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About Poor Calvin's

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.

510 Piedmont Ave, NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, Asian, Southern

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH:
Tuesday- Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm (CLOSED Monday for Lunch)

DINNER:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm

BRUNCH: Saturday and Sunday 11:30-3:00pm

FREE Car Service, provided by Uber, for all Midtown and Downtown hotel guests. Call for scheduling or mention in your reservation notes. The host/hostess will contact you prior to your reservation time. Be advised, this service may be limited to return trip only, based on inclement weather and availability.

Cross Street:
Renaissance Parkway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(404) 254-4051

Website:
http://www.poorcalvins.com/

Entertainment:
THURSDAYS: 7:00pm
Live Jazz

The ambiance fills the restaurant, from live music played by a superb group of musicians. Make reservations today for a weeknight you won't soon forget!

Catering:
E-mail Calvin Phan calvinphan@icloudd.com for catering service availabilities and details.

Personal Delivery available at zifty.com

Parking Details:
Private parking lot adjacent to restaurant, with additional street parking along Piedmont and Renaissance (No Parking Fee).
***Be mindful of signage***

Friday and Saturday: VALET
Complimentary valet provided by City Parking Solutions Inc. Additional parking along Piedmont and Renaissance with side walk to restaurant. Poor Calvin's cannot guarantee parking.

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


FREE Car Service, provided by Uber, for all Midtown and Downtown hotel guests. Call for scheduling or mention in your reservation notes. The host/hostess will contact you prior to your reservation time.

Executive Chef:
Calvin Phan

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Weekend Brunch:
Sat and Sunday 11am-3pm Asian inspired brunch...including: Chicken & waffle, Seafood, Omelette, Lobster fried rice

Drink Specials on all Hair of the Dog cocktails. Including: $ 4 Mimosa, $5 Sangria and more.

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Poor Calvin's Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (94)
Creative Cuisine (83)
Fit for Foodies (73)
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Special Occasion (72)
Casual (70)
Cozy (55)
Fun (54)
Neighborhood Gem (53)
Worth the Drive (53)
Great for Brunch (52)
Good for Birthdays (51)
Handcrafted Cocktails (47)
Hot Spot (47)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
Romantic (43)
Comfort Food (42)
Pre/post Theatre (38)
Great for Lunch (37)
Sunday Lunch (33)
Good for Groups (32)
Authentic (31)
Spicy (28)
Bar Seating (26)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Business Meals (23)
Happy Hour (23)
Local Ingredients (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Late-night Find (17)
People Watching (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Quick Bite (10)
Healthy (9)
Seasonal (8)
Tapas (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Vegan (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Organic (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Scenic View (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great Beer (2)
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·Dined a day ago

Food was amazing!

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·Dined a day ago

Last night was our 17th Wedding Anniversary. Poor Calvin’s was an excellent choice. We were seated within minutes of arriving, the staff was friendly, including the valet. The food and drinks were immaculate. We will definitely be visiting Poor Calvin’s again.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was excellent! The portion sizes were ernormous! I will definitely be back! It’s on the foodie list!

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

I love Poor Calvin's. One of my regular spot The curried grouper is my favorite dish, along with the dumplings and a good lychee martini. The manager is wonderful, always accommodating and charming.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined 4 days ago

Love this place. Food is always great, and they’ve got some amazing specialty drinks as well. I’ve been several times, and service has always been top notch. The servers are knowledgeable about each dish and drink, and are extremely attentive as well. Great place to eat!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Not only great food but great service and very fair priced.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We loved it! Would definitely go back. The service was great and so was the food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was ah-MAZE-ing. I will most definitely be back. LOVE LOVE LOVE

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We celebrated our 30th anniversary by having dinner here. Wonderful good and service.

Tags: Spicy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Lobster fried rice was outstanding. Calvin himself came to the table and explained the dish and ingredients. Robert, the waiter, was outstanding. The pound cake was unusual, but good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This restaurant is amazing. I never come to Atlanta without making this my GO TO restaurant. You'll be glad you did.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Had a reservation for 7:15, took 7 minutes to be greeted by Alicia, then ordered 2 appetizers...she came back with drinks I asked if the appetizers were entered she said no. Didn't bother asking us if we were ready to order nor did she tell us any specials but turned to the table next to us (whom were sat 15 minutes after us) and proceeded to tell them the specials. We ended up walking out at 7:45.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Loved this place. I had the lobster fried rice. Was super yummy! Our service was also spot on. I also had the Lychee martini, highly recommend!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Awesome! Chef Calvin packs flavor in everything he makes. We ordered for two appetizers, four different entrees, and two desserts. I would get all but two of them again. Lobster wontons were terrific. The frog legs were good but I wouldn't order again for the price. All entrees were terrific. The Kahlua cheesecake was great, but don't let the server light the alcohol and pour it over it; it created a burnt taste that none of us enjoyed. Definitely finish with the pound cake; exquisite! We will definitely eat here again when we visit Atlanta. Great special occasion restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was insanely good. Loved the lobster wontons, seafood melange, & fried chicken with lobster Mac n cheese. The peach and goat cheese empanadas were out of this world! Service was fine, food came out hot and fast. Highly recommend!!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always excellent. Love the music, dinning area and of course the food. Asian fusion done expertly.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

