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Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar

437 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457-3316
860-316-2552
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Ranked #31 of 133 restaurants in Middletown
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Durham, Connecticut
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Having been to Esca before, we opted for this local establishment for their fine wine list as well as a rather upscale experience. It's not what is used to be. On the fourth of July we thought the place would be mobbed but it was nearly empty. I ordered my usual Beefeater martini (extra-dry, straight up with a twist) and... More

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durham, ct
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42 reviews 42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Arrived a bit early for happy hour, 3:45, but since we were the ONLY 2 people ther, one would think they would be happy to see us. No chance of being offered happy hours specials, we decided to get a bottle of wine. Menu showed a 2011 sangivesse for $40, and a 2010 of the same exact bottle, with tasting... More

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Madison, Connecticut
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94 reviews 94 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Had the paella; wife had the sea bass on May 10, 2014. Both outstanding. Shared an arugula salad. Also very good. Salad wasn't tarted up as some restaurants are wont to do w/ similar dishes: arugula, cheese, and a nice lemon dressing was all we wanted, and it's what was served. Shared a nice chocolate torte for dessert. As stated... More

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rocky hill, CT USA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a very nice place to have a casual lunch, dinner, or small plates with great wines. The decor is very nice, the service friendly and attentive. I've had the duck confit salad, really very good!

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New Haven, Connecticut
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60 reviews 60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This is not a bad place. Wine selection is excellent if pricey, and food is adequate. It gets packed and loud, and pricing is a little high. The patrons tend to be well behaved, however, which might have something to do with the high prices: no riff-raff. If you like wine, this is your place in Middletown. If you want... More

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Livingston, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

It is a beautiful restaurant with very good food. The Duck and Sea Bass were excellent. The flat bread appetizer was equally excellent. The Ahi Tuna was overcooked. The creme brulee has a lot to be desired.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Date of Visit: December 31, 2013 A friend chose this place for New Year's Eve dinner (I heard that it had the reputation of being a "cougar spot", respectfully. We had 8:45 reservations. Not knowing much about Middletown, my expectations were not high. As I walked into the restaurant, I loved the atmosphere. There is a very large, long bar... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We went to Esca last' night with friends for dinner. Had not been there is over a year. The place was vibrant and full with customers and the energy was very joyful and vibrant. Our server took great care of us. The food selections were expansive and met the individual needs of each of the 4 of us. The caesar... More

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Clinton, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

My girlfriend and I just love going to our favorite place in Middletown for dinner and drinks. There is always plenty of seating either at the bar or about the establishment. The staff is always great, witty, and attentive. The offer a 1/2 price wine special on Mondays and their happy hour specials are always worth stopping in on the... More

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CT
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

I have eaten here several times and most of my meals have been great. The burger is exceptional and decadent, made with short ribs, truffle oil and lobster. At $ 20, pricey but a real treat. And you can go for the cardiac special and add foie gras. Seafood and pastas are great and really enjoyed the paella. Wine flights... More

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