Ceia Kitchen and Bar

4.3
924 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
Ceia—Portuguese for supper (pronounced “SAY-ah”)—. Executive Chef Paul Callahan creates comfort dining by creating artisanal breads, pastas, braises, and entrées with ingredients sourced exclusively from local purveyors. Armed with bicoastal cooking experience, Paul creates the seasonal menu as if he was serving it in his own home, and he often improvises new dishes based on the daily haul. A casual New England Bistro
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Tampa
63 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An exceptionally warm and friendly staff who took exceptional care of us, timing our entrees just perfectly when we asked for more time with our excellent cocktails. The flavors of the food were complex and new but not weird. We will go back over and over again.

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1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This weekend's visit left much to be desired. Ceia should invest in better tables that can be stabilized, or fix the sidewalk bricks upon which their tables rest (but maybe a city thing). This distraction aside, my wife's pasta dish was so salty she couldn't eat it. And I like salt and also found it tough to eat (for her). I just couldn't bear to waste it. Dinner for 3, including a $46 bottle of wine (a cheap one on their menu), was $160. And that's with a shared appetizer, 1 burger, 1 ceasar salad, and a (too small) vegetarian pasta dish. No desserts, after dinner drinks, or coffee. To me that's steep for casual sidewalk dining in Newburyport. Happy to pay this kind of tab, but only if better across the board.

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to dinner at 615 on a Saturday night. We had a reservation so that was good. We had a nice quiet table on second floor. We thought all was good but expensive. We knew going in that it would be. Food was very good. Linda had the burger and she really liked it. I had the lobster and scallop risotto. And that was very good. Pretty limited menu and definitely very high end.

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LC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place. A unique, delicious meal with wine pairing everytime.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic. Our server, Paul, was truly the consummate host. He was always there to help, but never too present. Our meals ranged from burgers to lobster risotto, and everyone loved what they got. We had the large charcuterie platter to start and it was the perfect beginning. I had the halibut and was very pleased with it. Loved it.

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W
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Food lacked taste.
Cauliflower soup was bland.
Roast beef and lobster were disappointing. The dessert was so dried out we complained to the efficient waiter and she deducted it from our bill.

See Loretta Restaurant for a good example of quality, variety and price.

We thought we would be having a nice eating experience at Ceia. It was our 50th wedding anniversary.

Sadly, we came away disappointed in the lack of taste, presentation , quantity and Manhattan prices.

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B
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to Ceia's for our 2 year wedding anniversary and 1st Father's Day for breakfast at the recommendation of a friend. Everything about this place is stellar. The atmosphere is so relaxing with great design all throughout, and the open kitchen on the 2nd floor is such a great feature. Our server, Casey, was so welcoming & friendly. She also makes a phenomenal drink! My wife got the Avocado Toast and I got the daily special...two poached eggs with Hollandaise over Porchetta rolled with house-made sausage. No exaggeration, this meal was akin to a religious experience and we cannot wait to be back for dinner!!

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PH
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant staff and food.
Nice atmosphere.
Little pricy

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paul is the best!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Family Reunion

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MN
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious! Presentation was perfect. I would recommend and define go back. The tuna was cooked to perfection.

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HL
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Wrote a detailed Google review about a good but overpriced dingie restaurant.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

We sat downstairs and review is based on our experience. Food was priced high, and the menu was limited. We ordered several appetizers to share. My Prosecco was warm. For the price, the serving size was very small. A $9 serving of epoisses was just 2 ounces. The Spanish octopus was severely overcooked, so we got one dry, chewy tentacle for $16.00. I understand that the restaurant business, especially in a seaside community like Newburyport is seasonal, and we expect a large-ish bill. But we expect way more from the kitchen!

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DB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed. We got the octopus for an appetizer and it was fried tough and dried out. The risotto was very plain and the cheeseburger was well done when I ordered it medium rare. Wouldn’t recommend it to anybody

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent, and entrees and presentation are unusually thoughtful. Nothing is plain, nothing is standard. Venue is romantic and comfortable without any pretentiousness. It’s a bit pricey for everyday dinners, but always worth it when we go.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Limited Mother's Day menu, reading 3:00-6:00 at the top. By 4:30, they were out of at least 3 of the limited options. Awesome wingback chairs and banquette pillows look good, from afar...they are so dirty it was off-putting. We had our charcuterie plate for 15 minutes before the bread to go with it came out.

