Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn

4.5
249 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 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 249 People Are Saying
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BH
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there twice. Loved it! Marcella is a true gem. Best memory I have ever had with a good server!

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s
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

The calamari was dry and tasteless. The oysters were over cooked. The shrimp was average at best. Tiger prawns were tasty but served over a rather bland pasta. The service was excellent and the decor was awesome.

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D
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food in cozy environment. We loved the dinner and experience and now want to stay at the inn.

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OT
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was TOP SHELF!!!!
Out of this world!
We had grilled prawns with prosciutto and caprese , gnocchi, salmon and porketta!!

And dessert.. yummy!!

This place is top shelf.. a few suggestions to make this a perfect experience:

1. Please Warm the bread
2. Cover the lemons with gauze
3. The To go bags were cheap plastic and tacky
4. Warm hand towels would of been a treat for end of dinner
5. The kitchen should FEED the staff so they know how food taste and could explain it better
6. Staff was lovely but could of been more attentive

These tiny details would of made this a 10* experience!

It was truly an culinary delight!! Kudos to the chef and kitchen staff!!

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JG
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening and a fantastic meal. Our server (Matthew) was great, very attentive and friendly. The food was very good. We had the lobster ravioli and game hen. Both were absolutely fantastic!!!!

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AR
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food (I got the caprese salad and the lobster ravioli)! Fabulous service, very friendly staff. In an older building, lots of character (stained glass, etc.).

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JG
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I in the past and now my family of four reserve the first night of our two night trips back to Eugene for a nice dinner at the Inn. The food, service, and ambiance has remained 5 star since I graduated from U of O in 1985.

This truly is a gem of a restaurant.

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B
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've been there twice in the past 4 weeks. Wife's birthday and our 24th wedding anniversary. We love it there.

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PD
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally enjoyable. The noise level was very low so made it possible to carry on a conversation. Our water was very attentive.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our second anniversary dinner at this fine dining spot. Everything and everyone did an outstanding job with the perfect amount of attention.

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TD
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love dining here. What a lovely place. The outdoor patio is awesome. On occasion they have music outside. Also they have wonderful wine dinners.
My Cod was cooking to perfection. The filet mignon was tender, wonderfully prepared. Wine was Delicious. We took dessert to go.
That was so ohh there were no words, just mmmm and yummmm
We will be back again.

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WM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top of my list for one of the best restaurants in Eugene. Outstanding cuisine, staff, and wine list are reasons to spend a lovely evening at this charming restaurant. It's the place to bring out-of-town guests or good friends for an unforgettable meal. Wonderful selection of delicious menu items and excellent service. We've always had excellent meals at the Excelsior Inn and Restaurante and look forward to visiting again in the near future.

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GC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service, a little high priced - I mean $15 per glass for house Chardonnay is a bit pricy. But the rest of the menu was priced as you would expect for a higher end restaurant. I would go back for special occasions but a bit too expensive for just a night out....

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BD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit … this time with my brother and his wife following a hard day of work on their part. The service was exceptional as were the bar drinks and the antipasto platter. Excellent wine selection and the food … salad to desert … was first-rate. Our server was attentive without being the least bit obvious about it. I've already recommended this restaurant and will continue to do so. I'm looking forward, now, to trying their breakfast and brunch.

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B
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Made reservation through Open Table. Arrived at restaurant expecting to be seated in the lovely main dining room, but the hostess attempted to take us to seating in the bar. My wife and I explained it was our anniversary and while we have always enjoyed the less formal bar area, this was a special night. She informed us that there was a wine dinner that evening which took up the entire dining room. When I said there was nothing on Open Table saying the dining room was closed for a private event, she said there was no way the info could be posted on Open Table. I knew better, but said nothing. The hostess was very apologetic, but could offer no alternatives other than to make a reservation for another night.

Disappointed and really bummed out, we were about to leave when a young man said he had overheard the conversation and had a solution. Orion, who is a busser then escorted us to a table set for two in an unused portion of the dining room that had been screened off. We had a private room. The service provided by the bartender, Matt, was professional and cordial without being pretentious, especially considering he was pulled from his other duties to take care of us. When he would get busy with his regular duties, he would evidently send other staff to check on us.

What could have been a disappointing evening spent on our 37th wedding anniversary, turned into a memorable meal all because a busser took the initiative to find a way to say yes when the situation called for a "no." My wife and I will never forget Orion and what he did for us. I love it when the staff of an operation feels empowered to make guest service decisions without the need of getting management approval.

By the way, the food items were consistently delicious with very nice presentations. The timing of the courses was spot on, especially considering we were seated at the same time as the private wine dinner for 37 guests.

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JW
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It’s a gorgeous and impressive place but the food was overpriced for how mediocre it was. It was our anniversary so I was prepared to spend a lot but my pasta was undercooked and the ravioli had just a smear of filling and was served almost cold. Even the bread was served cold. The wine was amazing though.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

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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DM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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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M
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RR
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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RG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AZ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KF
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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A
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Q
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

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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l
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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GH
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

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Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CA
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

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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H
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice surprise. Perfect meal experience in Eugene.

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e
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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MB
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Graduation

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e
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SL
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

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

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MG
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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JS
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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