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10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, NH 03801
+1 603-319-1575
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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife took me to Cava for my birthday and we had an absolutely wonderful dining experience. We sat a the Kitchen bar seats and enjoyed watching the chefs work their magic. The food was terrific ranging from interesting/creative to classic/well executed. Service was outstanding including perfect wine pairings from out waiter.Certainily on the expensive side but when you consider... More 

Thank Bob D
Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The people who work at Cava love their restaurant and it shows on the plates. I was dining with two friends. We ordered and shared about 8 dishes, some cocktails and wine. Everything was delicious and beautifully served. I like that there are so many wines served by the glass. The only mistake we made was ordering our individual plates... More 

Thank pushplay
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

Even for tapas this restaurant has tiny portions and big prices. The food is excellent but its no luck nger a go to for us.

Thank Corrine G
Somerset, England
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal at Cava. We had the tasting menu with accompanying wines but we asked them to substitute red for white and that was no problem. Really delicious food.

Thank handle731
houston, tx
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

Large variety of well prepared tapas for sharing. Good and reasonable wine list. Nice outdoor seating area if weather OK. Friendly, helpful competent staff.

Thank CrossRiver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed an amazing evening at Cava with couples. Tapas were sublime and the drinks were tasty. Fantastic service as well. Great Portsmouth gem.

Thank Jon C
Meriden, New Hampshire
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

This is our first choice meal when we visit Portsmouth. Tonight, though we tried the Chef's Collection of 8 items selected by Chef Gregg Sessler, and were blown away. The baby beet salad, the potato leek soup, and the stuffed piquillo peppers were all wonderful. But the king trumpet mushrooms with snails was amazing, the scallop exquisite, and the beef... More 

Ellsworth, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

Visited last minute. Sat in the bar area. Nice setting but small. Several items to choose from. One of the favorites was the artichoke, potatoes and braised beef. Fell off the bone. For dessert try the churo. Bite the top off and add the chocolate that's served with it. There is also a good selection of drinks.

Thank Mike P
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

We were four people and between us ordered most of the items listed on the restaurant week menu. All the choices were delicious and tastefully presented. A very enjoyable dining experience. Will definitely go back. Would be great during the summer when they have a few tables outside. If you can reserve the seats at the bar that overlook the... More 

Thank PortsTraveler
Rye, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

We ate outside in the summer where we could people watch. We had the Chef's Sampler which was five courses... all delicious. We were able to sample, seafood, beef and duck. Everything was presented nicely, tasted great and the wait staff was attentive.

Thank ocean1972

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-319-1575
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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