Burger and salmon dish were tasty. Brianna was extremely sweet and accommodating.

Overall the experience was just OK. With so much competition in the area, I'd be hesitant to come back.

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VM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

I've been to Ceia for a regular weekday dinner and it has been great- good food, good service. This was our second try at brunch. Granted, this time was Mother's Day, but both times the service was slow, the food was slow and cold. Try it for dinner, skip brunch.

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CT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mother and other family members for Mother's Day brunch and it was a fantastic dining experience. The food was terrific and everyone enjoyed their meals, the wait staff was great, too. I actually just recommended Ceia's Kitchen to a friend who will be in Newburyport this week.

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DT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love ceia. Everything we want in a fine dining experience without needing to go into Boston.

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BJ
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

There was a bit of a long wait before we even saw our waitress (or anyone for that matter once we were sat down) which I thought was extremely odd since the place was not very crowded at all and we were the ONLY ones on the second level. However once they finally served us, the food was excellent and I would definitely head back there again.

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FC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Way too noisy on third floor. Service was adequate but on the slow side. Over 45 minutes to get meal
But main drawback was incredible noise level.

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NS
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for lunch . Service was exceptional. We had the lobster bisque and then spit their signature Burger. YUMMY! Cocktails were also different and delicious.

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AD
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The staff was attentive. The atmosphere was quiet enough to have a conversation without raised voices. The rib-eye steak meal lacked in presentation but tasted fine and was a decent portion. The lobster and leeks pasta meal was not tasteful. The presentation was and portion was fine. The cocktails were excellent. Overall the meal was not a good value as the menu items were a bit pricey for the quality and portion. I would recommend a one time visit to experience Ceia for yourselves.

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PP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Very poor service and it wasn’t particularly busy.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Spectacular food, great drinks( thank you Paul), nice atmosphere. Service was a bit slow but all in all, I highly recommended Ceia!

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SL
New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had an amazing lunch at Ceia. While I generally would not order a Hamburg in such a restaurant, wanting to try something a little more interesting, we did order one and split it. It was really delicious, with some great flavors provided by the unique cheese choice and other additions including a really great roll. We also split a shaved Brussel sprouts salad which was presented in the form like a crab cake with a crispy cheese medallion on top. It was so tasty and delicious! Last but not least, was the Flan which we also split. It had more of a consistency of a good brûlée but still the rich flavor of a great but delicate flan. The service by Paul, the manager was flawless. We will definitely return soon and if you have not tried Ceia, please do. Great environment too!

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TC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the service and food very much for our Easter Brunch. Charming and relaxing informal dining experience. Nice staff and great food.

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MJ
New England
54 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants ever. My husband and I always enjoy their homemade charcuterie. Great cocktails and superb food.

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LR
New England
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Too loud, too many seated at once, took too long to be served. Food good overall.

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KK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, attentive service, and focused menu.

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Worst Service Ever! Took 45 minutes to get a drink and another 35 to order food. Just the worst experience and so sorry that I recommended it to my friends.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual or fancy, you can't go wrong.

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FG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Limited menu for lunch. Bar keep less than attentive. We walked out after 10 min at bar waiting for even a question. We went down the block and had a much better experience at Black Cow.

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LC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Slow service. Waitress kept apologizing for the extremely slow service. The entrees were good not great for the price.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable place, good food, been here before, will come back again, high prices though.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Burger that goes toe-to-toe with the Blue Ox burger. Ceia takes the split decision! Duck was darn good too!

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cute and quiet spot. Kitchen easily accommodated our vegan requests with a four-course meal. We will be back!

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CS
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful VDay meal at third floor bar. Kate very attentive behind bar. Four course meal was good. Not sure if it was worth $78/pp though. Definitely will return for regular menu.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always good. They actually have three floors so dining upstairs is cool you get a great view and they have a separate bar too

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