSOLUTE BEST waitress EVER! She plays an integral role in creating a superb ambiance! Drinks are slamming, too!

ME
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! This restaurant is a gem. Only complaint is it's a little loud when all the tables are full.

GD
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this place is great! This was my third time and the food is really delicious and a pleasure to look at.

ET
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great. We were seated very close to other occupants so the noise level was high.

CG
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and staff very friendly, thank you!

TD
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every service beginning with Valet was exceptional. Great Experience

MM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best service ever. Great food and drinks. The entrées were very expensive. Definitely will be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server Sylvia was great and so was everything else.

CF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience from beginning to end. Started with an efficient and professional complimentary valet service, we were greeted and seated immediately, our waitress was fantastic - so knowledgeable about the food and clearly passionate about the restaurant. Food and drinks were hot, fresh, flavorful and unique. Absolutely loved every second and will absolutely be back.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always GREAT!!

d
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time. Our waitress was very personable. I had the fried grouper and lychee cocktail.

OT
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each dish was as good as the next. We loved it and will be back often!

J
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Poor Calvins' for years. Every single time I go it is incredible! The service is out of this world! The whole team at Poor Calvin's makes you feel like you are at home eating at their house! LOWLA is one of the best servers I have ever had in life. She is hilarious! And knows the menu inside and out! :) I cannot say enough super things about Poor Calvin's. So incredibly happy that they have been so successful and are still open all these years later! I hope they are still around 10 years from now! This restaurant is an ABSOLUTE must for everyone in Atlanta and if you are visiting, definitely TOP 3 to make it to! You must have the Lobster Fried Rice and Crispy Beef! Also one of the most amazing bars you have ever seen! Bartenders are incredible! :)

DW
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent and on point in all areas, delicious food and excellent service

AT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I normally love this restaurant, but have recently become vegetarian and their options did not match what was posted on-line. The two options offered were rather tasteless and not appealing; also pricey for what we got. Staff was very friendly (as always) but unless their menu becomes more inclusive, I won’t be returning for anything other than cocktails.

C
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

PHENOMENAL experience....
Everyone should visit atleast TWICE!

ML
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Great Service! A little noisy and a little chilly

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and food was really good

OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Super great food. Lowla was my waitress and provided top notch service... divine, sha la la 😂

OT
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Atlanta...the food is excellent...service superb...I love it!!!

i
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and presentation -plus service all good- seemed a bit pricey for the entrees, but would return. Space could use a bit of sound dampening panels and a solid remodeling for better flow and ambiance.

BH
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taking a client to lunch or dinner, or having drinks with friends, this is a great little place that folks may not know about, especially if you work between Downtown and Midtown. Great chef and good Asian fusion food - crispy beef a personal favorite and always delicious; raspberry tea a must. Just a cool place to go, though parking can be difficult at the rush time so be prepared for that.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was fantastic from the service to the food!!!

A
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an awesome restaurant. It is small and jam-packed but the staff takes great care of you. The bartenders are friendly, quick and take pride in their fabulous cocktails, like Lychee Martinis, Mango pice and my favorite the El Diablo. Every dish that comes out of the kitchen looks exquisite, smells fabulous and is luscious, as well. The Lobster Wontons are like nothing you have ever tasted and they are gigantic. My favorite was the Lobster Fried Rice. It is huge and delicious. The service is excellent. The servers are personable, professional and very knowledgeable. I only wish I lived closer so I could become a regular. I cannot recommend Poor Calvin's enough. An amazing dining experience from start to finish. ENJOY!

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome awesome AWESOME meal. Our server David was so delightful and kind. Can’t wait to go back!!!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lobster fried rice with a lovely Pinot noir!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another amazing dining experience at Poor Calvin’s!