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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Tapas (10)
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Neighborhood Gem (10)
Casual (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Fun (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Authentic (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Healthy (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

small plates of food perfect for sharing on a date. Everything was very tasty.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Great location. Delightful luncheon menu with the choice of three items for a very reasonable price. Wonderful way to enjoy a taste of several items and still have a full lunch. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant called a few hours before our reservation to cancel. It was inconvenient and we were left without last minute options in the area on a busy night.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Cava is delicious. I have been there for lunch several times and was never disappointed, but this was my first time for dinner. We had a reservation and were seated right away. We ordered the dip sampler, brussel sprouts, and the chicken and egg noodles. It was enough for two people plus we brought home leftovers, which heated up just as well the next day. The wait staff was attentive and overall the food was delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

This was our first experience at this restaurant. The waitress was patient and was able to help us with our selections. The small restaurant is busy and a bit noisy but enjoyable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My girlfriend and I had lunch here at 4pm. The waitress was good and explained the menu thoroughly. The food was good but overpriced. I won’t be back anytime soon but it was ok.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We didn't know it was half of bottles of wine, but we took advantage of that! Our waitress was terrific - very friendly and responsive. We enjoyed choosing a variety of veggie dishes and a couple meats - it's a good way for everyone to taste a little something - we got the dish where they set the cheese on fire (very fun!), lamb balls, cauliflower, beet salad, and spanakopita (really good!). You'll have fun when you go!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great tapas style brunch!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Cava Mezze is one of my favorite places to go for brunch. They have a large selection of small plates for bottomless brunch and the price for it is reasonable, especially for DC. The food is really good and the drinks are as well. It's a good spot for lunch and dinner as well, and during the week it can make for a nice date spot. I highly recommend it!

Tags: Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome. Yummy food and great service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wish we had more time here. They put the closing as 11pm, however they were closing at 10pm. The food was especially yummy and very fast service. I was visiting DC and catching up with a friend who had never been there either We really enjoyed the authentic Greek tapas! I will definitely return on my next visit to the area!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I love Cava Mezze and we always go there to celebrate a special event! Food is amazing and delicious and fresh! And we are crazy about their moscow mule and sangria! I really recommend it. Very nice ambiance as well and the service is always great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Cava Mezze was great for a casual work lunch. They had a set lunch menu with 3 courses for $15, which was very reasonable. The food is delicious. Brussel Sprouts, hummus, cauliflower, and meatballs are all my favorites. I haven't been for dinner, but I would guess the food is just as delicious and the cocktails were handcrafted. Try it out!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Authentic, Business Meals, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I have rarely had a reserved table ready when I arrive here, but if you're okay with waiting for your reservation a little bit the food here is consistently really good. Some particular dishes I go back to most visits, but it's worth branching out and trying some different things as well. They have a great platter if you have a group of people that have never been or just three hungry people who like to try some of their staple tapas dishes.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Billy went out of his way to make sure our party had an amazing night. 10/10

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

So delicious and love that they have a vegan menu!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was delicious and our server was very helpful about food and wine choices.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Fantastic dining experience with very attentive service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Cava Mezze was awesome and we were satisfied with the service. The food was good, the only thing is that it took a while for some of the plates arrive.

Tags: Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great place just a little pricey for the small dishes great great food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been coming to Cava for years. It’s our go to spot. Good food and friendly people.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Bathroom was very dirty and it took a long time to get our food/

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Tasty brunch, vegetarian friendly

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The good came out cold at times. The service was ok. She made efforts to say no to many things and took forever to get a fork, as she was still working on it. The food options were ok!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food was good but overpriced for what you got. The staff was friendly but unprofessional and more interested in socializing with each other. There were also a lot of loud groups at the bar and generally more of a casual bar atmosphere.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I am Greek and I love CAVA. The food is cooked traditionally but each dish is their own unique version and the food is just fantastic. Something to note is that the portions are usually for 2 or 3 people and the style of the restaurant is to order multiples dishes and share.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Happy Hour, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great and timely service. New menu items were appreciate.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The food was not good this time. The service was good. The octopus did not taste very good. The chicken skewers were under cooked. There was a strong charcoal taste on the grilled items.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent food and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Cava is a great place for brunch on the weekends! All you can eat for $35 and mimosas for 25 cents, can't beat that. The food is unique and delicious, the service is good, and their drinks are great! Lots of tables enjoying themselves at this neighborhood hot spot.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Big group lunch with coworkers

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Delicious small plates, especially the zucchini. I am a big eater and the "pick three" lunch menu was plenty of food for lunch, and at a good price also. I ate early so the dining room was quiet. It might be on the noisy side if the room is full. It's an easy walk from the Eastern Market metro. Good for large groups also.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food, great ambiance. Good for a date or casual get together

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Every course from this restaurant was a delight. From the shared appetizers to the dessert, the food was some of the best we had in DC. The staff was attentive and there was plenty of space for our group of 5. It was also easy to hear and the ambiance was perfect. Not a single complaint and hope to dine there every time I'm in DC.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was wonderful! Great food, great service, not too noisy!

Tags: Tapas, Healthy, Quick Bite, Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was excellent. Great breadth of items to choose from and all really delicious. Loved the octopus.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Decent restaurant. Good place to try a variety of foods.
Fried chicken sliders were a hit!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Delightful

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This place has become a go-to for our company team when in DC. Great food!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Love this spot but food portions have gotten smaller and prices larger so not as good of a value

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