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Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar
Ranked #24 of 162 Restaurants in Middletown
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed May 13, 2014

Arrived a bit early for happy hour, 3:45, but since we were the ONLY 2 people ther, one would think they would be happy to see us. No chance of being offered happy hours specials, we decided to get a bottle of wine. Menu showed a 2011 sangivesse for $40, and a 2010 of the same exact bottle, with tasting information for the same $40... We asked for the 2010...bottle presented was the 2011, and Imbrought thatto bartender's attention.....he checked it out, came back and said we had the wrong menu...gave us a new one, where the 2011 bottle was the only one offered was now $53.... Sorry was all he had to say, qlong with he would give us a minute to,review the wine list. Took us less than 2 minutes to look at each other and say, this is pretty rude, so we left. Walked down the street, in the sunshine to Mondo's....had 3 glasses each of the house cabernet, and shared a panini and salad, bought a coke for a friend who was passing by, enjoyed 3 hours of sitting in the sunshine, and gladly paid our bill of $36.06.... Not really about the money, cause we could easily afford Esca prices, but we are certain that we made the best choice.....will never return to Esca, there are way too many choices in Middletown!

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Reviewed May 13, 2014

Had the paella; wife had the sea bass on May 10, 2014. Both outstanding. Shared an arugula salad. Also very good. Salad wasn't tarted up as some restaurants are wont to do w/ similar dishes: arugula, cheese, and a nice lemon dressing was all we wanted, and it's what was served.

Shared a nice chocolate torte for dessert.

As stated by others, place is very popular; place was crowded—and a bit noisy—but not uncomfortably so.

We'll no doubt go back, but Middletown has so many great restaurants, it may take a while.

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Thank monocle
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a very nice place to have a casual lunch, dinner, or small plates with great wines. The decor is very nice, the service friendly and attentive. I've had the duck confit salad, really very good!

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Thank cathy h
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

This is not a bad place. Wine selection is excellent if pricey, and food is adequate. It gets packed and loud, and pricing is a little high. The patrons tend to be well behaved, however, which might have something to do with the high prices: no riff-raff. If you like wine, this is your place in Middletown. If you want a nice, quiet, reasonably priced place for a relaxing, romantic dinner, however, Esca is not it. Go elsewhere.

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Reviewed February 24, 2014

It is a beautiful restaurant with very good food. The Duck and Sea Bass were excellent. The flat bread appetizer was equally excellent. The Ahi Tuna was overcooked. The creme brulee has a lot to be desired.

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