Ceia Kitchen and Bar
38 State St
Newburyport, MA 01950Neighborhood:
EuropeanPrice: $31 to $50
Ceia Kitchen and Bar
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.ceiakitchenbar.com/
- Phone: (978) 358-8112
- Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am-3:00pm Lunch: Wednesday- Saturday: 11:30pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:45pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: European, Italian
- Executive Chef: Brandon Baltzley
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
A word from Ceia Kitchen and Bar
Where laughter is required. Jacket & tie are not. Going out with friends or a special someone means choosing a neighborly place that feels as comfortable as home, where conversation flows as easily as a smooth cabernet. Welcome to Ceia Kitchen + Bar. A new kind of nightlife in the heart of Downtown Newburyport, introducing this area"s first extended kitchen hours for later night dining or tête-à-tête cocktails with flavorful small plates. Our exposed brick interior with mellow lighting, cozy banquets and featured cocktail bar beckon even impromptu visits to this reliable neighborly eatery where singles, dates and a posse of good friends are assured of a comfortable night out with delicious food and great company. The spirit of Ceia (pr. SAY-yah) is in the translation of our name: "supper" in Portuguese, the language of one country included among the inspiring stops of our coastal European culinary repertoire.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
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Ceia Kitchen and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since July 30, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (62)neighborhood gem (38)romantic (37)special occasion (36)notable wine list (30)great for brunch (14)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (12)good for groups (10)great for lunch (10)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)Show More
- Better the first timeOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/23/2014Our first experience at Ceia in the summer (2014) was fantastic, so we took friends this past weekend. Wine selection and appetizers were excellent all around (try the octopus) however we all felt the entrees were just okay. For my own dish - the lamb cavalle - it sounded much better than it was; pasta wrap was hard (on the dry side of al dente) and I felt it overwhelmed the very small amount of lamb inside. Our waitress was lovely and professional which helped the experience. Tables were way too close together, we are not large people nor was the party behind us, but getting into our seats was awkward.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- service and foodOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 11/21/2014Service was excellent, particularly attentive was Peter Dodwell. I had the burger and fries, not great, but my friend enjoyed his dinnerI would recommend this to a friend.
- I looked for a brunch spot in NewburyportCeiaDined on 11/16/2014I looked for a brunch spot in Newburyport close to The Screening Room (one block away) for my son's 23rd birthday. We live in Boston's Back Bay and he's a pretty picky guy so Ceia was a big hit that enthusiastically clicked the food, service, ambience boxes. It was totally worth the drive and I can't wait to return for dinner and wine. We loved Ceia. Any way to give it 4.5 stars?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unusual MenuDjeatsDined on 11/15/2014Not really meant for us normal folk, the menu is just a little too out there. My dinner was the Monkfish which was good however my husband and our friend ordered the special Fettucine with Lobster which was all sold out by 8:15 when we placed our order so they had the Fettucine that was on the menu and he said it was very bland. Noisy and crowded so we waited 20 minutes for our table which was reserved but they gave us a great one when we got it. Hard to park.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- anondinerDined on 11/15/2014Good food, service, and ambience. Perhaps not a "27" as the Zagat had it for food, but a solid restaurant nevertheless.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Ceia a special experienceDesJardinDined on 11/8/2014Dined at Ceia for the first time Sat 11/8. Great wine list; interesting gourmet menu; homemade charcuterie and cheese menu; great tasting plates. Staff is very knowledgeable both on the wine list and menu. Hip atmosphere and great choices for sophisticated palates. Expensive so definitely a special occasion place. Great bar scene and people watching. Overall great experience!Special Features:
- DeliciousMcGfor2Dined on 11/8/2014The restaurant lighting and decor is romantic. My husband ordered duck and I had the monk fish. All ingredients were fresh! Both dishes were flavorful and delicious! Hats off to the chef! Our waitress was very pleasant and made her presence known without hovering. We will definitely return. The only draw-back we noted was the high ceilings. The sound echos from the ceiling making it difficult to have a low-key conversation.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LolaVIPDined on 11/7/2014Disappointed with dryness of monkfish. Extraordinary & unusual apps e.g, Mushroom toasts. Salmon dish exceptionally moist and tasty.Special Features:
