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About Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn

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.

754 E 13th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Northwest

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

Cross Street:
Hilyard St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(541) 342-6963

Website:
http://www.excelsiorinn.com/ristorante.htm

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.

Executive Chef:
Maurizio Paparo

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.

Private Party Contact:
Brett Batterson: (541) 912-1138

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.5

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4.6

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92% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Authentic (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
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Worth the Drive (3)
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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

Slow service with poor quality of food

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Organic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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·Dined on October 21, 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.

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 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?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined 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.😃

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great dining experience. But not a traditional Italian menu. Food was excellent as was the service. Lovely century old mansion.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 22, 2017

A neat romantic place! Diverse menu, beautiful presentation and a great selection of desserts. Wine list was adequate. Oysters were delicious. Recommend that wines be poured at the table as they do in better restuarants. Not sure we got the wine we ordered.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The ambiance, food, wine, dessert, and service were all outstanding. Brett and Jennifer were fantastic.

We stayed in the Excelsior Inn and went to Ristorante Italiano for my birthday - it was a special experience. We looked over the menu and selected our entrees. They would go with a red wine. I

Ristorante Italiano has an extensive list of Italian wines (one of the few areas I'm not familiar with) so we asked Brett for help. He asked what we liked in a red and then made several recommendations. I asked him which was his favorite, and he recommended an Amarone della Valpolicella. It was fantastic and unlike anything I'd ever had.

My daughter in attending the U of O, and we plan to stay at the Excelsior and dine at Ristorante Italiano every time we visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

excellent food and excellent service highly recommend this restaurant. I have been to this restaurant many times and have never been dissapointed

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

The appetizers and dessert were amazing. Thoughtfully constructed, with lovely simple presentation. Best of all, delicious and high quality. Service was professional, prompt and unpretentious. Only 2 critiques, first, we made a reservation on open table and they didn't know anything about it when we got there, so I wouldn't recommend using open table for the reservation. Second, the entree sounded wonderful but fell flat. The filet, although a highest quality cut, was dry and the sea bass was overdone and a bit chewy. That wouldn't keep me away though, I'll just order tons of those mouth watering appetizers.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food and service were outstanding. The wine list was incredible as well. My only complaint was the atmosphere - we were expecting a fine dining establishment - and it was - but it was game day for the Ducks and mostly everyone in there was in Duck gear - shorts, tennis shoes, etc. We were hoping for something a little more sophisticated, not a sports bar. All in all, a great time, and we'll be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food must have been sitting for a while before serving as the lamb special was not hot. Server so busy I did not send my plate back.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 4, 2017

This restaurant was a huge disappointment. My husband and I went last night with some friends and expected a quality experience based on the positive reviews and price point. My friend and I ordered the lobster ravioli, expecting some soft pillows of fresh pasta filled with fresh lobster. Our server told us that they made their pasta fresh in house and that there was a lot of lobster in the ravioli. The ravioli tasted exactly like the Costco lobster ravioli with ground unidentifiable fish inside. The sauce was flavorless and the "lobster tail" that was supposed to be on top, was very small (2oz or so). Mine was tiny but was cooked OK. However, my friend's lobster tail was tiny and mushy. We asked for fresh lemon, and parmesan, to try to give the dish a kick but it was still bad, particularly considering the $35 cost. UNACCEPTABLE... My husband had the fish special, which was seabass and it was overcooked and flavorless. The fourth person in our party had the ribeye and his dish was OK. The caesar salads were also subpar. The dressing was watery and didn't pack much flavor. Our server could tell that we were not happy campers and "comped" us the two caesar salads, but frankly that was little consolation for the unacceptable quality versus cost of the meal. I am shocked that this restaurant would serve such horrible food. It is so sad because we were in town for a concert and had high hopes for a lovely meal. We visit Eugene often but will NEVER go back there.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Best restaurant in Eugene, for a "fine dining" experience. Take it from a former 30-year San Francisco resident, this is the best we've got in Eugene!

