Cava Mezze - Olney

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

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n
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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KB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
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
420 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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PC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall

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MS
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Greek food served in a tapas format. Great cocktails and ambiance set a vibrant mood, especially the intermittent serving of flaming cheese at your table!! Lots of fun. Only criticism is the quantity-to-price ratio. And the annoyance that for 5 guests, they invariably had 4 servings per plate. Complementary dessert for my birthday was nice!!

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D
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Cava. Everything is amazing. We got a sampler of the dips. I love the chicken souvlakia and grilled meatballs. Even though I know what we ordered, I look forward to every dish as it comes out. Brussels sprouts are a must. Service is always great and it was packed.

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FP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant to celebrate our anniversary.

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J
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food good, service good, but very noisy. Also, be cautioned that they do not honor your open table reservation and make you wait with others for next open table.

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C
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food good service from Madeline ... a bit noisy at a Sunday brunch, but good experience

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The service and the food were amazing. This will be a regular place for me and friends to visit.

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GL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed the food, our server however the noise level was too much. They should consider a sound barrier between the bar and the dining room.

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KP
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very tasty food. Enjoyed everything we tried including meatballs, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, short ribs, saganaki. Some nice wines by the glass too.

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KB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal at Cava Mezze! We have been here once before and each time we try different dishes - they are all awesome. Favorites from this visit was the Octopus and the Broccolini.

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a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was very good, service was excellent, but this is a VERY noisy restaurant. It's hard to have a conversation, especially if you are seated near the bar area.

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n
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I could remember our servers name but we have been served by this same affable and talented young man before. He remembered that I am an octopus fan ( I love Cavas) and remembered my husbands dietary indulgences. Made our dinner so pleasant!!

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MB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love this place. Great food, wonderful service and ambiance. They tend to run out of popular dishes around 8 pm - which is a bummer. Also they don’t allow substitutions!

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A
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Mezze Monday! Great price and wonderful food!!! Loved the dessert. Highly recommend

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MJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were very pleasantly surprised to find the sound level tolerable. It was Monday lunch rather than a weekend night, but we could hear each other well enough. As usual, the food and service are excellent.

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JP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent Cava Mezze and we are never disappointed. Always an outstanding experience.

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c
Washington DC
420 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lamb sliders best I have had and always get them at Cava. Brussels spouts, lamp, Village Salad, great drinks!!!

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L
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really loved everything from start to finish!

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BW
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Olney Maryland maybe in all of Montgomery County! The food is amazing the service is prompt punctual polite... The Food Service crew is happy to be there and always a delight. And the food is Simply Amazing!

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CH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch. Did the all you can eat brunch for $35. Great value. Many dishes to try. Most were excellent. Service was great. Exceptional value.

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LV
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great stop for foodies. Every dish we have tried is a winner. The staff is very friendly and professional. The menu is a little pricey, but very in line with the quality of food it serves; this would be the type of well-regarded eatery one would find in Manhattan costing a lot more. The bar is also of a very high quality and not at all what you would expect to find in the Suburbs. My recommendation is to go to this eatery and if something seems interesting to you, but you are not sure of a couple of the ingredients, go ahead and order it; everything on the menu we have tried works and works well.

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The food and service were very good and the prices fair. However, the noise level was high, even on a not so busy Monday night. Conversation was difficult, but maybe we’re just getting old.

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m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently exceptional food with attentive service and creative presentation. Try the lamb chops or mac'n'cheese or really anything on the menu

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R
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, and wonderful atmosphere!

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M
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cava is the best non-steak restaurant around in my opinion. I've had basically everything on the menu a few times and there isn't a single dish that isn't fantastic. Desserts are a bit shallow in terms of options, but there are other dessert places within walking distance.

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food !!! Great waiter !!! I wish I got his name we have had him many times!! Great experience!!!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent wait staff, management and food

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jermaine was a FANTASTIC server and the hostesses were amazing as well. Food was great as usual and service was pleasant and expedient. Great brunch option.

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KB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Bartenders very knowledgeable about cocktails. It is small plates so the food comes when it is ready and not in any particular order. Highly recommend the saganaki (flaming cheese), crispy chicken, spicy lamb sliders and the hush puppies. They have seasonal menus, excellent craft cocktails. Table service is quick and friendly.

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n
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cava is our go to for all occasions. Love the small plates.

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s
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to Cava Mezze. The grilled meatballs are absolutely amazing. The cauliflower is our favorite dish ever. The crazy feta is a must eat. We can't speak highly enough about the restaurant. Definitely go try this place! We know you'll want to go back!

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p
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good Mediterranean style food in a lively atmosphere (very loud). Local boys made good with the Cava restaurant chain.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

There was a lot of lemon flavors going on, and not one dish out of the 5 was very tasty at all. The scallops were very fishy tasting, the crab cake had a horrible baked/fried cheese thing with it, the watermelon salad was just to much, and the steak was very fatty. For $140 we left hungry and confused. Our waiter never refilled our water and asked us if we wanted more wine after all the food had already been served, thus rushing us to finish the 2nd glass when it finally came. He never asked if we needed anything more or if we enjoyed any of it.

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TB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This was dinner before attending a play at the Olney Theater. I am not a fan of small plates so if you are such a fan you would probably like this place more than I did. We had chicken and scallops. They both were filling. We also ordered a salad which was not small at all. Service was good although only the bar was crowded. Not sure how it would have been if they had more diners. Parking is free and easy and the theater is only 5 minutes away so it was very convenient.

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LC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Food was fantastic and very flavorful. Noise was terrible. We couldn't hear the waitress/servers or ourselves.

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