Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn
Lunch M-F 11:30-5pm (Bistro menu from 2pm-5pm)
Dinner Sun.-Thurs. 5pm-9pm Fri.-Sat. 5pm-10pm
Brunch Sunday 10am-2pm
Been there twice. Loved it! Marcella is a true gem. Best memory I have ever had with a good server!
The calamari was dry and tasteless. The oysters were over cooked. The shrimp was average at best. Tiger prawns were tasty but served over a rather bland pasta. The service was excellent and the decor was awesome.
Great service and great food in cozy environment. We loved the dinner and experience and now want to stay at the inn.
Food was TOP SHELF!!!!
Out of this world!
We had grilled prawns with prosciutto and caprese , gnocchi, salmon and porketta!!
And dessert.. yummy!!
This place is top shelf.. a few suggestions to make this a perfect experience:
1. Please Warm the bread
2. Cover the lemons with gauze
3. The To go bags were cheap plastic and tacky
4. Warm hand towels would of been a treat for end of dinner
5. The kitchen should FEED the staff so they know how food taste and could explain it better
6. Staff was lovely but could of been more attentive
These tiny details would of made this a 10* experience!
It was truly an culinary delight!! Kudos to the chef and kitchen staff!!
Wonderful evening and a fantastic meal. Our server (Matthew) was great, very attentive and friendly. The food was very good. We had the lobster ravioli and game hen. Both were absolutely fantastic!!!!
Absolutely delicious food (I got the caprese salad and the lobster ravioli)! Fabulous service, very friendly staff. In an older building, lots of character (stained glass, etc.).
My wife and I in the past and now my family of four reserve the first night of our two night trips back to Eugene for a nice dinner at the Inn. The food, service, and ambiance has remained 5 star since I graduated from U of O in 1985.
This truly is a gem of a restaurant.
We've been there twice in the past 4 weeks. Wife's birthday and our 24th wedding anniversary. We love it there.
Totally enjoyable. The noise level was very low so made it possible to carry on a conversation. Our water was very attentive.
Enjoyed our second anniversary dinner at this fine dining spot. Everything and everyone did an outstanding job with the perfect amount of attention.
We love dining here. What a lovely place. The outdoor patio is awesome. On occasion they have music outside. Also they have wonderful wine dinners.
My Cod was cooking to perfection. The filet mignon was tender, wonderfully prepared. Wine was Delicious. We took dessert to go.
That was so ohh there were no words, just mmmm and yummmm
We will be back again.
Top of my list for one of the best restaurants in Eugene. Outstanding cuisine, staff, and wine list are reasons to spend a lovely evening at this charming restaurant. It's the place to bring out-of-town guests or good friends for an unforgettable meal. Wonderful selection of delicious menu items and excellent service. We've always had excellent meals at the Excelsior Inn and Restaurante and look forward to visiting again in the near future.
Great food, great service, a little high priced - I mean $15 per glass for house Chardonnay is a bit pricy. But the rest of the menu was priced as you would expect for a higher end restaurant. I would go back for special occasions but a bit too expensive for just a night out....
Our second visit … this time with my brother and his wife following a hard day of work on their part. The service was exceptional as were the bar drinks and the antipasto platter. Excellent wine selection and the food … salad to desert … was first-rate. Our server was attentive without being the least bit obvious about it. I've already recommended this restaurant and will continue to do so. I'm looking forward, now, to trying their breakfast and brunch.
Made reservation through Open Table. Arrived at restaurant expecting to be seated in the lovely main dining room, but the hostess attempted to take us to seating in the bar. My wife and I explained it was our anniversary and while we have always enjoyed the less formal bar area, this was a special night. She informed us that there was a wine dinner that evening which took up the entire dining room. When I said there was nothing on Open Table saying the dining room was closed for a private event, she said there was no way the info could be posted on Open Table. I knew better, but said nothing. The hostess was very apologetic, but could offer no alternatives other than to make a reservation for another night.
Disappointed and really bummed out, we were about to leave when a young man said he had overheard the conversation and had a solution. Orion, who is a busser then escorted us to a table set for two in an unused portion of the dining room that had been screened off. We had a private room. The service provided by the bartender, Matt, was professional and cordial without being pretentious, especially considering he was pulled from his other duties to take care of us. When he would get busy with his regular duties, he would evidently send other staff to check on us.
What could have been a disappointing evening spent on our 37th wedding anniversary, turned into a memorable meal all because a busser took the initiative to find a way to say yes when the situation called for a "no." My wife and I will never forget Orion and what he did for us. I love it when the staff of an operation feels empowered to make guest service decisions without the need of getting management approval.
By the way, the food items were consistently delicious with very nice presentations. The timing of the courses was spot on, especially considering we were seated at the same time as the private wine dinner for 37 guests.
It’s a gorgeous and impressive place but the food was overpriced for how mediocre it was. It was our anniversary so I was prepared to spend a lot but my pasta was undercooked and the ravioli had just a smear of filling and was served almost cold. Even the bread was served cold. The wine was amazing though.
It was our 40th anniversary, and we wanted a special place to eat. Although the restaurant is fairly large, we were seated next to three other tables (the only other copied tables). We could hear all the conversations. The service was fine - friendly and efficient. The food was simply adequate. Salmon was nothing special and fillet mingon was not really what we are used to seeing in a fillet. I would not recommend this as a first class restaurant. It was not bad but not worth the pricey food.
