Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn

4.7
533 Reviews
$31 to $50
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/Wine Bar 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. We work closely with local butchers and organic farms to ensure the highest quality product goes into each dish.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 533 people are saying
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OldLovers
Portland
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It was okay.

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ChristineH
Portland
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I was with my daughter for Thanksgiving. The staff managed to pull together a wonderful vegan meal for her. I had the best kale and beet salad I ever had and the traditional Turkey meal was outstanding. If only my dog hadn’t found my leftover box in the car….

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TeriB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Favorite all time restaurant.

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vipFenwickian
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have loved Excelsior Cafe since I was in grad school
In the 80s. It’s always a pleasure to dine here, and I love bringing friends for special occasions. Wonderful menu, friendly and competent service, and lovely wine list!

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vipRandallC
Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The Excelsior continues deliver a world class dining experience in an old world setting. The fact that you can still arrange a table easily through Open Table Monday through Sunday. Never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is our favorite fancy place to go for date night or special occasions. I think their artichoke ravioli is amazing! Some of their food falls a little flat… the bread and butter is missing salt and the seasoning is light for our tastes on some of the dishes that should bring rich, bold flavors. If you don’t like seafood (like my wife), stay away from the Caesar salad and your menu options in general will be limited.

I applaud Excelsior Inn for having real chefs who innovate and prepare real food. I appreciate a menu that changes from season to season and food that is always cooked to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. I’ve been there 3 times and it was amazing each time! Service was great, food was amazing and they had a great alcohol menu.

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AustinE
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my dinner here. My girlfriend and I were given the best table in the restaurant which was a great start. I enjoyed the quiet and darkly lit dining room. The service was incredible. The menu had a good selection of options as well. All the items seemed to be fresh and blended well with the weather outside. I had the fried game hen and it was easily some of the best chicken I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to go back!

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LeslieM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt is the best!

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marileeO
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely love the food! The service was very good!

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Jasper
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Pleasant, relaxed environment. Service was helpful and friendly. Good place for a celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Quaint and beautiful ambiance. Food was outstanding! Worth the price and perfect date location.

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Fabdiner
New England
28 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wonderful building and atmosphere. Service was great, but food was just okay. Steaks were overcooked and they were out of many items on the menu.

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TracyP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem in Eugene. We loved it so much, we went back a week later. The service and food were both amazing. Highly recommend. We will return on our next visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. We truly had a wonderful experience! Highly recommend!

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johnvl
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food (especially the salad) and service and wine were all quite good. But too noisy for aging ears.

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Beth
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great meal, excellent service and enjoyable place to eat dinner with our college student while we were visiting Eugene.

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TimB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, beautiful restaurant, fantastic service.

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Stern6
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice .. elevated Eugene dining

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mjmaterazo
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous experience.

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JonN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Very disappointing. Best thing was the waiter - funny guy and good service. We had two salads and two main courses. Only the Caesar Salad was really good. The Mista Salad was flavorless. The short ribs were just bad - poor quality and poorly cooked. Plus it comes with some sort of bland polenta mash. The gnocchi was also not very flavorful. And the prices are ridiculously high for Eugene and the qualify. We had three drinks total with that food for $150 - which is what we’d pay in CA. Heading to Ambrosia tonight, so we expect a much better experience.

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CherieJ
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great U of O visit weekend … an awesome treat for the family
In a warm cozy atmosphere… first rate

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Barbie
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could go on all night about how absolutely perfect and delicious our dinner was! Fortunately for us we had Brett as our awesome server, and the entire staff was efficient and very friendly ~~ which is so important to ensure a great dining experience. Everything we ordered was seriously fantastic... the zuppa del giorno, prosciutto wrapped prawns, insalata autunnale (roasted beets!), insalata mista, housemade artichoke ravioli, and, to top it all off, carrot cake! So much attention to detail in every dish, not to mention flavor! We highly recommend Ristorante Italiano and can't wait to go back. :)

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Corazone
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere! The Tiramisu was so amazing!!!

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TheresaP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening, food was delicious, our waiter was fantastic!! Thank you!

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AmyP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't think of anything which would have made it better!

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RitaJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 'go to' restaurant for special occasions, date night and for out of town guests to enjoy Eugene fare. Ristorante Italiano never fails to impress and satisfy all tastes from vegetarian to carnivore. The waitstaff is exceptional and consistently provides satisfying recommendations. Go, enjoy and bring your appetite to savor the cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Visiting our son at U of O

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NicholasW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time we have been here. It is not an inexpensive place to go. Everything from appetizers to the desserts are phenomenal. The service is amazing as well.

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ThomasF
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service and friendly staff. The food prices seemed out of proportion to the menu offerings. My cocktowas excellent.

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Jenny
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The butternut soup and the calamari was excellent but the pasta main course was disappointing, especially at the price.

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KrisH
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time and it was better than I could have hoped! It won’t be our last! We hope to visit on return trips to Eugene!

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vipDavidG
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far our favorite restaurant in Eugene! We have been going there for 40 years and it continues to impress. Our favorite waiter, Bret, is an awesome guy who provides outstanding service and goes the extra mile to make every visit special.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real, not fake, candlelight, linen table cloth and napkins, excellent service and delicious food - a perfect dining experience to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Thank you, Excelsior!

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vipRick
Portland
479 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Have eaten at Ristorante Italians several times and usually enjoy the meal, the service and the ambience. Tonight was an off night, service was quite slow due to a couple of large parties and the meals, while okay, were not up to usual standards. Partners filet was 1/3 fat and grizzle and over cooked and the duck ravioli special was on the salty side. Waitress apologized for slow service and comped dessert to atone. Usually a great restaurant for a nice quiet evening out with excellent service and a meal to match. Will try again another time.

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DanF
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wine and bar. Beautiful setting for our fifth wedding anniversary.

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vipwineguy
88 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Excellent service. A very interesting wine list. Not cheap but worth it

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tawnyag
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As much as I love Italian food I can't believe I had never been to this gem. The food was amazing, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere perfect.

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RobinS
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time visit to Excelsior and I went because it was recently recommended to me. And am I glad I took the recommendation. The food l, the ambience and the staff were all amazing. I’ll definitely be back!

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GuamUsa65
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, wine and delicious ribeye steak is a great combination. Strongly recommend it to anyone wanting a special evening and willing to spend more for it.

Thanks,

John

FAQs

Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (541) 342-6963.

Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn is rated 4.7 stars by 533 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.