About Cava Mezze - DC

527 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Prepare to indulge in unique Greek-inspired dishes, skillfully crafted by talented Chef Dimitri Moshovitis. All dishes are served mezze style—in small plates, but with portions large enough to share. Cava’s mezze-style dining inspires conversation and laughter at the table. The dim candle-lighting and black and white family photos adorning Cava’s charming brick interior walls creates a welcoming atmosphere. A dining experience at Cava is incomplete without a glass of wine. So pair your meal with one of our upscale, yet affordable wines.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Greek, Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH | Monday CLOSED | Tuesday - Friday 11:30am 2:30pm

BRUNCH | Saturday 10am - 3:30pm | Sunday 10am - 4pm

DINNER | Monday-Thursday 5pm-9:45pm | Friday 5pm - 10:45pm | Saturday 4:00pm-11pm | Sunday 4pm-9pm


** OPEN ALL DAY SATURDAY AND SUNDAYS** 10am-alotted closing times.

Cross Street:
8th and G southeast

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 543-9090 ext. 6

Website:
http://www.eatcava.com/

Catering:
Full catering available, from corporate to weddings. For all our of store catering please contact Scott@cavamezze.com

Parking Details:
Valet and street parking daily. Valet is located directly across the street. Please have your ticket validated at our Host stand for discounted pricing.

Public Transit:
METRO- Eastern Market (BLUE/ORANGE). 1.5 blocks from our restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Dimitri Moshovitis

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
WE DO PRIVATE EVENTS! We have two private spaces on our mezzanine level, which can be rented out separate or together. We do baby showers, wedding showers, business dinners, cocktail receptions, fundraisers,etc.

Please contact Mara@eatcava.com

Restaurant Photos

Saganaki
Grilled Halloumi
Baklava With Pistachio Ice Cream
Spanakopita
Lamb Chops
Roasted Lamb With Orzo
Octopus
Salmon
Spicy Lamb Sliders
Zucchini Fritters
Calamari
Watermelon Salad
Strawberry Mint Lemonade
Limeade
Pita
Salmon Brunch Special
Greek Saganaki
Challah French Toast With Berries
Grilled Baby Octopus
Mini Gyros
Ouzo
Braised Pork With Basmati Rice
Sous Vide Short Ribs
Scallop Risotto
Lamb Flatbread
Dip Tasting
Waffles
Cava Fries
Pork Belly
Grilled Scallops
Donuts
Chicken Souvlaki
Mini Chicken Pitas
Fried Calimari
Cheesecake
Greek Salad
Mini lamb Burgers
Lamb Wrap in Pita
chicken wing "lollipops"
Mussles In Red Curry Broth
Greek Mixed Grill
Cava Grill
Jumbo Lump Maryland Crab
Rockfish With Pearl Onions And Sun Choke Puree
Baked Feta With Walnuts And Grapes
NY Strip Steak
Souvlaki Platter
Green beans

Private Dining

Join us in either our private mezzanine dining room or heated rooftop. You can also use both for larger parties as they connect. Great setting in the Capitol Hill area on Barracks Row.

Cava Mezze - DC Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.2

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4.2

value

3.9

noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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I really liked the Mediterranean menu. T ...

 
 (Grand Rapids)
·Dined 5 days ago

I really liked the Mediterranean menu. The appetizers were very good, and so were the main courses. I had tzaziki and taramasalata (I hope I wrote it right) and then the chicken.The cheesecake was outstanding and so were the drinks. It was a very nice experience, and complemented well a dinner with friends. It got a little loud at some point....

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food was hot when delivered, very delici ...

 
 (Miami)
·Dined on September 15, 2016

food was hot when delivered, very delicious and Heidi, our server was an absolute master of everything

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I've been going to Cava since they had o ...

 
 (Philadelphia)
·Dined on September 14, 2016

I've been going to Cava since they had only one location in Gaithersburg. I'm so happy to see that they're continuing to expand their brand with all the new locations. That watermelon salad is just divine.

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Food was delish! Everything was perfect! ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on September 10, 2016

Food was delish! Everything was perfect! Lamb sliders... ONG!! Crispy pork bellies...OMG!!!! Saganaki!!! Opa!!! Best place ever! We will be back.

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I went for lunch, and it was SO LOUD. I ...

