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Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar

Middletown, Connecticut

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Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar logo
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Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar

Middletown, Connecticut

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Diane M.

13 October 2019

At the bar with friends and I had a great experience. The bartender is very accommodating. I loved this experience. The cucumber martini was to die for as well as the pumpkin ravioli was amazing.

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Maurizio Giarratana

29 September 2019

Un ottimo ristorante italiano

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Isabel Posada

23 September 2019

I’m from NY and looking for a good Italian restaurant to take my husband on his birthday I found ESCA. I got a really good experience in this amazing place. The food really good. The service outstanding. I really recommend this place. For any occasion. Thank you. More...

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Pat M.

22 September 2019

First time here, lovely brunch menu. Loved my vegetable frittata, as did my husband. Others in our group had the salmon tartine--excellent! And the avocado toast--also excellent. Would definitely return. Reasonable prices too, attentive service. More...

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Eric Borlaug

21 September 2019

Solid spot. Good happy hour.

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Scott Warner

14 September 2019

Great atmosphere and fantastic dining. Its a little on the pricey side but well worth it. My personal favorite is the chilean sea bass.

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Veronica D

14 September 2019

We had our rehearsal dinner here, and we also come to the restaurant on a regular basis just for the food and wine. The food is always amazing and delicious. The wine selection is the best and top notch, if you enjoy wine.For our rehearsal dinner, my husband has a gluten allergy and the whole staff was so accommodating in making sure he had a delicious gluten free dinner. Our guests also were so pleased with the food and could not say enough about how good it was. I highly recommend this restaurant for any day of the week and for any celebration. You will not be disappointed. More...

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Deborah Moore

30 August 2019

...best meatballs anywhere!

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Dennis Moore

30 August 2019

Awesome food ..my wife said the meatballs were the best yet!

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Jonathan Souza

28 August 2019

Great place for food and drinks , it's worth the trip !!

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Michele Miller

26 August 2019

Great food! Great company! Cute waiter!!

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Shannon Hughes Dillane

25 August 2019

Great first experience at Esca today!!

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Dorothy Starkey

24 August 2019

Upscale dining. Fabulous food and wine. Pricey, but worth it.

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Lynn C.

18 August 2019

We enjoyed a fabulous dinner served by a knowledgeable and friendly server. Esca is beautiful inside and the food is delicious! From mouth watering large Arancini (fried risotto balls with cheese, pancetta and peas) to Short Ribs over polenta served with Brussels sprouts and fried shittake mushrooms, there are so many delicious options. Enjoy!! More...

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Beatrice J.

18 August 2019

I have a monthly meeting at this restaurant. Everything is amazing but the best app is the eggplant fries. I have never taste something so amazing before. The kale and chicken wrap are my go to! More...

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Geno Hsotna

16 August 2019

Amazing staff with thoughtful details put into every meal. Great for family parties celebrations and business functions Esca wine and bar has the space and staff to ensure an exceptional experience.

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Lynn Calderoni

15 August 2019

Great bartenders. Attentive and knowledgeable

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Liliana Elsener

6 August 2019

Ready for Happy hour.? Tasty appetizers.? Visit this Restaurant. Suggestions. Bartender should spend more time at the bar. Bartenders need better training. I had fry calamari but not slice of lemon. I appetizers but not utensils. no one at the bar to ask. More...

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Irma O Reiner

4 August 2019

wonderful place. perfectly executed craft cocktails. great appetizers

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Jessica Hardingham

29 July 2019

Decent food, good service

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Elena Bigio

29 July 2019

I held my daughters bridal shower at Esca and so pleased that I did. Elisa and Marissa were amazing to work with to plan a fantastic day for my daughter. The staff assigned to our party were extremely attentive to our guests and ensured eveything went as planned from start to finish. The space is beautiful and the food is absolutely delicious. More...

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Kellyanne Foley

28 July 2019

Such a nice time , great service

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Robert Scalise

28 July 2019

We try to get there for dinner often. Always have great service and a delicious meal. Great wines and cocktails.

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Marleena C.

24 July 2019

Even better this time around! Fabulous service and delicious food! Loved the mushroom ravioli and mushroom flatbread! Next time I'm saving room for dessert!! Yeah!!

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Roberto P.

10 July 2019

I love this restaurant, they have the most amazing food and drinks and a great atmosphere. Its been a long time since the last time I've been there by I moved to San Diego, but can't wait to go back. Elisa and her family are such amazing people! More...

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Michael Hill

29 June 2019

We stopped here for lunch in between lacrosse games with my Daughter. It was a great day so we sat on the patio. Usually, you get forgotten on the patio when you are the only people out there. But not here. The waiter was amazing. Made great suggestions and arrived back at the table just as you needed him. As for the food. Fantastic. My Daughter devoured her mussels. My Wife's crab cakes were fresh and delicious with just enough seasoning. I had the bolognese pasta. The sauce was beyond belief. Truly glad we stopped here. More...

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Scott Blum

29 June 2019

Get the Esca burger. It is the best!

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Judith Pierre-Dazle

29 June 2019

Food and service were beyond amazing! If I lived closer I'd be a regular!!! I would highly recommend the grilled octopus and the blood orange Martini!!! Our server/bartender/hostess Leslie is amazing!!! All of her suggestions are really good. More...

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Kathy stehling

29 June 2019

Wonderful food and service. Great menu of healthy and delicious foods.

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Patricia McClure

25 June 2019

Loved my waiter, sweetest person ever. Took good care of my friends and me. Food was excellent!!!!! Enjoyed our time at Esca’s. Thanks for a great evening.

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Brittany Maruca

14 June 2019

Great food and service!! Cannot wait to go again!

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Pete Cappellino

29 May 2019

Excellent service great food

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Laura Hyde

29 May 2019

Wonderful Mothers day

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B W.

27 May 2019

We had a spectacular graduation dinner at Esca for our party of 18 in the balcony area. The service was terrific, and the food was delicious. Everything was perfect!

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Yale A. Cooke

21 May 2019

Excellent Italian and great atmosphere with service!

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Joseph S.

18 May 2019

Absolutely worth a stop when your in Middletown. A bit of a slower pace so plan about an hour and a half for dinner. From appetizer to desert we enjoyed every aspect of our meal.

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Chelsea S.

18 May 2019

We had our wedding rehearsal dinner here for 22 guests. The food was delicious and the service was excellent! Marisa was so communicative and friendly over the phone several times before the event. Our bar tender/server Dave was so flexible efficient, kind hearted, and warm towards us and our guests. We were so happy to have our dinner at Esca! More...

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Andrew Bloom

18 May 2019

We came here fifteen deep for Mother's Day brunch. Food was fabulous. They had a great variety of things to choose from. Stefan the crepes chef was very friendly and did a nice job. The desserts were to die for. What a great experience... More...

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KAte P.

15 May 2019

My husband and myself went to Esca last night for dinner, excellent food! Staff was very attentive including the Chef who personally checked on us to make sure the dinner was what we anticipated. Very professional restaurant, we will definitely be returning! More...

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Carla Gemma Trutnau

12 May 2019

Great food, beautiful atmosphere and delicious wine! We went for Happy Hour and will be back!

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Doug T.

12 May 2019

Absolutely wonderful brunch. We were able to get in for the first sitting on Mother's Day and didn't know what to expect. The food was AMAZING! The staff was incredibly helpful and one of the Chef's (Sean) came out to greet us and make sure that everything was perfect. We will 100% be coming back!  Kudos to everyone at Esca, especially Sean for making our experience memorable. More...

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Eleanor Wahlberg

2 May 2019

Delicious food, bar atmosphere is awesome. But seriously. Go for the food.

