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Poor Calvin's

4.8
4596 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). 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.

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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
  • Diner temperature check required

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Wed - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM

What 4596 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food that my wife and I ordered was subpar.

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ZAZA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING FOOD. Best restaurant in Atlanta. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calvin’s flavors are soooo amazing! We enjoyed every bite!

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Dave
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Poor Calvin's gives a great vibe and the staff is extremely nice and accommodating. The entrée portions are massive. WILL NEED A TO GO BOX. Great food.

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TerranceJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You must go here. It was an experience like no other.

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TeeC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My all time favorite restaurant. I let Louise-my server pick my meal and just told her to surprise me! From the drink, appetizers and my entree, I was throughly pleased.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious flavors and well prepared dishes. We tried several different offerings from the menu and everything was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Ashley was outstanding. One of the best we’ve had. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was really nice. We enjoyed ourselves.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting and what a great experience! I was in town for the Atlanta wholesale market and my team suggested Poor Calvins. Everything from the ambiance and service to the food were spot on.

To top it off, they comp’d our uber back to the hotel.

Will definitely be back.

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BrandonB
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Chef Calvin is indeed a culinary artist!

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Erikka
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great environment!! This ia an establishment that provides a delightful experience with Asian influences dishes.

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EmJay
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice people! Courteous waiter! A more compact,smaller location than I imagined, however great things come in small packages!

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Whatshidden
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I don't like pulling shells out of my food. Also they ran out of certain desserts and nobody showed us a dessert tray. The food otherwise was okay - but a lot pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp and Grits were amazing

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MichelleG
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place nice decor and great food plus they have valet.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! A great place for romance and girl’s night out.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was beyond expectation!! What a great find.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food as always was outstanding. Would highly recommend trying the Agedashi Tofu as an appetizer. It was fantastic, the bits of lobster with it really set it apart. I tried the Siam Duck & Shrimp. The duck was perhaps the best I have ever had, with the curry really adding a different twist to the overall dish.

Service was great, a little slow at start especially given the restaurant wasn’t all that busy. But it improved throughout the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great hostess and server, made my birthday amazing

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BEES
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a winner hasn’t disappointed yet, I’m a 4 time repeat offender here!

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vipBacho
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in Atlanta - we go at least once every time we are in town. The food and cocktails are fabulous - but what makes the experience OVER THE TOP is the service! Raven the hostess is charming and Louise was our waitress - we have NEVER - at any restaurant- had such a knowledgeable, perfectly attentive and wonderful person wait on us! We will request her every time we go back! And then there’s James - not enough can be said about how enjoyable he makes the whole experience! Funny, attentive and just PERFECT! The entire evening is always superb!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! They even paid for our Uber home! Such. Fun energetic place and the food was to die for!! New favorite spot!

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GLaw
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a “Sure Thing” dining here. Calvin was cooking on this particular night. Our waiter, Justin, was right on time with everything. The ambiance is cool and the food is phenomenal. The signature Lobster Fried Rice is not to be missed. I visit Atlanta 4 times a year for business and Poor Calvin’s is my first dinner out, every time.

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ShanaR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love the Lamb!! Our waiter was awesome, Tim!

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TonitraB
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing short of an amazing experience!!! Food, service everything was perfect!!

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mylac
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Everything we ordered was good except for the veggie spring roll. I had to send it back. I could not exchange nor get it taken off of the check due to their "no refund/no exchange policy." I might go back. The grouper was good and the long Island was great.

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WalterC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been several times now love it We will be going back

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CoreyB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday.

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vipTreschaH
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ~ service and food are always consistent and satisfying. The food presentation never lets me down. And Lowla (or Sha Na Na is thee best waitress)!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

30th Birthday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. It was a different experience for me because of the spices they used. My only complaint was the breading on the chicken. It was kind of hard. But I just scrapped it off and ate the chicken. The chicken was moist and seasoned well.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations to celebrate my Boyfriend’s birthday. We were immediately greeted upon entering the restaurant. The staff were friendly and welcoming. Our waiter was well versed on the menu items and gave some awesome recommendations. The ambience was great . The food was deliciously delicious. My boyfriend ordered the lamb chops which he complimented were perfectly prepared. I had the Lobster fried rice which was amazing. They even bought out a nicely decorated dessert with a lit candle in celebration of my boyfriend’s birthday. I recommend Poor Calvin’s for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sha Na Nah was legendary, world-class level service. I'd put her up against ANY top server, anywhere!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a Birthday

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johnw
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff are Magnificent. I shall return many times.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg this place is everything. The food , the drinks , and the staff were all nice.

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vipTravisP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lowla is the best!

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Naetoreous1
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was outstanding! Our server Joy was super dope, efficient, friendly, and engaging. The ambience was cool. They were able to maintain social distancing, they took our temps everyone wore masks, which is super important with CV-19. The one thing I did not appreciate was when we arrived one of my party of four was parking their car and they would not seat us, causing us to wait an extra 15 minutes or so for a table (we did have reservations). I'm not tripping off that b/c the service and food made up for that. Everything was hot, fresh, and relatively fast.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First night in Atlanta!

FAQs

Poor Calvin's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (404) 254-4051.

Poor Calvin's is rated 4.8 stars by 4596 OpenTable diners.

Poor Calvin's does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://squareup.com/gift/GVPXQHVKXKCYK/order.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.