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10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, NH 03801
+1 603-319-1575
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Ellsworth, Maine
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136 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
San Antonio, Texas
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many restaurants deliver one or more elements needed for a great dining experience, but rarely the whole package. Cava goes the extra mile to deliver everything - flavors, presentation and portions. The service was flawless, with all staff members able to answer our questions about various menu items. The menu itself was creative and offered just enough variety that there... More 

Thank pb77777
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I was thoroughly disappointed with my recent experience with Cava. I called on a Monday and set up reservations for my wife's birthday (a party of 10). The person taking my reservation asked if I wanted the tasting menu and I told him I would get back, as I wasn't sure everyone in the party would be interested - No... More 

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Palmer, Massachusetts
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56 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

A group of six girls went here for dinner. We had great service and the food was delicious. The ambiance was great. You should definitely eat here.

Thank LReut
Newfoundland, Canada
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55 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I have eaten at this restaurant 2-3 times now and have always enjoyed it. Great service and very good tapas, try the paella it really is the best I have had in New England

Thank jaemichael
Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Went to Cava for my anniversary dinner. Had an opportunity to sit at the Chef's table which I highly recommend. Although a bit awkward because you are right by the door, you have a chance to see everything being made and talk to the chef. There is amazing food coming out of an extremely small kitchen. Had five plates between... More 

Thank NDSuzieQ
New England
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156 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I love trying new recipes at home, many ethnicities, and we love trying different restaurants. It takes a special restaurant with special service to make us want to go back since there are so many restaurants to visit and we make such great meals at home. Cava is a restaurant we will definitely go back too. Many... More 

Thank Napalicoastkauai
new york
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We enjoyed the tastes, loved the duck and the scallop. Please make them a bit bigger. We ordered two ducks - one was nice sized and the other (later in the evening) was tiny!. Great intimate atmosphere and the nicest waitresses.

Thank pamolderdesigns

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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, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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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