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Ceia Kitchen and Bar
Ceia Kitchen and Bar

Ceia Kitchen and Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ceiakitchenbar.com
  • Email: info@ceia-newburyport.com
  • Phone: (978) 358-8112
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am-3:00pm Lunch: Tuesday- 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: Patrick Soucy
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Essex St
  • Parking: Street Parking
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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Diner Reviews
  • "This is a fantastic spot with a great ambiance and excellent food. My wife and I had a great dinner with another couple in the past and most recently I brought my father for an Easter Brunch. Excellent experiences both times. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The family went here for our Easter dinner. Easter-specific menu was a good balance of lunch entrees and brunch items. Unlike may holiday menus, this one was also reasonably priced! Food was very good and enjoyed by all. I think everyone's favorite was the cow's cheese from NH."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Love the food, the grilled octopus is to die for...amazing! Service was OK, seemed busy. We were seated late, but I still absolutely love this place. I give it 5-star, and will return..."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Ceia is a favorite local restaurant of ours, but we had a disappointing experience this weekend. The four of us ordered our meals and it was a good fifteen minutes before the waiter returned to say they were out of the meal that two had ordered. He took the new orders and we waited. And we waited. It took over an hour to get our meals. And when they brought them, only three arrived. It took ten or fifteen minutes before the fourth arrived. As usual, the food was delicious, but it was not a pleasant experience for us."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Ceia is one of the absolute best dining experiences I've ever had! The service was outstanding. Our waiter knew every detail of the menu, and never hesitated when answering our many questions. They had a great selection of wine and beer, and even champagne by the glass. We started out with 2 appetizers, the foie gras, and stuffed dates, and both were great. Our meals were completely different styles and flavors, and both were equally delicious! Highly recommend the caramelle and fussili pasta dishes. The atmosphere was cozy and romantic, as we were seated in our own little section by ourselves. I will definitely be back here for another special occasion!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Loved the brunch. Interesting items and version of the traditional brunch items. Great wine and beer list. Service was great and friendly."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "When a customer makes a reservation he/she is expected to arrive on time.Conversely, the customer expects to be seated somewhat promptly. In our recent visit to Ceia we waited nearly on hour for our table - in April! Even though we were later offered a free dessert, this start to the evening colored our entire experience. This was our first visit to their new location and we found the noise level to be beyond energetic - it was disruptive. We had trouble conversing with our waiter and ordinary cross table conversation was impossible without shouting. Service, once we were seated was very good but we were a bit disappointed with our entrees - maybe this was because they had just introduced a new menu."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Our server was all smiles and gusto in the beginning ( we had a 7:45 Rez so it wasn't late) but by dessert, we watched her snacking in the open kitchen and our dessert took 20 min to get to us. The food was fine, not great, but fine. Good duck liver mousse."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Went on Tuesday. Not full. not noisy. Sat on 2nd fl. with view of street, Waiter was so professional, thought he was an owner. Steered 2 friends to proper bourbons and me to a Sauv Blanc from Loire. All perfect. Pre entree shares remarkably different & perfectly delicious. Artichokes "crisped' without gluten products. My entree was like a deconstructed lasagna ~ pork ragu/leek/homemade noodles &more. Simply scrumptious, Friends each raved about their bouillabaisses made with an unusual combination of fresh seafood. One even took home the broth. The quality of the cooking and menu at Ceia compares to restaurants in NYC. It is the best food and dining experience we all have had from Portland to Newburyport...and that includes the White Barn."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We have visited Ceia several times and each time we are just as blown away by the food, wines, and knowledge of the server! This visit was wonderful, thank you! We enjoyed a great evening and wandered from dinner to The Firehouse Center for the Arts for a show. Perfect!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This was our first time at Ceia's. Everything was good but the menu was not what I expect. Unless you like nothing but meat and cheeses as an appetizer you are out of luck. I don't even think they had salad on the menu. I think there was a soup. We both had the tenderloin (fish allergies kept us away from 2/3rds of the the menu). I was surprised how a medium-rare piece of meat could have no flavor and was actually dry. A little too much dry aging for my taste. The blue cheese ravioli it was topped with was hard, not al dente, but hard. The ladro-somthing puree the meat was laid on had no flavor. The only thing with flavor were the mushrooms. For $34 I expect more. Time to simplify the meals and skip all the lardo."