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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” (28 reviews)
“saganaki” (23 reviews)
Closes in 15 min
17:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Greek, Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
527 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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So glad you enjoyed!

Reviewed 17 July 2017

Food was OK, I've had better but the ambiance was lively and fun. Service was good despite the crowded tables.

Thank Anne N
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We've been for brunch, lunch, and dinner on separate occasions. We recommend them for all. Everything we have tried on the menu has been, fresh, well prepared, delicious, and satisfying.

Thank Ray M
Reviewed 10 July 2017

I had dinner alone at this little gem of a restaurant while on a business trip. It offers "small plates". I order 2 plates plus bread service and had more than enough food! The server recommended the sakanaki (flaming cheese...what could go wrong??!!) and scallops....More

Thank Sherrie-mom-of-2
Reviewed 8 July 2017

On the afternoon we visited, we sat outdoors and found the service to be very good. The menu selection was also good - we ordered the Tzatziki, Spicy Hummus, Brussels Sprouts, Corn, Chicken Skewers & Shrimp Croquet's. The menu options have potential but the food...More

Thank Delatorrellc
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Our daughter lives in the neighborhood and we have often had take-out from here when visiting. We were looking for a place for a late light dinner. This filled the bill! It was a Monday night and the place was packed, but the service was...More

Thank JudyTroy_NY
Reviewed 25 June 2017

Family and I were visiting DC and tried this place out. Looks to be a hip after work hangout. Dark inside with interesting artwork on the walls. Waiter made recommendations on the amount of food to order, and he was right on. The three of...More

Thank IllaZilla
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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
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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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