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Bad Meal and Service at Esca

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I flew in from Los Angeles with my Family and on a friends recommendation made a reservation at Esca for dinner. I have to agree with a lot of the enrties I see on this list the place is terribly overated and not worth the effort .I sat there for at least a 1/2 an hour before we even got a waiter to bring us a menu or ask us if we wanted anything to drink.
When he found out we were not drinking alcohol the level of dreadful service went down hill from there . We each had appetizers ,entrees, a split pasta,and dessert we had to ask them to remove plates ,ask them for bread,ask them for water. The food was not up to my expectations either,the crudo was OK ,but the salad was salty,the fish stew under seasoned and bland,the halibut my wife had was dried out and tasteless. Frankly it probably was the worst meal I had all weekend. I should have stuck to the street food

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  1. I went to Esca for my birthday dinner and was extremely disappointed as well. Glad to hear I'm not the only one :(

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    1. re: amysal47

      Join the club. A recent meal I had there was poor, and the service went from enthusiastic while they were selling the food and wine, to absent by the end of the meal.

      1. re: Wilfrid

        I've been a bit disappointed with it too and the tables are so close together.

    2. My one meal there several years ago was also very lame. As for the dismissive service, that's a Batali restaurant trademark (as is the oversalting).

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      1. re: Simon

        Have had 3 meals there in the past couple of years each one has been very very good..no complaints and everyone I have dined with there has been really happy...

        1. re: jvish

          just dined at ESCA last week and seriously disappointed. food too salty and service poor. waited 30 minutes for our last course and then had to remind the waiter who forgot. blah.