Cava Mezze - Clarendon

4.6
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183 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Your neighborhood hangout dedicated to shared plates and culinary excellence.


Specials

$35 AYCE Brunch with .25 cent Mimosa's ($10 for kids 12 and under)

$35 AYCE Brunch with .25 cent mimosas, $2 sparkling wine and specialty mimosa's (flavors change), $4 bloody mary's and Sangria, $6 crushes

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 16, 2019

Ends: August 17, 2118

Availability: Sun 10:00AM-3:30PM
Sat 10:00AM-3:30PM

Free order of Homemade Greek Donuts

End your meal in the most perfect way, with a free order of our homemade Greek donuts. One order per table, valid for dine in only!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 12, 2019

Ends: June 13, 2118

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-10:00PM

$25 Monday Night Pre-fixed Menu

3 course, $25 Menu featuring some of our most popular Mezze!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 13, 2019

Ends: May 14, 2118

Availability: Mon 4:00PM-6:00PM

Two for $12 Pre-Fixed Lunch

Quick Delicious Lunch with a prefixed menu featuring some of our favorite Mezze. We also offer Pitas, Sliders, and Salads with hand cut french fries.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 16, 2019

Ends: May 17, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 10:00AM-2:30PM

Half Priced Wine Bottles

Every Tuesday night, all bottles from 5 pm until close

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 14, 2019

Ends: May 15, 2118

Availability: Tue 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 183 People Are Saying
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VM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their brunch is one of the best’s in DC!

A
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good happy hour options!

KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The special on OpenTable said there was a free dessert, but the waiter didn't offer any. Not a huge complaint, it's still a great place, just thought it was a big odd!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is amazing. Food is delicious. Worth booking though OpenTable app since Clarendon,vA will not honor the 12y.o and under free rule for the bottomless brunch, unless reservation is made via app. Restaurant states 6y.o and under are FREE only.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good brunch food. In comparison to other all you can eat places in the area, the waiter and/or kitchen seemed to be slow extremely with brining food after the first two or three items were ordered. The waiter kept saying the kitchen was backed up. Yet it was before noon, so the restaurant was half empty. Complained to the manager which helped. I would definitely think twice before visiting again.

TT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend Cava Mezze for a group looking for a fun environment to enjoy great food with solid drink options. Although the mimosas are not bottomless, you can certain get your money's worth for a small price. Cannot beat the taste and quality of the food and the excellent customer service despite being extremely busy. Will definitely be a frequent visitor.

DR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The relaxed atmosphere of the back patio is a refreshing change of pace from most restaurant experiences in the area. Great food and wine didn't hurt!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had the best experience here. The manager went above and beyond to make sure me and my friend were comfortable when the patio became more crowded - even gave us free espresso shots !

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent birthday meal for my wife outside. The service and food were great, as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our favorite brunch location.

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C
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and drinks are outstanding every single time. We were happy to discover that the patio is a quieter option because the noise is the only drawback to eating here. Service is a little less attentive outside, but still pretty good. The orzo with lamb is our favorite, followed closely by lollipop chicken. Saganaki is a fun appetizer with you're with a group. Flaming cheese is a crowd-pleaser! The Greek donuts are delicious, but we rarely have enough room for dessert.

DP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great selection and very tasty well-prepared food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Great food, terrible service. Had to explain food allergy twice to two different people and still almost served something that would have required epi pen.

M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed in the brunch experience at Cava. It has been our go-to dinner restaurant for years and we always take out of town guests. Had high expectations for my birthday lunch with friends but ended up being neglected by our server. Highly disappointing.

BC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Went here for the AYCE brunch deal with friends. It's a bit frustrating that the only items on the AYCE menu are very heavy and egg / meat-focused. The lighter options (veggies, spreads, etc. -- which in my experience in the eastern Mediterranean region are common at brunch) are all extra money. And so is coffee -- at brunch, for heaven's sake! But still, overall very good and recommended.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Waiter was kind of rude.