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great food, great service, friendly staff. really nice interior and good feel overall. Walking distance , even in the rain, to the Firehouse Arts Centre. WE had a great time and would happily go again."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food is beyond innovative and exceptional and our waiter was fantastic - knowledgeable, friendly, attentive, without being over bearing. Fabulous evening."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Found this restaurant searching around online. It describes itself as a "european Bistro" and it's exactly that; various dishes from various European traditions. The charcuterie and cheeses were great; we tried the grilled octopus and stuffed clams fr a first course and they were very fresh and well prepared. We skipped the entrees as the seemed pretty heavy, and we went for pasta courses (a lasagnette, and some penne with duck sausage). The duck dish was fairly salty, but the homemade pasta was excellent, while the lasagnette was simply perfect. The wine list was decent; they even had a nice 2011 Bordeaux by the glass."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere, waiter was very friendly and perfectly attentive. Food was a delight. Wine was excellent. My husband and I had long, leisurely 3 hour dinner. We weren't rushed at all, and the atmosphere was so soothing. We left entirely satiated and relaxed."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Good drink menu. Delicious meals. Meat & cheese boards are a must. Good bourbon selections."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Enjoyed every minute of a special dinner at Ceia. Ordered meats, cheeses, apps, mains, and a bottle of nice wine. The staff was welcoming and friendly. Quiet dining room (off season). A must try!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Based on the fact that Open table had a reservation available all night, I was skeptical. However, this place was amazing. So crowded we had to wait a bit longer than our reservation, which was forgiven with free dessert. The owner, Nancy, was phenomenal; unassuming but knew everything happening all night. She was hostess, food runner, server, everything an owner who cares about her customers should be. The servers were knowledgeable, friendly and knew the food, the wine and how to pair them. I can't say enough about how awesome the food is and what a great atmosphere Ceia has become. I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had a lovely dining experience at Ceia. The decor and ambience are great--lots of exposed brick, historic building. The food was excellent and the service attentive but not overbearing. I highly recommend Ceia."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "A little expensive but the food was excellent, service was excellent and the place was quaint."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We really enjoyed dining at Ceia last Saturday. It was a little crowded and noisy and took a little twisting and turning to get to our table on the third floor, but it was a very nice table when we got there. Outstanding server, really knew the menu and passionate about food."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "What a culinary delight; from cocktails, to appetizers, wine and the main course. The wait staff was wonderful, and we paused the manager to tell him how wonderful every aspect of the meal was, and he was charming and provided us with additional details about the restaurant which simply added to the experience. And the food was spectacular. We ordered many duck dishes, as duck is one of their specialties. If you enjoy a true dining and culinary experience, we highly recommend a trip to Ceia any time you are in Newburyport."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Atmosphere dark, cozy but hip and fun. Food was amazingly good and you can’t go wrong with a cheese and meat selection, the stuffed dates, and artichokes. Entrees like the beef tenderloin and pork porterhouse are not to be missed. Fresh quality ingredients are paramount here. The wine list is varied and you'll be sure to find something you like. Suggest a Spanish Rioja, like the Leda. The deserts were so so. I didn't care for the Profiteroles but the Crème Catalana was unique! Our server was very knowledgeable but her pace could have picked up a bit. It took nearly an hour for her to take our dinner orders resulting in a lengthy visit (6:45-almost 10!) While we weren't in a rush, it did up our babysitter tab on top of our $200+ meal."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food: superb, atmosphere: warm, staff: welcoming--all add up to a dining experience much like a European bistro, only better! Combinations of food intriguing and delicious; and presentations are artistic."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The wine list features an extensive selection from smaller producers, many in Italy, Spain and the U.S. The "by the glass" options encourage sampling and pairing different wines with every course and/or dish. The creative menu emphasizes fresh and local. Relaxes, smart-casual atmosphere with a lot of personality and attentive, friendly service. I visit Newburyport twice a year, specifically to dine at Ceia; it always feels like home."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "This place was recommended to us. We were able to order a la carte from the Valentine's Day pre-fixe. Dinner was thoroughly enjoyable (we went on February 16, 2014) and the service was really excellent. Would definitely return when we are back in Newburyport!