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sotheados66

2 May 2019

We attended a private wedding function. Everything worked out perfectly. There were about 20 of us in the party; all the food and drinks came out without a single problem.

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Rosemarie deschenes

2 May 2019

Great food and atmosphere. Staff was excellent as well.

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Paula Cassidy

1 May 2019

Great Waiter and great food!!

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Meryl Anziano

29 April 2019

Excellent food and wine. Highly recommend.

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Roxanne Caruso

29 April 2019

Absolutely amazing food..

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Diane Sereduck

29 April 2019

Absolutely positively wonderful food service ambience is awesome.

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beverly villanueva

29 April 2019

The food was delicious

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Igor Volynski

20 April 2019

Beef back ribs were perfect .

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Kent S.

19 April 2019

This is a good choice on Main Street.  They have a great bar area and a nicely done Happy Hour.  It's has a lovely elegant "feel" to it and friendly waitstaff.  It's fairly pricey but the portions are generous.  The bread-is awesome.  It is homemade and the olive bread is worth the trip here.  We had parpadelle pasta with shrimp and the other dish was with lobster and crab.  The other fish was salmon and it was done perfectly.  The blood orange martini was raved about and the other rocks drinks were fine but with a small glass for $11 was too high.  I go here about two to three times a year and it was a nice night out. More...

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Beatrice J.

19 April 2019

I have a monthly meeting at this restaurant. Everything is amazing but the best app is the eggplant fries. I have never taste something so amazing before!!

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Megan Bruyette

18 April 2019

I didn’t get his name but the young male bartender tonight (4/17/19) around 7:30-9:30 pm was fantastic! Went for paint night with Jess from Yaymaker. The chocolate salted caramel pretzel martini was AMAZING! Would be a nice date night place and location is great for walking and shopping. Parking however is a pain!! If you’re looking for a MASSIVE wine list this is the place. More...

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Erin S.

14 April 2019

I have been here before with friends and it was fantastic but my visit last night with my husband has lead to the review.Our service was top notch and the food was perfect. We had the Arancini, tuna tartare, duck breast, and mushroom ravioli with scallops added on.From start to finish service was extraordinarily attentive. Usually a restaurant checks on you just after you get your food. Our waiter checked numerous times. He made sure our drinks were filled and went the extra mile and beyond. My husband has already said we will have to return. Thank you Esca for making for a perfect anniversary dinner. More...

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Kate Domkowski

13 April 2019

The staff here are very professional - thank you for all you did to make our event amazing!!

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Pat 1212

2 April 2019

Fantastic, this was above my expectations but even with my hopes, good was prepared perfectly, the place itself is very nice inside, not too dark and lit well enough for romance but enough to also read a menu. Staff were nice and attentive and seemed knowledgeable about the menus and wines. More...

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jillian ross

2 April 2019

Excellent happy hour. Every dish I’ve had there is great. Parking is kind of annoying depending on the day/time you try to go but it’s worth it.

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Tony Colasacco

29 March 2019

Very nice place. Good food and good service

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29 March 2019

Came here for a birthday celebration. The wait staff was very welcoming and provided great service even though our table was really big and asked for quite a bit. They even brought out a cake that we brought for the birthday girls More...

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Danny Strong

29 March 2019

Great lunch spot, quick and good

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Michael Savino

29 March 2019

Excellent very nice place great wine.

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Michelle Sombric

29 March 2019

Beautiful restaurant and great food

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Wynne L.

10 March 2019

Beautiful restaurant, great service and delicious food, a fantastic combination for a 5 star experience. Our party of 4 sat in the upstairs balcony/loft area. Our waitress came over promptly to take our drink and app order. After looking at the menu, I decided on the hot and dirty, which in my opinion is the best of both dirty martini and bloody mary world. My drink was SO good. We also had ordered a cheese/meat/veg appetizer which was the perfect amount of food shared between 4 ppl. And the fresh, warm bread was a nice addition as well. Another waiter came and promptly refilled our water glasses throughout the night which was a nice touch. How many times do we go to a restaurant and have to ask for water? Too many times! Not at Esca. I ordered another martini as well as the short ribs for my main course. Looking back, a glass of wine probably would have paired much better with the meal...but I powered through and enjoyed both thoroughly. My first time at Esca and I loved it! More...

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Jen Piasecki

3 March 2019

Always a pleasurable experience at Esca! Top notch servers & bartenders. Delicious food & cocktails. Will definitely be back!

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Hank Cullinane

28 February 2019

Nice place

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Nick Miller

28 February 2019

Very good food in and upscale setting with a great staff.

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Renee Paradis Marion

17 February 2019

Love the eggplant fries!!!

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Bonnie Uznanski

17 February 2019

just had brunch with some friends. .food and mimosas were delicious!

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Anne Kozakiewicz Maier

14 February 2019

Great food. Nice atmosphere we had a great dinner.

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Maggie Potenziani Colantonio

2 February 2019

Wonderful service great food

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Sharon Marcantonio

1 February 2019

Nice atmosphere...lots of Windows...friendly..efficient staff.
Food is really good!...medium...price point...
Decent parking....free on Sundays..

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Kisha Grimes

29 January 2019

I came to Esca's for my sister's 30th birthday party. They seated our large party of bout 20 ppl in the front corner of the restaurant looking out onto Washington Street and Main street. I really liked the seating area as it had big windows, and enough space for all of us to fit comfortably. They made the reservations in advance so I'm not sure if you're able to just walk in of the streets and ask to be seated without one. They gave us a special menu for kids that included drinks and dessert for $10+gratuity which I thought was a great deal. ( We have 3 kids). Now for adults, This restaurant is definitely on the pricey end so if you don't mind dropping at least $40 per person (including appetizer) don't bother coming. I had a delicious mushroom and pasta dish which came to $24 plus an appetizer of mussels which came out to $12. With a drink and gratuity, it was a over $40. I will say, my plate was a good helping. They definitely didn't skimp on the portion size. This place is a classy date night spot; dim lights, light music playing, etc. Our waitors were very kind to us and didn't give any of us an issue especially when it came to one of the kids not liking they're meal and needing a reorder. The whole vibe and ambiance of the restaurant is romantic but also warm and stylish. Perfect for date night, girls night out, or even celebratory. Highly recommend but only if you have the money to do so. More...

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W Edmunds

29 January 2019

Great late night stop for fine Italian coffee and drinks . Gotta try the amazing deserts. Very comfortable atmosphere.

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Damon Mastroianni

29 January 2019

Great food, drink and atmosphere

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jindan wang

29 January 2019

Every time my mom came to Middletown to see us, I would like to bring her here, we love your food!recommended!

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Jade Jullez

29 January 2019

Awesome time! Great food.

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Jack Christenson

29 January 2019

Good food at moderate prices and a very nice atmosphere.

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james carlson

29 January 2019

Best pasta carbonara I have ever had

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Neefjazz

29 January 2019

Great food. Excellent Sangria!!!

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Rob Rautio

29 January 2019

Visited Esca for a wedding and found the food to be delicious and the service about par. The facility was clean and accommodating, would go back again for dinner if I was in the area.

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Kevin Dillon

29 January 2019

Excellent service and excellent food!!!

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Jennica Daly

19 January 2019

Beautiful place with excellent service!

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Jan B.

13 January 2019

I had the pleasure of attending Esca on New Years Eve .. I enjoyed myself very much. The atmosphere was great. My dinner was a kale beet salad which I enjoyed .. and my dessert was amazing .. tiramisu.. this was my last indulgence before starting my diet so I am glad that was my choice. The band was fun and entertaining.. I danced all night !! I am very glad I went to Esca for my New Year's Eve celebration. More...

