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Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar

437 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457-3316
860-316-2552
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Ranked #32 of 133 Restaurants in Middletown
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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East Haddam, Connecticut
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Came here with family for my birthday. We had calamari and veal meatball apps, both excellent! The bread is amazing!!!! I had shrimp pesto which was very good! My husband had braised short ribs and raved about them. For dessert I had their creme brulee and it was phenomenal! I love the atmosphere and decor here. Highly recommend!

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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77 reviews 77 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We were here for the Taste of Suburb menu, our first time dining in this area. We had heard so much about the wine and food here. We had made reservations thinking it would be busy but when we arrived there were many empty tables. We were seated promptly but had to wait some time for our drinks. We had... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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40 reviews 40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Had the opportunity to eat here for a rehearsal dinner. While the timing for the meal courses was slow, the food was good. Customer service (wait & bar staff) was excellent. All requests were honored, the staff was very customer focused. Would stop back when in the area and eat here again.

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Kendall Park, New Jersey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I sat outside on the patio on a beautiful night, but it's a little noisy at it's at the corner of a busy intersection. It took a little while for the server to come (for which they apologized) but then he was friendly and knowledgable. I like that you can make your own wine flight. The Super Tuscan was my... More

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Connecicut
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52 reviews 52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Esca has outside seating which we always look for in the summer. The tile work and decor inside the restaurant is beautiful. We were brought to the patio through inside the restaurant. A table with an umbrella that was not open. We had to request it to be opened. One of the arms inside was broken but still provided shade.... More

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Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We stopped for a late evening drink and appetizers. The server had a good sense of humor and teased with the group. Sat outside on a warm, nice evening. Wine flights were excellent and appetizers were good. Our group kept increasing and the server kept accommodating us with more food and beverage. I'd go back if I was in the... More

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Durham, Connecticut
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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