Poor Calvin's

4.8
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4035 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Fusion / Eclectic
We know the word "fusion" has been wielded about to justify everything from Hula Burgers to Mexican lasagna. But the East-meets-South brand of fusion happening at Poor Calvin's? It's creative; it's innovative; and it's probably unlike anything you've tasted in the ATL. After working in kitchens around the world, Calvin Phan wanted to shake things up a little. And so, into the mac 'n cheese, the Thai spices went. Now, Calvin's giving Southern staples, like sea bass and fried chicken, a decidedly creative Asian-inspired twist (and a nip of spice, too). We didn't think good old-fashioned mac 'n cheese could get much better. And then, we tried Calvin's ridiculously rich take on the cheesy classic, gussied up with chunks of lobster and given a zing with Thai spices. This, and more innovative dishes, approached in much the same way, leave the hands of Calvin Phan day in and day out. His dedication and attention to detail are evident in each dish and dessert. You won't be disappointed.
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Poor Calvin’s delivered their excellent levels of service and meal quality despite the COVID-19 environment that we all find ourselves in these days. Our go to is always the fried chicken, and it was delicious as always. Our waitress was attentive and very patient with us as we placed orders. Our experience was a great escape from all of the craziness.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was great

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was awesome

G
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always an unusually good meal.

CT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was out of this world. Will definitely be back.

r
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual. The manager, James, made accommodations for my party. The server was polite, professional. The entire team was great. I was the only person in my party that had previously dined at Poor Calvin's. My guests were not disappointed and all (that reside in Atlanta and within driving distance of GA) commented they will return because they were blown away. This is a small venue, intimate and just right for me.

QH
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are regulars to Poor Calvin’s and thoroughly enjoy every meal. The current surf and turf special, although massive in quantity, was less to be desired. It was just 2 jumbo shrimp and steak with a gang of potatoes. It was just OK, not as flavor packed as the staple dishes. We’ll still be back, for our staples :)

R
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great time! The food was so delicious. We had the fried chicken, calamari, curry fish and crispy beef. I would definitely come back. Andrea was great and we also loved the rum tiki drinks!

Q
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food and Service was Absolutely Amazing. Would definitely recommend this place to others. Thanks Poor Calvin's for a Fun filled night!

BD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we are from out of town and checkec trip advisor...bered there from our hotel and was pleasantly surprised. Outstanding dinner and very good service,,,,Thai food with a twist...excellent!!

S
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience!!! Staff is on point!!!

M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING find is all I can say. From the service (AJ) to the food - outstanding. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant and can’t wait until I’m in Atlanta again to visit. Kudos Calvin - great job!!! And request AJ as a server. You will not be disappointed.

m
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three meals here have all been outstanding. Food is creative and full of flavor. Beautiful presentation. Our server. AJ, was delightful, friendly, and super-knowledgable.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing! Deff will be returning when we come back to Atlanta!

ED
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Delicious and interesting food. Reservations are highly recommended.

CW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! Great food and service. Will come back again and again and again!

D
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my FAVORITE spots! The food and drinks are always amazing! I'm always excited to try the specials the chef has created, its always sooo good. And the customer service is just superior to any other place I've ever been. I just love coming here!

MR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome meal, great service and cocktails. Truly enjoyed it.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food Was amazing! We tried the lamb chops and Pan seared sea bass- both were excellent! Would recommend to family and friends!

L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. The best fried chicken and it has a gluten free option. The homemade desserts are incredible. The cake must be 12 inches high!

EB
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been multiple times and every time we are amazed of how great the food is! It’s an experience that never gets old! #Salute #FoodieLife

E
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've visited a couple of times in the past and they never disappoint. The menu has something for everyone. We visited for brunch and I just love the large portions of food and ambiance. The cocktails are also amazing!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Other than walking through the server section to reach our table, everything was spot on!! While I bring this up, it would not prevent be from making future reservations. Staff was very pleasant and prompt. Food was excellent.

D
Atlanta
45 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

I love this place but this time, I made a poor choice. The stripped bass “special” was unrewarding. The portion was hearty but not that flavorful. The mishmash of a pasta dish that accompanied it was a clearing out of the kitchen pantry. My husband’s Prik Kingh smoked duck was delicious! Moral of the story? Stick with the menu, avoid the specials.

RC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

took my significant other out on a date. it was vibrant and mature. the seating arrangements were very very intimate. the menu selection was small but curated to a T. the food was phenomenal as were the drinks. the knowledgeable staff helped curate a great meal for us. i will be returning. poor calvins was *chef’s kiss* amazing.

OT
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding culinary experience each time I've been there. I highly, highly recommend it!!

TH
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place! Second visit... we will be back

OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious as always!!!! One of our fave places!

LL
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience! We were kindly and quickly greeted. Our waitress was helpful and attentive. The food was as beautiful as it was delicious, we'll definitely be back!

LJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening at Poor Calvin’s. This restaurant is such a gem! It has a great atmosphere, an eclectic and delicious menu, and a very attentive wait staff. I’m sorry our waitress’ name eludes me - her favorite expression is “shanana” and she was very helpful and entertaining!

We have dined here before and always had a great experience, but it was our friends first time. They are a young couple - foodies transplanted from San Francisco with discriminating palates. They adored everything about Poor Calvin’s and can’t wait to return. Kudos to all!

CP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant, upscale eclectic atmosphere with great service and very good food

R
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great and the staff are friendly and professional. Great place to go!!

C
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The portions are generous and you will definitely enjoy the flavor explosion in your mouth.

JA
Toledo
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is great and the food is creative and delicious.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location and environment the food was delicious. Would recommend this restaurant over and over.

N
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Niece’s Birthday

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best. Meal. Ever. Come to NYC!

G
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing per usual! Went in for brunch on Sunday and they never disappoint.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Justin is a great server! He was so accommodating.