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About Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar

Unpretentious yet chic, Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar offers visitors an array of classic Italian dishes alongside a comprehensive menu of wine options. Pay a visit for brunch, lunch or dinner and savor the wonderful combinations available.



Esca also offers wine flights that allow you to enjoy a range of vintages paired with a vast selection of dishes suited to meet any appetite. However, many patrons come for the full meal options. With hand-crafted pastas made on the premises each day, the freshest ingredients available and a creative kitchen dishing up everything from classic steakhouse options to totally innovative dishes, Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar will satisfy most any diner.


437 Main St
Middletown, CT 06457
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Café, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(860) 316-2552

Website:
http://www.escact.com/

Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (14)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Special Occasion (11)
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Good for a Date (10)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Romantic (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Casual (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (3)
Fun (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

I had been to a b'day party and enjoyed it so much I chose It for my girls luncheon ... was told I did not have a reservation (which I did) but that was the only glitch ... everything else was great

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Everything was excellent except the waiter messed up the charges for dinner. Instead of splitting the bill evenly between two credit cards, he put all the charges on one and had to call us after we left to inform us....

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Celebrating a birthday. The food was very good, but we waited longer than usual. There was a larger party being served and seemed like only one server, so we did understand. We just didn't expect to take that long, luckily we were not in a hurry. We had been there before and therefore knew that this was unusual.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great brunch. Loved the eggs Benedict.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Had a great dinner last week on our way to Goodspeed Opera House. Very nice restaurant, our first visit and quite a nice surprise. Good food, a diverse menu with complementary specials, a good choice of wines and a very good wait staff that let us visit and stay on track for the theater. Would recommend a visit if you’re in the area, even if it’s on the way to somewhere else.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Street corner site. Some loitering on sidewalk outside of restaurant, but otherwise great restaurant

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant in Middletown. We can't wait to return.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined on November 5, 2017

very good - tasty steak, perfectly cooked. very good scallop risotto.... Pleasing find in Middletown.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Awesome. Best food. Best service.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

We sat in the bar and had happy hour bar bite specials. The Mango Lime Shrimp were delicious. There were 3 decent sized shrimp on a homemade chip with a fresh mango and pepper salsa that was very tasty. The Liuzzi Ricotta Crostini was the opposite experience. There were 2 small slices of bread, not even toasted, with a smear of ricotta and fig pieces on top. This was a big disappointment. For dinner the Linguini and Clams was good and the Lobster and Crab Fettuccine was dry and not very flavorful. The drinks were dynamite though.

Tip: if you see a dessert on the website but not the menu there, ask. We mentioned seeing panna cotta on the website and it turned out that they had three and therefore it was not on the menu but we could still have it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We went to Esca for a Birthday celebration. We were a party of 5, and dined at 8pm on a Wednesday evening. The apps were great! Drinks were nice. The main courses took longer than anticipated considering it was a weeknight and later in the evening. Kitchen was slow, but not the fault of the waitress. (Finished dinner at 945). Food was very good. I ordered the Duck - it was fabulous. Unfortunately, even though I asked, they neglected to wrap up my leftovers. Very expensive meal to throw away. I was upset since I would have finished the meal had I known. But overall, a great place to dine. Great food, nice atmosphere, quality drinks.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good food with good Gluten Free options. Pasta dishes are yummy

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Romantic atmosphere with knowledgeable and professional staff.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Guess they dont do anything special for birthdays. I mentioned it, but nothing special occurred

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Had a very enjoyable time
Mussels and the lamb shank were excellent
SUGGESTION, table on upper level near the vent should be moved, cold!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

First time visiting ESCA. Everything I had ordered was good! The plate amounts we're good size, some enough to share between two. The service was good, the waiter was very helpful in ordering and attentive to our table. The restaurant as a whole is very nice, but it can get very loud. My only "small" suggestion would be to add more seasoning to the dishes. I had the meatball app and the short ribs, both were good but we're flat on flavor. The Burratta salad and Flourless Chocolate desert is a definite need to order if you go!

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 23, 2017

David was our waiter and wa excellent. Being on a Keto diet he understood what we could eat and not eat.
Food was excellent and I highly suggest the Chilean Sea Bass

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

OpenTable was a nightmare. Despite their confirming my reservation, the restaurant Esca had no record of it from them. Staff graciously seated my party even so.

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

A nice experience, good food, nice atmosphere, but beware it is on the pricey side and is a la carte. And if you're a bit older, you may have to park a block or two away and walk.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food was great as always & our waiter, Frank was FABULOUS!!

