Ceia Kitchen and Bar

4.3
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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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Credit cards are required for all reservations on Christmas Eve. Per our restaurant cancellation policy, any reservation that cancels after 12 PM on December 23, will be charged $25 per person. Any reservation that cancels without notification will be charged the full amount of the dinner price.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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Tampa
64 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

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.

A
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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.

S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.

B
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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.

AT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance! Can’t wait to go back!

M
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service was very good although it seemed a little pricey. The menu is very creative and different, loved the options.

AM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable seating and great atmosphere. The wait staff were friendly and attentive. Will be back to try their brunch

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The service was pleasant but it took a really really long time to get our food. In addition the server got my son’s order wrong and it took even longer. When my son got his burger, the order was still wrong and the burger was under cooked so he only ate half of it.

Overall the food was just ok. In the past when I’ve come here the food was good. Tonight was just not the case.

DL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary. The entire staff was very attentive and went out of their way to make our evening very enjoyable. The duck with mushrooms entree was excellent as was the apple cannoli desert.

KL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great staff friendly and professional. Good sense of timing.

KP
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend a visit here to this warm, welcoming restaurant when in Newburyport. Beautiful environment, inspired menu ranging from delightful charcuterie all were terrific. Enjoyed the heirloom tomato pizza with flavorful thin slices of sauccison, green olives & arugula. Light but satisfying! Delicious seasonal duck entree was generous and perfectly cooked. The entire seasonal dessert menu all looked wonderful. Went with the Apple cannoli and did not disappoint! Clever & tasty. All the warm flavors of the season in a perfect ending to an enjoyable meal at one of our favorite local establishments!

CW
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was tasty and hot, I would go again but they had too many patrons for the # of staff and music too loud, liked the selection
Plan on 2 hours for dinner for 4

KY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Late in season so not crowded. Quiet, beautiful atmosphere and lighting. The cold corn soup was great and much more elegant than the name suggests. Highly recommend.

MP
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I went to Ceia for brunch on Sunday and we had a great meal. Both drinks and food were delicious. Service was a bit on the slow side but overall an enjoyable experience.

S
New England
56 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

4th time back, always a solid, reliable choice. Sat at the bar and kept it simple, had a burger which was very tasty. My wife had the fish special which was flavorful but a bit overdone. Shared some Oysters and the beer/cocktails were on point. Service was a tad slower than normal as they had a party upstairs, bar was competing for glassware.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very nice ambiance and good service. Food was okay except for the fried chicken which was disappointing. What will prevent us from coming back any time soon was the bar service. It took forever to get our drinks. My extra dirty martini was a disaster and they didn’t have my husbands preferred scotch.

BA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Decent food, but their policy of no substitutions for sides is stupid. Really, you cannot substitute mashed potatoes for farro? Too lazy or elitist? For $26 for fried chicken, they can do better. Also they were out of at least 4 wines. Will go other places before returning here.

IE
Milwaukee
29 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch and a conversation!

AR
New England
38 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had been to Ceia once before, for their prix fixe New Year's Eve dinner. We were able to return in August for an opportunity to order from the a la carte menu. I can sum it all up by writing at the outset that we returned the next night rather than try another restaurant--it was that good. Over the course of the two meals we had tomato and feta salad, moussaka, lobster carbonara (the dinner special that night), oysters, halibut, and octopus. Every dish was just superb. The service was perfect: friendly but very attentive. The wine list was small but very well chosen. And the desserts: the peach cremaux is astonishing. We will return in September for the Sicilian wine dinner. All in all, a truly wonderful restaurant.

HE
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was small but everything was delicious, get the burger!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ceia is always are go to when we have a special occasion.

w
Western NC
25 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Visited on a quiet Sunday evening so slightly lacked a “buzz”. Food was very tasty and a little eclectic. Portions not huge but sufficient. Cheese and cold meat had as a starter was excellent, but maybe a little expensive.

WM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a cheese and sausage plate which was nice, and fried prawns which were in a very nice breading. Lamb ravioli was good, not afraid huge portion. Pan-seared scallops were good but salty, certainly a healthy portion. Desserts were excellent. A fairly quiet place, with seating on the sidewalk.

DF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

We has a casual lunch with friends and we were the only patrons in the downstairs bar area. Windows open to the street on a warm summer day. Waiter was friendly and attentive. Good comfort food.

OT
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Poor service . The food was not up to par. Humid night no air conditioning.

F
Tampa
65 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

D
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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.

T
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

LC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

W
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

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.

B
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

PH
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant staff and food.
Nice atmosphere.
Little pricy

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul is the best!

MN
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

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HL
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

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

T
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience2

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!

DB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

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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