Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn

4.7
410 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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/Wine Bar 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. We work closely with local butchers and organic farms to ensure the highest quality product goes into each dish.
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ScottR
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Limited menu to chose from. Wait staff was slow, even with minimal patrons. Music was over powering for small dining room. For the price, the food should have been better. After dinner coffee was luke warm, did not taste fresh.

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Allie
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I eat here often.
Food is excellent.
Ambience is the best in town.
Service is superb.

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vipLOD5
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem. Who knew that tucked away on 13th avenue was this amazing restaurant in a lovely old building. We had a cozy table right next to the fire place. I will warn you that the bread is to die for but try to save enough room for the entrees!

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Danim25
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband here for his birthday, staff was polite and helpful. We had the calamari, braised beef rib and the crab pasta everything was delicious. Food came out timely and good portions for the price.

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JamesM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I waited for over an hour for my food and ended up just walking out.

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Jdtt
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant! We visited it last year and loved it, so our trip to Eugene this year, we made it top on our list. We stayed downtown by 5th St market, and took a short LYFT ride to the Excelsior. The service was great, the food was outstanding, and is must on our list of great restaurants to revisit!!

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SuzanneH
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Excelisor is excellent. Kind of high prices. The Waterfront Depot in Florence is one of our favorites.

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MelissaW
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and great service. We ate on the patio due to COVID precautions, and had it all to ourselves. A patio heater would have made it ideal and would have allowed us to linger a bit more over dessert.

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JessicaW
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there- will not be the last time. Atmosphere was romantic (we sat in the dining area), waiter was very attentive and helpful in deciding drinks, drinks were crisp, food was (and I’m not exaggerating) AMAZING. My fiancé was born and raised in Alaska and is always hesitant to eat seafood down here in the lower states. He was blown away. We couldn’t stop complimenting the chef. Overall so satisfied.

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Mary
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro side is nice for an evening out and the dining room is wonderful for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service, and ambiance!

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KennethE
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and you felt very safe with the limited seating.

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CoraJ
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Dessert was amazing! Dinner and appetizers were mediocre, especially for cost. Ambiance and staff was perfect! I would recommend it for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Eugene, food and service are always outstanding.

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TanyaL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

We decided to try this restaurant based on the good reviews we read. The service was great - our waiter was very attentive and friendly, however the food was horrible. The gnocchi was chewy and hard. The pizza margherita tasted just like a store bought frozen pizza and the pasta al granchio (which was supposed to be crab, fettuccine with smoked mussel cream sauce, tomatoes, wild mushrooms, lemon and lavender) was nothing of the sort. It was fettuccine with cream sauce with a few tiny pieces of crab and some cherry tomatoes. There were no mushrooms, and certainly no hint of mussels. I don't know the chef was off that night or if this was an off night for the restaurant but we very all very disappointed with our meals.

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Buddy
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our entire meal was excellent. We did not have italian food, but I had a huge beef rib, cooked to perfection and my husband had the beef filet special. The bottle of Barbera wine we bought to go with the meal was excellent. Fantastic service also.

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CodyC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We went for our 5 year anniversary. Hostess said happy anniversary, very kind, but that was the end of it. Food was amazing, drinks were good, service was meh. You know that thing servers do, when your their last table and they hover nearby glancing at your table like every 30 seconds waiting for you to "ask" for the check? Between that and no acknowledgement of our anniversary with a $200 price tag? meh. Maybe I can just get the take out next time.

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DavidN
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, gotta love the place and the music made it comforting to be there dining with the candle light. The food was exquisite and the presentation was superb.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend this restaurants to anybody who is celebrating a special occasion or wanting a fantastic meal.

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vipBigMeatNoWhammy
Seattle
61 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful food and fantastic service. Our cocktails were perfect. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipMichaelM
Atlanta
178 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great atmosphere

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StephanieR
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food! Lovely place to eat. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipMark
Las Vegas
57 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lamb was over cooked. Caprese salad tomatoes not great but there was cavier. Pasta dishes were to die for, as was RR Ranch filet. Just a little disappointed in lamb. Service was perfect. Very nice evening.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance. Charming grounds. Excellent food and service.

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Foodwinetime
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful patio dining with great service and cuisine.

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Mary
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and lovely food. The bartender makes great drinks too!

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vipdann
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having dined at Excelsior many times in recent years, I am happy to report that without fail, our experience has always been superb. The food quality and diversity of selection is huge to us, of course, and at Excelsior they have a knack for getting the freshest fish and farm to table produce. When one is in the mood for Italian, they are in their zone, as Maurizio, the charming proprietor, is also a talented and discerning chef. But they have also mastered preparation of a wide variety of other dishes. Their staff is first rate, attentive and knowledgeable. Whether you are looking for a romantic meal, or a fun get together with friends, or having a meal in conjunction with business, the Excelsior is a perfect fit. Their two dining rooms are quite distinct from one another, both beautifully decorated and maintained. But our favorite space is their outside terrace when weather permits. One can imagine being transported to a private Tuscan courtyard in this lovely setting. I can't finish this review without mentioning their exceptional desserts. The beverage selection offers everything one could expect from a restaurant of this high caliber. Certainly there are other fine restaurants in Eugene, but the Excelsior has become our favorite.

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JubeenM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience in Tuscan room for our private party. Our server Molly was outstanding!

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vipAlanZ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On the patio with our dog and friends on a summer night with great food and service from Matt - what could be better!

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WilliamW
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food amazing. Setting. Perfect. Could not ask for anymore.

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ErnestP
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The restaurant is beautifully decorated and elegant, yet casual. The food is consistently excellent as is the service. Staff are very attentive and anticipate when you may need assistance. A very wonderful experience overall.

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vipsusannem
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Our waitress ruined the celebration of my daughters bday. She didn’t know the menu and what was available. After telling us what she ordered was no longer available, she then brought the wrong second entree. We ended up leaving and going to Le Marche. We were excited to try here only to be disappointed.

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JayD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful dinner. Due to COVID it was a distanced quiet one but the food and service were great. The place is very safe.
Thanks!

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Jamannah
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, the food was delicious and the experience was great overall!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restorante Italiano accommodated me and my daughter on short notice. Food was very good. Service was fantastic and attended to us respectfully. Can’t wait to return!

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vipRandallC
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Celebrating the reopening of Eugene. Meal was superb as expected. Thank you Maurizio!

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NicoleS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place. Great atmosphere. Great service. Food is always perfect.

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KatherineH
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the rooms! Quiet, very comfortable, unique decor. We had 2 breakfasts and a dinner all of them excellent from the pastry chef’s berry jelly to the melt in your mouth filet mignon! Generous portions and friendly efficient staff. All the staff were friendly, helpful smiling.

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DiningDar
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional which made for a lovely evening.

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EimiH
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic. Would highly recommend!

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Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn is rated 4.7 stars by 410 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.