Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn

4.6
233 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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  • Special Occasion
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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
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 233 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.7
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

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.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

As usual another great meal and excellent service. Sat on the patio with our dog - what could be better!

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on July 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

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.)

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3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Food was overpriced for what it was. Prawns dish was 80% pasta and 20% prawns.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Really a Great Treat Food was Wonderful, Good Wine List, Quiet and great service

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Nice surprise. Perfect meal experience in Eugene.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Lovely evening, exquisite food, and a charming, helpful waiter.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Graduation

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great food and beautiful presentations for our Duck's Graduation dinner. We enjoyed everything and would definitely return for other celebrations.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

My bread was soggy, salad was underdressed, mushroom rissoto was underseasoned. I was disappointed! The ambiance was nice though.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This was my first visit to Excelsior and I would definitely go back! I took my parents to dinner here the day before Mother's Day so it was understandably busy.
Appetizers: beet salad, calamari, and lobster ravioli (actually an entree but we all wanted to try it). All appetizers were amazing and full of flavor - great to share between 3 people
Entrees: we ordered and the filet mignon with chocolate ravioli and it was one of the best dishes I have ever had. The meat was cooked perfectly and the chocolate ravioli completely surprised my mom and I (which isn't easy to do). We also go the lamb with couscous which I would highly recommend.
Desserts: Rhubarb/strawberry pastry, creme brulee, and berry cheesecake - all came recommended by the server and would definitely order them again... also - best cappuccino in town (I had two).
Overall, it was a really relaxing evening and the staff accommodated our request to sit outside even though I didn't request a specific table in advance and they had set up for the evening. Thank you for an unforgettable evening!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Linen tablecloths, candlesticks with real candles (not votives), excellent service and delicious food, spirits and wine...what more could one want?

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great dinners at Ristorante Italiano. Service was efficient. Food was delectable. Cocktails were over-the-moon fantastic, especially the Mescal drink with awesome chili liquor. Fabulous desserts. Can’t wait to return.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Anniversary lunch. Excellent food and experience... as always. Thank you !!

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Food was far less than exciting, but it was good. Service and ambiance were excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We have dined at the Excelsior for over 30 yrs. The quality of food and service only gets better with age. Recommend it highly.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This restaurant is a great date night place..Has romantic ambiance..Food is unique.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Exquisite experience. Sarah our server was exceptional. Every bit of our appetizers and main courses were creatively and perfectly prepared. Deserts were the most diverse and most delicious we have ever experienced. Coconut cream pie was world class.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This was my first visit. Would have liked a menu with more selections, but what was offered was excellent. Definitely plan to return to try other menu items and explore the bistro.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Dinner was delicious. We were visiting our family in Eugene and walked by The Excelsior. We made reservations the next night and very glad we did. Will go there every trip to Eugene. There was 6 in our party and everyone ordered something different and everyone loved what they ordered.We also enjoyed that the wait staff took good care of us without constantly interrupting . Throughly enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Simply amazing. Great food great service beautiful setting

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Had a wonderful date night here. As transplants to Eugene it’s good to know that there is a spot like this in our midsts.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

My family has dined at Excelsior Inn on numerous occasions in the past so we really looked forward to this visit. We were heading toward another 4 star review (incredible salads, entrees and dessert). Unfortunately, after reviewing our bill I came to the line ...Corkage $45! That is much higher than expected, higher than other restaurants in Eugene and Portland and rivals the fee at such fine restaurants as Le Cirque and Picasso in Las Vegas. While I consider the fee excessive and arrogant, and I understand Excelsior Inn’s right to charge whatever they like for the service. My biggest beef is that they do not have their staff trained to mention this inflated rate to patrons who prefer to bring their own, special bottles of wine to enjoy. Had I known I was going to be charged $45 for corkage we would have ordered several glasses of wine instead! Unfortunately this experience makes it extremely unlikely we will return.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Excellent as
Always

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We had heard about the Excelsior Ristorante for years and wanted to go there, so received a gift card for Christmas. The restaurant is beautiful. Parking was around the corner, half a block away. There was no valet parking when we went on a weeknight. I know if it's available at peak times. We were slightly disappointed at our dinners. While they were good and very attractively served, they were lacking in pizzazz when it comes to flavor. I ordered mushroom risotto, which had very little flavor of either mushrooms or parmesan cheese. It was good, but not as good as I had expected, given the restaurant's reputation. My husband ordered a steak, which he said was good, but no better than steaks he orders at our favorite watering hole, also a very upscale dining establishment, for less money. I'm glad we went to experience the ambience of the restaurant, which is really quite fabulous. But we were not all that impressed by the food.

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3.0Dined on February 26, 2018

caesar salad crisp leaves, good, dressing. powdered parm (neg) terrible croutons. crab soup terrible, lobster ravioli terrible too strong sauce. lobster over cooked. creme brûlée awesome. service excellent. atmosphere wonderful

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