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About Cava Restaurant & Bar

Cava Restaurant & Bar features an eclectic mix of nuevo Latino and Mediterranean cuisine to go along with inventive, hand-crafted cocktails.
We offer a unique wine list of owner selections from Spain, South America and California.

The décor, menu and staff here at Cava Restaurant & Bar reflect the sophisticated yet casual character of Montecito.
Enjoy a vibrant outdoor patio, romantic dining room, cozy fireplace and a beautiful bar setting. Original artwork by Channing Peake,
vintage pottery by Gorky Gonzalez, striking interior notes by
David Minicucci and the seductive sounds of local musicians Téka and Daniel Navarro lend Cava Restaurant & Bar it’s distinct and inimitable style.

1212 Coast Village Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish, Mexican, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;

Cross Street:
Middle Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(805) 969-8500

Website:
http://www.cavarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
We have Spanish guitars Friday & Saturday evenings.

Parking Details:
Parking is plentiful in our private lot and public parking is also across the street

Executive Chef:
Armando Benitez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cava Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

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Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Sunday Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
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Local Ingredients (3)
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Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always super fresh and flavorful. Nice size portions.
Great wines. Great service. A fantastic place.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Pleasant ambiance and very attentive service. Varied menu, food good and well presented but not experimental. Some portions are IMMENSE. Eg lamb shank for one was a good sized and tasty dinner before the residue was doggie bagged making TWO MORE lunches. Paella was average, with most fish too dry, and more rice than needed. Picky and very foodie diners like me might be a bit disappointed but, with more moderate expectations, I would definitely return.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Terrible. They brought some of the main dishes before the appetizers. The server did not seem to care. One of the main dishes was over salty to the point it was inedible. Again, the server did not seem to care. There was no manager as far as I can tell. No one apologized when we left. We will never go there again.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Cava is a a very popular restaurant in Montecito (Santa Barbara suburb). The food, mostly Mexican, is great and the prices are reasonable. They have a sister restaurant in Santa Barbara called Carlitos. It is fairly small so dinner reservation are highly recommended. Casual attire is fine but the folks in Montecito tend to dress up a bit.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great service, good food and a very nice atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Normally, I would review this restaurant more positively, but there were problems.
Service was extremely slow and, for some reason, there were no lights at all on the front patio - not even candles.
Dinner arrived and it was next to impossible to see what we were eating, so hunted and pecked in the dark for a while, then gave up and asked for our check.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Energetic atmosphere. Interesting choices on menu. Good, friendly service. A good location for casual dining.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The Mexican food is very good. The pozole is very tasty and a bit on the spicy side. Steak quesadilla is excellent. The margaritas were initially weak and they were replaced with a more healthy pour. Excellent service and off street parking.

Tags: Cozy, Spicy, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 21, 2017

As always, we had impeccable service. The food was great, and the wine en point. The recent refresh of the interior is subtle but very nice.

Tags: Spicy, Healthy, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Food was just ok

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

food is very industrial for the price.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Cava is our favorite restaurant to stop at on our way to Santa Barbara. It always delivers!

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 12, 2017

As always...terrific. Great food, good service, nice ambiance, easy parking. We love to come to Cava, sinply delicioso!

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Spicy, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Very nice service and good food if you know what to order. We like it!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I was able to make a reservation for 6 people for Sunday lunch just a few hours before. I appreciated that since it was a busy day in Santa Barbara with many events. When we arrived at Cava, they had set up a lovely table just inside at the front. We had two cyclists joining us who wanted to be able to keep an eye on their bicycles and the restaurant was very accommodating. They immediately found a table outside where the we could tuck the bikes in the back, out of the way of any other diners. There was no attitude from them about changing the table; they made it happen quickly and efficiently. The food was excellent. The portion sizes are large. I had a wonderful burrito asado and it was enough for at least two meals. I took the other half home and it was just as good the next day. Their chips and salsa are yummy - easy to fill up on those, too. Some of my friends had tostadas (the tortillas are made in house and are not fried) which they said were delicious; they were full of grilled vegetables. The server was also excellent - attentive, but not over-bearing. This restaurant is a favorite of a friend of mine and now it is a favorite of mine.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Cute little restaurant. Very friendly hostess who offered us a choice of tables. The restaurant was busy - we went on a Friday evening. We had a nice spot on the patio. We started with margaritas - the first round had little, if any, alcohol. The second round was better. We ordered halibut tacos and shrimp tacos. The pieces of halibut were absolutely huge and nicely cooked. The shrimp was also nicely grilled with a little kick of spice. They give you the papaya, beans, guacamole and cabbage on the side. The papaya salsa had no flavor unfortunately. They did serve a black bean corn salsa with chips which was really good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Our evening of three friends seated near the fireplace was warmly friendly. The salmon two of us ordered was prepared perfectly.

