Cava
Cava

Cava

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cavarestaurant.ca/
  • Phone: 4169799918x
  • 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
Cava reviews from OpenTable diners
125 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (97)special occasion (67)neighborhood gem (67)notable wine list (55)romantic (32)good for groups (21)hot spot (13)late-night find (5)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Consistently great as always!
    DinnerTime
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Fabulous tapas and entrees with impeccable service by Theran.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Tapas meal
    Heysgirl
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Fantastic Experience
    caitlinv
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Menu
    Evan
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This place was a nice find. it has an interesting menu. Tapas style with some creative takes on the traditional style
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best resto in TO for tapas
    CenaVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 79 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 695 reviews are from the Cava reviews archive.
  • Cava continues to sparkle
    Toronto1834
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Where have you been all my life?
    XoImberico
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small portions, not tasty
    PetiteFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • consistently excellent
    kare
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic Tapas Gourmet Version
    Toronto
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Service 100%, very attentive and friendly staff. Very flavorful food and interesting and original finds for your palette.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stellar sevice abounds at Cava
    winefan
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Each time I go to Cava, I am met with a staff who have fabulous wine and food knowledge, go above and beyond for their clientele, and have an demeanor of wanting to please. The kitchen sends out incredible food, lots of care put into each dish. I have recommended this restaurant to many; it's reputation is deserved as a casual fine dining destination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dawn
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Small yet surprisingly not loud. Food and service was excellent! The staff very knowledgeable. Gets expensive because the dishes add up, but all tasty and worth it for special occasions. The 2.25 hour minimum might be a problem for group of four. We were there 3 hours by the time we ate and that was without coffee!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Run, don't walk - just get to Cava!
    Shannon
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Went there with 2 friends and they asked of we would like to choose from the menu or have the chef cook for us. They took into account allergies and food issues, and we threw caution to the wind and had the chef make the call. The food oh the food! So yummy! The knowledgable wine pairings with certain courses, spot on! You won't be disappointed! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good food
    Opinion4U
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The food here is really very good. The best tapas restaurant I have ever been to. Delectable menu with a good selection of vegetable, seafood and a few meats. Not hard at all to feel replete after a meal. It is a smaller restaurant but well laid out. A bit stark (modern) in its decor but not necessarily cold as the there are lots or reds and oranges to warm up the concrete. The staff is very knowledgeable of the menu, the flavours and you get the sense that they love the food themselves. Pricing appears to be fair, but it really isn't hard to ring up a big bill. Two of us had 2 glasses of wine each, shared 5 tapas and a dessert and it was $200.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The setting is casual but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The setting is casual but the food is excellent. A great combination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    Jamie
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Spectacular experience on Wednesday evening. We trusted our waiter to bring us food off the menu. Everything was outstanding. The food at Cava is among the best in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had an excellent experience
    foodie80
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had an excellent experience at Cava and enjoyed all of the dishes, both those that we selected as well as recommendations by the staff. Excellent wine list as well. Great atmosphere and we had a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overwhelmingly noisey!
    lunchingladyVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    They had music playing when the noise level was already loud. We had to be asked to be moved away from the speakers. The restaurant is small and the tables are placed closely together. We measured the noise level and it was 85 dB (A scale) which can cause hearing loss with continued exposure. Food was great, very innovative and delicious ,creative and service was attentive but if you're over 60 it's not a good place for a meal with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chris McDonald
    Janine
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I requested a quiet table and we were seated at, what we believe to be, the quietest table in a noisy restaurant; worked very well for us. Chris McDonald was sitting at the bar directly beside us came to our table and kindly and patiently explained many of the items on the menu. In the end, we chose "let us cook for you" and we were not disappointed. The last time we were at Cava, the different dishes came out fast and furious, too quickly to enjoy each one individually. This time, I asked that the meal be paced more slowly. While Chris was in the restaurant, that was the case. When he left, the dishes started arriving 3 at a time. Again, I requested that the meal be slowed down and it was. But I should not have needed to ask a second time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    MauligirlVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I had been to Cava in the first year or two of its opening and I loved it then. This last time was very disappointing. The service was extremely slow. We had to ask for things twice and sometimes three times. We tried to order a second bottle of wine, but it took so long, that by the time we were going to ask a third time, all our food was almost done, so we told them not to bother The food was fine but it lacked the interesting flavour that I expected - it seemed a bit tired. With so much competition now in tapas in Toronto, Cava is going to have to step up its game or significantly lower its prices.
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  • If only the service had been better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Stepping into Cava, you leave the hum drum walkway of the mall and enter a chic dining space. I was welcomed efficiently and our order taken in a timely manner. The wine was perfectly chilled but then we waited and waited and waited for the food. We got the 1st morsel 50 minutes after we were seated and this influenced our experience. Things improved after we complained and a discount was applied to our bill. The Brussels sprouts were delicious as was artichoke and mushroom salad. The beet and kale salad at the next table looked amazing and I'll try that next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should try it
    Scotties
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Should give it a try and see for yourself. Some very interesting dishes. The only disappointment was the Paella which wasn't spectecular but was kind of pricy.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food very good, WAY TOO EXPENSIVE
    Jaco
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Three people, $350. Way too much. Dinner, one glass of wine and Jasmine tea. The food is mostly excellent. Churros were much better at Sassafraz. Other deserts not at the price level either. Ambience is just an average, the noice is unbelievable. We had to yell at each other for two hours. It almost ruined the dinner. Service is very good. For this money you need a whole package including a perfect ambience and more. Definitely not a place for a romantic dinner. I have been in lots of excellent restaurants in North America and have to say again, it is quite overpriced. JK
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cava...never disappoints
    Roanie
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    My friend and I prefer to let the knowledgable servers,select for us,and are never disappointed.The assortment of small plates that are set in front of us,offer creative combinations,and since we are open minded about food,always ready to try something different,weare always delighted with our experience.Of course, the appropriate wine consumed along with.Thank -you Cava.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as Always
    LizW
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    This is my third time at Cava, and every time we try something new, and have a few favourite dishes. This time, they were out of a number of things, or there were substitutions - the chorizo with manchego and squash had the chorizo replaced with Serrano ham (equally delicious), and the quince trifle was replaced with a chocolate trifle (also good, although I was looking forward to the quince.) They were also out of the Tokaji that one of my party ordered, and were out of one of the wines that we wanted to order, but the staff were very quick to tell us what was out of stock, or being substituted. The sablefish with black rice and cabbage is always the star of the show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem in Toronto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    One of the best Spanish tapas Resturant in Toronto. Great foods and great services to make you feel like a VIP guest.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish Experience
    Stefmill
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    They really make you feel like you're back in Spain! Tapas and beer were delicious.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best!
