In planning a nice dinner out with some friends we hadn't seen in quite a while, we felt that Esca would be the place. One might say that Esca is one of the cornerstones in the downtown Middletown resurgent nightlife.
We had reservations and the table was waiting for us upon our arrival. Esca has three levels of dining and our was up on the second level. All the dining areas areas are open out to each other so there is really a pretty cool environment, this aren't three separate floors.
Wine list is very good, if you know your wines, its very easy to find a pairing to what ever dinner may suit your fancy.
We were all in a seafood mod, so there were 2 Chilean Sea Bass, a Lobster and Crab Fettuccine and a Seared Diver Scallops ordered. The sweet, rich fettuccine and crab paired wonderfully with the montepulciano. Those who had the sea bass chose a chardonnay and said it worked beautifully with their dinners. The gravy on the sea bass was so good we ordered a new round of their delicious bread to finish it off.
Service was great although, there was a slight delay in getting our meals, it wasn't an issue as we had plenty to catch up on with our friends. The staff was almost overly apologetic, stopping by and saying they were sorry at least three times. The restaurant was packed to the gills at 7PM on a Saturday night. We stayed at our seats for at least 3 hours and never felt as if we were being moved along or rushed, even with the high capacity crowd.
As mentioned in other reviews Esca is a little pricey, but not "oh my God, we just spent how much?". Our dinners were all between $25 and $28. If one can keep from drinking alcohol based drinks, one could probably save a bit...LOL Our bar tab was just about half the cost our total bill.
As one can see from my rating, definitely a "Five Star" deal in the burgeoning downtown of Middletown, CT.
We have been to Esca before and will most assuredly be back.
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