Esin Restaurant and Bar
Esin Restaurant and Bar

Esin Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.esinrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9253140974x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday 11:30am - 9:00pm:
    Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Curtis & Esin deCarion
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Join our email list at esinrestaurant.com to find out about our upcoming events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sycamore Rd
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot with parking.
A word from Esin Restaurant and Bar
Esin has been a neighborhood jewel since opening in 1998. The name Esin is not only the name of one of the owners but also means “inspiration”. The food is the passion of Chef & Owners Curtis and Esin deCarion. They strive to create cuisine that is fresh, seasonal, and prepared with great care. The fare is American with bits of Mediterranean influences. The wine list has been recognized by Wine Spectator & Wine Enthusiast magazines.
Esin Restaurant & Bar relocated in July of 2008 to the Newest upscale lifestyle center The Rose Garden in Danville. The freshly designed dining room offers warm and comforting tones.
Be sure to save room for one of Esin’s fresh made desserts that have become so well known.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Esin Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
333 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (225)neighborhood gem (210)special occasion (201)great for lunch (135)great for outdoor dining (118)romantic (101)notable wine list (74)good for groups (67)hot spot (38)great for brunch (37)vibrant bar scene (13)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (9)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Always a great experience.
    alamoman1
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We have always been fans of Esin and seen them through several locations. This location is a beauty and you feel wonderful from the time you walk through the door. Prime Rib on Sunday night is a real treat and the Pot Roast is always a favorite. A number of Gluten Free items are always on the menu. In addition to the wonderful food the service staff is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good!
    madabouttownVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We come regularly as the food is really good and the deserts are exceptional. We had the pumpkin bread pudding and it was more like a pudding, not at all heavy like some bread puddings. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. The only negative is the overuse of the A/C. It was only 65 degrees outside, a bit chilly, and when entering the restaurant, it was not much different. The bar area was really cold and it was tricky finding a table not under a cold vent. Originally, A/C was to cool things off when it was in the 80's or 90's plus. Now it seems it is overused all year round even when it is cool or even cold outside. When I come in from the outside on a chilly evening, I want to feel some warmth inside, not cold air blasting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Pickygirl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Even better then the last time . Amazing flavors packed onto each plate and their Pumpkin Bread pudding was scrumptious. we had a nice booth in the bar. It was a perfect date night for my husband and I. We can't wait to go back. Even the drinks were good. My husband got a Rye Manhattan and I had a Pinot Noir flight. Service was fantastic as well, we never had to ask for anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always grey food
    Panos
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I have been a few times at Edin and always had great food, amazing deserts, perfect selection of win and great service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Excellent food and excellent service. The deserts are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Esin has always been one of our favorites, esp for their mezze platter, creative entrees, and desert selection. The food never disappoints. Service initially was the usual prompt, attentive level, but dropped off as the crowd arrived (our reservation was 5:30). It was clear that they were a little short staffed for a busy Friday nite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood fine dining.
    blueamdg
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Good food and ambiance are sometimes a hard find in the suburbs. But ESIN is one gem in the East Bay. Sumptuous food and to-die-for desserts make ESIN a hard choice to beat for special occasions or just an evening out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was well made but a bit salty
    pkalamo
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Only disappointment was the food was saltier than I would have expected. Overall quality was very good and large portions. Service was excellent. Huge dessert list, but more cake/pie oriented; prefer smaller more unique desserts personally.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice evening
    Biersnob
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went out for a romantic evening and the ambiance and service were very nice. We ordered the lamb T bones and the steak and they were both excellent and our waiter was great. If you ignore the number of people wearing flip flops and playing with their phone, you can have a very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistant
    FoodLover
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My second time at this restaurant. Once with my husband and another couple, once with the girls. We had great dinners both times. Very good service, and a relaxing time. No one rushed us either time. We had both the specials and regular menu items. All were cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Menu but ah those specials
    robinVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Esin has a great menu but each night they have a number of specials that make the menu almost superfluous. I had the Salmon which was excellent. Even though we didn't try it the Bistro Menu looked wonderful and a really good deal. The pumpkin bread pudding was excellent and they said it should be around for awhile. The service was impeccable and the staff was knowledgeable and quite attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding as always
    PtonfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Often when you've had a great meal with excellent service, you wonder if it can be repeated. I'm happy to say that at Esin the answer is a resounding YES! Every time! We had: Basil lime martini, heirloom/burrata appetizer and the Kale salad, Yellow-tail special w/smashed potatoes and I had the NY steak. YUM! For dessert we had the pumpkin bread pudding with carmel sauce - this is when I decided I'm a very lucky person to have this close to home. Our server was Siobhan, who was equally outstanding as before. She remembered me and remembered my favorite drink. This is my "cheers". My only complaint is that Esin is not located in Pleasanton. It would make my life so much happier if it were.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all around restaurant
    Yoda
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I chose this for a birthday dinner and could not have been more pleased. Their signature cocktail menu was great, the food was amazing, and the wait staff were prompt, friendly, and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never dissapoints
    Petey3VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We stopped in for a quick bite an discovered that Monday night is Happy Hour! great food as always and the service was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business lunch
    Desserts
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious lunch out in the shaded patio area. the initial service was very good. The food - Delicious! as always. then our service forgot about us. It took her several minutes after rec'd our food to check on us and bring another of drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently very good
    FoodaholicVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Esin is consistently very good both in food and service. Their grilled chicken salad is always fresh and flavorful and it's so nice that the chicken breast is warm. Their petrale sole is the best. It's served with garlic mashed potatoes and cooked to perfection vegetables. They also have a great moscow mule.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flavorful...
    eatoutoccasionally
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Well prepared, flavorful dishes. The flavor of the food is enhanced but not overwhelmed. Hanger steak was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening!
    IvywagVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our adult son asked to go to Esin for his birthday dinner. I had enjoyed it for lunch, but none of us had been there for dinner. It was terrific (as is lunch)! We all had the prime rib which was prepared perfectly. The service was attentive, but not intrusive . The wine list is extensive and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. It's upscale without being stuffy and welcomes all ages.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service
    CelebratBD
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a lot of special requests at our table and the waitress was so incredibly gracious and professional. Best service ever! And the food is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and great service.
    Foodluv3r
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Walking in the facility, we thought it was quite nice. Romantic and not too noisy besides one table with a group of 4 that were laughing too loud. My wife and I started with grilled octopus. Delicious!!! My wife ordered their Cod special with mushroom risotto. To die for!! I had their Pork Chop and the flavor were delicious but it was under cooked. They did rectify it quickly and it was just a great meal. They also served us their dessert special, Pumpkin pie or something.. It was melt in your mouth delicious . I will be taking my whole family tonight for their prime rib dinner. I hope it is as good as what we have had..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Esin at its best
    OT4filVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Scallops on a bed of cook kale and blended corn was a taste treat. Flour less chocolate was a fitting end to this wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Good service, ambience and great vegetarian Risoto
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As expected
    AcedVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great dinner the spinach fettuccine with chanterelles was wonderful
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    New York steak was over the top perfect...tender, juicy and huge. Frites were well done and not greasy. Shepherd's salad was crisp with a great vinaigrette. Hanger steak was perfectly done and salmon was well presented and perfectly presented. Mocha cheesecake.....yum. Nicole is a knowledgeable and efficient server.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid and Consistent
    Desmo
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This place is hands down the only one you will never be disappointed. A vibrant menu, superior ingredients and solid team on back who delivers outstanding flavors. Extensive wine list with great bottles and fear prices. And what a service. Jessy went out of his way not once but from the moment we got in till we walk out. He literally made our night, especially our son's. I've never seen him so happy in restaurant before. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another yummy meal at Esin
    golfergal
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    another fabulous meal at Esin. We had the neighborhood bistro menu and it was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I ate here for her birthday, and Esin did not disappoint. Service was absolutely outstanding; the appropriate amount of visits from the waitstaff, food came out in cadence with the appetizers, and our waitress was very knowledgeable and gave great recommendations on wine pairings. Additionally, the Xolo cocktail was just killer. Keep that on the menu! We had a great time, thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Appropriately Attentive Service
    Bobs
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I enjoyed our dining experience and was first impressed with the friendliness of the staff. Our server was outstanding with helpful recommendations and synopsis of what we might be most interested. She also had great timing for checking in, and being available when we were ready to order, and replenish our cocktails. A mark of a well-run restaurant. Even though the menu would be most interesting to foodies, which I am not, I was pleased with the options, and my selections. The Ambiance was comfortable as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    One of the best restaurants in the east bay, and the desserts are truly amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    funtimes
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    As usual the food was outstanding! We had two of their specials for the day. One of the best restaurants in this area! We were too full to have any of their wonderful home made deserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nana
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We always have a lovely experience dining at Café Esin and our last visit was no exception.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice neighborhood restaurant
    Feanor
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Tasty food, attentive service, pleasant patio seating on a warm summer day. Convenient to get to as it is just off the 680 freeway.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Upscale Dining
    db33
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My wife and I have been dining at Esin since they were in San Ramon. Since moving to upscale Danville, it's sometimes difficult to get a table, but it's still our favorite place for a special lunch. The service has generally been above average, although a couple of times we have had outstanding servers. The lunch menu has something for everyone, with generous portions, and reasonable prices. Esin has always been noted for their outstanding desserts; I always have to save room for my favorite, the bread pudding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Garok
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The restaurant was quite good, but a bit pricey. Service excellent, somewhat limited choices on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but Expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food was very good overall, however what you get for the cost isn't a whole lot. I got a salad with chicken for $15 and the chicken breast was very small and the salad didn't have much to it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner for two
    FRinSR
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Went to restaurant for my wife's birthday. Food was outstanding!!!! Unfortunately there was an electronics problem at the time and the service was very very slow. Our server was OUTSTANDING!!!!! The service was simply SLOW. I felt the manager should of personally informed each table of the electronics issue.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Normally good, but this time not
    outnaboutVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wait staff was very good; however, food had some issues. (1) steak ordered medium, arrived burnt and cold an hour after ordering, with potatoes that were piping hot suggesting the kitchen severely messed up, but no explanation from management; (2) pot roast normally cuttable with a fork was difficult to cut, even with a steak knife. Not sure what's happened to this place, as they used to be excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Always wonderful. And the desseerts are to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious meal as always!
    nancy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious meal at Esin and were delighted to have them recognize the birthday celebration with a complimentary dessert. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in Contra Costa
    KathieVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Esin has everything going for it! Best ambience, cuisine and service. Leaves any competition in the dust.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate