Cava Mezze - DC

4.7
1470 reviews
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Prepare to indulge in unique Greek-inspired dishes, skillfully crafted by talented Chef Dimitri Moshovitis. All dishes are served mezze style—in small plates, but with portions large enough to share. Cava’s mezze-style dining inspires conversation and laughter at the table. The dim candle-lighting and black and white family photos adorning Cava’s charming brick interior walls creates a welcoming atmosphere. A dining experience at Cava is incomplete without a glass of wine. So pair your meal with one of our upscale, yet affordable wines.
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C
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great lunch value! $12 for mezze! Definitely check it out!

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AC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Delicious tapas, fast friendly service, and great ambience. Lots of unique flavors and fresh, Mediterranean dishes.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun for brunch!

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ON
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was okay, food came out super slow, I wasn’t pleased.

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PW
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, except the chicken sliders - over fried, hard and unhealthy. The grape leaves and the lamb sliders are highly recommended. Overall, I really enjoyed our meal and will certainly return. Thanks!

Phillip

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SD
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cava is a awesome brunch spot!! The food is great and the ambiance is always fun! I love it! (Plus...you cannot beat 25¢ mimosas).

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Went with family for Christmas dinner. Had Chefs Platter .Everything was good except the lamb chops had too much fat and waiter said that they can’t help it! French toast dessert was really good.

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RC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Cava Mezze Capitol Hill, has one of the best bottomless brunches in town! All you can eat and drink (25cent mimosas but who is counting?!) for $35 in 2hrs, you cannot beat that! Being that this spot is my top go to, service plays a huge factor, however, this visit wasn't memorable.
We waited 20min for the majority of the first round of food to touch the table, with orders continuously being taken. Unfortunately, the food lacked salt and love, the quality of expected food was not met. The server was very hands off trying to avoid table conflict. The GM (didn't get his name) was very empathetic to the situation and did his best to correct one of the many fires at the table (two cranberry mimosas were served to the table with what it seemed to be the end of the juice line drip). The DOA (director of operations), Mauricio, came to the table apologized, listened to our grievances, explained what was happening very apologetic taking care of the bill.
Communication goes a long way In hospitality whether you think it's going to cause friction or not! Cava will always be #1, maybe we need a break? Lol

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LT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch! Food and service were wonderful and you can’t beat 25¢ mimosas!

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FK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a return to capitol hill from the suburbs was well worth the drive to visit an old favorite! loved the new octopus dish and the grilled meatballs were as good as ever! the dips sampler was really good BUT the portion was way smaller than it used to be... our server, Jonathan, was outstanding - some of the best service we have had in a LONG time - very attentive and friendly but not over bearing. our kids devoured everything too which always makes for a relaxing evening out. can't wait to get back!

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CJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Fantastic drinks!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the food and the 25 cent mimosas. I always bring friends here when they are in town

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

The all you can eat brunch options are lackluster compared to what was offered a few years back. Love this place but will not return for brunch

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London
95 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this place as we were staying in the neighbourhood on holiday. It was so good we’ve been back two more times. The food is great as is the service and ambience. It’s busy every night and has happy hour at the bar between 5-7pm during the week. If we lived here we would go at least once a week. Cauliflower dish to die for, as well as Spanikopita, lamb sliders and a great cheese dish that they set fire to. Great selection of Greek wines too.

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LG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We arrived a bit early and the host was very accommodating in seating us early on a busy Saturday night. We were a party of 5 (Girls' Weekend) and they're set up for sharing plates, so we could all share and try a variety of dishes, which was all excellent. One in our party is Gluten Free and there isn't much on the menu that is designated for that, which limited her, but otherwise it was a very good experience.

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BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food. Great service. Old-fashioneds hit the spot. Lots of different tastes. Beet salad was well done. Try the mussels and any lamb dish. Enjoyable meal.

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b
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food yet again at Cava. This is hands down one of my favorite restaurants in DC and the food never disappoints. My current favorites are: the Sauganaki, chicken souvlaki, lamb meatballs, smoked salmon, spanakopita, brussel sprouts, opa opa shrimp, and the crazy feta dip. I have taken numerous family and friends here over the years and it is always fabulous food!

