2416 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA | Directions 9458337.774577 -121.975740
Good – The food is ok, sometimes it can be bland. Service is good and the wine list and prices are super! The menu is always the same or similar to the last. Could be more creative.
Will go again! – Cafe Esin is a nice restaurant to take a date or for business. The menu changes, and always offers something good. It's not necessarily a place to eat cheap, but if you're willing to pay for a nice dinner this place is worth a try. Been there twice and I'll definitely go again.
SF excellence in the eastbay burbs – This place is just great! Excellent and interesting cuisine, killer desserts in a funky little strip mall like setting. Good value and ecclectic wine list. A complete package for those in the burbs that don't want to make the pilgrimage to SF for SF grade fare. This is a don't miss spot, the word on Esin is getting out, Zagats rates its food a 24, make a reservation, it can get crowded.
Appetizers/desserts are the stars – Dinner last night started and ended on a high note. The meze platter we shared was terrific - enough for 2 and very flavorful. We also shared dessert - Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake (they were out of their signature bread pudding) was light and delicious. Our entrees of halibut with winter vegetables (about a 7) and butternut squash risotto (a 2 or 3) were mostly flavorless. The phyllo-wrapped chicken wasn't on the menu, and we like to eat light, so pot roast wasn't a good choice for us. We may give it another try, but it was only so-so.
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