Esin Restaurant and Bar

4.5
4380 reviews
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$30 and under
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday 11:30am - 9:00pm:
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm;
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Phone number
(925) 314-0974
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Curtis & Esin deCarion
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sycamore Rd
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Parking details
Private lot with parking.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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food
4.5
service
4.3
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San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best local restaurant in the area. Always our go to spot to take out of town guests. Also a great place to celebrate.

DD
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Esin has become a favorite monthly luncheon with a dear friend. Never disappointed in ambience, food or service.

LM
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

So noisy inside, couldn’t hear, outside so hot...fire in the kitchen, no choices for those on already limited diet...only thing that saved this experience was a delicious dessert...should have bee comped for all the problems.

r
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great except the women's bathroom was dirty and unacceptable.

CJ
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Tried something new on the menu and it was delicious!
Never rush us...service was great.
Always the top of my list of places to go, both special or just everyday fun/food.

MK
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family was visiting and I was pressed for time, so I made a lunch res at Esin. The prawn Cobb salad was the highlight for 3 of us; the pasta special (linguine with prawns) was also excellent. My niece and sister-in-law each had a different dessert (stone fruit cake, lemon ginger pie) and both were over-the-top. We will return on their next visit!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Meal took an hour and a half to come out

LS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I have gone to Esin for several years and always love it. Yesterday, I thought the food was a bit less tasty and the waiter was efficient but not at all friendly.

SC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a treat to eat at Cafe Esin. The service is excellent, food is of high quality, and ambience is casual formal (if that is such a thing!). I always enjoy an evening at Cafe Esin.

MS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

D
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is probably the best restaurant in the East Bay. We've eaten here many times over the years and each time has been a great experience. This last meal was the first time I had ordered a steak at Esin and the meat was very good but accompanying vegetables (mushrooms, sugar peas, corn and a few fried onion rings) and sauce were outstanding and made for a perfect meal. My wife eats lunch here with friend probably twice a month and she loves the way they prepare salmon. That's what she had and she was very satisfied. Esin is a very nice place and the wait staff is and always has been superb.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing service! Very classy ambiance. Food was excellent too but the steak and frites were a tad on the salty side.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, food, and evening! The desserts were amazing! Well done!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service....as always! I have been dining at this restaurant since before it moved to Danville. Always, excellent and never had a bad experience ever. Don't forget to order dessert; the hardest part is deciding which one as they always have many choices. The fresh fish is always awesome!

DR
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Matthew did a fantastic job! As usual Esin makes a birthday dinner rememberable. Thank you for having such an outstanding staff.

SM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely couples dinner on a Saturday night. The food and service are consistently high at Esin. Recommend to anyone wanting a first class dining experience!

NC
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We visit this restaurant several times each year. We had a less than great experience we’ve come to expect at our last visit so we were hoping Esin would bounce back and they did! Service was attentive and timely, food was great. Enjoyed fish special.

P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our wedding anniversary dining at Esin. What a fabulous experience! Upon entering we were greeted and wished a happy anniversary. Soon after being seated we were again wished a happy anniversary and were told to be sure to save room for dessert. The restaurant wanted to make sure we would be able to enjoy a complimentary dessert in honor of the occasion. We shared the peach burata flatbread appetizer. Definitely a fantastic start to our meal. My husband chose the pot roast and I ordered the day scallops. We both truly enjoyed our delicious entrees. Throughout our meal the owners kept checking our table to make sure all was to our satisfaction. Our server was very efficient and well versed about the menu items. Our desserts were heavenly. We will be back!

M
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Esin!!!

V
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend of mine and I always celebrate each other’s birthdays at Esin. We always tend to go for lunch and always have the nicest experience! Their food is amazing, service friendly and attentive and their desserts are always such a treat! Look forward to our next meal at Esin!

CS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were able to sit on the patio and received very excellent service--awning for shade, quiet and very comfortable. Food was terrific as usual. Love the salmon salad and the lemon tart. You make outstanding iced tea also.

M
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The lemon meringue tart is to die for!

AR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Esin has high quality and very tasty selections along with great service. We love to cook so it is sometimes hard to find a location near home where we can find selections which are unique and better than those we prepare at home. We rarely have dessert, but you can't help yourself at Esin. We have thoroughly enjoyed our experience each time we have been there.

BM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been here before and always enjoy and continue to return to Esin. The food is excellent and the service as well. We asked for a quiet table and were seated in the back dining area where the noise was minimized. We were celebrating our anniversary and the dessert we ordered came with a candle and we were not charged for our delicious dessert. We will continue to return to Esin and enjoy the experience

LH
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The new burrata appetizer with peaches is absolutely delicious! Join that with the prawn cobb salad and one of their delectable desserts and you have a heavenly banquet!

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly service and great food. We'd go for a special occasion again!

SS
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went with another couple, one member of each couple was celebrating a birthday. One of us got the fixed menu. One ordered off the menu, the other two had specials.
The fixed menu was a salad, moussaka, and baklava. The two specials were fresh fish, one salmon and one halibut. The menu item was a chicken. Additionally, we had the tomato-eggplant soup and a second salad as starters. All items were cooked as expected and offered a melody of taste. In addition to the baklava, we had the bread pudding for dessert. Both were also excellent.
Service was a bit slow, but then again we wanted to visit and were not upset by the slowness. Once our order was taken, the starters arrived quickly and the wait for main course was about right. All four of us left as happy campers!
In summary, the food was good, and we enjoyed our meals. Once the food began to come, service was attentive but not overwhelming. We will return.

S
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely time, as always.

MB
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about our anniversary dinner!!

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been going here ever since they were known as Cafe Esin off of Crow Canyon. Esin is one of my all time favorite restaurants. In 15+ years I can not recall a bad experience.

This time my wife and I were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. The staff were attentive but not intrusive. They even greeted us at the door with a “happy anniversary”. The food, as usual, was fantastic. I had the halibut and my wife had the salmon. Both were prepared to perfection. One word of advice: plan to order desert. They make their deserts there and are outstanding.

Would I return to Esin? Ummmmm...YEAH!

J
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, good food,free dessert for our anniversary

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I really enjoy going here. The service is impeccable. Sometimes I find the menu description doesn’t describe the actual dish. For example, I had the octopus and it turned out to be in a tomato sauce base with breadcrumbs on top. I had no idea it would come in tomato sauce and wouldn’t have ordered it had I known. It was good but octopus is far too delicate to be matched with tomato sauce in my opinion and a better menu description would help. I’ve had to send 2 dishes back because they haven’t met my expectations from the menu description. From now on I will ask more question
Other than that this is a great place to eat with fabulous service. I think it’s the best Danville has to offer

SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a wonderful meal at Esin. Flavorful entrees and delightful desserts.

MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch; an oasis for three on a hot day when Danville was extra busy. We enjoyed a lovely, relaxing and delicious lunch. Service was great, too. Thanks!

LB
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I want to thank Esin for the wonderful dining experience. Service and food were on point.

MD
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and good service. 3rd time here recently with the family. You have to try the Burrata, the best we ever had. Very friendly GM, Randy Cross, comes by every table to see how everything is going.

DD
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely late lunch with girlfriend; always yummy

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

b
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I have always had wonderful food at Esin. And the desserts are absolutely out of this world. Very good, friendly service also. Love this place!

n
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Ther was no acknowledgement of the special occasion. The couple I was hosting had just gotten married.

I used a gift card. The waiter needed to ask questions. Embarrassing.

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