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Poor Calvin's

4.8
4.8
6302 Reviews
$31 to $50
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). He has created 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.

*Last seating 1 hour before close*

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 59 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, Asian, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (404) 254-4051

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Calvin Phan

  • Catering

    E-mail Calvin Phan calvinphan@icloud.com for catering service

  • Private party facilities

    We have 2 enclosed, climate-controlled patio areas, perfect for your private event. Even the entire restaurant, if your private event turns into the party to talk about. We will be happy to work with you or your event planner to create perfection.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (855) 417-7335

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Renaissance Parkway

  • Parking details

    Private parking lot adjacent to restaurant, with additional street parking along Piedmont and Renaissance

  • Public transit

    A short walk from Civic Center and North Ave. Marta train stations.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,302 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was simply amazing!! I can’t wait to return! My compliments to the chef!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent everything! One of my favorite places!!!
  3. RN

    RNB7

    Atlanta

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Let me be honest. The food is so good, it'll make you cuss, slap ya mama and say thank you all at once. I have NEVER had a bad experience here. Not with customer service, not with drinks, not with the food, and not with dessert. The only complaint that I have is that the food is so good that you will end up wanting to recreate the experience at home and won't be able to, so you will have no choice but to go back.
  4. S

    Shanette

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is always amazing and their food is always on point. Definitely recommend the calamari !
  5. EG

    ElleG

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Intimate surroundings & Good food! Poor Calvin's did not disappoint on the meal. We enjoyed our evening out because our server was excellent, the food was inventive and good, also awesome drinks. It's a nice neighborhood restaurant. My only issue was the hostess would not seat me until my partner was also there (restaurant policy). It was uncomfortable to stand in the corner and wait while my partner parked the car and walked to restaurant. Not good.
  6. RJ

    RobinJ

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Services wasn’t that great. We were given 2 servers. One who ignored us until the end of our meal when it was almost time for the check (which he messed up). The other who wasn’t personable at all! Her whole interaction seemed rehearsed. She even went as far as asking for more money on top of the gratuity that is added to all checks. I thought this was truly classless. If your service is excellent then there is no reason to beg for more money. The hostess on the other had was super kind upon our entrance. Even though my rating was high the service is a huge turn off and I wouldn’t ever return here or suggest it to my friends or family members.
  8. DA

    DeAnnaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service from the hostess to server to kitchen staff all A1. We had Zubear as our server and he was so knowledgeable and entertaining the entire night! Food was bomb! Appetizer wise- Shaky shrimp was alright, but the deviled eggs and lobster wontons were bomb. Lobster fried rice most popular and for a reason! The double decker red velvet cake is a must. Drinks on point! They’re rated this high for a reason- you won’t be disappointed.
  9. SB

    ShawnteB

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time
  10. MP

    MarcusP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It would be better to have more curtains that divided the table . This will give the customer privacy and comfort to eat and enjoy themselves . We have to remember that we still are in a pacdemic
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience from the greeter to the wait staff. The lobster Mac and cheese is fantastic! I had that as an appetizer—HUGE mistake— it should have been my entire meal. I could not stop eating it and by the time my main course came, I was almost full. 😀 No worries, it made an awesome lunch the next day. For our entrees I had the seafood curry and she opted for the sea bass. Both were excellent choices. There is no doubt in my mind that we will be returning. I haven’t seen such an attentive staff in quite some time. Kudos to Poor Calvin’s!!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite
  13. A

    Andee

    Atlanta

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Griffon and James were amazing by ensuring our birthday person and out of town relative were made to feel welcome and special. Victor was our perfect server. Thanks for being always so warm, welcoming and especially DELICIOUS!
  14. ME

    MarkE

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great place to celebrate my wife’s birthday! Interesting menu with lots of great choices. Specialty cocktails were very good. Will certainly go back.
  15. DH

    DruidHillsGuy

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    4 adults. Food was outstanding. Had the short rib curry special, it was fantastic. Service by Louise was top notch. Very loud, almost to the point where basic conversation was not possible. As always parking is a challenge. Best to use ride share.
  16. SD

    ScottD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, the food, staff, and prices.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Zoo Bear was an amazing server which enhanced our experience. Everyone was super friendly and the food was amazing!! We will be back!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good!! Vibe was nice!!
  19. LE

    LatoyaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! The food was fresh, presentation was great.
  20. SP

    SamanthaP

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and service! We will be back for sure.
  21. SB

    ShirleyB

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and fun place
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my husband and I favorite restaurants!! I can not say how much I love this restaurant. Service , food and ambience is amazing. I am never disappointed by anything here. Highly recommend for an occasion or a good meal.
  23. JA

    JASS

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very nice employees and servers. Lobster mac was great.
  24. BB

