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Cava Restaurant
Cava Restaurant

Cava Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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 WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We dined with family from Texas, and they loved the restaurant, it's ambiance, friendly staff, & great food. They even wanted a large container of the delicious salsa to go. They were taking it to their hotel in Anaheim. It was a good reunion after 9 years and this was the perfect meeting place. Thank you Cava and Open Table!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We made reservations to celebrate a couple of family birthdays. Not going out all the time, it is a big decision on where to go. We had a great time and enjoyed the food although the margaritas were not as good as they should have been....nothing out of the ordinary. We were seated after waiting 15 minutes, acceptable with a reservation, but then proceeded to wait for 20 minutes to have a waiter take our order for drinks. We received appetizers BEFORE the drinks arrived. All in all about 60 minutes before having a cocktail which I find unacceptable and not a good start. Made up for it in the end with much better service as the evening wore on but still not rushing back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The waiter was not friendly and appeared to not like me and my dinning mate."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Once again, a great time, with an amazing relaxing time"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Long a favorite of mine but noise level and 25+ min delay in getting a table, despite OT reservation, caused friend whose birthday we were celebrating to ask if we could go elsewhere to hear each other talk. Staff sympathetic so will probably return Didn't eat so food rating required by site is useless"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Always a great time....weather it's for a light bite, or full on meal. We always leave happy"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Great service and a nice setting, but the food is mediocre at best."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Been coming here for many many years. Always and enjoyable experience, with the food to match, as well."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This was a first time dining experience for me at Cava, and I enjoyed everything about it. The atmosphere was comfortable, and service attentive. I had the Pasilla Chille Relleno en Caldo (which is a favorite) and even thought its presentation is quite different from the usual/traditional Chille Relleno, it was a surprisingly delicious variation (it's served in a bowl of sauce) with the rice & beans on the side. I also sampled some of the meat from the burrito asado, which was DELICIOSO! ...and had bites of the grilled veggie salad which was also tasty."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "its always an event when we come here, the staff always make great suggestions from food to drink! The attention to detail is very evident!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Be forewarned: the portions are quite hardy and delicious. We had awesome service thanks to Sarah, gracious, professional and efficient. We would go back. And don't skimp on the guacamole!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This place came highly recommended as a higher scale Mexican. In the end, we left utterly disappointed. The guacamole was fresh and good, the fajitas mediocre, but the other two plates (quesadilla and empanadas) we ordered were blant and over-sized. Honestly, I would have gladly paid as much for smaller sizes of great quality and tasting food. We had lunch the day before at Los Aroyos in Santa Barbara, which had been referred to us as lower scale. Well it was cheaper, but a hell-of-a-lot better overall experience. Four thumbs down to Cava from my wife and I. It was the only meal we truly disliked over a 5-day trip to the area. Cava.....never again."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We just celebrated my husbands and daughters birthdays at Cava. We 5 different and couldn't finish them all. Our favorite was the halibut cerviche. The server was very upbeat and quite knowledgeable. We were there quite a while and never felt rushed to leave. Great place to come back to. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Cava is always great. The food is perfect every time. And the cocktails? They are super, just like that darn guacamole!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Dined at Cava during an out of town stay. This quaint and lively little Mexican restaurant is quite the neighborhood hot spot. Everything was A+. The upbeat servers were attentive and very cordial.Both the food quality + quantity were perfect. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Had a great brunch w my family. There was something for everyone of all ages!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Our regular stop from LA to Santa Barbara. Love this place!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "I love the food, cocktails and the live music playing. My daughter loves the guacamole! Great place to dine!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We were visiting Santa Barbara for the weekend and had been referred to Cava by a friend. We weren't disappointed! The food was delicious and fresh. The staff was very attentive and we could see that this was a local favorite and felt very lucky to have had the opportunity to dine here. If we had more time in the area, we would have re-visited again. Definitely next time!"
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "Delicious Mexican food, starting with piquant bean dip and spicy salsa with very thin and crispy taco chips. The entrees were huge, and could easily be shared. Both the paella and the seafood enchiladas were wonderful. Service was attentive. Margaritas were excellent."
    Dined on 7/30/2013
  • "The dinner was wonderful, good portions, and the service was very attentive. Entire experience was very satisfying."
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "Our favorite place in town! Fantastic menu, great staff and cute spot.."
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "Outdoor Seating is the way to go at the great local restaurant. Our reservation was in the evening where we still had a lot of natural light that changed to lamp/candle light with our dinner. Loved the outdoor table with a view of the quaint street of Montecito! The street is filled with small unique shops that makes for a lovely afternoon stroll into dinnertime. Margaritas are excellent. If you can, share a dish since the portions are huge. Our food was great but at a point you just can't eat it all and we hated to waste it but we were out of town. Along with the chips, they bring you two salsa choices and both are great -- tomato salsa and black bean."
    Dined on 7/15/2013
  • "I just started soup when the entree came out. Entrees went back and came out later cold."
    Dined on 7/14/2013
  • "A second visit to Cava proved to be as excellent as the first when we went for early dinner on Sunday. It was quieter this time, which was fine as we were looking for a romantic spot where we could both eat and talk. The staff is quite pleasant and attentive but didn't hover. They checked back during the meal to be sure that things were going well and if replenish beverages if we wished. The portions are generous and the food well prepared, fresh and attractive on the plate. Enchilada suissas were delicious, as were lamb shanks. The red sangria can be addictive, and it is not overly sweet. Normally, I don't order it, but at Cava, I do. Parking is generous. The noise level can go up after 7, but to acceptable levels. Dinners revs are a must."
    Dined on 7/14/2013