    Toronto1834
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Cava is still the best restaurant in Toronto! Menu is diverse to suit all tastes with an Iberian approach. Poached foie gras and Valdeon with sherry-roasted figs are fabulous to start. Papas fritas and the eggplant dish are legendary. Best sablefish (black cod) anywhere - so light and flavourful. Don't worry carnivores - 2 styles of jamon (ham) and beef steak that are so good they could convert a vegetarian! We were very lucky to have the dessert special - an extraordinary chocolate trifle with cherry sorbet, hope it becomes a regular on the menu! Great wine list including lots of really good Spanish wines and a very good selection of half-bottles (hard to find in TO these days) Service is outstanding-knowledgeable, efficient and charming!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Dinner Out
    skinnylatte40
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Was not really overly impressed with the food...I found that the wait staff weren't particularly observant or attuned to first-time diners. (Took us half an hour to figure out the menu was wrapped around the napkin). Some of the flavours were really quite off - ranging from WAY over-spiced (i.e. anticucho) to the blandest 0f bland (i.e. the tamal). Was excited to try this out because we have a Latin background in our family - but not quite in love with the results.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Find
    Barbara
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    We were amazed by the selection and so happy we looked over the menu on line before our visit.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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  • wonderful
    Till
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    what I love most about Cava is how one feels taken care of; you do not even have to order and can just trust the kitchen to serve the most delicious foods - accompanied by excellent choices of wine. Could not be better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic restaurant ! Met
    Lorraine
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Fantastic restaurant ! Met up with a friend to have a catch up and was pleasantly surprised with Cava. The food was amazing....especially the scallops. We went early on a Sunday as the restaurant was booked. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Great food and wonderful service.....definitely a must on your dining list.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific evening
    Schwally
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We celebrated our 10 anniversary (meeting) the other evening and I chose the restaurant because we love tapas size portions. We went in and our server asked us what we liked / disliked from a food standpoint and suggested we try the "trust menu" where she and the kitchen would serve us popular dishes. We were delighted with every plate that we were offered up. The wine list was exceptional and boasted some fantastic Spanish wines. This is a must try for any foodie who loves great flavours in their food paired with terrific wines.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Phenomenal Food & Service!
    Mignon
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    My husband and I recently came for the first time to celebrate our anniversary. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, the service was very attentive, friendly and professional. Kate was our server and she was amazing! Kate put together a fabulous 8 course tasting menu that featured everything we liked and we could tell she really listened to us as we loved the dishes she brought! We had the Beet and Kale salad, Gamay Poached Foie Gras, Jamon Iberico, Japanese Eggplant with Queso Fresco, Grilled Sea Scallops, Quinoa with Roast Vegetables and Spiced Marcona Almonds, Venison Anticucho and their 48 Hour Braised Brisket. They capped the menu off with complimentary sherry and an in house dessert. Cava - a definite pick for foodies!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Murray
    Murr
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Our evening was excellent, the tapas menu you was a great blend of traditional and original choices, service was outstanding, wine list, lots of Spanish choices. If we had a complaint, it was too noisy at a small table of four to hear our companions, having said that, ambiance was great.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hoorah for Cava
    yumyum
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Always a pleasure. Great food, good service. Just a delight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time at Cava great again
    CnT346
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This was the 2nd time we ate at Cava with same 2 friends and all of us loved the 8 plates that we shared. I do not recommend this restaurant to people who want large portions & low price. Its mostly small plates, but all of us agree its worth the price paid. I thought the most memorable plates were the Pincho of Gamay-Poached Foie Gras, Roast Brussels Sprouts, and Grilled Squid with Hazelnut Romesco, I would have requested a second order of each, but my dinner-mates wouldn't go for it. All of us loved the recommended Barolo Chinato “Vino Aromatizzato” La Canallese wine. My friend said it paired extremely well with his Churros Con Chocolate. The bar tenders topped off the night with their vast knowledge of wines & spirits, and great stories.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great !!!
    Joe3
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    3rd time here; food as delicious as we remembered. Foie gras / chicken liver pate outstanding. Service is friendly and efficient. One negative: the bottle of red wine was very cold (and no, we don't like warm red wine; this was really cold); hand warming glass-by-glass solved that (almost), and the wine itself was good value at $ 70. We will return!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winter treats!
    Toronto1834
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Another delicious meal at Cava. The eggplant and scallop dishes are fabulous and Cava has the best poached foie gras in Toronto! Cava Agustin is a great sparkling wine! The apple puff pastry tart is amazing and perfect for a winter evening.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.