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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 - 2:00 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, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 18
    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
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After many times driving past this restaurant, we decided to meet another couple for a early dinner. The interior was very unique. Three levels, tables near windows, or overlooking the bar. Everything we ordered was great! My husband had the Chilean Sea bass, perfect. I had the shrimp with pasta... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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CT
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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English first
Connecticut
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133 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Came down to Esca for a corporate meeting. Food was OK but I am not an Italian cuisine fan. Artichokes make me just choke but I enjoyed the meatballs and salad. Seemed really fresh and they have a pretty good drink menu. The decor is nice and comfortable.

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CT
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

After many times driving past this restaurant, we decided to meet another couple for a early dinner. The interior was very unique. Three levels, tables near windows, or overlooking the bar. Everything we ordered was great! My husband had the Chilean Sea bass, perfect. I had the shrimp with pasta, with asparagus and tomatoes, in a lemon sauce. Another had... More 

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Cromwell, Connecticut
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I've been to Esca on numerous occasions for dinner..this is a great upscale restaurant perfect for lunch, dinner and/or drinks. The restaurant is decorated very nicely and the food is even better! I haven't had a bad meal as of yet. EXCEPT for a small get together that I attended in their banquet room. The food and service was not... More 

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Middletown, Connecticut
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We've been here a couple times and they never disappoint. They have an excellent selection of wines and the servers are very knowledgeable. I suggest trying the meatball appetizer.

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Cromwell, Connecticut
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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

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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Killingworth, Connecticut
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

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
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6 reviews
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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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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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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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, Special occasions, Bar scene
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?