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Valentines Day. Arrived earlier than the reservation and retired to the bar. Place was full, but the 3rd floor bar had open seats. Cocktails were great. Sat at confirmed reservation time. Service was prompt, efficient and unobtrusive throughout the meal. Food was excellent. Opted for a la carte rather than prix fixe, and was not disappointed by any course. Stuffed Clams and Crispy Artichoke Appetizer, Duck and Bouillabaise entrees and Profiteroles for dessert. Wine list was nice although I found it was missing some categories I would have liked to have seen, but still above average. The place is spread over 3 floors but is charming, and romantic. I'll certainly be back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I'll just get to the cons, because much is written on Ceia's high quality food and warm ambience. The entrees were very good, pricey, but you know that when you walk in the door. My complaints are the wine, salads and appetizers. First, I ordered wine by the glass because it was just my husband and I, and he doesn't drink alcohol. For a glass of wine, in a colossal sized goblet, you get a very small amount. I have to say, with the exorbitant prices, the wine quality was disappointing, and I tried two different moderately priced wines. On to the appetizer. We ordered two, which were served on a rustic slab of slate. A nice touch, and right up our alley in style. We ordered prosciutto and a French cheese. CONTINUED...,"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Very cozy, warm atmosphere with great service. Food was good."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "I've been there 3 times. When they first opened, the food was wonderful, with a Portuguese bent. The second time was not good at all. I emailed them to ask if perhaps I'd hit a chef's night off and should come back. They did not answer. This time we ate in the new location on the weekend. It was very crowded and very noisy. We had a 7:30 reservation and were seated at 8. The food had lots of ingredients, but it wasn't clear to me how they were supposed to fit together - at least my dish didn't. I am not a foodie, but I enjoy well prepared food and creative cooking. Just not here."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I like this restaurant a lot, the food is always good, but my last time there my food was cold and took almost one hour to get in our table. Very bad experience."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We liked everything about Ceia. It's in a new location with more room and a new menu."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "We have been dining at their other location (which we love) but decided to check out Ceia Saturday night. It's still packed! The owner (who is amazing) was busy running around and took the time to go through the entire new menu with us. The food is better then ever. Salmon was delicious, pasta with pork was rich in flavor, the new appetizer format was perfect. Her wines are stellar. She poured us some new selections of Spanish reds. All in all these two restaurants are the best spots north of Boston and certainly can compete with big city spots. Thanks for giving us your restaurant and brine!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Impressed by the décor and ambience of the restaurant, menu was interesting with some unusual dishes with a European influence, Wine list was very good and I had a great vodka cocktail. We were not overly keen on the fries cooked in duckfat. The only thing that let the restaurant down was the service which was very slow. There are 3 floors and we sat on the top floor so service may be better on the lower floors?"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Had a great after-theatre experience at Ceia's. Cocktail menue was creative and tempting. Chose the Meyer Lemon Side Car and wasn't disappointed. We all loved the Octopus appetizer. Kobe burger was delious, as always. Service was attentive and atmosphere lively. A perfect place to catch up with old and new Sent from my iPad"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We were seated immediately and the service was excellent. The lighting was a bit dim but food was great!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Although we had a great time with friends, being new in the area, it was not memorable. The food was so-so and we each had something different. We enjoyed the ambiance, some good wine, and it was a cute little place with a nice feeling inside. Two of us had steamed mussles for an appetizer but there was no liquid in the dish and it was flavorless. Two of us had monkfish which was presented in some sort of bright orange sauce that also was flavorless, although the fish was somewhat tasty. The other two people can't remember what they ordered. The bread was crunchy and warm! Sorry, I wish I could be more positive. We'll probably go again because of its location and to give it another try."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Everytime I have dined here, the food has been amazing. The menu is unique and everything is presented so beautifully. The service has never been anything less than stellar."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "We loved Ceia. We dine out frequently and have high expectations. We have been here twice and the food is outstanding (drinks were also excellent). The menu is interesting with a nice variety. The waitstaff is friendly and very knowledgeable. I can't wait to go back!!!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This is my second time at the new location of Ceia but my first brunch. The food was too complicated for brunch and not as delicious as lunch and dinner. Also, the place seemed much dirtier than last time. It could use a good cleaning."
    Dined on 1/5/2014