Very nice restaurant in casual
Very nice restaurant in casual setting. Really liked the live music on Saturday night. The decor is actually nicer than some of the pictures on the website. Was pleasantly surprised.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Twist on South of the Border
Love the salsa, bean & corn dip chips, and am always happy with the carnitas and mole. Our fave place when we drive to Sanata Barabar from LA. Sit outside -its the best!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Most of what we ordered was
Most of what we ordered was fine but the halibut entree was dry and our guests didn't enjoy it. Otherwise average Mexican food.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
I am blown away with the poor
I am blown away with the poor reviews Cava has received from OT members! My wife and I eat at Cava regularly and find it to have consistently good food, ample drinks and an efficient, friendly wait- staff. There was a time when I would not have written this but when the General Manager, Mandi, took charge the whole tone of the restaurant changed for the positive. She is empathetic and responsive to her guests requests and/or issues and the staff reflects that at the tables.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent service. We like
Excellent service. We like the hand made items, and pure ingredients.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
You don't think of ribs at a Mexican restaurant but they have some of the best in town. Sweet, spicy and tender. Large selection of Tequila and great Marguritas.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the menu - so much to choose from that sounds good. We arrived on paella night and had to take advantage of it. You could order one and split it though and just order another salad or whatever. The portions are huge. Plan to take half home.
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful place! Ask for a booth
We havse been here 3 times in 2 years and were seated in the same place each time - right next to the musician. He is Fabulous and we truly enjoyed him (in fact will be hiring him for a private party)- I just don't need to be sitting so close we can touch him!!
Note to self - Ask for booth when making reservation
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mexi-Cali Montecito Gem
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.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food in a Great Location
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.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite place in town! Fantastic menu, great staff and cute spot..
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The dinner was wonderful, good portions, and the service was very attentive. Entire experience was very satisfying.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were visiting Santa Barbara
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!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love the food, cocktails and the live music playing. My daughter loves the guacamole! Great place to dine!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went on a Monday evening,
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.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been dining here for
I have been dining here for years.
One of my Montecito favorites.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot for Halloween party.
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.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM