Ceia Kitchen and Bar

4.3
846 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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
Seafood, Italian, 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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Phone number
(978) 358-8112
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Payment options
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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Special events & promotions
wine dinners monthly
Additional
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
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BT
New England
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Creative Italian menu with local ingredients including seafood, highly recommend the tagliatelle with squid ink pasta and jalapeno peppers. It was slightly pretentious - I didn't appreciate being corrected on how I pronounced tagliatelle (if you go to Italy you will hear it said both ways depending on where you are) - but I did appreciate the quality of the food and wine list and would go back. Love the ice cream that comes up from sister restaurant Oak + Rowan in Boston.

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New England
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent but wait time for food, over 1 hour, was excessive

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LS
New England
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Samantha was terrific and she made me a special cocktail to boot!

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d
New England
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was excellent. We each had something different, and each meal was beautifully plated and incredibly delicious.

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OT
New England
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kate was terrific as our server and the manager Paul made sure we had a great experience, even introducing us to the executive chef. As always the food was delicious and we loved our expresso martinis and the French rose’ was delicious! Looking forward to our next visit.

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New England
3.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food here had always been amazing. Not sure what happened to their kitchen staff, but the duck was over cooked and the rest of the plate wasn’t up to their standards of the past. The place was also pretty empty on a Friday night. Also surprising.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soft shell crab special was excellent! The drinks were generous and well done. The tuna dish had a special sauce that gave a very interesting flavor. I did not care for the octopus appetizer, it was much too dry. Carrot soup was excellent. All in all a great meat. Somewhat expensive but worthwhile.

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NH
New England
3.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I used to be a huge fan of Ceia but haven't been in a long time. We went the other night for my birthday and I was disappointed. It's not that the food wasn't good. It's just that it wasn't worth the expense. Nothing dazzled. We had two cocktails which were good, but $ 12 each. It was $ 1 oyster night so I got a dozen of the East Dennis oysters. Again, good but very tiny. I'm not sure I've ever seen such small oysters. The mignonette was again....ok. For dinner I got the Halibut which is one of my favorites. The Fregola and accompaniment was excellent, but I though the halibut piece was pretty small for $ 34. Cooked plainly and somewhat bland. Was done correctly, though. My guest got the Signature Burger for $ 18. She asked for medium and it came out quite rare. We had plans to meet people after so she managed to eat a few bites and decided to take it home to heat up for lunch the next day. Her fries were tasty but soggy/oily. I had a glass of the Godello (white) which was a good choice for my fish....but another $ 14.00. When I made my reservation on Open Table, I mentioned it was my birthday. No acknowledgement whatsoever from the staff. Again, nothing was bad but I was underwhelmed. My opinion, unfortunately is to skip it next time and head over to one of the other fabulous restaurants in town and spend 1/2 the money for a meal that would be, if not better than just as good. Alas !

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L
New England
3.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good...service very slow...prices are very high.

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OT
New England
3.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Slow and inattentive service with outdoor seating.

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r
New England
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate up on the third floo and the service and the food were fantastic, we shared everything and had fun trying a few different dishes.
The octopus was on point with the drizzle f the aioli did’t hide the char of the octopus, Cod fritter the best I ever had and I’ve had a few.
Great time

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OT
New England
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Small portions. Cheese appetizer was one small slice of cheese.

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A
New England
4.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very attentive, but unobtrusive service.

Limited, yet creative menu items.

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KM
Seattle
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celia was a terrific choice for my sister and brother-in-law's birthday celebration. The foie gras was the silkiest I've ever tasted--just melt-in-the-mouth wonderful! Great food, great service, great wine choices. What more could you want...

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AO
New England
3.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Seven of us had dinner here on a Saturday night. It's a beautiful restaurant, classic Newburyport. I'll start with the disappointing part - we all ordered drinks and one guest in particular specified a "really dirty" martini, jokingly pointing to the wooden table as a reference point. The drinks were VERY slow to come out (it was only 7:15 pm so not crazy busy yet), at least 15 minutes, and then he had to send his drink back...........which took another 10 minutes. while the rest of us waited patiently to make a toast and have a sip. We finally did that and I realized that MY drink (Tito and tonic with lime) had really flat tonic water and no lime, but I didn't want to wait to send back ANOTHER DRINK.....well, half way through that drink I realized it was STRAIGHT VODKA (guess how I figured THAT out :). So that was the bad part. The good part was the food. The server told us the specials and told us the $$ of the surf and turf special, which I really appreciate. This restaurant is NOT cheap and the portions are such that you really need to order an appetizer as well as a main course in order to enjoy the full experience the chef provides, but it adds up. So it's good to know the "special" was $50. Two guests had the risotto and were very happy with it. Three of us had the halibut and that is always delicious. One guest had the burger and loved it. The 7th guest had the chicken and she seemed happy with it. A couple of desserts were ordered and the server kindly put a candle on one dessert (it wasn't a birthday celebration but it was one guest's birthday, so that was a nice touch, maybe someone asked her but I didn't catch that request). Overall, I'd say the experience was good, but I don't think anyone was blown away.

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SM
2.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

I reserved a table for my wife for Mother's day about 4 days earlier. We arrived early and the couple before us was seated in the area we reserved (window second floor). We were seated about 15 minutes later than the reservation was for.....
The service was very very slow, it looked like the restaurant didn't have enough waitresses working on Mother's day.
The menu was very limiting, which was surprising and at the end of the meal found out that there were no dessert options. which was also surprising for a Mother's day
Based on bad service, limited food options, I don't think I will be going back there very soon

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LF
2.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very limited menu. Highly priced. Portions were small. Very loud. Waited too long for order to be placed and too long for food to be delivered. Definitely overrated. Selected the restaurant based upon previous reviews. Possibility exists that it was not a good day for all of the staff. I have no interest in returning.

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f
New England
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

overall we had a great experience, food was super tasty! My only con was the portion size for the price. We got a meat with cheese for an app and each cost $8, they only gave us two very small pieces of cheese. The meals- my husband and I both got the lobster and tenderloin egg Benedict and although the biscuit it was served on was amazing it only came with two very small slices of meat and a small piece of lobster tail for 40$. Now knowing the portions are small we won’t go starving but we would go back!

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OT
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Mother’sDay

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JS
New England
4.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting meals with some Portuguese influence, bake their own bread. Great place for a relaxed meal.

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v
New England
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a friend here for her birthday. Small plates, elegantly prepared, with unique, delicious flavors. Nice wine list. Excellent service.

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P
New England
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best dining experience. The waitstaff was attentive and personable. Would highly recommend!

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j
New England
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second time to Ceia and, again, a wonderful meal. How about braised lamb with clams? It was really good! I like the seemingly odd combinations of foods that get me out of my comfort zone and force me to try new things. But, worry not, the Halibut was great, too. We will be back! Keep up the good work!

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LR
New England
4.0Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Greatest cheeseburger in the area!

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TA
New England
5.0Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks are consistently good, though the ever-creative menu has additions and new cocktails always to spike your interests. Nancy is warm and wonderful and the staff attentive!

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H
New England
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New England
3.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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OT
New England
5.0Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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SM
New England
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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D
1.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

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M
New England
2.0Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

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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KK
4.0Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Miami
5.0Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food!

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MA
New England
3.0Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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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EF
New England
5.0Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cozy warm atmosphere. Nice location.

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K
New England
5.0Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AO
New England
4.0Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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F
New England
1.0Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

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

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OT
New England
3.0Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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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p
New England
5.0Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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