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Poor Calvin's, Atlanta, GA
Poor Calvin's, Atlanta, GA
Poor Calvin's, Atlanta, GA
Poor Calvin's, Atlanta, GA
Poor Calvin's, Atlanta, GA

Poor Calvin's

4.9
4.9
7092 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 64 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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 : (770) 262-1765
  • 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

What 7,092 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Atlanta Metro

    Best Service

  • Atlanta

    Best Overall

  • Atlanta

    Best Service

7,092 Reviews
  1. Beverly

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was celebrating my 52nd Birthday and everything was EXCELLENT! Justin the waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable about the dishes. The food was hot and fresh. The Lobster Tail fried was delicious. I give them five stars!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Couldn’t ask for a nicer dinner we loved everything about the place. the food the service everything was excellent.

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  3. VondaL

    Atlanta Metro

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oh my goodness, the meal was absolutely phenomenal!  For an appetizer we got a special spicy shrimp appetizer, the salad, and the Lobster Fried Rice was out of this world and the strawberry creme brûlée was so unique and delicious! Joe Joe was our waiter and he was so friendly and professional! We’ll definitely be coming back to Poor Calvin’s! I’m originally from Atlanta and this is one of the best restaurants in all of Atlanta!

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  4. LorettaP

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience as always food and service was great.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had such an amazing experience! Lane was our server and she was phenomenal! The food was delicious! Try the pound cake for dessert, you won’t be disappointed.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to enjoy a different type of meal if you are tired of the regular stuff everything we tried was excellent can’t wait to go back and try more items from from the menu !!!!!

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  7. TonyM

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was probably my best dining experience in years. You can tell that the chef puts a lot of effort into making his dishes unique and tasty. My waiter was very helpful, especially with our drink pairings and product knowledge. And if that wasn't enough, the atmosphere was fantastic and cozy. I will be back as often as possible.

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  8. EveEats

    Atlanta Metro

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Let me start this review by saying I've eaten at a lot of restaurants in Atlanta over the years, A LOT, & Poor Calvin's is hands down the best of the best! I can not stress enough how fantastic our first experience was at Poor Calvin's. From being greeted as soon as we walked into the 'thank yous' walking out the door after dinner, top tier experience. Our server, Ashley. Let's start with her. There are not enough stars to represent the service we received from Ashley. She was knowledgeable of the menu, offered great recommendations, & provided overall exceptional service. Ashley is the kind of server others should aspire to be. I ordered the lychee martini (DELICIOUS! So refreshing, sweet, & strong! I would have ordered more than 2 if I weren't driving), the Lemongrass Steamed Mussels (OUTSTANDING!!), & the Australian Lamb Chops (AMAZING & seasoned to perfection!). My dad ordered the Lobster Crawfish Wonton (he said they were very good) & the Oxtail Curry dish that was the special of the day. OMG! It was so delicious. I wish I'd ordered it for my entrée (I sampled some of his). I should have ordered an entrée of the Oxtail Curry to go. My aunt ordered the Lobster Mac & Cheese & enjoyed it. She said it was the perfect balance of lobster & macaroni & cheese. My uncle ordered the Deviled Eggs with Crab (Bougie Deviled Eggs, as he called them) and the Lobster Fried Rice. He raved about both of his dishes. Every flavor paired magically together for everything we ate. We are planning to return next month & are hoping the oxtails are on the menu. If so, I can place my order now. Things to know: 1. As everyone else has said, parking is limited. Go early if possible! 2. Parties of 5 or more are put on one ticket. We learned that on our way to the restaurant. No issue but something to be mindful of if you have a large party.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was amazing. The food was phenomenal per usual and the staff was friendly and helpful.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Awesome experience! Don't rush it; take your time. The lamb is cooked to perfection. The curry seafood is an amazing experience that explodes in your mouth. ENJOY

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  11. Tamika

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing. We hadn't been there in years because our last experience wasn't great, but we are glad to report we didn't waste our Valentine's dinner plans on this place. It's still as small and tight as we remember, but we were happy to see the high top tables were removed from the indoor patio. Our major disappointment was the restroom last night. Upon opening the door, I was greeted with the toilet dispenser cover on the floor. There was a wet roll on the floor and the larger roll was thankfully on the spinner, but had to be carefully rolled to make sure it didn't dismount. We understand things happen and we hope it had only just broken, but it was in that condition for both of our visits to restroom. The breaks were about 20-30 mins apart. Otherwise, service and food was amazing.

