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Looking for a good first date brunch spot in Danville (or nearby)

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vulber Aug 16, 2011 12:17 AM

Ideally somewhere with good food, good ambience, not too upscale or divey, reasonably priced, attentive but not pushy service....some have suggested Peasant and the Pear, or Esin, both of which seemed to have reasonably priced brunch/lunch menus, but from what I've heard, they still seem a bit too upscale for a first date.

Or, (getting off topic), if anyone has any other ideas for a first date in Danville besides food, that'd also be appreciated :)

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Esin Restaurant
750 Camino Ramon, Danville, CA 94526

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  1. lexdevil RE: vulber Aug 16, 2011 03:28 AM

    What about Chow? Definitely not too upscale for a first date. Not sure I'd call the service attentive, but it's functional. http://www.chowfoodbar.com/danville_g...

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      vulber RE: lexdevil Aug 16, 2011 08:57 AM

      ooh, didn't think of that. i've been to chow in SF and it's not my favorite place, but it could fit the bill

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        Windy RE: vulber Aug 16, 2011 09:48 AM

        The food at Chow is fine. But its selection for a first date says "unimaginative" to me.

        Disclaimer that I haven't been to the Danville branch.

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          lexdevil RE: Windy Aug 16, 2011 01:49 PM

          I agree. It's not imaginative. Of course it's hard to be imaginative in Danville. I suggested it because I thought it's ordinariness might take the pressure off of the occasion. And it's a decent place to dine al fresco.

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            Windy RE: lexdevil Aug 16, 2011 08:11 PM

            It might be okay for a blind date. But (remembering a famous thread about whether a chowhound can be happy with a non-chowhound), it sets the bar for exciting food kind of low.

    2. The Chowhound Team RE: vulber Aug 16, 2011 07:16 AM

      Just a quick request that answers focus on the food-related parts of the question, since as the OP noted, non-food first date ideas would be off-topic. Thanks!

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        SLRossi RE: vulber Aug 16, 2011 09:12 AM

        Sideboard? Maybe too casual with the counter service, but the very relaxed atmoshpere seems conducive to a first date. If the weather is nice sit outside.

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          JonDough RE: SLRossi Aug 16, 2011 09:14 AM

          +1 for Sideboard.

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          baseballfan RE: vulber Aug 16, 2011 10:10 AM

          We eat at Esin frequently and while it is quite nice, I would not consider it upscale in an uptight way at all. The food is excellent and the desserts are wonderful and made in house. It is always lively and they offer indoor and outdoor seating. Reservations would be recommended as it is on the smaller side.

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          Esin Restaurant
          750 Camino Ramon, Danville, CA 94526

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            rotiprata RE: vulber Aug 16, 2011 01:47 PM

            Amber Bistro is decent (have not tried lunch but happy hour was good). Or maybe La Boulange?

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              Ian F RE: vulber Aug 16, 2011 01:51 PM

              I like the food at Chow, but lots of families with young kids at breakfast/brunch. Sideboard is very tasty but the chairs can be uncomfortable, and it gets expensive pretty quickly when you add in the coffee drinks. How about the Blackhawk Grill? You can sit outside by the water. After, you can stroll around the outside mall and look at the ducks.

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