Cava Mezze - DC

4.6
1542 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
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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Specials

Free Order of Homemade Greek Donuts

End your meal with the perfect treat, one free order of homemade Greek donuts. One order per table, dine in only!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 12, 2019

Ends: June 13, 2118

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-10:00PM

Happy Hour

Great Food and Drink Specials offered at our bar only!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 31, 2019

Ends: June 1, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 5:00PM-7:00PM
Fri 3:00PM-7:00PM

$35 AYCE Brunch

$35 All You Can Eat Mezze Brunch with exclusive drink specials such as .25 cent mimosa's, $4 bloody mary's + sangria, $6 crushes, and $2 sparkling wine

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 31, 2019

Ends: June 1, 2118

Availability: Sun 10:00AM-4:00PM
Sat 10:00AM-3:30PM

$25 Monday Night Pre-Fixed Menu

$25 Three-Course Mezze Prefixed Menu! A great chance to try some of our most popular dishes.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 13, 2019

Ends: May 14, 2118

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-10:00PM

(2) for $12 Pre Fixed Lunch Menu

Come try a variety of Mezze for a quick, but tasty pre-fixed lunch.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 16, 2019

Ends: May 17, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 11:30AM-2:30PM

Half Priced Wine Bottles

Half Price off all of our Wine Bottles from 5 pm until close

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 14, 2019

Ends: May 15, 2118

Availability: Tue 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 1542 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food in DC.Love going there and definitely going back soon.

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KJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

It was expensive, limited, and mediocre. It was noisy, crunchy and the table wobbled.

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SP
Portland
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dolmades are to die for! The meat in the mini gyros was also the best I’ve ever had.

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MH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner at Cava Mezze, but it was just an average meal. The food was good, but nothing stood out to make it special. The service was attentive. The prices were a bit high for the quantity and quality of food compared to similar restaurants.

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RR
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Always good food and good service!

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B
New England
38 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and the service was very attentive to your requests.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They’re good on the mimosas 👌🏼

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch was fabulous.

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SY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Dave was fantastic! He went above and beyond to ensure if the syrup contained honey for one of the people at our table who was allergic to honey. Unexpected and much appreciated.

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NS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The AYCEB special is my favorite and I am always satisfied. I thoroughly enjoy the service I receive at Cava Mezze - 8th St SE!

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LP
Washington DC
230 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We hit Cava Mezze on a quiet weekday night and enjoyed an atmosphere conducive to conversation. We sampled an array of small plates -- mostly delicious including all the dips and the roasted beet salad. Indeed, next time we'd concentrate on the small plates and pass up the somewhat less successful entrees.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Went there for brunch with my boyfriend. For 35 dollars you get an unlimited small plates. GREAT FOOD! 25 cent mimosas top off the deal as being an affordable brunch option. My only issue is the service. We were there 2 hours and were served 2 courses. To clarify, the server will come to your table to place your order, and will come back once the first round is finished. We ordered 3 plates and waited 45 minutes.(They also messed up my order twice). They were prioritizing different tables, and our service was compromised. With some “alternative motivation,” tactics with our server. Service was speedy.
I do however recommend this brunch spot. If I would do it all over again I would order everything I wanted the first time my server came around.

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N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to celebrate my friend's birthday. The food was delicious, the service was great, and the mimosas were strong!

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cava Mezze is always a great time. For the buffet rate, you definitely get your money’s worth. Great choice of food and drinks. I definitely recommend anyone who’s never been to check out Cava.

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JK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

I like the food but the place is extremely noisy. I know that small plates are brought out in whatever order they are completed, but this evening seemed really uneven in the time between plates, especially as we were not sharing. So, I'd recommend it for some of the house specialties but likely won't return in the foreseeable future.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice waiter, excellent food

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We were so excited to be eating at a Michelin Star restaurant as we had planned a good portion of our trip to Washington, D.C. around dining at some fine restaurants. We selected Cava Mezze for the variety of Mediterranean cuisine. What we did have (appetizers) seemed to be quite good. The service was less than stellar and the most disappointing thing was not receiving an entree. There was not consistency in the wait staff so when my husband received his entree, mine was not delivered to the table. I thought they would be bringing it shortly but it did not come. By the time we managed to get our waitress's attention, my husband had finished his meal. We then asked for the manager and he stated that there seemed to be some computer glitches affecting order communication. He did offer to get me something else but by then, we needed to go because we had tickets to a performance. He did try to make it right by giving us deep discounts on the food that was received but at that point, there was little that could be done to redeem the reputation of this restaurant receiving a Michelin rating.

