Ristorante Italiano - Excelsior Inn

4.7
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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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KH
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the rooms! Quiet, very comfortable, unique decor. We had 2 breakfasts and a dinner all of them excellent from the pastry chef’s berry jelly to the melt in your mouth filet mignon! Generous portions and friendly efficient staff. All the staff were friendly, helpful smiling.

DD
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional which made for a lovely evening.

EH
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic. Would highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant in an old inn, with exceptional food and great ambiance!

E
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

My 91 year old mother and I were seated at 6:30 and only ordered salads and soup. Our salad came out at 7:40. It was a slow Sunday night with only a dozen other filled tables at the most. The salads were small for the price yet tasty, but we waited way too long. The soup was ok, not exceptional, which it should be for the price. Very disappointing over all.

HT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always. Service was exceptional with wonderful unique entrees

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was nicely presented and tasted great. The ambience was good, especially on Valentines Day. We were seated at a corner table and felt as though there was privacy. Your service was excellent.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and great service.

RS
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This restaurant is a favorite of ours for special occasions. We enjoy going with out-of-town visitors as well. We can always count on it for good food, service, atmosphere. We even stayed at the Inn---just lovely!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Asked my partner to marry me

f
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant for a special occasion, the food was wonderful, the ambiance perfect and nice knowledgeable service. Would recommend it.

SK
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect valentines dinner. Lovely staff, perfect steak, and as always delicious desserts. Excelsior never disappoints.

SO
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Eugene. Never disappoints.

SG
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday brunch on a Sunday! Service and food were excellent!

CJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very elegant table setting. Superb attention to decor. Wait staff helpful and attentive. Food of excellent quality. Too bad both my husband and my entrees were overly salty. We had the filet mignon and smoked pork loin. Meat was very tender however and delicious.

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We liked the decor very much and the service was excellent; attentive, intelligent without being overbearing. The white bean soup was delicious as was the fresh mozzarella salad. The main course, however (goat cheese ravioli) was just too salty; the salt overcame any other flavors and it's this which prevents me from giving the restaurant five stars overall. Goat cheese and the other cheese(s) already have salt - not much more (if any) is required. My wife also felt her duck was too salty.

MD
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

not much privacy, very very loud even though only four tables were filled. service was hit and miss. very limited menu with strange combinations. steak was overcooked and tough, the glaze was bitter. desserts were good. carrot cake is excellent. doubt that i would go there again. expensive and really nothing special. very disappointing as we had been told that it was the best steak in town. the steak should have been ground into hamburger

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
Portland
2 reviews
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

E
Minneapolis
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
473 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.

AZ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AWESOME! Great service and great food in a very nice setting. What else could you ask for! Incredible dinner and the deserts are incredible.