Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn

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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.
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WB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding. The service was fine, except that I asked for egg whites only in my omelet. I was told that could not be done because the eggs were too small, and it would take too many egg whites to make an omelet. I have never heard this before. Just add a couple dollars to the price! It’s not like eggs are in danger of extinction. 😊

E
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

If you want to have a spendy meal, there are several better places in Eugene to dine. We went to Excelsior for a special occasion, to celebrate, which was a mistake. First, the drinks. I ordered a Chevas Regal and the waiter said he didn't know it. As it turned out, neither did the bar tender, so I had Macallan's on the rocks. The "drink" came, probably 1/2 oz. at best (full price, $13). The kitchen was out of Carpaccio and they had no lobster tail to top off the ravioli. I ordered the duck breast, which turned out to be a garden salad with a few slices of very chewy duck. The champagne list had several half bottles at full bottle prices, so I ordered a bottle of Piper as a last resort. However, it turned out to be the best part of the evening. Overall, not a good experience. Again, I would recommend several other Eugene establishments for much better food and drink at the same, or lower prices.

WY
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated at a bay window overlooking the patio/garden area. The server explained menu and specials and took our drink order. After a reasonable interlude (after drinks had been savored) he took our meal and wine orders. Preparation and presentation were perfect! A lovely evening topped off with marvelous desserts. The best meal I've had in Eugene-Springfield in years! Highly recommended.

DP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for our anniversary dinner!
Plan to stay at the Inn on another trip to Eugene. Love that it is so close to campus and upscale to other campus eateries.

OG
Portland
69 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful crab and tomato soup of the day, fritto misto del Mare was great and filling. We took home some of the Salmon salad, very large serving and lunch the next day. We had a great time and left with tiramisu in a box! Great bar, good wine. Recommended.

Restaurant is in an old house with a now great pedigree as a restaurant. The main dining room is the old living room with fireplace (unlit this time of the year). Very comfortable. Roman style desert case as you enter full of goodies!

QP
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt is WONDERFUL!! We love sitting in the Bistro and having a fabulous dinner.

JW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary with a fabulous dinner at The Excelsior. Everything was beautifully presented and was absolutely delicious. Next time I will save room for dessert, as their dessert case holds some amazing treats.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience!

R
Portland
104 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is outstanding, well seasoned and fresh but the portions are small. Consider that one receives two sea scallops for more than $30,it is somewhat overpriced. the rack of lamb like the scallops were outstanding but the portion was painfully small but not the price. We love their food but find it a challenge that we will probably skip in out future travels to Eugene.

OT
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Server was a ton of fun, and the patio dining offers a superb experience on a nice evening. Thanks!

F
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service, and ambiance. I had the lobster ravioli (with a big chunk of lobster in the center of the pasta) and my husband had the scallops. Both excellent! Before dinner we sat outside in the tranquility of the garden patio and enjoyed a cocktail. We can’t wait to return to this restaurant. We actually spent the night at the attached Excelsior Inn and that was another 5-star experience.

M
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and wonderful meal. Waiter was great. I had the lobster with ravioli which was wonderful.

L
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After living in Eugene for several years, we made the decision to dine at Excelsior. And what a delightful surprise it was. The service as well as the food were both excellent, plus the atmosphere is so charming. Very nice wine selection with desserts worth saving some room for. We left feeling wonderful and will definitely be back.

M
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service. Parking is free after 6pm.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner - they did a lovely job.

L
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wide selection of both food and wines. Service was wonderful

K
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was amazing and we cannot wait to go back.

GU
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Perfect for an anniversary.. Service and food was excellent!

SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every occasion to dine at The Excelsior has resulted in an amazing meal! Therefore, it’s the perfect place for perfect date with my favorite guy! The food was delicious (calamari cooked to perfection!), the corner table ideal for conversation, and the staff was attentive and friendly. I’m ready for another date night!

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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SD
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in Eugene by far. Great food. Great staff. 10/10

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

OL
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Nothing we didn’t love...including buying art we saw in the Ladies Room!

LP
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelsior Ristorante does not disappoint! This was the second year that we celebrated Mother's Day at Excelsior. Brett, our server again this year, was professional, attentive and helped make our dinner for 12 perfect! The food was excellent from our antipasto hors d'oeuvres, lobster, cod and meat main dishes to the creme brulee. The cocktails and wine choices were endless. We look forward to our next dining experience at Excelsior!

m
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Eugene for a meeting the next morning and decided to treat ourselves to dinner at Excelcior, having had very good lunches there in the past. Our experience was such that we do want to come back. One of us had lamb rack and the other, sea scallops. Everything was done to perfection. Food quality with caring and capable (too weak of a word) preparation, plus very fine service (just enough) made dinner a very fine experience. We took-out a carrot "cake" which was much more than that. We enjoyed that the next day along with fond memories of the original meal. Thanks to everyone who took part in providing that for us.

TT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The food was disappointing and too expensive for the result. Flavors for all of us were mediocre. I would go for drinks and appetizers and enjoy the excellent service and lovely atmosphere.

DT
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love it here

EO
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely place to share good wine and authentic Italian fare with friends and family.

DF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had bream for the first time and it was outstanding. This restaurant never fails to please.

OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious scallops and the shrimp appetizer was heaven! Yum!

SW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, it wasn't busy so service was very prompt. This is an expensive place, two of us, shared salad, 2 entrees, 2 deserts, couple glasses of house wine with tip ran us about $150. Won't be an every week thing, but definitely a great place.

BW
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were fabulous. We had a great birthday celebration!

LF
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a nice restaurant, delicious food, great atmosphere & service! We will be back for sure...

M
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great time was had by all, service was outstanding

RE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. I had Lamb, date had artichoke ravioli and both were exceptional. Ate on the bar side as a result of a special event in main dining room so not quite as elegant, though not disappointing.
Service very good. Portion okay. Cost/value decent.

s
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Delicious food and great service - nice place...it was a very busy night with large groups so the noise level was high, but that's to be expected sometimes. My only complaint is that I thought we were seated in the bar because there's a large screen tv over the bar. Not a large room (and we weren't IN the bar, I guess, so I found it very distracting and not what I want to look at when dining in this type of restaurant. It's not a sports bar.

MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was elegant and romantic. The service was professional yet not stuffy. The wine list, impressive. The food was beyond expectation. Never knew a pork chop like that existed. It was next level magic in my mouth. The dessert was as much a visual masterpiece as it was a culinary delight. I highly recommend the Excelsior Inn!

F
Portland
54 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service in a delightful dining room in a bygone era home.

OT
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible.

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t
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants I’ve ever been to.

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