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Poor Calvin's

4.7
2194 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic, Asian, Southern
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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.
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Phone number
(404) 254-4051
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Calvin Phan
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Catering
E-mail Calvin Phan calvinphan@icloudd.com for catering service availabilities and details.

Personal Delivery available at zifty.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Renaissance Parkway
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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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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
What 2194 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
service
4.5
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

great food and service.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I love poor Calvins it's one of my favorite restaurants. I go at least once a month I love the manager, he's awesome.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This was not my first time here but it was my husband's. I've learned to do research before taking him to new spaces. He loves a good cocktail when out for dinner. He also is one to always order an appetizer. In addition he like fresh foods and to try new things so this place is made for all of that. The service is always excellent and the staff friendly and knowledgeable. The drinks are always interesting yet flavorful as is the food. If you go and want to share dessert as a group, get the apple.

My only quark about this place is the valet, but that is contracted out. Each time I found them to be a little unprofessional.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was pretty good, but Linda made the whole experience. She is fantastic!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Robert our server was very cordial and attitude was great. Very knowledgeable about menu. Food was really good. I had the wontons and lobster fried rice-sooo good. Will be back to try a few more items.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great as always!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was amazing! Service was good as well however at the end of our meal, we heard our server tell another table the special of the night and it sounded delicious but we were never told about it. But overall, great experience.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Fun food place with interesting ambience
Must make reservations.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Really nice casual spot. You must try the lychee martini. Loved the service, everybody pay attention to you

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was incredible! Would definitely recommend Pad Thai tiger shrimp. Huge portions, great value. Cool atmosphere.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Was recommended by a friend. Did not disappoint.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

EXCELLENT ON EVERY LEVEL. OUR NEW FAVORITE RESTAURANT !!!!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We came for boozy brunch because Poor Calvin's has sangria, which is hard to find for brunch. We were a party of three and decided to share small bites and the Lobster Fried Rice. We had the beignets, lobster won tons, and calimari. The presentations were creative, and the food was flavorful. Our server was awesome. He had great recommendations and was prompt with service. Next time I'm in Atlanta, I will check them out for dinner. I recommend this restaurant as a regular spot for locals.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service began at the door with James. He treated you at if he was welcoming you into his home. Then Tim, our wait staff along with the other servers, treated us with utmost care. Great place for dining so matter what the occasion. I'll be returning when I'm back in the ATL.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely wonderful! Would come more often if I didn't live far away.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

B'day luch w/ Aunt to check new spot. Love It! Great, pleasant service. Great tasting food ( mines we're sauteed shrimp'n veggies with Jasmine rice , yum!) and they will attempt to modify for your health concerns or suggest options. Our waiter even surprised her w/ a delicious tasting desert for her day :) Definitely will return.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Absolute must try if you are in Atlanta. Great food and beverages. Deviled Eggs are possibly the most creative and best ever! The fried chicken is top notch as well as all entrees. Make sure to save room for dessert. My favorite is their twist on a candy apple, but all desserts are out of this world. Cocktails are seasonal and crafted with fresh and delicious ingredients. My top two are the Jasmine Manhattan and Frankly My Dear!

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Fun place with interesting (and yummy)food. Cocktails were inventive but didn’t make it—a bit overdone. Great service! Definitely try it!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Fun spot, very creative food and presentation. For such a high level establishment, a little Hard to eat gluten free as much is breaded and fried. Not much option to alter, from server anyway.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Delicious meal before show at the Fox. Valet parking. Easy in and out with a 5:30 or 6 reservation. The food was terrific. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Wonderful and cozy. Excellent customer service!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Wonderful service from Sylvia and tasty food. In Atlanta on business but it felt like a party!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Upon arriving, we check in for 8:30 reservation which we were able to be seated immediately 30 minutes early. After being seated, we were greeted by one of the sweetest waitresses. Her name is Linda I believe, but forgive me I am bad with names sometime. She asked where we celebrating anything special and also did we have any food allergies she should be aware of. She recommended great drink selections and explain the menu in full detail and answered all questions about the food items that we had. Everything from appetizers to dessert was amazing!!! My partner and I enjoyed every part of the experience, from the amazing food to the romantic yet energizing atmosphere. This was our first time at Poor Calvin's but it would definitely not be our last. You have gained lifetime customers! Five star experience!!!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had the beef and fried chicken and it was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Amazing food married with amazing service!!! I will definitely be a repeat customer.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Amazeballs

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Poor Calvin’s never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent restaurant for special occasion or everyday dining. Superior wait staff, excellent bartender/cocktails and beautiful food presentation. Six of us had different entrees and all exceeded expectations.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Both the food and ambience were outstanding. A great location to eat with friends or for date night.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our date night at Calvin's. We had seafood spring rolls, frog legs, calamari, and seafood siam wok. The spring rolls were crispy and the seafood filling was scrumptous with a good balance of meat and vegis. The frog legs - tender and tasty. And the calamari was excellent. The wok is always a favorite with the generous portions of seafood and vegetables in a rich broth with a hint of spice. Delicious! My only regret was not saving room for Calvin's signature desserts. There's always the next time :-) Always great service each time we visit. We will be back soon. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Excellent service. James and the Bar crew are on point. Food fabulous

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Had an awesome experience at Poor Calvin’s! The cocktails and food were phenomenal and the service even better! It was my first time there, but definitely won’t be the last.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Love this place!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

I have never had a bad experience. Food and service is always top notch. You have a customer for life!!!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a fabulous experience and will definitely be back. Service was amazing (our server Tim was so attentive and informative about the dishes). The food was excellent and a great price. Already planning our next visit!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Nice place to eat and drink, food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I always enjoy Poor Calvin's. No other brunch spot does it for me. And Sha Na Na is my favorite waitress.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I made reservations for 6 for my birthday. When my party got there which was a few minutes late we were told since there were only 5 of us we needed to be seated immediately and that the last person would not be able to sit at our table. I have never heard of anything like that before. So we called the last person and he didn’t answer. We decided to sit down in hopes that he would eventually make it. 3 minutes later he walked to the table with a special gift for me. They proceeded to tell my guest he would have to sit at the bar. My whole party was very upset and wanted to leave but decided to sit at the bar. The bartender was amazing and the food was great. We may return.

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