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Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar

Wine Bar, Italian
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437 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457-3316
+1 860-316-2552
11:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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92 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Cheshire, Connecticut
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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 

1 Thank Lynn B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 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

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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
Wine Bar, Italian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?