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  12. BrittaniH

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I absolutely loved the place itself but just know it’s tight in there but worth it. I ordered the lamb chops, the lobster Mac and cheese and for dessert the pound cake (I don’t normally like pound cake) but I ate every drop of it. 😂 Definitely coming back when I’m in Atlanta

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  13. MikeE

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Flavorable menu selection, healthy portions and awesome atmosphere. 👍🏾 👍🏾

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  14. ShaunW

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great as always! The lobster fried rice and the Long Island.. SUPERB!

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  15. Dorthe76

    NRW

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and super friendly staff,which care for you and their food!

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  16. SheilaW

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always my favorite. Absolutely magnificent food and service!

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  17. DaciaC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food here was outstanding and so was the service. Really appreciate the portion size. Going to be going back very soon.

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  18. KutchiT

    Atlanta Metro

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Zubear was amazing! He made the already outstanding food and ambiance of this place just that much more memorable. This is not just a must try in Atlanta, but a must be a constant place to eat and experience in Atlanta!!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a Great Meal ! Service is Outstanding ! I’m never disappointed. One of my favorite spots to dine

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good...be mindful that there are no refills on your drinks and a small glass bottle of soda was 6 dollars

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I visited for my birthday dinner. The experience was wonderful throughout the entire dinner. I knew after trying the appetizer that the entrees were going to great as well. The food was so flavorful and cooked to perfection. This will definitely be added to our favorite restaurants that will continue to visit.

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  22. CedricS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Food, ambiance, service are A+

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  23. VipulP

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic and service was exceptional. We will definitely be recommending this place.

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  24. KV29

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an absolute blast eating here. The food was amazing and the staff was extremely nice. The presentation of the food and overall ambience was wonderful. Will hopefully come back here in the future!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding blend of cultural flavors. Our party enjoyed every drink, appetizer and entree ordered. Lobster fried rice and crispy beef entrees were great! This is a convenient place to dine when attending a show at the Fox Theater.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, the customer service was excellent! I would definitely recommend!!!

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  27. AnnB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exciting flavors, lovely—and lively—ambience, and exceptional service from Joy.

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  28. BerminaB

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance, food and service were superb! Thumbs up!

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  29. OCEventPlanner

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Asian Southern fusion food & a must try restaurant if you are visiting Atlanta. Reservations are highly recommended. My original dinner reservation made 2 weeks in advance was for 4 people however one week beforehand I needed to increase the head count to 10 people which the Poor Calvin’s reservation team gratuitously accommodated. Our server Jo Jo made several great suggestions & provided stellar service. Everything our party of 10 ordered from appetizers, drinks, entrees & dessert was delicious. Even 2 of our non-adventurous eaters said their entrees were delicious. Thank you for wonderful night out!

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  30. DereckJ

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place!Service and personal is Excellent Would highly recommend to everyone!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was Excellent the service superb and I will definitely be returning such a cozy spot in the city to enjoy a great curated meal!! 5 stars

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  32. BDLove

    Atlanta Metro

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful as usual! Never disappoints! Still an ATL favorite!!

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  33. AdonisT

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Great environment. Definitely going back

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  34. KileyH

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Louise our server was phenomenal and so was the food!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing. Louise is a top notch server, the food and deserts are absolutely amazing. Thanks for helping me celebrate my birthday!

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  36. RUTHP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, drinks, atmosphere and restaurant staff were all incredible! JoeJoe, our server, was engaging, knowledgeable down to the itty bitty details of the dishes which made the dining experience wonderful. Everyone there works as a team to create a fabulous experience. Chef driven and it shows.

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  37. Leondra

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My absolute favorite dining experience….. every time!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is outstanding ! Fabulous in all ways Good and staff are fabulous !

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a great experience dining at Poor Calvin’s the type of experience that is so special and consistent it never disappoints.

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  40. KristelT

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Difficult to put into words how truly wonderful the folks that make this magic happen at Poor Calvin's are, undoubtedly one of the best places I have ever eaten in my life. Not overstating it. Flavors are bold, complex but hit all of your primal eating pleasure centers. Staff is divine. Vibe is so effortlessly smooth. Do yourself a favor and book, worth the wait. James is an angel. Run, don't walk.

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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 4.9 stars by 7092 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 64 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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 : (770) 262-1765
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