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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

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

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (19)
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Fit for Foodies (10)
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Fun (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Healthy (8)
Special Occasion (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Cozy (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Family Style (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Spicy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
People Watching (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
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Vegan (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
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Pre/post Theatre (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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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!

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

Excellent food. Enjoyed all 10 dishes we ordered.

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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.

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!

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.

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Local Ingredients
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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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!!

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

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!

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.

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Hummus was kind of gross

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.

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Great service, delicious food. Bustling environment!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Perfect spot for a fun double date!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Dinner for two.

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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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Cava was awesome for a girl's dinner and Tuesday all bottles of wine are 1/2 off! Makes for a great value and a fun time!

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Family Style
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

One of our favorites. Always a fantastic experience.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2017

We loved our server!! Ajay is amazing

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Went in to grab a quick lunch with my girlfriend. Foods were good and the server was inviting.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Flaming cheese! Flaming cheese! Flaming cheese! Flaming cheese! Flaming cheese!

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We went with a group of 10-12 people and they combined our reservations on the spot and were more than accommodating to our needs. The food was great, the drink selection was great and they allowed us to split up our bill.

Tags: Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Delicious food. Great variety. Fun to share. A little loud-but noise level is fine for a casual meal out.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Food was amazing!! Especially the meatballs!!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2017

The staff was super friendly and accommodating. The food was super yum.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Good authentic Greek food. Served Tapas-style, but we left satisfied after waitress recommendation of 2 to 3 selections per person.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Tapas
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