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Jeff downey

29 December 2018

Went there last night the food was wholesome and tasty. Told all my friend and will go again.

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Cara Kostacopoulos

29 December 2018

great good and service

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Tachica Murray

29 December 2018

Great food and service

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David Martin

29 December 2018

Excellent food, great service and reasonable prices.

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Old Hollywood

29 December 2018

Great food cozy atmosphere friendly staff

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Tina Benzi

29 December 2018

Great atmosphere, great food and service!

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Jaime W

29 December 2018

Had our 2nd holiday work party here and they never disappoint. Food is always good and ambiance is decent. Like this place better compared to othet places we've gone

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Mark Raymond

29 December 2018

Great food, atmosphere and setting perfect for our companies Christmas dinner.

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tracy danziger

29 December 2018

Always great drink scene with fun happy hour

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Keisha’s World

29 December 2018

This place is so elegant! I met some old class mates their for dinner. Everything was great. I’ve been meaning to go back there!

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Audrey Donohue Healy

21 December 2018

Service was superb. Apps and dinner were excellent! Was our first time here and will definitely be back.

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Chris S.

17 December 2018

Outstanding food, Great Ambiance, and Fantastic Service.My girlfriend and I went for dinner on Sunday evening and were quickly seated. Staff was pleasant and attentive. The wine list was extensive (obviously because it is a wine bar too), and they featured all sorts of wines at varying price points. They even do wine flights! Bathrooms were spacious and clean. The ambiance is very nice, with a modern romantical feel. If anything, the TV's seen at the bar are a tad distracting.The food... holy smoke, probably the single best meal I've had all year. Started with the Eggplant Chips for an app. Terrific! A massive heaping pile of very thinly sliced eggplant made like a potato chip, with large chips of Padano cheese and drizzled with a little bit of honey. Even some red pepper flakes added a little zing to it. It is definitely a shareable appetizer, I'd say for up to 3 people. For my entree, I had the Braised Beef Short Ribs. It was presented to me as a massive hunk of wicked tender beef (no knife needed to cut) on top of a bed of polenta, along with some pieces of pancetta, and some great roasted brussel sprouts. It was truly a delicious meal. I'd recommend taking half of it home though because you're gonna want to leave room and stay for dessert (this I regret not doing). My girlfriend had an equally impressive and delicious dish, the Mushroom Pappardelle. We were so satisfied with our meal, we had to see what was up for dessert. She had the Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake. Another massively large fantastic item, that could go head-to-head with your favorites from the Cheesecake Factory. It had a 2-inch thick layer of chocolate ganache on top, along with some house made whip cream---need I say more? I'm not much of a chocolate aficionado, so I had the Apple Crumb Cobbler, and yep it was served hot with a vanilla gelato, and yep it was fantastic. It had those coffee-cake-like sugar crumb balls on top. And that is where I overdid it, and ate way too much. Esca is a great place, and one of downtown Middletown's nicest restaurants. It would be a great place to take a date or the family. Parking is the challenge though, so scope out the rear lot behind the toy store. It is probably one of the more pricier options for dining, but the price is very fair for the quantity and quality. More...

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Jonathan Serpliss

4 December 2018

Fantastic food with great wine! The Esca burger is one of my favorites, while the lobster and crab fettuccine is to die for

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MOW The Mountain

29 November 2018

Amazing place! The duck was superb! Complements to the chef. You won't be disappointed by either service, food or atmosphere.

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david tonello

29 October 2018

great food and excellent service!!!

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FurLife

29 October 2018

Wonderful menu of wines and fine dining

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Nicole D.

17 October 2018

This place was a pleasant surprise for me. We came for dinner on a Saturday night and it was awesome. We called ahead to secure a table and were seated right away when we got there (we called about 20 minutes prior). I loved the grand, high ceilings when we entered and as we dined. Our waiter was funny and friendly, though he didn't know the specials off the top of his head when we asked. Besides that, he was great and we ended up ordering the special appetizer that they had that night, which was a savory crepe with sausage, sweet potato, apple, and other seasonal goodness that was truly tasty. I had the mushroom ravioli for dinner, and it exceeded my expectations with flavor. The ambiance was great, as was the food and service. Perfect date night - would recommend to others and will return myself! More...

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Maria F.

4 October 2018

Absolutely beautiful!! From the minute you walk in the atmosphere and decor are amazing. The food is so fresh and delicious, I had the octopus salad so delicious and then the salmon was amazing!!! Great wine selection !!   The staff is awesome ! Can't wait to go back. More...

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Tommy Jeffries

29 September 2018

The service and food is fantastic

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Margaret Honan

29 September 2018

Beautiful indoors, lots of outdoor seating, server knew his wines and was able to help us with our flight selection. the meatballs were delicious.

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Collin Crowell

29 September 2018

Great sandwiches and delicious sangria (reminds me of Spain )!

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Christin D'Ovidio

29 September 2018

Attended rehearsal dinner here. Great staff, super accommodating and friendly, delishious food too - braised shortribs and lemon chicken. Not enough deserts served for the party size, but otherwise, certainly worth revisiting. More...

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Tony Burke

29 September 2018

Absolutely fantastic. My wife and I had our anniversary dinner here. Our meals were perfect. Wine was good. Waiter was attentive without being pushy or annoying.

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Paula Giuliano

24 September 2018

We recently held our second rehearsal dinner at Esca’s. They could not have been more accommodating. The food seemed to come forever. Everything was absolutely delicious! The staff was very attentive. The atmosphere is beautiful. I would highly recommend Esca Restaurant and Wine Bar to anyone! More...

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Izzy B.

23 September 2018

Food is really really good, just very expensive. I would not recommend the fondue. Great wine list and great service

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Crystal Hintz

20 September 2018

Lovely atmosphere Knowledgeable staff

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Chris Burke

5 September 2018

celebrated our 2nd anniversary. had arancini balls for appetizer, which was very flavorful. short ribs fell apart and swordfish special was delicious. finished with berry millefoglie dessert and Irish coffee. wonderful evening. David was an attentive waiter with great suggestions. bartender made an exceptional wine suggestion when a wine was no longer available. More...

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Ernesto Mangiafico

3 September 2018

Food & Service are ALWAYS on point! Dave, Reed & Marisa did an amazing job for my daughters bridal shower on 8/18/18. All my guests were impressed by the Esca team. Great job! Thank you for making my little girls day so special! More...

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Cidalia Silva

29 August 2018

Amazing, great friendly service and absolutely delicious food with giant servings We will be back!

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Heather Jackson

29 August 2018

Awesome service, beautiful, romantic ambiance, and amazing food. Everytime I go I feel like a celebrity.

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Trajan Spillane

29 August 2018

The food was amazing! It's a bit pricey though just to warn you. The waiter was friendly, much more friendly than others I've dealt with. You can't really go wrong here.

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HITESH SHAH

29 August 2018

Good ambience, great food selection and delightful staff.

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J D

29 August 2018

Great service and experience.

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Frank Burrus

29 August 2018

An excellent lunch location, moderately affordable and quiet.

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Douglas Anderson

29 August 2018

Great atmosphere and really good service. Accommodated a special dietary need without question. Would definitely go back.

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Lisa Pantalone Rollins

29 August 2018

We love venue, drinks, food & service

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Stamatios Lahaniatis

29 August 2018

Excellent nice menu great atmosphere

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Fanta Waterman

29 August 2018

Great atmosphere

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Susan Brathwaite

29 August 2018

Lunch was very reasonable and service and food choices were excellent.

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Carina Hart

29 August 2018

Excellent food and service!

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Harrison Davis

29 August 2018

Delicious food and great wine selection. Service is great too. They have flights of wine which I would recommend for the wine lover, they have their own or you can mix and match. The food is pricey but is always cooked perfect so you're getting your money's worth. More...

