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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

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (120)
Creative Cuisine (107)
Special Occasion (97)
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Fit for Foodies (93)
Casual (84)
Good for Birthdays (75)
Fun (72)
Neighborhood Gem (69)
Cozy (64)
Worth the Drive (63)
Handcrafted Cocktails (61)
Great for Brunch (59)
Comfort Food (58)
Hot Spot (56)
Good for Anniversaries (54)
Romantic (52)
Great for Lunch (47)
Pre/post Theatre (42)
Sunday Lunch (42)
Authentic (41)
Good for Groups (37)
Spicy (36)
Bar Seating (33)
Happy Hour (30)
Business Meals (29)
Local Ingredients (25)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Good Vegetarian Options (24)
Late-night Find (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
People Watching (19)
Vegan (14)
Healthy (13)
Tapas (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Quick Bite (11)
Disabled Access (9)
Seasonal (9)
Organic (9)
Notable Wine List (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Scenic View (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Live Sports (2)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined a day ago

They seated us right away and in a great spot. Everyone we came in contact with was amazing. Our waitress gave great recommendations, and the cocktails were great. We definitely will be going back.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

Just different than we expected. Food was okay, not exceptional for the price in my opinion . Not sure we will go back, but the place was packed. Lobster wontons were great! Our waiter Timothy was great!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic restaurant. Very creative dishes. Wonderful dinner.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

Seating policy is ridiculous. We had reservations, arrived 5 minutes early with 3 of 4 guests and we were not allowed to be seated until the 4th arrived ... the restaurant's loss because we would have ordered more apps and more drinks ... bar was to busy to get drink beforehand while waiting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

I had a wonderful experience. Excellent food and exceptional service. Can't wait to dine here again. Thank you!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Let me start by saying the ambiance and service were really good. I had a eaten here about 1.5 years ago and I had loved the food. Not sure if the chef changed but the food has noticeably degraded in quality. The spring roll starter was good. I wasn't thrilled with the cocktails but it was probably my fault for deciding to be creative and ordering the spicy Mango Jalapeno. I think the cocktail menu could use a revise, there's no point being creative if it doesn't taste good. The main course was terrible. I ordered the Shrimp Pad Thai and while the shrimp was okay, the noodles were sticky, very oily and in general not pleasant to eat. My boyfriend ordered the fried chicken with a side of lobster macaroni and found the chicken over-friend (nearly burnt) and the macaroni seemed not quite freshly cooked. The food is not cheap and we were expecting much better. Service was amazing.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 5 days ago

Second visit. Both times the food was awesome. Service the first time was outstanding, but unfortunately on this past trip it was abysmal. Had I not been hosting a business dinner, I would have been very vocal with the manager. Our waiter was one of the most inattentive I've ever had at any establishment. So great food, but apparently hit or miss on service.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

I’ve been to Poor Calvin’s several times. Every menu item I’ve tried has been amazing. My favorite is the fried lobster rice.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Took an hour to be seated even with reservations - we arrived on time and checked in but parties with same number seated before with later reservations.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

OMG....my new favorite restaurant when visiting Atlanta. We had a reservation and we were seated immediately entering the restaurant which almost never happens. We were then right away welcomed by a fabulous friendly charming waiter and the experience kept getting better....then the food and then the velvet cake for dessert all fabulous...run to this restaurant and prices very reasonable for the food....cant wait to go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Awesome bartender!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

This place is amazing! The food is A1 as well! Definitely a gem i the city.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Casual, Romantic, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Organic, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

I have been going to Poor Calvin's since day one. And still every single time I go, the experience exceeds all my expectations. This is my go to spot to take out of towners, friends, family, and business associates. The food is impeccable, the service is outstanding and personable, the ambiance is urban and cool. Ask for Lowla, she is hands down the BEST server in ALL of ATL! You cannot go wrong for lunch, dinner or brunch. I prefer a nice Saturday or Sunday brunch with libations. The bar is fully and very well stocked. They have some signature drinks that are incredible. Try the Hennessy Grape Smash. You will be addicted! I give this place 6 out of 5 stars~! Every, single, time! :)

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

Poor Calvin's is my HAPPY PLACE! James (the General Manager from the wonderful island of ARUBA!) is a true gem and the staff are all amazing! And the food is absolutely divine! So glad Calvin had a dream to open a restaurant! I cannot imagine Atlanta without my Happy Place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was delicious! Service was great! Recommend to make a reservation if you can, as this restaurant was super busy when we were there for dinner on a Saturday evening. I love how they comp an Uber ride back to your hotel if you are staying local!!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Staff was lovely, knowledgeable and accommodating. Huge portions of creative and delicious meals. We will definitely be back!

