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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.
Middletown, CT 06457
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 😕
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.
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.
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