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About Ceia Kitchen and Bar

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

38 State St
Newburyport, MA 01950
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Italian, Contemporary French / American

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

Cross Street:
Essex St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(978) 358-8112

Website:
http://www.ceiakitchenbar.com/

Executive Chef:
Paul Callahan

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
wine dinners monthly

Ceia Kitchen and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (15)
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Healthy (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Business Meals (3)
Fun (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 15 hours ago

Always a great meal

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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined 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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·Dined 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 !!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 7, 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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Everything was excellent as usual.
Very special place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Our waitress was exceptional and the food was wonderful. Can't wait to go there again.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

This was by far the worst restaurant I have ever gone to I will never go back or recommend it

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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very disappointed in this place. Went on busy Saturday of Labor Day but even so, service was amazingly slow (and no acknowledgement of the delays), portions were small, prices were on the high side, and quality was ok but not worth the cost. Needless to say we won't be going back anytime soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Amazing corn soup...silly, I know, but cooked simply and sublimely. The delicacy of this dairy free item is a clue to what their chef can do. We returned a second time on our short vacation to try it again and weren't disappointed. Ceia's Kitchen is much more than soup, they are renowed for their charcuterie, locally sourced produce and inventive cuisine. It is a delightful spot in a town with many good choices, this is a keeper.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I've been here a few times and have had a good experience almost every time. The burger is AMAZING, and I think I've ordered it every time -- one time it wasn't great, but the other 3-4 times it was. Everyone is friendly, and it's a lovely space -- three floors, each one looks slightly different. Great wine list, too!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Had an amazing Bluefin Tuna salad. Fantastic ingredients. One of the best meals ever!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We have been there recently, twice. Food & drinks very good both times. A special thumbs up for the burger! Although, other dishes ordered (bluefish and cod) were also very well prepared. Chocolate ice cream with pumpkin seed oil was amazing!

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Weekend getaway

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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Ambience: When we first walked in we were escorted to the 3rd level and told we had the best view in the house. The table was situated near the windows and the room was relatively quiet. Beautiful old brick, woodwork, chandeliers and a beautiful bar. We commented that they must use the room for private parties. Little did we know that within the next 30 minutes a boisterous birthday party was scheduled. The ambience went right downhill. For 2 couples trying to have an enjoyable evening, it was anything but.

The food. Two of our dinners [the salmon and cod] were good, one dinner was not as expected - maybe a description would have averted the choice of Shrimp ravioli. The ravioli filling was dense and not a traditional filling. The 4th diner asked to simplify the vegetable choices with the Tuna offering and was told it was not possible! He decided that he would just have an appetizer. The waitress argued with him that it would not be enough. Needless to say she spoke with the owner and now the desired simpler vegetable preparation was available.

When leaving we mentioned to the hostess that the noise level had been quite disruptive. She cheekily responded with "Well, I hope that you enjoyed your meal".
We will not be returning.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

A very nice place to dine because you can actually have a conversation with members of your party without having to scream.... unlike most restaurants in Newburyport.

The food is also excellent and with the new management and Chef you do not leave hungry ....you are satisfied but not stuffed. They've done a good job with the portion control.... which used to be an issue.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Went for brunch. Our server Paul was excellent as usual and took great care of our table re drinks and service but food was a disappointment, especially the lobster roll - I had heard it was amazing but amount of lobster was quite small, fries were soggy and no greens. French toast was just average. For 4 of us food was brought out for 2 and then a 5 minute wait for the next 2 plates. Not a great experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Service and food were both excellent. Creative use of local tomatoes and cucumber as a first course, beautifully plated, enhanced with a creamy cheese dressing. I had a salmon entree and my partner enjoyed cod, both cooked perfectly. Wine selections and desserts also good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Very disappointing meal. Lovely atmosphere. Expensive, highly uneven food. Excellent olives and almonds smal plate followed by tuna appetizer that had no taste and salad soaked in dressing with too much salt. Food at a good restaurant should be consistently high quality. Will not be returning. Plenty of other, better and less expensive choices in Newburyport.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Dinner was a bit of service and expectation mess. We had a party of five. Ordered drinks. The $12 sangria tasted like bland lemonade (but is was comped - stay tuned). While we were waiting for our drinks a server brought out a nice looking charcuterie plate and a bunch of small plates for us. We thought "cool". Then our waiter came by and said they didn't order that and she took it away. I'm glad we hadn't dug into it yet. Bread and our apps came - bread was great. Octopus was fantastic. Shishito peppers also, and too many even for the large group. Then we waited. and waited. Our waiter came by a few times to assure us the main courses we be right out. It was an hour later when the first 2 plates came. By the time the last plate came it was (timed by my watch) 8 minutes later. Rather than 2 or 3 servers brining the plates at once up from the other floor 1 waiter had too. Really unacceptable. The manager came by at that point and said sorry for the wait, how is everything so far, but we hadn't dug in yet since I had just gotten my plate. He volunteered that our first round (of unappealing) drinks were on him. The food was good, but the pasta plate was really an appetizer size and left that diner hungry. To be fair the tuna was great, and special (meat and pork belly) was also. We were then presented with dessert menus and the waiter whispered "they'll probably be comped". We ordered 3 plates. Then the manager came by with some ice cream - that's what got comped. It was good, but frankly we already ordered dessert! Overall - some misses on drinks and plating size and a huge miss on service.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Nice menu selections, very friendly staff, thoughtfully prepared local ingredients.

