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Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar

Italian, Wine Bar
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437 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457-3316
+1 860-316-2552
11:00 - 02:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Cheshire, Connecticut
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were seated in the front of the restaurant by the window, awaiting the 3rd person for our party. The waitress approached us for water and drinks and returned frequently to assess our needs for more and for orders. The food choices are good. Two of us had the soup, salad and half sandwich and one the spagetti and meatballs.... More 

Thank Lynn B
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Expensive, but we had a gift card. Food is exceptional and the waitstaff is really nice. Atmosphere is romantic and lights are low adding to the ambiance. Delicious food.

Thank Amy M
Long Island, New York
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were a bit skeptical to dine here given the mixed reviews but we're so glad we did. It was the best meal we have had in a long time. The complimentary bread was awesome. We ordered the beet salad which was the only low point of the meal - the beets were hard and the salads lacked flavored. But... More 

Thank Susan N
Cromwell, Connecticut
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I have heard alot about Esca's so my friends and I decided to try it out for lunch today. Middletown was very busy today being it was Halloween on Main Street so having a table by the window only made our lunch experience more enjoyable seeing the 1000's of Costumes come by and then also come to Esca's to get... More 

Thank Lquin493
Level Contributor
13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

I was so impressed with the staff. They were so nice and accommodating. My daughter and I were seated at a lovely table. We told the staff we wanted to sit and relax. We did not want to rush. They were beyond nice. The wine list is amazing. Our food was delicious! Quality ingredients and made to order is how... More 

Thank Jennifer P
Middletown, Connecticut
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52 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

My wife and I were in downtown Middletown and decided to go to Esca for lunch. We had been there before but not in quite a while so thought we would give a shot. We both had the veal and bean soup which was rich and delicious quite flavorful! My wife had the chicken Milanese sandwich which she enjoyed and... More 

Thank Stuart L
Cooperstown, New York
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

I arranged to meet a friend at 5 pm for a glass of wine and appetizer. My friend, who was a frequent guest of this restaurant, had called ahead to make sure wine/appetizer would be ok and was assured it would be. We were seated graciously and each ordered a small carafe—I think $20 each for that. We then ordered... More 

2 Thank 46hazel
Hartford, Connecticut
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449 reviews
306 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Incredible enough to enter for curiosity and great grub. Rather formal, this establishment has a double decker motif! Very good wine and sustenance !

Thank GringoAlto2000
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69 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

I've been to Esca twice. The first time was just a horrible experience. The service was so bad that we ended up receiving a $50 gift card to go back but even that was not enough to change my mind after the second visit. This review is based on my second visit. I had my bosses visiting from out of... More 

1 Thank Maria A
West Hartford, CT
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105 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

I sponsored a dinner here for about 50 people. They were absolutely wonderful in the planning and execution. Lovely private area for us. Wonderful food and drink. Great meatball appetizers. The waitstaff and bartenders went above and beyond. The price was very fair. I highly recommend Esca.

Thank Richard J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 437 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457-3316
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Middletown
  • Phone Number: +1 860-316-2552

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?