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:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, 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

Restaurant Photos

Saganaki
Grilled Halloumi
Lamb Chops
Baklava With Pistachio Ice Cream
Spanakopita
Roasted Lamb With Orzo
Octopus
Salmon
Spicy Lamb Sliders
Zucchini Fritters
Calamari
Watermelon Salad
Strawberry Mint Lemonade
Limeade
Pita
Salmon Brunch Special
Greek Saganaki
Challah French Toast With Berries
Grilled Baby Octopus
Mini Gyros
Ouzo
Braised Pork With Basmati Rice
Sous Vide Short Ribs
Scallop Risotto
Lamb Flatbread
Dip Tasting
Waffles
Cava Fries
Pork Belly
Grilled Scallops
Donuts
Chicken Souvlaki
Mini Chicken Pitas
Fried Calimari
Cheesecake
Greek Salad
Mini lamb Burgers
Lamb Wrap in Pita
chicken wing "lollipops"
Mussles In Red Curry Broth
Greek Mixed Grill
Cava Grill
Jumbo Lump Maryland Crab
Rockfish With Pearl Onions And Sun Choke Puree
Baked Feta With Walnuts And Grapes
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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4.5

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4.3

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4.2

value

4.0

noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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This was our second trip to the 8th Stre ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on August 14, 2016

This was our second trip to the 8th Street location. Per usual, the food was amazing. What soured our experience during this particular trip was the lack of air conditioning in the restaurant. It was a sauna. All members of our party were perspiring through their clothes. When we brought this to the attention of staff, it was met with a seemingly lackadaisical response. We would've appreciated a little honesty when arrived and prior to being sat that there was an issue with the air conditioning.

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Excellent food, energetic spot, not good ...

 
 (New York Area)
·Dined on August 12, 2016

Excellent food, energetic spot, not good for quiet talk! Excellent staff, fun and delicious food!

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Food was delicious. Lovely restaurant. ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on August 12, 2016

Food was delicious. Lovely restaurant. I will definitely be going back. One of my new favorite restaurants.

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Always reliable food and right in the ne ...

 
 (New England)
·Dined on August 2, 2016

Always reliable food and right in the neighborhood. We return often

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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It could be because we went at 8pm befor ...

vip
 (Vancouver)
·Dined on August 1, 2016

It could be because we went at 8pm before the kitchen closed at 9pm but the chicken souvlaki was dry, the mac and cheese orzo bland and lukewarm. The saganaki was great and so was the shrimp covered in shredded phyllo. The dishes were missing some key ingredients. The service was inattentive and uninformed and mixed up the order. Was very confused about how it would be possible to heat up the orzo dish.

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I enjoyed each of the dishes I ordered a ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 30, 2016

I enjoyed each of the dishes I ordered and my table of three people had a good meal by ordering only 5 plates. They recommend two to three plates per person, I would recommend starting on the low side first (see above) because each of the plates are deliciously filling. I would warn that you don't get the flamming cheese dish unless you have at least three people--b/c it's so rich. Great time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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Cava Mezze is a great spot for lunch or ...

 
 (Philadelphia)
·Dined on July 27, 2016

Cava Mezze is a great spot for lunch or after work dinner. I love the Street Corn, lamb chops and lamb sliders!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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Food and staff outstanding

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 26, 2016

Food and staff outstanding

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We met a few friends from out of town to ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 22, 2016

We met a few friends from out of town to enjoy tapas and catch up. Cava as always did not disappoint. Service was excellent and the snacks were well prepared. We are definitely fans!

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Great food! Medium service in a very bu ...

 
 (Denver)
·Dined on July 15, 2016

Great food! Medium service in a very busy, loud place.

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Lovely and well-prepared portions. Delic ...

vip
 (Virginia)
·Dined on July 15, 2016

Lovely and well-prepared portions. Delicious Mediterranean dishes. Affordable

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Another great meal at Cava. Food was ter ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 12, 2016

Another great meal at Cava. Food was terrific - the sprouts are my favorite!

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Disappointing. The Cava Mezze restauran ...

vip
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 9, 2016

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.

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The service is always amazing and the fo ...

vip
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 4, 2016

The service is always amazing and the food is delicious

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Our second time dining at Cava Mezze and ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 3, 2016

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.

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Went here at lunch. Service took forever ...

vip
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on June 30, 2016

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.

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Service was great!

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on June 29, 2016

Service was great!

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Delicious food, small plates but definit ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on June 19, 2016

Delicious food, small plates but definitely nice portions.

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I have eaten at cave mezze in Rockville ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·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
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The food was absolutely delicious from t ...

vip
 (Chicago)
·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
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Would definitely recommend ordering one ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·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!

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

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on June 17, 2016

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

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Great menu with lots of choices that app ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·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: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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The food and wine were great .. as well ...

vip
 (Washington DC)
·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 Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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Only real complaint, music was too loud. ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·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, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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Cheese <3

 
 (Virginia)
·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: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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Atmosphere was ok. Saw a bunch of staff ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·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.

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Chose this restaurant based on the revie ...

 
 (Orlando)
·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.

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Cava never fails!

 
 (New Orleans)
·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

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

 
 (Washington DC)
·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!!

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

 
 (Washington DC)
·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.

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Pleasantly surprised

 
 (Washington DC)
·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: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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Great waitress

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on April 30, 2016

Great waitress

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Staff friendly, atmosphere fine but food ...

 
 (Miami)
·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.

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Great experience, and great vegetarian options

 
 (Washington DC)
·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: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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Heard great things, was disappointed

vip
 (Washington DC)
·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
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What can I say the right amount, right p ...

 
 (Philadelphia)
·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.

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Noisy And Overpriced, But Good Food

vip
 (Denver)
·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
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The Service was Excellent

vip
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on March 21, 2016

The Service was Excellent

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

 
 (Oxford)
·Dined on March 18, 2016

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

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