Highly recommend Esca ....

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

It was our first visit. We were there for 2 anniversary celebrations. They brought a complementary glass of champagne for the table. Appetizers were good sized and the bread was FANTASTIC! The food was OUTSTANDING! Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I have some friends in Manchester, CT that I have not seen in a very long time. We decided on Middletown because it was the halfway point for us. It came down to Esca or Luce and I chose Esca because I was lazy and could do the reservations online. First off it's a beautiful space! I like the way the booths are placed on the 1st floor. We started out with drinks and lately my kick is for bitter whiskey cocktails. I can't take whiskey on its own but mixed with other things, it's wonderful!! Not many places have them on the menu and I am not that knowledgeable in my old age as what to ask for. I decided on the "Inside Job", it was very enjoyable and exceeded my expectations. It consisted of Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, St. George Absinthe, Hella Aromatic Bitters. My other half and friends all chose wine. For my entree I had the short ribs over mashed potatoes with brussel srpouts. It was supposed to come with polenta but I asked for the potatoes and they easily accommodated me. The only thing I did not care for was a rather large piece of fat, I wish it was just thrown away before they plated the dish, other wise it was delicious. We sat there for 4 hours over the evening and caught up with each other. Not one time did our server try to get us to leave. He was great, I wish I could remember his name. We passed on dessert even though I wanted to try the white chocolate cheesecake with raspberry sauce. I had the save some calories, my waist has been growing lately! Anyway great place and would like to go back soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We had a great dinner...as usual! I've never had a bad experience here. The menu was diverse, the food was delicious, the servers were friendly and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. I love this place!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Service was excellent Waitress did outstanding food was very good desert was very tasty

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

This was my second time visiting. The first time reserving a table for two. The atmosphete was very nice and the food was delicious. Our server was very nice and the gentleman keeping the water glasses filled did an excellent job. I will look forward to coming again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We had a 6:30 reservation for 7 people. We arrived early from a baseball game in the area--approx. 5:50-6:00pm. We did not eat dinner until after 8pm!! There was an extraordinarily long wait between apps and dinner! Multiple apologies--and we would've felt better if the food measured up (especially for the cost)! The ricotta gnocchi with kale pesto & sausage was unrecognizable & inedible. The surf & turf special--a NY strip and 2 scallops (for $48!) was just meh (and there were 4 orders of this at the table). One meal received only 1 1/2 scallop and they did refire one more scallop. However, my Dad did enjoy the organic salmon dish. Overall, not the best experience. It will be a while before we go back 😕

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Service was poor. Waited forever for our salads that came out wilted and then our dinners were served immediately after our salads (we had not even gotten 1/2 way through our salads). Entrees were good.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on July 17, 2017

We visit this restaurant every time we are back in CT love the grilled octopus salad & varied menu

Tags: Tapas, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

As always, the food was excellent. Very knowledgeable staff. Loved the ability to create a wine flight that fit my palate. The strawberry creme brulee was unique; nice flavor. Other than the fact that the room was very loud, the outing met all our expectations.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

The steak was absolutely amazing but it didn't come with everyday sides. It was a little too fancy for me. I like average sides with my steak. But it came with some kind of weird flavored mushrooms and nasty soggy cabbage underneath. My girlfriend ended up giving me half of her steak because I didn't eat the other things on my plate. And there's an extremely large wine list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Best food in Middletown. Nice variety on menu and creative, tasty "specials".
Pleasant, helpful staff. Good space for private events and parties........

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Loved the place, the food , the ambiance, the service. Will go again for dinner.
Can't wait to bring my family. Great choice, a nice surprise. Thanks

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great place but very noisy, they would do better if they quiet down the music...the music is so loud that people had to talk louder and then the entire place gets noisier..

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Great food with a good variety and good wine list. Enjoyed celebrating our anniversary.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Seems that the menu has changed including the quality. The food used to be so much better and the staff more attentive. Not sure if I will return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Enjoyed celebrating my husbands birthday at Esca in Saturday night. Very friendly staff. Matthew was our waiter and was very attentive. Great service and delicious food. Can't wait to to dine at Esca again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Quite good. Lovely meal

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

The food, service, and atmosphere were great. It was a little noisy, but it was graduation weekend. Both carnivores and vegetarians left the restaurant happy.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Service was very slow. Venue was very loud. Food was excellent.

Tags: Live Music, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The food was awesome but the service was poor & the noise level was bad..

Tags: Authentic
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