Ceia Kitchen and Bar
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Ceia’s ‘chef to farm’ philosophy is always represented on your plate. Our chefs partner year-round with local farmers to include reserving fields for crops grown exclusively for our restaurant.
We look forward to hosting you with new seating and socializing spaces… offering more comforts and flexibility. Come to relax… at Ceia our home is about sharing, storytelling and laughter.
Manchego, Proscuitto, Tomato, Aioli, Fries
Steak + Egg
Preserved Truffle, Blu di Bufala, Grilled Leeks
Escargot, Parsnip, Parmigiano
With recommendations --- a bit different than how it has been in past years especially this past 2019. Heard there is a new chef here somany a little adjustment period is required. Was served and waited on by bar manager who in spite of it being a quiet night was enamored with two 40 something females and hovered around their table. Dinner was served minus silverware and when he strolled over to ask how things were 5 minutes later he joked about it. Not the level that you were at .... sorry !
A wonderful,place for dinner. Great setting downtown. Service was terrific- they were careful about my wife’s garlic allergy. Very attendant. The menu is always interesting with plenty of choices. Good wine list as well. Prices are appropriate for the type of restaurant.
Last minute dinner with another couple local to the area who suggested Ceia. Seated right on time for our reservation, (6:30PM). Oddly, they were out of the Nightly Special entry AND special cocktail - seemed a bit early to run out. We were seated on Floor 3 - charming - but service was slow. Drinks took 20 mins with the bar within chatting distance. But we had fun catching up so didn't really affect things too much. Meals were VERY good. I had the Seared tuna appetizer as my meal, but Tuna was cooked medium (NOT seared) but flavorful, so didn't complain But if I was expecting more typical rare, I would have been disappointed. The 2 guys both had the Garganelli pasta with braised pork in a pesto cream sauce which was DELISH! We all shared bites. Modest to small sized portions, but good for our waist line. Waitstaff was pleasant, a bit slow, but the kitchen is on the lower floor. We weren't rushed at all which made it less stressful. Overall a good experience. But under different circumstance we may have been irritated.
Wonderful food. Excellent service. Our first time. We will be back.
Very nice place! Exposed brick, simple decor. The food was really good and the server was delightful! Overall it was a lovely experience. I will say it was a limited menu and a little expensive compared to other places in the area but I would go back again.
It was incredible! Everything tasted amazing, and I would go back in a heartbeat!
Pricey but delicious night out
Truly a lovely find. Small menu, but delicious food! Service was very good!
Great service! The food was creative and delicious. Our server was attentive without being intrusive. She had an extensive wine knowledge and recommended a great bottle of wine.
The hostess was extremely polite and personable.
This is a great place, it's cozy and inviting, we were tempted to stay longer but had to get home! We cant wait to go back and bring our friends.
Reservation but sat about 20min late. Nice table tho & I think they might have comp’d us our drink at the bar but I forgot to ask my husband.
Food was good but I think the wait staff was spread a little thin, a bit between sitting and drink orders & apps.
There were 4 of us and two meals arrived, then about 10’min later the other two, so not timed very well.
Food was good ambiance was really nice.
We decided to celebrate Valentine’s a day late to avoid the crowds and Ceia did not disappoint. We arrived about 15 minutes early to our reservation and chose to sit at the bar for a cocktail before heading to our table. Nice cocktail list combining twists on classic cocktails and also some house specialties. After our cocktails, the hostess brought us to the second floor to a nice corner window table. The kitchen is on the second floor so it was fun watching them plate food. Our server was very nice and immediately asked if we had any food restrictions or allergies. We were informed it was a brand new menu so we chose to do a bit of a surf and turf with myself doing a 12 hour marinated ribeye and my date doing the scallops. The server suggested we try out some cheeses and meets while we waited for our entrees which we did and were not disappointed! The Harvest Moon was incredible served with a citrus marmalade and two types of house made bread. The Portuguese sweet bread is awesome! We asked our server what wine he would suggest with dinner and immediately recommended three wines from their list. We went with a Cab Franc callled Russiz that was beautiful with the cheese and also with our entrees. My ribeye was cooked perfectly and my date’s scallops were nicely seared. We hardly had room for dessert but we couldn’t say no to sharing a new walnut cake with caramel, chocolate ganache and meringue. Perfect date night... thank you!
