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 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/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

Saganaki
Grilled Halloumi
Lamb Chops
Baklava With Pistachio Ice Cream
Spanakopita
Octopus
Roasted Lamb With Orzo
Watermelon Salad
Salmon
Spicy Lamb Sliders
Zucchini Fritters
Calamari
Strawberry Mint Lemonade
Limeade
Pita
Salmon Brunch Special
Greek Saganaki
Challah French Toast With Berries
Grilled Baby Octopus
Ouzo
Mini Gyros
Braised Pork With Basmati Rice
Sous Vide Short Ribs
Scallop Risotto
Lamb Flatbread
Dip Tasting
Waffles
Cava Fries
Pork Belly
Donuts
Grilled Scallops
Chicken Souvlaki
Mini Chicken Pitas
Fried Calimari
Cheesecake
Mini lamb Burgers
Lamb Wrap in Pita
Greek Salad
chicken wing "lollipops"
Mussles In Red Curry Broth
Greek Mixed Grill
Cava Grill
Jumbo Lump Maryland Crab
Baked Feta With Walnuts And Grapes
Rockfish With Pearl Onions And Sun Choke Puree
NY Strip Steak
Souvlaki Platter
Green beans

Promotions

Four Course Prix Fixe Meal for $25.00

Mondays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Three Course Prix Fixe Meal for $15.00

Tuesdays - Fridays from 11:30 AM - 2:30 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

Promotions

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 16, 2016 - Sep 16, 2016 on Mondays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
Three Course Prix Fixe Meal for $15.00

Tuesdays - Fridays 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 16, 2016 - Sep 16, 2016 on Tuesdays - Fridays from 11:30 AM - 2:30 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 16, 2016 - Sep 16, 2016 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
$30 All you Can Eat Brunch, comes with penny mimosa's and $2 Bloody Mary's. Please visit our website to make reservations. Excludes Tax and Tip. Saturday 10am - 3:30pm Sunday 10am - 4pm reserve@eatcava.com. Special valid May 16, 2016 - Sep 16, 2016 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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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Delicious food, small plates but definit ...

Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food, small plates but definitely nice portions.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience4
service4
value3

I have eaten at cave mezze in Rockville ...

Dined on June 19, 2016

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.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience4
service3
value5

The food was absolutely delicious from t ...

vip
Dined on June 18, 2016

The food was absolutely delicious from the tomato paste spread and pita to the whipped feta, corn and watermelon salad. Will definitely be back!!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service4

Would definitely recommend ordering one ...

Dined on June 18, 2016

Would definitely recommend ordering one tapas at a time! We got a little carried away and got 4 at once...which is a ton considering you also get free pita bread. Cocktails were great!

food4
ambience4
service4

Great as always - just wish you wouldn't ...

Dined on June 17, 2016

Great as always - just wish you wouldn't rush us out so quickly when the restaurant is empty.

food5
ambience4
service4
value3

Great menu with lots of choices that app ...

Dined on June 15, 2016

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.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

The food and wine were great .. as well ...

Dined on June 14, 2016

The food and wine were great .. as well as the number of options. The staff were super friendly and accommodating

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Only real complaint, music was too loud. ...

Dined on June 11, 2016

Only real complaint, music was too loud. Apparently, system didn't allow for turning it down.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Cheese <3

Dined on June 9, 2016

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.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service3

Atmosphere was ok. Saw a bunch of staff ...

Dined on May 21, 2016

Atmosphere was ok. Saw a bunch of staff hanging around the bar and seating area around us socializing with each other, really unprofessional. Waitress was nice. Food was decent, but definitely didn't stand out.

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Chose this restaurant based on the revie ...

Dined on May 15, 2016

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.

Tags: good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Cava never fails!

Dined on May 15, 2016

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

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5

Food was Amazing...I'm half Greek so I l ...

Dined on May 10, 2016

Food was Amazing...I'm half Greek so I love Greek Food. Great selection! Great service. Tables were a little close together. Was getting hit from every side but overall I'm coming back. Get the flaming cheese!!

food5
ambience4
service3

Great food, but we had a table reserved ...

Dined on May 6, 2016

Great food, but we had a table reserved for 7:30 and weren't seated until 8:00. Made for a later dinner than we'd planned.

food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Pleasantly surprised

Dined on May 5, 2016

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.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Great waitress

Dined on April 30, 2016

Great waitress

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
ambience4
service3
value4

Lollipop chicken

Dined on March 17, 2016

The lunch special is a great deal and fun with a group. Lots of food. Get the lollipop chicken!

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups
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.

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