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Ceia Kitchen & Bar

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$11 - $30
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed August 17, 2020

The food here is imaginative, beautiful to the eye, and delicious. We were here for an 80th birthday celebration of small plates: prosciutto-wrapped peaches, chickpea fries with lemon yogurt and chermoula, heirloom tomatoes with pickled peppers and white anchovies, halibut ceviche, handmade pasta with corn...and crab ragout, and a terrine of chocolate with mint ice cream. Every dish was perfect.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 6, 2020

We reserved a table for 5 for 7:30 on a Saturday night. It was a birthday celebration and this was our first choice after reviewing the menu online. We got there early and inquired about having a cocktail while we waited and were told we...were at the wrong restaurant. Ceia had switched locations with a sister restaurant. Went there and were not allowed to have a cocktail while we waited because there were no available tables. That’s reasonable in this time of COVID-19...except we waited on the street and the table they sat us at, right at 7:30, had not been used by anyone since 6:00 when we first inquired about enjoying a cocktail pre-dinner. When we were seated at 7:30 sharp, we were presented with a menu of JAPANESE dishes - not just specials! The whole menu had been switched to Japanese for the weekend. I am not a fussy or picky eater but when my mouth has been watering for weeks over the Italian/Mediterranean meal I’m about to choose and I’m staring at Japanese fare, I am disappointed to say the least! Apparently, the owner decided to make this switch on Thursday! I had to confirm my reservation twice by text on Friday morning and Friday evening, and again by phone on Saturday morning. 3 times, they could have mentioned the switch in menu. We left. We won’t be back. Just unbelievably rude and inconsiderate. If you don’t mind getting lobster fried rice when you’re expecting a luscious homemade pasta dish or a Mediterranean Style fish, this is your place. It’s surely not mine.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed February 16, 2020

The kitchen is ridiculously slow. The food might be good, but you will have to wait hours for it. I waited 2 hours for dinner....and nothing. I left without even eating because I was just too hungry and the wait staff said they did not...know when our food would be out.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 12, 2020 via mobile

My friend and I sat at the bar later on a Friday night. Had great cheese plate. Bartender was very friendly. The entrees looked excellent, wish we hadn’t eaten dinner elsewhere.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed October 19, 2019

One of my favorite spots in Newburyport for cocktails and appetizers. Fantastic charcuterie. Great wine list. Very friendly staff make this an inviting place to visit once or often.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 16, 2019 via mobile

We had a lovely dinner there last night - post tourist rush so it was quiet. Nice atmosphere and lighting. The cold corn soup was great and far more elegant than its name suggests. Our burger and prawns were great and the bottle of wine...was a good value. Good, attentive service. We’ve already recommended it to others.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 24, 2019

The great wine list and procured items you will not find anywhere else in the area. However, The owner is a real nasty person and is very high on her horse, I have seen how she treats her staff AND PAYING customers. She has brought...something fresh and ideal to this area, however, her disregard non-welcoming personality turned me and many other past patrons off. Nancy, take a course in human relations, and this is only a helpful constructive criticism,98% percent of people who will return to your restaurant is because of the demeanor and attitude and happy service you provide, umm no not now. The food comes second, listen and learn.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 24, 2019

I ordered the tomato and feta salad and the lamb meatballs. The salad was delicious but tiny-especially for the price. The meatballs had no harissa on or in the meatballs-despite the menus description. The meatballs were dried, overly salted, and not well spiced. I don’t...mind paying extra for a delicious meal-but this meal was sub par. Waiter took the meatballs off the bill, which was a courted gesture. My boyfriend ordered the steak frites. His meat was gristly and very fatty-although it looked cooked perfectly medium rare.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed March 15, 2019 via mobile

Tonight my wife and I tried a new (to us) restaurant that had good reviews from our daughter and her boyfriend, Ceia Kitchen and Bar. The restaurant menu is expensive with fairly limited choices; a few salads, crudo, small plates and a small number of...main courses. Let me start with the positives: The Tuna entree I selected although a small portion, was quite good, cooked very well, with excellent steamed artichoke hearts as an accompaniment. My wife selected the 16oz. “Bone in Ribeye” that was served very oddly, precut into three long strips, and separated from the bone, along with Brussel sprouts, shallots and chestnuts, although the chestnuts never made it to the plate. My wife shared one of the strips of steak with me and my first reaction was that this wasn’t a ribeye steak, but rather a sirloin cut. It was cooked properly (medium rare) but tougher than any ribeye I’ve ever been served before. Given that the entree price was $45, not including a small salad for an additional $12, let’s just say it was not at all what she had expected. Much worse than the mislabeled and overpriced steak entree was the unusually long wait for our meals. I didn’t time it exactly, but I’d estimate it was an approximately 35-45 minute wait after ordering before we were served. Our waitress Jenny and the hostess came by a number of times to check in and let us know that our meal was “on its way”. About 30 minutes into our wait we were finally offered some very good sourdough and Portuguese bread with whipped butter, which by that point was very appreciated, but we wondered aloud why it hadn’t been offered to us 30 minutes earlier? This being our first time here, it’s hard to say if this is the norm or an aberration, but if I had to guess, our wait was longer than usual, based on the nervousness of our waitress. This was ultimately confirmed at the end of our meal when a busboy brought us a complimentary dessert (despite having declined dessert 2 minutes earlier) to apologize for the very long wait. In summary, the food was very good in one case, (Tuna Entree) not so great in the other, (“Ribeye” steak), and the service was definitely slower than we would have liked. Overall the quality/service/value wasn’t nearly what we had expected. Its not likely we will be returning any time soon.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed March 8, 2019

I was a professional chef for 40 years; as a retiree, I love travel and excellent food, particularly in my beloved New England. 2 days ago, we had lunch reservations at Brine, but it was closed for a film shoot, and their sister restnt, ceia,...was where we ended up. We had eaten dinner at ceia when it was a baby, years ago, and, having eaten and met the owner, decided never to return. That was many years ago, years for a restaurant owner to learn, grow, and improve. Sorry to report, not the case at ceia. The Exec.Chef at Brine( supplying Ceia as well) has procured Top quality vendors for beef, seafood etc. But after that, the Ceia kitchen is staffed w/people who don't know how to shuck an oyster[they blew 6 chances] and who don't know an aioli from bottled salad dressing mixed w/ bottled tartar sauce. The steak frites plate, in its perfectly grilled rare(requested)steak, fries and arugula salad-is perfect. But I want some SAUCE, to make it memorable. well, forget that. I don’t eat tartar sauce w/ my steak / / The fried scallop sandwich was small but delicious except for that tartar sauce 'aioli' which brought down the whole experience. Back to the Apps: The tuna crudo was another joke: top quality fresh, cubed tuna on a bed of...crème fraiche??? is this a joke? A garnish of mandarin orange segments and, saddest for me, sunchoke chips dredged so heavily in salt that they were inedible.// Clam chowder that was perfectly cooked, purely sublime, and addictive in its beautifully flavored cream base. But a very skimpy cup ( make up your mind, ceia, is your kitchen Ground Round- generous or Nouvelle Cuisine-skimpy??) Don't fool yourself that only the disappointing bar draws a profit here. A busy street in wonderful Newburyport, a steady clientele. but we will not be returning. we are looking forward to Brine someday, but we are cautious.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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March 26, 2016|
Response from Marion T | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if the restaurant is open for Easter. As for nut allergies, I think the kitchen would be very attentive to any special requests or needs. There were not any dishes that I remember having peanuts. Almonds... More
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