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About Cava Mezze - DC

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.

527 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Greek, Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH | Monday CLOSED | Tuesday - Friday 11:30am 2:30pm

BRUNCH | Saturday 10am - 3:30pm | Sunday 10am - 4pm

DINNER | Monday-Thursday 5pm-9:45pm | Friday 5pm - 10:45pm | Saturday 4:00pm-11pm | Sunday 4pm-9pm


** OPEN ALL DAY SATURDAY AND SUNDAYS** 10am-alotted closing times.

Cross Street:
8th and G southeast

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 543-9090 ext. 6

Website:
http://www.eatcava.com/

Catering:
Full catering available, from corporate to weddings. For all our of store catering please contact Scott@cavamezze.com

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.

Public Transit:
METRO- Eastern Market (BLUE/ORANGE). 1.5 blocks from our restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Dimitri Moshovitis

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

Specials

50% Off Select Wines

Tuesdays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Four Course Prix Fixe Meal for $25.00

Mondays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Three Course Prix Fixe Meal for $15.00

Fridays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Specials

50% Off Select Wines

Tuesdays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Details

50% Off Select Wines. Excludes Tax and Tip. Half off All wine bottles all night long!. Special valid Sep 29, 2017 - Jan 29, 2018 on Tuesdays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

Four Course Prix Fixe Meal for $25.00

Mondays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Details

Four Course Prix Fixe Meal for $25.00. Excludes Tax and Tip. Please visit www.eatcava.com to view our Mezze Mania Menu!. Special valid Sep 29, 2017 - Jan 29, 2018 on Mondays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

Three Course Prix Fixe Meal for $15.00

Fridays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Details

Three Course Prix Fixe Meal for $15.00. Excludes Tax and Tip. Ask about our Mezze Mania Lunch Special!. Special valid Sep 29, 2017 - Jan 29, 2018 on Fridays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.

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.

Cava Mezze - DC Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (12)
Tapas (11)
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Good for Groups (9)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Fun (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Casual (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
People Watching (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Authentic (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Cozy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Cava is a great place for brunch on the weekends! All you can eat for $35 and mimosas for 25 cents, can't beat that. The food is unique and delicious, the service is good, and their drinks are great! Lots of tables enjoying themselves at this neighborhood hot spot.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Delicious small plates, especially the zucchini. I am a big eater and the "pick three" lunch menu was plenty of food for lunch, and at a good price also. I ate early so the dining room was quiet. It might be on the noisy side if the room is full. It's an easy walk from the Eastern Market metro. Good for large groups also.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food, great ambiance. Good for a date or casual get together

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Every course from this restaurant was a delight. From the shared appetizers to the dessert, the food was some of the best we had in DC. The staff was attentive and there was plenty of space for our group of 5. It was also easy to hear and the ambiance was perfect. Not a single complaint and hope to dine there every time I'm in DC.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was wonderful! Great food, great service, not too noisy!

Tags: Tapas, Healthy, Quick Bite, Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was excellent. Great breadth of items to choose from and all really delicious. Loved the octopus.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Decent restaurant. Good place to try a variety of foods.
Fried chicken sliders were a hit!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Delightful

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This place has become a go-to for our company team when in DC. Great food!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Love this spot but food portions have gotten smaller and prices larger so not as good of a value

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was great as always! Service was pretty good. The only complaint is the waiter forgot about us at the end of the evening and we had to wait awhilefor our check. But, love the food here and highly recommend coming! The saganaki is my favorite!

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Good and service was excellent as always.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Wonderful time as always at this DC institution. Great small plates - The saganaki is a specialty and a must. The brussels sprouts are delicious. Don’t sleep on the desserts - the donuts were great. It’s really hard to find a bad dish.

Go there for a moderately priced date night with fun ambience and great food!

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Menu being changed from summer to fall, so out of a lot of items which we didn't hear about until after we ordered and wondered where our food was. 2 of the dishes had a hair in them, and our chicken was raw in the middle. The manager was very apologetic, comp'ed our meal, and gave us a gift card, but not sure we'd go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Solid brunch, but price for the quality was lacking for me. Maybe just do a la carte or not the brunch menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Overall good experience!