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 (Washington DC)
·Dined on September 5, 2016

I went for lunch, and it was SO LOUD. I could barely carry on a conversation. Food, at least what they were not out of, was good. The waitress was fine but certainly not enthusiastic. I went expecting the regular 3-course lunch deal on a Monday, but they decided to serve brunch that day, so the deal wasn't available. Thus, my meal was twice as expensive. I have been here multiple times, but they just did not have it together today.

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The food was standard for bottomless bru ...

 
 (New York Area)
·Dined on September 5, 2016

The food was standard for bottomless brunch and I like the concept of cheap drinks as opposed to bottomless; however, the server had a lousy attitude and was very rude.

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Lovely dinner on the upstairs patio. Ser ...

 
 (San Diego)
·Dined on September 4, 2016

Lovely dinner on the upstairs patio. Service, food and ambience all made for a perfect evening.

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I would go back here in a heart beat. Th ...

 
 (New England)
·Dined on September 2, 2016

I would go back here in a heart beat. The food was great, service wAs outstanding and would recommend it everyone. You got what you paid for.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Historic, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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Lamb sliders and some other dishes were ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on August 29, 2016

Lamb sliders and some other dishes were excellent, others, like the brussel sprouts were not worth ordering again. This would not be one of my top 10 mezze/small plates restaurants in DC.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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The food and service were excellent. Th ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on August 23, 2016

The food and service were excellent. The staff was friendly and accommodative.

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This was our second trip to the 8th Stre ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on August 14, 2016

This was our second trip to the 8th Street location. Per usual, the food was amazing. What soured our experience during this particular trip was the lack of air conditioning in the restaurant. It was a sauna. All members of our party were perspiring through their clothes. When we brought this to the attention of staff, it was met with a seemingly lackadaisical response. We would've appreciated a little honesty when arrived and prior to being sat that there was an issue with the air conditioning.

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Excellent food, energetic spot, not good ...

 
 (New York Area)
·Dined on August 12, 2016

Excellent food, energetic spot, not good for quiet talk! Excellent staff, fun and delicious food!

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Food was delicious. Lovely restaurant. ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on August 12, 2016

Food was delicious. Lovely restaurant. I will definitely be going back. One of my new favorite restaurants.

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Always reliable food and right in the ne ...

 
 (New England)
·Dined on August 2, 2016

Always reliable food and right in the neighborhood. We return often

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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It could be because we went at 8pm befor ...

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 (Vancouver)
·Dined on August 1, 2016

It could be because we went at 8pm before the kitchen closed at 9pm but the chicken souvlaki was dry, the mac and cheese orzo bland and lukewarm. The saganaki was great and so was the shrimp covered in shredded phyllo. The dishes were missing some key ingredients. The service was inattentive and uninformed and mixed up the order. Was very confused about how it would be possible to heat up the orzo dish.

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I enjoyed each of the dishes I ordered a ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 30, 2016

I enjoyed each of the dishes I ordered and my table of three people had a good meal by ordering only 5 plates. They recommend two to three plates per person, I would recommend starting on the low side first (see above) because each of the plates are deliciously filling. I would warn that you don't get the flamming cheese dish unless you have at least three people--b/c it's so rich. Great time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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Cava Mezze is a great spot for lunch or ...

 
 (Philadelphia)
·Dined on July 27, 2016

Cava Mezze is a great spot for lunch or after work dinner. I love the Street Corn, lamb chops and lamb sliders!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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Food and staff outstanding

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 26, 2016

Food and staff outstanding

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We met a few friends from out of town to ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 22, 2016

We met a few friends from out of town to enjoy tapas and catch up. Cava as always did not disappoint. Service was excellent and the snacks were well prepared. We are definitely fans!

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Great food! Medium service in a very bu ...

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 (Denver)
·Dined on July 15, 2016

Great food! Medium service in a very busy, loud place.

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Lovely and well-prepared portions. Delic ...

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 (Richmond)
·Dined on July 15, 2016

Lovely and well-prepared portions. Delicious Mediterranean dishes. Affordable

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Another great meal at Cava. Food was ter ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 12, 2016

Another great meal at Cava. Food was terrific - the sprouts are my favorite!

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Disappointing. The Cava Mezze restauran ...

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 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 9, 2016

Disappointing. The Cava Mezze restaurants, both in Gaithersburg and on Capitol Hill, were among our favorites. Our last visit to the Capitol Hill restaurant was disappointing, shorter menu and less flavorful dishes. Then we tried the Gaithersburg restaurant and found it equally disappointing. After a 6-month wait, we gave the Capitol Hill restaurant a last chance. It was our final visit.

