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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
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun 12:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

i took my girlfriend to Esca for the second time.. dissapointed as the first time. I ordered the octopus appetizer, 1 star.. i ordered the salad, 4 stars .. i ordered the polenta , 5 stars. bartenders, great.. atmosphere, a little dated. drinks and service from bartenders are worth going back..

Thank Anthony22LL
Southington, Connecticut
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137 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Esca's provides an intimate atmosphere whether for dinner or cocktails...the lobster and crab fettuccini I had and the clams linguine my date had were both delicious as was the calamari appetizer. Dinner prices and drinks are reasonable...the only drawback was that it was somewhat noisy...so if your having dinner I suggest that you ask for seating on the upper level... More 

Thank Rich334
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60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Have always enjoyed this restaurant, and decided to take advantage of the Middlesex County Chamber's restaurant week sponsored by Comcast. Three-course meal was $20.17. My son and I visited as my husband was traveling We each had the same although there were two options for the week long event. The meal started with a mozzarella cheese dish in a delicious... More 

1 Thank Elizabeth S
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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We went to Esca for lunch and we were very impressed with the service and food. The octopus appetizer was the best we had ever had and I had a delicious butternut squash ravioli dish as well.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Middletown, Connecticut
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Excellent happy hour cocktails, bar bites and excellent prices. Get there early as it fills up! Not a fan of the dinner menu; as it is a bit too fancy for my taste. Went to a wedding recenotion upstairs once and food was excellent! I go for happy hour!

Thank sgwils
Essex, Connecticut
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99 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

The place was pretty busy. We started with three appetizers calamari fritti filled with flavor and beautiful presentation. Grilled octopus was served over cous cous with loads of delicious ingredients. Homemade meatballs with broccoli rabe pesto and polenta. Everyone in our group was very happy with their meals. The service was really perfect. The wine choice was wonderful.

1 Thank Harley M
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Food wasn't bad but over priced. Loud kids were running around screaming on a Friday night. Parents and management didn't seam to care or it would have been addressed so instead of calling the parents out every one else had to suffer. Bad choice

Thank Gary F
Hartford, Connecticut
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

I have been to esca a few times. Sometimes to food has been fantastic and sometimes just ok. It seems like the busier they are the better the food. Its seems as though my wife's food comes out hot while mine is cold or vica versa .

Thank Blexhooper
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch today with friends. First of all, the ambiance is beautiful. Mark, our wait person was friendly & helpful. I started with a hot & dirty martini. It was so good, I had two. For an appetizer I had the grilled octopus over cous cous. Very good. There was plenty of octopus grilled perfectly & it was... More 

2 Thank Kat M
Granby, Connecticut, United States
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

This is the 2nd year we've hosted a Holiday Happy Hour at Esca's and from start to finish everything was delightful- excellent wine selection, hot hors d'oeuvres were hit and the staff was friendly and professional.

1 Thank Denise N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, 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?