Came Saturday for valentines days with my husband. We loved everything on the menu. Servers were very kind and easy going. Pasta was delicious as was the ribeye. We didn’t have cocktails just a nice bottle of Italian wine - will recommend and come again.
The food and wait staff are great. It seems who ever took reservations for Valentine’s Day over-booked for the 8:15 time slot, resulting in an hour long wait to be seated for reserved times for our party and four other couples. After walking through the restaurant we noticed that there were 5 open tables but still were not seated. Meals were delicious, if a bit pricey but the wait and lack of acknowledgment of the inconvenience was our primary issue.
Dear Guest, We apologize for the delay last night the system did overbook us but we also had guests who decided to stay longer. we truly apologize for the delay and your experience
Service was awful, hostess was a train wreck, couldn’t remember anyone’s names. Had empty tables yet people were waiting 45 minutes past their RESERVATION times. Finally got seated and waited another 15 minutes for the server. Took our wine order, came back 5 minutes later with wine glasses but no wine or even water. Another server noticed and got us water. Our waitress asked about food allergies three times when talking our order, brought plates to the wrong tables several times and placed the wrong plates in front of us(and to the couple at the table next to us). Too bad the staff is ruining the experience for the kitchen staff, the food was quite good.
There was a wait for out table . Which is tolerable but we were never notified when our table was ready . This was Valentines days . It was chaotic understood . We did go in and check we were the last table seated . Other than not notifying us the food was great and service. We were seated a half hr before the kitchen closed
Would not recommend but open table won’t allow me to submit unless I choose to recommend? They overbooked Valentine’s Day. They were about an hour behind scheduled reservation times. Food quality wasn’t great. Called and left me a message at 9pm Wednesday to confirm reservation and told us for the first time it was a pre fix menu. I went to cancel the reservation at noon on Thursday and they wanted to charge $25 per person for cancelling. Somebody appears to be very greedy overbooking and charging cancellation fees without giving adequate notice of a pre fix menu we didn’t love.
The night was a disaster. We waited over an hour to be seated since the kitchen was backed up. The meal was cold and tasteless, the people around us were very angry, and the environment was chaos. All told it took us over 4 hours to finish our meal, which was a pre-fixed menu. The bar ran out of glasses so no one waiting could have a drink.
It was a bad night and I’m not sure we will ever go back.
Dear Guest, We truly apologize for the delay in the four course timing. A combination of delay in tables for guests who stayed longer to enjoy themselves resulted in some back up. Please contact us to discuss if theres anything we can do
They WAY overbooked.
I could go on and on. Probably the worst restaurant experience I’ve ever had.
I would not recommend this restaurant during holidays. It took us 3.5 hrs. To finish our 4-course meal. 1st course did not make it 1.5 hr. After we sat down. Well overbooked. Food was excellent.
Waited two hours and only got soup and salad, ended up leaving early. Really frustrated, was hoping to have a nice valentine's day dinner with my wife. Was a little too dark to see the menu, and the bathroom didn't have a lock on it.
ETA We were not the only table that left without even been served our dinner. We had a 6pm reservation, and after two hours we only got our appetizers. The wait staff openly admitted that the kitchen was extremely slow. They would not tell us when we could expect our meals. To anyone in the reviews complaining about overbooking on Valentines day....It's because people who wanted to wait for their entire meals were there for three hours, at least. No, I guarantee you customers were not enjoying their experience. I will never return to this restaurant after this disaster of a non-meal.
we are so sorry that the bathroom didn't have a lock that works- we have someone looking into this today.
