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

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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

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

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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4.4

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4.3

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4.1

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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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food2
ambience4
service4

Staff friendly, atmosphere fine but food ...

Dined on April 15, 2016

Staff friendly, atmosphere fine but food was disappointing. This is a chain, not a Greek restaurant. Food way too salty. Best was the pita bread and dips, oil and red pepper. Would not return.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great experience, and great vegetarian options

Dined on April 14, 2016

We loved the food, and both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. We were very pleased with the menu options - one of our party is vegetarian, and not only were there numerous dishes for her to enjoy, all that we tried were wonderful. Our favorite was the flaming cheese, but we also liked the brussel sprouts, beet salad, the feta hush puppies (I am drooling a little bit thinking of these...). We have tried most of the dishes on their menu, and the only one we wouldn't necessarily order again is the calamari - it is good, but not stand-out.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
food3
ambience3
service2
value2

Heard great things, was disappointed

Dined on April 3, 2016

The food and service were both okay, but not great. Since Cava is on the pricier end ($25-30/person for dinner) I was definitely expecting better!

Tags: good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5

What can I say the right amount, right p ...

Dined on March 29, 2016

What can I say the right amount, right price, and the right amount of spice every dish was perfect size to share and try many other dishes.

food5
ambience3
service4
value3

Noisy And Overpriced, But Good Food

vip
Dined on March 25, 2016

I don't usually like small plates restaurants, where they cut the quantity of food by 70% per plate, but cut the price by 20%, and this restaurant is no exception to that. But the food was very good, and the service adequate. Very noisy, so not great for conversation. But for a change of pace, we'll come back once or twice a year.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

The Service was Excellent

vip
Dined on March 21, 2016

The Service was Excellent

food4
ambience4
service5

Great food and good ambiance but a bit o ...

Dined on March 18, 2016

Great food and good ambiance but a bit over priced. Two to three dishes to satiate your hunger.

food4
ambience3
service2
value3

Great food-but not the best service

vip
Dined on March 11, 2016

I love Mediterranean food and Cava has some of the best small plates, including the octopus, zucchini fritters and lamb meatballs. I had never been to the one in SE DC but have visited the the restaurant in Clarendon. Although the food is just as delicious at this location, we were not happy with the service. The server made it very clear that we needed to pay our check and leave because she had a large party coming and we were in the way. We hadn't stayed for an exorbitant amount of time, but even if we did want to stay longer, we should have been able to. We were paying customers that have a right to enjoy our time at our table. We did end up ordering more drinks but not because of the service. The server and busboys started grabbing and cleaning off our table without asking if we were finished and being really rude. I'm not saying I won't go back, but I definitely will make sure to not have the same server. The food however, pretty good.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service3
value2

Underwhelmed

Dined on March 9, 2016

As a fan of Cava Grille, I looked forward to dining at Cava Mezze. Unfortunately, the experience proved underwhelming. The grilled halumi was very tasty, and the salmon was quite good, as well. But the other dishes, including the tabbouli and snapper sashimi, were bland. Our server, although spunky and attentive, was not particularly effectual. After a lengthy discussion about dietary restrictions, it became evident that she did not know the ingredients in some menu items. Lastly, we are very familiar with tapas-style dining, both Spanish and Middle Eastern. Cava Grille's portions were decidedly on the "light" side, with the possible exception of the salmon -- thus, my generous "Fair" for value.

food5
ambience5
service5

This is one of our favorite places to ta ...

Dined on March 6, 2016

This is one of our favorite places to take friends. The food is great and good to share and the place is quiet and big enough that we can talk. Do yourself a favor and get the saganaki.

food5
ambience5
service4

Love the tapas style that Cava offers! W ...

Dined on March 1, 2016

Love the tapas style that Cava offers! We also really enjoyed the $50 deal that allows you to order one menu item from appetizers, veggies, entrees, and deserts. It was far more affordable and gave us the same variety that we would have gotten with the regular menu.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Great Food

Dined on February 27, 2016

Our favorite restaurant on 8th Street. Great atmosphere, great food, great service.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Excellent and diverse food; friendly service

vip
Dined on February 26, 2016

Cava Mezze has an interesting selection of fresh and well-prepared tapa-sized foods. The service is attentive and friendly. The noise level is higher than I prefer but younger people seem not to notice.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food3
ambience3
service5

The restaurant and ambiance gives off a ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

