Portland >Food & Dining > Esan Thai
133 SW 2ND Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720445.521580 -122.672955
Neighborhoods: Old Town - Chinatown, Neighbors West - Northwest
Best Thai food yet – I've been to many Thai restaurants in Portland and other cities, but none can compare to E-san. I love their beef salad, extra hot & extra spicey. My friends and I go there alot and the the quality of the food is worth it's value. Rafael is my favorite bartendar. He makes the best raspberry martini. All the bartendars make good drinks. Whatever I ask for, they can make it to suit my taste buds. This place has the perfect environment for a night out with friends. The service is great and the waiters and waittress' are so friendly. The only thing I would complain about is finding parking. Other than that, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. :)
GREAT FOOD COOL PLACE – I had the greatest time and the best food at Esan's. I already went back with a bunch of people from work who also raved about it.
They have a very cool location. Right in the middle of everything. Their food is awsome. I love the sleeping prawns, curry, pad thai, BBQ chicken, and I had some kind of stir-fry that was really good (we all shared - I wasn't that hungry).
I'm going for drinks and food before going out on Friday and can't wait. Very COOL!
By Far the Best Thai Food I've Had – Ive had Thai food from at least 20 restaurants and nothing has been as good as this. I love the downtown location and feel, but was more impressed with the food and service.
I've been back about 10 times and had a different meal each time. Everything is awesome. I've had some of the other big name places and was very disappointed.
Esan's please keep up the great work.
Underrated – In a city full of great Thai restaurants, E-San is definitely underrated. Try the Pineapple Fried Rice or the Pad Thai. These are comfort foods by anyone's definitions, and can be made as spicey as you desire. My wife and I have eaten here for over a year and have never been disappointed.
won't go back – over-the-top positive reviews drew me in, and left me wondering if i ate in the same restaurant. the gelatinous peanut sauce had all the spark of an alfredo, bathing chewy pork and mushy broccoli with blandness. took them a solid ten minutes to bring chili sauce, which came with my check, while listening to f.m. classic rock shouting from what sounded like a boombox. i suspect this place is winning its game as a cafeteria for the pasty downtown office set. head east, friends.
a humble recommendation – try the nam kao. one of the best asian dishes I have ever tasted, and that is saying something.
Portland's Best – I've eaten at half the Thai restaurants in this city. I still rank this at the top, and frequent it more than any other Thai restaurant.
The standards like Pad Thai and green curry are great, but the real secret are the specials like Nam Kaw and the pineapple fried rice. Don't miss it. Oh an if you like it spicy, they will glady oblige - a lot of people find even the medium to be on fire.
Service is always friendly and usually attentive (sometime a little busy). Nice atmopshere, lots of room, all around a nice establishment.
All dishes were amazing! – Very tasty Thai food. Everyone in our party enjoyed their dishes. The staff was courteous and the service was excellent. I'll definitely be visiting again soon.
Can we say fa-bu-lous?!! – My husband and I went to E-San to ring in the New Year with a quiet, but delicious Thai meal. We were absolutely pleased with the delightful atmosphere, wonderful service, and yummy and fragrant food. The only thing missing was a fun New Year's package, but that has become so passe anyway. Try it. You'll go back a second time!
E-San well worth checking out!!! – E-San was a pleasant find recently. I'm a fine connisseur of peanut sauce. Cha'Ba Thai has the finest in town, but I must admit that E-San is a very, VERY close second. The food is excellent, as well as the service!! Please patronize this restaurant. DO NOT GO TO TYPHOON!!!
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