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Very savory and tasty Greek food and being Greek I know. Atmosphere was amazing as was the decor. The waitstaff was genuinely nice.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The music was a little loud, but everything else was wonderful!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Arletta waited on our party of 3. She did a great job with plenty of suggestions. She knew the menu well and we enjoyed our cocktails and some delicious tapas. Watermelon salad, Brussels sprouts, tzatiki, chicken - all so good. We sat outside and enjoyed the people watching. We will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Cava seemed to us to go downhill a few years ago, and we had not eaten there in quite a while. It was a pleasure to go back and rediscover the joys of fresh salad, roasted cauliflower, saganaki aflame, and octopus. Everything was delicious, and the service was unobtrusive and expert. We will put this restaurant back on our short list of places to dine for very good food, expert service, and some money left in the bank account when the evening is over.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great share plates menu and wine list. Staff attentive and good fabulous, coming quickly after ordering. Eating outside on a warm night was lovely.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Delicious food on the patio-every visit! My favorite go-to place!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Cava never disappoints! We felt a little rushed but I guess it was early right when they opened for dinner so the kitchen was pretty quick in making our orders.
Delicious food :)

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This is definitely a 'young person' place. The brunch portions are very small - not worth the price in my opinion. Asked for a plain waffle (no chicken) and they literally brought out 1/4th of a waffle. I think this is a great place if you're primary goal is to drink and casually snack. But if your into brunch for the food, I would choose another place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, People Watching, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Good food, service, decor. We would definitely return. We had the large chef platter. Some of the meat was dry.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We booked Cava Mezze for a group of 6. The table was spacious, and the food was excellent. We were able to share dishes and still had plenty to eat. It was fantastic, and the wait staff were attentive and had good recommendations.

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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Just rolled into D.C. From OH to drop off our son for his fall internship. My wife found Cava Mezze on the web and what find it was. Truly fantastic food and atmosphere!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

There was a police matter going on right outside the restaurant when we arrived with a loud guy getting agitated. Also, there was a dining customer sitting outside about to get into it with a man strolling b y with his dog, who was letting the dog get too close for comfort of the diners.

That being said - I'd recommend sitting inside for sure. But our waitress was super friendly and the manager came by as well. Overall the food was great and the taster hummus plate was awesome.

I'd recommend they put MORE Nutella on the Greek donuts and have more white wine selections.

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The food kept on coming! Amazing deal with fantastic tasting food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Had bottomless brunch. This type of brunch might be better for a big party that's planning to eat a lot. We did not stay for the full two hours and did not have too many rounds of food before becoming quite full.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

First time to Cava Mezze and was pleasantly surprised. Was attending the USMC Silent Drill and Band performance at 7:30 so I booked a 5:30 dinner. Upon arrival we were quickly taken to our table and waited on immediately by a very friendly and knowledgeable waitress. We had salads and every kind of Tapa on the menu, dips, vegetables, seafood, meats, cheeses and even dessert. All were served piping hot and none disappointed. Loved the watermelon salad, octopus and crazy feta (made with jalapeno).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Happy Hour
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Met up with high school friends in DC. This place has a great selection. However, I really think their drinks are what make this place. Food was good but drinks were great!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I was concerned that the logo looked too similar to the fast food Cava Mezze - then I found out (from our excellent waiter), that is was, in fact, the same operation. Boy was I surprised!
The food is, of course, much more varied than the fast food Cava, and delicious. You don't have to love Mediterranean cuisine to love this place.
Even though it's a tapas restaurant, the plates are of ample portions - 2 was enough for me (5'11, 190). I made the mistake of ordering 3 and took an entire plate home (lamb sliders).

I had the octopus, freekeh fava salad, and lamb sliders. The sliders were almost full size burger in my opinion. Coctails were refreshing - we all had the mojito (it had a special name, but I don't recall).

The A/C wasn't working well (or not at all) the night we dined, so it was a bit close. Heavy thunderstorms rolled through which cooled things down a bit. It wasn't uncomfortable; it just should have been more comfortable.

Prices are reasonable (again, the portions are good). I'm looking forward to going back. I just wish they'd have used a different name for the restaurants to separate them from the fast food brethren. Call me a snob....

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food was good EXCEPT for the baklava. It was disappointing.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great food, nice atmosphere

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Came here for another phenomenal brunch! A great bottomless brunch deal for $35. Mimosas kept flowing and food continuously being served. We were seated on the patio, which was great for people watching.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 31, 2017

The short ribs dish was awfully salty and the yogurt on the lollipop chicken was warm.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2017

I am always a fan of Cava, but the location in Capitol Hill is extra fun! It feels like the place to be for dinner on a Saturday. The food is excellent. I especially enjoyed the street corn and flaming saganaki cheese!

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Healthy, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Food was decent but it was overshadowed by the poor service, unfortunately.

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