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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (100)
Creative Cuisine (99)
Special Occasion (92)
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Fit for Foodies (82)
Casual (70)
Good for Birthdays (70)
Fun (67)
Neighborhood Gem (66)
Cozy (59)
Worth the Drive (57)
Great for Brunch (52)
Hot Spot (51)
Handcrafted Cocktails (50)
Good for Anniversaries (50)
Comfort Food (48)
Romantic (47)
Authentic (42)
Great for Lunch (39)
Pre/post Theatre (37)
Sunday Lunch (37)
Bar Seating (35)
Good for Groups (34)
Spicy (33)
Business Meals (27)
Good Vegetarian Options (26)
Local Ingredients (25)
Happy Hour (23)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Late-night Find (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
People Watching (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Healthy (14)
Vegan (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Tapas (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Organic (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Seasonal (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Great Beer (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Live Sports (2)
Scenic View (2)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 18 hours ago

This was one of the best casual dining experiences I have had in a long time! The food was amazing and the wait staff was friendly and attentive. Looking forward to the next time!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

Celebrated my husbands birthday was friends. Excellent service and food

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food. I’ve had several different dishes, all great flavors. Wonderful service. Do yourself a favor and pick 2 desserts. That pound cake is incredible.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Server was great. Aaron was the best. Will definitely go back!!!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic service from the moment we walked in the restaurant. We began our dinner by ordering two Rhett’s Old-Fashioned’s. The bartender couldn’t have made our drinks any better. It was delicious. My date ordered the Filet Mignon. I don’t believe that’s on the regular menu, but nonetheless, it was delicious. I ordered be pan-seared duck and tiger shrimp. We both paired our meals with a very tasty Cabernet. Every part of our meal was amazing. Food was fresh and promptly served. Would definitely recommend and we will be returning.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Poor Calvin's is amazing and not to be missed! The food and drinks are outstanding and they are served up by the friendliest staff I've ever experienced.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I had a great experience celebrating our 20th anniversary there on valentine day. The service was outstanding (Lola) and the food was delicious. Good atmosphere, diverse crowd and music was a good fit for the event.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely love this place! Not just for the great food but also Awesome drinks! Their Long Island tiki is my favorite!

Tags: Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Healthy, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined 4 days ago

Had heard good things so checked it out ourselves for lunch on Valentines Day. What a day to go. We got lucky as Chef Phan was in the kitchen hard at work. As it was lunch and we were limited on time, didn't do the usual "clean the menu" deal. There were a lot of Spring Rolls passing our table on the way to others, but we did manage the highly recommended Deviled Eggs - creative and balanced. What a bite. Then we ate Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice and my favorite, the Curry Fish bowl. Really solid well balanced flavors. Was the first time we'd been but we are definitely going back. Our server was awesome too.....took the time to walk us through the menu but let us make up our own minds in the end. Highly recommend Poor Calvin's

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent, quick, informative service.

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·Dined 5 days ago

my partner and i had a wonderful time! i've been to poor calvin's multiple times, she had not and i was super excited to share the experience with her. we had wonderful cocktails, a great server and most importantly great food!

the only complaint was the table behind us who were a little loud. it wasn't anything to complain about but we were happy when they left.

i loved that they offer a free uber ride back to your hotel. although i ended up not using this option, it was great to have it available.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 6 days ago

FANTASTIC restaurant! Had the beef tips, hushpuppies (daily special), lobster fried rice, and huge piece of cake for dessert. What really stole the show was our server. I wish I could remember his name, but he did a great job taking care of my boyfriend and I for valentine's day. Ambiance is wonderful and our reservation was honored right when we walked in. The food was very good, but not the same caliber as the service and ambiance. The lobster fried rice sounded great in theory but was not as good as I thought it would be. However, the hush puppies, beef tips, and dessert were spot on. Overall, very happy and will be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 11, 2018

As always the food was amazing. You can never go wrong with the lobster fried rice. It was my friend’s first time and she enjoyed it. The salmon hush puppies appetizer, not on the menu, were delicious.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I enjoyed my experience will recommend to friends and will return in the future.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We went for brunch. The restaurant opens at 11:30am, however, the staff allowed a line to form and didn’t open until after 11:40. When we asked to move from a table located by a waiter stand our initial waiter told us no. Although the place was empty, he went so far as to lie and tell us all of the tables were specially reserved for people who requested each specific table.

We were of course able to move after speaking to the manager. (And we could hear the server relaying the story to the manager and using profanity) The food was delicious and our new server was excellent. However, I was extremely disappointed that the manager did not check on us and did not offer as much as a complimentary appetizer to make up for the servers horrible customer service. I will not be back.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent not poor. Great duck dynasty entree and apple is must have for dessert.

