In trying to describe Celestino's Cafe my sister and I (who both grew up here) came up with the term "un-Chatham", by which we mean it is the opposite of the larger but more informal dining establishments such as the Squire or the Wild Goose at the Wayside. Actually, walking down Main Street you might even miss Celestino's altogether as it is housed in a small storefront with a door that opens at an irregular angle in on itself (it is housed in half of what used to be the old village market). The interior decor is understated, with subtle lighting (including a quirky string of white Christmas lights around the street-facing window), white table cloths and a romantic atmosphere. The dinner menu offers mostly seafood, and we would recommend sticking with the local catch. We ordered two entres: bass and salmon. The bass was excellent and the salmon fair. Our waitress was friendly and the service good overall, although slow at times. For dessert we had the molten chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream: they had managed to get the outside crunchy with the inside still flowing. While not the best in the world, it was still very good. On the food side the restaurant deserves a solid 4, but as it is a unique bistro-type place in Chatham we would give the experience a 4.5 (since TA only has 4 or 5 as choices we rounded up to 5).
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