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10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Ranked #4 of 189 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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English first
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

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
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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Top Contributor
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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Montreal, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

In the land of top seafood, we were truly taken by Cava, an epicurian delight and wonderful tapas dinning experience. Every dish (even the wine) were special for Restaurant Week. Baby beets and goat cheese with a pumpkin and cider cream sauce. Foraged mushrooms and cider cured duck with pear, quinoa and pistasio. Hake and scallop with serrano ham, bottarga... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

My honey surprised me with a dinner date to Cava, for a 7 course tapas meal and wine, at the chef's table, with Gregg-the chef and owner, and what a treat! Each course, (for us and EVERYONE ELSE IN THE PLACE) delicately prepared all the while Gregg (and John too!) chatted with us, talking about life, how the dishes were... More 

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South Freeport, Maine
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I was looking for a good restaurant in Portsmouth for meeting friends who are wine officiandos and who enjoy sampling a variety of gourmet dishes. Both the wine choices and the food were excellent. We ate downstairs near the bar. It had a nice cave-like atmosphere. It was a busy weekend and we were eating early. The owner alerted me... More 

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Cava is a tapas/wine bar. We had winter squash soup with marshmallow and chocolate - sounds strange, tasted great. Char grilled baby octopus - amazing - super tender. Pork tenderloin was tender and seasoned really well. Lentils with the pork were tasty. And the churros for dessert were perfect, these were the best churros we've ever had. And the wine... 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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