We will be back!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Mixed quality. Some (like calamari app) were excellent, some (like whole wheat fettuccine) was uninspired, all were quite overpriced for the value (and we do not mind spending $$$$ on great food. Overall would not need to go back any time soon.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

It was overpriced and the food wasn't very good. It was very disappointing. Stay away from the gargenela pasta - awful - I should have sent it back.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

If you like gourmet food Ceia's offers the very best! Every meal I've had there has been outstanding. The service is great as well. The only drawback is the noise level which is loud.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Wonderful evening, great food.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Our second visit to this nice restaurant. Everything was great again. Will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Just superb overall, with special thanks to our waiter Brad for excellent recommendations and pacing the dinner very well.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Superb food. Very slow service. High prices.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Each dish was scrumptious. So many tastes perfectly combined. The beet salad was memorable in particular.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

All was good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Ceia is truly worth a drive. I made a great decision when I chose Ceia on a Friday evening, driving from Boston to Portsmouth, NH. This was the most creative kitchen I've encountered recently. Every dish was perfect and used locally sourced ingredients in the most delicious ways. Cocktails had unusual twists; the striped bass (rarely found in restaurants during its limited season) was one of the best fish dishes I've ever eaten. The personnel were charming. Each floor in this 3-story antique brick building has its own character. And, surprisingly, the prices were more than fair. A real find!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Seated upstairs . Very good service and quality of food. Priced higher then expected as well as smaller portions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on July 3, 2017

So happy we chose Ceia for my partner's birthday celebration. They made it a memorable occasion! The food was outstanding; there wasn't a crumb left of our appetizers, main dishes, or desserts. Each dish was creatively prepared with fresh ingredients, beautifully presented, and tasty. Our server was knowledgeable, responsive and gracious. Lovely atmosphere, good music selection.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, People Watching, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 3, 2017

very disappointing. Great menu but 1 of the meals was very poor, 3 were quite good but not great and a bit expensive for the quality. The bartender who pitched in was very good but even though the restaurant was not busy, the server was attentive for the initial ordering of drinks and 1 menu question but then did not bring 2 requested items and was clearly annoyed when asked to make sure an ordered but not delivered drink was not on the check. Have been there 3 times and only 1 time was happy. Gave it 2 more tries because of great menu and will not return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We had a great meal last night. Its good to be a little adventurous and try some of the interesting menu items. We did and we were not disappointed. The staff and manager were attentive and we had a great experience.

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 (Naples)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Always at the top of my list for a great dining experience. Brought a friend from out of town for dinner. I couldn't resist getting the special which was a Grilled Porterhouse with local asparagus and Foie Gras sauce. My date opted for the Sea Bass with Mussels and Clams. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. Although our main courses were very different, she suggested a bottle of French Bordeaux that went perfectly with both dishes. We finished with Black Cherry Sorbet which apparently is home made from their Pastry Chef at their sister location in Boston. Delish! Looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Sat outside for Father's Day dinner, wonderful spot for people watching and enjoying the Newburyport ambiance. It wasn't a water view but it was shaded and lovely. Food was fantastic, beginning to end! Our waiter was a true pro but also friendly and fun, recommended the perfect wine which was not the highest price possibility. We would definitely dine here again (even with the hour drive each way). We highly recommend Ceia !!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Our server was amazing and so patient with our party which included 4 toddlers! The food was tasty, but a bit slow to get served even though the place did not seem busy. Would definitely go back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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