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Cava Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cavarestaurant.ca
  • Phone: (416) 979-9918
  • Hours of Operation: DINNER Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Christopher McDonald/ Doug Penfold
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St. Clair
  • Public Transit: St. Clair subway station is located two blocks south of Cava on the south east corner of Yonge & St. Clair
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Convenient, indoor, handicapped accessible public parking is available behind Delisle Court, with entrances on Heath Street and Delisle Avenue.
A word from Cava
Cava is a small-plates restaurant whose eclectic cuisine showcases Chris McDonald's culinary depth, with an emphasis on Iberian and Latin American flavours.

With a "nose-to-tail" sensibility, and a long-term devotion to sustainable and ethical ingredients, Cava maintains it's reputation as a destination restaurant who balances responsibility with a memorable dining experience.

Designed to underscore the elemental relationship between food and wine, the simple, charming room has traditional table seating for 56 as well as a bar; which is designated for walk-ins on a first come first served basis.

Most recent accolades include Cava being ranked in the top 10 on Joanne Kates' Top 100 Restaurants of 2013.

A frequently changing menu offers inventive interpretations of familiar culinary themes with over 40 wines by the glass and over 200 different bottles to enhance the experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "I really like this restaurant and have been there many times. This latest visit found the food to be okay, but not great and the sirloin arrived after a 25 min wait and was lukewarm. And that dish for $60! I think the prices have gone over the top and the quality of the food has not followed."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Cava is a very nice small restaurant specializing in Spanish tapas. They have a very good menu that is never static and, as a result, always interesting. The service is very consistent and thoughtful. Menu highlights include foie gras with rhubarb relish, grilled peppers, serrano ham, and grilled sardines. There is enough variety in the menu to please everyone."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Food still very good, although heavier than I remembered. The Riojas are very good, albeit at a price. After some rounds of tapas, we ordered a cheese plate, and it took almost 30 minutes to arrive. It was delicious, with quince jelly etc., but it cannot have taken more than 2 minutes to plate. Instead of an apology, we got stories on how the chef was so busy. By that time, our bottle was finished so the wine-and-cheese idea fell through. The waiter clearly saw this, but must have been thinking: not my problem. Hmmm. Will pass on this place for a while."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The service was excellent. The good was good. We were hoping to try the paella but unfortunately they no longer serve that."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The food is fabulous but the noise is unbearable. The only way to have a conversation is too shout. It's stressful and always makes us hesitate about coming back. Otherwise, we would come more often."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Food was divine and the wine pairings added to the experience."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Great service until a large party of 8 was sat next to us and after we advised our waiter that one dish was too salty to be eaten. We were ignored the rest of the evening. Food was fair and I would not recommend CAVA. Not sure how it got in the Top 10."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Booked a table for 4 on Sunday, $15 corkage so brought a bottle of my better wines. Service was very attentitive but not pushy. Water and wine glasses were always filled. Empty plates cleared promptly. One waiter was not too familiar with the menu but he went to find out from the Chef. Tapas very tasty, portions were quite small and quite expensive. Waiter was very good in pointing out that we do not have to order too much so he was not upselling. As I said the service was good. We were there at 6 and it was quite cozy, and then the restaurant starts filling up by 7:30 noise level was quite high. That made conversation a bit difficult. I could put up with the price of food, but the noise level really damper the dining experience."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Cava serves tapas style menu. Many interesting food items such as sweetbread. The eggplant and sablefish were delicious! Service was excellent. Since the food is served tapas size, the price seems a bit high for the size being served, but food quality is good. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food and service were very good. A small delay that we barely noticed brought us some free wine to the table. Churros with chocolate sauce were killer!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Excellent meal. As it is a tapas menu we had over 10 plates and there wasn't one that we didn't like. The server was very helpful"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Menu is interesting and well developed. Portions great for sharing."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My husband and I took our friend out to a celebratory dinner for graduating from law school. The servers were amazing, very attentive and passionate about the restaurant and the food/culture. Each dish was delicious and was presented nicely. Would go again for another special occasion."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "One of a handful of restaurants that serve baked Alaska and it did not disappoint. Roast Sablefish was out of this world, and after trying sweetbreads for the first time...im a fan now. Delicious."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our favorites were the venison and striped bass although every dish was amazing. A very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "great recommendations from the staff. Very enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We dined at Cava on the weekend with our 8 year old. We had them feed us and I can say it was plentiful. We ended up having about 9 dishes. My favourite was the eggplant for sure. Tapas were great, but I was at Bar Isabel two weeks ago and found it more flavourful. The service was very good. They were also attentive to our son. This is not a cheap place to dine. But then, anything out of the ordinary isn't. Bill was under 300 with 4 drinks. Might return, but I've had more enjoyable experiences at some other fine dining restaurants. But I would say that if you're a foodie type of person, give it a try."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "It was our third time visiting Cava and as was true before, it did not disappoint. In fact, this our favorite restaurant in Toronto. Delicious, inventive tapas, attentive service. Always thoroughly enjoy an evening at Cava!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Waiter was very knowledgeable about wine list. Made excellent suggestions. The food was different for us and fantastic. I would certainly go back. It was also quiet, not noisy which we loved."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Cava's menu has lots of new items as well as firm favourites. We decided to try all new except for papas fritas (you have to have them at Cava!). 2 specials of the day were great - cured tuna on frisee and smoke salmon danish-style to celebrate 1st anniversary of King of Denmark pop-up. Tamal with feta and a divine roasted tomato sauce. The mussels looked fabulous and the next table recommended then highly. The chicken liver and foie gras mousse favours fans of chicken liver. We had sherry and cava to start and a great Spanish white wine. Dessert was perfect for summer - rhubard trifle! Service as always was excellent - very helpful!