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“You will like Cava”
Review of Cava

Cava
Ranked #14 of 202 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
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.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“You will like Cava”
Reviewed 25 March 2012

small tastes but big in flavor. Nice atmosphere. Awesome cocktails! Fun to sit at the bar.

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Stratham, NH
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Our #2 Spot on The Seacoast - Yum!!!”
Reviewed 8 March 2012

The owner John really got it right! The small plates are fantastic. My favorite, the stuffed dates! We would rank this as our second favorite restaurant on the Seacoast.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Well Worth Checking Out”
Reviewed 3 March 2012

Although the front of house servers can be a bit snooty, Cava's food is excellent. The restaurant is tiny (although they also have a basement area for additional seating) and in the summer and early autumn it's lovely to sit on the outside patio on the little brick alleyway off the main Portsmouth shopping street. The small plate selections are interesting and nice to share - especially the hummus, tabbouleh mezza and cheeses. The cocktails are delicious too; try the fresh fruit sangria for a bit of fun. Cava's prices reflect their soaring reputation and so expect to pay more but, on occasion, it's worth it!

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Durham, New Hampshire
Level 5 Contributor
95 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great tapas”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

A lovely place, sit at the chef's bar if you can. Food and wine are bit pricey but the prep and presentation are great

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Pretentious and Unfriendly”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

My partner and I previously lived in Portsmouth and were up for a trip last fall. We really enjoyed some of the new restaurants in the area and were curious about this one. It was early evening and we approached the doorman about having a drink and looking at the menu. The bar was empty, but the man told us there was a two hour wait to have a drink. Despite all the glowing reviews, I am completely turned off by this place. If I wanted attitude, I would not be in Portsmouth in the first place. I really hope the rest of the town does not go the way of this place, because it would be very sad.

  • Visited November 2011
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