Great ambience! Excellent bartenders on the third floor. There may be others, but we were sitting on the third floor! Cozy. Food was great and service was wonderful
Hank, thank you for such a kind review- everyday is a work in progress
Overpriced and very underwhelming
We had received several recommendations to try Ceia so went on our anniversary - but were so very very disappointed. We were wedged between two tables that were so close, I couldn't sit across from my spouse. We waited over an hour to get our food which was not hot; mine wasn't even warm. I sent it back and it came back still cool. A tiny salad with a fistful of lettuce cost $13. Our entrees were similarly very overpriced. Nothing special at all - I prepare better meals at home. Maybe it was an off night, but there are many other better alternatives in our area, with better food and lower prices. We will not be recommending this restaurant to anyone; in fact will suggest they go elsewhere if asked.
Birthday. Enjoyed our visit very much. We recommend going back to cooking you French fries in duck fat. They were better when you did that.
New Year’s Day
New Years Eve
We went to the Feast of the 7 fishes for the first time. We enjoyed all the courses. I didn't mark the food as "outstanding" because my shrimp were a bit overcooked and I thought the canoli was tough but the other courses qualified as outstanding. Our waiter was very attentive. We will go again next year.
Waiter very pushy on the drinks even when asked to slow down. Brought unasked for bottled water after “ misunderstanding “. Added 20$ to the tip on $500 dollar bill. Management called back but never followed up. I had to file a fraud complaint with credit card company. Been several times before because it’s local to us but I will never go back.
one meal was a mistake so quickly the correct meal came out but uncooked that would be raw we did not complain it was a pasta dish
When we were at Ceia for brunch we waited a long time to be seated although the place was virtually empty and we had a reservation. Three of the four of us received cold food, especially bad for the one who received cold poached eggs. We were comped for the three items.
The last time we were there, for dinner, the salad was composed of very old lettuce and had little or no dressing. Our main courses that evening were superb.
It was an off night on the food and service. I think they were understaffed, don’t know where to begin; we had to get our own cutlery and plates for dessert for example. The burger was good but the swordfish was almost inedible. The drinks were excellent though and ambiance was wonderful.
The food here would be terrific if it were at least warm. The protein is hot but the fancy stuff under it is cold—over and over again. Got to order something without the fuss.
Anniversary dinner the food was delicious and the staff went out of their way to accommodates us.
This is the only high class French bistro in Newburyport and you expect that kind of meal when you go because it’s expensive. We both ordered duck and it came out cold. We asked our waitress, who was very nice, to tell the chef to reheat it. When she brought the plates back, none of accompanying greens that were on the first plate, were on our second plate. Bottom line… We felt the meal was not freshly prepared. On a good note, the Beaujolais Villages was delicious.
Amateur and incompetent service. Assumed I wanted dry champagne, even though I asked for the profile of all the champagnes listed on the wine and beer list. Speaking of which, it was very expensive in general. Not a wide variety of price points. And when the waiter brought the $100 bottle of champagne, he neglected to bring an ice bucket. Took his time to bring bread, etc, etc....
And the menu was heavy on prosciutto and cheese. Very few vegetarian options, so forget vegan choices.
Most of the food was tasty but the $34 scallops came with no side - 5 scallops on the plate with sauce and no rice, pasta or anything. Not enough food even for half the price. The $22 individual pizza was bland but was the only option my sister could eat after she was told they were out of the special (lobster) and swordfish. Ran out of cabernet sauvignon... waitperson was nice but she did not replenish our bread or our water and took way too long (almost 45 minutes) to ask if we wanted another drink. I was disappointed as it was for a birthday celebration.
One out of three meals was very good. My burger and fries were cold, and the salad my wife had had brown lettuce. They offered to replace the meals, but that just takes too long. They comped the two meals, but at the end our waiter made a snide remark to my wife about how much of the salad she did eat after removing the brown lettuce. That was her only meal and none of his business.
I contacted Ceia via their website, but never heard back.
They also kept saying how busy they were, but were 2/3's full at the most.
Never going back.
Amazing food, service and ambiance! Can’t wait to go back!
The food and service was very good although it seemed a little pricey. The menu is very creative and different, loved the options.
Comfortable seating and great atmosphere. The wait staff were friendly and attentive. Will be back to try their brunch
Ceia Kitchen and Bar is rated 3.9 stars by 983 OpenTable diners.