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10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603)-319-1575
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Ranked #3 of 190 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
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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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This was a great, small resturant in a town of great resturants. We were looking for some good wine and a small meal. We found that in Cava. Great ambience, we went to the downstairs room and it was perfect. Great bottle of wine and four tapas was perfect. I would return here for a meal when returning to Portsmouth.

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VA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

So full disclosure we are foodies from Wash DC , we frequently visit Portsmouth NH , however we have never have dined at a restaurant that was worthy of a review until this evening . Cava was a dining experience worthy of any DC restaurant that we have dined at . Every course was full of exquisite flavors , the... More 

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Berwick, ME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Wow. The food is incredible, every single dish. Very nice and informative staff. You must get the churros, best dessert ever.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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1,275 reviews 1,275 reviews
866 restaurant reviews
452 helpful votes 452 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

There are a ton of great restaurants in Portsmouth but few that are as different as Cava. Small place but nice ambience. The food was fresh. I had a kind of Italian antipasti dish with Spanish cheeses and meats. It's had some tremendous mustard and peppers on it. The braised pork tapa was delicious also...great cocktails too...will return

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Boston
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This was my third visit to this restaurant over the past couple of years. It is exquisite. Every morsel is prepared with care and the wine list is not overpriced. If you want to impress friends, bring them here. If you are a foodie come here to please yourself. When was the last time you had flash fried capers on... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Cava's tapas-style menu creates a fun and different dining experience than most restaurants in Portsmouth. The smaller plates create an opportunity to try many different foods, which leads to a fun visit. In addition to unique tapas, Cava also provides a wine pairing menu at a reasonable price. The restaurant is small, so you either need to get lucky and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

First time in Portsmouth, and we wanted a something unique. We stumbled upon Cava from Trip Advisor- best find ever! Our server, (can not remember his name), was very sweet and knowledgable on the wine list. We sat at the bar to watch Chef in action. Very impressive! Since we were new, we asked about other stops and eats to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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104 reviews 104 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We keep going back and every time we are greatly satisfied. On this occasion we were in NYC and drove to Portsmouth and had two glorious meals. Even at the end of restaurant week when they were probably very tired, the staff were cheerful, helpful and produced ever tasty selections. Cheers to Greg, Mike and all the others and thanks... More 

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Vermont
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

My wife and I did the fixed price tasting menu, as well as the wine pairing. The food was great. From the first dish of beets and goat cheese all the way to the pumpkin cake for our last course. All the servings are small and I was thinking I might have to stop for a snack somewhere else after,... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

It’s unfortunate that the 4 course pre-fix fall restaurant week menu is over. Chef Sessler’s November menu features several of these dishes. The Baby beets with goat cheese were excellent. The goat cheese was so soft and creamy. The cold cider cured duck served in an elongated pea-shaped dish with pear, quinoa and pistachio was so tasty and eye appealing.... More 

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Additional Information about Cava

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

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