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Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar

Italian, Wine Bar
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437 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457-3316
860-316-2552
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice Dinner at Wsca

We really enjoyed the dinner at Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar. Nice decor. Comfortable atmosphere. Great Service. Relatively large wine list that is reasonably priced. Short Ribs were very good. Seafood Paella was one of the best. House made desserts very good. Will dine here again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
bdublu
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Newington, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Newington, Connecticut
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the dinner at Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar. Nice decor. Comfortable atmosphere. Great Service. Relatively large wine list that is reasonably priced. Short Ribs were very good. Seafood Paella was one of the best. House made desserts very good. Will dine here again.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

During my business trip I tried 3 restaurants located on Main St. in Middletown.This was by far the best. Friendly and attentive staff, good food at moderate pricing with a relaxed atmosphere. I would recommend it for it's tapas style menu and a nice variety of wines.

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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92 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

They have a great happy hour with specials on apps and drinks. I usually end up getting a grilled octopus salad. They do a great job with it. Good dinner menu also.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This has to be one of my favorite upscale places to eat. The food is always amazing and the staff is friendly and informative. The last time we went was for my birthday and I was not disappointed. Their selection of wine is always so extensive and I love picking a new one each visit. Can't wait for another occasion... More 

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Kensington, Connecticut
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very nice menu, pleasant staff good food! What more could you ask for! Been for a business meeting and also with friends.

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Killingworth, Connecticut
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77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

It had been a while since we've dined here, but our server, Mary, recognized us as soon as we came in the door. To me, that's always a good sign. We love the atmosphere here, and the food has never disappointed. Last night was no exception. The Arugula Salad has a lemon dressing that perfectly compliments the greens.Indulge your "inner... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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29 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This is a very nice place if you need a place for a happy hour. The bar is beautiful and roomy. The restaurant is very pretty and classy. Is expensive but the service is fine. The food, well, it depends. I have had great food and not so good meals. Definitely not consistent, even if you order the same item.... More 

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Middletown, Connecticut
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

They have excellent happy hour deals on appetizers and the chicest bar area in town. Perfect place for after work drinks.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I have dined here several times, both as a couple and as part of a large group. The food is inconsistent. I remember one meal that was above average- the rest were mediocre. The prices are on the higher side for the food not being fantastic. Great wine list, and the wait staff is always polite and... More 

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Middletown, Connecticut
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36 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

My wife and I decided to go to Esca since we still had some $$$ on a gift card. We chose to sit by the windows which may have been a mistake as it was quite cool in that area. I had the Lumache a(snails) appetizer which was quite good! My wife had the calamari which was also tasty. For... More 

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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, Wine Bar

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 437 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457-3316
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Middletown
  • Phone Number: 860-316-2552

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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

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