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Cava Restaurant
Cava Restaurant

Cava Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cavarestaurant.com
  • Email: info@cavarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (805) 969-8500
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin / Spanish, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Armando Benitez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Welcome your guest to the warm and intimate ambiance of our terracotta colored La Cavita dining room & terraza. we offer pre-set menus to ensure the optimum dining experience, along with Reidel crystal, special linens and our signature garden rose & fresh herb arrangements. This guide is designed to assist in the preparations that best suit your upcoming celebration or meeting. Whatever the special event-parties, birthdays, wedding rehearsal dinners, meetings, corporate dinners, reunions....all are welcome at La Cavita.
  • Private Party Contact: Becca Nirenberg (805) 705-9574
  • Entertainment: We have Spanish guitars Wednesday through Saturday night.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Middle Road
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is available Friday and Saturday evenings.
A word from Cava Restaurant
Experience the bold flavors of superb Latin cuisine from Spain, Mexico and South America in a romantic setting in the village of Montecito. Sunflower colored walls, original artwork, cozy fireplace, relaxed outdoor terraza and a beautiful bar and Tapas lounge to sip Sangria with friends while listening to live Spanish guitars.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Everything was mediocre--food, ambience, service. We'll not go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food was so good, and menu so creative that normal bar noise so close to nice booths detracted only a little."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Went back for a second visit with my family for a birthday celebration after having had an amazing dining experience last year. Maybe expectations were too high. Maybe they had an off night. The food was good, but nothing special. The service was a bit slower and less attentive than what I remembered -- but not at any level worth complaining about. An OK evening, but not memorable."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We went to Cava for a special celebration and we were treated accordingly. The food and service is always great there, but this time it was even better. I had a great pork posole and the paella looked terrific. Our server was attentive and friendly even when we stayed longer than we should have on a very busy Saturday night."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My wife enjoyed this more than I did but I think I just ordered the wrong thing. Quality Mexican food centrally located in Montecito."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "This is a great spot with wonderful food and we always enjoy going there every time we are in Santa Barbara"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Cava has always been consistent with fine dining and great service. And they have the best guacamole in town!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Superb food and fantastic margaritas! I frequent Cava. Great patio dining and staff is very friendly. Private party room is a must for an intimate birthday dinner.. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Booked the table two months in advance and ended up stuck in a tiny table by the fireplace with the fire at about 200 degrees continually. Because the table was an 'afterthought' in its placement, it was not really served well by the staff as they were very busy with the real booths and tables. The lady who greeted everyone constantly came up to the top of the room looking to see how far we were into the meal in order to 'rush us' - it did not work. It is a shame, the food/ambiance is good but the staff do not focus on the patrons in order to earn repeat business - maybe that is what the owner tells them."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had the Paella & Enchilada's. Both were excellent. They served the largest, most delectable mussels I've ever tasted. Our only regret was that we were met, seated, served, finished in 40 minutes. We wish we could have lingered longer. But Alas, we were stuffed, and needed to take a walk."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We were visiting for Christmas and I was tired of eating "American" fare so I looked for something different. What a great choice! The different flavors were popping in my mouth. Though not a stranger to Spanish flavors and spices (grandmother was Puerto Rican), I am not necessarily indoctrinated in all things Mexican. I never had (my fiancee couldn't believe it) tamales and decided to try it after seeing it made on a news segment a day before we arrived in Santa Barbara. I'm glad I did. Unfortunately I had tapas, an entree and dessert; and I only say unfortunately because I was stuffed. I had to take food with me. I loved this restaurant, it's ambience and the service. Thanks Cava for making our last meal in Santa Barbara spectacular."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "This was our first time dining with you and it was fabulous. The food was excellent. The service the best I have had in a while and the staff all very friendly. It was a very pleasurable dining experience ."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We went on a Monday evening, so it was pretty quiet. We choose to sit in a booth - very cozy! I ordered one of their specially cocktails - it was wonderful! My husband and I decided to share a couple of tapas (mussels with chorizo and stuffed chiles). Both were very delicious. For a main course, we ordered the ribs, unusual to find on a Spanish/Mexican menu. But, they were amazingly tender and the flavors complex and good. Portions were generous. We were too full to contemplate eating anything else. Service throughout the meal was excellent. When we return to the area, we would definitely have another meal at Cava! I hear they have live music on other evenings....that would be a nice addition."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "Located in the Center of Montecito. Great food, great staff. Excellent margaritas. Don't pass up the lamb, it's one of the gems of their menu."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "I have been dining here for years. One of my Montecito favorites."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "I love the food, cocktails and the live music playing. My daughter loves the guacamole! Great place to dine!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "I just started soup when the entree came out. Entrees went back and came out later cold."
    Dined on 7/14/2013