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Ceiba
Ceiba

Ceiba Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ceibarestaurant.com/ceiba.html
  • Phone: (202) 393-3983
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: Closed

    The bar and lounge open at 3:00pm on Saturdays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Alfredo Solis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants

Getting there

  • Cross Street: G Street
  • Public Transit: Metro Center & Red Line
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking is available after 5:30 for $10 at the PMI Parking Garage located at 1325 G St, NW.
A word from Ceiba
Ceiba, located at 14th & G Streets NW in the historic Colorado Building, is from the team that brought you DC Coast. The cuisine is contemporary Latin-American featuring Brazilian, Cuban, Jamaican & Mexican influences.

For all of you theater goers or early diners, Ceiba offers a three course pre-theater menu for $35.00 Mon-Sat available from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

Ceiba offers a happy hour Mon-Sat from 3:00pm to 7:00pm and late night happy hour Mon-Sat from 9:30pm to 11:00pm.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Ceiba is a good place to meet up with friends downtown. Menu is unusual and creative. Ceviche is terrific. Service was mixed. Fun and good explanations of the menu on one hand, and waited politely to take orders etc.. On the other ...half of us had drinks and other half did not get theirs. Had to call over a waiter to remind our waiter to bring the rest of the drinks."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I was ready to take the famous Lomo saltado but was informed that this entree is only available on the lunch Menu. What a disappointment!! I think it was very expensive for what we had. I had the PORK TENDERLOIN and the meat was good but the side was pretty poor... My friend had only a starter and we got two cocktails without alcohol, we end up with a bill around $70 without the tips...."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The food was excellent! We were surprised by a free appetizer while we were waiting for our food. We will definitely eat here again!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Amazing service and food. It was our 5 Year Wedding Anniversary and they so nicely did everything possible to make our night special from giving us special menus that said "Happy Anniversary" complimentary glasses of champagne, and writing "Happy Anniversary" on our dessert."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Probably my 10th time dining at Ceiba. Always great flavors, quality food and excellent variety. Can't wait to go again. Notes: The restaurant was completely full and quite loud, it was tough to hear everyone at a four top table. At this time, the entire building street and corner surrounding Ceiba is under construction, so it's also noisy on the outside and slightly difficult accessing the front door to the restaurant. Not Ceiba's fault, but the construction crew doesn't help the ambiance."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We had a great evening with amazing food and flawless service. We had a birthday in the group, and they made it very special for him. I live in New York, but look forward to returning here when I am in DC"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great Food, but no kids menu, so not kid-friendly. Leave kids at home."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant partly because of its close proximity to my dinner guest's hotel. But Ceiba has an interesting menu that is executed beautifully, the dining room is quiet enough to carry on a conversation, the pre-event menu is a particularly great value, and the service was attentive without being obtrusive. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Wonderful lunch experience! The presentation was on point and the food was very delicious! Nice sized portions! Enjoyed my lunch there! Will be back!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great menu! Extensive and filled with unusual creations. It was hard to decide what to order. We had several different appetizers. Each was fantastic. For the entree I ordered skewered sugar cane shrimp, so called because the skewer is actually a slice of sugar cane. Wonderful deserts as well. Very helpful and friendly service too. Guess we'll just have to go back to try more dishes."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We were disappointed in the food. The spices just seemed off. The menu selections look wonderful and we were planning on all the food we anticipated to eat. When you're kids and husband say "your make this dish better at home" you know the the food is just so-so. Too bad the menu has del promise."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great, great idea from Chef Matt. Well prepared, flavorful, went well with grilled romaine and red onions. He continues to be so innovative and creative."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had a great lunch and new experience with Latin food. It had a little kick, but very nice."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My Dad's 75th birthday was extra special because of Ceiba!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Nice to find food that isn't the same old menu. South American cuisine was such a nice change, and it was very good. More than that the ambience was hip, and the tables are spaced far enough so you aren't listening to everyone's conversations. The wine list is enormous, and the food was great. The waiter was nice, but a bit immature. He said "dude" at one point, and was trying a bit to hard to be casual and witty. Other than that the experience was great. I look forward to going back."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We ate here after seeing a show at the Warner Theater. Ceiba has pre and post specials at the bar that provide a great place to grab a nibble and drinks."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "What an amazing dinner experience! Our waiter Joe provided top notch service to include excellent recommendations for appetizers and main course. The halibut and shrimp ceviches are amazing. Each person in our party ordered a different main course and every dish was filled with flavor and truly amazing!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My friend had what he said was an excellent pork shank and we shared fantastic cumin carrot salad. Very unusual and terrific. I'd return."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "It's been a year since we last visited Ceiba, and this return visit confirmed our initial impression that the food is good here, if not expensive, but the entire dining experience is not particularly special. The hostess was not that friendly or attentive at the door. The waiter provided very good service, but the food server oddly brought on our evidently quite hot plates without first removing the existing plates in front of us. So, as he stood over us looking like he was about to drop our hot entrees, he signaled that we should remove our own plates to allow him to put the plates down. That seemed like poor training. My shrimp on a sugar cane was pretty good, but the saffron rice we ordered on the side was undercooked."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "food has always been great. our waitor was humorous and tended to our needs timely. great place for lunch gathering."