Cava Mezze - Olney

4.5
363 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Your neighborhood Mediterranean hangout, dedicated to shared plates and culinary excellence!

What 363 People Are Saying
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JM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, very nicely plated tapas items, yummy Sangria!

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T
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved the experience. I would like more veggie based options in the brunch menu (then again that’s a personal preference). Other than that everything was great! A nice lively, diverse brunch spot in Olney

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Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and staff were great!

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TB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

a group of 7, everyone enjoyed the food and were very complimentary, just too noisy between 7-8pm

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

The food is delicious, the service is great, ambiance is nice, but the restaurant is way too loud.

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R
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Quite a good restaurant actually

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NN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The table was ready for our reservation. We enjoyed the meal - cooked well and served promptly. Coices are not extensive. Wine list was good.
The only negative was the noise level - in a full restaurant on a Friday evening - it was quite difficult to carry on a conversation.

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SH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

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AT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was very good and we loved the variety in the menu items. However, the restaurant was very loud and we had trouble having a conversation. We had to put our heads together (literally) to hear one another!

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PJ
Cincinnati
28 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Mediterranean !

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ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Myself, my wife, and another couple dined at Cava in Olney on March 9th. Although the food was very good, as was the service, the ambiance was lackluster, at best. I understand it's a business and the owners want to maximize the space and profitability, but at what cost? The tables are placed so close together, you can't but help hearing others conversations. Moreover, every time a person needs to leave the table you have to avoid bumping into others or knocking things over on a neighboring table. All you hear (if you can hear, given the noise level) is a chorus of apologies every time someone needs to use a restroom or a table empties because a party has finished dining. At that price point, around $100/couple, it should be a more comfortable dining experience. We will not be returning.

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EP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

My husband and I love this place. But each time we go the food seems less impressive, like they are slightly losing that special touch.

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Small portions for the price but the food is delicious.

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PD
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Cava Mezze before a show at Olney Theater, and it was perfect! We shared the dishes and tried several different fish, vegetables, and salads, and we also got the dip sampler. We will definitely be back to try more!

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SZ
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were four us, and we ordered the special lunch prix fixe menu ($12 + $3 for a dip), and we shared everything. Two small plates each plus the four dips and pita gave us more than enough food including two hungry gentlemen. Everything was delicious, and service was great.

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D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service was awesome. Mules are dangerous!

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SH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual great food and excellent service

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The establishment honored our request for brunch even though we were late for our reservation and the kitchen was going to switch over to dinner soon. The brunch options were great and the mimosas are awesome! We would have stayed longer if my 28 week pregnant cousin didn’t fall from a collapsed chair. The waitress was so super sweet and the service was fast. Will definitely be back

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PD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our night so much! Made our 1 year anniversary very special

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food itself was great. Fresh very well crafted meals but nothing else really wowed me or my wife. We had the bottomless brunch. The noise level was moderate to high but that was not really an issue for us.

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AF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been to Cava many times. The dinner menu has changed since we had dinner there. They now have some larger entres. We ordered the Bronzino and lamb meatballs and shared the Village salad. They were all well prepared. I am glad the dinner servings are still as experienced previously. The changes in the Brunch menu have me feeling I do now want to go for brunch again.

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g
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a group that gets together every 6 weeks at Cava-Olney. The number fluctuates with last minute work and family obligations but the staff always treats us great And the food is always the best.

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o
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great...I was just disappointed they ran out of the calamari, which I've had before and is excellent. Brussels Sprouts are another favorite.

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M
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as usual! So far, there's only one item that my wife and I have tried that we didn't like, otherwise we really enjoy the entire menu.

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y
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Birthday. Food wasn’t as good as Clarendon location.

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M
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is NOISY. I cant believe no noise mitigation has been tried, but I still love the place! For one, the service staff are exceptional. From seating staff, to servers, to bartenders...top notch! Food is great and menu is varied...no matter your food preference: veggie, meat, pork, seafood...they got you covered! And the flaming cheese...PLEASE!! Its amazing! I'll be back soon.

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A
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my 50th birthday!! My husband and I loved the food and the service was excellent!

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PM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Cava Mezze!
Food is awesome and good service

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C
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Having made a reservation, I anticipated that I would not have had a table situated inches away from the drafty front door . We were seated at a table top, not what was requested in the reservation. Don’t go on a Sunday with a reservation, you’ll likely be disappointed!

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SP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time venturing out of DC brunch scene and we absolutely loved it! Great service, great ambiance and great value! Will definitely be back.

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r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food choices with unusual and delicious combinations. Accommodating servers!

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A
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my birthday. Always a great meal, wonderful food and nice ambience.

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PM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Jennifer was very attentive and provided great service :)

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet up with friends and share food. Love the ambiance, taste of food and the creative decor.

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OT
Washington DC
219 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the harissa they serve with pita. I ask for more!

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n
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy but on a snow night.... blissful!!

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KB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The “dip” served with the pita bread was quite spicy. Asked waitress if there was a less spicy one. Was just told no, not giving any alternative like oil.

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AF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I have gone to this restaurant a number of times for brunch and with friends for lunch. All their menus have changed. I still like the lunch menu but it's not as cost friendly. I was rather disappointed with the Sunday brunch changes which seems to offer fewer options. I was also disappointed with the hostess and our waiter. The hostess seated the four of us near the door and when I asked for a table further in which wasn't occupied she said they were saving it for a larger group but she later seated another party of 4 there. I also felt the waiter was not very helpful with explaining the way the menu works or present to meet our needs. It is usually a better experience, but it was the first time these friends accompanied us there and we didn't impress them with our choice of Cava.

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c
Washington DC
425 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Greek in area. There are so many great dishes here. perfect drinks were martini and vodka drinks. Lamb slides, brussels sprouts, eggplant, fish, chicken, we had great small plates and a must to come. Staff were great.

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MS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Found this restaurant on Open Table while looking for a place to have dinner before a show at Olney. It was perfect: wonderfully flavorful food with plenty to share. Service was warm and welcoming, even though we were quite seriously late for our reservation. Bar was running a little slow, or I would have rated service higher, but it was a busy Saturday night, so that was fine. All in all, a great option for a pre-dinner meal or drinks. Will return again.

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