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About Cava Mezze - DC

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.

527 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
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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

Specials

Three Course Prix Fixe Meal for $15.00

Fridays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Four Course Prix Fixe Meal for $25.00

Mondays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

50% Off Select Wines

Tuesdays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

All You Can Eat Brunch

Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Specials

Three Course Prix Fixe Meal for $15.00

Fridays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Details

Three Course Prix Fixe Meal for $15.00. Excludes Tax and Tip. Ask about our Mezze Mania Lunch Special!. Special valid May 26, 2017 - Sep 26, 2017 on Fridays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.

Four Course Prix Fixe Meal for $25.00

Mondays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Details

Four Course Prix Fixe Meal for $25.00. Excludes Tax and Tip. Please visit www.eatcava.com to view our Mezze Mania Menu!. Special valid May 26, 2017 - Sep 26, 2017 on Mondays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

50% Off Select Wines

Tuesdays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Details

50% Off Select Wines. Excludes Tax and Tip. Half off All wine bottles all night long!. Special valid May 26, 2017 - Sep 26, 2017 on Tuesdays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

All You Can Eat Brunch

Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Details

$35 All you Can Eat Brunch, comes with .25 mimosa's and $4 Bloody Mary's and Sangria. Please visit our website to make reservations. Excludes Tax and Tip. Saturday 10am - 3:30pm Sunday 10am - 4pm reserve@eatcava.com. Special valid May 26, 2017 - Sep 26, 2017 on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We had reservations but somehow people walking in got seated before us. It was super loud! The server explained the brunch deal and recommended the $35 deal. The food came relatively quickly and was very tasty. I'm a vegan and could order only 2 things. Otherwise I'm not sure I'll return forbrunch.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Bottemless brunch has gone downhill with pretty weak mimosas. Food is still fantastic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 16, 2017

I have been to Cava many times and normally love the place. The lunch food was not good this time. The service brought the appetizers after the main course. The falafel sandwich was dry and just not up to their standards. May just have been the one day. May be a change in staff. I will certainly go back and hopefully have a better experience.

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Wonder small plates for sharing

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Every item was delicious! Plenty of vegetarian options as well as tasty meat dishes. The food speaks for itself.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

I used to *love* this place - but the quality has collapsed and somehow it keeps getting pricier. They've changed the menu and simplified the recipes for a bunch of things, and as the Cava franchise expands, it's clear that no one is paying attention at the restaurant anymore. What used to be really exciting, nuanced food is now depressingly basic, wildly over-salted and maddeningly overpriced.

My memory of what Cava once was kept bringing me back. But after spending $60 before tip on yet another wildly disappointing and small dinner, I'm sorry to say I'm done.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Friends from out of town visiting for Pride. Great waiter. Food was amazing!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Good food. Desserts-wise get the French toast. Stay away from the baklava.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Second time at this restaurant for a dinner during the week and the food was excellent. The tatziki is fresh and the delicious and the street corn was wonderfully flavored. Definitely recommended!

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Not bad but overrated. Hummus dull. Portions small. Service not particularly attentive.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Food was great as always! Service was a little slow (and it wasn't busy downstairs) and I am not sure if our waitress was new but she forgot little things like the pita bread and olive oil. Otherwise, the food was fantastic as always! This is one of my favorite restaurants to take people to when they come into town. My guests enjoyed the food and were raving about it!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Very accommodating and nice atmosphere. Good, friendly service with a fantastic menu full of delicious plates. It is a great place to go with a group of friends so you can order a bunch of items and share around the table. I love Cava and will return frequently.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Food is always consistently delicious here. On my top casual spots to dine in DC.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great atmosphere.

Dining Occasion:Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Our servers were great. And one of the five dishes we had was outstanding (Brussels sprouts). Otherwise, we were disappointed. The lamb with orzo was way too salty. The other three dishes were fine, but not memorable (zucchini fritters, mushrooms, and octopus). The music was a little too loud and too much like it you're at a club. Also, the noise level overall was loud. I think it'd be fine to go to try a Mediterranean wine and have one small plate, but it's really hit or miss.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 23, 2017

I've had good experiences here previously but not in this case- the server was completely inattentive and food listed on the menu was no longer available due to being out of season.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Excellent food. Enjoyed all 10 dishes we ordered.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2017

The service was poor as they forgot to check up on our table for refills or anything. The food was alright though but took forever to come and that defeated the purpose.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Went with my friends for a birthday lunch. The lunch menu is a great value, and the food is always good. The service was BAD when we went, however. It seemed as though they were understaffed. We couldn't get our orders in without really flagging the waiter down with some effort. Also, the soda my friend ordered was strangely flat. Would go back, but not for lunch!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Healthy, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The food was delicious, as always. I am a frequent diner of the Cava Restaurant company and I'm always pleased. I had a friend in town, who is thinking of moving to the area and I wanted to take her to a local favorite. We had the Scallops and Shrimp, which were utterly fantastic. We also had the Crazy Feta Hushpuppies, which were good, but a little spicy for my taste, as well as the basic Romaine Salad, which had a deliciously strong dill flavor.

All and all, a fantastic experience.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Fun, Healthy, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 7, 2017

We has a great time, service was excellent, there was a wide variety of outstanding choices on the menu. Excellent wine choices.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Local Ingredients
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Found this place on a recent trip to D.C.
Cute, vibrant place with good service.
Loved tasting a bunch of different flavors with our family

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Very friendly and accommodating staff. The food was good. the atmosphere is OK. We were on a busy lunch schedule and everything was served in good time and very good.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 3, 2017

Food was delicious but service wasn't the best, I think they were down a waiter/waitress or 2. The waitress was very apologetic so that was nice.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Cava Mezza never disapoints, great food and service. I will be coming back again.

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Nice ambience, great food, good portions, fun options.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Made a last minute reservation at Cava Mezze. Wow, we lucked out. The food was amazing and the service was great. The saganaki was delicious. So were the hush puppies. Honestly, every single dish was awesome. Would absolutely come again.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Went with the kids, but the ambiance would lend itself to a first / casual date.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Food was delicious!! The waiter was very accommodating when I requested a less noisy table. Only downside was the waiters suggestion to each order 3-4 dishes.
We ordered 10 plates between 4 people, it was all brought so close together that we were stuffed before even trying all:((. Would be better if we ordered 2 less plates and the wait staff spaced out the arrival of dishes!!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Casual, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Vacationing for two weeks, and was looking for a simple place with character, the food was outstanding, and our waiter was very helpful with information on food, food paring and wine, we had a great time

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2017

We ate at Cava before the DC United game. Our food came out at a good pace because we told our server we had to leave before 7pm. We had a good variety of dishes & they were all great - fish, beef, veggie. They also have a good beer selection! Definitely will be going back!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Fun, Healthy
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on March 12, 2017

The food was fantastic, and not typical. The Greek and Mediterranean flavors really came through. The spicy lamb sliders and lollipop chicken wings were especially good.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Live Sports, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Ordered items were not delivered. Server didn't see this was an issue and offered no apologies. A very disappointing experience.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Hummus was kind of gross

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Spicy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 6, 2017

Mediterranean tapas - creative and absolutely delicious. Cave Mezze is a little on the expensive side, but it was so much fun to order a bunch of small plates and share with friends. And, the Greek wine was excellent.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Loved everything from the moment we got there until the moment we left.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Great service, delicious food. Bustling environment!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Perfect spot for a fun double date!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Dinner for two.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Best brussel sprouts I've ever had. Get them, eat them, and know what it's like to live.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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