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Date
Wed, 6/20
Time
11:00 PM
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Cava

4.5
1179 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Latin / Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Cava is a small-plates restaurant whose eclectic cuisine showcases Doug Penfold's culinary depth, with an emphasis on Iberian and Latin American flavours.

With a "nose-to-tail" sensibility, and a long-term devotion to sustainable and ethical ingredients, Cava maintains it's reputation as a destination restaurant who balances responsibility with a memorable dining experience.

Designed to underscore the elemental relationship between food and wine, the simple, charming room has traditional table seating for 66 as well as a bar seating for 10.

Most recent accolades include Cava being ranked in the top 10 on Joanne Kates' Top 100 Restaurants of 2016.

A frequently changing menu offers inventive interpretations of familiar culinary themes with over 40 wines by the glass and over 200 different bottles to enhance the experience.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
DINNER
Monday to Thursday 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday to Sunday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Please note that we accept our last table at 10 PM. Our kitchen and bar do not have a set closing time.
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Phone number
(416) 979-9918
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Doug Penfold
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
St. Clair
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Parking details
Convenient, indoor, handicapped accessible public parking is available behind Delisle Court, with entrances on Heath Street and Delisle Avenue.
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Public transit
St. Clair subway station is located two blocks south of Cava on the south east corner of Yonge & St. Clair
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1179 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We wanted to try something new and gave this restaurant a try. We were delighted that we tried this place as all of 8 small plates we ate were so tasty we would have ordered a repeat if only we could eat more. One slight drawback, hence the 4 stars instead of 5, was that the pine nuts in the roasted cauliflower plate did not taste quite right. The wait staff was courteous, took back the dish and removed it from our order. The restaurateur later also came by to acknowledge the mishap, apologized and thanked us for the feedback. We definitely would recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The staff are friendly and the bartender is very knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Very nice experience.

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Overpriced for what you get, very disappointing!!!

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We went there because I craved paella. Their paella is a disappointment. Ceviche is good and so is the eggplant dish.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Enjoyed this restaurant. A hidden gem

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Amazing food quality and creative combination of flavours. Top level restaurant in toronto.
But the courtyard/outdoor area is far from charming!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

As usual, the service was excellent. Although I am a 'regular', I often don't go for a couple of months and I feel warmly welcomed every time, as well as remembering my preferences. The charred octopus with black kale was sensational!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great food and atmosphere and one of few restaurants that are still open late within Mid Town! Super place!!!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great food. Excellent service. We will return soon.

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We were hoping for for better. Definitely won’t be going back.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great service, great management, incredible food. i would love to go back.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Great selection of food. Everything was delicious. Service was excellent. Highly recommended

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The restaurant was a pleasant surprise. When you arrive to the place where the restaurant is located, it is somewhat unerwheling. However when you get inside the very simple decor is overriden by someone friendly greeting you at the door, promptly ushering you to your table. Within minutes you are asked for your choice of beverage and it arrives at the table in a timely manner. But the highlight is the food, it was delicious, every dish or plate from their menu meant to be shared was great. We were a party of 4, and because we couldn’t decide what to have, we opted for the “Trust me menu” which is orchestrated and selected by the staff and all the selections turned out to be good options We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Wonderful tasting menu. Pricy but everything was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The food is amazing .....!!!!!!

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Even though the restaurant was not busy the service was inattentive.

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Overall it was a good experience. The server was excellent. The food was pretty good, some dishes more than others. The sablefish was very nice. It lacked excellence however. For the caliber of food and the price I think it could be improved. The food wasn't very warm, and though everything was good it wasn't amazing. Going on a Wednesday may be a different experience from a Friday or Saturday but surely this shouldn't be the case. I enjoyed my time but wasn't blown away. Room for improvement.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Creative cuisine that never fails to impress -- and the service is always flawless and with a bit of humor. We never get tired of going back.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

This was our 6th visit and will not be our last. This is a prefect restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. They also have a great selection of Spanish Vermuth which is not found at the LCBO. The entire evening reminded us of our recent trip to Spain. Superb evening and happy diners!

