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Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn

4.6
207 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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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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 207 People Are Saying
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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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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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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food was excellent and our waitstaff couldn't have been nicer and more efficient. We had a comfy table near the fireplace: perfect for brunch on a cold, rainy day.

The large party near us was a bit loud, but that is no fault of the restaurant. Other times we have been here, the noise level was much quieter.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excelsior is a beautiful little place. The service is first rate as is the food. The food has subtle fine special flavors and pairings. The kind of food you think about as you eat it, just wonderful. Entering through the beautiful courtyard garden is such a lovely transition from the everyday world into a lovely dining experience. I have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on December 13, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Best restaurant in Eugene. Great food and outstanding service.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

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

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1.0Dined on November 19, 2017

Slow service with poor quality of food

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Cozy with wonderful food. I loved walking through the trellis at the entrance. It is rare to find a Restaurant that pays attention to detail. Thank you for being here.

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3.0Dined on October 15, 2017

I went to Excelsior for my birthday brunch. My family came and my Son treated us all. I wish I could say it was excellent. It was disappointing. Unfortunately, the service was lacking. There were only 2 other tables so that shouldn't have been the case. The server asked me after the meal was over, not during, if I wanted another drink. We asked for condiments for the brunch potatoes etc. She brought them when we had finished eating. What?!! The coffee was luke warm- the bacon was not crisp. need I say more?

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Delicious birthday lunch with good friends. Very quiet because main dining room was full (and very loud) but adjacent dining area we were seated in was practically empty.😃

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