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Dave Hochman

29 August 2018

Great food and atmosphere

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Maria Koninis

29 August 2018

Beautiful atmosphere, just went in for a drink in the bar. Excellent drink menu, Green Chili Mohito! We also ordered the fondue, if you love cheese I highly recommend it. Will definitely go back for dinner. More...

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Pat Delore

29 August 2018

Great food and excellent service. One of the best cups of coffee after dinner.

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Kirstin Hallden

29 August 2018

Pleasant environment, friendly staff and wonderful food! The menu is enticing and unique...highly recommend.

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Julie Nelson

29 August 2018

Seriously great food!

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Brandon Harris

29 August 2018

Very classy and helpful staff. We came in towards the end of the night and were readily helped and given the full attention where other resteraunts might not treat you as well. Must go for a nice night out.

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Mary Lee Marshall

29 August 2018

Always an enjoyable experience. There Happy Hour apps are great . Been there for dinner also. The menu has a nice variety of upscale dishes. The decor is lovely and the service is friendly. There wine list is GREAT. More...

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Robert Springer

29 August 2018

Excellent pumpkin soup, everything was cooked to perfection. Server was great.

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Jamie Keith

29 August 2018

This is a wonderful place for anyone who enjoys food and made so freshly, with a reasonable price! Even the house salad was the best salad I have ever had. Very attentive bartender (Matt)and so nice! Cocktail choices are great! I am very picky. Will come back definitely! More...

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Adi Pan

29 August 2018

The wine flights are great! Also the appetizers are yummy. Good experience

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stefanie rae

29 August 2018

Always quiet, food was 3/4 out of 5. Service was nice - because they gave you what you needed but otherwise left you alone.

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Hitesh Shah

29 August 2018

Elegant classy with good ambience and extensive wine selection for the happy hour.

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Alexis Crespo

29 August 2018

Service was very slow, however the food was delicious and the wine was wonderful

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Don't Panic Luna

29 August 2018

Wonderful food and fresh made pasta! The server was very attentive and seamlessly catered to changing my desired dish for my milk allergy which I truly appreciate. Mother loved her cioppino.

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Josiah Dykstra

29 August 2018

Went for dinner and found the food excellent. Slow, leisurely service. Decent wine choices.

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H Monahan

29 August 2018

Adult beverages are great. Atmosphere lovely.

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A A

29 August 2018

Loved it!

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Tess Creamer

29 August 2018

Nice happy hour but it gets a bit busy

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Samantha Plack

29 August 2018

Went for our anniversary dinner and the menu did not disappoint! Great selection of wine, seafood and main entrees. Friendly staff that works with you to make sure you enjoy your meal and/or special evening.

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Michael O'keefe

29 August 2018

Fantastic service. The food was outstanding and a great offering of specialty cocktails. We met friends for Sunday brunch and had a great time.

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John Esposito

29 August 2018

Awesome bar, food, and happy hours!

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Naveen Chadha

29 August 2018

Great food, atmosphere, and service.

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Luli Kalo

29 August 2018

Great service and food.

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Joshua Smilowitz

29 August 2018

Excellent

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Michael Cabelus

29 August 2018

Some of my all time favorite meals came from esca

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Kelly Ruggiero

29 August 2018

Great bar and food!

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steve swirsky

29 August 2018

Awesome service and great food!

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Wanda I Colon

29 August 2018

Great service, excellent food, presentation and portions.

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Daniel Carter

29 August 2018

Great food, more of a provincial Italian food great wine list and half priced wine on Monday

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Frank Monge

29 August 2018

Great food, good service.

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Sean Blette

29 August 2018

Great atmosphere and service

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Matt Smith

29 August 2018

I really like the bar here. The bartenders are friendly and made great recommendations. They have an extensive cocktail list and the burrata small plate was delicious.

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John Hennessey

29 August 2018

I liked it. We had a large party and some of the other entrees didn't impress as much as mine. Definitely worth a shot though. Apps were good, wine was good (red blend) good, staff was good. More...

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Mark Sanchioni

29 August 2018

Food and wine flights were very enjoyable. Service was warm and welcoming.

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Jennifer Fowler

29 August 2018

Excellent service and food.

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Brian Barreto

29 August 2018

Had a great time here for a friend's rehearsal dinner. Food was great, especially the bruschetta, and the service was great.

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anna karidas

29 August 2018

Only came for dessert and coffee. Nice atmosphere!!

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Maria Weinberger

30 July 2018

The food and service at Esca are excellent. The waitstaff are professional and friendly, and the chef will make adjustments to your meal selection when asked, so that every entree fits your taste exactly! Looking forward to going back for my fav Chilean sea bass dinner!! More...

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Carol Vecchio

30 July 2018

Yep great food and service!

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Leah Janis

30 July 2018

My first but definitely not last time!!! Wonderful brunch! Yummy cocktails! Perfect spot for a baby shower... everyone is accommodating and friendly... cheers to Dylan!!! Thanks for tolerating all of us ladies.. he was the perfect bartender and super helpful... Will definitely be coming back!!! Beautiful room and atmosphere More...

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Lina Delis

30 July 2018

Great drinks & atmosphere. Eric the bartender and Sarah were awesome!

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Daniel Greenier

30 July 2018

We had our Son and future Daughter in laws rehearsal dinner here this afternoon. I would like to say that our experience here at Esca was outstanding! The food and atmosphere was excellent! But most of all, Our Bar tender- waiter was outstanding in every way! He was on top of everything all the time! I was amazed with him! I am the Father of the Groom and payed for half along with the Grooms Mother. It was worth every penny! The Bar tender was Dylan M. I commend you Dylan! More...

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Ben Lagana

30 July 2018

Excellent food and drink friendly staff and owner.

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Daniel Vik

30 July 2018

Great spot. Always a good time and I’ve never been disappointed

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Mike Paul

30 July 2018

Wonderful atmosphere though a bit too much Adel being players. Service was exceptional and the food was fantastic. Great date night spot.

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Tara Falcon

30 July 2018

Best Chilean sea bass dish I have ever had... and I try it wherever it is on the menu! Impeccable service too..

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Rebecca Isaacson

30 July 2018

I never leave disappointed. I love their seafood meals, but one of my favorite things to do at Esca is sit with my love at the gorgeous bar with a glass of wine and a primi or board. Great way to spend a few hours of adult time. More...

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Vicky Sanchez

30 July 2018

I’ve been twice in this restaurant! Good food excellent customer service! Just love it!

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Darlene Shaw Hislop

30 July 2018

The staff were amazing, the food incredible, and the atmosphere was relaxing and fun. I will be recommending this place to everyone I know!

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June Roberts

30 July 2018

We had our rehearsal dinner there last week, and in addition to excellent Italian food, the staff was warm and welcoming. We highly recommend the restaurant, and Marissa made the event simple to arrange.

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Jill Bean

30 July 2018

I Had a great time, I did a wine flight which was really cool and also enjoyed an espresso martini, bartenders were very attentive and kind and I will be back for dinner. Would certainly recommend it!

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Dan B.

23 July 2018

we went down last night around 7 place was busy but the service was great must try the seafood special cant wait to go back.

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Maureen F.

6 July 2018

Great place for business lunches, happy hour and dinner!! I often get the roasted beet salad with grilled chicken because it's just so darned delicious!! I also love the kale Cesar wrap, caprese panini and arancini. Sooo good. Not overdone, very nice attentive staff. An amazing "hot and dirty" bloody mary. Amazing. Definitely check it out! More...

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Paul P.

