Poor Calvin's

4.7
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4050 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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
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4.6
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4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFoodie
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Took the family to enjoy a nice e Sunday dinner. Area was THE BEST. She was attentive, gave lots of great suggestions & gave us our space to enjoy our meal. The sangria is so tasty & quite strong. We started w/the calamari, it was good with the Thai chili sauce, didn’t knock my socks off, just not very flavorful. My son got the shaking beef, the meat to veggie ratio was way off, there very little beef. The sauce was delicious, I took home a large portion of vegetables sautéed some shrimp & had it for leftovers. The sauce was very nice. My daughter ordered the fried chicken w/lobster mac & cheese. She appreciated the chicken not being veiny & she really liked the coating. The collard greens were nothing special. The crispy kale (garnish) was actually amazing. The lobster mac had a nice amount of lobster meat, but it was spicy & she is not a big fan of spicy food. At Carla’s recommendation I veered from my usual to try the lamb chops. I will say it was the right choice. I added the goat cheese ($3) which calmed down the spice of the seasoning on the lamb. It came w/mashed potatoes & sautéed cauliflower, both were in need of salt, but the flavor from the chops was so strong it all melted well together in my mouth. We passed on dessert, nothing jumped out at us.

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johng
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Outstanding food, drinks and service. a bit spendy but highly recommend.

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StephanieW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dining experience, customer service was exemplary.!!! I would definitely recommend Poor Calvins !!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service as usual!

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KamishaE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was fabulous! We enjoyed our date night. And was able to take a bottle of sangria home.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrated my birthday and the experience was amazing. Nice secluded section, great ambience, and perfect dessert options. Will recommend and revisit for my next event, hopefully corona would have subsided and I can make reservations for more than 2.

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WellingtonS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely one of my favs. Service is always great and the atmosphere is one of a kind. Food is amazing 100%

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Phil
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome dining experience. Amazing food, excellent friendly staff and superb customer service. Definitely a top notch experience from the beginning at valet to the ending at valet.

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Waiting
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DeeDee
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, ambiance, and customer service was great! Can’t wait to try it again!

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RenitaJ
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always Poor Calvin is the best. I tell everyone I meet this is the go to place you will never be disappointed. My favorite restaurant in Georgia. 😊

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LorettaP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lobster/rice price was a little high and to spicy, to much crawfish loved the old recipe,

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was celebrating my friends buying a new hiomr, Our Server was a amazing! I hope I have her every time I come to your restaurant! Hope she is still winking!!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

it was great

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was awesome

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geoffwithaG13
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always an unusually good meal.

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vipCedricT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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refinedpallet
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.

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vipQuickHitReview
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 :)

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Reese
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!

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Quinn
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!

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BillD
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!!

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vipShelknowsfood
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Moni
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.

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mauricec
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipEDWARDP
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Delicious and interesting food. Reservations are highly recommended.

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CanditaW
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!

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Dnia
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!

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MikeR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
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!

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Leee
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!

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EmersonBColemanIII
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

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vipElle
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Dfieha
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.

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RyanC
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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!!

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TamikaH
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

FAQs

Poor Calvin's does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Poor Calvin's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (404) 254-4051.

Poor Calvin's is rated 4.7 stars by 4050 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.