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

Specials

All You Can Eat Brunch

Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

50% Off Select Wines

Tuesdays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Three Course Prix Fixe Meal for $15.00

Fridays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Four Course Prix Fixe Meal for $25.00

Mondays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Specials

All You Can Eat Brunch

Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Details

$35 All you Can Eat Brunch, comes with .25 mimosa's and $4 Bloody Mary's and Sangria. Please visit our website to make reservations. Excludes Tax and Tip. Saturday 10am - 3:30pm Sunday 10am - 4pm reserve@eatcava.com. Special valid Jan 13, 2017 - May 13, 2017 on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM - 3:00 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 Jan 13, 2017 - May 13, 2017 on Tuesdays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

Three Course Prix Fixe Meal for $15.00

Fridays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 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 Jan 13, 2017 - May 13, 2017 on Fridays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.

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 Jan 13, 2017 - May 13, 2017 on Mondays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 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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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Healthy (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Romantic (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Authentic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Modern Decor (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Cozy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Business Meals (1)
Molecular Gastronomy (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Vegan (1)
Family Style (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Dinner for two.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Best brussel sprouts I've ever had. Get them, eat them, and know what it's like to live.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Cava was awesome for a girl's dinner and Tuesday all bottles of wine are 1/2 off! Makes for a great value and a fun time!

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Family Style
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

One of our favorites. Always a fantastic experience.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2017

We loved our server!! Ajay is amazing

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Went in to grab a quick lunch with my girlfriend. Foods were good and the server was inviting.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Flaming cheese! Flaming cheese! Flaming cheese! Flaming cheese! Flaming cheese!

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We went with a group of 10-12 people and they combined our reservations on the spot and were more than accommodating to our needs. The food was great, the drink selection was great and they allowed us to split up our bill.

Tags: Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Delicious food. Great variety. Fun to share. A little loud-but noise level is fine for a casual meal out.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Food was amazing!! Especially the meatballs!!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2017

The staff was super friendly and accommodating. The food was super yum.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Good authentic Greek food. Served Tapas-style, but we left satisfied after waitress recommendation of 2 to 3 selections per person.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2017

The food at Cava is always great. I usually go to the location in Clarendon but have dined here at the DC location before. The service here is mediocre and the servers always make us feel like there's a rush to get us to leave. On both occasions, we wanted to order more, whether it was another drink, a dessert or even regular food but we're always brought the check before being asked if we would like anything else. There times that we needed to hail someone down in order to order something else. The food is the same as at the other location but the one in Clarendon has better service. Anything off the menu is delicious and we will continue to patronize the Cava Mezze in VA.

Tags: Tapas, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Love Cava--it was a nice quiet evening over the holidays, very attentive service and food was very good! One of my favorite restaurants on The Hill!

Tags: Happy Hour, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2016

I live out of state and come to Washington dc twice a year and keep coming back every time I am in town. The food is great, the wait staff are friendly and helpful and prices are worth paying.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2016

We had a great booth in the back of the restaurant which was perfect for a ladie's night out. The scallops on a bed or risotto was outstanding. Then we had delicious desserts to celebrate my birthday. A special evening for sure!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2016

One of my favorite places restaurants in the DC area. I've never had a bad experience here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Modern Decor
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Food and service was excellent. Difficult to hear-- their music seems to cranked a bit high.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Great food and atmosphere. Everything is always prepared well, and presentation is done well.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Happy Hour, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Romantic, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2016

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2016

Good service, lovely food, great drinks.

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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2016

Favorite in DC! Love the saganaki and dip tastings.

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 (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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 (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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 (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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vip
 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Grand Rapids)·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....

Tags: Casual
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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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vip
 (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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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2016

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

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 (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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 (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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 (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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