7 May 2018

Great Food, Great Atmosphere, Very Welcoming! The meals are pretty outstanding and pricing is very fair for the high quality food.

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Emily B.

7 April 2018

This restaurant is nothing but amazing!!! I'm gluten free so sometimes going out to dinner is challenging but not here!! I got gluten free pasta (which was amazing sometimes very hard to cook) with scallops and a lemon wine sauce.  By far the BEST scallops i have ever had. They were buttery and sand-less.  Absolutely awesome! It was my moms birthday, when they brought over the dessert that we ordered there was a candle in it and they gave her a birthday card which was so incredibly nice! Our waiter was Matthew who was very knowledgeable and charming. He was funny and very attentive.  He even went out of his way to mention what was gluten free on the dessert menu before i could even ask.  Highly recommend this place! More...

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Molly C.

4 April 2018

The food is delicious and they have a great selection of wine. The staff is courteous and it's surprisingly not too expensive in comparison to other wine bars. It's definitely worth the trip, and its location on Main Street is convenient. More...

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Jody B.

31 March 2018

Absolutely top notch, from service to food to environment. Excellent menu! Delicious from bread to entree to affagato dessert. Been here a few times and it never disappoints. Thanks Mary (server)  and Sarah (bar) for helping us out!!! More...

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Gary C.

25 March 2018

Esca is a great restaurant either to dine or just sit at the bar and grab a quick dinner. Meals are spectacular and service is typically top notch . Busy on Friday nights so reservations are definitely needed then . More...

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Naomi R.

8 February 2018

Happy hour in the bar. Sarah is our waitress. She's amazing. Food is fabulous. Service is incredible. Drinks are beyond great. Can't wait to come back!

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Dan S.

19 November 2017

Oh that eggs Benedict! We stopped by for a brunch before a show and although it wasn't crowded, it hit the spot for our brunch. We started with meat and cheese platters that has mostly winners. One cheese was a bit of a clunker but perhaps it was just us. The eggs Benedicts that they have are all interesting and all tasty. And big too. The short rib was my favorite but dining companion liked the crab cake. The shrimp n grits was also well liked. Service was efficient. A small gaffe with bacon forgotten initially but they made it up with EXTRA bacon. So how can you complain? Overall we enjoyed the meal here and although the price is a little steep, it hit a lot of high notes. Will definitely consider coming back. More...

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Bernadette Towers

3 November 2017

Love the food, the service, and the atmosphere!

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Valerie Knight El Zenny

22 October 2017

Absolutely Amazing!!!! First time and we will be back!!! Beautiful atmosphere, great waiter, & food was to die for!!!

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Jeffrey Tyrone Williams

16 October 2017

Great place to unwind. They make excellent drinks and the menu isn't your every day run of the mill choices

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Tina D.

10 October 2017

Food is very good. I'm a big fan of there happy hr and will be going way more often. Had 4 bar bites and 3 drinks for 50 bucks including tip. My favorite bar bite was the caprice salad and gorgonzola chips. My favorite cocktail was the lavender martini. More...

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Isabel Maturo

8 October 2017

It was our first time there everything was amazing. The waiter was fantastic. Can't wait to go back!

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Amy C.

13 September 2017

The food, drinks and atmosphere at Esca is amazing. From girls night, to a dear friends baby shower and many date nights, Esca never disappoints. There are so many delicious meals on the menu I don't know where to begin. I will say as a picky vegetarian I never feel left out. Lots of options and vegetarian recommendations from the servers. The drink list is very extensive and offers lots of tasty concoctions, beer and wine. And the brunch..I crave it every Sunday morning when I wake up!!! More...

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Richie A.

3 September 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. More...

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Kate McComb

29 August 2017

Really enjoyed the wine selection, tried their red, white, and rose flight! We had flatbreads and apps that were good, service was a bit slow as we sat in the bar on a Friday night.

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Michelle Mazzotta

29 August 2017

Wonderful food, ambiance & service!

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Jonathan van Ryzin

29 August 2017

We had our rehearsal dinner here and we were impressed. Want to go back!

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An-D T

29 August 2017

This is a phenomenal establishment. They have an astonishing wine list. Their dinner menu often carries seasonal items. The dishes are filling, even when you order the Chilean Sea Bass, they do not give you a small piece of fish with lots of sides, they give you a large piece of fish. The wine menu is seemingly ten times the size of the dinner menu. If you can't find a wine you want, you probably don't know anything about wine. This is more of a classy place, so jeans and t-shirts will probably not get you good service. More...

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Michael Brennan

29 August 2017

Very good wine selection and the wine flights pour VERYb heavy, great value. Good is good and there's a decent variety. For the location and price is not bad at all, though some wines are way over priced, Mondays are half priced bottles and that helps alot.

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Arron Mclaughlin

29 August 2017

One of my favorites delicious meals Duck is amazing, and the martinis are the best in town!

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Evan Bobzin

29 August 2017

We have lunch here often, living in middletown. Food is very good, service is great. They always take care of our 3yo daughter. Enjoy the large wine list and comfortable/elegant environment. Mark is usually our server and is great. More...

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Timothy Munsell

29 August 2017

Absolutely amazing food and a very knowledgeable staff.

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TheOno

29 August 2017

Authentic Sicilian food. Meatballs & sauce are just like your dad makes.

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Kia Marie Lor

29 August 2017

Lovely interior. Good happy hour menu.

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Larry Treichel

29 August 2017

New Year's Eve Party. Excellent menu , drinks and atmosphere

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Rion Lindsay

29 August 2017

Great food and bar

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mike reilly

29 August 2017

Nice place food was good

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Laura Quaresima

29 August 2017

Food was fab and excellent service!

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Sean McKenna

29 August 2017

Been here a few times. Love the sunday brunch! Upscale and authentic Italian food and great wine selection worth every bite! Would highly recommend especially for special occasions! The Decor is a blend of sophistication & a relaxing atmosphere. Even a separate level for hosting events! More...

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Ed Simo

29 August 2017

Service was excellent food was very good.

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Kristina Love

29 August 2017

Mmmm food was very yummy. Bar staff was excellent. Went for a dress rehearsal dinner and the buffet was great. Only bummer was the temperature. We were in a upper balcony room and even though it was a cooler day we were still roasting. The AC couldn't handle 35 people. More...

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Andre Pelletier

29 August 2017

Good wine selection and martinis... Upscale Italian food... Quiet dining room

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MikeytheRCkid

29 August 2017

Great food and service! If you're looking for high end menu made from local produce this is the place. Great wine and cocktail menu!

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Sarah Engel

29 August 2017

Our waiter made the best wine recommendations.

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Michael Bermudez

29 August 2017

I had my wedding rehearsal dinner here. Freaking awesome! We got the upstairs loft type room. It was great. The staff kept us fed and we had our own bartender. I've also had dinner here a bunch of times and love the food. Especially their bruschetta....simply the best. The bar is cool but can get crowded at times if you aren't seated at the bar More...

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ART Simonian

29 August 2017

Good quality very reasonable and tasty food on our first visit. Nice decor.

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James Barilla

29 August 2017

I love this restaurant. I highly recommend this for any special occasion. Top notch.

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Shawn Barham

29 August 2017

Great food and service

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Emma Lee

29 August 2017

This restaurant was upscale without those steep upscale prices. The drink selection was very impressive as well as the food. I had ordered the jumbo shrimp, three of them, along with the cheese fondu and split an appetizer of fried calamari with my friend and everything was delicious. The calamari was fried just right, not too chewy done just right. I ordered three different martinis: lavender, lemon, and the revolver and our waiter brought each new glass with the shaker and poured the beverage into the glass for me at the table. Very nice place for a date night and they have happy hour Monday through Friday 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm More...

