The Needle: Ceiba
Comments () | Published February 22, 2008
Ceiba
Address: 701 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-393-3983
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: South American, Nuevo Latino
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5:30 to 11:30 PM, Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5:30 to midnight, and Saturday 5:30 to midnight. Closed Sunday.
Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square, Metro Center
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Yellowfin tuna ceviche; shrimp ceviche; beef empanadas; black bean soup; grilled octopus salad with gazpacho dressing; Cubano sandwich; feijoada; whole red snapper Veracruz; Peruvian seafood stew; guava cheesecake.
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $7 to $12; entrees, $13 to $16. Dinner appetizers, $7 to $16; entrees, $17 to $29. Bar menu, $9 to $14.
The mojitos are still some of the city’s best—strong and not too sweet—but much of the cooking at this Central and South American eatery, part of the Passion Food group (DC Coast, TenPenh, Acadiana), has lost its focus. On a recent visit, muddy flavors, bland sauces, and overcooked seafood upended nearly every plate. Portions are still generous, and both cocktails and desserts are carried off with flair, which may be why the place draws a noisy crowd before a ballgame or play.
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