    BrittneyB

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Omg!! Hands down one of the BEST restaurants I’ve ever experienced!!! Such a warm cozy environment!! EVERYTHING was amazing!! Our waiter JoJo was amazing he is very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly Meal Choice: Lobster Fried Rice Australian Lamb Chops Lobster Wontons Drinks Choice: Lychee Martini Bottle wine: Educated Guess Dessert Choice: Empanadas
  25. BK

    BrachellK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, great and fast service. staff was very attentive and
  26. AB

    AliciaB

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and service were amazing!! Best dining service I received in a while. The host, our waitress Grace, and everyone were just so pleasant, nice and accommodating. They have new mocktail options that were really great and the food was perfect! My friend had a gluten free entree and dessert and was in love. My pad Thai was top tier. Overall 100/10!
  27. SG

    ShayneG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my absolute favorite restaurants in Atlanta. We always make it a point to come here whenever we are in town. The service, food, ambiance, and of course James are always excellent.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Poor Calvin’s is my favorite place in Atlanta. Always amazing.
  29. J

    Joelle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was worth every penny. Our Server Anthony was just as divine as the food.
  30. IN

    IrishNomad

    Atlanta

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our table was ready and thankfully I made a reservation. At 6pm there was a 1hr + wait. The bar area is tiny and people were even huddled outside the toilets and blocking them. That wasn't a great experience. Our waiter was outstanding as was the food. We started with a Gin and tonic and an old fashioned. The old fashioned was disappointing, although my son had a second, it was just average. We ordered lobster wonton's with caviar stuffed with cream cheese and Cajun seasoning to start. I really wanted the calamari as on my last visit it was outstanding. However they said the delivery didn't arrive. For our main courses we choose the ribs with rice and Green beans. Enjoyable but the ribs were quite fatty. I ordered the duck with shrimp and mashed potatoes and an Oriental broccoli. I loved it. For dessert we ordered the empanadas served with Baileys ice cream. The Bailey's was hard to taste. The wine selection was disappointing, only US wine which isn't to my taste. In general I love this restaurant and will be back. The bill for the above was $240.00, 4 drinks, one appetizer, 2 mains, 1 dessert and one espresso.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good food. A little pricey & pretty noisy. Fun place
  32. OS

    OliviaS

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come into town once a month and always try a new restaurant each visit. This one warranted a second trip and we were not disappointed. They have drink called Tiki Rum Punch that is amazing!! I see a third trip in our future.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Have been to this restaurant several times and was looking forward to taking a business client. I ordered a specialty drink and it was not good, I told the waiter and asked for something else and he disregarded my request and brought me something to add to the drink. He never returned someone else brought our meal, then my meal I added shrimp and didn’t get it, the waiter said he was going to get it and never returned. Then we asked for boxes and the server finally returned meanwhile servicing the table in front of us. The manger stopped by and rather than apologizing for the experience he kept trying to explain the nature of the restaurant being chef inspired. After a long day, I would have liked a drink with my meal but this experience was less than par. Extremely disappointed customer
  34. JH

    JuliH

    Atlanta

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Food, staff, etc. just go!
  35. SS

    ShaneS

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff, food, and service is always top notch every time I’m in town on business!
  36. HL

    HectorL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very wonderful venue, with amazing food as well. Our server was amazing as well, providing us with a very amazing experience
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time. Service was amazing
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It turned out I was a party of one instead of two.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A great contemporary midtown culinary delight😎! I am never disappointed each time I dine at Poor Calvins.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Poor Calvin’s has been on my list for a while now and finally made it there this past weekend for my moms birthday! It did not disappoint!! I was debating between Duck Dynasty and the infamous Lobster Fried Rice. I went with the Duck Dynasty to do something a little different…. And when I say I’m so glad I stepped out of that box! It was Ah-mazing!!!! I can’t wait to go back. I also had the infamous Lychee Martini which owes me nothing… yum (sweet & strong)! My mom and aunt had the special of the night which was a braised short rib with a fried lobster tail potatoes and so on. Don’t get me wrong the the short ribs were very tender and the lobster was pretty damn tasty, but to me it was a little underwhelming. I mean I could be biased because the duck was so good, lol. She also got the Long Island which was good & STRONG lol. My sister had the ribs and they were delicious. It was all of ours first time. I’d definitely go back… I’m definitely going back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Poor Calvin's using the Order Online button. Poor Calvin's also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Poor Calvin's is rated 4.8 stars by 6302 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 59 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Poor Calvin's

510 Piedmont Ave, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Renaissance Parkway

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, Asian, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private parking lot adjacent to restaurant, with additional street parking along Piedmont and Renaissance

  • Public transit

    A short walk from Civic Center and North Ave. Marta train stations.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Calvin Phan

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (404) 254-4051

  • Catering

    E-mail Calvin Phan calvinphan@icloud.com for catering service

  • Private party facilities

    We have 2 enclosed, climate-controlled patio areas, perfect for your private event. Even the entire restaurant, if your private event turns into the party to talk about. We will be happy to work with you or your event planner to create perfection.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (855) 417-7335

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