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10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603)-319-1575
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Cava is located in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New...
Cava is located in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Just a brief walk from the Portsmouth Parking Garage and the Ladd street access. We are located in the middle of quaint Commercial Alley. The walking alley way is home to several small businesses and Cava's Vertical Garden. Dine under the Northeasts only outdoor living wall. Cava is the dream of two long time friends John Akar and Gregg Sessler. Together they combined their years of experience in the restaurant business to build Cava. Featuring two wine bars, one on the street level, and one in our Wine Cave. John offers a diverse always changing selection of international wines to be paired with Chef Sessler's modern and classic Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Sessler uses only the freshest seasonal products available to create his innovative menus. Join Chef Sessler and his team at the Chef's Table for dinner and a show. *Cava accepts reservations for parties of 4 or more for our dining tables. *Cava accepts reservations for parties of 4 and under at our Chefs Table.*If you are a party under four people and are not interested in the Chef's Table, all seating is based on a first come first serve basis.*During Restaurant Week Cava will accept reservations for all seating, including our bar seating, for parties of two or more.*For Valentine's Day and New Years Eve, Cava will be accepting reservations for all seating, including our bar seating, for parties of two or more.*It is always a good idea if you are a party of four or more, or if you would like to sit at the Chef's Table to make a reservation in advance Cava.
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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 49
    Very good
  • 20
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best of Portsmouth

Cava has been on our list to visit for some time, and after a memorable chef's table experience it maintains a place in our top three. Every bite of our tasting menu meal was a delicious delight. Rarely can I say that a meal is perfect, but from beet salad to churros, I have nothing to criticize... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
CKWander
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Cava has been on our list to visit for some time, and after a memorable chef's table experience it maintains a place in our top three. Every bite of our tasting menu meal was a delicious delight. Rarely can I say that a meal is perfect, but from beet salad to churros, I have nothing to criticize. We also elected... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed the open kitchen and chatted with Chef Hilary. She seemed friendly and shared information and favorites. We had the prawns, very tasty. And the lobster potato empanadas, those were a little bland, but the sauce they came on was good. The drinks were good and we would return.

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Contoocook, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Another tucked away great restaurant in Portsmouth. This was our first visit to Cava and we could not have been happier with our choice. Our party include two couples, both coming in from out of town. Reservations are definitely recommended. We were seated at one of the two window tables on the first floor. To my mind, these are the... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

creative and delicious plates-check. thoughtful and diverse wine list- check. knowledgable and attentive service-check. ambience, seating, music, management, yup, that's right, all good. you might think, how is it this one place accomplishes so much?? i challenge you not to call this one of your new favorite places for upscale dining experience! it's small plates, but you want to try... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have been here quite a few times. They have delicious tapas that are always rotating. They bring them out spaced out so is a nice leisure meal to enjoy your company and their amazing bites. Get the churros with chocolate, they are divine.

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Vancouver, Washington
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The food here does not disappoint. This is our second visit to Cava. The food is unique and delicious. The menu varies but has been spectacular each time. The wine selections are also excellent and the servers are very knowledgeable.

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I enjoyed the food very much. It was tapas and the atmosphere and wine selection was pretty nice. You can even buy wine at retail price if you please. Overall a very nice and cosy experience

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Me and my hubby did the 6 course chef tasting menu for dinner and loved it! I'm posting pics of every course.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

Cava offers creative flavors and combinations of ingredients in their tapas offerings. It was easy and fun to pick a few and share the culinary impressions with friends. Excellent dining experience, reasonably priced.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Went in here on somebody's recommendation on Friday Feb 13th and have to say I was unimpressed by the food. As it was Valentines Day weekend, there was a set menu priced at $65 per PERSON. This is a Tapas restaurant and most of the small plates were very forgettable. The drinks were excellent but for a $258 dinner, we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: (603)-319-1575

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Cava is located in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Just a brief walk from the Portsmouth Parking Garage and the Ladd street access. We are located in the middle of quaint Commercial Alley. The walking alley way is home to several small businesses and Cava's Vertical Garden. Dine under the Northeasts only outdoor living wall. Cava is the dream of two long time friends John Akar and Gregg Sessler. Together they combined their years of experience in the restaurant business to build Cava. Featuring two wine bars, one on the street level, and one in our Wine Cave. John offers a diverse always changing selection of international wines to be paired with Chef Sessler's modern and classic Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Sessler uses only the freshest seasonal products available to create his innovative menus. Join Chef Sessler and his team at the Chef's Table for dinner and a show. *Cava accepts reservations for parties of 4 or more for our dining tables. *Cava accepts reservations for parties of 4 and under at our Chefs Table.*If you are a party under four people and are not interested in the Chef's Table, all seating is based on a first come first serve basis.*During Restaurant Week Cava will accept reservations for all seating, including our bar seating, for parties of two or more.*For Valentine's Day and New Years Eve, Cava will be accepting reservations for all seating, including our bar seating, for parties of two or more.*It is always a good idea if you are a party of four or more, or if you would like to sit at the Chef's Table to make a reservation in advance Cava.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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