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“Local Neighborhood Restaurant With Excellent Bar menu!”
Review of Celestial Cafe

Celestial Cafe
Ranked #3 of 17 Restaurants in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 6 December 2017

I stopped by Celestial Cafe this week for a quick light dinner at the bar. What I got was just what I wanted...a Bib Cesar Salad with about a half a dozen shrimp on top. It was very good and hit the spot...very light, but just filling enough. I was able to get in and out in less than an hour without feeling hurried. There were lots of other small plates and salads that would have been good candidates as well. It is definitely worth a try-and-see visit for you and I recommend it. I have been here many times over the last few years and have never been disappointed.

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1  Thank BeachmanBob
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Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

First time we visited. We loved it. Calamari appetizer was amazing. Chris the waiter was great. I had a great ribs dish and my wife had a very gourmet kitchen dish

2  Thank Christopher R
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Yesterday was our second visit to Celestial, this time for breakfast. It would be hard to find a finer meal. They use the best quality locally sourced ingredients, perfectly prepared, and presented as you would expect at a Michelin starred establishment, without the ridiculous prices. This is a local cafe, simply decorated, with a knockout menu. Every dish has a twist that sets it apart from the average.

Our prior visit was for the monthly "Farm Dinner". This five course meal, including one adult beverage, has several choices at each course. Each dish was unique and beautiful. I don't think I have ever had a finer dining experience, certainly not for less than a hundred bucks per couple.

The owner/chef makes a point of coming out to be sure that every guest is enjoying his or her meal. It is worth driving from anywhere in the state to enjoy this delightful restaurant.

1  Thank Donald S
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

We have recently dined here many times after a long hiatus because of their previous inconsistency in service and food preparation as we thought that it had recently improved.. Unfortunately, fresh experiences have caused a "not rushing back" decision once again. Our service person was slow and ignored simple requests for much needed silverware once entrees were served. Instead of producing the needed flatware, a nearby table was attended to first, and only after a second request was it produced. Meanwhile entrees were cooling. A fish special was so over-cooked and and dried out that it was inedible and even a request for a sauce (charged extra for, unconscionably) did not help it become palatable. It was delivered not as described, with a mass of overdressed, large greens minus the promised heirloom tomatoes with strange tiny squares of a few potatoes and even fewer promised caramelized onions. This was the second time one experienced over-cooked fish so perhaps they are reheating it. Prices were not offered with the delivery of the list of specials. An oyster appetizer was so doused with balsamic vinegar that one could not taste any oyster flavor. The chef owner is very sincere about local sourcing and does offer locally produced vegetables and meats. However more attention needs to be paid to details of his dishes as they are leaving the kitchen and better training of staff. Prices here are higher than the area would suggest but if the quality would remain consistent and high it would be worth it. Currently it is not.

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1  Thank fergrimes-7
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

Perhaps there should be a review category for "fine dining in the middle of nowhere." The Celestial Cafe certainly would fit. It must be the best restaurant in the entire state of Rhode Island - definitely the best dinner out that I've had in quite a while. Owner/chef Brandon has hosted diners for the past 15 years in this unprepossessing location, featuring beautifully prepared and presented dishes based on locally available farm sources. Highly recommended!

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1  Thank Phil C
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