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, People Watching
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 21, 2017

My friend suggested this as their favorite Mexican food in this area...I would have to say my favorite as well! Excellent food! And margaritas

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Spicy, Healthy, Casual, Romantic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Excellent custom cocktails...try one of their many Margarita's such as the Blood Orange..very refreshing..! Appetizers were excellent and the meals are most generous in size. Overall a most welcomed and pleasant evening. We will definitely return again..SOON..!

Tags: Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Casual, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We have dined at Cava four times now. It has always been one of our favorites. The food is delicious, the drinks are great and we have always had good service.

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on August 15, 2017

All around outstanding! Great selection of appetizers to choose from. Main courses are creative and delicious. You cant go wrong with this restaurant.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 10, 2017

We had a great meal on the patio. With so many choices on menu everyone should be happy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Fun, Tapas
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Exceptional tapas and a killer mojito:) A wonderful Spanish like atmosphere and exceptionally nice staff

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great music, but the clientele was not generally appreciative of her talent. People at the adjacent tables were rather demanding and unhappy with either their drinks or menu offerings. We were happy with the food and our drinks. My husband particularly enjoyed his margarita.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 4, 2017

First time at Cava. Side trip to Santa Barbara on the way to So Cal to see family. Very pleasant experience. Tried the tacoscarbon, halibut and pork, as well as a quesadilla. Tacos were exceptional.

Glad we visited

Tags: Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 4, 2017

One of the tastiest Spanish/Mexican foods I've had. And I love Mexican food

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Really good. Service a little slow but the food was outstanding.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Cava is one of our most favorite restaurants in the Santa Barbara area. We've been there many times and always had a great meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Excellent food, value & service!
I will return.
The Frajatas are delicious & so filling.

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·Dined on August 1, 2017

Cassidy was our server and she was great. She was friendly and attentive. The buzzers were also very attentive.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 15, 2017

It was a lovely evening and we had a great table on the patio. The margaritas were excellent and so was the food. A very fun place to go for dinner especially with friends visiting from out of town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Salads were fresh but heirloom tomato salad did not have enough tomatoes. It took me a while even to find any tomato in it. Chips and calamari were ok.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Worst experience ever!
Never go there!
Two hours and never served.
Terrible service.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Love it here. The food is excellent and they allow our pug on the patio.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 26, 2017

I wish I could give Cava more stars because the food was really outstanding. But the service was terrible and unfortunately our waitress left us with such a negative feeling that it completely ruined the overall experience. Highly recommend for the food, but just hope you have better service than we did.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Second time here. Again, food was excellent but service was not as great as the first time. We ordered cocktails and, of course, the bomb guacamole with chips. Got the drinks quickly but our waiter disappeared and we were kept waiting on the guac and chips till we had to ask another waiter. Probably time for the first guy to go home. Or miscommunication between waiters.We'll definitely go back, just a little disappointing after such great service the first time.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on June 17, 2017

So delicious!!!! Atmosphere and service is exceptional. Amazing menu and margaritas!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We were a group of 6 - everybody raved about their food! Their guacamole and salsas are bomb! Excellent service too!!
Will definitely go back!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 10, 2017

This was our second time at the restaurant. First time was very nice. Food is good, but this time we felt very rushed through our meal. From entering to exiting was about 35 minutes including drinks, horderves and main course...don't know how they could cook it all that fast. Next time we won't order until we want the food delivered.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 5, 2017

I'm sad to say that the tortilla soup had very little flavor, and the gambas al ajillo were also rather flavorless. Two dishes I normally love, so I was very disappointed. My veggie quesadilla was good.

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