Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn

4.8
291 reviews
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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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DF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

Delicious scallops and the shrimp appetizer was heaven! Yum!

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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.

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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!

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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...

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

Great time was had by all, service was outstanding

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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.

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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.

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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!

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F
Portland
49 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.

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

Food was incredible.

GET THE DESERTS

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t
Chicago
8 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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G
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Excelsior and its chef owner Maurizio Paparo have a long history of dependably fine dining in Eugene. Its elegant country inn style dining rooms are nicely appointed and warmly lighted providing a pleasing ambiance whether a romantic dinner for two or a group of friends and family. The menu is a nice mix of traditional Italian (think osso bucco, gnocchi with boar ragu) and northwest fresh farm to table, the wine list varied and well conceived. Our recent dinner there was exceptional. Highly recommended.

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M
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was not that tasty. Almost like msg was used. Scallop portion was abominablely small

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with outstanding food and service. The ambience is very romantic. Perfect for a date night or special occasions.

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Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very delightful Valentines dinner. Everything was perfect and we will have brunch on Sunday. Only issue is limited parking and someone (not in the Restaurant) blocked in my car for ten minutes. Female college student(?) parked her truck blocking four cars. She was loading furniture. Food was plentiful and tasted delicious. The scallops and lobster ravioli was delicious. Servicer was attentive, ensured everything was served hot, tasted great, and all special order request was perfect. Restaurant was very full but the noise level was well below what I expected. I never had to turn my hearing aids off or down. Great acoustic dampening of sound and I could carry on a nice conversation with wife, made a great date.

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e
Portland
60 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We moved away from Eugene 20 years ago but were attending an event last weekend and made a reservation. We were delighted to have an excellent dinner. From the salad to the entries everything was excellent. The wine list very reasonably priced and a very nice list. The only miss was dessert as I was dying to have the tiramisu but we were very full and off to our event. I’ll be back for dessert!! We definitely miss the Excelsior!

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BB
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is gem of a restaurant. The food is the best. You will love your server because of the knowledge they have and willingness to take care of you.

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BH
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time. It was a perfect date for my wife and I

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for the wonderful dining experience at your beautiful establishment. The food and wine exceeded our expectations! The service was exceptional!

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, but had a bit too much salt. I had the lamb stew.

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W
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

My husband saw the menu and didn’t think our 19 year old would find an appealing entree. I called to confirm our reservation and to ask if we could order off of the bistro menu instead of the evening dining room menu. The staffer was very accommodating and we could do so. We arrived promptly and saw there were quite a few open tables. My family laughed that we needed a reservation at 7:00 pm. I had to ask our hostess (who I had just spoken to on the phone) for the bistro menu. I felt like I was in an alternate universe. She only gave us formal dining room menus and seemed to have forgotten this important request.

Our server placed us in front of the warm fire place and we were very comfortable and cozy. The ambiance was perfect.

The restaurant advertised slow cooking but it seemed that our food appeared rather quickly / almost immediately after ordering.

The wine menu though short did have selections from Oregon and California. My wine was delicious but pricy per the glass.

I asked for plain food with the sauce on the side. Our server assured me their food is gourmet and not that “type” of restaurant
My scallop dish, when served - was floating in a weird sauce. There was something very bitter in the mix and too much vinegar. The scallops alone were fresh though a little over salted. Surprisingly, they were not soggy. I would not order that dish again - unless they allow you to HOLD: the sauces and the salt as I had first requested.

The mixed fried seafood appetizer located on every menu tasted fresh and non greasy but heavily breaded. The pasta dish was sublime and perhaps the best dish ordered. The sauce was tasty and they make their pasta. Very respectable. My husband ordered the lamb. It was also delicious but overwhelmed with sauce and mash potatoes.

Pricy though we did not have desert

It seemed like the meals were slowly cooked and then frozen or prepared at another time and reheated.

The restaurant adventure in Eugene continues

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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DF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have a family Brunch the Sunday before Christmas. I recently moved here from New York where there are elegant, stunning restaurants that feed your soul as well as your stomach. Beauty is not on Eugene’s radar. They tried to put us on the inelegant bar side, but accommodated us with the pretty dining room. Other than that all was great.

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DY
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Holiday dinner. Great food, a little slow...
great wine list. Dropped 700 for 7 people including drinks
Wine and tip. Overall I was very impressed.

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M
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a treasure as we have been going to Excelsior for a few years now.
It’s our favorite spot to bring good friends or to celebrate something special. The Italian food is amazing as it is not a pasta spot but for authentic full favored food. The wine menu and desserts are very impressive as well. The other thing to note is they use local source food to ensure quality.

We usually prefer to go when U of O is off season like the winter and summer for parking reasons.

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RL
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

We made reservations for a special anniversary dinner (on line) Assumed we would be seated in the elegant dining room. We were seated in a "Bistro" area - through the bar. Food was good, service was adequate and friendly. but the noise from the bar was annoying, and there wasn't even a table cloth on our table. In short, it was not the elegant dining experience we expected - and paid for. I think we should have be advised in advance if the dining room was not available at our selected date and time.

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CH
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant atmosphere and fabulous food for a festive Christmastime dinner with friends.

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JO
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always consistent, good food! Friendly engaging owner chef.

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T
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, our experience at Excelsior was fun and fabulous! It is one of our very favorite places to go in Eugene and never disappoints. Our waitress was wonderfully attentive without being intrusive. The ambiance was really festive and beautiful. I felt very lucky we were able to get reservations at this busy holiday time. Thank you for adding to a wonderful holiday season,

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large office Christmas dinner. We were placed in a beautiful room for the evening. Service was top notch. Best appetizers in town (prawns, calamari, carpaccio). Excellent wine list. Everyone enjoyed their entree and dessert.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely relaxed dinner with my wife’s parents, his 82nd birthday. Food, drinks, service was perfect, as expected.

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JE
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Two out of three meals were excellent the osso bucco was not good, small and sauce was non close to traditional. I would not order again. Basically, do a better job or take it off the menu.

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j
Seattle
70 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice meal with excellent service, would recommend it to anyone...

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t
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Excelsior is my favorite place to hide out when I’m visiting Eugene — like a classic European pensione with careful attention paid to every detail and wonderful service too!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quiet Monday dining experience with excellent ling cod preparation and attentive but not intrusive service.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great job with brunch. A number of perfectly executed egg dishes (three kinds of eggs benedict). Even the waffles are a little bit different. Service was really first rate as well. Lower part of the sun room is quieter than the upper part by the bar. Recommended.

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IT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pretty good food even though the night we went they had a reduced menu. Very friendly staff and would go again

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Small portions and fairly pricey ...nice location and staff

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was delightful for our friends birthday. This is her favorite place to dine and was my first time to visit. Truly lovely!
Judy Boyer

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