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Ceia Kitchen and Bar

4.3
821 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Portuguese, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11am-3:00pm Lunch: Wednesday- Saturday: 11:30pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:45pm
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(978) 358-8112
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paul Callahan
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Cross street
Essex St
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wine dinners monthly
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 821 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
service
4.4
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3.7
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

granted it was a Sunday evening but it was not crowded but the atmosphere was quaint and charming. The food was fabulous and the waitress was attentive, informative and engaged in conversation. An incredible evening and we will go back again for certain!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We don’t expect huge portions and appreciate house made foods. However we found the portion to be very small for the price on cheese and charcuterie. Burger had perfect amount of char but was overdone. loved the manchego cheese on the burger. Meat portion of Friends spring lamb entree was also very small. Good wine and beer choices.

Full rooms with close seating but you could still easily hold a conversation.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Amazing food, exactly what we were looking for. Great, attentive service and friendly atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great Brunch and great atmosphere!! Ceia is my favorite restaurant in Newburyport!

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Everything about Ceia was awful including the table, the menu, and the service.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We are frequent patrons of Brine, which takes pride in their wine program, cocktails and high level of service, and fresh fish.
Decided to try It’s partner restaurant again after previous lack luster experiences, we wanted a cozy atmosphere which they do have.
I’m used to Brine having Plymouth gin which makes a delish martini, being a partner restaurant and across the street I would have assumed they
Would have the same gin, but they didn’t, just the usual Beefeater and Bombay Saphire. That was fine, but when I ordered only offered Chardonnay by the glass
To go with my fish, they said they were all out. Wouldn’t you offer a glass from the regular wine list? Absolutely no Chardonnay offered by the glass when you serve fish?
Our waitress served our soup without spoons, the food was lukewarm, overall it was a pretty “ meh “ dinner. Wouldn’t go back, we’ve gone four times now and never left feeling like it was a good experience.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Nice menu with some great specials. We love building a nice app of cheeses and meat to start with a martini.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great service and food!

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

While trying to fit the most people in a small space the seats and tables were so close together that people had to move their chairs so newcomers could sit down. The four of us felt the menu was too haute couture that most items needed an explanation from wait staff as to their meaning. I was given the wrong drink. The portions left most of our party hungry when we left. Always fun to try new places but the menu was extremely limited, difficult to understand, small portions, and way too cozy. Been there done that won’t be back

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Great food and cozy warm atmosphere. Nice location.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Ceia is a gem on the North Shore. Beautiful and delicious food, excellent service, and a warm and inviting General manager. We are regulars we love it so much!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Very popular local restaurant with incredibly unique approaches to dishes. It is on the expensive side, particularly for Newburport, but for a special occasion or need to impress this is the place to go.

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The good was mediocre at best I would not recommend this restaurant

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was wonderful but after our appetizers, it took a full 45 min for our entrees to be served. It was a long enough gap that everyone at the table was mentioning it and getting frustrated.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Wonderful dinner from start to finish. Our server, Eileen, was lovely and attentive. Octopus was as tender as any I've had. Oysters "Rockefella" were perfect, Tagliatelle was delicious, and the NY Sirloin cooked perfectly. The wine went beautifully with the meal. Other than a very loud and talkative woman at the bar whom we tried to just tune out (not the restaurant's fault, and we chose to sit on the first floor near the bar), it was a very nice, long awaited night out. We'll be back, and can recommend Ceia very highly!

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Same owners as Brine across the street. Food and service ok, nothing out of the ordinary or special. Mushroom risotto was good, sirloin steak average, octopus was good, signature burger was ok. Drinks were on the small side as well as the wine pours. Manager was very friendly and came over to introduce himself. Talked about both of their locations and menus. Been around for 8 years ??? I guess they are doing something right.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Ceia is my favorite restaurant in Newburyport. Dishes are extremely creative with layers upon layers of flavors. Excellent charcuterie. Wonderful, diverse wine list. Delightful staff and manager. Great for date night, girls night out, or the whole family. The three floors ofter distinctly different atmospheres. I love the third floor the most!

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

This experience was the same as our first. Nothing short of wonderful. Great location in a great town. Atmosphere is very welcoming and warm as are the staff. Servers are very nice and knowledgeable about the food and so is the bartender and managers. The food itself is just so good. Presentation to flavor. Quality is from when you walk in to when you leave.

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2.0Dined on January 12, 2018

We had a wonderful meal last time we went there and this time was a very different experience AND we ordered the same thing both times! We were puzzled as to why the meal was disappointing this time!?

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Our experience was perfect. Our bartender/server of the great bench/ booth seating aside the bar itself was so ideal. We never wanted for 1 minute a thing that was not at our table.

Time had not presented itself with the treasured friend that dinner was shared with in a year. Could not have been more of what we needed then to find ourselves at this spot!

Thanks for the patience on our improv picky photo sesh to capture the moment!

We will be back, when back on the East Coast again!

Cheers,
Kristina

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Great meal!

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Good first experience. Interesting and creative menu. Bartender very knowledgeable. Had a late evening light dinner after a movie at the Screening Room

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

This is a quality restaurant with creative, nicely presented dishes. The main menu is limited to a dozen or so items that cover a range of options from one burger (house special) to seafood (1 or 2 species), to red meats (two or three) plus a casserole or two. So, one has the sense that creative attention is being paid to the preparation of each dish. It's a bit pricey, but for me, a New Years eve occasion, well worth it. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

We had an excellent exeperience at Ceia Kitchen. The food was outstanding. My companions each had a different version of a burger- "Best ever", said both. I had the salmon which was amazing. The brussels sprouts appetizer we shared was out of this world. Wine list is excellent. Atmosphere is like a European bistro. Our server was phenomenal. Go there, you won't be disappointed.