The service was great but the food was not up to the standards of what it has been in the past. The Cesar salad had so much dressing on it the lettuce was limp. The Pork Chop was slightly overcooked but very flavorful. The Gnocchi was cooked to perfection. The Yelp reviews over the past few months confirm what our experience was like. We will go back but next time if the food is not up to standards we will defiantly say something. When the total bill is $150 the food should be perfect.
Best dining experience I have ever experienced to be honest! The staff were super friendly and accommodating, the food was super. Bit in the price side but totally worth it!!
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Wonderful food and service in a very picturesque outdoor garden setting. The inside was beautiful as well. Food was all tasty and very reasonably priced. My frittata was a bit cold but all three other dishes were not. I'd chalk it up to an aberration.
As usual another great meal and excellent service. Sat on the patio with our dog - what could be better!
My husband and I delight in going to the Excelsior. The food is lovingly prepared and always very fresh. The presentation of your meal is beautifully done. We enjoy eating out on the front patio when weather permits. The restaurant has many tasty options to choose from. There are two menus with a good selection of light meals and more substantial choices too! The Excelsior is a wonderful place to enjoy a meal.
My second time here as I traveled through Eugene. Everything was delicious, the presentation was superb, the service impeccable. A lovely atmosphere of friendly locals, it seems.
After hearing about this place for 20 years, we finally decided to try it. We spend about 2k per month eating out...for two people.
We ordered salad and a prawn appetizer. The salad was a handful of spring mix (literally) on a plate with two very ordinary salad dressing options ($11). The prosciutto wrapped prawns were over cooked (2 for $18) and the flavor was unimpressive. On to the lobster ravioli...which was also over cooked...except the pasta...which was undercooked ($36). I had the pork chop with celery purée ($28). The flavor of both the pork chop and the sauce were very good...but the pork chop was over cooked (and charbroiled like a seak) and the marinade they used for the pork chop left it too salty. The sauce was also too salty. This coming from a near salt addict (I keep salt in my car and on my nightstand). The cauliflower medley was two small pieces of cauliflower as well as the compressed apple. The service was good but we could tell the waiter was tired of hearing what we really thought about the food. The cook apparently agreed that the prawns were over cooked (and still sent them out?) so they waived the corkage fee (we brought our own wine). Despite wanting dessert (tiramisu is our favorite) we decided to go to Sweet Life instead. Obviously we won’t be returning or recommending this place Marche, Placido’s, Ambrosia and many other Eugene restaurants blows this place away. Don’t waste your money.
Enjoyed lunch outdoors from 1-3 pm on a weekday. We were able to secure a table in dappled shade. It was perfect for informal conversation but also the business two of us needed to accomplish over lunch. Food was excellent, fresh, and dessert was refreshing. We did not have wine, but many times when I dine at Excelsior I do have wine. The wine is carefully chosen and I've always found a glass or a bottle that is delicious. Highly recommend. (A local Eugene patron.)
Food was overpriced for what it was. Prawns dish was 80% pasta and 20% prawns.
Really a Great Treat Food was Wonderful, Good Wine List, Quiet and great service
unfortunately I ordered Filet Mignon done 'Medium' and was served Medium Well. On our anniversary, I didn't feel like waiting, so didn't mention it (probably should have even if I didn't want to wait for another). It was "ok" as in tender, but dry. I like the place and will be back, but next time I WILL NOT accept an over-done order.
Nice surprise. Perfect meal experience in Eugene.
The only restaurant in Eugene that I've found that serves grass-fed beef. It was prepared perfectly, and the scallop potatoes served with it were nicely done as well, just a bit salty for my taste. The biggest drawback for me is that I love vegetables. The steak came with two tiny demi-glazed carrots and a minuscule garnish of sprouts. It isn't like the menu offers much either in a nice side of vegetables, either. If you want veggies with your supper, go elsewhere.
Lovely evening, exquisite food, and a charming, helpful waiter.
Great food and beautiful presentations for our Duck's Graduation dinner. We enjoyed everything and would definitely return for other celebrations.
I had requested for my Family to be seated in the courtyard to enjoy the venue's garden. The time of my reservation was between breakfast and lunch, with the restaurant staff scheduled to set up outdoor seating after lunch hours. The staff were exceptionally accommodating with offering to set up our courtyard table earlier than their regular scheduled time.
As always, the customer service was stellar with the freshest locally grown and sourced ingredients.
My bread was soggy, salad was underdressed, mushroom rissoto was underseasoned. I was disappointed! The ambiance was nice though.
Great place to celebrate a special occasion. They were very gracious and granted 2 special requests for food items we'd had there in the past that were not on the menu and they made them both! Great server who was quite attentive but not intrusive. Very comfortable restaurant!
This is my favorite place to dine in Eugene. Every time I visit I am amazed with every dish. Don’t skip dessert as that is equally impressive. Service is great and I always appreciate staff being knowledgeable about their wine selection. Excelsior does not disappoint. They offer a beautiful formal dining room and a more relaxed bar area as well as lovely outdoor seating when the weather is nice.
Excelsior has been my favorite restaurant since the early 1990s. Consistently fabulous food and service. The only reason I rated ambiance lower & noise level high is because we were seated on the patio and one of the neighboring apartments was hosting a college party on their deck. Their music was loud and not quite befitting the ambiance one would expect at Excelsior. I have a feeling there is not much to be done about this in the future and it most certainly will NOT prevent me from eating here or recommending to friends. I may however, choose to sit inside during the warmer months of the year.
Amazing upscale Italian inspired restaurant that manages to do everything on the menu well. If it's any indication, I had my wedding reception here and more recently my anniversary meal. Staff is over the top friendly and accommodating. Love this place.