Esca first opened in 2004 with celebrity chef Francesco Mazzei and team and for the past 13 years we have dedicated ourselves to Clapham; becoming known as the peoples place. Following a recent transformation Esca is now both a beautiful rustic style restaurant, combining the Italian and Celtic routes of its name, serving authentic homemade pasta, mouth watering grilled dishes as well as cooked English breakfasts; and display an even better than ever self-service lunch of scrumptious hot foods, cakes and Tavola Calda. Everything from the muffins and salads, to the sandwich bread and expertly made pasta are produced by the hands of our talented chefs.

Over the past 30 years owner Sami Wasif has pioneered and contributed to some of London’s most formidable food concepts which have contributed to the current London food scene including Eco Pizzeria, Absolutely Starving, Hakkasan, Franco Manca and The Peppertree amongst others.

Esca has been a project close to Sami's heart; as it is a gathering place which the community have enjoyed for many years. It is Sami's wish with the current re-design to reveal a much more comfortable space that morphs from day through night highlighting the wish of the local punters of authentic Anglo-Italian food and design at incredible value..

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 9am to 11pm
Breakfast daily 9am to12pm

Brunch Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 3pm
followed by late night opening.

Book a table

The Great Table can take up to 18 people and will need to be reserved by telephone on 020 7622 2288


Our candlelit Great Table is available for groups of up to 18 people. For smaller groups we also have two cosy booths with sumptuous leather-clad banquettes for parties of between 8 and 10.

Please call to check availability


160 Clapham High Street,
Tel: 020 7622 2288
[email protected]
[email protected]

Esca is now pleased to offer easy
wheelchair access to bathrooms.

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