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.
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.
8th and G southeast
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
(202) 543-9090 ext. 6
Full catering available, from corporate to weddings. For all our of store catering please contact Scott@cavamezze.com
Valet and street parking daily. Valet is located directly across the street. Please have your ticket validated at our Host stand for discounted pricing.
METRO- Eastern Market (BLUE/ORANGE). 1.5 blocks from our restaurant.
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
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
Disappointing. The Cava Mezze restauran ...
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.
Our second time dining at Cava Mezze and ...
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.
Went here at lunch. Service took forever ...
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.
I have eaten at cave mezze in Rockville ...
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.
Great menu with lots of choices that app ...
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.
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.
Chose this restaurant based on the revie ...
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.
Cava never fails!
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
The restaurant staff was warm and welcoming. The food used by the restaurant is locally sourced, which is a huge plus. Makes everything taste better. The lunch menu is crafty and made to facilitate tasting of several tasty morsels. I paired my dishes with a fine chardonnay off the list, which went surprisingly well with all of the food. Our waitress was very attentive, warm and knowledgeable. The food was so good, that dessert was a must. The baklava topped off a superb meal, being one of the best I have ever had. Highly recommend Cava Mezze.
Great experience, and great vegetarian options
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.
Noisy And Overpriced, But Good Food
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.
Great food-but not the best service
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.
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.
Love the tapas style that Cava offers! W ...
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.
The restaurant and ambiance gives off a ...
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.
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