Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn

4.6
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355 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.
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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible

S
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A picture perfect setting with white linens on the table, soft lighting, and rain gently pitter-patting on the roof. Calimare was our first course, being lightly fried and breaded. We washed our palates with delicious red wine. The main course was Caesar salad and porterhouse lamb. The portions were amble and mouthwatering. Dessert was Ciochoclito and coffee. A dinner to long remember. The wait staff were incredible.

BC
Portland
42 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wait staff was amazing and attentive. Kudos. Food was very flavorful and filling. Good portions. Prices are over what they probably should be, but you are paying also for a nicer ambience. It is nicely quiet and great for intimate dining conversations. Had to send my rib eye back as it was overcooked. Took a while but the flavors were amazing and the second time was great but grisly and fatty with only about 1/2 the actual meat. But that is a ribeye I guess. They did comp they meal after overcooking it, so they definitely made its right. I would return and try some pasta...

SN
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing...the drinks well poured...the service excellent. I would highly recommend this place to anyone!

DJ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant is lovely, quaint and quiet. They prepared a special meal for me and everything was wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very overpriced, bland entrees and incredibly stuffy atmosphere. Special cocktail I ordered was not good - overly sweet but odd combination of flavors. Oysters were the highlight of the meal and very good. Didn’t get a wine or cocktail list when we were sat, busser/host told us he was sick and looked like he had a fever- GROSS!!! Don’t tell people that and moreover, go home. Asked for wine list only got glass pour list. Would probably have gotten a bottle but decided to save our money and drink mediocre glass pours. Not an impressive glass pour list at all. Server was nice and attentive though. We have no desire to return.

JD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous experience, lovely ambiance, delicious food. Krystal provided outstanding service. Highly recommend the Excelsior.

BS
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At the last hour we changed from 6 to 10. No problem and we were accommodated. Crystal, our server, was great as we had to children with us, 7 & 12. She worked to find a meal for them (both are gluten sensitive) and also had three desserts available too. Made both menus available too.
Age range for our group was 77 to 7. Everyone had a great time.

AH
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Off night for us, seated by the door in a cold draft, server forgot our salads, our favorite pasta was undercooked...and then returned from the kitchen drenched in oil and not edible. Disappointing.

TS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I always have a great experience here. The food and service is fantastic.

MM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the only truly upscale dining in Eugene. Very nice! We will return.

GP
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. The staff was amazing and the food was exquisite. What could make a great experience even better? Dessert!

J
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed it, although plan time to find parking, especially handicapped.

RH
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing and this night was the best yet. Food, wine, ambiance...10/10

BJ
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was amazing as was the ambiance, but the food was not at the level to match nor worth what they were charging. The bread was cold and dry and served with oil that was not pure extra virgin olive. The Caesar dressing was dry and the croutons flavorless, the chicken on the Caesar also dry. The soup was ok but no better than at a basic restaurant. The presentation of the pasta dishes lacked finesse. The pasta and dessert was pretty good though.

SC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. We had brunch at 1pm. We were the only ones in the restaurant. Food and ambiance were exceptional.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

RH
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We really enjoyed a lovely meal that satisfied various palettes. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

EB
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Birthday dinner, we were the first diner that night, took a long time for the food to be served

CB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place for an inexpensive visit back to the old world .. I always feel like I'm in a European village at this oasis of pure class in Eugene. Located near the university one can find many affordable noodle places but to find exquisite dining in my favorite Eugene neighborhood is sublime. The chef is creative without being ridiculous and the many wine selections make it PERFECT. Yes I indulge in dessert each time, always fascinating.
Can't wait to return

F
Portland
37 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time to stay at the Inn and enjoy dinner in the Ristorante. Once again, the experience was terrific. The cocktails are delicious and our dinners were beautifull prepared and presented. Our server was cheerful and very helpful in answering questions. My husband had the leg of lamb and I had the linquine with seafood and smoked mussel cream sauce. Both wonderful. You always need to save room for dessert because their pastry chef is a magician. The desserts look too beautiful to bite into, but when you do, you're very glad you did.

R
Portland
472 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant, elegant yet casual atmosphere. Nice menu, delicious food, great wine list to accompany meal selection. And great service, server explained menu selections well, helped with our entrée choices. Overall, a nice fine dining experience. In addition to more formal fine dining side, restaurant has a more casual side with a bar if that fits mood better.

NL
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

For an aesthetically pleasing experience, I recommend sitting near the fireplace alcove along the windows that look into the beautifully landscaped courtyard. Service was excellent and unobtrusive.

RS
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Almost everything was perfectly wonderful, especially the special slice of cake for my brother's birthday.
There was a long wait between the appetizers/salads and the main course. We enjoyed ourselves and the wine and the atmosphere and the company, but it seemed like quite a long wait for the main dishes to be served. Service was excellent other than that.....not at all a reason not to come back! But I thought you should know.

SC
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ordered small plates. The food servings were great. Wine was expensive! Service was attentive.

S
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful food and service. Very expensive so be prepared when taking a meal there. Bottle of wine, 2 entrees with dessert for 2 with tip $250.

DF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten here a few times before and always enjoyed the experience. When we got here, for an anniversary dinner, they were going to seat us in the bar area, because there was a function going on in the main dining area. After we said that wouldn't work for us, they worked hard to find us another place in a small room that was perfect, and our dinner was saved. We appreciate the trouble they took to make us happy.

R
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress/hostess was exceptional in helping us decide what to order since we'd never been to the Excelsior before. The food was absolutely outstanding, as were our cocktails. We will definitely return
to this restaurant.

L
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was fine dining at its best. Every thing was perfect. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive. The cocktails were unique and delicious. The Strega Gialla was like having a blond manhattan. Squisito!
An extensive wine list sure to please even the finest palate.
The current menu includes a lamb dish that was as tender as butter and flavored perfectly. Salmon as always, was heavenly cooked.
Dessert choices include something called cioccolato, which is a chocolate lovers dream. The tiramisu is the best I’ve had.
I know this review may sound over the top, but rarely does a restaurant come through so divinely every time.
All in all a perfect meal at a wonderful restaurant.
Go here!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service and ambience was very good. Charming place. Unfortunately, the food, all three different entrees were a “C” at best. We were disappointed and would not recommend going there if you have any appreciation for fine Italian food.

TA
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Alan was awesome! We had a great anniversary dinner!

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We had been seated less than 5 minutes when our server greeted us by saying that the kitchen was “backed-up”, but not to worry because they would keep the bread and water coming. I asked what “backed-up” meant in terms of time and was told 50-60 minutes. It was a good thing the restaurant was only half full. I guess a full restaurant would have meant a 2 hour back-up.

To add to the ambiance, someone at an adjacent table lost consciousness and slowly slid to the floor. Eventually 6-7 EMTs arrived to evaluate the now conscious diner. Luckily, the person appeared to be OK and declined a ride in an ambulance. I had to stand to the side of our table, in the middle of eating the entree, for at least 10 minutes. No one from the restaurant made any attempt to replace my entree with a hot one when the medical excitement was over; in fact, no one from the restaurant said anything about the event. Maybe it happens often enough that it is just viewed as business as usual.

Oh, and the food was just mediocre.

B
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant! Good quality food and taste. We will go back!

SM
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met with friends. Wonderful experience as always.

WB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
35 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
72 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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