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Felicia Moncada

29 August 2017

My favorite local place to enjoy some raw bar and a dirty martini!

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Lorraine Brzozowski

29 August 2017

Warm and friendly, Stupendous service! Love you Mary! The food, over the top, just Delious!! Best Espresso Martinis around. Can't wait to go back!

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Amy Boss Pellegrino

29 August 2017

What a beautiful place, only had a glass of wine which was delicious I plan to come back really soon and have dinner Kama can't wait the menu looks great!

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Marissa Bouvier

27 August 2017

Two years straight esca was amazing ! My bridal shower a year ago and my sisters brunch bridal shower today! Dylan and Mary were the BEST servers for us and did everything we asked for! Myself, my mom, my aunt and my sister highly recommend esca for a special event ! Thank you More...

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Michael C.

27 August 2017

Went here for dinner a few times. Most recently I started with the fried calamari and for dinner had the lobster and crab fettuccini. Both were delicious, the fried calamari came with two sauces a classic marinara and some sort of creamy basil dipping sauce. They were very tasty. The fettuccini was cooked just right and the sauce wasn't too heavy. I ordered both chocolate desserts. The flowerless chocolate Tort was the better of the two. The chocolate mouse was underwhelming. The service was friendly and accommodating. I would highly recommend this to anyone in the area for a nice night out! More...

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Maryann Wotton

6 August 2017

They were able to accommodate my father's funeral luncheon last minute...everything was fantastic!

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Bryan M.

29 July 2017

Stopped in for an after dinner drink and dessert. Waitress was more than accommodating and made me feel quite welcome. Bees knees is the bees knees, had quality drinks and finished off with the flourless dark chocolate torte.

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India Barker Liddell

27 July 2017

Beautiful atmosphere, outstanding service, excellent menu and beautiful food. A must when visiting Middletown.

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Ernesto V.

20 July 2017

Esca is not an inexpensive night out, but it is a very high quality night out with the right company. The wine list is tremendous and the food is classically good Italian fare. I have particularly enjoyed the duck ravioli and the foie gras, which were both pretty epic. I'd comment on dessert, but I've not been able to make it that far, to be honest. More...

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Wanda Gaston Coleman

16 June 2017

The whole experience was GREAT! Food, service, wine .... Really enjoyed the Lobster, crab Fettuccini.

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John Coleman

16 June 2017

Delicious food and a great selection of wine. The staff were very attentive and informative. We had a great time.

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Christina M.

14 June 2017

I went here for dinner with a friend the other night. It was a lot of fun. The service was lovely. Our waitress was so nice and was very accommodating to my friends son. The wine list is extensive and there were many options at many price points. Out of character I tried the cucumber martini and omg was it delicious!! Fresh and refreshing, muddled cucumbers with the liquor. It was tasty and dangerous, haha As for the food, it was pretty tasty. I ordered a tomato mozzarella salad and polenta as a side. The polenta was pretty good and the salad had a delicious aged balsamic and pesto dressing that I thoroughly enjoyed. My friend ordered the duck salad and truffle fries. The truffle fries were out of this world. And her son ordered pasta and meatballs. All in all it's a very nice restaurant with a great beverage menu. More...

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Susan T.

6 June 2017

Have been to Esca a few times. The atmosphere is intimate, warm, inviting in both the restaurant and wine bar. The bar offers a nice happy hour that is certainly worth checking out. Great prices on bar bites ($4-7) and drinks ( wines are $5 beer $3 and martini's $7). A few things that have been hits with us are the caprese salad $15.00, beet salad $11, Chilean Sea Bass $38, Bolognese $24 and diver scallops  $34. It is an expensive restaurant in my opinion, however worth it when the service is top notch. A couple of times we have experienced a slow wait staff which puts a very dull feeling on the dinner. They offer different specials thru out the week, like half priced bottles of wine on Monday. Overall this is a favorite spot of ours. More...

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Jessica Disbrow

4 June 2017

I've been going to Esca for years and always had an amazing experience. I had my baby shower there today and everything was incredible! Thank you for making my shower such a day to remember! More...

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Karen M.

27 May 2017

Esca is a favorite for us....if the food wasnt amazing itself, its the staff that grabs us. Bartenders Sara & Tini are so friendly, bar smart, & accommodating...makes it our favorite Middletown stop. Busy or slow...always the same great service More...

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Mary Leonard Hart

7 May 2017

I cannot say enough good things about Esca! Had my daughter's bridal shower there this afternoon. Food, staff and atmosphere could not have been better. Thanks for a memorable afternoon!

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Tracy Davis Maher

30 April 2017

Wonderful experience for three major events-wedding rehearsal dinner, 21st birthday for my daughter, and baby shower for my other daughter. Highly recommend for a great dinner out or smooth-running event with great results. More...

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Heidi Dempsey

23 April 2017

The food and service was awesome!

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Katie J.

20 April 2017

LOVE this place! Food is great and the wine is amazing.  Everything I've eaten has been one of those melt in your mouth feelings. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting -  very Tuscan! More...

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April Dixon

16 April 2017

It was lovely I enjoyed myself.. if I'm ever in Connecticut I will eat there again!!

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Gary J. Hellmann

10 April 2017

Attentive Staff, our waiter was the Bartender yesterday. He was very attentive to our tables needs, while managing a full bar as well. The food was great, atmosphere great and the company was the best. Cheers More...

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Josh Kirej

3 April 2017

Esca is one of my favorite places to go , elegant and never disappoints , fantastic drink menu and dinner , also one of the better brunchs ive been too in a long Time !

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Indu Honey

14 March 2017

The food was so good . The place was elegant . And my waiter was sooooooo nice ! I'm def going back there !

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Matt C.

12 March 2017

Amazing food at a reasonable price, very classy interior and a good location.  Would strongly recommend this to anyone, one of the best meals I've had.

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Jennifer S.

26 February 2017

Restaurant Equipment Paradise inc. loves Esca for too many reasons. The atmosphere is outstandingly elegant, yet contemporary. Its the perfect place to take a first date or hold an engagement party after you say, " I do". Thursday is a fun night with happy hour specials till 10. Enjoy their amazing selection of wine and choose your course-- my all time favorite is Sea Bass, but try them all and Feast delicious food! More...

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Chloe B.

21 February 2017

Wow. What can I really say about this restaurant? It's really over the top with the food, the wine and the atmosphere. Esca is a good place to go on a first date if you really want to have a good time and make a good first impression. The staff is very knowledgeable about their wine, so if you are not an expert but you still want to "when in Rome" it up, don't be afraid to ask them to put together a tasting for you or help you decide what to drink. Everything I have ever ordered here has been fresh and high quality with the complimentary flavors down to an art. I don't remember what I ordered last time, writing this review a little late, it might have been the blue muscles & the capris salad with buffalo mozzarella. Everything is good, just trust me. The only thing I can't stand behind are oysters, I have no idea how their oysters are and I'm not interested in trying them anywhere ever. Overall, great place. Oh! You want to remember to dress nicely when you go to Esca. I honestly am not 100% sure if there is a dress code, but I've never seen anyone looking casual there and I always wear a dress and heels. Enjoy this place. More...

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Oscar Rodriguez Jr

20 February 2017

Simply put everything was great! Staff, drinks, food.. ALL

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Lucia Giardina-Gennuso

26 January 2017

The menu offers a diverse selection of food. A couple of seafood favorites are the grilled octopus, Chilean sea bass, and sea scallops. The pasta dishes are delicious as well! The service is outstanding! More...

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Chelsea Gennuso

25 January 2017

Delicious food, drinks and atmosphere! Best bartenders in town :)

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Lisa Mazzotta Morris

23 January 2017

Beautiful trendy restaurant/bar. All food dishes that I have tried were amazing. Definitely recommend it!

