I have dined at Cava a good ten + times since their opening a few years ago. It is easily one of the most consistent premium restaurants in all of Portsmouth. Great offerings, excellent wine list, and friendly, helpful staff. I have never come across rude service here and never find it "pretentious". You have the choice of the tasting menu or you can opt to order a la carte. I tend to go a la carte as you can freely order as you feel, and determine the appetite of the table. Those who choose to give this place a 1 star just don't get it. You must be a party of 4 to reserve a table. There are about 9 tables total in this restaurant, and you cannot blame them for having to maximize their seating (especially in winter months when the deck is closed). Arrive early if you don't have reservations, and be prepared to be wowed. Guests of mine who visit often from Manhattan and/or Boston claim this to be one of the best meals they have had in years. This is one of the best of the best in Portsmouth, and you'll leave one satisfied diner.
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