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Esan Thai Restaurant

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221 E Kirkwood Ave Ste D, Bloomington, IN 47408
+1 812-333-8424
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 

Thank Brent O
Homosassa, Florida
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70 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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.

Thank Charles H
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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.

Thank dmitri k
East Lansing, Michigan
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 

Thank Charlene P
Chicago, Illinois
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581 reviews
374 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
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.

Thank dkm57
Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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.

Thank Dragon4Lady
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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.

Thank AyushmaJ
Bloomington, Indiana
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131 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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 

Thank nmhoosier
Miami, FL
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 

Thank gablesptsa
Bloomington, Indiana
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77 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 E Kirkwood Ave Ste D, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 812-333-8424
Bloomington Indiana's premier Thai restaurant. Established in 2003 and located in the Historic Victory Towers on the corner of Kirkwood Ave and Lincoln Street. Well known for our delicious authentic Thai cuisine. Featuring many appetizers, stir-fried, curries, fried rice, noodles, soups, seafood, and Northeast Thai dishes. Thai and domestic beer available.

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