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Cava Mezze

527 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
+1 202-543-9090
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (26 reviews)
“flaming cheese” (22 reviews)
“saganaki” (20 reviews)
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5:00 PM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Greek, Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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527 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A menu of excellent, varied choices. My friend and I shared a three plates that were delicious and surprisingly filling.

Thank T6040FZchristinac
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for a date night and this restaurant hit the mark! Ambiance was fun and romantic, but also full of energy and excitement! Traditional Greek food served by a staff that really knows what service is!!! Many delicious items in the menu but order the...More

Thank Keith S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing here resembles authentic Greek food so if that’s what you’re hankering for his is not the place for you! It is however a fun atmospheric place to spend an evening and the food was ok but not brilliant. It’s also not cheap at $15...More

Thank D P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Being of middle aged persuasion, I have evolved to appreciate pronounced flavor over quantity. Not completely given over to the French style of "less is more", the tapas style of menu design I find considerably more compelling when the food is good. At Cava, they...More

Thank bvlesterdesign
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

We went here on a saturday for lunch, as it is my friends favorite place to go for lunch and we had never been here before. It was worth the visit! The bowls and pitas were so delicious. We had to pick our own choice...More

Thank Aniek G
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Saturday and Sunday they have a great deal on their brunch. You can order off of an extensive menu of "breakfast tapas" with a Greek theme (spicy lamb benedict was amazing). It's $35 for the Bottomless brunch, then $0.25 mimosas. My friend and I tallied...More

Thank fishie85
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Stopped by on a Friday night and were able to get a set on the upstairs patio without waiting. We didn't have a view, but we love eating outside so it still worked for us. The service was very good. We ordered 5 small plates...More

Thank Ragz4
Reviewed 9 August 2017

A group of 5 family and friends went to Cava Mezze for lunch. It was very crowded, and we had reservations, but it did take about 5 minutes to be seated. Our orders were taken reasonably quickly, but there were mistakes in the orders, and...More

Thank Laraine G
CavaMezzeRestaurants, Guest Relations Manager at Cava Mezze, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Hi Laraine, I am really sorry to read about your experience. Would you mind shooting us an email to info@eatcava.com - I would love to get further feedback regarding your visit. Thanks-so-much!

Reviewed 5 August 2017

Super 'tapas-like', but Greek restaurant on 8th St SE. In good weather you should eat on the deck upstairs or as close to the front of the restaurant as you can since the rear can be dark. Food is really good. Comes in sharing portions...More

Thank Jake S
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We came here recently for dinner with an old friend, and it's still great. We got the flaming cheese and plenty of other small plates, along with some excellent cocktails. The service was great too.

Thank WDavidTF
CavaMezzeRestaurants, Guest Relations Manager at Cava Mezze, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017
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Debra-Lynne T
23 May 2017|
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Response from littlejohnja | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do, I paid with a credit card.
19 October 2016|
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Response from CavaMezzeRestaurants | Property representative |
Hi, I am so sorry for the delay - we were finally granted access to this location. We do have a rooftop and front patio, but unfortunately no real scenic view. We are on a very old beautiful street however :)
27 March 2016|
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Response from lvs_dgs | Reviewed this property |
We had reservations but had a party of 6. But it seemed smaller parties were just walking in and being seated. It is small so never hurts to make reservations.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 40
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 527 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-543-9090
  • E-mail
Your neighborhood Mediterranean hangout, dedicated to shared plates and culinary excellence. Find us in Rockville, DC, Clarendon, Baltimore, and Olney. Established in 2006. In the summer of 2006, long-time friends Ike Grigoropolous, Ted Xenohristos, and chef Dimitri Moshovitis came up with the idea for Cava Mezze over coffee. As three children of Greek immigrants, and life-long Rockville residents, they aimed to bring mezze-style dining of from their parents' home to their home. Despite opening their first Cava Mezze in a once desolate shopping center, the restaurant thrives as a neighborhood hangout. From hand-building tables, to smashing tiles, each founder and their family poured every ounce of their effort into making their first restaurant a success.
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