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Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn

190 reviews
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$31 to $50
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The Excelsior’s Ristorante Italiano is a proud member of the Slow Food Movement, dedicated to the highest quality of food and service. Diners can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in the casual yet elegant Bistro or the formal Dining Room. Weather permitting, the courtyard also provides a lush, aromatic atmosphere for additional dining. Our on-site bakery provides the restaurant with handmade pastas and breads as well as award-winning desserts highlighting the bounty of each season. Eggs and produce are brought in daily from the Excelsior Farm, guaranteeing the freshest selection of ingredients found in the Willamette Valley. We work closely with local butchers and organic farms to ensure the highest quality product goes into each dish.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Italian, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Breakfast M-F 7am-10am Sat.-Sun. 8am-10am
Lunch M-F 11:30-5pm (Bistro menu from 2pm-5pm)
Dinner Sun.-Thurs. 5pm-9pm Fri.-Sat. 5pm-10pm
Brunch Sunday 10am-2pm
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Phone number
(541) 342-6963
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Maurizio Paparo
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Private party facilities
Our Tuscan room is appointed with a beautiful black walnut table situated in a wine room with warm wood decor. It can seat up to 12 in intimate seclusion. The dining room can also be closed to accommodate parties of up to 30 guests.
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Private party contact
Brett Batterson: (541) 912-1138
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Cross street
Hilyard St.
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Parking details
We do offer limited parking in the a small lot off 13th alley. We encourage our guests to park in the Peace Health parking structure, which is located on the NW corner the intersection of 13th Ave. and Hilyard St. Cost is $.75/ hour.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 190 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Harleygirl (Portland)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Best dining in Eugene Or. Option for beautiful dining room or more casual bistro dining. Authentic Italian food prepared meat and produce from local growers. Beautiful outdoor dining in summer. Great wine cellar. Extraordinary desserts.

DeanB (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food served in an elegant style. Excellent cocktails and wine list. Friendly and efficient service. Wonderful deserts. Has been our special spot for twenty years.

AlleyCat (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great service and the ravioli was amazing. Thank you for a wonderful experience

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was slow to start (10 minutes before a server came) but improved and was timely and appropriately attentive.

suco (Portland)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Food was only fair, lobster ravioli had great sauce but lobster had no flavor. Creamy gorgonzola dressing on salad was skimpy, and Blood orange cheesecake had no blood orange flavor beyound 2 small sections of blood orange on top. Previous experiences have been much better.

smashedpotatoes (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Took a friend here for their birthday and we were not disappointed. Gorgeous meal, great ambiance and excellent service. Only minor complaint was that it seemed a bit pricey for the very modest portion sizes. I understand that this is a gourmet/fine dining experience, but it's not too often I can finish an entire plate of food at any restaurant. I cleaned the salad, entree, and dessert plates, mind you. Would like to return sometime but probably only for another very special occasion.

Susan (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a wonderful experience! The food was very good.

vipVafoodies (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Charming restaurant - wooden plank floors, fireplace,vintage feel...had the filet with chocolate ravioli - curious about the ravioli and it did not disappoint, melted in my mouth, not a strong chocolate flavor, balanced with the cheese and pear, light cream sauce, meal portion reasonable.....highly recommend

Grandmaapa (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Excelsior is outstanding. We were in town for an event and decided on Excelsior because the reviews were so good, and it didn't disappoint. Everything was great - my personal favorite dish was the roasted beet and carrot/fresh mozzarella salad - truly the best I've ever had. The pear tart is a fantastic dessert, though it was a hard choice because all of them looked wonderful. The owner came out and chatted with us for about 10 minutes, asking us about our favorite restaurants in Portland. That was a bonus - he's very personable. Would go here again, absolutely.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Can't do better. I've Been here 40 yrs. it's the same wonderful delicious place

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Amazing food, great deserts, service was attentive and genuine, atmosphere elegant yet relaxed. Highly recommend this for any occasion and looking forward to returning.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
2.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

Beautiful interior & atmosphere but limited menu. Dessert was over priced & stale. Good place for a drink at the bar maybe.

Atwater (Portland)
3.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

We arrived a bit early for our 7:30 reservation, and were seated without delay. We were seated at a very nice table for two, but it was a bit chilly in the restaurant. My date had to keep her jacket on during dinner. The server was very knowledgeable, and efficient. We ordered the mushroom risotto, and the short ribs with polenta.

Both dishes looked excellent, but frankly, the taste betrayed the look. Both entrees were a bit tasteless and unremarkable. On the mushroom risotto, the chef omitted the squash altogether. When brought to the waiters attention, she was apologetic and "comped" our first two beverages.

I was looking forward to having a nice place to take out-of-town visitors, since Eugene sorely lacks any true, cultured dining. I'm afraid I'll have to return for a "redeeming" meal before I'll take guests here.

vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

Great meals near the U of O campus. A drink in the bar is worth the visit.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Best restaurant in Eugene. Great food and outstanding service.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2017

A must stop place for a fine meal and impeccable service. We will return and soon.

vipAlanZ (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

Excelsior never disappoints! Great food and service. They always take care of my wife who is celiac (gluten allergy).

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
1.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

Slow service with poor quality of food

LAN62 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 31, 2017

This restaurant is fantastic. The atmostphere is intimate and quiet. The service is excellent and the staff knows the selections well. But most of all, the food is outstanding.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on October 30, 2017

Superb in all respects - food and very nice wine list.One of Eugene's best !