Poor Calvin's

4.7
3243 reviews
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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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Orlando
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to Poor Calvin’s and I will definitely be back. The service was impeccable. The food was amazing and I really loved how we didn’t have to wait long for our drinks or food! It was perfect!

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CW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the atmosphere and the service! Our waitress was kind and professional and she made us laugh.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and the food was absolutely the best thing we've ever eaten! You get so much food. Well worth the drive from SC. Valet guys were very nice. Will come back to try more menu items.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yall this food was amazing!!!! Our waiter Ramsey was extraordinary! Lobster wontons, beignets, the peach bellini, lobster fried rice, fried chicken, soooooo worth it!

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G
Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nikita was an outstanding server! Her recommendations were on point! I will definitely be back!

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I
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, fantastic service
Really made feel welcome once you get to your table

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TW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both excellent. The only thing that needs addressing is that the parking.

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KL
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks. The grouper was served so creatively. The mango spice cocktail was delicious.

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TH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This is my second time eating at this restaurant and there is always a line even with reservation and hard to get a decent time. I went today which is a Tuesday and I was able to get an 8:30 reservation, we finally got seated around 8:45pm. I ordered a lobster Mac n cheese as an appetizer and a Thai tea. The tea was too much coconut milk and no tea taste and lobster Mac n cheese had a little kick to it. I asked them if they had a kid”s’ meal and they say they have chicken and fries,so I ordered that until our waiter came back and said they “ ran out” of fries and if I wanted anything else so I said no Just the chicken would bring fine so I asked for some ketchup and guess what the waiter gave me a weird look and said sorry we don’t have ketchup. This is the first restaurant I’ve been to that said they don’t have ketchup, I think is little ridiculous that first they ran out of fries then they don’t have ketchup.

My kid end up not eating since he was hoping for his fries the whole time:(

This time around eating with this restaurant was very disappointed and don’t know if I will ever return agajn!

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R
Tulsa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food in a relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food was tasty, definitely one of my favorite places to eat in Midtown.

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GP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I did. Very good food. Waitress answered all my questions

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JD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lamb chops I ever tasted. Everything on the plate was delicious.

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CV
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time to Poor Calvin’s did not disappoint. Each dish was scrumptious. The flavors were amazing. Deviled eggs and lobster wontons for appetizers. Fried chicken, lobster Mac and cheese with greens was my husbands choice for entre. I had the Curry Seafood. Amazing! We saw the desserts passing us, going to other tables. They are huge! We chose the pound cake. Wow! Another wow, the service! Impeccable. Calvin’s is our new favorite restaurant. We will be back!

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LS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food here. The presentation is great and everything is nice and fresh.

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QW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just love this place. It is one of my top 3 favorite restaurants to frequent.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Food is incredible. Omg that lobster fried rice and grouper fish dish was amazing

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T
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was good. However, valet parking only had one person working. It was a long wait to even get our cars parked before entering the restaurant

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F
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lobster Wontons were delectable! Must try. The Lobster Fried rice and Fried Chicken was perfect as usual. The Lychee Martini was so refreshing. Really enjoyed the Lychee garnish. One of our favorite restaurants in the city. NEVER disappoints us. This is our 4th visit!!

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CG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service, as always, were excellent! I love this place!

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LK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is always unique and delicious - service always personal and great - but the noise level was really hard to deal with this visit

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JF
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was Awesome! It was my birthday dinner and the waiter treated me as so!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.

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LM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food and the staff. The grouper and sea bass were to awesome.

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Unique atmosphere with exceptional food. A great find for an out-of-state food experience. So glad we went!

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V
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It was ok but considering the hype, I would recommend for lunch only if someone wants to try it.

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L
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is just a great combination of great food and superb service.

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s
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come to Atlanta for work twice a year and eat at Poor Calvin's atleast once during each stay. It's absolutely phenomenal. The service is always great, the atmosphere is super fun and the food, wow! The deviled eggs with korean bbq are always my app and the lamb chops with goat cheese my entree, it's so good, I can't get myself to sway to something else. My coworkers pretty much do the same with each of their favorites. This go around he had a special app of goose liver pate. I don't think I have ever tasted such amazing pate and I have traveled the world and order it whenever it's on the menu - his was the creamiest, most incredible pate. I don't care for Atlanta much but the prospect of going to Poor Calvin's makes it a much less painful trip for me.

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KK
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we visit Atlanta, we always eat at Poor Calvin's as it is a favorite. We ate outside this time and it was very nice and a bit quieter than it is inside. Food and drinks and service were outstanding.

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TS
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and service. We enjoyed our dinner.

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l
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place and it did not disappoint this time. Had a wonderful birthday dinner tonight. Food and service was absolutely superb!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious. Presentation was great and Ramsey our server had customer service skills that made us feel like we were his only table. Everything exceeded our expectations but the quality of service Ramsey provided is the reason I will return.

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BD
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome service!!

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OT
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poor Calvin's is great! Good food, great service.

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VD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was ok. Dumpling special was tasteless and not filling. Salad not worth a mention. Seafood curry was full of seafood, but too soupy. Lobster fried had a bed of rice and one fried lobster tail stuck on top. Service started out slow.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Katie was great!

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great food, amazing drinks...

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make reservations, it’s a must as this place is popular. We had 6:30 reservations and were seated promptly. The hostess and our server were very friendly and attentive. The food portions are big and everything we ordered tasted amazing.

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 4

My car was broken into and the manager: although she was nice: she blamed it on the valet company. Although: they did park our car on the street instead of in the parking lot: but as a customer of Poor Calvin's the customer has no distinction between Poor Calvin's and its contracted company. I feel as though the restaurant left us out to deal with their contracted company. That shows they don't really care for the customer.

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DN
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

I ordered the chicken and greens. The greens were cold and the chicken was a little fatty. This was the first time that my food was not up to par at Poor Calvins.

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