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About Cava

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 56 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.

1560 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON M4T 2S9
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
DINNER Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
St. Clair

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$51 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 979-9918

Website:
http://www.cavarestaurant.ca/

Parking Details:
Convenient, indoor, handicapped accessible public parking is available behind Delisle Court, with entrances on Heath Street and Delisle Avenue.

Public Transit:
St. Clair subway station is located two blocks south of Cava on the south east corner of Yonge & St. Clair

Executive Chef:
Doug Penfold

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cava Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (24)
Tapas (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
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Good for a Date (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Special Occasion (14)
Tasting Menu (12)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Romantic (9)
Cozy (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Casual (7)
Fun (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
Healthy (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent and interesting food with very knowledgeable staff. A wonderful evening but not cheap.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Such an amazing dining experience from start to fiinish. Perfect tasting portions and creative and well designed flavour profiles. Service waa warm and accommodating.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Our experience at Cava was exceptional. We chose to let Cava cook for us and we were tempted with amazing and unusual dishes clearly cooked with care and pride. It was my husband's 65th and he truly enjoyed himself. Unfortunately because of t he tapas style it was difficult to gauge the amount we ate and we could not indulge in dessert! Next time. I certainly would like to return but know that because the menu is pricey(though worth it) it will be an occassional dining spot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We went here to celebrate my friends birthdays and a girls weekend away. The wine was incredible. We ordered several tapas to share with each other. Staff was limitedly helpful w choosing selections, except to say they'd choose for us at approximately $70/pp. The atmosphere was pretentious and loud.. Making it hard to enjoy the overpriced food selections, which were tasty, but lacked presentation or explanation. Overall experience was okay, only because of the company I kept and the beautiful wines we drank. It was definitely an experience, but one I do not think we'd recommend. (don't expect to leave here for less than $100/pp if drinking alcoholic beverages)

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was packed on a Tuesday evening, cozy and nice. Easy access to parking. Excellent server, took the time to explain. Great food. Tapas style, on the pricier side for tapas but worth a try. MUST try.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tapas
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great tapas. Excellent choice of wines. Great duck and fra grois.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We have had a few great meals at Cava. This time around it was a bit busy and very noisy and there was too much waiting between plates. Unfortunate as one of our party had never been there and wouldn’t be inclined to return. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and would come back but maybe ask to sit in the front window section where it may be quieter.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Just as usual incredible experience! Food top notch service even better!

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food and service were great. Wish the portions were a bit larger. Other than that it was a great experience!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great service, consistent great food.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Superb meal. Service was attentive and sophisticated. Even when they had to usher us out, they did it very well.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Cava never disappoints. Great service and amazing, super delicious food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Super food as always, knowledgeable service staff, always a good time

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Don't even bother ordering off the menu. Tell the chef what you love and he will make you a feast!

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 3, 2017

this restaurant is overrated. The seating is cramped and the table for 2 too small for a Tapas dinner.
Service is slow and disorganized.
the food is good but overpriced.
the wine is extremely overpriced.
Disappointing experience.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food. Every dish tasted fresh and made-to-order. Definitely better with a group of four or more so you can try all the tapas!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Truly enjoyed it.
Very authentic.
Delicious.
Small plates.
Slightly expensive but worth it for special occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We eat here regularly. The food is terrific from papas freitas to paella to churros. The service is very good and the only problem is the noise--the sound just overwhelms you. But the food...

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Amazing food! The service was exceptional! Definitely going back

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent meal! Great service. Especially loved the sablefish.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Fantastic restaurant that has been around for many years. Can't go wrong with any dish on the menu. Perfect for special occasions

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

This is a neighbourhood restaurant at the entrance of a small mall. The tables are well spaced, the service is efficient but discrete, the food has pretences. Some flavours are interesting but the Chef should aimed at more authentic and simple fare, perfectly executed.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Food was just ok. Service was great.
I would recommend not letting the chef select the dishes. It's great that you can bring your own wine.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Very good food, great bar service, overall a great restaurant! We always get the lam sliders, crazy feta fritters, and the harissa hummus. Avoid the oysters, waaaaay overpriced.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The sable fish was cooked to perfection. Care and attention to all the dishes that came out. The service staff was impeccable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I often go to yoga down the street with a friend or my partner, then cava for tapas and wine...does a night get more perfect?

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Came up from the US for a few days and decided to check tjis place out. Tables were packed so close to each other that we could hear the entire conversation at the next table. Noise level can be a problem. The Paella, along with the rest of the menu and wine, are overpriced. I thought for a second that I was dining at NY 5th Ave. Not worth the commute.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Very particular taste and niche menu not for everyone.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Everything about this meal was wonderful - we did the restaurant's most popular dishes and it did not disappoint. Will be going back very soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Always exceptional -- friendly , knowledgeable, and excellent food! One of our favorites in Toronto.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Service was excellent. Food was well cooked. Food came cold to the table. Empanello was bland. Octopus tender but sauce was bland. Nothing was over salted.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was exceptionally good. We asked our waiter to make the selections on our behalf and we were impressed with every single dish. The flavours were phenomenal. However, it was quite a wait (more than 45 min) before we got any food on the table. Our waiter was great as a whole but the first hour of service was very very slow. Overall, I would still recommend this restaurant 100%. One side note, some of the patrons were REALLY casually dressed- shorts and Birkenstocks on a Saturday night at a nice restaurant is a bit much in my humble opinion.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We went to Cava for my husband's birthday and we had a good time. We picked the 'let us cook for you' option and we loved the experience. Service was very good, but the food was on the salty side.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Excellent food. A tad over priced

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Dining at CAVA is always a pleasure. With a group of friends who love food it's even better. Cava is a long time, much loved favourite of ours.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We introduced friends to Cava and they loved it. Wine list interesting but overly expensive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 29, 2017

I have been to Cava several times over the years. I have always enjoyed their modern creative approach to Spanish food. I found the serving staff knowleadge and informative about food and wine that they are serving. This time it was a birthday dinner for my companion who is also a vegetarian. There were good vegetarians options to choose from and they were equally delicious. When I made the reservation, I left a note to request a special desert for the birthday celebration, the desert was delicious and elegantly presented. Thank you, Cava for another lovely and enjoyable dinner. Look forward to returning soon.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We had a great birthday meal. Adam was very attentive and gave some excellent advice on Spanish wine selection.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We were very disappointed with our experience. The menu was quite pricey for the quantity of food. Worst yet, the paella had a hair in it. All we were offered was to wait a hour for another one or a full priced bill, no reductions. Regardless of the incident we will not return or recommend based on the overpriced lacklustre food.

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Amazing time here, there was a corner seat that they provided when it was requested. Made it so much better for conversation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Healthy, Comfort Food
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