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

We have eaten here many times, but the food was spectacular last night, the best ever. Every one of the 6 courses was beautifully prepared and presented, and the service was efficient and polite. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Cava is a hidden gem at the heart of st Clair and Yonge! One of my favorite restaurants, always great service and incredibly delicious tapas!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Such an amazing meal.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Apart from all the qualities expected from a good restaurant (knowledgeable, accommodating, and prompt staff, food with nuanced flavours), what makes them stand out is that it is not divided up by the waitstaff like a turf. While there was a primary staff who served us, when we were pondering over a detail over a dish, another staff stepped up and answered our question unprompted.

We also had a tour of the kitchen. That night was a full house. We were more impressed by its efficiency after the tour.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Another wonderful meal at Cava. Excellent food and service, and wonderful ambience. The price points were a little higher than I had remembered them from previous visits, but such is life!

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1.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Very mediocre and very poor value
I would not recommend it to anyone

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was good but overpriced. Service was fantastic. The restaurant decor and ambiance itself is only so-so. Be prepared to go with a fat wallet or very small appetite but be served by knowledgeable and friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

My dinner at Cava was absolutely lovely. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The servers are friendly and very knowledgable. We sat at the bar which was so much fun as we could watch food being prepared while still enjoying our conversation. Cava offers their own version of a tasting menu that they call "Trust Us" which we both did. We were both delighted with each and every dish that was presented - creative, flavourful and delicious. If you are a foodie then a dinner at Cava is a must!

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We have dined at Cava many many times we have become accustomed to excellent food coupled with excellent service. The food for our dinner was, as usual, off the charts amazing. For this visit, the service was terrible. It was not aan overly busy night and the restaurant was well staffed. We were sytematically ignored as we sat and watched others around us having their orders taken, food delivered, dishes cleared and drinks refreshed, while we passed over time and time again. It was very disappointing as we had taken out of town guests to a place we knew was a solid homerun. It is the first time I have felt that the my status, and that of our friends, contributed to our being ignored. I am very sad to say that the excellent food could not make up for the terrible, yet uncharacteristic service. I am not sure we will be able to find ourselves back there in the future.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food
Very small portions

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

One of my favourite restaurants in the city! Fabulous food and lovely staff. Thanks Kyle for the recommendation of the Sable fish. Best item on the menu!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great food, and had fabulous input from the bartender about matching wine with food and dessert.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

You have to try the sardines, they are delicious. And we always get the paella which is just so tasty. We love this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food was fantastic! Great service, fun sharing plates, not overwhelming in sizes. Very accommodating and great selection of wines/ beer/ cider/ sherry vermouth etc.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

It was delightful

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

PLEASE order your paella, if you want it, right at the beginning, because it takes an hour to prepare. By the time we all settled into our seats, ordered our drinks, perused the menu and were about to order, we were then told about the paella. We were far too hungry by that time. Aside from that, lovely ambience, nice variety of tapas-even for two vegetarians-and good service. Not cheap, but flavorful and unusual foods. We celebrated three birthdays together, and the family was satisfied.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

great food first time, had a good experience, we'll be going back

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent variety of food choices. Consistently top-notch. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. Outstanding wine list, especially Spanish wines. A fun place!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

I love to find restaurants where I can sit at the bar with my kindle and be served in a way that values my patronage, along with delicious food. Cava delivered on every front. The chicken liver foie gras mousse is as delicious as I remember 10 years ago. The staff volunteered that I could have 1/2 servings of vegetables as I was by myself. Great food, lovely wine and excellent service. Expect it to be a bit pricey but I thought good value compared to the many sports bars that seem to be the only other options in this neighbourhood!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Love the tapas menu...such an adventure - every bite a treat. Pate was incredible...so too the basque cake, the eggplant, the sable fish! Dreamy. Awesome way to spend time with the girls...but equally great with the love of your life. :) Hint: the street view undermines the real experience - must open the door and see for yourself.

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