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Esan Thai Restaurant

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221 East Kirkwood Suite D, Bloomington, IN 47408
+1 812-333-8424
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11:00 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

In town for the flowmotion symposium and tried this place out from a recommendation of the hotel receptionist. Crab Rangoon was top notch with the flavors of the crab and chives overwhelming the cream cheese....Totally th opposite of what we get back home. The Pad Thai was also the best that I have ever had! Very flavorful tofu mixed with... More 

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Thank Brent O
Homosassa, Florida
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Visiting the Bloomington and the Indiana University where I grew up (a few years) after being away for eons, we were near the IU campus at lunch time and found this very nice eatery.

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Thank Charles H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

Favorite Thai place in Bloomington, they know how to season food if you ask them to spice it up (not heat, just don't mellow the flavor for Midwestern pallet). I like the Viet style fresh rolls, chicken satay, and the Massaman(sp), but everything I've tried is quite good.

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Thank dmitri k
East Lansing, Michigan
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

I've eaten Thai food a lot of places, including Thailand, and this is probably the best Thai food in the US and better than some in Thailand. Everything was perfectly prepared, and the food is spicier than most in most US Thai restaurant. The green eggplant curry and the green papaya salad were amazing. Five stars for food and three... More 

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Thank Charlene P
Chicago, Illinois
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546 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Loved this place! Started with a huge portion of chicken satay. We had a curry dish, pork fried rice, and the appetizer sampler. Everything was hot and fresh; lots leftover. Spice levels can be requested by number. Located in an old house just off the town square, near the theater and CVS.

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Thank dkm57
Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

We love Thai food, and we've eaten Thai in many places, but this is by far the best place ever. The food is fresh, delicious and can be made to order if you have allergies or you tolerance for spiciness is low. Excellent service too.

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Thank Dragon4Lady
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

this is good place even for vegetarian people , if you know what to order. Green curry with rice is best dish there.

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Thank AyushmaJ
Bloomington, Indiana
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95 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

Esan Thai was one of our favorite Thai restaurants in town, but we hadn't been for over a year. Last evening four of us decided to go there for supper. The restaurant was perhaps half empty, although almost all of the tables had dirty plates on them. Between the two servers, we gradually were able to give them our order,... More 

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Thank nmhoosier
Miami, FL
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

When two people like spicy and their partners don't, Esan Thai is a good choice. You can order from 0 spice to 5 stars, depending on your preference. In a space just north of Kirkwood and just west of the IU campus, Esan Thai has minimal decorations and patient servers. We enjoyed pad thai with chicken, masaman curry with chicken,... More 

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Thank gablesptsa
Bloomington, Indiana
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77 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

Without a doubt this is my favorite Thai restaurant. They are a bit more traditional than many of the others with lots of cilantro on top of food. They have lots of noodle soup options and some of their dishes remind me of Vientnamese dishes. Only problem with this restaurant is that they have very little seating. It reminds me... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Thai
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 20:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 East Kirkwood Suite D, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 812-333-8424

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?