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Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.2
78 reviews
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$30 and under
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Café
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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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.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Café, Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(860) 316-2552
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Dress code
Business Casual
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What 78 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Excellent food and service- perfect for celebrating an anniversary. The shellfish tower was outstanding and everyone enjoyed their entrees. We will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went as a party of 6 for a birthday dinner. Our server was very good and we didn't have to wait for any refills of beverages or bread. The food was very good. We did have a problem with a chicken dish taking too long to cook and was brought out after most of us were finished. The server explained this to us as the dinners were coming out. He did stop by several times with updates and it was excellent once it was plated. We were not charged for it and feel that the server and restaurant did a good job handling this. We've eaten here several times and it has always been very good.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Fantastic food

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

My mom had been wanting to go for a long time, and she's been to virtually every other Italian place I could think of, so we went for her birthday. The wine list is massive, and they do wine flights, which I love. The flight I had included 3 wines and all 3 were perfect. The service was excellent from start to finish. It is a pricey restaurant, so I was expecting the food to be better than it was. The rigatoni bolognese was watery, my duck was cold, and the cheese board wasn't very good. The salted caramel cheesecake was amazing - best thing I ate all night. Everyone had a great time.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Esca is one of our very favorite restaurants in the entire state. We were driving home from Massachusetts and when we saw the exit for Middletown, we took it for an Esca meal. Always a delicious meal and superb service.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This is one of our favorite spots for a special occasion. I think they were just having an off night. It was a full two hours from the time we were seated to the time our food actually arrived at the table. The food was amazing, as usual, but we were forced to eat quickly because we had other places to be.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great atmosphere with good service. Willing to adjust to special dietary needs. Definitely worth going back.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Good atmosphere --- booths are cozy and private. Two floors of eating so can get a little loud. Food consistently delicious; good drink and wine menu; starting to get a few more craft beers as well. Normal prices -- good portion sizes. Very friendly staff. Bread and oil to start is always awesome.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Food is very good. Bit overpriced. It’s not Manhattan. Server was great.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I think the problem here was that it was Valentine's day, and they were clearly short staffed for the amount of people in the restaurant. It took over 2 hours to get our entrees. We
We ordered the cheese & meat plate for an app; it was very good. By the time our dinner arrived, we had to get it to go since we had to pick up our kids from our babysitter.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day Dinner.
From the maître d’ to our server you are treated like family. Excellent service and the most exclusive food ever. Cooked to perfection.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It took over a hour to get our food. They need to put more kitchen staff for Holidays. I go to Ruth Chris and it never takes that long.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

After they called me the day before to confirm my reservation they made me wait 20 minutes for a table, because my reservation was nowhere to be found. Once I got seated it took me another 20 minutes to tap on a waitress shoulder and askes if she could find out who my waiter or waitress was suppose to be, because I didn't have anyone to take my order. It was very disorganized and unprofessional.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Dining experience was excellent overall. Server could have been more knowledgeable in drink and food items. She was misleading with beer options and was not able to answer questions about some food items on the menu. Server also took drink and food items away from the table before some of us were finished with them. Her personality was pleasant. She was very attentive to the men at the table but not as much with the women. She was very good overall, just some minor feedback. Everyone enjoyed their meal and dessert was excellent!! We will definitely return!!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Fun happy hour and delicious small plates Fast service, friendly servers, warm and welcoming ambience.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Great place for a nice date night. Very conveniently located in Middletown center. The atmosphere is modern and fun. The music was a bit loud and heavy on the Adele. The service was great with very friendly waitstaff. The food was creative and well cooked. Overall a wonderful evening. Great wine selection.

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1.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We were a party of 6 and made a reservation for 8:45.... we did not get seated until 9:50 there was no apology or compensation for this.. I understand sometimes people may take longer but there was no concern on the staffs part to help take care of us. Upon seating finally there were many tables open. Awful and will not go back

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1.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Complete disappointment, never catch me there again.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

We had a wonderful experience. I brought my partner and my in-laws there for dinner. My father-in-law has hearing issues so they were quite accommodating with us related to where we sat in order to make it that much more a pleasant experience. The food was great service was wonderful and the birthday was a success. Thank you very much

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The service was extremely slow. It took about 25 minutes between each course including getting bread, drinks and coffee.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

It was restaurant week so we should have realized it was going to be slow but it took 45 minutes for our dinner to come out.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent service, food and atmosphere. We had an early dinner on a Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great service even with the restaurant very busy. Good choice of menu. Food was excellent. Great wine list

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2.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Kitchen was obviously slammed resulting in an off night for this usually competent restaurant. Calamari and beef tenderloin were both overcooked. Mushroom ravioli was off-puttingly sweet and just so-so.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

We tried Esca for the first time and will definitely go back. We had to wait for a few minutes, as there was not a table available when we checked in for our reservation. It was restaurant week, though, so it was very busy! Once seated, service was slow, but, again, it was extremely busy. The food was spectacular, and we loved being able to try different wines by ordering a choose your own wine flight.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Went for son’s 21st birthday. He just returned from a semester in Italy and we visited him there. This was the best meal we had since we were there. Loved the arancini! Service was great, and the atmosphere was nice, too.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We spent our weekly date night here. Fabulous ambiance, service was impeccable and the food was outstanding! We will be back!!

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2018

We had a lovely time and our waiter was absolutely stellar: personable, friendly, and accommodating. He picked out an excellent glass of wine when I was unsure what to choose. Apps were delicious: we had the hummus and the steak bruschetta. We both got pasta with meatballs which, for me, left something to be desired. The pasta was sticky and didn’t taste quite right. Otherwise, it was an awesome experience and we will be back!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful service and food! Handled a large group of us with ease! Will be back!

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4.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on November 24, 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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4.0Dined on November 19, 2017

Great brunch. Loved the eggs Benedict.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 13, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Awesome. Best food. Best service.

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on October 25, 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.

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