Esin Restaurant and Bar
Esin Restaurant and Bar

Esin Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://esinrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9253140974
  • 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

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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Esin Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
354 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (224)neighborhood gem (214)special occasion (213)great for lunch (130)great for outdoor dining (112)romantic (101)notable wine list (71)good for groups (66)great for brunch (49)hot spot (35)kid-friendly (14)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (11)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • 2dineaboutVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This restaurant is consistetly good. Halibut and pork chop were excellent. Desserts are outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great anniversary dinner!
    Joan
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We were extremely pleased with our dining experience at Esin. The food was excellent, as was the lemon basil martini. Our server Nicole was also fabulous. We were treated to an anniversary dessert which was incredible. We will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • None
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Always excellent. Tried the flatbread for the first time. Believe me, it won't be for the last time............it was scrumptious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good experience for group of 4
    franky
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This moderately upscale restaurant was perfect for an informal dinner with friends. It would also be great for date night. The menu was long enough that I found several entrees I would have ordered. Instead, I went for two small plates (appetizers). Everybody liked their food choices. The standout for this restaurant is the wide selection of desserts. I had a fig gallette with a scoop of ice cream. It was the best dessert I have had all year. Our waiter was very friendly and talkative. The restaurant was completely full from start to finish. 6:30, Sat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Birthday Lunch
    ExcellentService
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had a wonderful weekday lunch on the patio to celebrate a friend's birthday. Shared the grilled prawn cobb salad, Buttermilk Fried Mary’s Chicken Sandwich and the Petrale Sole. The fried chicken was the best, so tender and moist and crunchy and yummy! Also had some nice local (Livermore) wine and excellent service. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rosemarie's birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I took my neighbor to Esin Restaurant and Bar for her birthday, she is a foodie and it is her favorite local restaurant. We have been to Esin numerous times and the food/ambiance/service are always outstanding, this visit was no exception. Rosemarie was greeted with "Happy Birthday" and her dessert was "on the house". Another wonderful experience at Esin Restaurant and Bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food and Drinks!
    Food4Thought
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops were amazing! They are always cooked to perfection and so far, they're the best I've ever had! I decided to pair it with a Pear Ginger Martini that was phenomenal! For dessert, my husband and I shared Esin's vanilla gelato which was the perfect way to end the night considering how full we were by then :-) I would definitely dine at Esin for another special occasion, not just for the food and drinks, but also for their friendly customer service! By the way, if you like prawns, I would highly recommend the Prawns Cazuella! Your taste buds will be dancing after the first bite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service!
    lim1960
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary there and felt very special when every staff member that serviced us made it a point to congratulate us on our special day. We had the salmon special and pot roast and both were delicious! We finished off with baklava for dessert and it was yummy. Highly recommend for special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ponymom69
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Wonderful as always. Food. & service are impeccable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A favorite in Danville
    Olevano
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Had my birthday lunch out on the patio with a friend. The eggplant sandwich with charmoula was excellent. Bread was warm and salad delicious and light on the dressing. Friend had the salad with grilled shrimp on the top also excellent. Will go again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Service
    Kris
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Really great service from the hostess to the waitress, the food is pretty good too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    Family1st
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our second time at Esin and it never disappoints. Service was excellent, food was outstanding and the service was fantastic! Will be going back again and again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family avorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food is consistently delicious. Staff friendly. Desserts are wonderful so save room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Server was perky and nice but. ..
    ADinerVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    She tried very hard to be cute and nice and did tell us that there were just 2 caprese salads left but we got our salad before the oysters and she barely checked on us during or between courses. If it were not for other attentive staff we never would have been taken care of at all. She also gave us wrong information about the specials. Maybe she was new but they could have trained her better. She did not know that the oyster variety was tiny and said they were medium.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get away
    Gkpk
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    If you need a quiet moment to share with great enviornment , amazing food and service Eain is it. My husband and I shared some items and the kitchen had split the items in the kitchen so we were t scrvlinf and making a mess. Very accommadating. A wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    You can't go wrong with Esin for consistently great food in a nice atmosphere. The pot roast is comfort food and the daily bread pudding for dessert can't miss either. I've probably had some of the entrees and every one of them is a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My Husband and I treated my Sister and Brother-in-law to dinner at Esin and we were very happy with everything. We had a nice quiet booth and the food was excellent. The German Chocolate cheesecake was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A New "Go To" Spot
    ScotsGirl
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Esin was pitch perfect from the quiet ambience, (one can converse at a normal level!), to the service to the food. We were seated promptly for our 12:30 lunch reservation. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and paced the meal well. The food was outstanding. Our salads came exactly as ordered including special requests and the salmon was cooked perfectly for both of us even though I like mine much more well done than my lunch companion. The desserts were both delicious. Serving sizes are generous for appetizers, entrees and desserts. Esin is perfect for lunch or a cozy dinner. It's quiet and comfortable on top of the great food. I will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pongee13VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food is consistent time over time - excellent! Had the grilled wild king salmon with farro and summer squash. The salmon was prepared medium rare, exactly how I like it. The stock used to cook the farro was rich and delicious. As usual desserts were wonderful. If I lived closer to the restaurant, I make a weekly visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Main Course: Pot roast was tender and amazing. Dessert: Lemon Meringue Tart very good. Also the server and the waitstaff were excellent. When ever I needed more water they were there. The sever was working the bar area and the tables she as was very punctual and helpful. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    TattaaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food is always great but would love to see some changes to their menu. It's been the same entrees for years, other than a couple specials.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delievers
    DustersW77VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a nice romantic dinner for 2 last Friday. As always, Esin delivers the goods. The food and drink was excellent but service was really outstanding. The server realized we were not in a rush as we rarely get out without the family. The pacing of the delivery of the dishes was on the money. Not too fast where they delivered courses on top of each other, but not too slow where you were looking around for the waiter. All in all it was another great evening at Esin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed
    FalconVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We go to Esin frequently and are never disappointed. Excellent all around.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Outstanding food and service. We have enjoyed many, many wonderful dinners here, but tonight was exceptional, especially the service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Esin always a winner
    Benny
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I have been to Esin at least 30 times and would go again tomorrow. Consistent well done service. Crisp table cloths, carpeted floors, comfortable and cushy chairs makes this restaurant a quiet retreat from the uncomfortable current trend. Wonderfully prepared King Salmon or Sea Bass with delicate sauces to match. A fabulous burger with every trimming you could want. Hankering for a delicious pot roast? It's all at Esin. Danville, Alamo, and San Ramon don't have the restaurants that Walnut Creek does. Esin stands alone for best food in that area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice quiet lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Attentive waiter, great food, nice setting would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate