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“My Favorite Downtown Restaurant”

Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar
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Ranked #24 of 160 Restaurants in Middletown
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 10, 2013

I love this place. The food is so delicious and the staff so friendly. I especially love Mary, the server. She is so friendly everytime we go there. However be prepared, the portions are tiny and the price is large. It's also not a good place for young children but my 10 year old daughter is fine there.

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Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Came here with my boyfriend for an anniversary and had a delicious meal of raw oysters, sea bass, and a gourmet raspberry blood orange sorbet. The food was expensive, but well worth the price. The ambiance and setting of the restaurant is also very nice. Tables on the upper level seemed to be nicer than the ones on the first level - and it is best to find tables by the windows since the restaurant is dimly lit.

Thank Laura Y
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We were in town for a college graduation and we were with a large party. The person in charge of the party chose family style. The appetizers were bruschetta (cold) and vegetable fritters (first batch overcooked). the gnocchi was good and had we known what was about to come out we would have eaten more. Dinner was bone dry chicken, overcooked salmon, roasted potatoes,some not cooked enough and vegetable mix. mini canolli's for dessert. I'm sure the Italian food is amazing but they do not do large parties or family style well. For future reference don't do family style, have everyone order their own meal. It would have been easy enough to order what you wanted, which means everyone would have gotten what they wanted and just pay for your party which is what we did anyway with the family style (3 people in our party didnt eat salmon and 2 were vegetarians and not everyone likes salmon) .

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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Nice atmosphere, calamari was crisp and tasty. Oysters on 1/2 shell were very fresh. Had the cioppino for entree which was a smorgasbord of delicious seafood. I would give 5 stars if it weren't for the cost of a Bombay sapphire martini...$12. A but unexpected. Service was very good, atmosphere was hip yet cozy.

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Thank ShorelineGuy
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

This restaurant is flat out terrible. I can't believe other reviewers liked this place! Have you people ever dined in a good italian restaurant? When you walk in, it has a NYC wanna a be atmosphere, that makes you think, maybe this is going to be O.K. But the menu is too large to be good, and it shows in each and every dish, but the worst dish of all was the Foie Gras which is presented on a mushy and doughy flat bread, layered with some kind of raspberry spread with a piece of duck fat!!!!!!!!!!, then the foie. Are you kidding me? Totally disgusting. They should be arrested for serving this crap. Any of the several italian restaurants on and around Main Street would be a far better choice.

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Thank carl C
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