Ceia Kitchen and Bar

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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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KP
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
55 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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
28 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch and a conversation!

AR
New England
34 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

w
Western NC
25 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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

F
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.

D
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.

T
New England
17 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.

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.

OT
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.

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.

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!!

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

Very pleasant staff and food.
Nice atmosphere.
Little pricy

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

Paul is the best!

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.

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

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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.

T
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!

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

OT
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.

B
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.

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.

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.

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.

BJ
New England
16 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Awesome dinner.

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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