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, 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

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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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4.6

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4.1

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4.2

value

3.9

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Cava is a great place to go with friends ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Cava is a great place to go with friends to catch-up and enjoy great food. I suggest ordering a few things at a time and enjoying a nice long meal. The small plates aren't actual that small, so everyone can try everything that comes out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour
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Good service, lovely food, great drinks.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2016

Good service, lovely food, great drinks.

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Meal was good, nothing excellent. Drinks ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2016

Meal was good, nothing excellent. Drinks were made well. Service was great as well. Wouldn't recommend though. I had higher expectations.

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Our waitress was very nice and professio ...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2016

Our waitress was very nice and professional. She informed us of all thr specials and was knowledgeable about the different items on the menu and answered all of our questions. The food came quickly. While the food was good the choices were nothing spectacular or outstanding. Could stand to be updated. The mezza menu for lunch is nice. The restaurant was really cold. They had the door open and the temperature was cold that day so we all ate with our coats on. Overall it was ok.

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I met a friend and we shared a number of ...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2016

I met a friend and we shared a number of small plates. We started with the dip sampler since we did not want to narrow it down. They were all good but favorites were the crazy feta and Tzatziki. We then shared the sea bass, spanakopita, chicken souvlaki, and zucchini fritters. The souvlaki was fine but nothing special. The fritters were wonderful as was the spanakopita. We were stuffed by the end so next time I would limit the pita and dip eating a bit. They had a reasonable wine election. It was quite loud even though it wasn't full when we started so don't go for intimate convesation.

Tags: Tapas
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Excellent location with great food. My ...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Excellent location with great food. My only comment, and a very minor one at that, is that they had many bussers almost lurking around tables ready to pounce at a dish that was ready to remove -- while this is better than never seeing folks to clear items (even more important since many small plates are involved) at times had to fend them off to eat every last bite :)

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We ordered a wide variety of small plate ...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2016

We ordered a wide variety of small plates..octopus, roasted veggies, sea bass, lamb and more. The food was delicious and we all ate too much.

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We really like Cava. The service is alw ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2016

We really like Cava. The service is always great and the atmosphere is very nice. The food is amazing. Favs are FireFeta, Saganaki, Chicken Souvlaki. New favorite is the Brussel Sprouts with yogurt. They are AMAZING!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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Favorite in DC! Love the saganaki and di ...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2016

Favorite in DC! Love the saganaki and dip tastings.

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The flambé'd cheese, acorn soup & hazeln ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2016

The flambé'd cheese, acorn soup & hazelnut crusted sea bass were delicious. I had a very pleasant white Greek wine as well. Overall, Cava Mezze was a wonderful dining experience

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Our waiter suggested a great beer. Our c ...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Our waiter suggested a great beer. Our crispy pork belly was the best item we ate that night.

Tags: Great Beer, Quick Bite
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did the prices go up? $140 (with tip) fo ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2016

did the prices go up? $140 (with tip) for 2 people, and we certainly werent full.

Tags: Business Meals
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Cava's $15 lunch mezze special is one of ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2016

Cava's $15 lunch mezze special is one of the best deals anywhere. Great food at great prices.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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Cava Mezze is a great neighborhood gem. ...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2016

Cava Mezze is a great neighborhood gem. The multiple times I have been, I have always had great food, good wine, and good service. It is pretty quick too. Get the Brussel sprouts, the gyros, and the shrimp! But honestly, everything has been good.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Modern Decor, Business Meals, Authentic
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Our waitress was very attentive at the b ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2016

Our waitress was very attentive at the beginning but once we finally started ordering, she seemed to disappear. We were disappointed that they were out of several of the items on the menu and she was not accommodating about it.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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Love this place. Delicious, fun, and pre ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2016

Love this place. Delicious, fun, and pretty decent value. Definitely order the flaming Saganaki cheese. And I could eat the Greek yogurt cheesecake at every meal.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Modern Decor, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Family Style, Outstanding Value, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fun
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Love this place - can eat all types of f ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Love this place - can eat all types of food in one place withwith with with with with with friends or for business

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Modern Decor, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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Very nice dishes which taste good. Good ...

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2016

Very nice dishes which taste good. Good atmosphere. Great service !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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I really liked the Mediterranean menu. T ...

vip
·Dined on September 23, 2016

I really liked the Mediterranean menu. The appetizers were very good, and so were the main courses. I had tzaziki and taramasalata (I hope I wrote it right) and then the chicken.The cheesecake was outstanding and so were the drinks. It was a very nice experience, and complemented well a dinner with friends. It got a little loud at some point....

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food was hot when delivered, very delici ...

 
 (Miami)·Dined on September 15, 2016

food was hot when delivered, very delicious and Heidi, our server was an absolute master of everything

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I've been going to Cava since they had o ...

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 14, 2016

I've been going to Cava since they had only one location in Gaithersburg. I'm so happy to see that they're continuing to expand their brand with all the new locations. That watermelon salad is just divine.

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Food was delish! Everything was perfect! ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Food was delish! Everything was perfect! Lamb sliders... ONG!! Crispy pork bellies...OMG!!!! Saganaki!!! Opa!!! Best place ever! We will be back.

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I went for lunch, and it was SO LOUD. I ...

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 5, 2016

I went for lunch, and it was SO LOUD. I could barely carry on a conversation. Food, at least what they were not out of, was good. The waitress was fine but certainly not enthusiastic. I went expecting the regular 3-course lunch deal on a Monday, but they decided to serve brunch that day, so the deal wasn't available. Thus, my meal was twice as expensive. I have been here multiple times, but they just did not have it together today.

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The food was standard for bottomless bru ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2016

The food was standard for bottomless brunch and I like the concept of cheap drinks as opposed to bottomless; however, the server had a lousy attitude and was very rude.

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Lovely dinner on the upstairs patio. Ser ...

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Lovely dinner on the upstairs patio. Service, food and ambience all made for a perfect evening.

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I would go back here in a heart beat. Th ...

 
 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2016

I would go back here in a heart beat. The food was great, service wAs outstanding and would recommend it everyone. You got what you paid for.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Historic, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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Lamb sliders and some other dishes were ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 29, 2016

Lamb sliders and some other dishes were excellent, others, like the brussel sprouts were not worth ordering again. This would not be one of my top 10 mezze/small plates restaurants in DC.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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The food and service were excellent. Th ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2016

The food and service were excellent. The staff was friendly and accommodative.

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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 ...

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 (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 ...

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·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 ...

vip
 (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 ...

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 (Richmond)·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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