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C
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All of the dishes were good. This was my first time here for dinner (I'd been previously for brunch) and I plan to return for brunch sometime.

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s
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food prep and service. It is a bit crowded and noisy but not terrible. Definitely would go back.

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K
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, but not GREAT for the price.

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KK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our anniversary and we were visiting from NY. The food was some of the best Greek food we have ever had! The gyros were so good, we ordered a 2nd plate. The service was amazing.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved this place! So quiet for a Tuesday and a great date spot. HH was so reasonable and perfect.

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MT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Cava Mezze with girlfriends for brunch, on a lunch date, and most recently I brought my children for brunch. The staff is always welcoming and helpful. I was very happy to see that my children were welcomed and spoiled just as much as I have been on my previous visits. The food is always delicious and the craft cocktails are seasonal and delicious! I HIGHLY recommend Cava Mezze!

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LK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed from the moment we walked in and were greeted so happily, the servers were very pleasant, and we loved the food.

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E
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good as always, but the service was a bit disjointed on this visit.

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LA
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was awesome and the roof top is great. Host staff is snooty and managers.....well let just hope u dont need them.

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DM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place for dinning and also for brunch.Food is amazing

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LJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I didn’t give it an excellent just because the shrimp in the shrimp and grits dish was not deveined. You can see the grey gunk on the back of the shrimp. I told our server and I watched her take it to her manager and he told her “ that’s how it comes we don’t go in and do anything extra!” I was disgusted that he didn’t think cleaning shrimps is important for a dish.
Other than that the server was awesome.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The servers there were helpful and kind, and the ambiance on the rooftop on a cooler summer evening was great! Must try ordering their Moscow mule and the corn. Those were our favorites!

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GS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

As a frequent customer, it pains me to say I'm unlikely to go back anytime soon. It was a super-quiet night, but service was absolutely atrocious. Our waiter was absent for long periods of time, food wasn't delivered (and dishes that were probably ours came out of the kitchen, circulated aimlessly among the few tables, and then went back into the kitchen), drinks were forgotten - and he didn't seem to realize a single thing was wrong. Nor did the manager, for that matter, even though we were there longer than several other table around us that were seated after us...and it's not like we were lingering over food. But hey the saganaki was good.

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m
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food was delicious! They have a cheese that they light on fire in front of you and it's so good. If you like Mediterranean tapas - come here! They have a really cute rooftop seating that we loved. It isn't that big, so if you wanna sit there request it in the reservation!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for the endless brunch - not a bad deal and that food is delicious!!!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch service. Speedy and satisfying, and a gentle reminder of how busy the restaurant was (they needed the table) was conveyed professionally. Bravo

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f
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious plates. Pro tip: order the next plate as soon as one is delivered to maximize brunch time!

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N
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cava Mezze is a MUST on Barrack's Row! Came on a Saturday night with a group of 6. Such a fun vibe, a bonus if you get the Saganaki! The shared plates are a pretty decent size for the price. Not to mention, the service was just as great as the food and drinks! We loved everything we ordered - the street corn, crispy chicken sliders, & spanakopita especially stood out. They also treated us to some amazing little hot donuts at the end. Will definitely be back, next time for brunch!

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Cava was outstanding. The three of us split a bunch of dishes and were able to find something for everyone. Especially with a couple of vegetarians, there were plenty of options and no one left hungry. The flaming cheese is a must try!!! As are the chicken lollipops.

Another great feature is the selection of Greek wines. The server recommended one that my friends really enjoyed.

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K
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, perfect size portions. Everyone enjoyed their meals. My only complaint is the timing of the food.

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AB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A family favorite, Cava Mezze never disappoints. The food is why you come and the ambiance and service live up too. Its not cheap... but for the quality of food.. its a good value.

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g
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the food at Cava Mezze and the service was fantastic! Our waiter was so engaging and very knowledgeable. We will be back!

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SS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had some of the most creative and delicious foods. Whipped feta! Street corn! Scallops! Watermelon feta salad! Moscow mule on draft! Loved the atmosphere!

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