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

It was an early Valentines Day date for me and my significant other. We had a great time. Food was great! I will be back!

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food is exquisite! Calvin creates a fusion of Asian cuisine and southern comfort food that soothes your soul. I have been there twice and brought friends who also enjoyed the experience.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing! Enjoy every visit.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food and service was great but the noise level in the room with all the windows and tin ceiling was way too loud for conversation. They need to figure out a way to make the environment for conversation more tolerable. I had trouble hearing my friend who was sitting across from me at a small table for two.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

We came here for a date night dinner. The portions are big the food and drinks are so good.
Loved the Uber service back to our hotel

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Lola is amazing along with FOOD!

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was delicious but noise level was high.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I love this place! Poor is always in the building when I visit! You can really feel his passion for food and ultimate service! Thank You Poor Calvin’s for the food coma I’m bout to experience!

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing. Everything was awesome would go back for the food, service an atmosphere. One of my all time favorites. Loved it. Must try.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I love Poor Calvin's, but it is a bit pricey. The desserts are made for four! The food is great, and plenty to share one meal for two. That makes it work for us.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Overall a nice place. Server was great as well as the host. Food was good and presentation was great. I'm just not sure if the entrees are worth quite what you pay. Seafood spring rolls were worth every penny though!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I always love dining at Poor Calvins when in Atlanta. The food is delicious, our server was attentive without being annoying and you get a lot of food for your money. The only thing that dampened our experience a bit was the noise level on the porch. I’m not sure if it was due to noisy patrons or if the acoustics on the porch just cause the sound to be amplified but my friend and I could barely hear each other across the table. Being from New England, we really enjoyed the Southern cuisine in the restaurant does it wonderfully!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Good food, but a rough start with a manager who wouldn’t seat our party without everyone there (we were missing one memeber of our party of 6, who was stuck in traffic). We stood NEXT to the empty table we had reserved, and couldn’t reason with them for us to be sat so we could at least order some cocktails and apps. Service was slow, had to ask our waitress several times for the same items. Food was tasty with large portions for sharing, but I won’t be in a hurry to go back.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We weren’t sure what to expect from a so called “Fusion” spot but this place is legit in both Fusion and Foodie Status. We were seated promptly and ordered three+ drinks, three apps, three entrees and one gigantic dessert to share over coffee. Seafood Springroll - crispy yet light with an amazing dipping sauce! Steamed dumplings - fresh and hot with the right dumpling to filling ratio. Deviled Eggs with Korean BBQ beef and caviar - you read that right. It was out of this world! Three best things in one spectacular bite. Entrees: Lobster Fried Rice - need I say more? Everything about it was fresh, not overly salted and tender lobster meat. Fried Chicken with Lobster Mac and Cheese and Collared Greens - Thai curry twist in the Mac. Fried chicken was everything you want fried chicken to be and more. Star of the night was the Crispy Beef. As one diner put it, it was like Mongolian Beef on steroids. BEST crispy beef EVER. PERIOD. Tender YET crispy beef (how do they do it?!!) with sautéed veg and this BUDBOMB coconut brown rice. Dessert - RED. VELVET. CAKE. Sandwiched with mascarpone tapioca whipped cream with fresh strawberries and the back dunked in dark chocolate ganache. Slice is giant. Shareable. Decadent. Perfect finish to the best meal we’ve had in ATL so far! Do yourself a favor. Go there now.

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·Dined on February 5, 2018

The vegetarian options are amazing. The dessert will always blow you away. The service is great, the staff is responsive and courteous.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Healthy, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Always great food and good service.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Love this place!

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Loved the beauty and coziness of the atmosphere! We sat by the fireplace which was perfect for a chilly night! The food and service was impeccable! Enjoyed the lobster fried rice, calamari, and lobster fritters!! And to top it off, didn’t have to pay expensive parking!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was great, except the hostess wouldn’t set our party due to waiting for one person and then we were told that we had be done by a certain time. I thought that was rude, but the waiter was fantastic and accommodating.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent meal, excellent service. The broth from the steamed mussels was one of the best things I've ever eaten.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Spicy, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 3, 2018

First time here and loved it. Very friendly staff, eclectic ambiance and the food was delicious. Even had Vegan options. Will definitely go back.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our 1st time at Poor Calvin’s, and It was AMAZING!! Food was Great, and the service was 2nd to None!! AJ, our server, helped make it a special night!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went on Saturday for brunch and highly recommend make reservations. The place is cute and quaint. Food portions are big and can easily share with friends/family. Overall great experience!

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Really great food with generous potion!

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