BV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

As always, we enjoyed our food, but service was on the slow side. Our server did make up for it with a complementary dessert, which we appreciated. The biggest thing here is cost/value - the food is good, but dinner for 2 pretty easily creeps up to almost $100, once you include a drink or two, a few plates, and tip.

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

Delicious food and excellent service! Went later at night so don’t know what noise would be during dinner service.

LW
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

We love coming to Cava Mezze for our date nights, and while the food didn't disappoint (it never does!) we definitely had one of our more lackluster service experiences since we've been coming. It took about 5 minutes for water to be brought to our table, and another 10 or so before our waitress came around to ask what drinks/appetizers we wanted. The restaurant was not very crowded either at the time, maybe 10-15 tables in total were seated from what we could see. We were also placed right next to the kitchen door, which didn't help the ambiance.

We will return again, but just felt like noting down our annoyance on the service times.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation for 1:15, got there around 1ish. They told us we could sit at the bar or outside but they didn’t have a table for us. We asked if we could wait and got this weird kind of shrug in response, so we left and went to Ambar.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food! We are outside

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad I finally made time to try Caca Mezze’s brunch special!!
The mimosas did not disappoint!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere, highly recommended

A
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food.

T
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and very nice staff.

LM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was great, but I have to give 3 stars in that category given that by my 7:30 dinner reservation, my first and second choice of a protein dish were sold out (the crab cake and the branzino), and my first choice for a vegetable small plate was sold out (the cauliflower). What I ended up getting was tasty, but I do wish the dishes had been paced a little better. The server explained that the dishes come out when ready, but I did feel rushed at times, and with a group of 4 people, when most of the dishes come out all at once, it turns into a bit of a cramped space. Overall, a very solid choice for a nice yet relaxed dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got there early before it got crowded and noisy. Superb food, house wine, and service. Enjoyed meeting Kostos. Will return!

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great and attentive service during our visit. The food was delicious and served at just the right intervals. Will definitely return when back in the neighborhood.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love going to Cava Mezze. First time eating outside on the back patio. Beautiful few, but as the meal progressed it was harder to get service outside. Luckily we are able to order from any waiter that passes by.

SP
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved Cava Meze at Olney. My experience with Clarendon was amazing. Nina the server was great, inspite of her first day at work at Cava Meze.
My husband who was relecutant to come enjoyed the food and wine.

The only thing we did not enjoy was the noise as we had come for a date, may be we were expecting more quiter than regular cava take out food chain.

CL
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Mimosas were great, food was excellent and service was amazing!

LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The brunch menu was not how we interpreted it online - none of their normal lunch items are included and are at an additional cost, so really, it’s only BREAKFAST not brUNCH. The food was awful - under salted and bland. I stopped ordering plates because it felt like a chore to eat. A complete difference from their quality on their normal food and menu! Save your money and taste buds and come back for lunch or dinner.

JJ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been to Cava many times, and each time have loved it! We went on 1/2 price wine night and got a delicious bottle of bubbly for a great price. We shared some plates, and our favorite was the lamb orzo. We were disappointed that the crazy feta hush puppies had a harissa sauce instead of the honey butter that we love so much. We will be back, but bring back the honey butter!

AR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was good but waiter was not to be found when check was needed. Staff friendly and little or no ambient noise. Easy to hear at the table.

B
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and costumer service was amazing, would definitely recommend.

A
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cava is a jewel in the Clarendon restaurant scene. Exceptionally well-managed, the warmth of the welcome and service feels like a locally-owned place. The food and service is consistently outstanding and gracious.

OT
Washington DC
222 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has grown into a neighborhood favorite. Fresh food with great flavors. Good service. Adding a couple nicer Greek wines to their list wouldn’t hurt.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Love love love bottomless brunch at cava! Service was a little slow today but the food was delicious as always. Can't wait to come back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was painfully loud and we had to yell across the table to carry a conversation. The noise level overshadowed all the good things about the place.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Overall eh

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