Cava Mezze - Olney

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean

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Your neighborhood Mediterranean hangout, dedicated to shared plates and culinary excellence!

Specials

$35 AYCE Brunch with .25 cent Mimosa's

$35 AYCE brunch (kids 12 and under $10)

.25 cent mimosa's, $2 sparkling wine, and specialty mimosas (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 our Homemade Greek Donuts

End your meal with the perfect treat, 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

Monday Night Pre Fixed Menu $25

$25 prefixed menu, featuring some of our favorite Mezze!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 12, 2019

Ends: June 13, 2118

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-10:00PM

2 for $12 Lunch Menu

Come try our prefixed (2) for $12 lunch menu, and try a variety of our Mezze!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 16, 2019

Ends: May 17, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 11:30AM-2:30PM

Half Priced Wine Bottles

Enjoy Half Price off all of our wine bottles from 5 pm until close.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 14, 2019

Ends: May 15, 2118

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-10:00PM

What 483 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Only thing was out food was not hot, like it had been sitting for a while before brought out. Have not had this issue @ the other locations I’ve been to.

BR
Washington DC
138 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

First, this place was way too noisy for for four of us to converse easily. Next, we knew it was a mezze place, but the plates were stilll much smaller than anticipated, especially given the price. Finally, the food wasn't anything special and, some times, even objectionable. We won't be back. And to repeat something I always used to say about Greek restaurants (which, I swear, Phyllis Richmond must have overheard because she once used the exact same words in her column) "The best Greek restaurant in Washington is in Baltimore." (Ikaros in East Baltimore)

GA
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent experience. Nice table, never felt rushed, good good at a fair price. We’ll be back.

TC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All the food was excellent with the exception of the Greek Donuts which were a little over fried.

KW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Love Middle Eastern/Greek food and just didn't love the flavors. Salmon was pretty good. Donuts were not. Server was kind of meh. A bit loud but not unbearable. Pleasant but not great.

f
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Monday Mezze Mania. Food was tasty. Friendly, attentive service. Only disappointment was the donuts were a bit undercooked and doughy.

VD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent food fun atmosphere definitely on the loud side

J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good to come back.

r
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The service at this location was perfectly fine. It was not very busy and the server was attentive.

The food at the location was not good at all. Of the five items we tried, the Mini Gyros were at the top of the list, but they were good at best. The zucchini fitters were essentially congealed balls of what we think was Feta cheese, the Chicken skewers were tasteless, the Greek donuts with honey tasted like they were seasoned with paint thinner.

The the dishes at this restaurant were very high in price for the quality. For example, the Falafel that we had was fair, but the cost of it compared to the serving size would prevent us from ever ordering it again. We were aware of the fact that this restaurant was a Tapas style restaurant prior to arriving so when I comment on cost to portion size it was with this information already in mind.

AD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy this restaurant, especially brunch. I am not sure what happened this time but some of the food was not as hot as it should be and my favorite French Toast was hard and inedible. I'll give it a try another day but I am less excited to get back again with all the other great options out there.

OT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Very nice tapas-style brunch menu. That said, the noise is extremely high - the owners should add some sound dampening for the sake of the customers and the wait staff. Also, the wait staff while very attentive given the challenge of serving a tapas-style brunch to a full restaurant was totally confused about who was getting what. We had at least 8 dishes they attempted to deliver to us that weren't ours and the timing of the food was odd. The drinks were delicious and the food was unique and very good. They gave us a nice dessert with candle for my friend's birthday. I'm not sure I'd go back though given the noise. I had to shout to talk to my friend. Because of this, I'd only recommend going after 130pm when the crowd dies down.

G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Food is good if overpriced. But noise level is through the roof.

EM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The food was average at Best - the original Cava Restaurant near Shady Grove is far superior to this new version of cava

LW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

The restaurant wasn't at all crowded but was so noisy that the four of us wouldn't have been able to hear each other. So we sat outside, with car alarms, traffic, etc. (We did get to say an unexpected hi to another friend, which was nice.) The frittata and deviled eggs were delicious. The gyro-hashbrown was a very tasty potato-feta combo with almost no flavor of gyro meat. Other food was pleasant.
Service was superb.

