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Esan Thai Restaurant

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221 East Kirkwood Suite D, Bloomington, IN 47408
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank dmitri k
East Lansing, Michigan
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 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 

Thank Charlene P
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 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.

Thank dkm57
Chicago, Illinois
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 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.

Thank Dragon4Lady
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

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

Thank AyushmaJ
Bloomington, Indiana
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61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 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 

Thank nmhoosier
Miami, FL
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 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 

Thank gablesptsa
Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 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 

Thank Cox-Thurmond
Bloomington, IN
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247 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I have neglected Esan Thai for years so I took new employees there during training for lunch. I was not disappointed and neither were they. They both chose safe Pad Thai and enjoyed it. The portions were large and they took boxes home. I had the green papaya salad and it was excellent, sharp spice without killing me. Thai ice... More 

Thank Lynn J
Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We did not really enjoy our dinner here. They seemed understaffed. The tables are mostly lined up in a row so you are right next to others. The acoustics are awful. Noisy from just conversation. The crab rangoon were small. Our entrees were okay but nothing special. It really seemed like overpriced Chinese food. A young boy was the bus... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 East Kirkwood Suite D, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: 812-333-8424

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?