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
127 reviews since May 20, 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 (99)special occasion (68)neighborhood gem (68)notable wine list (56)romantic (33)good for groups (22)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
  • Always inventing new dishes!
    yyzgirlVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Most of the menu at Cava remains unchanged - which is a good thing for regulars like us who have become addicted to the eggplant, sweetbreads, beef brisket, churros and other favourites! But Chef Chris McDonald is always inventing new dishes and in celebration of Robbie Burns Day this weekend added a delicious Spanish Haggis to the mix! Paired with an oloroso sherry and served with a smoky puréed rutabaga, it was the highlight of our dinner! An evening out at Cava never disappoints and often pleasantly surprises with a new offering, expertly executed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sharing tapas is a great way
    Barb
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Sharing tapas is a great way to experience many dishes and many flavors that you would not get to do in an ordinary restaurant. A great way to share a meal with family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favourite
    PASJGH
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Cava is one of our favourites. We recently have been to a couple of other restaurants that are showcasing a similar fare or concept and have received fantastic reviews while we were disappointed. Cava out does all these with an imaginative and fabulous menu that not only satisfies this visit but makes you look forward to the next visit. We have been going now for a couple of years and it is still top of our list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific tapas!
    coco57VIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Dependably delicious with clever, courteous servers and warm ambiance. Notable dishes include the brussel sprouts, eggplant, tamale, sablefish and venison.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • decent food, terrible dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    In general the food was pretty good, but the dessert was actually terrible.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • superb small plates - we asked
    louise
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    superb small plates - we asked the server to select dishes for 4 of us to share and he excelled in his choices with a matching wine recommendation. Certainly not an average night out, but definitely memorable for the variety of flavours and textures and stunning presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great choice
    PilsieVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    I have been to Cava on several occasions and it never disappoints. The food is creative, tasty and surprisingly affordable. The service is friendly, engaging and sincere. If you have not tried Cava then the time is now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Place For The Food
    4HallsVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    As always, Chris is doing wonderful cooking. The service was friendly and helpful. However, the noise level was off the scale. One could barely hear the Server let alone talk to one's guests. Perhaps it was the time of the year ( Dec. 20th ) with many office parties. If only Chris would re-create the ambiance of Avalon in some new location !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Dining Experience
    Eater
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    The service is excellent - they go out of their way to accomodate. The food is delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, small portions
    ValerieeVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    It was one of the coldest nights of the year but it was so cold inside the restaurant that our evening was a little spoiled by that. The waiter said they were having a problem... really? go out and buy some space heaters then. Food was good, very small portions, yes I know it was tapas, but still, some of the smallest tapas portions I have ever seen. Prices a little high too. With tip, one bottle of wine, 4 craft beers and food was $375. We did not have dessert or coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    RoslaneVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Cava has a great, eclectic menu that will satisfy any taste. To go along with the food, a deep and well-priced list of local and international wines is available. The service is consistently excellent. Most likely the best all-around restaurant in Toronto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CAVA
    PG55
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    I frequent Cava every time I am in Toronto. The staff is outstanding and the food even better. Let us cook for you - You cant go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spanish Tapas Style Restauran
    haya
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Varied selection, quality preparation, delicate taste, expansive wine menu make this a great spot. Expect to order 2 - 3 plates per average person. Be sure to ask your server which dishes take longer to prepare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was very tasty and
    toothdr
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    The food was very tasty and beautifully presented. There is a variety of interesting items. I especially liked the grilled sardines, patatas frtias and eggplant. Although Cava has a tapas or small plate menu, I think the portions could have been larger so that the they could have been more easily shared. The restaurant is well appointed and comfortable but the noise level is too high to have a meaningful conversation. The service was good and I liked the way the plates were served in sequence rather than all at once. i liked Cava and would recommend it .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    ericintoronto
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    There were four of us an we decided on the "let us cook for you" option so a steady stream of four small portions of various dishes came at a comfortable pace to our table until we said we had eaten enough! The result: we tasted more dishes than we would have if we had ordered from the menu, and tasted interesting (and delicious) items that we probably would not have chosen otherwise. The evening was a great success, and great fun as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best restos inn Toronto
    lpc416
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We reserved for a special occasion for the third time. Management and service staff were exceptionally accommodating, especially to my disabled husband. Sadly their chocolate shop has closed but they had the chocolate sorbet available in the restaurant. Try the octopus and the eggplant appetizer. We will return again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My only complaint was the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    My only complaint was the noise level .It was too loud.I think it would be more agreable in summer when you can be outside
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Toki
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    The food was to die for, can't wait to come back! Amazing service and the food was spectacular. Ambience was very romantic. A bit pricey, but totally worth it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious and Consistent
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    This place is truly a gem. This is the third time I've been there in about 2 months and it continues to be a favorite. The staff is very professional, the food is outstanding and full of flavours and it is overall consistent - they've done a great job every time! Congrats to the owner and manager and of course the balance of the staff for running such a great establishment. Top recommendation in my circle of friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My friend and I dined at Cava
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    My friend and I dined at Cava for the 1st time,what a night!Ordered a variety of tapas,each one was outstanding in its own way.I wish I could say "you must try this 1 dish" but it is hard to pick just one!The pinchos were fantastic little bites (sherry roasted figs/fois gras),frites were some of the best I've ever had, and the meat/veggie dishes were outstanding.Shared the venison, eggplant, corn tamal, duck, and quinoa cuscous.There were so many more I would have loved to tried.The recommendations for food and especially the wine were spot on.We took our time, never felt rushed, and were made to feel right at home. Sorry to be cliche but it was truly a feast for the senses. Thanks for a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DELICIOUS Paella dish!