M
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was delicious! I wish there was one closer to Annapolis where we live!

GR
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met with a friend for lunch. We each got the Lunch special. It was an amazing deal with more than enough food that we could share and get to try 4 different dishes.

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

Delicious food and quick service!

RC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Just noisy and I hit my head on the beam behind my seat which also made getting in and out of my seat a challenge.

K
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite in Olney. Always friendly and the food is always good!

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

Awesome birthday celebration! The food was delicious as was the service & atmosphere! Can’t wait to go back.

SH
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the environment , food and best of all the great service

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious, never had a bad experience here. The harissa is perfection, always ask for some on the side

D
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

I love this place but our most recent visit was slightly lacking. Service was incredibly inattentive. Took a long time to get first round of drinks and even longer to track waiter down to get second round and our check.

Overall food was really good. Watermelon salad is SO GOOD. Also had fried cauliflower which was pretty good. Disappointed in chicken souvlaki. Was fairly undercooked and chewy. Would have sent it back if we could have found our waiter. My friend had the shrimp which I believe she enjoyed.

Previous visits were very successful. Delicious food and drinks. Sad for the slip ups this time.

FT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cava is a moderate-priced tapas restaurant, where the selection and the quality of the food are very good. A good place for a gathering of any kind, or a solo dining experience.

D
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had the whole branzino and lamb chops, they were delicious! wait staff and manager took really good care of us. will definitely return again soon!

c
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Good food, love the Brussels sprouts, lamb chops, chicken souvlaki and the doughnuts! Outstanding service, very well run restaurant

MY
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service by our waiter and the general manager out on the floor. Thanks for helping us have a fun small birthday brunch!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good

k
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always excellent and we enjoy our meal each time. Service is always good, not memorable. A great option for celebrating events or getting together with friends.

LG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The $12 Lunch Menu was an amazing deal! Will go back again.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve eaten at restaurants all over the world and Cava Mezze stood out as absolutely world-class. Simple yet sophisticated, the food is unparalleled.

d
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I liked the idea of the lunch special (choose one from each of two menu sections), and I chose the spinach/arugula salad and the calamari. The salad was tart and well-dressed. But, the calamari that I ordered were a little dry. The calamari came with no dipping sauce; it was just on a smear of apricot sauce that was sweet but lacked acid and was too little sauce for the generous amount of calamari rings. Batter was nice and light, and the rings were crispy, but they needed a sauce to avoid boredom before dish was consumed.

WT
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and great service! Nice atmosphere. Wish they'd bring back some old favs. Like White Bean Ragu, NY Strip on potato medallions, and use the original village salad recipe too.

N
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This one of my neighborhood go-to spots, so I return often. Among the (few) things I wish they would address--clarify the size of portion. Ordered the village salad as a side, but it was enough for two (not indicated on the menu). I also ordered the seared scallops with risotto. Scallops were seared darker than I like, but were still moist inside. Risotto was gluey. Note to Cava: risotto doesn't work as a quick warm-up item. Lamb chops ordered by dining companion were as good as ever, as was the roasted beet salad. I understand the difficulty of dealing with the poor service of Montgomery County alcohol system, but it would be nice to be advised in advance if one of the wines on the short wine list isn't available.

PK
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great flavors. Love the veggie choices - especially the street corn. A team of servers worked to deliver our food, clear plates, and check-in on us. The level of attention was appreciated. The space is a little noisy for a conversation

SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was very noisy inside so we asked to sit outside. The service was very good

k
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Cava Mezze is always a great option.

SK
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely pre theater dinner here on Saturday. Food was excellent. We recommend the saganaki. A good show and fun to eat.

s
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is very good, some spicy items so ask ahead if you are sensitive about hot food!

TG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always excellent. One of my favorite spots to eat.

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