The restaurant and ambiance gives off a sense of upscale casual. The tables are a bit close, which made it difficult to maneuver and limited intimacy. The steak dish (which is new) was a bit underwhelming. The dish was more potato and pearl onions than steak (which were three small strips) and simply wasn't appetizing. The spicy lamb sliders were worth going back. In retrospect, I would've ordered multiple orders of just that. Regardless, the service was great and although crowded (Valentine's night) I would recommend and return.

food5
ambience4
service5

Very pleased with the menu. Food was coo ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

Very pleased with the menu. Food was cooked almost perfectly with little room for criticism. The server was experienced and knowledgeable. Two areas of improvement is seating reserved guests before walk ins especially if their reservation time has past. Front desk girl was on her cell phone and did not acknowledge guests as they left the restaurant. Your front lines are important and need attention. The restrooms were out of paper towels for over 30 minutes. Luckily the food was good and I had little desire to complain. We will be back.

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

The Flaming Cheese Never Goes Out of Style

Dined on February 12, 2016

We've been to Mezze a few times already. Let's talk food first. It has been delicious and consistent. The flaming cheese is always entertaining and delicious. It's crispy and oozy cheese that comes that is then set of fire. I think that description speaks for itself. The mushroom salad was not our favorite thing because all you could taste was lemon and salt. However, if you eat it with the harissa and pita bread, it adds a nice bite. I also like that fact there is a nice variety of vegetarian options to choose from. This is great if you have a party with different dietary preferences. On to the restaurant itself, it is always buzzing with energy and is great for large parties. The only thing we had problems with is the lighting in the evening. It can be a bit dark which makes reading the menu a little hard. However, it's nothing that turning on the light on your phone won't fix. The staff is also very friendly and entertained our questions regarding the menu. The overall experience was an A+. We will be returning.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Good lunch place

Dined on February 12, 2016

A good,informal, relaxing place to meet with friends over a range of small, tasty dishes.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value5

Great business lunch

Dined on February 3, 2016

The Mezza Mania was wonderful and a great value. I absolutely loved the beet salad, brussel sprouts and short ribs -- will definitely be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Best service ever!!!!

vip
Dined on February 2, 2016

Best service ever!!!!

food2
ambience3
service5

Food was good. Drinks were watered down. ...

vip
Dined on January 31, 2016

Food was good. Drinks were watered down. And our reservation wasn't ready when we arr

food5
ambience5
service5

Everything was so good. Their Monday pro ...

Dined on January 18, 2016

Everything was so good. Their Monday promotion was excellent. Highly recommended

food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Hidden Greek gem on Capitol Hill

Dined on January 1, 2016

I feel lucky that Union Kitchen Grocery is in my neighborhood (Well, more than less. You can easily take a Capital Bikeshare from Capitol Hill East to Union Kitchen Grocery). Powered by DC's beloved Union Kitchen, Union Kitchen Grocery is like a hipster/yuppie bodega. It's close to Union Station and comes complete with DC made products and organic and natural products. If you need some fresh produce or a package of Krave beef jerky, this is your place. They also carry DC local products like Compass Coffee and Honest Tea (started and run just outside of DC in Bethesda). They even have a section that sells basic necessities like cold medicine and more artsy goods like DC art and cards. The best thing about Union Kitchen Grocery, is that it is a coffee shop too brewing the best of Compass Coffee. My latte was on par with DC favorites like Maketto and Peregrine and my fresh out of the oven giant chocolate chip cookie was the BEST I've had in DC. They have one area of bar seating by the window that seats 6 (or 4 comfortably). They offer free, strong wifi. To add the icing on the cake, they also support my favorite DC politicians (like David Garber).

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food1
ambience1
service1

We had to leave. A ceiling vent was drip ...

Dined on December 27, 2015

We had to leave. A ceiling vent was dripping onto my plate before we even ordered our food. We alerted our server who looked at us and said "does this mean you want to change tables?" Uh, no, I like having ceiling water dripping in my food. The place smelled like mildew and slightly off food, the lighting dark in a way that didn't inspire romance but skepticism. We left, went next door to Ambar and had a lovely meal.

food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Cava Mezza Wins Again

Dined on December 24, 2015

Cava gave us prompt and professional service on a tough night-- Christmas Eve. The portions were such that we were able to return home with the extra food. Preparation and taste of the Greek-style menu was a pleasant change from the usual holiday fare; it was flavorful, well thought-out and satisfying. Cava is a neighborhood gem.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

wonderful restaurant for Capital Hill

Dined on December 23, 2015

Our waiter was excellent, friendly and helpful with recommendations. Tuesday was half priced bottles of wine. We chose a Malbec which was very good. The food is always good, particularly the grilled Brussel sprouts, octopus and lamb sliders. The 4 of us had a great time. We've eaten at Cava several times and always plan to return.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

Great food and great service. Unique win ...

vip
Dined on December 17, 2015

Great food and great service. Unique wine list too.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great cocktails and awesome food! Generous tapas!

