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Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar

Italian, Wine Bar
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437 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457-3316
+1 860-316-2552
11:00 - 00:00
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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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Southington, Connecticut
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120 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Esca's provides an intimate atmosphere whether for dinner or cocktails...the lobster and crab fettuccini I had and the clams linguine my date had were both delicious as was the calamari appetizer. Dinner prices and drinks are reasonable...the only drawback was that it was somewhat noisy...so if your having dinner I suggest that you ask for seating on the upper level... More 

Thank Rich334
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58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Have always enjoyed this restaurant, and decided to take advantage of the Middlesex County Chamber's restaurant week sponsored by Comcast. Three-course meal was $20.17. My son and I visited as my husband was traveling We each had the same although there were two options for the week long event. The meal started with a mozzarella cheese dish in a delicious... More 

1 Thank Elizabeth S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 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 4 January 2017 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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93 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

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
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 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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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene
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?