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We had a great time for our dinner before going out on the town. The wait staff was very helpful and our server was extremely accommodating. The food was delicious, however some of the party were disappointed by the cocktails. Overall it was a very nice start to our evening."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Shared a paella and it was the best I've experienced since a trip to Spain. Excellent menu, solid service, a great place to dine."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We love Ceiba. The ceviche was great as well as the vegetables we had and the rice. Food was so fresh and well cooked. Do not hesitate to go!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I love ceiba :) Hard to find an up class restaurant in dc with good food , I've been coming here for 6 years now and I'll keep coming back , check out the happy hr drinks menu at the bar and very affordable pre-theatre menu without waiting for dc restaurant week ."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We ate at Ceiba for lunch. I had been there a number of times, and was looking forward to good food, though in a VERY loud restaurant. Ceiba met expectations on these 2 fronts. However, the front end staff was rude at best. We arrived 5 minutes before the dining room officially opened, and were gruffly directed to wait in the lobby with no explanation. We were eventually at at what IMO was the worst table in the room - small, dark, and shoved against a wall. When we asked to be seated at one of ~20 2-person tables along the walls (pointing to the tables), the hostess nodded and then acted as though she hadn't heard us, instead seating us in the middle of the restaurant (think especially loud). Needless to say, I will not be back."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Fantastic table service. Delicious seafood. Octopus salad was great. Only complaint was host stand. Restaurant was near empty and they wanted to seat us in the lounge... Bizarre. Strange, casual bench and chair setup. Totally accommodated our request to love but was very unusual. Didn't get sense that host stand was managing things very well."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Three of us dined at Ceiba Saturday night and once again found that everything on their menu is incredibly delicious. We had ceviche, tuna tartar taquitos and guacamole as appetizers...all great, especially the taquitos! We followed with soup and salad, and while we all agreed that everything was good, the spicy tortilla soup is a MUST HAVE dish when you eat there. It was amazingly good. Dinners included chicken tamales and beef ribeye churrasco. While the steak was flavorful, it was so full of gristle that it was difficult to cut. I would probably avoid that dish next time around. But overall, a great experience and we will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Always great! Delicious, delicious, delicious! As the review title states, my favorite restaurant in DC."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Loved this place! The Brazilian/Cuban/Peruvian food selection was great as well as the wine and cocktail lists. But the service wa ls exceptional! Will definitely go back and recommend to my foodie friends."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food is the main draw the fusion of different south American dishs are done very well."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had the beef empanadas for an appetizer, and gnocchi and the skirt steak for main courses. All delicious!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I dine Ceiba several times a year and the place never fails. It offers a delicious, interesting modern takes on traditional Latin Amercan dishes. The whole menu is good, including the daily specials. The service is very friendly and attentive. and the prices are reasonable for the quality of the food and the downtown location. It also offers half price appetizers at Happy Hour, which is 3-6pm, and thus an option for a very late lunch. The ambience is nice. A slight negative is that the decor could use some refreshing; it's a bit worn here and there, but only if you look carefully. I'd recommend Ceiba if you're nearby and looking for a pleasant and somewhat unusual meal."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Restaurant has an outstanding menu. We had the Black Bean soup appetizer and it was the best we've ever had. The Swordfish entree was outstanding. The waiter was attentive, helpful and very knowledgeable. Wonderful overall experience. This was our first visit to DC and we would recommend this restaurant highly."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Ceiba was yum! They accommodated my boyfriend and I when we walked in at 10:15 knowing their kitchen closes at 10:30. The host was most helpful and sincere in making our dining experience pleasant. We ordered the paella for two and loved it! We'll be back for more ! "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Ceiba could use a rethink on the menu, and the bartenders shouldn't be so stingy. Good though. If you haven't been before, I recommend it."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We ordered the crab cakes and churrasco. The food was delicious "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great place for a special occasion. Quiet enough so everyone could hear each other. Varied menu with a tasty flair even if you might have a picky eater in your group. Tortilla soup was flavorful without too much spice. Pork shank was too much to eat for me but would have been great in a doggy bag for home. Cocktails were very refreshing but watch the happy hour prices as they did not apply to our dining area. Good value compare to other restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Appetizers, esp. the ceviche platter have been a great introduction into a delightful evening which continued with wonderful seafood specials, a no regret visit"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We were a large group with small children and I was impressed with the service and how they adapted, offering some plainer fare for the kids. That turned out to be really important, since several dishes were excessively spicy. Generally, I like spicy food, but the tuna ceviche was so hot that none of the flavor of the mango and jicama which attracted me to the dish could penetrate. Apparently the gaspacho was also spicy, although the lump crab was a nice touch. The mains were better; the grilled shrimp with pineapple was very tasty, and the branzino my mom had was outstanding. Another miss was the cocktail: the Hemingway mojito was undrinkably sweet -- too much guarapo, pressed sugar cane juice. But they did remake it for us."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Have been eating at Ceiba regularly for five years. It's essentially my cafeteria. I am constantly impressed by Chef Matt Britt's constant innovation and high quality cuisine. He makes meals that I haven't tasted since my travels in S. America 25 years ago. I love his soups and stews. He even made me, a tofu hater, an amazing tofu dish, in which I didn't even recognize it being tofu. We're truly blessed to have someone like Matt making great Caribbean food for us in DC."
    Dined on 5/16/2014