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Review of Celestial Cafe

Celestial Cafe
Ranked #3 of 17 Restaurants in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed October 21, 2012

We visited Celestial Cafe during Family Weekend at URI. It turned out to be the night of their October Farm Dinner but we opted to order from the regular menu. I did have the Corn Chowder from their Farm Dinner menu and it was delicious. The appetizers were our favorite part of the meal. Their sweet potato wontons are out of this world. The asparagus fries had a nice batter that didn't overwhelm the asparagus and were not greasy at all. The main entrees had a lot going on. They were a bit of a let down after the terrific appetizers and soup. My daughter wound up not eating her cod at all. It was poached in broth and too mushy; almost like cod pudding. We each had the dessert from the farm dinner which was amazing and very large. Pumpkin Cheesecake on Apple Caramel Bread Pudding. We were delightfully full when we left and will return again soon.

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Thank anteldel
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

We recently attended another farm dinner at this wonderful restaurant. Once again Brandon out did himself with his creativity and excellent cuisine using fabulous end of season ingredients. The tomato and roasted corn soup was amazing as was the main course of risotto. You had three choices to top the sweet potato and spinach risotto....I had mine topped with local barbecued pork, my husband chose the wild fluke. Both were sensational. The five course dinner finished with a cheese stuffed peach cupcake...YUM!
Brandon makes a point to visit tables for comments and feedback. This restaurant is a gem...not to be missed.

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Thank cindyb24
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Celestial Cafe is a terrific restaurant in an unlikely, off the beaten path location, for some RI'ers . For people who want a delicious meal, varied menu at reasonable prices, this place is always worth the trip. If you live anywhere in Kent or Washington ( aka South County), it's in your neck of the woods and there's no excuse not to try it out.

The drinks are consistently good and the service is prompt and polite.
Their "farm dinners" ( get on their mailing list for email notices!), are outstanding. I've had several farm dinners, spent New Year's Eve there and have introduced many friends and family to this gem of a restaurant in South county. Theey pride themselves on using fresh, local ingredients and it shows.

They also serve breakfast and lunch and a Sunday brunch. They serve gourmet meals without gourmet pretense or price and portions are a good size. I'll be going to their next farm dinner, for sure!

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Thank brebeans
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

We came for lunch with our 3 yr old son. I had the chowder - layers of wonderful. Fresh, distinct blending of home cooked perfection and elegant fussy chef. Also, the cod sandwich - beer batter was fresh- crisp but not burned and flat and not in any way taking away from the glorious piece of fresh qfish. The potatoe salad had a lovely undertone of fresh dill - the potatoes were not mushy but melted in your mouth. My husband had the Ahi wrap - he remarked of the freshness of the tuna and combination of farm fresh veges and blending of textures. Not boring. The sweet potatoe fries were not dry, flavorful and perfectly crisp. Dessert, dessert, dessert.....speechless. Key Lime Pie- from buttery crumb crust to a custardly in no way jello pudding like key lime bliss. Freshly made cream. The chocolate lava cake was a knockout- you had to savor it slowly to take in the moist, deep dark sweetly bitter chocolate heaven. The carrot cupcake needs a better name- because this cupcake was surreal. Fresh carrots, spice, cranberries- light, thin vanilla frosting- a bit more than a drizzle but enough to sit like a crown on this perfect cupcake. Our son has never eaten vanilla ice cream this quickly or silently- it was an intense mission. I wanted to taste it- he replied, "No, no thank you." I knew he was serious- don't touch the ice cream. Period. To end; we are Very serious about fresh local food cooked well and are willing to travel far and wide for it- what a pleasant surprise to find it off the beaten path not wrapped in a big city thats not really interested in cooking food for the love of it. Eat here and be happy:)

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Thank DOHljo
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

A previous lunch when I was served over the hill fish and chips caused a long wait (1 year) before I was tempted to return by their once-a month local farm dinner consisting of 5 courses and wine or beer. The menu was very appealing with a a delicious cucumber dill soup but missing the diced tomatoes as described on the menu. This was followed by a very poor, tired mesclun greens salad which was missing the promised cucumbers. The next course was an excellent fried stuffed squash blossom which was the best item in the entire meal although any taste of garlic seemed missing from the stuffing of sweet potato and cream puree. We should have stopped there. The entree was a tasteless vegetable/pasta aoli with a choice of a chicken thigh or local sea scallops. The penne pasta was overdone and needed some seasoning and vegetables, while diced,were overly steamed and not crisp. Two scallops were on top of the pasta and were nicely browned, although, sizes on the portions served varied from large to about half a scallop. Dessert was a blueberry crumble, again the portions varied around the table and the addition of popcorn to the crumble created a soggy crumble that was unpleasant because of the inedible bits of the popcorn. The dessert was also overly sweet. The service was perfunctory although the restaurant was busy. We had to request bread (which arrived after the plates with a delicious sauce were removed,) silverware and napkins. A request to turn up the lighting after sunset when our table became somewhat dim was refused. The bill was placed on the table while we were in the middle of dessert and coffee although it had not been requested. Beverages offered included a red or white wine from a R.I. winery or a local ale. This restaurant is an oasis of sometimes decent dining in an area that doesn't offer this style of restaurant. The owner/chef works hard and most of the time service is very pleasant. Unfortunately, on this occasion, the meal did not live up to its promise and we were very disappointed. We probably will not rush back.

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Thank fergrimes-7
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