Cava

4.6
1270 reviews
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Latin / Spanish
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.
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AS
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good, but i think too expensive for what you get.

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G
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not really what I was expecting. Portions were to small.

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C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Sunday evening at Cava. We brought a lovely bottle of wine with us (free corkage on Sundays!). We started with 2 appetizers: the Foie Gras Mousse and Shisito Peppers. Both were delicious. For the main course we shared Cava's famous Paella (it's not on the menu, you just have to ask). It was absolutely perfect with a crisp bottom, succulent shrimp, tender chicken thighs and mussels. The flavours were outstanding. We will definitely be returning and although the entire menu looks amazing, we might have to have the exact same thing.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious meal from beginning to end, superb down-to-earth server. The one item we didn't finish (because my partner hates onions) was taken off our bill! A bit loud for us, otherwise perfect evening.

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and service. Quality of the food was excellent.
Really interesting and enjoyable tastes.

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OT
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We asked the team to make selections for us. They chose well and it was the perfect amount. The sardines were incredible as well as the mackerel. I must admit the seafood choices were the best. For dessert the Basque cake and churros were very satisfying.
Overall an amazing night. We even left the wine selection up to them and were very impressed.

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MT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I would recommend the entrees which were excellent. Sablefish was divine. Tapas dishes were heavy and/or very salty. Dessert was delish. Would like more choices of fresh lighter items on the menu.

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OT
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok. Some dishes were great. I really liked the foie gras and the lamb empanadas. The basque cake with vermouth ice cream was fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the option for groups to have a curated dining experience. It was a bit empty so I’m not sure why we couldn’t get a later reservation time but the service and food were excellent.

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G
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and service. A little disappointed with the Patatas Bravas as they were just french fries but otherwise the food was good.

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CL
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Cava and I loved it. I brought a friend with me to try it and she loved it as well. The price is very reasonable for the quality of food and service experience you receive.

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T
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the moment we walked in to the end of our meal was superb. These guys do everything right, I cannot wait to go back again!

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food & service, nice people, we really enjoy the moment at the restaurant.

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OE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff and ambiance in general. They knew their wines which is mainly what this place is about and make you feel comfortable as much as possible.

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MS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great uptown/midtown discovery tucked away and worth waiting for the 🥘 From hospitality and the HAM BAR and the wine list -whoa!!!!

Underground “P” parking takes you right to CAVA. Loved it!! Saturday date night -too

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J
Toronto
115 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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B
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Interesting Tapas. 1st time experiences and waiter was able to explain and recommend. A bit too noisy to talk.

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a fantastic time. Everything was perfect. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done. I will be back for sure.

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w
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A place that needs be visited and visited often, a menu executed with great skills and flavours that make your taste bud dance al night long.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good but too many people

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MO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent ! The best of all is how they bring innovative menus and explore with Spanish couisne. Congratulations !!

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MA
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve meal. Cava never disappoints. Paella was special of the day and was outstanding

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KD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Myself and two friends went to Cava for dinner on NYE, we made a reservation for 6:30 and daftly got caught up in Toronto traffic and turned up at 6:50. They had given our table away, but quickly engineered a solution to make sure we still got the chance to eat.

We had serrano ham, a Portuguese sausage, shoshito peppers (amazing) and manchego cheese to start. Really solid ambience and some good wine.

For our mains, all 3 of us had the roast duck breast and the chicken empanadilla. The empanadilla was so good, the apricot made it smell amazing! The duck breast dish was served on a pumpkin-pepper pesto that I am still thinking about 3 days later.

We had the chocolate crema and the churros for dessert, both spectacular, and the bill came with a sea salt and earl grey chocolate which was really tasty and just a nice touch to finish the meal.

Really solid for a nice occasion, price was reasonable for the quality and quantity!

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JC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service, food and wine

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TF
Toronto
42 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was at Cava many years ago. Things have changed since Chris left.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service, food is always great!

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m
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been coming to Cava for years, literally since it opened 13 (?) years ago. The food and service are always outstanding, and this time was no different. In fact, our experience was better than ever! We were taking friends out for a holiday get together and this was their first time... They loved it too and want to return again.

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JS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cava and make reservations whenever we have concert in the area. It is sooo poplar with foodies of all ages ! Thus, everyone looks forward to it.

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AD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience for a family celebration sharing the great recommendations by our attentive server. Unique dishes.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time at Cava

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NM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Cava on our first night in Toronto. Out of every meal we had in the city (5 meals) this was the best! The wine selection was superb and had a lot of unusual wines. The service was impeccable! We actually left our gloves at the restaurant and they used our phone number from OpenTable to offer to mail me my gloves as we lived out of the country! You can't beat that service!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Server was unfriendly and inattentive. We had to pour our own wine and chase him for water.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It’s very noisy and we were a bit ignored but the food and wine was great.

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c
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal and wine very much
A little hard to estimate the final tab because of the size of dishes
Our server was very helpful and by the end, very willing to withdraw dishes we just couldn't eat!
I guess as one becomes more familiar with the menu, this dilemma would resolve

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KR
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time eating at Cava was an amazing experience. Each dish was a work of art and tasted wonderful. The waiting staff were lovely and very knowledgeable about each dish. You could sense their passion for good food!

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JH
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I am a regular at Cava although I only go about every three or four months and they always remember me and know what I have ordered in the past, which I always appreciate. I took out of town guests who were very impressed with the opportunity to taste different dishes due to the tapas style offering. Loved the chicken liver/foie gras mousse, charred octopus and the scallops. Reminded me how much I enjoy Cava and will be there sooner than three months!

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MD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of Toronto’s best hidden gems. Staff is always incredible. Food is unique and always good. Interesting wine list of hard to find Spanish wines. Staff is very wine knowledgeable. Fried Eggplant, Potato Croquettes, and wheat berry salad are must try’s.

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l
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful food experience, the wait team is superior. They have near perfect timing and have never disappointed in several occasions there.

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SB
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A proper Spanish restaurant. Great wines, great tapas and excellent service. It is cozy, friendly and perfectly captures the feeling of Spain.

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CB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had:
- Foie gras on toast with apricot jam absolutely divine
- Jambon croquette - bit of an odd texture inside but quite tasty
- Salad of bitter greens with a tart orange dressing and salted cod puree (same consistency as horseradish and so yummy)
- Maitake Mushroom - (never heard of them - definitely not available at No Frills !) grilled whole (like a big steak) with a Valdeon (Spanish blue cheese) and sherry dressing and mint leaves (believe it or not the mint leaves were a perfect addition)
- Beef heart with sweet potato puree and grilled corn and ancho chiles
It was the perfect amount for 2 people.
I had 3 glasses of oh so yummy pink cava.

It was an absolutely wonderful experience. Our sweet waiter (I think he was about 12 years old) knew everything about everything and he used the words "autumnal" and "herbacious" and "flavour forward". He helped us with our order, without being pushy. His comments were invaluable. He knew where the mushrooms were from. He knew the historical significance of the salt cod puree. He knew for how long the beef heart was marinated and in what it was marinated. He laughed delightedly when we used our fingers to wipe the plate clean before he could take it away. I was going to order the regular cava and he suggested the rose cava because "it's pretty." I was sold.

So much fun. We stayed for 3 hours. I was expecting to pay about $160 each but the bill only came to about $240 (for both of us). Such a wonderful dinner. I will definitely return.

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