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10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603)-319-1575
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5:00 pm - 10:00 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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  • 207
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Good ambiance

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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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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22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
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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
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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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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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 via mobile

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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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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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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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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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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