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Cava Mezze

527 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
+1 202-543-9090
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (27 reviews)
“saganaki” (20 reviews)
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American, Greek, Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
527 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There were 5 of us, all ordered something different. Everyone was happy, the quantity was ample and the quality was very good. We ate at an off time, and service could have been a bit faster but otherwise it was good. Worth the stop if...More

Thank JBretteD
Reviewed 1 week ago

This little gem is a tapas style concept with fantastic food. I was introduced to this place a couple years ago and every time I visit D.C., it's always on my list. Recently went on a Monday... it was Mezze Monday which allows you a...More

Thank Vanessa R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cava used to be so good, but it's gone downhill drastically in the last few years and tonight was the final straw. Everything we ordered was so salty you couldn't taste anything else and even though we only ordered a few things, the bill was...More

Thank Samantha W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here for a work function lunch, decided on the 15$ lunch deal (one starter, one small main and side dish) The food was tasty and authentic, however doused in oils (a bit too much for my palate) The atmosphere was more formal than I...More

Thank JuliaBD5
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I keep coming back here for great food: chargrilled octopus, hummus, flank steak, lamb shank, and of course the flaming cheese! Not only delicious, also spectacular:)!

Thank ella_m_dc
CavaMezzeRestaurants, Owner at Cava Mezze, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review, we look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 16 May 2017

Quick, easy and inexpensive by DC standards. Food was great. Highly recommend for a quick lunch stop.

Thank Colleen C
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed my Mother's Day Brunch, I arrived at 10:00 am and it was starting to fill up. I had the spicy lamb Benedict and the shrimp and grit to start off, it was wonderful. Next was the chicken sausage and bacon, and the...More

Thank littlejohnja
CavaMezzeRestaurants, Owner at Cava Mezze, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for spending your Mother's Day with us, we are so glad that you enjoyed your special day :)

Reviewed 11 May 2017

We really enjoyed their Happy Hour and found it to be a great value. Had excellent service sitting at the bar. The hush puppies made with their crazy feta were amazing. Their tzatziki was delicious and came with pieces of pita which was incredibly soft....More

Thank IkeFox
CavaMezzeRestaurants, Owner at Cava Mezze, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks IkeFox!

Reviewed 25 April 2017

We were looking for some restaurant for dinner but we didn't have reservation - we try maybe 3 restaurants and all have waiting time 30-45 minutes, so it was coincidence, we tried Cava Mezze and we didn't have some expectations, we were sooo hungry. We...More

Thank Silvia M
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Went here as part of D.C. food tour. Best spot in Capitol Hill. The Saganaki cheese was amazing and so were the signature cocktails. Very friendly fast service and a hip atmosphere. Very expansive Mediterranean menu. Great for a group or an intimate dinner. My...More

Thank ALThrailkill
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Debra-Lynne T
Fodor's guide says that Cava Mezze does not accept credit cards. Is that correct?
22 May 2017|
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Response from littlejohnja | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do, I paid with a credit card.
My husband wants to come here because he thinks there is a view. When I searched restaurants with a view this one does not come up. Also, there is no mention of view in any reviews I could see or on your website. Is he maybe confusing the fact you have an outdoor seating? Is your outdoor seating on the ground or up a few flights with a view?
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 :)
Reservations required for dinner?
26 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
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, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
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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