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Cava

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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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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Lunch, Reservations
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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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
Loved the food, the atmosphere, the location

My wife and I were directed here by the server at another local restaurant, and we're glad we were. Ate outside... great relaxed atmosphere. There was a very nice variety of tapas options to choose from. We had 6 different dishes (plus a second plate of the stuffed dates... insanely delicious and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Doug_NewHampshire
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New Hampshire, USA
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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New Hampshire, USA
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were directed here by the server at another local restaurant, and we're glad we were. Ate outside... great relaxed atmosphere. There was a very nice variety of tapas options to choose from. We had 6 different dishes (plus a second plate of the stuffed dates... insanely delicious and our favorite!) and I enjoyed each of them.... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

If you enjoy small plate (portions are actually quite large) dining & wine sipping this is a place NOT to miss when visiting Portsmouth. The menu changes periodically - so there is typically something new to try - choose something new or unfamiliar and go for it - my wife tried the Octopus which I found to be fantastic -... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The tapas and wine here were amazing. I went in early on a Tuesday, and the restaurant was very busy (both inside and outside). I can definitely see why - nice (small) outdoor area, great staff and great food.

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Stratham, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is our first review of Cava but we have been dozens of times with family and friends since they opened and it has always been great!! The staff is awesome and they create a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The wine list is reasonably priced and matched well to menu items. The menu itself offers plenty of options and changes... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Sit at the chef's bar (there are only 4 chairs) and watch them work their magic! I almost always get the tasting menu and have loved every bite every time. The staff is wonderful as well. This is a gem of a restaurant. I have been many times and can't wait to go back!

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My wife and I decided to spend an evening in Portsmouth on our way to Maine. We looked at restaurant reviews on Trip Advisor asked around and we're advised that Cava was excellent. We went and we're not disappointed! The dinner was made up of six awesome dishes from a cold white corn and gaspacho soup to marinated artichoke hearts... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I have been searching for the delicious Spanish treat of pimentos de padrón since my last visit to Spain. These tasty green peppers we expertly prepared with simple olive oil, salt, and pepper, and tasted as good as those in Barcelon. The paella was outstanding, with delicious house-made ingredients. Smoked mackerel-stuffed peppers were unique and smoky. The tuna tartare was... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

LOVED Cava! Chose it based on the rave reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp, and so glad we did! Food was excellent, cocktails and wine list were very impressive, and the service was personable and professional. Highly recommend making reservations, although they will put you on a waiting list if you call 30 minutes before you'd like to eat (if they... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We love Cava! Thank you to Gregg and John for always making it a memorable experience-year two for my birthday! Delicious food, friendly staff. Do the tasting menu, they will even substitute if need be but it really reveals all flavors the restaurant has to offer.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

My husband and I had a fabulous time at this restaurant. We sat at the chef’s counter where we could watch them cook, which was a lot of fun. We ordered 2 tapas and 1 dessert. Every dish was perfect! The restaurant is located in a cute alley with other shops. They also have outdoor seating.

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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: Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business

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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