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The service is always amazing and the fo ...

vip
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 4, 2016

The service is always amazing and the food is delicious

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Our second time dining at Cava Mezze and ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 3, 2016

Our second time dining at Cava Mezze and we enjoyed everything we ordered. The Crazy Feta is a nice blend of cream and heat. For salads we had the Watercress & Avocado and the Beet - plenty to split between 3 people. The Brussels Sprouts and Spicy Lamb Sliders were a hit, too. For an unusual treat, try the Lollipop Chicken - could have almost called it dessert. Speaking of dessert, save room for the chocolate cake (don't recall how it's listed on the dessert menu); the cardamom spice and Nutella topping are make this a super-delicious way to end the meal.

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Went here at lunch. Service took forever ...

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 (Washington DC)
·Dined on June 30, 2016

Went here at lunch. Service took forever. Two entrees came out and then we waited 20 minutes for the last one. Had to flag the waitress down for ordering, food check in, water, check etc. because they would never come to the table without prompting. It really wasn't even half full in the restaurant - it was 1230 on a Thursday. Just two bigger groups which should have been manageable with several small tables. Entrees were very small and overpriced. Very disappointing - especially because I brought two folks and one was new to DC.

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Service was great!

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on June 29, 2016

Service was great!

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Delicious food, small plates but definit ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on June 19, 2016

Delicious food, small plates but definitely nice portions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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I have eaten at cave mezze in Rockville ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on June 19, 2016

I have eaten at cave mezze in Rockville many times over the years and have always enjoyed the food. However, I felt that the food at cava mezze in DC was fair and some of the dishes did not appear to be similar to the food in Rockville . I was very disappointed in the food and don't understand how it can be so different.

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The food was absolutely delicious from t ...

vip
 (Chicago)
·Dined on June 18, 2016

The food was absolutely delicious from the tomato paste spread and pita to the whipped feta, corn and watermelon salad. Will definitely be back!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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Would definitely recommend ordering one ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on June 18, 2016

Would definitely recommend ordering one tapas at a time! We got a little carried away and got 4 at once...which is a ton considering you also get free pita bread. Cocktails were great!

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Great as always - just wish you wouldn't ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on June 17, 2016

Great as always - just wish you wouldn't rush us out so quickly when the restaurant is empty.

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Great menu with lots of choices that app ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on June 15, 2016

Great menu with lots of choices that appeal to many different palates. Delicious small plates that are just enough to leave you satisfied and not over-stuffed. Full wine and drink list -- although, beware, Happy Hour prices are only available at the always-packed bar.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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The food and wine were great .. as well ...

vip
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on June 14, 2016

The food and wine were great .. as well as the number of options. The staff were super friendly and accommodating

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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Only real complaint, music was too loud. ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on June 11, 2016

Only real complaint, music was too loud. Apparently, system didn't allow for turning it down.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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Cheese <3

 
 (Richmond)
·Dined on June 9, 2016

Went for a late lunch, had: crazy feta (so good), feta hushpuppies, collards, lollipop chicken, chicken souvlaki, village salad, and saganaki. Everything with cheese involved was AMAZING. The saganaki was out-of-this-world incredible—perfect toasted cheese. Heaven. Would eat here every day.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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Atmosphere was ok. Saw a bunch of staff ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on May 21, 2016

Atmosphere was ok. Saw a bunch of staff hanging around the bar and seating area around us socializing with each other, really unprofessional.

Waitress was nice. Food was decent, but definitely didn't stand out.

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Chose this restaurant based on the revie ...

 
 (Orlando)
·Dined on May 15, 2016

Chose this restaurant based on the reviews on Yelp. Great location and vibe upon entering the restaurant. The hostess was very kind and patient since I had to change the number in our reservation literally at the last minute. Our server was attentive, friendly and helpful with making our tappas selections. The food was good; some were better than others and that is just based on my own preferred tastes. Loved the cheese flambae! I would definitely return here if I lived locally.

Tags: Good for Groups
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Cava never fails!

 
 (New Orleans)
·Dined on May 15, 2016

I lived in DC for several years and was on my 1st trip back in more than 4 years. I was excited to try new spots, but I knew I had to hit up my old favorite- Cava! It did not disappoint! Better than ever, and will always be on my must have list in DC

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food was Amazing...I'm half Greek so I l ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on May 10, 2016

Food was Amazing...I'm half Greek so I love Greek Food. Great selection! Great service. Tables were a little close together. Was getting hit from every side but overall I'm coming back. Get the flaming cheese!!

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