Cava

4.5
1201 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Latin / Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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 1201 People Are Saying
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food
4.6
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2.0Dined on August 10, 2018

The food was extremely poor, I would recommend this restaurant for drinks only!

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Great dinner again! The food was very good and the wine list quite superb! Our waiter was very nice

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I’ve been to Cava so many times and they just keep getting better! Fantastic food and friendly, knowledgeable staff makes for a great night!

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Food was fabulous but I think this is the noisiest restaurant that I have ever eaten in. It made the experience unpleasant so I don't think I will ever return (despite the food quality). I would only recommend to a young friend who didn't mind being in a super load place.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The waiters and host were wonderful and attentive. The food was delicious as always. They are mindful of allergies. A great night all around !

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2.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Very disappointed. Service was terrible. Food delish! Waiter ignored us most of the time even when there was no one in the resto. Never acknowledged my birthday and it was on reservation. Haven't been here since Chris left and will never go back

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Cava knows fish! With the exception of a pork jowel dish, everything we had was spectacular. Standouts were supergilda, eggplant, scallops and butterfish with black rice with collard greens.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Amazing food, service and ambiance! The chef chose our meals and it was delicious!

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2018

This is my second time going to Cava. This time was for my spouse’s birthday and joining us was my stepdaughter.

We found the evening to be very enjoyable. The location and atmosphere are nice (sophisticated but approachable). The staff were really friendly and answered all our questions about the food and beverages. They made excellent recommendations as we enjoyed all the dishes (this is a tapas style restaurant so we got to try a lot of things). Some of our favorites were the grilled octopus and the duck.

The evening ended with some simple dessert and the restaurant sent out some açaí sorbet and vermouth.

All in all a great night and we would defiantly go again.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Very enjoyable experience. Added value - half price wine evening. Extensive selection of Riojas.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Delicious food. Ver efficient and knowledgeable wait staff.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I have been to Cava numerous times and always enjoy the experience. Great food, knowledgeable staff, amazing wine list.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Food is good and the service is good. Paella wasn’t on the menu but you can ask for it. We decided to order something else because it would take 40 minutes to make Paella. The portion is relatively small thus the price is higher compared to the other good Spanish restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Always a treat! Reliable quality. Knowledgeable staff. Enough changes in menu to keep us eager to return. Outstanding wine list

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great food, great service. Perfect for a special occasion

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Great food

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Everything was amazing! The food was dancing to the delight of our palates😊 Good Show! Staff was very attentive

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3.0Dined on July 3, 2018

The service at this restaurant was excellent as well as the recommended wine. We found the food to be mediocre. Other than the fries which were excellent, most of the tapas dishes were sub par. One of our main courses which was apparently new to the menu was the muscles. They were fishy tasting and totally uninteresting with chunks of tomato and green olives. Fortunately we did not get sick.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

We have eaten at Cava many times but this was our best meal there. Everything was superb--the Papas Fritas, the rapini, cauliflower and eggplant dishes, the Argentine shrimp, and the wondrous chocolate, blueberry, peanut dessert. The service was excellent too. Simply first rate.
4.5 stars

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

It was ok but we won't go back. Very noisy inside, so we asked to sit outside (because it's covered in case of rain) even though we'd made a reservation for the bar. There was no problem, they were very accommodating. Service was very pleasant and polished, but really slow, not enough servers for the number of people....and all the servers were very busy.
It was very overpriced for the calibre of food, which is mediocre and not really tapas, jut small dishes with too many ingredients and not well cooked. Very inferior to even the most ordinary tapas I've had in Spain.
I was with a friend who had gone there frequently a few years ago. In his opinion, it used to be excellent, but clearly has deteriorated and is apparently appealing to a perhaps younger and less discriminating clientele, who don't really know tapas.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

It is great to experience consistent quality of food and service every time over the past decade. A rarity among many restaurants in TO.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This is one of our favourite restaurants in Toronto. Food is always fantastic, wine selection is fantastic, and service is fantastic. Have eaten at Cava easily a dozen times and have never been disappointed.

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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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