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10 Commercial Aly, Portsmouth, NH 03801-8804
+1 603-319-1575
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good17%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“tasting menu” (55 reviews)
“tapas” (115 reviews)
“churros” (39 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
10 Commercial Aly, Portsmouth, NH 03801-8804
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Even though the night was snowy and cold, Cava was packed with patrons having a great time. The restaurant fosters an atmosphere that maximizes the experience with a cozy layout, interesting dishes, friendly wait staff, and excellent service. The portions were small, so our sampling...More

Thank SisBoston
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner with my girlfriend. Wine selection, knowledge, and recommendations were spot on. Tapas offerings were great, especially the stuffed peppers. Will return.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'll preface this by saying we had a terrific evening, enjoying an excellent bottle of wine in a pleasant setting where we never felt rushed. We splurged on the 8-course tasting menu. Each course was composed of complimentary flavors and foods and presented beautifully. Our...More

Thank josjon
Reviewed February 11, 2018

Cava is a spanish word that means wine cellar and I believe that is exactly the case. The place is small and might look disorganized. But this is exactly how an ancient wine cellar was looking like: small, crowded and noisy which drives to conclusion...More

Thank Diodoro C
Reviewed January 29, 2018

I went to Cava this past weekend after hearing about the great reviews. I LOVE tapas and have been to many and this was by far the WORST experience I have had. The staff was impolite and inattentive, the portions were ridiculously small (even for...More

1  Thank Megan R
Reviewed January 3, 2018 via mobile

Well... The Good: We went with a group and received amazing service. The food was delicious and there were a lot of different fun flavors and meat options that I had never tried before. It was an amazing palette expanding experience, that I am grateful...More

Thank Amanda M
Reviewed December 31, 2017 via mobile

We had the chef side seating around the cook station. It was a delight to watch the chef and all the prep cooks work together in perfect harmony. He even somehow was able to chitchat with us as he managed several dishes. It was truly...More

Thank NewHampshirePeppie
Reviewed December 9, 2017

Portsmouth has so many great places to dine, but this is one of my wife and mines favorites. Tucked in down a side street in the center of town, it provides a nice get away for couples and small groups who want to get away...More

Thank ManoSteel9
Reviewed October 24, 2017

WOW - Cava is amazing. My wife and I are beyond impressed and lucky to have indulged at Cava on our mini honeymoon in Portsmouth, NH. We had the pleasure of sitting at the chef's bar. Greg was fantastic and invited us to ask questions...More

1  Thank maykay111
Reviewed October 16, 2017

Wow -- what a disappointment! We went there with high hopes after reading some positive reviews. This place offers some of the smallest tapas I have ever seen or experienced in over 20 years. Inattentive staff. Agonizingly SLOW service. And extremely expensive (>$120 w/o any...More

3  Thank minijega
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Response from mary c | Reviewed this property |
FYI- questions on this app go to the reviewers. We can't speak for the restaurant.
February 3, 2015|
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Response from fr21555 | Reviewed this property |
you need to call them, as they don't take reservations online. maybe a tad inconvenient but eating there will make up for it
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Commercial Aly, Portsmouth, NH 03801-8804
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-319-1575
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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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