- Good choice in NewburyportjoshVIPDined on 11/1/2014The two best restaurants in Newburyport are Ceia and it's sister across the street, Brine. Of the two we have a slight preference for Brine but both restaurants serve excellent very fresh seafood. I had the scallops appetizer and the monkfish and my girlfriend had the octopus and the duck. Everything was very well prepared. You won't be disappointed.Special Features:
- Newburyport GemBoodahDined on 10/31/2014This was our third visit to this wonderful restaurant and certainly won't be the last! Creative and delicious, the menu here is not to be missed. Try the puffed fish skins if they still have them, which are kind of like Chicharron- pork rinds, but lighter - and end your meal with the Portuguese milk liqueur - amazing! I almost hesitated to write this review because I'd like to keep it secret so we can get a table easily. Bom Proveito!Special Features:
- Anniversary dinnerLNJ15VIPDined on 10/25/2014My partner and I had been to Ceia once before and had excellent food and even better service. Our most recent visit was last Saturday night. It's a popular place so reservations are a must. This time it was bustling and fairly loud. Once we got settled in our server was attentive and helpful and again the food was excellent. Our only complaint was that when we first got there, the two women who were at the front did not acknowledge our presence for a good few minutes. It was clear that they were juggling seating (understandable given that the place was bustling) but we were the only ones waiting at the moment and a simple "we'll be right with you" or "sorry about that" would have gone a long way. It was not a great way to start.Special Features:
- Catch-up brunchSteenDined on 10/19/2014We went to Ceia eager to try it since we enjoy Brine. Atmosphere was chill for Sunday which we liked. Our waiter was excellent! Prompt, good-natured & very helpful. The brunch menu has good variety. We got a meat/cheese starter-- cheeses were great; meat so-so. Sticky buns were ok-- but not much inside and so sticky outside you had to constantly pick your teeth. For mains we had French toast-nothing spectacular there. Espitata which friends seemed to enjoy but meat was a bit too undercooked. Salmon Benedict seemed to be missing a tangy element, and a Croque Madame which was delicious. Overall food was served only warm-not hot; and all of us had limp/cold home fries. Willing to give it a 2nd try. Brine is far better tho!Special Features:
- still my favorite go todiningoutoftenVIPDined on 10/12/2014over the years this place is still pretty spectacular. Having learned about the new chef and where he cooked before- I was excited to head back up to Newburyport. His food is crazy delicious.. the lamb (best I have ever ate), a broccoli salad with an egg, a beet filled ravioli with poppy seeds, and a chocolate dessert with butternut ice cream. crazy. Owner is always here and always smiling makes you feel good about supporting someone like that. if your up for it check out brine (sister spot) for oysters before.. we did.Special Features:
- JBSeaviewsDined on 10/1/2014The presentation of the food was very good, and the food was very good. The portions are very very small and the menu was a limited selection.
- Fantastic FoodfoodsnobDined on 9/20/2014as usual aside from the disappointing olive oil cake.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/20/2014Food was very good. The menu online didn't match the menu. However the the menu at the restaurant didn't disappoint. The wine by the glass menu was very good.Special Features:
- Small portions/overly pricedeat4funDined on 9/20/2014A sirloin that costs $33 ought to melt in your mouth...it didn't. The delicious soup---would have been so much better if we had gotten at least 3/4 cup! Bread was delicious. Service/wait staff tremendous, attentive. Way to over priced for atmosphere, serving portion and over all quality of food. Would not return
- Interesting food for NewburyportOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/20/2014The "egg" appetizer was phenomenal. Waitstaff was super knowledgable and friendly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DissappointedOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 9/20/2014After eating at Brine (their sister place) over the summer, I had high expectations of Ceia. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. My wife got squash blossoms for an appetizer and the sirloin for an entree. I got the foie gras and duck for the entree. The duck was recommended medium rare, came out medium and the sirloin was undercooked; rare-med rare when medium was requested. The entrees seemed to lack focus, visually appealing but the flavors didn't stand out. Our server was excellent. She was suggestive and just attentive enough, although she was doing double duty behind the bar mixing drinks which caused some delays. I would not go back.
- paythebillDined on 9/17/2014Kobe beef is overrated. Any good homemade grass-fed beef burger would be as good. Lamb was good but very salty. Duck-fat fries are overrated.
