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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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Today
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, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 32
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  • 36
    Very good
  • 17
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  • 8
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  • 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
Esca - Good Food and Drink in Downtown Middletown

Esca's high-end decor is apparent as you walk through the door. Seating is on three levels and outside seating is also available. We arrived for a late lunch and were greeted by a friendly hostess.We chose the 2nd level and had a nice view of the bar area. The lunch menu provided an ample variety... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
SpencerCT
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Cromwell, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
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Cromwell, Connecticut
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Esca's high-end decor is apparent as you walk through the door. Seating is on three levels and outside seating is also available. We arrived for a late lunch and were greeted by a friendly hostess.We chose the 2nd level and had a nice view of the bar area. The lunch menu provided an ample variety of upscale apps, salads, sandwiches,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The bar area is comfortable. The seating area the table we sat at was a bit small . The food was very good and the service good. Felt that they were to attentive could not carry on a conversation with out interruption

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Wallingford, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I entered the restaurant alone (husband joining me soon) and immediately felt comfortable and welcome. Having never been there before, I asked the waiter,Frank C., for recommendations(which I found interesting on my own from the special menu). They were exactly what the waiter suggested and I was not at all disappointed. Every item was both elegantly presented and very delicious.... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The food was good and the atmosphere was nice but quite expensive. For that reason alone, I don't think I would return especially since Middletown is packed with great places to eat!

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Hartford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I went here and had a nice meal. But I think there are equal or better options in Middletown that are cheaper.

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West Hartford CT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Went recently with friends for dinner. The sun was in my friend's eyes so the waitstaff tried to move the broken window shade which did not work (says something about upkeep in this restaurant)... What was good was mussels and meat dishes; the bad was a beet salad that was so overdressed it was almost not worth eating; followed by... More 

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Newington, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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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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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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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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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: Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?