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

The total experience was wonderful. The food was superb and properly prepared; the wine list was more than adequate, and the dessert was out of this world. If there is any negative, it is the lack of really adequate parking nearby. However, the relatively short walk was not a major deterrent. Overall, it is a bit on the pricey side, but for the special occasion was well worth it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Love the outdoor dining. The beef tartare appetizer is a winner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Fantastic!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Dined al fresco, food was excellent. Had two starters, salad, lobster ravioli, deserts and coffee.
Will definitely return. We have found very few places of this caliber in Eugene! You

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Wonderful food and service but disappointed they don't do a free dessert for birthdays. They did however light a candle for the gelato we bought when they brought it out. Pretty spendy for what you actually get we felt. Guess that's why this was a special occasion visit!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Outstanding food, service and ambiance. Knowledgeable sommelier who was very helpful

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 21, 2017

The food was absolutely amazing. We started with the Fritto Misto di Mare. The squid and oysters were cooked just right - a delicate crunch on the outside, and tender inside. They did not have the usual lamb dish, but my wife had the substituted duck confit, which was very good. I had the fish of the day, salmon, also excellent, and served with a very tasty preparation of cherry tomatoes. Ended the meal with a delightful chocolate desert concoction. Our server was friendly, and knowledgeable. The ambiance is very elegant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Romantic setting, good wine list, food was delicious! We had a great experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Beautiful restaurant and exceptional food...homemade pasta and deserts were outstanding. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Perhaps our expectations were set too high? We ordered appetizers, entrees and dessert. We brought in our bottles of wine from Sonoma Wine country.
Our waitress started off on a good note but as the evening continued she was less and less attentive; curt when she did stop by out table. Food was underwhelming; pasta dishes were flavorful but undercooked; fish was dry; prawns tough and chewy. The atmosphere is small and quaint, quiet and nice decor. If it had been cooler they had a nice outdoor dining area we would have enjoyed as well. Prices were too high for quality and quantity of food prepared...and we are from Sonoma County where everything is expensive.

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·Dined on August 2, 2017

Looking forward to the next opportunity to return. We could not have chosen a better venue to celebrate two years of marriage.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Stopped here for dinner and so glad we did. We Had the filet mignon and lamb. Both delicious. We ended staying the night as it is also a quaint hotel ! Room was nice , Had a comfortable bed , and we loved the jacuzzi tub immensely. We stayed in the Tchaikovsky room.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great food, beautifully presented & well served in a cozy friendly atmosphere. This was a wonderful find for a date night.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Always such a delight to dine at Excelsior. Fresh delicious food, good wine selection, lovely service and beautiful dining room.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Stopped here to relax and have some delicious Italian food. I loved that I was able to have my dog with me. We were heading South and drank so much of their coffee and they even provided us some to go coffee.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I love eating here. Great food. Wonderful ambience

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Good for Groups, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We had a group of seven, but had plenty of space. Food and service were both excellent. We shared some oysters (the limoncello minagrette was delicious!). One of our favorite wines (a syrah from L'Ecole in Walla Walla) was on their list, so that was a fun surprise. Our server was attentive and friendly while still professional. I particularly enjoyed the prawns wrapped in prosciutto; my husband had the lamb special. We had been to the restaurant at Excelsior a number of years ago and always wanted to go back. It did not disappoint!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Each item chosen from the menu was delicious. Crab cakes were a perfect compliment to our wine selections. Entrees (prosciutto wrapped prawns & goat cheese ravioli) were perfectly prepared. Coconut cream pie with a cup of decaf was an excellent finale. Our waiter was one of the best we've had recently--personable, helpful & efficient.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We were planning on going to portland for my birthday dinner, but ran short on time, so I made last-second reservations here. Initially, I was a little disappointed that plans had changed, but I think it was for the better. It's a beautiful venue with superb, attentive staff, and some of the best food I've ever had. I strongly recommend Excelsior Inn Ristorante, and can't wait to go back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 11, 2017

This is the 2nd time in a month that we visited this restaurant. The 2nd time was as good as the first. We will go back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 5, 2017

As always, great food and service in a location very convenient to campus. Definitely not a student hang out - which is a plus for me.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

All food from bread to salad to main course and dessert were all excellent. This is a very high quality restaurant, but is quite expensive, so we can only go there for special occasions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Simply great every time I've been there. Seasonal menu, good wine, great atmosphere, very sophisticated.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We had an amazing meal and great service. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great meal, kind friendly staff. My college student daughter and her friend loved having such a special meal.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 8, 2017

I loved this restaurant. It felt very European, which made me like it even more. The food was wonderful and the wine list was sophisticated. Service was warm and professional. I look forward to visiting again next time I go through Eugene.

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