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For 2
Date
Sun, 2/18
Time
7:00 PM
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Cava Restaurant & Bar

4.4
433 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin / Spanish
Top Tags:
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish, Mexican, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
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Phone number
(805) 969-8500
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Armando Benitez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Middle Road
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Parking details
Parking is plentiful in our private lot and public parking is also across the street
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Entertainment
We have Spanish guitars Friday & Saturday evenings.
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
What 433 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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vipMamaK (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Great food and drink options.

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Cava has always been a favorite spot for me. I love the food and the atmosphere. The service is always top notch. I had the grilled veggie tostada....it was so amazing!!! I will definitely go back soon. Thank you Cava!

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

Valentines dinner with my with and ninety three year old father (Mom passed away on Valentines Day). My steak was very good, Dads fish was subpar.
Menu needs updating.

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MayaQMA 
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious, friendly, nice atmosphere, wonderful gathering place.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Outstanding food and drinks along with great service. I can’t believe I haven’t given this restaurant a try sooner.

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VanF (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Perhaps it was because we had dinner at Cava 3 days earlier, or because we were in a booth on our earlier visit, or a different chef, but it was slightly below our 5 star expectation. Still very good, but not stellar. Service wasn't as attentive, calamari and guacamole not as awesome. Still, I would return without hesitation.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2017

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

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vipCounterbander (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on November 26, 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on November 25, 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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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 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.

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