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€€ - €€€Mediterranean, Spanish,
10 Commercial Aly, Portsmouth, NH 03801-8804
+1 603-319-1575
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good18%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (56 reviews)
“tapas” (142 reviews)
“churros” (42 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 2 days ago

Wonderful tapas, wine, and drinks. Both the upstairs and downstairs are very unique. Service is excellent.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Q2525UV
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place makes phenomenal food. The octopus, short ribs, the churros with chocolate dipping sauce. The presentation and the atmosphere. Perfecto...loved it here, I haven’t been to a restaurant this wonderful in a while. I don’t know how the food could have been perfected upon.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank mhlyles1
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are from the Providence, RI area and were in Portsmouth for a night. We stumbled onto this place as we walked around town. My wife and I enjoy sharing smaller plates so we decided to come back for dinner. What a wise decision. We...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank mrgiggles62
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here with friends on Labor Day weekend for some lighter fare before going to Vida Cantina for dinner and, unlike that establishment, this restaurant was ready for the holiday weekend. We had no reservations and since the weather was fine with other patrons seated...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Barry D
Reviewed 28 October 2018

We've been visiting Cava each summer for the last 5 years at least. It's become an annual must-do for my son to take the tasting menu with me, which is always good in terms of food variety and value. If it's on the menu I...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank jayclement
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

And to think, I really love the food. But beware, we were told we had a table until 7:15, only to be rushed through dinner and when we asked for coffee at 6:45, were told we had to be out by 7:00. What happened to...More

Date of visit: September 2018
3  Thank FoodConquest
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Lovely gem with great tapas and beverages - even a cozy garden patio - need to go back soon! Be sure to nring friends and family for great food and conversation.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank MowerFamily
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

A little taste of Spain in Portsmouth. The food was good but the servings are tiny for the $$ (churros being an exception, I thought they were a good value). We especially liked the sirloin, scallops, manchego (loved the rosemary crackers, fig jam, honeycomb, and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank 3terre
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Have been here a few times for work and finally brought my wife for a date night. Great atmosphere for a quiet evening and great food. We love the small plates. Everything we had was fantastic.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank stanb957
Reviewed 16 July 2018

A hostess that has to refer you to the owner to decide if you'll be seated?An owner that laughs in your face when you ask if there will be a wait? Being seated in the windowless basement is what asking those questions gets you.However, the...More

Date of visit: July 2018
5  Thank WantingToRetire
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Response from 752maryc752 | Reviewed this property |
FYI- questions on this app go to the reviewers. We can't speak for the restaurant.
3 February 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, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
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
14:00 - 22:00
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
  • E-mail
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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