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Poor Calvin's

4.7
2175 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 2175 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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food
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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4.0Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

Wonderful and cozy. Excellent customer service!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Amazeballs

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Poor Calvin’s never disappoints!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Delicious!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food, make sure you have reservations and it’s a little more quaint than I thought. Overall great service.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Fantastic service, and the food was excellent. The waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and guided us through the experience with ease. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for flavorful food and a nice ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was creative and amazing as always! One of my top ten’s for midtown Atlanta!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Love this place. We always get the Lobster wontons. Usually get the Lobster fried rice. I’ve enjoyed everything I have tried. Good cocktails, friendly wait staff.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

As usual, Poor Calvin’s was delicious. Our dining experience was exceptional from the service to the food. I will definitely return for yet another great dining experience. Kudos!!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great experience! Lola was so much fun!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I've dined at Poor Calvin's before; however, this was by far my best experience. Everything was wonderful! I took my mom to celebrate her birthday and she loved it. Our service was fantastic - knowledgeable and attentive from beginning to end. I'm already planning my next visit.

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2.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food was okay, but nothing special. For how expensive the fried chicken dish was, I would have expected a better-prepared piece of chicken with the fat cut away and perhaps the meat separated from the bone.

Likewise, the lobster mac-n-cheese seemed kind of pedestrian and not the treat I was hoping for.

The dumplings were okay, but nothing you can't buy frozen from Costco.

Nothing was bad, but I can't see a need to return.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Went there for my birthday. The food was amazing, the staff was great. It was perfect. I would definitely recommend it for dates!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Poor Calvin's was amazing! All the good things I heard were true and I can't wait to go back again.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Birthday celebration and the food was great and the service even better!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We went to Poor Calvin’s on a visit to Atlanta. The restaurant was very loud, having a conversation wasn’t that easy. The hostess was very attentive, we had reservations so we were seated right away. The service was not great, it seems we waited an abnormal length of time to order and get refills of drinks, we were there on a weekend but went early and it wasn’t crowded so I’m not sure what that says. The food was outstanding if your not a vegetarian. I had the salmon fritters and they were amazing. My friend had the vegetable stir fry and it was tasteless and poorly cooked. The manager did step up and bring something else and take that entree off the bill. 👍🏻
The Mac and Cheese was truly one of the best I’ve had.
Overall I recommend you try this place, it’s worth it but not a place I would visit frequently.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Always a winner! Excellent service. Great ambience. Delicious food!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Poor Calvin's is one of my Go To Restaurants. I love the food and the staff. Everyone I bring here loves it. I just wish it were a little bigger.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Poor Calvin's is one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta. I normally come here for dinners, but this time we are here for brunch. It was great experience. The red-velvet cake is a must .

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Fantastic. Always love dining here when in Atlanta. A must visit every time!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

My family and I had a great time at this restaurant and we absolutely loved everything that we ordered. Our favorite dishes included the lobster mac and cheese for an appetizer, pad Thai for dinner, and the caramel and chocolate covered apples for dessert. The ginger beer was also an enjoyed refreshment as was the lavender lemonade.

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