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
352 reviews since May 26, 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 (223)special occasion (213)neighborhood gem (212)great for lunch (129)great for outdoor dining (110)romantic (97)notable wine list (71)good for groups (64)great for brunch (47)hot spot (34)kid-friendly (13)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (10)scenic view (2)Show More
  • As usual, wonderful meal
    MaureenV
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Four old friends recently met here for drinks and dinner, brought our own wine. Great atmosphere, super bar/wine service, and absolutely great food and dessert. We loved the scallops. A place you can count on to excel.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • completely sober lunch
    eatdrinksleep
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This was our first time at this establishment. Food is very good. The service was excellent. Our waitress was friendly, attentive, and efficient. She would check in with us as the lunch progressed, but not so much at it disturbed our meal. She had perfect timing. Thanks for the good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ddaddydave
    luvtowine
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    It is always a given, we have a great dinning experience at Esin. Don't ever skip dessert here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GuiseppeVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We always enjoy Esin, it's ambience, service and food, and this Sunday night was no exception. After delicious cocktails at the bar, we enjoyed dinner seated in one of the comfy booths. My husband loved the Sunday Prime Rib special I loved the Salmon special, followed by a delicious lemon meringe pie with a ginger snap crust. All's well as Esin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every dish a hit
    enjoyinglife
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We were four people for dinner, and we ordered multiple courses. Usually, in a meal with that many options exercised, there is a dish or two that misses the mark, but for our meal every dish was great - tasty, balanced, delicious. Additionally, our waiter was charming and friendly without being intrusive. It was a memorable meal, and a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flawless
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food, the service, the ambiance -- flawless. We are grateful for this neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • myfavplaces2eat
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Wonderful menu with seasonal inspirations; great service and wine selections! Recommend it highly!! Noted for delicious desserts too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Esin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Esin is our go-to restaurant when celebrating work birthdays-delicious food, drinks and desserts every single time! Once small caution-the main dining room has very high ceilings-it's somewhat loud in there with all the conversations echoing about. We had a hard time hearing our server the last time we were in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    CaNtSn
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great food, attentive service and a wonderful wine list. What more can you ask? The pot roast was moist and tender and the lamb shish kebab was fantastic. The vegetables complimented each meal perfectly. The pinot noir wine trio was wonderful and the sauvignon blanc was perfect with the caesar salad. All-in-all a memorable evening. We were particularly impressed with the entire staff, from the person who seated us to the bus boys and wait staff, everyone was focused on our enjoyment rather than just doing their job. It was a real dining pleasure. Now I understand why everyone in town has told us this is Danville's premier restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very special special
    OT4filVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    One of the best meals yet at Esin where we dine once or twice a month. Abandoning our prejudice of never eating salmon in a restaurant we both opted for the salmon special. What a delightful surprise it was with the delicately cooked fish sitting on greens accompanied on each side by large croquettes with soft potato/parmesan centers. The lemon meringue tart rounded out this spectacular meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always, great dining experience
    cyclegirl7
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We hadn't been to Esin for awhile and decided to take someone here for dinner, given our previous experience at this restaurant. All of us thoroughly enjoyed our entrees. One of us ordered two appetizers (for dinner), the oysters and french onion soup. Another ordered one of the special entrees for the day, risotto with chicken and peas; and I ordered the pot roast, which I've wanted to try for awhile. Although I didn't try any of the other meals, the pot roast was outstanding. It was more than fork tender, and the sauce was incredible. It was served over a cream bed of mashed potatoes with some sautéed greens on the side (not even sure what they were, but they were delicious). Another wonderful experience at Esin!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Impressed
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Came here quite a few years ago so I was expecting that maybe Esin improved, but unfortunately I cannot say that it has gotten better. This restaurant has such potential, but cannot put it all together. I cannot recommend this restaurant to fellow diners.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice
    Mom2beastiesVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I mentioned our anniversary on Open Table reservation... and EVERYONE.. from the hostess to the buss boy gave us a "happy anniversary". Service was excellent and food was very good. We ordered Cheese for dessert... and even though it wasn't in the "anniversary" free category... were not charged. My husband and I...given the opportunity of cheese will always go that way... I know a free creme brulee or whatever would have been better for them...but...we were given our first choice (which we were ready to pay for.. ) but..Very classy place!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    BayAreaCaliGirlVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our party of four ordered: prime rib, roast duck, halibut and pasta w/ butter & cheese (my daughter). We all cleaned off our plates, not a morsel left. The peanut butter & choc cheesecake was sinfully good, as was my favorite, their bread pudding. Love this place. With our own bottle of wine the total tab was very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greatly dependable
    debi
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had another wonderful, relaxing, super tasty meal at Esin. The halibut, delicious. The duck, so moist and flavorful. Topped off with a tremendous dessert. Always great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day
    pk2917
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    fabulous experience dining here. Corn chowder soup was to die for. Husband (the picky food critic) like his pot roast and I like the filo chicken beast with 3 cheese.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful saturday lunch
    disappointedVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The burger was perfectly done, the waiter was friendly and fun, the patio table was awesome!!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ESIN
    offsfood
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We have been here a few times and it is a nice place for a special occasion. The staff was surprisingly cordial, helpful, and nice and the food has always been outstanding. I really like the vibe that the place has. I've been in the industry over 23 years and this is a good bet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overpriced
    luv2eat
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Good food, well prepared, but way overpriced. I had a salad with basic romaine greens with some olives, a small amount of feta cheese, and tomatoes, in a bowl, not very large, with four shrimp and the charge was $17.00! Perhaps the entrees are better deals.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service