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SC
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great pre fix menu on a Monday to sample their best dishes. Don’t miss crazy feta or beet salad! All so good. Very attentive waiter.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The all-you-can-order brunch is not worth it. We ordered about 10 dishes and only 2 of them were actively "good" (the biscuit and the lamb). The others were mediocre at best. Jonathan was a great server but otherwise the the experience was just OK. We were seated in a corner by the speaker and they seated another party at the table 2 feet away from us when most of the tables were empty and our reservation was at 10 AM. In mass producing dishes for the brunch special I think they lost sight of quality and flavor. Spend your $35+ elsewhere for a more delicious and enjoyable brunch.

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LT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoy Cava specifically for brunch. However, the mimosas are more like juice. Let’s lighten up on the oj please.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heidi was amazing! She took very good care of us. We will definitely be coming back for HH & brunch- great first experience here and highly recommended!

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C
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Foods was terrific and the service was fast and friendly.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

By far, my worst dining experience in recent memory. Mumbling waiter, forgotten drinks, raw hush puppies were sent back and 2nd batch had runny batter in the center too. My coworker was served a pink (raw) chicken sandwich. The manager was appropriately apologetic but it wasn't enough to make up for the sup-par service and food.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 1

Annoyed it was so loud. Server left out some of our dishes/drinks, and it took a while to get others. We had to ask for creamer with our coffee. Love the food and loyal because of it, but would appreciate being able to speak to the members of our party without shouting.

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KI
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I used to love Cava's brunch because its a good value for your money and the food was so good but I have to say on this visit I think all of our plates came out cold. Was disappointed for myself and the guests I had brought there from out of town.

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AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The food is not as good as it used to be, but service is good and we didn’t have to wait.

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FD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing value in an expensive city. Food was fantastic. Pork belly, steak & eggs and shrimp & grits were favorites. Our server was very hospitable and kept the food and drinks flowing. Definitely will be back again!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great and service also good.

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Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding at every level. Great service, knowledgeable and very friendly staff, awesome food and great drinks. This has to be my favorite restaurant to date on open table!!

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NS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have adored going here since I learned of the bottomless brunch. The waiting staff is superb! It will always be my brunch spot as long as they will have me.

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TH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I think the unlimited brunch needs to include unlimited mimosas. Paying 25 cents and $2 for mimosas separately just feels like someone is nickel and diming me. You might as well include it in the $35 brunch. You can't be gaining that much money from it.

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SL
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My favorite in DC... excellent Greek specialties! All the lamb dishes are great, great variety of veggies in creative sauces.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was not good and needed salt.

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff delivering great food in a great dining environment. Heartfelt recommendation.

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BW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I would only dine here for brunch again if everyone was ordering the 2-hour unlimited option. We ordered a la carte items and they were way too small. My second item came out really late and the waitress showed little concern. I had to ask twice about the status of the item before it was finally brought to the table.

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YM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I’ve been to Cava before for lunch but never for brunch until this recent visit. I truly enjoyed the brunch. It wasn’t loud and overcrowded. The food was good overall and what I didn’t like I didn’t have to eat. I just ordered more of what I liked. Although the plates are small, I was full after about 1.5 hours. I recommend this brunch to anyone!

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OO
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service - they were gracious enough to hold our reservation even though my party was running very late due to the Cherry Blossom Race, and they also added spots last-minute for us to accommodate the sudden addition of two people to our party. Very kind and great service.

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Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decided to do a Couple's Date Night and we brought 2 other couple's with us. The food and service was great!

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VC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, fast service. Plates are small, so make sure to fill up.

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