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Erin Zaleski

23 January 2017

I was there on an extremely busy night and I found that the service was very good and doing a great job keeping up with the flow. Having experience in the field before I know that it's not easy! The food was also phenomenal! Definitely would go back again! More...

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Victoria E.

19 January 2017

January 16th was the beginning of "Taste of Middlesex" - Three Course Price-Fix of $20.17.  After looking over the list of restaurants and menus, my husband and I settled on Esca in Middletown.  We did not have a reservation, but the restaurant was pretty empty and were seated upon walking in.  Flat out, the service was slow.  Very slow (as to why they are docked a star).  We were given menus when seated.  A waiter/employee kept telling us "another waiter will be right with you" but we kept waiting - as we watched them spend time clearing tables (even though there were plenty of open tables,  and no one waiting to be seated at the time).  Eventually someone took our drink order (which they forgot and had to come back again to ask what it was) and they asked if we were ready to order dinner as well. Well, we would have been ready, but they failed to give us the 'Taste of Middlesex' menus, so we had to wait longer for those.  After over 20 minutes had gone by, we FINALLY put in our food order.... and waited a little longer for bread.  They get 4 stars because the food was absolutely outstanding.  We both started with the fried mozzarella balls (yes an entire ball like the ones you buy in the grocery store).  For main courses, I had fresh fettuccini with mushrooms, cheese and spinach - delicious, and my husband had a pork dish, which he thought was outstanding.  We both finished with white chocolate mouse and berries presented in wine glasses - amazing flavor.  You could not beat the food for $20.17 - probably the best deal on Main Street.  So - if you have a long time for a meal, and want great food - check this place out! Just don't expect amazing or quick service. More...

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Ann Carone

2 January 2017

This was the best restaurant that I have been to in a long time. The service was excellent and our meals were superb. Very classy and top notch. It was New Years Eve and the best. Definitely will be going back. My restaurant of choice! More...

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Carolyn Phillips

2 January 2017

Always good service....great food and ambiance and of course excellent wine!

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Jen Lynes Green

24 December 2016

Thinking of returning for New Year's Eve, we enjoyed our food and drink !

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Joseph Marrero II

19 December 2016

Well, the ribeye steak I had was cooked to perfection. The presentation was great and sides were delicious.

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Lauren Ashley Landry

9 December 2016

Great atmosphere. Excellent service. DELICIOUS food. This place is a new favorite of mine �

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Jess L.

5 December 2016

I went to ask us for lunch and the staff was very friendly and the food was magnificent.    They have great martinis and a good menu.

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Sarah Rose F.

11 November 2016

By far, my favorite restaurant on Main Street (Amici is a close second). The atmosphere is perfect. Never loud, the music is always contemporary  (no muzak or kitschy anything) and blends perfectly with their take on food: European classics done with a beautiful, modern flourish. Nothing here is typical, staff included. Everyone is so knowledgeable about the menu, wines, and dietary needs. If Marilyn (bartender) is working (Friday and Saturday nights), I make a point to sit with her. She is so well informed, funny, and ALWAYS knows what you need. Just tell her what you're in the mood for, and you will not be disappointed. Do yourself a favor and let her guide you through a beautiful meal, start to finish. Sarah is a master of her craft. Her drinks are beyond compare: intricate and perfectly paired.Very rarely would I recommend the bar over the dining area. But these two women will make you think twice. For a first and/or blind date, they are a perfect buffer to ease a date along (in this social media age). Never underestimate staff! At Esca, they are the icing on the cake: you will appreciate just how much they have to offer. Let Marilyn and Sarah guide you through the perfect dining experience. You will NEVER doubt the power of a bartender again.Do yourself a favor and let these ladies provide you wirh a wonderful experience . More...

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Joseph Sarcia Jr

5 November 2016

Esca's is the best restaurant ever. We had 40 guest for our daughter's rehearsal dinner party. The food was to die for. The service was outstanding and all the staff was so nice and respectful. Thank You Esca For a great evening Joe More...

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Orla Morris

5 November 2016

Visited recently with a large group from Ireland and with some locals. Food was amazing and hospitality was first class! ��

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Whisper L.

26 October 2016

I have been wanting to go to this restaurant since it opened and I finally did. Not only to love trying different wines but I also love Italian cuisine and pairing them together was a dream! My husband and I decided to go here for a much needed date night and we were both happy to see that on the wine menu there was option to try four or five wines at once. We both enjoy red wines and I believe the option on the menu was called Around the World basically consisting of reds from around the globe. We were bought a tray of wine glasses filled two thirds full and the waiter then told us about  each wine that was presented to us. Our dinner was phenomenal also. I ordered the steak with mashed potatoes and asparagus. It was cooked to perfection and there was lots of flavor which is important. Another plus was the olive oil dip that came with our bread. I was pleasantly pleased at the fruity and overwhelmingly olive taste of the oil as most olive oils are bland and more oil than olive tasting. The other plus was the warmth and upper class Tuscan feel to the entire restaurant. There is an openness with textured walls and a gorgeous original stonework around the bar area with balconies that overlook the entire restaurant. The waiters are clean and neat looking and very happy to serve. Loved it and recommend this place highly More...

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Erin R.

24 October 2016

Love love love Esca! I make all my dates take me here. The wines are amazing and the cocktails. Love the raw bar. I'm still adjusting to the new menu but the food was still good.

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Katie K.

19 October 2016

I was at Esca for a rehearsal dinner last Friday night. It was very good food and good service. We were upstairs and there were two bartenders/servers who helped us. The meals were delicious as well as the appetizers. I had filet that was a little undercooked for my liking but my husband loves it less cooked than me, so I shared. I would definitely return to this restaurant again if we are in the area. Very tasty, nice presentation, and good attentive service. More...

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Paula Mastrianni Martin

16 October 2016

Great place to hang out with friends or your other half, relaxing atmosphere with great service!

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Joe B.

15 October 2016

I went to Esca with a few friends for a birthday, and it was a great experience. The ambiance of the wine bar, and the intimacy of the restaurant left us with a good feeling. The service was friendly, and helpful, and the selection of food was exactly what I wanted.They started off with complimentary bread, something that is always dangerous for me, as I eat it all. It was a delicious assortment of focaccia, totally pleasing the palate.I dont specifically remember the appetizers my table got, except the escargot, not my favorite. However, when it came to the entree, I ordered the braised beef short rib over a parsnip puree, and this cherry/onion reduction. Oh man, was this an excellent dish. The short ribs melted into the rest of the dish, and the flavor it packed was amazing. My only qualm was the portion size (I am not sure if I expected more, but sometimes you want more and throw a tantrum if it is delicious and don't get more, but I digress), and the saltiness of the beef/dish. This is something I have noticed at many higher-end restaurants, is that they don't hesitate to over season. In this case, it was just a bit too much, taking away from the rest. With that said, I polished my meal, and was truly satisfied with my selection.I think this is certainly worth a visit, as you won't be disappointed when you go. Try something new, enjoy a few drinks, and expect your belly to be full! More...

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Kelly M.

3 September 2016

Amazing wine list (so many great spanish and California wines). Menu on point with variety! Service a tad slow even on a slow night but ambiance makes up for it

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Jaclyn Martorelli

29 August 2016

Everything I've ordered here has been delicious, and I'm a particularly big fan of their salads. They also have an awesome happy hour which is extended on Thursday nights for those people like myself who can't really make the typical happy hours that end at 6 due to work schedules.