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My first time ever going to Cava and im a extremely glad i did. Food was amazing, and staff were extremely friendly. I absolutely will be going to Cava again."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Definitely a must try place. They have the utmost selection of wine list and the food is just divine."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "$23 for eight mussles in a bowl, no bread. Warm bubbly, $8 for a slice of bagette with cheese and one fig. Really! Far too precious for words. Went out for dinner after because yes we had spent money but had recieved no food. If you are a dieting fiend and want to go out for dinner then this is the place for you.What did the waiter say... an ascending collection of flavours...something like that...... Please!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food was good. Service was good at the very beginning, but then when there was a second guy came complete our order, he kept trying to convince us to order two of each of appetizers while we only wanted to order one to of each to share so we can try more types. And then at the end he never came to collect our finished dished even he has passed by our table for so many times. Normally any other restaurants would have taken away the dishes and offer the desserts menu. But that guy didn't do any of those until I was really upset that I decided to skip the dessert and call for the bill then he gave us the bill. I was quite happy about the food and was craving for a dessert bit at the end it turned out to be not a pleasant dining experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Looked for something different for a very hip father for Fathers Day. Cava provided delicious food, good drinks and great service. Will return."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great Food, delicious!! Recommend! Great place. Me and my family enjoyed."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoy our date nights. It has to include good food, fine drink, and a healthy dose of time well spent. We have Cava on our regular rotation, and it always delivers a great night out. Dinner reservations at 9, meant walking into a lively dinning environment. A couple of Cavas to get the appetite going, and then slowly making our way through the menu, with a few old favourites, and a few recently added, to keep things exciting. Service is always friendly, attentive, and paced for enjoyment. We consider Cava to be our neighborhood gem, its a must for anyone uptown, and well worth the adventure, for any urbanite. Enjoy! Try: EGGPLANT, SUPERGILDA, OCTOPUS AND NEW POTATO SALAD , well, everything really, but save some for next time!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Cava is an exceptional tapas restaurant. The staff are knowledgeable and, more notably, the food is both exceptional and memorable. Try the sable fish, venison or the Okanagan Gewürztraminer. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Everything is well done. We were warmly greated and shown to our table. We were never rushed (despite the restaurant filling up at the end of our meal). We were allowed to relax over a cocktail and then the menu was explained to us. The waiter ensured we didn't over-order (everything looked so good). The meal was excellent with each dish complimenting the next. The pacing of each dish was just right. Excellent choice of wines by the glass. A wonderful experience."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I had no idea about this type of cuisine - I love fish and most kinds of food..but everything I tasted here was BEYOND better....this is not expensive for such high quality food..and suprisingly.....filling! You think you can go on ordering and eating as it is so tastey.....but suddently you hit the wall and realize STOP.....it was encroyable, vraiment. Very romantic spot for my b.f's birthday meal."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Fabulous tapas and entrees with impeccable service by Theran."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Recommended by a friend. Joined another couple for dinner. 9 creative Tapas dishes ordered (highlights included cerviche, eggplant, sable fish and Brussels sprouts - which says a lot because I am not usually a fan), a bottle of wine, shared a plate of churros, and some tea - all for $250 before tip. Excellent service! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Service was a little slow on this evening. Food was very good but not fantastic for the price. The rabbit paella for example was very dry."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "My family and I went to Cava to celebrate my birthday and we had an overall fantastic time! Our server was amazing; he was friendly, helpful and did an incredible job in 'veganizing' dishes for my brothers girlfriend! The food was absolutely delicious. We let them "cook for us" which was a great choice as the food pairings were excellent and the flow/timing of the food was perfect. This was my second visit to Cava and I'll be sure to return again! What a great hidden gem in midtown :) "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "This place was a nice find. it has an interesting menu. Tapas style with some creative takes on the traditional style"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Cava maybe the best tapas resto I have been to in Toronto! Everything we ordered was excellent. The sablefish with black rice, the oxtail stew, and the squid were especially good. We also enjoyed the Spanish wine. It's too bad that they ran out of the baked alaska. But the churros and souffle were excellent desserts! The decor is a bit lacklustre. However, I will go back to try more tapas. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Cava continues to serve great food and wine with excellent service. Sablefish (black cod) is sublime. New white asparagus dish is fabulous. Favourites such as the eggplant dish and papas fritas continue to delight and Cava's the only place to go for Iberian ham. Wine list is extensive with a great selection of Sherries (NOT your grandmother's Bristol Cream!)."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The Jambon Imberico is one of the most fantastic things I've ever tasted in my life. Definitely worth going to the restaurant for that alone. However, our server was impeccable, he didn't make us feel out of place at all (even though we were), and was very knowledgeable about the menu as well as wines. Ever dish that came out of the kitchen was a feast for the eyes, and was invariably creative. A lot of care is obviously paid by he chefs in choosing ingredients that compliment each other in such interesting ways. Love the inclusion of local where possible, and the attention to sustainability as well as the use of products in a "nose-to-tail" fashion. Will definitely be returning again, and again, and again. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Not one thing we ordered was particularly tasty. The combination of flavours just didn't go together well. Furthermore they were tiny! We were four girls told to order ten dishes of which we did. Each of us could've had another few plates and dessert. Only decent dish was the duck. Not cheap either we each spent 40 bucks without wine and dessert and left hungry. Would not recommend whatsoever. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Once again Cava proves itself a very reliably impressive restaurant. Sharing gives a great chance to try many dishes. We also had a super great Spanish wine from a list that includes many reasonably priced options. Standouts include mackeral ceviche and brandade stuffed mini peppers as well as the 48 hour brisket."
    Dined on 5/11/2014