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

This is not the place to book group events. I had been here before on a date and I thought it was cute so I decided to come back for my bridesmaid dinner however in a group setting they only allotted us a 2 hour time slot and they did not tell me that when I booked the dinner so they rushed us to eat and drink and the food is not that great it’s pretty but not good

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent pre-Fox meal. Thank you Martin for the excellent suggestions and great service. We will be back.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was interesting and delicious. We went for brunch on a Saturday, and it was very busy. We ordered the lobster grilled cheese, the lobster fried rice, the chicken and waffles, lobster wontons and the dumplings. It was all tasty, and everyone was pleased.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Pleasantly surprised. The fried chicken was delicious and the grilled cheese and fries were a treat.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Lola was our waitress and she was fabulous!. The lobster wonton was delicious. That night they had an avocado/chocolate cake with mascarpone. Calvin delivered it to the table himself. He was so nice and the dessert was amazing!!!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The food was good, not the best I’ve ever had and certainly not cheap, but no complaints with the food.

The service was not, the service leve was Chili’s. Except for the manager, he was attentive and seemed to care. For the price level I expect higher level.

Shout out to Open Table though. They didn’t have any tables and were “completely full.” So it started with a snotty “you need a reservation here.” So I turned, opened the app and PRESTO! we had a reservation (though he said we only get an hour!)

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Never disappoints. I had the signature dish- lobster fried rice and it was delicious as always. We have been here for brunch, lunch and dinner and it’s always a pleasure. Empanadas for dessert is a must !!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 12, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Atlanta

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·Dined on January 10, 2018

The food choices from main entrees to deserts were amazing. Cant wait to try other items. Saw many dishes sent to other tables that looked incredible and I could tell by their expressions that it was as good as it looked. I had the Grouper Pad Thai and it was incredible. My wife had the duck and it to was top notch. Appetizers were great also. (Basil rolls and Lobster WonTon) And the HUGE piece of Red Velvet Suspension cake should not be missed. The portions are very large so bring your appetite and plan on leftovers. well don Poor Calvins!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Everything was great! Enjoy the spring roll, fried chicken and lobster Mac!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The food was very good an unique. We had two teas, two coffees two entrees and one appetizer. Our total bill was $52 and change. It seamed like a lot for lunch, but no individual item was really overpriced. It is really a great place for a seafood lover!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Amazing Lobster Fried Rice and Lobster Wontons! The service was spot on! Also I recommend the Apple and Peach Desserts....

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great food, great service as always.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I love Poor Calvin's is one of my favorite restaurant every time I go I have an awesome experience, the food is great, the atmosphere is great, it's the Best

Tags: Happy Hour, Vegan, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Everything was great except lighting was way too bright in booth on bar. Spotlights. Even when dimmed...too bright.

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

VERY well trained staff. Asked about food preferences and allergies right away. VERY attentive to our needs.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Loved the as atmosphere. Wonderful food and service.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Love this restaurant, eat here every time we visit Atlanta.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

SIMPLY AMAZING!

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food, great service. Lobster wontons and lobster fried rice are superb. We were seated downstairs in the corner by the bar and there were a few gnats but other than that, it was a great night!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It was freezing where we sat and the table needed to be cleaned again. It was sticky & dirty. However, the food was delicious; especially the lobster wontons & the wok tossed seafood w/ coconut brown rice. The pound cake was superb!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Amazing service. Ask for Shan na na,

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

I really enjoyed our server Hayes he was very knowledgeable ans just a great server! Food was amazing!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Vegan, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Will always be the best. The manager is amazing. Lola our server as always was too!

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