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10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603)-319-1575
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
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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    Very good
  • 23
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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
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Great food, excellent service, perfect setting. Just visited Cava for a business dinner. Everything we had was amazing. We ordered the sampler menu that featured about 6 different tapas. Each item was unique and flavorful. My favorite was the butternut squash soup. This place is definitely a "must... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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DeBary, Florida
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DeBary, Florida
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, excellent service, perfect setting. Just visited Cava for a business dinner. Everything we had was amazing. We ordered the sampler menu that featured about 6 different tapas. Each item was unique and flavorful. My favorite was the butternut squash soup. This place is definitely a "must" next time I am back in Portsmouth.

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West Newbury, Massachusetts
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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here on 1/18 for dinner. Sat upstairs by the window facing the walkway that passes between 2 roads. The atmosphere is great for couples and it looked like downstairs would be good for bigger groups. We had a bottle of wine recommended by the waiter (got to sample before we bought) thumbs up on his recommendation and had several... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Dear people Thanks so much for helping make our visit so special food great with eastern flavours and special to us chateau Musar! Book it as v popular Georgette and Chris

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Thank Georgette H
Wakefield, NH
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a cozy quiet elegant restaurant that is perfect for a special occasion. If you are a foody, you are HOME! If you sit at the chef's bar you can watch the prep and ask questions (which always seem welcomed). Service terrific. But you came for the food right? Since we love the surprises of ordering the assortment menu,... More 

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Thank Janet M
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Cava is so lovely. The food, the atmosphere, the service, all of it. I've been here 3 times now and it's tied with Black Trumpet for the best food in town. In the summer the patio is the most romantic spot around.

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Thank Boston Yoga S
Kittery, Maine
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

I came to Cava for restaurant week and it was fantastic. The atmosphere is fun and upbeat. About half of the seating is at the bar, so be aware of that. If you're lucky, you can get bar seats upstairs and watch the chefs prepare the food. I got the tuna appetizer, which had apple, cilantro and a pear sauce... More 

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Thank xxlilsxx
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

While I think they might work on offering a few more vegetable or salad choices, our group's selection of tapas ran the range of octopus to duck and everything in between. All delicious and beautifully arranged on plates.

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Thank Meredith J
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I had always admired this restaurant from afar during the summer and finally got to visit this gem last holiday season. We had the tasting menu that included teeny, tiny roasted beets, butternut squash soup with cocoa and homemade marshmallow, chickpea fritters, great tenderloins with star anise as a secret ingredient of star anise. The wines, I... More 

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Thank Maryanne C
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

We enjoyed a dinner of tapas at Cava that exceeded all expectations. Each taste was worth savoring and everything we ordered outshown the previous dish. This was an exquisite experience and I would recommend Cava to anyone who happens to be in a 100 mile radius of this jewel.

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Thank 68meggie
Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Great higher-end restaurant on a lovely street. The food is great, plating is superb. The ambience is great as well.

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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, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene

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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