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3.0Dined on December 26, 2017

I have been here several times, and have loved it every time, but I was very disappointed on my most recent visit. The two best entries (of only six) were not available, duck and halibut. The first two wines I ordered were not available. When the waitress made a suggestion, I went with it; it was overly sweet, but I said okay more out of politeness, but four out of six in my party would not drink it. When I ordered another wine, the waitress brought it out already opened and covered with a napkin. Still I didn't say anything; when she left, I unwrapped it to discover it was a different wine then I had ordered! Turns out they were out of that too. But the straw that broke my back was the portion of the mushroom risotto I received. It was in a six inch bowl and could not have been more than one half inch deep. Taken together I lost it and found the manager. When I explained this series of events, he was very apologetic, took the risotto off the bill and ordered us some very nice desserts. I will go back at least one more time, but if it's like that again, I will visit one of the many other Newburyport restaurants I have not made it to yet.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

The atmosphere is classic New England; brick with exposed beams, cozy and dimly lit, but the lights over the table allow my failing eyes to read the menu and enjoy the beauty of the presentation. The food was creative, comforting, and delicious. Our favorites in no particular order: halibut with cooked and raw sun chokes and pears (great mix of flavors and textures), octopus (with hints of pork flavor from the flash frying, and so tender!), Lobster bisque (a bit spicy, not the ordinary New England variety), duck prosciutto, rillette (I think I remember duck again). The service was excellent; attentive but not overbearing. Our server was helpful and knowledgeable and she never rushed us or kept us waiting. The wine suggestions were spot on. Ceia is more than an hour from our home, but we would definitely make the trip again for special occasions.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

The service and food were wonderful. We were seated in the front window which let us watch the street scene, which was fun. My pasta dish was divine, and the wine was notable. I would definitely return for another visit.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

This place really hit the spot. We greatly enjoyed the prosciutto and brussel sprouts appetizer and starters. We each had the mushroom risotto and salmon - both were excellent. The wine selection was diverse and we topped it all off with the Apple dessert! Great value for the quality of the food - will certainly return!

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2017

We met some old friends here for brunch. Service was quite good and the food was all very tasty. My only complaint, and it’s minor, one is that I felt that the dish I had was a little small, and I would have left hungry if I had not split a dessert with somebody else.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Ceia is a restaurant so awesome in Newburyport; My wife and I make it a point to go at least three to four times a week for that nice dinner that we can both relax, have great drinks, phenomenal food and mix and mingle with others;
Paul, the best bartender ever, is always super-friendly, courteous, engaging with customers, professional and amazing at making drinks.....especially the Espresso Martini for an after drink!

Ceia's pride-and-joy is their burger, which is nothing short of incredible and tasty;

Overall, Ceia, is a jewel in the downtown Newburyport area. They are authentic, they keep up with the seasons with an ever changing beer, cocktail and food menu and finally their staff is knowledgeable, polite and engaging;

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Ceia has become a favorite. We really love the booth by the bar, but as now it is darker earlier we could hardly read the menu even with the small table candles ... we would recommend an overhead light for the booth that could be dimmed ... otherwise, a perfect evening!

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2017

We were there at 6:30PM on friday. With only 5 entrees on the menu i was quite disappointed to find out they had run out of one of them already.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Always a great meal

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4.0Dined on October 31, 2017

Best food in town, certainly. Creative chef. Menu can't quite keep up with the kitchen - salami turns into chorizo, and fettucine alla vongole is almost in a lobster nage, not that that's much to complain about in either case. I like the food - beautifully charred octopus, delicate pasta, super-creamy risotto - but but but - it's Boston money in Newburyport, and the place lacks genorosity. I don't mean the portions so much as a generally happy and welcoming ambience. Crappy flatware, no bread right away, bare tabletops, unsmiling waitress/hostess, a whiff of hauteur vs. the solicitous breeze we expect in this price range. Come for the food, and keep the rest of your expectations pretty low.

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3.0Dined on October 25, 2017

Lobster was great, just had some shell pieces in it that unfortunately got me. Butternut Squash Soup was great.

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3.0Dined on October 21, 2017

I visit every 2-3 months. This time Celia slipped. Food was spotty - duck perfectly prepared and delicious. Burger dry and fries limp. Someone in the kitchen had a heavy hand with the salt. And I am a salt lover.Service not particularly attentive..Plating was uninspired. The manager spent a lot of time on the floor checking on diners but would have been better keeping an eye on the kitchen. We will probably be back but not until after checking out some other places and monitoring the reviews. Too bad - they had a great thing going. Maybe just a bad night but our party of 6 was unimpressed.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Bar tender was great 3rd floor I got the Oyster Rockefelle but I recommend that they tell you the customer that the oysters are sitting a pile of salt !!! For I thought it was as a Parmesan cheese because it was soo dark in there...so I put a pile on the oyster ...and it was a lot Salt.... but other than that great place !!!

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Service: Alana was so helpful in helping us decide especially with food intolerances. To her it was no big deal! So impressed she never asked us if we were ready to order- we decided. She wA so pleasant!
Atmosphere: so quaint
Food: small menu to choose from but honestly the food combinations are so creative and tasting!

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3.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Interesting menu items and they came through with great taste. It was a Saturday and very busy, but ordering several small plates took some time and one was very late. If I was not so interested in seeing how it came out we might have left as we were ready to go. On a less busy night I am sure it would work better. Also a very loud and seemingly friendly group had a table nearby, which at times were annoying. But, that happens anywhere.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Everything was excellent as usual.
Very special place.

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