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Erik Klaube

29 August 2016

Had my rehearsal dinner there for my wedding, and it was an excellent experience... The service was top notch, and took care of all of our requests without hesitation, and the food was excellent... Made it a very memorable moment!

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Christian Petrarca

29 August 2016

Great food, drink and staff. We sat at the bar. The beer amd wine selection. Are top notch. The full entree or even tapas plates were fantastic.

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Brian Hyunsuk Lee

29 August 2016

Thursday night Happy Hour extends to 10 PM. Draught beers are only three dollars and their bar bites menu is delicious.

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Taia Cesana

29 August 2016

This is one of my favorite restaurants, I have been here several times over the past year and always very happy with the quality of food and service. Monday nights are a great deal if you enjoy wine as all bottles are 1/2 off. More...

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Janet Leonard Pizzuto

22 August 2016

Very attentive service. Staff went the extra mile to make a birthday celebration extra special!

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Joe D'Ambrose

18 August 2016

Always enjoy this spot for the appetizers, lunch, and dinner! Great staff and atmosphere and beautifully crafted dishes with a decent price point!

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Lexi Zila

18 August 2016

I love this place! Amazing selection of wine and absolutely delicious food- Outside seating is a plus too!!

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E C.

16 July 2016

Came in while we had time to burn in between a wedding and the reception. Had a glass of rosé and charcuterie. Fantastic! The charcuterie didn't fit on 1 board that's how plentiful it was! Lovedthe rosé ! Highly recommend this for a nice drink and app! More...

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Jessica L.

4 July 2016

What a classy place and I love their wine flights! Our waiter was fantastic and so much fun! It's a great place to catch up with friends over some wine without pressure of ordering an entree. We ordered the different wine flights and apps. There is  such a variety of different atmospheres in this restaurant. There's a bar area, tables to eat/drink, and upstairs there's a banquet like place you can rent out for large parties/gathering. More...

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M H.

8 June 2016

My first time coming to Esca and it was wonderful. My wife and I went for our anniversary and, although the interior was very nice and well air conditioned, we decided to sit outside since the weather good. We are not big into wine, so my wife had a flight of wines for a variety to try. I had the cucumber martini and is was terrific. All the food was excellent and the service was fantastic. They were just attentive enough and treated us very well.  Deserts were ok, but nothing to write home about. We ended the meal with a great cup of French press coffee. If our kids will allow us, we will definitely be coming back. More...

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Terri D.

6 June 2016

Really amazing food.  Came last night with a party of 10 for a friends birthday.Were promptly seated and placed our drinks order.  I started with a Lavender Martini, tasty but not super lavender as I was hoping for.  My next martini, I had the $18 Elit (hey, we don't get out much, it was a treat).  Um, the drink was fabulous....and lastly, I had an Angry Orchard beer.Just be aware, this place is super pricey overall.Check out the pics I posted of the Caprese and the raviolis that were totally delicious and worth the price.All of the portions were really large as I looked around the table. More...

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Ro D.

2 June 2016

I've been wanting to try Esca for a while it was worth the wait. The restaurant is beautiful the staff welcoming and attentive. Bread is a wonderful warm focaccia olive oil provided on the table for dipping. Started my meal with Lumache-sautéed snails with escarole over a puff pasty. The snails were plump perfectly cooked morsels the greens cooked with just enough seasoning the sauce was tasty and the puff pastry flaky what more could one ask for? My dining companion opted for Tuna tartare which came with pomegranate seeds and sweet potato crisps he proclaimed it excellent. For an entree I could not resist ordering the cioppino over house made squid ink tagliatelle. I was not disappointed! Perfectly cooked fresh seafood - mussels, clams, shrimp, lobster and fish in a flavorful broth. My only complaint the tagliatelle was just a pinch over done causing it to clump together under the seafood. Still tasty though. My companion ordered the duck. The duck breast arrived perfectly cooked to order crowned by a quail egg over a bed of cabbage and duck confit. For dessert had the white chocolate polenta cake. The cornmeal based cake was served warm with a white chocolate sauce just enough sweetness to cap off a very fine meal. I'm a fan will definitely return More...

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Melinda Braccia

9 May 2016

My family surprised me with Brunch at Esca yesterday, the food was amazing, the staff wonderful and the Sangria Mimosa fabulous! We have never been before, but already planning a return trip for dinner soon! More...

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Nan K.

8 May 2016

Love the happy hour drinks & $4 food specials. Been there for meals 2-3 times, it's alright, some of the food is pretty good.

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Chris B.

25 April 2016

Love Esca, price tag is up there but it really is quite delicious.  My husband and I went here for two years now for Easter Brunch and they put out quite a spread.  Saw recently they have started brunch every Sunday, haven't been by to try it yet but it looks quite tasty from pictures.  Love paint nite here as well! More...

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Christine K.

4 April 2016

Love coming here after work and sitting at the bar with Co workers.  The wine selections never disappoint and neither do the martinis .  The food menu is diverse enough to order a nibble or a full meal.. No matter what your in the mood for, Esca will deliver.  Oh and paint night is also a lot of fun too!! More...

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Grace N.

31 March 2016

Bar bites were small as expected and the place was kind of loud, but the food and drinks were delicious (mango Esca Bellini is highly recommended)

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Valerie S.

21 March 2016

I will preface my review by saying I did come here for the first time very recently with a larger party of people. In amongst my group there were two people who I always dread eating out with, one a chef, and the other an infamously picky eater with expensive taste (an infuriating combination). First impression is that this restaurant is just beautiful, lovely lighting, and very lovely bar area that looks almost like you are in some sort of cave. We began by arriving on a busy evening with significantly more people than we had reserved a table for which I could tell was probably inconvenient but was very politely accommodated. We ordered drinks and they were all presented beautifully and delicious. The member of my group who is a chef, however, decided he did not like his drink but the waiter graciously took it away and brought him a different one with no additional charge. I ordered the caprese salad and the lobster and crab alfredo, both delicious. Upon our second order of drinks I ordered a pear mojito and instead was accidentally brought a pear bellini. The pickier member of my group noticed and, even though I was going to keep it to myself and informed out waiter. He apologized immediately and told me that he would bring me the correct one but that I was more than welcome to keep the wrong one and that it would not be put on my bill. And finally we asked our waiter to give us all separate checks for all of us and also evenly divide the bill for one person amongst us, always an incredible pain in the arse, but he did it happily and also offered to take a picture of our group. Really, really exceptional service. More...

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B W.

6 February 2016

Nice atmosphere in downtown Middletown.  We parked a block away in the Muni lot for a buck. I had a fantastic dish- lobster and crab meat tossed into restaurant-made fettuccine in a light cream sauce- seriously good and the portion was on point.  FYI suppers do not include salads.  She had the special of the night which was scallops and halibut over squid-ink pasta.  She seemed to enjoy it.  They also had a great cocktail selection which we partook in.  For desert we went with cheesecake with Luxardo cherry sauce and Creme Brûlée with fresh berries.  I also had a reasonably priced cappuccino.  Check this place out if you haven't already. More...

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Jessica H.

30 January 2016

Esca is a favorite of my mine. We love the Monday night half price wine deals and the food and customer service is amazing!!

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Joe B.

15 January 2016

Can you say atmosphere? Gorgeous dining room, perfect place for a special occasion or celebration. We sat on the top floor and had a balcony-sort of view. Beautiful décor, and dim lighting set the mood for a tasty, but expensive meal. If you go, I have to recommend the Caprese to start, and Osso Bucco for dinner! Enough to share and you will not leave hungry. We just missed happy hour, but heard it's good! More...

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Dale Williams Brooks

29 November 2015

My children surprised me with a birthday party there! Not only was the food fantastic, but the waiter was wonderful!

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Jaclyn M.