We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar

Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
437 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457-3316
860-316-2552
Website
Today
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
See all hours
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: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 90 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 28
    Excellent
  • 32
    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
Great location, beautiful decor, delicious food and drink, slow service.

This was my second time at Esca and it was as wonderful as the first. Thankfully, we were in no rush so the very slow service was a little frustrating, but did not ruin the evening. We were able to get a table for two at 645pm with no reservation. The restaurant was busy, but not crowded... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 8, 2012
CarpeDiem0626
,
West Hartford, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
Add Photo Write a Review

90 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
West Hartford, Connecticut
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

This was my second time at Esca and it was as wonderful as the first. Thankfully, we were in no rush so the very slow service was a little frustrating, but did not ruin the evening. We were able to get a table for two at 645pm with no reservation. The restaurant was busy, but not crowded. The Esca Flirtini... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

The food was delicious. Have been back since and was not disappointed! The appetizers are different and the short ribs were too die for!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Durham, CT
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

The bar is fabulous. The wine assortmentis awesome and the martinis perfectly chilled. The menu is limited and very expensive. Stop in at the bar and have a drink

Was this review helpful? Yes
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Been to Esca several times and each time-good food! Delicious sweet warm bread, wine selection very good. Always fresh fish on the menu. Never rushed. I'll keep going back!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Newington, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

The food and atmosphere was that of a upscale restaurant, however the prices were reasonable and it is close to home. We have been a few times, first for happy hour with friends and the second prior to watching a movie on a night out.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

My wife and I recently visited this restaurant, not too far from home, and enjoyed the atmosphere and food. Value was fair (although moderately overpriced) and the service was good (not excellent). Overall I would recommend.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Stratford, Connecticut
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

happened upon this place after our "destination" for lunch was closed... what a find !!! very nice and varied menu, something for everyone... service was very friendly and helpful with the food and many beverage choices ...all the food was well prepared and very fresh...as were the cocktails and wines...we will return !!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

I am only commenting on the extended happy hours they do on Thursdays, because otherwise I would give Esca a bad review. First of all- do not have large dinners here. Their service is terrible, and it's extremely overpriced. Second- I also do not recommend going here specifically for dinner, for the same reason. But the extended happy hour on... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
182 reviews 182 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

Esca has a wonderful inviting atmosphere. We have been several times and have been happy each visit. The bolognese sauce is tasty as was the fish on another night. The caprese salad was fresh and the tomatoes perfectly ripened. I think you will be happy here.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Connecticut
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

Took some business associates for an important meeting and Esca accommodated us very nicely with a private table on the balcony. It took forever for our drinks, but we were patient and busy talking. I ordered the soft shell crab appetizer which was OK - a little too fried for me. The winner was the Chilean Sea Bass. It was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar also viewed

Middletown, CT
 

Been to Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients, 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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?