Esca

3.9
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£25 and under
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Italian

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Esca has been about fresh and authentic Italian cuisine for thirteen years now. We are proud to have been amongst the first to present genuine, rustic, regional Italian cuisine within Glasgow. Today, our fresh but forward thinking ethos blends modern and traditional Italian food within warm and comfortable surroundings. Coupled with an excellent selection of wine and prosecco it makes for a great experience whatever the occasion.
What 57 People Are Saying
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3.8
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3.9
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4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BA
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Staff very welcoming. Food was very good and arrived hot. Will certainly return.

EA
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I made a reservation and it was accepted. It was a dinner set up between the 2 Harry Potter shows. We had to ran to make sure we made it on time. We got there and the restaurant is close. We are just visiting so we don't very much about the area. We thought we were in the wrong place. We tried calling the restaurant and nobody answered.

SV
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great dinner and service

OT
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, good value, would recommend.

j
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Went on a voucher for two steaks and two drinks. Found this to be reasonable value, however when the steak came it was simply a steak on a plate, could have done with a small salad or a small bit of veg to present it better or liven it up a bit and fill the plate a bit as it looked bare. The steak was cooked beautifully, however the peppercorn sauce was watery and lacked any taste. There was a small side for two to share - again not much to the side for sharing. We also had two additional starters which were nice and a desert between us which was lovely. Food was really nice here and the waiting staff are attentive and we didn't have any complaints at all.

OT
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service for my work colleague / friend 50th birthday dinner celebration

RS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

IT WAS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS!!!!

LM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely cosy intimate setting. Delicious food and friendly attentive staff. This was my first visit and I would definitely recommend and return 😊

EP
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great little find handy for the tron theatre. Good food and service very reasonable pricing.

FM
Edinburgh
13 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Booked Esca on chance as it was near Glasgow Green and Barrowlands Ballroom. I was not disappointed, as we were shown quickly to our table and had prompt service. We were both able to order easily from the choices on the pre-theatre menu and I was impressed by the vegetarian 'meatballs' with spaghetti.
The bill was very reasonable for the food and wine we enjoyed and I would return!

C
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great atmosphere and energy, this is a fantastically handy little restaurant particularly if you're going on to the Tron. Food is simple and unpretentious but tastes great. Staff were fast and efficient and friendly. No complaints and will defo be back.

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal it was great value for money. The service was prompt and very pleasant

WL
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good food. Busy. Waiting staff very nice. Mid price and reasonable value. Would go back

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Definitely! Very handy for the Tron theatre, notwithstanding the 20% discount on your food when you show your tickets. I had the gluten free gamberoni pasta with white wine sauce and it’s the best past I’ve ever had; delicious, not too fatty, not at all stodgy and perfect size portions. We will certainly be back in Esca, found it online👍🏻

S
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic customer service and experience food was delicious and delightful very rustic and romantic

TR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Booked a table for 5.30pm & arrived early at 5.20pm. Table was ready which was good as we were going across the road to the Tron for a show at 7.30pm - thought that would be enough time. The main course arrived 1 hour 40 minutes later just as the bottle of prosecco ran out! Threw down the food (no time for desert or coffee), paid and headed for the theatre with just minutes to spare! Don't think we'll go to Esca again and especially not before a show.

KM
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Slow service but servers were polite. Some food piping hot some Luke warm

BR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

First time at Esca, thoroughly enjoyed our meal. My only gripe after ordering a Hendricks G&T, I had to ask for a slice of lemon in my drink!!!

RQ
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice restaurant, food was lovely and staff very helpful.
Found the 2 hour slot not long enough for a large party, felt it was rushed and would have been nicer to sit a bit longer.

LL
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent, as ever, and service perfect despite two large, lively parties going on - close to Christmas of course. Relaxed, busy and very good food.

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Date night and a birthday dinner rolled into one for the three of us and arriving at 8 on a Friday evening found Esca busy however our booth table near the kitchen was spacious if a little noisy, drinks arrived quickly and the relaxed style of the waiting staff ensured we had plenty f time to chat and finish them before orders were taken ;) starters and mains were all fabulous and if getting to order was relaxed then trying to settle the bill was something of a challenge.

LH
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, great food and great atmosphere. We’ve visited a number of times and it never fails to impress. So much so we’ve booked our son’s 21st family dinner at Esca......looking forward to it and sharing the restaurant experience wider with family.

HH
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely friendly waitress and waiter great service, served promptly, food was delicious and lovely surroundings would definitely go back. We were going to a concert at the Barrowlands - 5 minute walk, a great restaurant. There were 4 of us and we were all very satisfied with our choices. Many thanks.

e
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Recommended to us by friends, Esca had the right balance - quiet enough to chat but still with atmosphere. Service was friendly and the food was good.

OT
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Have eaten at Esca on previous visits to Glasgow and looked forward to coming back. Low key with good food and very friendly staff.

RP
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

I usually love Esca, because of the amazing food and ambiance. Howe, the evening we went, I found that the girl serving us was very indifferent to us. Like she couldn’t be bothered. It really left me disappointed as the service is usually great.

J
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Food was over cooked when we eventually
got it and definetly wasn't
Value for money .

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Hostess claimed to be unable to find my reservation.

SA
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food, great value, waiting staff attentive but not intrusive. Lovely ambience. Would recommend.

JO
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal for me and my hubby which was on a deal! The Fillet steak was one of the best we've tasted!

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Charming authentic restaurant, hidden just off the busy shopping area. Food, friendly service and prices were excellent. Would recommend it to all whether its for a special occasion, pre theatre or just a quiet meal.

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Five of us enjoyed our meal at Esca (after the matinee panto at the Tron theatre). Our table was as we had requested, in the bar area of the restaurant. The staff were pleasant helpful and efficient. We ate from the pre-theatre Christmas menu and everyone enjoyed their food which came to the table hot, was delicious, with generous portions. We all had different food selections for all courses and everyone agreed their food to be delicious The wine we chose was very palatable. We thought the menu price good value, and as we produced our theatre tickets to the staff we received 20% discount off our food bill, which we thought generous. All in all a great dining experience at Esca in every way, and everyone agreed we'd certainly return again in future. Thanks Esca, for delicious food in a pleasant atmosphere.

OT
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely wee place. Bit of banter off the waiter.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had lunch here for first time on Saturday. Fantastic food, friendly staff, exceptional value for money! Will definitely be back!

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent value for money, good food and excellent service - thoroughly recommended and will return

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been many times and never been disappointed. The food is good, great atmosphere, good music and overall excellent service from all the staff.

OT
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good food, friendly staff. Went back the following night without a booking and although restaurant very busy we were fitted in.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Booked the table on trip advisor to meet with friends from America. Table ready waitress was great, food excellent and also catered for our friends son in wheelchair plus gluten free options. Would definitely be back and recommend.

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I visited Esca for a business lunch with 3 colleagues who were up from Manchester. Great city centre location and parking wasn't a problem. Service was very quick, food lovely and surprisingly cheap for that part of the city. Would definitely return and ideal if in town on a Saturday shopping trip for a rest and some enjoyable food.

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food. Quick service. Mussels were lovely. Beer expensive though.

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