- Delicious!ElizabethDined on 9/17/2014I am never disappointed at Ceia. The menu options are interesting and creative, and always fresh and delicious. I have had small plates, entrees and desserts. All have been great. Well-made cocktails, too.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Newburyport Gem!biscuitmanDined on 9/16/2014What a wonderful dining spot! Rockets right to the top of my favorite places in Newburyport. Cozy atmosphere, beautiful historic building, awesome food. I had the rack of lamb--melt in your mouth! Dining room was mostly empty, noise was passable. Worry about what it might be like with a full crowd.Special Features:
- pretty goodgreatexpectatonsDined on 9/13/2014I had the pumpkin soup and shrimp appetizer. Soup was great! Shrimp, meh. Weirdly mushy near the head. My friend had the salmon and loved it. Dessert was nice but cappuccino was oddly bitter. Overall a nice find given that the menu is mildly adventurous.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful spot.eDitsVIPDined on 9/13/2014Just a few tables in front, but they seated us right away. Waiters were relaxed but terrific. The Hake BLT is sensational.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great evening and terrific dinner !BobfromBostonDined on 9/3/2014We drove up from Gloucester to celebrate our 31st anniversary ... and had a fabulous mid-week dinner on a late summer evening. The Acústic Montsant was a great compliment to our stuffed squash blossoms and the unbelievable grilled octopus. The pasta and tuna for entrees were perfect. It was a quiet night, and Alex did a fine job with service and attentiveness to detail. We'll be back !Special Features:
- Sunday of Labor DaycgreyDined on 8/31/2014Although we had an early reservation, 6:30, many items on the menu were out, including the tuna. End of a long summer may have tired the staff?Because the bar was five feet from our table and even getting a glass of wine to accompany dinner was not delivered until I asked the bartender.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent food and serviceRS59Dined on 8/30/2014Great place to try different small bites, delicious, creative ,fresh food creations. Server was so pleasant, nice wine list Could eat there every week - changing menu.Special Features:
- Other choicesshark38Dined on 8/29/2014Menu is limited yet expensive. The burger is excellent but really other than that I'm not a impressed. This last visit was our fourth and proabably our last. Service was good. Sat on the third floor and it was noisy.Special Features:
- Overpriced but good foodAlizaVIPDined on 8/28/2014This place has an eclectic menu and everything we got was good. Jut ridiculously overpriced for te portion size. I am in no rush to get back.Special Features:
- Spectacular mealOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/25/2014Sat at a high top table near the bar on the first floor. Beautiful restaurant with a contemporary industrial loft feel. Bar tender Mark was our server. Really nice guy with a excellent understanding of the menu and a wonderful sense of drink and wine pairings. Passionate about the restaurant and the menu. We will be coming back for sure. A fine dining experience that didn't blow up my wallet!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Say Yeah!Foodies4VIPDined on 8/24/2014Went here for Sunday brunch and loved it. We started off with a pecan roll and a fresh berry with marscapone muffin, both baked fresh in house. I had the special which was scrambled eggs with sliced duck breast lightly topped with a Portuguese hot sauce that had just the perfect amount of spice. Another favorite was the sweet bread French toast with sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream. All of this great food was brought to us by a friendly, knowledgeable and efficient server. The atmohere is warm, comfortable and modern.Special Features:
- Perfect Mealamc516VIPDined on 8/23/2014This isnt the first time we have dined here, but alas, it will not be the last. The selections, albeit limited, are diverse, the food is great, the wine list acceptable, and the staff great. If you are in a hurry, not the best spot as the kitchen can get backed up. Staff, however, did a great job of managing expectations. The rack of lamb is amazing, but dont over look the pastas -- a nice thing to share as an appetizer!Special Features:
- Will ReturnOccasionalDined on 8/23/2014The food was outstanding, but we had a lousy table. Next time we'll go earlier than 7.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great wines and foodOpenTable Diner Since 2003Dined on 8/21/2014We were very pleased with the wine list and the food was equally good.Special Features:
- Well I say ahTenaftertenVIPDined on 8/21/2014We split the "egg", sardine, and squash blossoms appetizers whic were all eggcellent. Especially ... The egg was poached gently over fois gras, truffle butter, forest mushrooms and cognac served with crostini. The ricotta stuffed blossoms and the sardine and roasted red peppers were a perfect complement to each other. The trio were followed closely with a perfectly grilled Kobe burger and duck fat French fries. Divine! KeithSpecial Features:
- Very good but priceykarolusfDined on 8/21/2014Ceia has sophisticated but casual food and drink, not pretentious, has outdoor tables in good weather, but is not a pub. Belgian beer on tap, for example, and a selection of artisanal cheeses. Not for the price-sensitive.Special Features:
- offbeat flairgreatexpectatonsDined on 8/17/2014We went for Sunday brunch. The choices were limited, and all were kind of quirky. In the end though, they all tasted pretty good. So, a bit of forced adventure. The coffee was served in a french press, and was good. The orange juice was described as fresh squeezed, but sure didn't taste like it! Overall, I'd go back and try something from the dinner menu. A moderately upscale pleasant experience.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/16/2014The portions are quite small. The food was tasty - I had the halibut which was great, my husband had a pasta dish that sounded much better than the description. I enjoy sitting at the bar - wait staff very helpfulSpecial Features:
- Ceia Kitchen is great!HampsteadNHDined on 8/13/2014Ceia Kitchen and Bar continues to innovate with their menu with healthy, fresh items fitting each Season. They work hard to complement their wines with those that fit nicely with their menus while offering an opportunity to choose what you would have difficulty purchasing at even a high end wine store form the region. Go sometimes an just order a bottle of their Penner-Ash Syrah and get an assortment of their cheeses and meats! And the best wait service, knowledgeable, friendly. We loved the Lobster Pasta dish and the rare Tuna with Fava Beans. Incredible!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- amazingDiannaDined on 8/13/2014I went with my sister midweek and it was quiet. The decor is really nice, and food was amazing. Service was very attentive as well.Special Features: