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Esin Restaurant and Bar

4.6
4251 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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. Esin has been recognized by Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Bon Appetit & Sunset 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.
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.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4251 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Best waitress & great food

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had a delicious dinner, which was beautifully plated. We enjoyed every bite. The waitstaff was attentive and helpful. Be sure to try their fabulous desserts. We look forward to enjoying many more meals here.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

All very tasty. Had the Meze platter as an appetizer, very good - would order again. They will bring more grilled pita if needed with this appetizer. One of us had the eggplant/vegetarian sandwich on focaccia bread - liked it although a bit too "bready" for his taste. I had the special which was a salad with almonds, strawberries and blueberries with grilled salmon. Normally I wouldn't order fish on a Sunday, but couldn't resist. It was grilled to perfection. Enjoyed the salad, although not enough fruit. Portion was just right, but we are not big eaters so this may not be enough for someone else. We were there mid-afternoon, so it was relatively quiet. We will be back.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

It was my husband’s birthday. We shared the Octopus starter which we both liked, a little spicier than I expected but very good. He had the pork chop and I had the pot roast. We both loved our choices. We finished with a blueberry bread pudding which was AMAZING! This place never disappoints.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We have been going to Esin for over20 years and it has never disappointed and always exceeded our expectations.
Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Always so good! My husband and I enjoyed another great evening here. Great steak, and arugula salad for me, and salmon dinner for my husband.
Oh! Did I mention the cocktails?! This place makes the best Tito’s martini! Yum!
Desserts are not to be missed, we always share something!
Service is always top notch! Thank you Esin!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our favorite! When we want to be absolutely sure friends will enjoy their dining experience this is our "go to".

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Outstanding! Our favorite east bay restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great food, ambience and service. This is local for me so I always suggest it for lunch meetings. I know anyone coming will enjoy the experience.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Esin is a pleasant enough restaurant and our server was great, but in an area filled with lots of more creative options, its location in a mall, entree selections, and the ambiance weren't special enough to merit the twenty-five minute drive from Oakland. If we were closer, this might be a nice go-to restaurant when we just wanted to chill out.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The cocktail list was short and most of the options were whiskey based, which left lighter tasting options off the table. Surprisingly, a safe go-to like a mojito wasn't on the list - odd as it would pair well with a mere platter.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Well, we love Esin and have dined here many times over the years for special events, anniversaries, graduations, etc.
I will say that everything has slipped a little. The plates weren't as well composed, salads were over dressed, things were seasoned just okay. It all just looked a little tired. It was good, nice, okay compared to Esin of years past. Still great compared to most.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Solid dishes. Food was fresh and tasty. Enjoyed the oysters, octopus, scallops, and steak. Will return...

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Table bread was warmed up but the crust was hard. Ordered glass of wine didn't appear for quite some time. After an inquiry and after the salad was served, we asked the waitress again about the wine. After a long period of time, halibut was served cold, tasteless, & overcooked with overdone & not fresh looking brocollini stems -- had to send dish back to the kitchen. Ruined my appetite and declined their offer to cook another! Salads were overly dressed: greens were limp, shiny & hard to fork. Pot roast was noticeably fattier & saltier than normal.
What happened? The food & service was excellent before but Esin owners need to replace or train kitchen staff. Otherwise, diners will avoid patronizing this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The meals are great but the desserts are fabulous. Save room!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was excellent...all 4 of us enjoyed our selections. Service was friendly and good. Two of us ordered the prix-fixe option which was a good value. Waiter mistakenly charged us for the desserts (a very tasty baklava) included with this option, but promptly corrected it when we pointed it out. Overall we enjoyed our meal and would recommend this establishment.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent as always

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Attentive waiter. Delicious food and desserts!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Esin never disappoints!!!! Food and service are amazing!!!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Enjoyable and good service

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

They never disappoint.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Always a pleasant lunch experience; great menu options, including dessert!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Go there often and Never Disappoints ! They were out of Filet of Sole that afternoon, however, the Halibut was a good subsitute

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Had the salmon it was delicious. My wife had the Halibut she enjoyed it very much. Delightful evening.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a great Sunday lunch at Esin. Our server, Brett, is incredible. He is appropriately friendly, knows the menus very well and was very attentive but not hovering! Other staff at the front desk and those helping our main server were great. We all enjoyed our dishes, onion soup, flatbread, halibut , fried chicken sandwich and one burger. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We are regular customers and enjoy the private booth #25 when we dine there. The hostesses and managers are friendly, personable and accommodating! We have a different server every time but they are all good. We love the specials - Salmon dishes and Esin’s signature chocolate cakes are moist and delicious! We travel throughout Europe and dine at many Michelin Star restaurants but Esin’s cake is by far the best and my favorite is the chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting and between the layers. We live in Blackhawk so it is convenient to have such a quality restaurant with with an excellent reputation in our neighborhood!!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always a terrific experience. Thank you

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very enjoyable dinner celebrating a 60th birthday. The server was attentive and the food excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Delicious with nice presentation. Reliably good for lunch or dinner. I also like that they source sustainabley.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Superb food beautifully presented, excellent service, lovely ambiance!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We had a wonderful Easter dinner. We are regular customers and always have great meals. This was the first time we had the Prime Rib and it was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It was Easter and very busy from lunch brunch crowd. Took a while for waiter to appear but he certainly made up for it by comping our drink. Also very attentive and so sorry for the delay. Great food.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went for Easter Brunch and everything we had was fabulous! Our server Matthew was very attentive and great at explaining the menu. Go treat yourself to a wonderful meal!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Not our first visit to Esin but our first holiday brunch with a prix fixe menu. The variety of choices was great. We both had difficulty settling on just one and definitely shared with each other. Dessert choices were insane but to be expected here. All of the food was excellent!! Our service, however, was not what we have experienced in the past; slow with the drink service, no bread brought to the table then quickly paced food courses. I was surprised that mimosas were not included nor suggested by our server. The cocktail menu didn't really pair well with the menu offerings in my opinion; the wine and champagne we selected though were wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner with the BEST waiter (we all agreed) that we ever have had. There’s no words to describe is exemplary service!! His name was Brian. He could work at any 5 star restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Very consistent food. Never a disappointment.

Waiter was very good!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My husband and I went to Cafe Esin for the first time last night. It is obvious when you walk in that the staff is well trained and everyone pays attention to details. Yet everyone is friendly and it is an unpretentious neighborhood restaurant. Very hard balance to achieve but Esin pulls it off beautifully. We had salads (organic greens and roasted beet) which were very good. Husband had chicken breast stuffed with spinach and cheeses, wrapped in phyllo dough on quinoa and I had scallops on a bed of quinoa with fennel and an olive-orange dressing. Both dishes were excellent, spiced just right, served warm. They had a good selection of wines by the glass in 3,6, and 9oz pours with prices at $12-20 per 6oz glass. And whatever you do, don't skip dessert. They are all made by Esin (the owner) herself and they must have had 8 to choose from including today's bread pudding. We shared a scrumptious bittersweet chocolate tart with salted caramel pecan pieces. Awesome. Service was excellent and our waiter, Matthew, was very courteous and knowledgeable. We sat at an inside booth and the atmosphere was animated but not too noisy at all. We will be back definitely.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Consistently good and the deserts are amazing. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Fantastic food and service. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Wonderful dinner!

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