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10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Ranked #4 of 188 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Lakeland, Florida
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219 reviews 219 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

No trip to southern Maine is complete without a visit to Cava for dinner at the chef's table. Greg is an artist with his creations and presentations and since I love to cook I get an opportunity to question him on his methods and techniques. I always leave the dinner with several ideas for innovations in my cooking. Ingredients are... More

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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is a very special treat! Do not miss out on this place. Words are not enough, you must go! We maybe ordered a little too much food, but we could not get over how delicious this all was. We were greeted warmly, our server Lulu was excellent, as well as all the staff who came around. And well...you simply... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This small tapas restaurant is very big on flavor! The tasting menu @ only $32 is a bargain and a very special treat. If you're lucky enough to get a seat at the "kitchen" table, which is really a four seat bar, then you can watch and talk to the chef as he prepares all the dishes going out of... More

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45 reviews 45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

apparently 8:30 on a Tuesday is late in Portsmouth as we were warned that the kitchen would close at 9 and that we should do our ordering. we ordered too much and it came out way too fast so we had 2 or 3 plates in front of us at a time. however, everything that we had was well prepared... More

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Ossining, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

While I was negligent in not writing a review after our dinner at Cava last year, in retrospect it was just as well, as I can confirm that every expectation was met and exceeded. I would like to comment first on the space - the design is incredibly well thought out. On our first visit, we sat upstairs at a... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Great, interesting choices. The pork belly was great. If dining alone, ask which items they can half size - can get a half order of dates and the chocolate bocadillo. Also enjoyed the beet salad and the gazpacho shot. For dessert, the churros were yummy with fantastic chocolate dipping sauce.

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syracuse ny
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This place is amazing. You have to get here. The vibe is hip and cool, wait staff are friendly and very helpful. The food itself is unbelievable!! Make sure you have the dates and the artichoke hearts! Everything we ordered was delicious. Is not a budget or cheap type of place, but the price is reasonable for the quality of... More

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Central Islip, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Recently, my wife and I each shared the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings for each course. These reservations were made well in advance since this section only seats 4 people at a time. You have a front row seat as Greg (head chef and owner) expertly prepares and cooks the 7 tapas courses (including dessert) right in front of... More

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Ottawa, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

We went there for the first time for my birthday and I loved it. The food was delicious and fresh. The service was quick and the price was reasonnable! I would definitely go there again!

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New York City, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We had made a reservation because of a recommendation and found that our experience was problematic on many levels. First the waiter was less than friendly and while he gave us two tasting of potential wines, one of the glasses was dirty with something that looked like sand at the bottom. When it was mentioned, the waiter said nothing. The... More

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