Dined on November 28, 2015

This place always delivers. The atmosphere is great, good food, great drinks and wonderful service. I always have a great time here. Its chic, a great date spot, fantastic for groups and can be very romantic for couples after a movie when things quiet down closer to closing time.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food1
ambience3
service3

Sub par Food

Dined on November 15, 2015

The pork loin was dry and overlooked and did not fit the description at all. I've only eaten at the Clarendon location and have had excellent meals, so I was surprised by how bad it was here. The dips were so-so and the rest of the dishes bland and unmemorable. With the number of restaurants in DC, I won't be frequenting this location.

Tags: hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Outstanding great food for sharing and o ...

Dined on November 13, 2015

Outstanding great food for sharing and ordering more to try

food5
ambience4
service5

The food was fresh and delicious. The di ...

Dined on November 4, 2015

The food was fresh and delicious. The dish presentation was very good. The server was courteous and helpful about the menu selection. If there is only one thing to say, the decor at the back of the room would be improved.

food5
ambience5
service5

It's Where I Take Out-of-Towners

Dined on October 16, 2015

With good (and fancy) friends visiting me in DC, I know that Cava will not disappoint! I brought an old friend and my fiance here and had a fantastic time. The lively and popular hotspot gets pretty loud, but that adds to the excitement of the numerous tapas and flaming cheese. Particularly noteworthy dishes: - Brussel Sprouts - they were so crispy and the yogurt sauce was so creamy that the two complimented each other very nicely. Here's to hoping it isn't a seasonal dish so I can order it all year round! This dish made a brussel convert out of my old friend who avoids leafy greens. - Calamari - fantastic. The pesto that is drizzled on the top is a great greek twist on the otherwise typical bar dish. - Saganaki - This flaming cheese is slightly crispy and pleasingly tangy with it's lemon garnish. It's good to share with several people due to the size and richness.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Best restaurant EVER!

Dined on October 3, 2015

I love Greek food and I always seek it out when I'm traveling and I can say, without equivocation, Cava Mezze is the best restaurant at which I have EVER eaten--this includes all restaurants actually IN Greece. Every single thing we ate was better than the last (the mini gyros probably get Best in Show) and the service was friendly and prompt. I will come back here every time I'm in DC for sure!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4

Great lunch option!

vip
Dined on October 2, 2015

I've been to Cava for dinner a million times, but their new lunch deal is fantastic. It's great for groups (sharing lots of small plates) and the pre-fixe lunch menu for $15 is a great deal and encourages trying new things.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent food and service

Dined on October 2, 2015

Excellent food and service

food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent food. Highly recommend.

Dined on September 22, 2015

Excellent food. Highly recommend.

food5
ambience3
service3

Zucchini fritters were delicious! I'm al ...

vip
Dined on September 10, 2015

Zucchini fritters were delicious! I'm always pleased with the food each time I go and am happy they have ample vegetarian options!

food1
ambience1
service1

Zero customer service

vip
Dined on September 7, 2015

We had a reservation for Sunday at 3:30 via Open Table for a late brunch. When we arrived, there were three waitresses and a hostess chit chatting at the hostess stand and said that the last sitting was at 3:15 and would not seat us. When I informed them that I made a reservation on Open Table for a 3:30 timeslot they said "we don't use Open Table" and dismissed me like I was an idiot. I then pulled out my phone and showed them the confirmation. This did not change anything, they refused to seat us, were completely not helpful and unapologetic. Very Very Very disappointed in Cava as I have previously enjoyed this place.

food1
ambience3
service3

Terrible brunch

vip
Dined on September 7, 2015

I've loved Cava for years. The food has always been reliably outstanding. However, the offerings at brunch leave a lot to be desired. Every dish I tried was terrible. Bottomless for $30 might seem like a bargain but the quality just isn't there. Go somewhere else.

food4
ambience4
service5

Service was great

vip
Dined on September 5, 2015

Service was great

food5
ambience5
service5

Great service staff, amazing selection o ...

Dined on September 1, 2015

Great service staff, amazing selection of food. We had Mezza Mania 3 course lunch special: every dish was so delicious! Highly recommend Mushroom Mash and Braised Short Rib!

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