    Mikey
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    The Paella was delicious! Lots of fresh seafood, asparagas, peppers with perfectly cooked rice, great down to the last bite. In addition to the Paella, the brussel sprouts with black garlic, were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE CAVA!!
    iloveeatingout
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Everything is so wonderful about this place, especially the food. The eggplant, tortilla, braised beef and brussel sprouts were outstanding!! We also had the charcuterie, beet salad, popcorn and dessert and loved all of it. Wine list gets expensive, but you can find some affordable options. GO TO CAVA, just go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Substance and Style
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Hard to write a lengthy review when the only thing you can think of is that this Restaurant offers "substance and style", specifically the finest ingredients well cooked, served by knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly wait staff. We enjoyed ourselves we will be back, we are telling our friends. What else matters?
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!!!
    coco57VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I just dined for the second time at Cava and had a remarkable experience. The food is tapas-style Spanish and incomparably flavourful. The menu selection is so extensive and tempting that one finds it hard to limit oneself to just 6 or 7 sharing plates. The hot artichoke salad, the edamame & moroccan olive bruschetta, the wild mushroom tamal (which the Mexicans would call a tamale) with EXQUISITE pasilla chile wild plum sauce, the eggplant with queso fresco, the sable fish with black rice and the venison skewer with cabbage side were ALL fabulous! The service is very friendly and attentive, offering helpful suggestions for food and wine. The wine selection is very extensive, with an emphasis on wonderful Spanish wines. I rate it A++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cava
    DanPB
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Great opportunity to sample a variety of well executed dishes. Of note, the fried egg plants and the duck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quasi Spanish tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Had experienced tapas in Spain many times; therefore the tapas served at Cava is a totally disappointment and a ripout to boot!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing dining community
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    The service was impeccable and the food is was a gastronomical adventure. Suggestion: the Ceviche Kingfish was my favorite dish :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas
    HungryCat
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    We have been to this restaurant several times. Food is still pretty good although most dishes are too salty. We enjoyed fries, brussel Sprouts, snails and paella. When the paella came, it was for 2 persons which I did not expect- there were 2 adults and 1 child. There ended up being too much food. Service was very good except that they forgot our jackets/our food to go. We were sad to see xococava is no longer there, missed the strawberry ice cream!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favourite
    dinefreqVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    Every visit has been a memorable dining experience with excellent service and dishes that delight. Cava has become one of my favourite restaurants, a required visit for my friends from out of town.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Great dining experience. Creative dishes. Everything on the menu is a hit. Always excellent customer service-- extremely attentive and accommodating staff. I would especially recommend the "supergilda" and kingfish ceviche. We have not encountered anything on the menu remotely close to sub-par.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely amazing food
    Anton
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Great presentation delicious flavors We tried some small portions (tapas) and paella as main course
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have eaten many times at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    We have eaten many times at Cava, but this was the best meal we have had there. Superb, in fact. Every small plate was generous in proportion and delicious, the service was good, and although the restaurtant was far from full, one noisy table of six tried, but failed, to ruin our dinner. This is, I believe, one of the 3 or 4 best restos in Toronto.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Ever
    happy
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    What a fab experience ....food was a 10+ and the friendly and knowledgeable staff were excellent
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment!
    NDKS
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    I do follow up Kate's 100 app to choose where to dine and Cava is #9 in 2013 list but the dishes were so not tasty and 48 hour beef brisket was still too hard!!! Such a big disapointment!!!
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  • Still going strong
    finediner
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    We've been going to Cava since it opened - in 2006, they reminded us, but hadn't been since 2010. We went this past Thurs: the room has changed a bit - though still a very chill and casual atmosphere - but the quality of food and service remain excellent. It was and remains a standard in Toronto for a casual neighbourhood place with great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    We've been wanting to try Cava for a while and decided it would be a great place for a birthday dinner. The food was amazing. I particularly like the eggplant and tomatillo sauce dish (which was made gluten free for me). We opted to let our waiter bring us a bunch of dishes -- this was great. My food intolerances were taken care of (gluten and dairy sensitivities). We'll definitely go back next time we're in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • check it out!! a must for anyone
    luvvv2dine
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    It was a great dinner! Chris Mcdonald never disappoints. The room was lovley and food perfect. I highly recommend for any night although a friday night was very busy .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to it's reputation
    Jamba
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    I find it rare for "must order" items to ever live up to their reputation but Cava managed to deliver. There was a great balance of complexity and simplicity on the menu and every single dish was delicious. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Tapas
    mangiacake
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Really enjoyed the tapas menu. The dishes were all good sized servings so 5 choices were more than enough for 2. And the options for wines by the glass were very tasty. overall it was a nice dining experience.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always love a night at Cava
    LeClubChasse
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Food, friends and a great restaurant, always make for a good time. This place delivers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.