We were the only customer during Lunch Service, Staff was friendly and nice, the views are amazing at this place, unfortunately the food was average, Overly seasoned.. We had the Duck with Beetroot puree which doesn't go well together, our Med Rare Steak from was Med Well and salty, and I like salt normally.
Dessert was a BIG MISS, Icecream in a CUP would have tasted better... I hope they would improved.
After reading some less than complimentary reviews of Esca in recent online reviews we were quite prepared to be disappointed. But we weren't.
The space is pleasant with good views over the vines through the large windows - perhaps a little over-airconditioned but that's a matter of preference. Our welcome was low key but friendly and the restaurant quiet.
We were very happy with the food and service. The entrees we chose were a green gazpacho with goats cheese and a grilled scallops - both were tasty, fresh and delicious.
We both had the aged angus for mains and it was cooked perfectly with just enough flavoursome fat to make it interesting. As only occasional red meat eaters it was truly a treat.
We had Bimbadgen wines by the glass - just their everyday range - and both the chardonnay and the shiraz were well suited to our meals. No complaints there.
Overall, we'd happily go back. It's not stand-out special, just a good modern Australian restaurant in a lovely location and that's no bad thing.
Some of the other local restaurants are more theatrical and fancy, and on the right night that's good too, but Esca should keep on doing what it does well. Perhaps they've listened to some of the criticism of the food quality and smartened up their act.
We got an amazing verandah table outside for my birthday and had to two course menu. We have just been recently as well and both this time and last time exceeded our expectations - thanks for being one of the best restaurants in the Hunter.
Always fantastic food and great friendly staff. The food experience is always different, new ideas, great produce and an overall taste bud sensation.
We have been to esca many times and it’s always beautiful this time however something was lacking. We did notice staff had changed also which is fine but it was the menu that we found disappointing this time round.
Outstanding food, quality service. Highly recommend.
Great waiting staff thank you would recommend to everyone
Nice food and service. It wasn’t the best weather but that didn’t affect our night.
Lovely atmosphere, beautiful food, well worth a visit
Very seafood based menu.
That being said, the service, presentation, overall taste of the food was very good, just didn't feel there was much option for people who don't like seafood (the starter section mainly).
On the expensive side compared to other places I've been.
We had a great gentlemen ( forgot his name unfortunately) who gave us a great experience up until he left which was just before dessert where we were handed over to 2 ladies who seemed to have no interest in us. We wanted to purchase some wines at the end s we did the wine pairing but this all seemed to hard for them and we were quoted incorrect prices and it was all to much effort. Our table of 6 were all looking to buy wines but only one person in the end did as we felt like the staff were more interested in having us leave. It is a pity that that last quarter of our evening ended so badly as otherwise it would have been an amazing experience.
Probably wouldn't recommend simply because there are so many options in the hunter and I have to imagine some of them do a better job of this particular type of dining experience. I'd rather tell somebody to try something different than waste my recommendation on something I felt was only ok, especially for the cost. For $200 bill for two people celebrating a big event, it was absolutely not worth it.
Best thing to do on a hot summers day. Spend the afternoon in air con comfort being served delicious food and wine whilst looking at the spectacular views
Fantastic venue for a scenic lunch that is tasty and healthy, plus personable service from all staff. Well done Bimbadgen and keep it up!
Fantastic staff, very attentive and professional. The food was lovely and well presented. We will be back.
good food that was tasty,good ambience was a very quiet day
Not the menu, if you dont like seafood or raw meat with pickled mush then theres not really an entree for you. The flavour combinations were also a bit of a hit or miss, mainly miss.
Very relaxing and enjoyable lunch in a wonderful location. Beautiful food and great wines.
We absolutely loved our 5 course menu with matching wines. Service was outstanding and overall experience was great!
Had a wonderful dinner and would highly recommend it
Food and service was good and the view was great
Wines were good beer selection could be improved.
Fantastic service, beautiful food will come back again.
We visited on 4th January when the outdoor temperature was 47 degree!! The restaurant was cool and the welcome both friendly and relaxing. Chose the degustation menu and discovered the most superb dining with wines which blended perfectly - even the Chardonnay (which is not my favourite) was beautiful.
Great value, in a pleasant setting with wine tasting and cellar-door facilities downstairs. Only disadvantage is a lack of shaded parking but otherwise Esco Bimbagden is a must stop in the Hunter Valley. Well recommended !!
Wonderful meal, wonderful service and lovely setting
Very nice location, comfortable and modern restaurant, lovely service, great views and fabulous food. Definitely one to recommend.
Amazing views, including kangaroos on the vineyard grounds. Service was amazing from Aaron and kristy. Surprisingly quiet and relaxed for such a classy restaurant. Could not recommend highly enough, great.
Really well thought out meals and so much care and thought put into each of them, the smoked Angus was so nice
As always we enjoyed a wonderful celebratory lunch at Esca Bimbadgen. Even though it was a fairly busy lunch seating the service was professional, attentive and most importantly friendly. The menu was impressive and all four of us enjoyed our meals. Everything was fresh and beautifully presented. The wine suggestions were well selected.
Beautiful setting, great food and service was excellent.
Love dining at Esca’s. Looking forward to Valentines dinner.
Great views, food, wine and service. This is a very nice place to have a quiet relaxing lunch in a very comfortable and stylish atmoshpere.