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Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar
Italian Restaurant$$
Today 11AM–2AM
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437 Main St Middletown, CT 06457
437 Main StreetUSConnecticutMiddletown06457
$$Italian Restaurant, Restaurant
Italian Restaurant
Wine Bar
Today 11AM–2AM
Friday 11AM–2AMSaturday 11AM–2AMSunday 12–10PMMonday 11AM–12AMTuesday 11AM–12AMWednesday 11AM–12AMThursday 11AM–12AM
Fine Dining Authentic Italian, Best New Restaurant in CT
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High-end Italian cooking is paired with a lengthy wine list at this lavish, marble-laden venue.- Google
"Only italian place I know with an extensive wine selection and drinks."
"We shared the Sundried Tomato Ravioli."
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Jaclyn Martorelli
a month ago
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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Taia Cesana
4 months ago
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.
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Jignesh Patel
2 years ago
Only italian place I know with an extensive wine selection and drinks. Staff knew about Moscato Grappa, which is rare because middletown has a lot of italian restaurants. Service matches price.
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Jeff Sawyer
2 years ago
Simply terrible! First thing we notice is our bread plates and forks had old crusted food stuck on them. We asked for new ones and figured it was a simple mistake… We should have left at that point, it only got worse. We shared the Sundried Tomato Ravioli. There was so much oil in the dish that I could have put in a separate bowl and dipped my bread in it! The Ravioli was under cooked and doughy on top of it. Again should have left… I ordered the Murray‘s Free Range Chicken. I wanted to substitute Fennel for Asparagus. Was told I could but would have to pay extra. I never understood this… Do I get a credit for the Fennel? I was annoyed; I can’t stand when I spend $22 on dinner to get nickeled and dimed for substituting vegetables that are on the menu. When I received my dinner, I was surprised to see the chicken had the bone in it. There was no mention of this on the menu. My two little legs of chicken barely had enough meat to feed a cat. The entire dish tasted like they put a pound of salt on it. It was awful! My girlfriend ordered the Seared Diver Scallops. Which came out with more oil than risotto.. If you like oil and salt this is your place! Why is there oil in Risotto? Looked like cereal in milk. It got worse she cut into the scallops and found they were RAW. We then waited about 15 minutes for our waiter to come over and tell them the scallops were raw. At that point we just wanted to pay the bill and get the hell out of this dump. The manager came over and proceeded to tell us that is how they cock scallops at the restaurant raw to medium and the server should have told us that! She then said they could put them back in the oven? You never re-cook scallops, I know that and I am not a chef. She was rude and didn’t apologize. She also ran the waiter under the bus. As we left she gave us “I hope you enjoy your evening”, her tone was unbelievable! How about..” I am sorry you had a crappy meal and are leaving my restaurant hungry and disappointed” She was so unprofessional and didn’t care at all about us as customers. I will never go back to that place again because of how we were treated and spoke too. I would rather eat at Olive Garden then this restaurant! If I could I would not even give them one star!
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Jan Smith
5 months ago
Recently, my party of six had lunch at Esca. First impression is that the restaurant is rather tired. The menus were frayed, the decor is dated, and they were understaffed. Our server was at first attentive, (he did give some of us dinner menus rather than lunch). However, as the meal progressed, he appeared disorganized and distracted. The wait times between courses were incredibly long! By the time all but one of the entrees arrived at our table, he asked if we needed anything else. We had to point out one of our party did not have their entree. Appetizers (the hangar steak bruscetta and cheese and fruit plate) were delicious. My paella entree was very salty, almost inedible. The crab cake was burnt on the outside and mushy on the inside. The penne pasta was 'swimming' in sauce. On the bright side, the bacon blue burger was too tall but tasty, the roll was not up to the burger. We had to wait yet again for the check. Then, we had to give it to the other server and finally one of our party had to track our server down to pay. Based on our experience, we will not be returning to Esca.
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Brian Hyunsuk Lee
4 months ago
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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Jim Simon
3 years ago
I walked in off the street while waiting for a meeting, just looking for something to drink and a light snack ...which can be a challenge for a fancy Italian restaurant. Shared the Charcuterie Board with a date, which turned out to be a truly superb experience. I won't spoil the list of specialty cured meat surprises, but some were unique, none will ever be found at your grocery deli counter, and all brought distinctive flavor experiences. While this appetizer is as expensive as a meal at lesser restaurants, those with an interest in modernist food experiences could describe it as a bargain worth my 40 mile drive. Note that a charcuterie board is a very salty experience, and you'll want to balance it with additional selections. I'm subject to ordinary guy weaknesses, so I ate many of the tasty bread snacks that came to the table. Salty, but irresistible. If the rest of the offerings at Esca are similar in quality, I'll have to walk those 40 miles to stay in shape. The setting emphasizes carefully hewn stone and elegant tiles which provide a natural and very clean feel. The layout includes multiple levels which gives the restaurant an uncrowded feel. Additional decor items offer a visually rich but not uncomfortably lavish experience. Service was prompt and faultlessly courteous. Before i return, I want to save up some good jokes to make the wait staff laugh.
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