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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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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 (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)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Service needs to be improved. This was my second visit to Poor Calvin's. Once with girlfriends and most recently with family. On both occasions, I felt rushed to order or leave. Promptly at 9:30pm, a host asked us to leave by stating 'we can't hold the table any longer as we have other guest'. Hmmm... we were a party of 5 who didn't skim on our selections. Appears rude and lacks class.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

My experience with Poor Calvin’s was not what I expected. I heard such great things about this restaurant, while the food was great my our server was amazing. The hostess and manager were not pleasant. I was told that we had to be done by eating by a certain time as confirming the appointment and that was unsettling. We were running about 15 minutes last due to horrible traffic in Atlanta and they weren’t understanding about that. This was dinner for a friends birthday, a time to celebrate and have fun and the service put a damper on our night especially being asked to leave after we ate dinner. That was rude.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Good food and fast service.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent food and great cocktails. Not your usual place and never have been disappointed! It is my "go-to" place to take friends and guests from our of town.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great ambiance and service. However, the food is average taste. It has nothing special to it. I do not mind paying a lot of money for food if it’s great, however this was just an average meal. Lamb chops were way too sweet where you can only taste the sweetness and not the meat. My wife’s salmon was the exam same as one would cook at home. $140 bill for two is a little too much. I would have left an amazing review with 5 stars if the food had something special to it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Lola is the best!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 13, 2017

really enjoyed dinner. The hostess was a little difficult, even though we had reservations. very creative food. Deviled eggs wow. entrees were huge...better for sharing.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent drink....long island tiki, excellent food and pound cake desert....OMG! Love this place!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The wait staff was awesome and gave great suggestions. Had the chicken with Lobster Mac but was unimpressed by the amount of Lobster in it. Overall food portions were great and I will return at least once to try another option on the menu.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing from beginning to end . Drinks , starters. Entrees and omg desserts.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Highly recommended for brunch and ask for Lola. I had the lobster fried rice and it was amazing.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was delicious, I️ had the chicken and waffles. Our server Hayes was so friendly and made great suggestions. He made us feel very welcomed.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

My good friend was visiting from NY and I wanted to take her to a unique place she had never been before. Poor Calvin's did not dissapoint! She enjoyed her food very much, our server was nice and I most definitely plan on bringing all of my out of town friends to Poor Calvin's!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is fine dining on a budget. The menu is limited but it works for the style of gourmet food that is offered! The food is Excellent and the ambitious is Great! I give Poor Calvin's 5 stars!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Happened upon this restaurant while visiting from out of town. Seriously some of the best food I have ever eaten. The waitress (Alecia) was outstanding and everything from the appetizer to dessert was AMAZING!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was delicious and the drinks were very tasty! I enjoyed the staff; they were very friendly!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

very mediocre this time around...singular flavor notes. Acrid hot and sugar.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was awesome and the portion was big for its price . Definitely recommend and will refer friends

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was delicious. I visit Ppor Calvin’s whenever I am in Atlanta and am never disappointed.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The best shrimp pad Thai we have found in the Atl. Lobster won tons amazing. Lamb chops delish. It was a busy Saturday night, service was not bad just not that great.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Spicy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had a FABULOUS experience at Poor Calvin's. The atmosphere was cozy, the staff super-friendly, and the food divine! Would definitely return when I'm in the area again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Everything was great except for the server who started cursing out another worker very loudly.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The egg rolls were great. My seafood dish was good. The seafood dish with pasta didn’t have much seafood in it, and the delicate flavor of the pasta was overwhelmed by the spices used. I’d skip that dish.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent food. Loved the lobster fried rice. My wife the lamb chops. The red velvet cake was too much-filling that is. Very enjoyable evening except very noisy. One table in particular with one profane guy. Next time we will sit outside. I will go back

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

From the greeting with a smile to the departure entreating us to come again, our dining experience at Poor Calvin’s did not disappoint! The service was spot on as our server, Tim, was quite knowledgeable of the menu and always appeared at just the right time with a warm smile on his face. The food was spectacular, and just as I had been told it would be. Lobster Mac and cheese, so yummy, and we went for the double carb/ double lobster with the lobster fried rice. Finally, the pièce de résistance, the peach and goat cheese empanadas. I think my taste buds took me straight to heaven! A spectacular culinary experience!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent, excellent, excellent. Hayes was our waiter and he was great.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food and service. Parking was a huge problem. Valet not Customer focused.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Love this place! It was perfect for my birthday!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The drinks and food are delicious. If going on a Friday or Saturday night , reservations are a must! I wish that the place was bigger to accommodate more people.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We love the way chef Calvin creates his food, the flavors, the way of cooking and presentation and will be coming to this restaurant again. That was our wedding anniversary and the restaurant crew made all possible to have this evening special of us.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was amazing but they are very serious about no changes in your order . Ie cannot get grits on the side if the dish calls for sausage over the grits

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This spot is great for any occasion - date, birthday, quick bite, bar, just plain hungry. Staff is courteous and food is scrumptious. A must-go in Atlanta.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Poor Calvins was exactly what we had been seeking since moving to Atlanta. Great menu!!! Unique options that make you go... HMMM? At first... But try any of the options and you'll be impressed!! Service was fantastic and the owner stopped by the table. We are looking for an opportunity to return!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food at Poor Calvin's is simply scrumptious!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I love this place. The suspension cake is life changing. Food is well seasoned. Be careful no food changes/ substitutions are allowed. James is the absolute best!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Fantastic food and great service. Our server was attentive and grave great recommendations since it was our first time.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Tables were close together and patrons were talking extremely loud. Drinks took about 10 minutes to get served.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Second time here, and was just as pleased as the first. Great food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was my 2nd visit to Poor Calvin's. My 1st visit was some years ago. Still great drinks and food. Service was on point, as usual.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was our third or fourth visit. We keep coming back because the food is very good. Poor Calvin’s never disappoints. The menu is always different.

On this visit, I really wanted the Grouper Thai Curry. But I was informed it contained cream, in addition to coconut milk. (I’m lactose intolerant and ingesting cream sends me to the nearest ER.). Not to be disappointed, I asked about the possibility of making a slight change to the item. I learned Calvin does not make changes or substitutions to his menu. Alas, I gave in and ordered the Vegan Curry and an order of Coconut Shrimp for protein, as I’m not a fan of Tofu that comes in the Vegan Curry. After taking my first bites, I decided that it was perfectly okay for Calvin to be temperamental. After all, most geniuses are, right? My food was “off the chart” delicious! The Curry wasn’t heavy or overpowering. It was light and flavorful, with the perfect amount of “kick.” My spouse ordered the Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass. It was equally delicious. We can hardly wait to eat at Poor Calvin’s again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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