Cava Mezze - Clarendon

4.6
159 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 159 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and very nice staff.

LM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
9 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
211 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

CB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

If you do the bottomless brunch, the first 30 minutes is the best part of the experience. The food was absolutely delicious and the wait staff was very kind and diligent. After our second round of food and drinks, the wait staff seemingly ceased to stop by. We were able to order a third round, which took about 30 minutes to arrive and upon ordering a final round before the two-hour time limit expired, our food was forgotten.

Having said this, our party understood that when a restaurant gets busy, things happen and the wait staff was rather apologetic. We would give Cava Mezze’s brunch another shot in the future.

MM
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch. Best in the area.

A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good. If I order 5 dishes and one is a salad, I dont want it to be the last thing I receive. There should be an ordering system for that. The food is good but the vegetable dishes are the biggest rip off. A handful of brussel sprouts for $13. 1 Cobb of corn for $13. I did want to get the street corn but $13 for a Cobb? They already got me with the brussel sprouts. The shrimp orzo was very good. The best salad was pretty good. The octopus was pretty good but quite expensive. The chicken lollipops are always good.

AF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Food takes forever to come out and very small portions. Restaurant needs better service. Other brunch places around the area that are way better than this place.

LM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and the perfect ambiance for a second or 100th date!

AK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

We came to Cava for brothers birthday and have been to CAVA for brunch and dinner several times before. But on Sunday was hands down the worst experience we have ever had and will not be coming back again. To begin with we ordered drinks which took almost 15 mins to come out. I ordered coffee for my husband and that took almost 20 mins and when the server brought that she didn’t bring any sugar when asked she took another 10 mins to bring that out, by then the coffee was cold and didn’t ask to get a new cup. We ordered off the bottomless brunch menu and A La Carte. I ordered the lamb sliders which took half and hour to get to the table and than ordered another one which never came. I called the server back to tell her that I had been waiting for another 30 mins for an Order of the sliders and she told me they have a rule that they can’t put in back to back orders for food and have to wait in between, waaat! That doesn’t make any sense! I’m ordering A LA Carte and I’m pregnant, all I want is my food. To make matters my mom ordered the Chicken Silvaki when we got there and didn’t get that until 45 mins after. Now I don’t know if it was the server or the restaurant but this was just horrible. I will and have been telling my friends and family about this experience as this was not a cheap meal. We paid over $350 for barely any food and horrible service.

EC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our waiter was very blah and we had to stop him to ask for refills on our bottomless mimosas! Also stop him to re order our food. I have been there before and had a great server and he was on point so I was surprise when this one was so blah. Anyways I enjoy the food and ambiance!

AD
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch spot in town! Unbelievable food and a great deal for bottomless. The staff is friendly and super attentive without being pushy or annoying. Great for group brunches or families and a no-brainer to take visitors here.

BT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

My second time here! The $35 Brunch is definitely unmatched as far as brunches go in the area. Plus...25 cent mimosas, I could've spent all afternoon here! My favs are the chicken and waffles, pork belly & spicy lamb benedicts.

MO
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came here for brunch for a joint birthday celebration. The food was really good and there is something here for everyone, really recommend the pork belly. We chose this place not only for the bottomless plates, but also because of the selection and the portion sizing. However, there is also the option to not do the bottomless brunch. It allows you to try one dish and then try more with good portions. If you have a large party, would recommend getting a reservation. They were also very kind to give us free desserts because we chose to celebrate our birthdays with them!

d
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great place for Greek small plate dishes. Hint: It only takes a couple to fill you up.

VB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was fast, fresh and good! Our server was AMAZING and super efficient with our drinks and food!!!

t
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time doing brunch. The bottomless brunch is a great deal if you're going to get more than one drink and it allows you to indulge in as many small plates as you want. Everything we had was delicious.

M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and great quality and quantity for the price. We had Erwin as our waiter and it was probably in the top few waiters we have ever had. He was amazing and went above and beyond with us and the table next to us and their child.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great.

C
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Poor quality food, small portions, weak drinks and poor service.
They forgot about us outside, we had to flag down. Server insisted that I drink a grapefruit mimosa even though I repeatedly said I was allergic.

OT
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I've been here multiple times, but this last experience was subpar. The food was only ok. The falafel was great for falafel, but our branzino was overdone. We sat on the outside patio, which was nice given the weather. But the service was subpar and I'm unclear why (don't know if the waitress outside had too many tables, or if it was just an off night). I'd go there again based on prior experiences, but if this it is like this again, I probably would not.

DQ
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing food! Great pricing too!!

ED
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

AB
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of many times I have been to CAVA in Clarendon and have always been impressed with their service and their food. Once again, we left feeling full and boozied! Exactly what we came for. The food was spectacular and everything was cooked just right. We were a party of 6 and our waiter took very good care of us being towards the end of their brunch hours on a Sunday. We will be back for sure.

AP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was pretty slow and we had to flag down our server multiple times for refills on drinks, to order more food, etc.

a
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Great food as usual but service was very slow. This time I visited, the waitstaff at the restaurant did not seem to be in a hurry to acknowledge any of the 3 parties queued up at the front of the restaurant -- leaving all of us standing there clueless for a good 5 minutes before any staff members said anything. For context, the restaurant was not full at the time and we saw a few waitstaff casually stroll past us. (Potentially they were missing a greeter that night?) The service got a bit better when we were seated a few minutes later and the food was great -- consistent with previous experiences here.

MS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great tasting food! Highly recommend it. A traditional Greek taste with a modern twist.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, staff and ambiance!

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