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Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar

437 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457-3316
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Ranked #26 of 134 Restaurants in Middletown
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
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert

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English first
Mad River Valley, Vermont
18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Excellent authentic Italian food,many superb wines to pare with their entre's. Desserts alone are worth the trip.

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Killingworth, Connecticut
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55 reviews 55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Our second time eating here, and again we were very impressed. Try the veal meatballs, they almost melt in your mouth. And the Osso Bucco is out of this world. Special shout-out to our server, Mary. She did a great job!

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Watertown, Connecticut, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This was our third time at Esca with each visit better than the previous. Summer and autumn visits we sat outside for apps and a couple glasses of wine. This time dinner inside. Whether it's apps, salads, flatbreads, or main courses the service has been exemplary, plate presentation has been beautiful and each dish delicious. Chicken, Pear and Gorgonzola, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Been here many times. We have always enjoyed the food and for the most part, the service. We do tend to stick to the bar as we had one terrible server one time we went, and she seems to be there every time we walk in. The bartenders are awesome though. Attentive, knowledgeable, friendly. And the snicker doodle creme brulé... More 

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Middletown, Connecticut
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124 reviews 124 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

Have always wanted to try out Esca, but nervous to based on the mixed reviews. Decided to give it a try with some friends and was glad I did. For starters we had the calamari which had a flavorful crust and came with a delicious basil caper aioli. I had the pecorino, prosciutto, and poached pear salad with scallops. The... More 

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Middletown, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Went to Esca for lunch mainly cause we had a gift certificate. Started with Sfgliatelle di Lumanche which was absolutely delicious and some of the best escargot I have ever had!! My wife had the calamari which was very good but slightly on the rubbery side still quite good though wish there was more marinara though. I had the baked... More 

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54 reviews 54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

ESCA is a nice place to sit. While you can tell that the owners were in the stone business it is nice clean and sits on a busy corner in the middle of the town. The food is good but not great. Usually an italian restaurant has good bread here the focia is tasteless. A good basic bread would have... More 

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East Haddam, Connecticut
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46 reviews 46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Additional Information about Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar

Address: 437 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457-3316
Phone Number: 860-316-2552
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Middletown
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisine: Italian

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