Cava Mezze - DC

4.7
1451 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Greek, American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday thru Thursday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm // 5 pm - 10 pm
Friday: 11:30 am - 10: pm
Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 9 pm

** open all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday **

Happy Hour 5 pm -7 pm Monday thru Thursday & 3 pm - 7 pm on Friday's.





** OPEN ALL DAY SATURDAY AND SUNDAYS** 10am-alotted closing times.
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Phone number
(202) 543-9090 ext. 0
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Dimitri Moshovitis
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Catering
Full catering available, from corporate to weddings. For all our of store catering please contact Scott@cavamezze.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
8th and G southeast
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Parking details
Valet and street parking daily. Valet is located directly across the street. Please have your ticket validated at our Host stand for discounted pricing.
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Public transit
METRO- Eastern Market (BLUE/ORANGE). 1.5 blocks from our restaurant.
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Special events & promotions
WE DO PRIVATE EVENTS! We have two private spaces on our mezzanine level, which can be rented out separate or together. We do baby showers, wedding showers, business dinners, cocktail receptions, fundraisers,etc.

Please contact Mara@eatcava.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Join us in either our private mezzanine dining room or heated rooftop. You can also use both for larger parties as they connect. Great setting in the Capitol Hill area on Barracks Row.

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What 1451 People Are Saying
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Nashville
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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Washington DC
9 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
7 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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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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Washington DC
5 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
1 review
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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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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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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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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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
8 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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San Francisco
46 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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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Jonathan made the experience really nice. He gave great recommendations and was really friendly! We were happy to have him as our server.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family was celebrating our niece’s graduation.

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RG
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My parents were in town, so we went to Cava Mezze for a nice dinner. We loved all of our dishes, and the service was very good and friendly. The food came out quickly and was delicious. We sat outside because it was a bit too loud inside. Definitely a more energetic feel, but not perfect if you want a quieter place.
Will definitely be back.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The service staff was friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service seems to have gone down considerably, food served - Spanakopita and the grilled octopus seemed cold. They have lost the touch they had when I last visited a few years ago.

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DC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite is delicious! Intense flavors, huge variety of choices, many veggie and seafood options, plus great wine and cocktail list. Spanakopita is some of the best I've ever had. Can't go wrong.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for dinner with a baby and a diner with dairy and soy allergies. As always, the food was great, we felt welcomed (and were not the only ones with a baby), and they really went above above and beyond on the allergy issues, even tweaking several dishes so everybody could eat them. A wonderful meal here, as always.

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Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gyro, lamb chops and beet salad were great

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Of servings were small although the food was good but there was an up charge of $2.00 for 6 slices of cucumbers for someone who could not eat bread and that seemed ridiculous

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a great experience. Food and service was amazing.

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OD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Cava Mezze man times and it never disappoints! Every dish ordered and shared by the members of my dining group was delicious, as were the cocktails. We sat upstairs, where it's a little less noisy.

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Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good experience, I’d go back. But, although the menu listed a Monday Special, the waitress told us it was no longer available and a new special that was more expensive was the special. Disappointing.

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v
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've gone to the CAVA chain restaurants before and loved them, but CAVA Mezze was an even better experience. We sat at the rooftop bar - which was amazing. For dinner, we ordered tzatziki, zucchini fritters and octopus. I'd recommend all of these, especially if you looking for something a little different. We're already planning our next trip back!

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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great start time

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great about Cava Mezza. The food was terrific and interesting. Good beer list. Great service.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I've never left anything less than 5 stars across the board, but had to say something here. No big deal to start out - our table was set with 6 plates, 5 sets of silverware (two were missing forks), and 4 glasses. It took about 15 minutes for a server to come over, but once she did, we flagged the waitress to the missing pieces. She said she would be back to fix it. We had to remind her again after it appeared she forgot, but it was eventually fixed without any big deal. It was the first seating for brunch, they were busy and no one was upset.

Someone at our table mentioned it had been about 15 minutes since we ordered our drinks. The waitress must have overheard because she then looked over at our table, gestured with her two hands and said "calm down." It was more awkward than anything. Didn't realize what she said was even rude, but it's ok. We didn't mean to come off as snarky.

After that everything was fine, but the waitress spent the rest of the meal being a little awkward. Our experience was hard to describe. The food was good, especially considering the price, but we spent the rest of the day talking about the server.

I won't be back, but I wouldn't press anyone to stay away or anything. I'm sure our server was just having a bad day.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 2

Great food. Unpleasantly loud. Drunk men at the bar.

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Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Sat upstairs with the heaters going and cool night. Loved the atmosphere. Loved the food options. Wood oven roasted Brussel sprouts and other vegetables my favorite! SO many good options.

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DM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner celebrating my friend’s birthday.

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