An amazing place to start off our anniversary weekend. Great waiter great and awesome chef!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was amazing per usual!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food & great service, the Lobster Fried Rice is AMAZING!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Casual, mostly Asian fusion with southern influenced. The lobster Mac and cheese and fried chicken are amazing!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Delicious food and drinks! LOVE the lobster fried rice!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed yet another dining experience at Poor Calvin's! This time a first time Poor Calvin's patron joined and he loved everything. Delicious appetizers - must try the Deviled Eggs (Korean BBQ beef, caviar, lychee glaze). I'm in love with the Fried Chicken and Lobster Mac & Cheese. I'll be back for sure when I need my "Absolute Fusion" fix. Yum!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Organic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was my first time going to Poor Calvin's. My experience here started off on the wrong foot. Upon arrival to the rest the valet attendant stopped me as I pulled into the lot adjacent to the restaurant. Because I made an early reservation he had not set his signs up correctly yet and they were pointing in the wrong direction. He immediately informed me "this is my lot you are pulling into". I pointed at the signs and he stated "Oh I'm sorry".
I proceeded inside and I gave the hostess my name. She immediately took me to a corner aisle table. I do not like moving around each time a server walks by. I looked around and saw several empty tables. I respectfully asked about the tables and I was told they were reserved. I immediately reminded her that I did make a reservation. The hostess explained that people request certain seating sometimes and one of the seats I asked about was reserved for a couple that was celebrating an anniversary. I respect & understand that however, my reservation was at 5:15 and the anniversary couple was not due until 6:45. The hostess told me to hold on and left. Upon her return she escorted me to the table that was for the couple. I do not know why she didn't take me to one of the other empty tables. She then reminded me that she needed the table by 6:45(rude). It was after 5:30. The waiter, Robert, was pretty good. He explained the menu items well and gave me several great suggestions. The food and my drink were pretty good. I felt pretty aggravated that the hostess kept peeking around the corner to check on my progress every 10 minutes or so. I requested the drink menu prior to finishing my meal due to the first drink ( Mango Jalapeno) tasting so well. This was around 6:00. Guess what? It never arrived. There was a pretty fair amount of noise by a couple of groups that were adjacent to my table.
Overall my experience was well below my expectations in relation to the reviews and the price that you pay >$100.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Brunch was great! I had the lobster fried rice and my sister had the fish and grits. Both dishes were delicious. We shared an appetizer of crab fries, but we could have done without them. They were ok, but the entree was more than enough. The passion fruit frozen margarita was yummy!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Poor Calvin’s is absolutely wonderful! The ambiance is very cozy and romantic. The service was excellent. Everything our server recommended was amazing. The food is unexpected and delicious. From the Deviled Eggs to the Lobster Fried Rice. This place is a must visit.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Poor Calvin's was great from food to service. Make sure to get an appetizer and dessert because that was my favorite part of the meal!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I drove in to Atlanta for a weekend event. Before checking into my hotel I decided to get dinner. One of the best dining experiences of my life. Delicious! Wonderful service. Great food!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Spicy, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Poor Calvin's is a great selection for Thai food. I love the environment and the food is AWESOME.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food! Great service! I will definitely be back for more!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great place to dine the food was amazing the location was great the waiter was great overall I will be back really soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The food was fantastic. I had the lobster fried rice - which was amazing, but also A LOT OF FOOD. It’s probably a dish that should be shared. My friend had the crispy beef, and she absolutely loved it too.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Went for the first time on my birthday/first date (so to speak) and it was amazing. Asked for a romantic spot and it was given. Food was phenomenal. We had the grape smash cocktail, seafood spring rolls, lobster Mac and cheese, and lobster fried rice. All were absolutely delicious. Our server’s name was Haze and he was the best! And valet was complimentary. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Romantic, Tapas, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Brought a friend who just moved in town for his birthday. I hadn’t been in a few years and now I’m kicking myself for not coming more frequently. It was just as great as a remember and definitely going back in rotation!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My birthday

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We were seated at a table that was darker than dark. Had to take out our phones to read the menu. The waiter never told us about the specials for appetizer. The food was beautifully presented, but lacked in much else. Our recommendation, go for the dessert. That was the best part of the dinner. Although they were told we were celebrating our anniversary it was not acknowledged in any way.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Dishes are not up to par. Would find an alternative for Asian food.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Good food and great service got us in and out in time to make it to the comedy show with no problems.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I love this place but it can get Extremely Loud. People are there to enjoy the party they're with so the loud music is unnecessary. The conversations get loud trying to talk over it.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food! Looks and taste good! Same goes for the drinks! Super service! We love our waitress Lola! Shaman!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My boyfriend and I did a quick trip to Atlanta for the weekend. We landed Friday, checked in to our hotel and I opened up the Yelp app to see what restaurant recommendations there were. Poor Calvin's came up with amazing reviews. I made reservations for 9:00pm and the rest was history.

The atmosphere at the restaurant is cozy. I instantly felt at home when I walked in. They quickly sat us at our table and then the most magical part of the night happened. Our waitress made the night. She felt like an old friend. Recommended our drinks, apps, and what we should eat. She constantly checked in on us to make sure everything was great.

For the drinks I had the Dixie Derby and my partner had Calvin's Lychee Martini. Both drinks were amazing and left us wanting more...so we ordered a second order :)

For the appetizer we got the friend goat cheese with green tomatoes. When I tasted this I knew I was going to have fun at this restaurant. All the flavors were there, the sauces glazed on top made everything taste amazing.

For the entree I had the Crispy Beef with coconut rice, our server said there was no other rice to go with lol, so that's what I chose. My partner had the Pan Seared Chilean Seabass. My dish had amazing flavors and a little bit of spice to it. It was definitely a good choice. But I have to say my partner's seabass was amazing. Now I don't really like seafood, and when I tried this with all the sauces and veggies draped on it, it was like biting into a soft piece of butter. The fish was so tender and full of flavor, it fooled my tastebuds into thinking this wasn't seafood! AMAZING!

This place has it all. Great drinks, amazing food, warm ambiance, and what made the day was our amazing server. She even had her own tag-line that people yelled at her as they came into the restaurant. This was an amazing restaurant to start our trip to Atlanta!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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