    Ally
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    we had a birthday dinner for 4 adults and a child in a high chair. Esin staff took care of all the details, I ordered a specific drink to be served when all adults arrived and it was taken care of right on schedule. Staff was great with us and my grandson. No rush, good food and drink and friendly staff. Great Dinner
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hungry
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My husband had been twice before and loved it, decided to celebrate his birthday at Esin on a Sunday night at 6:30. The restaurant was packed inside and lively, our waitress was very friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and specials. The bar service was very slow waiting for our cocktails and the busboys were very busy. Our water glasses were left empty throughout the night. We were disappointed in our meal. My husband and friend ordered the black cod. Very small pieces and they both said the fish had no flavor but they liked the grains and vegetables. I had the hanger steak. Unexciting, oily, the arugula and spinach were delicious. Desserts were great. Would not go back on a Sunday night for sure and won't hurry back in general.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Service
    Anthony
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Food was great and service was excellent. No complaint.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Cafe Esin
    Rick
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Ate at Cafe Esin last Friday. The waitress was superb!!!!! The Halibut special and the Dive Scallops were outstanding. As you would expect, the desserts were wonderful. The Caesar Salad was NOT GOOD!!!!! (How can a Caesar Salad at a restaurant like Esin NOT BE GOOD????) I can't say enough about our waitress and how she helped us make the birthday celebration special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anandVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    One of our favourites! Very fresh ingredients - overall a relaxing and enjoyable experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant in Danville
    LiveToEatVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Fresh ingredients, consistent food quality, amazing dessert menu, and nicely plated entrees! High ceiling, classy white table cloth set-up makes for the perfect ambience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    Sfgirl
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Enjoyed the food, and the restaurant. Had lunch there, nice place and easy to park.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and Service
    Javad
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I ordered the dinner special, Salmon with mix veg. The fish was old and smiley and the portion of the fish were so small for $30 plate. Also every few minutes someone new would serve our table and before finishing our plates they wanted to clear the table.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KCali
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Wonderful food. Terrific service. We were here for a special occasion and the hostess and staff were all so nice! The food was top notch. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Esin
    grand1dinerVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My husband and I received a gift card for this restaurant. Although the menu is quite limited, my husbands pot roast was divine. My caeser salad was very bitter. It was like I didn't receive the leaves but all of the core. They were professional enough to take it off the price. I had the risotto . It had too much tomato flavoring for my taste. But it is a high class restaurant although not in a very scenic setting.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great!
    Mimi
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The special salmon and arugula salad was melt in your mouth good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Esin loses favor
    ADinerVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I have been coming here frequently since day one. It's usually at least 4 stars in each area and often 5 in food and service. Last night may have just been an off night but the oysters were room temperature, the caesar salad wimpy and brown with little favor and the steak relied heavily on salt for flavor. I have only given Esin less than 4 stars one other time so I am hoping it was just an off night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK food, noisey, decor good, WIP
    ChicagoJoe
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Decor quite good. Noise level much too high for easy conversation. Food OK but not outstanding. Did not quite live up to prior reviews in media. Small comment: Ordered Moscow Mule (this intellectual drink helped me - and friends - through college decades ago so consider myself semi-expert); To steal a presidential debate line - I knew Moscow Mule and this was no Moscow Mule. Way too tart with something; did not taste ginger beer; 3 in party tasted it and it got no votes. Service very good; staff quite pleasant. Probably would not go back but might try one-mo-time. We do travel to Danville fairly often for Happy Hour at Bridges - they do a consistently good job - although not greatly impressed with the dinners.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Esin doesn't disappoint. Clams were wonderful as were the oysters. New York steak was perfection and huge. The pork chop the best ever eaten. Keep it up Esin. And Nicole made the experience even better because of her friendly professionalism.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great drinks, Service and Food
    Tommyboy
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Always reliable to deliver with great service and great food
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Annita
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I and my husband decided to celebrate my birthday at Esin restaurant. We ordered onion soup that it has nothing to its real taste. I think it was from can. My husband is french and he knows what kind of soup we called onion. We haven't ordered prawns but waiter brought it to us. It's too bad we are shy and were not in the mood for arguing. Scallops were tasty but sandy and my mahi- mahi with cuos-cuos was just Ok. Red wine was the best from all dinner. The bill was around $ 120.00 What surprised me that even average restaurant when you mentioned that you have your birthday today they would bring something nice at the end. Here is nothing. Unfortunately the birthday is only once in a year and you couldn't replay it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MollyVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Esin is pretty consistent with their food & service. Not outstanding but consistently good. Haven't tried their new place yet but it's on our schedule.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 236 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 2395 reviews are from the Esin Restaurant and Bar reviews archive.
  • Reliable excellence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I can count on Esin to always provide and great dining experience. The food was excellent and the service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    BayAreaCaliGirlVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Everything was excellent, from the food to the staff to the ambience. Our party of four ordered: pot roast, steak, burger and our 6 yo had pasta with butter and parmesan. All were delicious. The desserts were amazing, especially the blueberry bread pudding. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    was at esin for a ""great friend" belated birthday!! First time at danville location for 4 ladies!! Service excellent!! wait staff knew menu and specials like the "back of her hand"! can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Desserts
    PinotEvil
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Esin always serves the best dessert of any restaurant in the area. Started with the oysters, duck confit for entree and banana black bottom tart for dessert. My son had the halibut and started with salad. My wife and daughter had salad only and of course dessert. Everything was great. My wife loves that there are gluten free options.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.