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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
7104 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 7,104 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

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7,104 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food! Great atmosphere! Awesome Service! 

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, amazing staff, 10 out of 10. They left no crumbs, I'll be doing a pit stop this weekend to get some dessert.

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  3. RickD

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Joy was awesome as my server. James and the team continue to provide an exceptional dining experience. Food (shrimp appetizer and lamb chop entree) were perfectly cooked and delicious

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service. Excellent Food. Highly recommend!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our meal at Poor Calvin’s. Pretty pricey but interesting and delicious as well as friendly service. I’ll be back.

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  6. AnthonyJ

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Portions were so large, lovely gem of a restaurant in Atlanta

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  7. WilliamW

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely a terrific restaurant and experience! I would recommend to anyone who happens to be in Atlanta. Wonderful mixture of unique flavors.

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  8. BarbaraE

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about this place was excellent! The food, the drinks, the service, the staff, the vibe.....EVERYTHING. I can't wait to come back!

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  9. TheNewMikeW

    Atlanta Metro

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Poor Calvin's is absolutely one of our favorite Atlanta restaurants. It is our #1 go to when out of town guests visit. Their signature lobster fried rice is the best I've ever tasted. Most recently I tried their lamb chops and as suggested added the goat cheese crumbles... Outstanding! Our server Zuber was fantastic and we will as for him every time. Poor Calvin's has a wonderfully imaginative menu and always has some very creative specials. This is one restaurant that you must add to your list!

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  10. PaulO

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Poor Calvins is my favorite Atlanta restaurant. Food is unbelievable. This time we were there for brunch and everything was the same 5 star standard dinner menu provides (which you can also order off). No bad choices in the menu. Can't wait to return.

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  11. ACEII

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service from Ashley! Appetizers were awesome. The Cabernet was not good. I mean, really not good. My wife loved her main course. My fried grouper was a little fishy for some pieces. Otherwise, it was tasty.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome, everyone was very attentive and helpful and knowledgeable about the menu and very friendly.

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  13. Cheryl

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to Calvin’s a hand full of times amd every time has been excellent! If you’ve never been, do yourself a favor and go! The service is great, the ambiance has an awesome vibe, and the food is amazingly delicious!

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  14. Lisa

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu is periodically updated with combinations that compliment well.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I’m allergic to shellfish & they do not have many options that don’t include shellfish is some form.

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  16. jarenaC

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. I've gone to Poor Calvin's before. All are still the same. Love the food.

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  17. TheDipper022224

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server, Enoch, was outstanding: courteous, attentive and paid attention to details. The entrees were plenteous and flavorful and the desserts were awesome! My wife and I could have found no better dining experience to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary.

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  18. Beverly

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    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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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    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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  20. VondaL

    Atlanta Metro

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    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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  21. LorettaP

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    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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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    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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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    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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  24. TonyM

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    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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  25. EveEats

    Atlanta Metro

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    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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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    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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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    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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  28. Tamika

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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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 7104 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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