Cava Restaurant & Bar

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Cava Restaurant & Bar features an eclectic mix of nuevo Latino and Mediterranean cuisine to go along with inventive, hand-crafted cocktails.
We offer a unique wine list of owner selections from Spain, South America and California.

The décor, menu and staff here at Cava Restaurant & Bar reflect the sophisticated yet casual character of Montecito.
Enjoy a vibrant outdoor patio, romantic dining room, cozy fireplace and a beautiful bar setting. Original artwork by Channing Peake,
vintage pottery by Gorky Gonzalez, striking interior notes by
David Minicucci and the seductive sounds of local musicians Téka and Daniel Navarro lend Cava Restaurant & Bar it’s distinct and inimitable style.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Had a blast and food was amazing!

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Raenee
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Food was bland and lackluster. Drinks and service were the only redeeming qualities

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty and good service. Excellent guacamole!

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vipWhitewhale
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Huge portion sizes, including the small plates. Food quality is mediocre.
High level of noise. Dine on the patio for quiet conversation.
Personable and efficient server.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with friends and we had a fantastic time! We had guacamole which was delicious! I had these steak fajitas with homemade flour tortillas someone had the chicken enchiladas and then three of my friends had the Santa Barbara restaurant week special. We will definitely be back Montecito Village is just so Charming

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vipKm32
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good ... when it arrived. Soup and a quesadilla seemed to get lost. The waiter was friendly but not attentive at all. It was hard to get his attention when we were given food we didn’t order, or for the missing food. Twice. Then the check included the dish we didn’t order and didn’t keep, and no offer of crediting the hour-late dishes. Disappointed. But the food was good.

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vipbrucek
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always good local spot

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VanF
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent as usual. Unfortunately we were seated next to group and their conversations made it hard to hear each other.

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stewiel
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very different choices. The Paella was outstanding and was a big hit with us. Excellent surprise for us.

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GACL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We ate on heated patio-very quiet and warm with the heaters on. Great service and food. Tapas portions very ample

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vipMarkS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and great service at Cava. We’ll definitely be back!

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vipTHGF
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, and ambiance. Unique presentations of classic and new dishes. Comfortable seating choices, including patio options. Inventive cocktail choices.

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BarbaraT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant! I love the ambiance, the food, & the service. It has a great vibe!

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vipTony
New York Area
277 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The best part of our meal was the chips. The arugula salad was fine as were the tamales. Tacos were not very good. Service was fine.

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Yesplease
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an early dinner there on New Year’s Eve. First time there. Sat outside under warming heat lamps—cozy and a good spot for people watching. The scene inside was lively, too. The food was delicious—veggie enchiladas were well prepared and the Spanish potato tortilla was the best I’ve eaten anywhere. Service was great. We live South, so a 40 minute drive to Montecito, but well worth the drive. Can’t wait to return!

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vipLocalReview
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Just ok. Nothing special.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant. Great food, always. Wonderful services and ambiance.

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Brecklover
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place for lunch, happy hour or dinner.

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MichelleC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always our favorite place to dine when in the area.

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JacqueLene
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Cava. We treated my niece and her fiance to an engagement lunch. They loved it too and since they live in Montecito will come back.

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KathyD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled across Cava Restaurant while visiting Montecito, and we were so happy that we did so! The food was excellent, and the setting was lovely. Each person in our party enjoyed a different dish, and we were all very happy with our meals. Service was excellent. I will definitely return during my next visit to the area!

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vipRichardh
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal at a fabulous restaurant. The service was very friendly and excellent. Highly recommended

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vipcynemox
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After over 20 years Cava is still consistently satisfying. Please never change.

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vipzacker
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Cava in Montecito...the food is consistently delicious and the service is great. We like to sit outside when its warm, but they have heaters so it's fine even on a chilly night. Sometimes we take our pooch and sit on the side patio where she is happy.

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vipDebg
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Cava was very disappointing this visit. Service was very poor, food not hot, music never showed up after we asked if they were having music. A disappointing experience. I may need a break from Cava and let them regroup.

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Gigi
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I would suggest a different entrée. everything was quite ordinary. chips are not fresh made. Small shrimps in enchiladas were probably frozen no flavor. Guacamole was good but could use more spice.

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vipMaureenM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Good food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can not say enough good things about Cava. The food and atmosphere were exceptional. I had the seafood enchiladas, and they were truly the best I’ve ever had!!! Highly recommend!!!

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vipNot4me
Columbus
27 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely restaurant. Service was great and the food was delicious and the portions were more than adequate! There is a tremendous amount of options in this market. I thought this place really stood out from the competition.

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vipJudiG
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We all enjoyed our meals very much, including the coconut shrimp, shrimp fajitas, chicken salad and flank steak. It was really noisy when we arrived at 8 but by 9 or so much quieter. The tortilla soup was excellent.

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vipanonymous
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Mexican/Spanish food in Montecito area. We had carne asada and lamb shanks, both delicious. Great service.

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MoBee
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Cava is a great location. The service was fine, and the restaurant is pretty. I've enjoyed it in the past, but unfortunately it was lackluster this time.

The problem was they advertise rock shrimp tacos, which I get at most mexican restaurants. When they arrived, they looked pretty, but the shrimp were 100% not rock shrimp. They were tiny bay shrimp, and gross. They were overly fishy, and the bottom of the plate contained so much liquid from the cooking to plating process it made the tortillas wet and soggy. So unappetizing and low grade.

We also had the mole, the quesadilla, and another fish dish that were good. Not great, but good enough. The quesadilla was the appetizer, which is sizable and definitely a meal unto itself. Their chipotle sauce is really good and has a kick that definitely elevated the quesadilla's game. The mole was good but too overly sauced, and the black beans were lost in it.

The margarita was not strong enough and I had to buy an extra shot.

I've had great experiences there and brought many a people. This was not one of them, and unfortunately we had the in laws with us from the East Coast who were really looking forward to it.

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JamesA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good local Mexican Restaurant with attentive staff. A tad pricey but your in Montecito do nothing is “affordable”.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to Cava every time we are in Montecito. We have always shad a great experience. The food especially the halibut is unbelievable. It will become your new favorite restaurant if you try it.

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vipGlennE
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience :-) the food was incredibly good, large portions and the service was impeccable!

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GoodFood
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Bringing food to the table was very,very slow. Not sure if it was a bad night for the kitchen or our waitstaff person. The restaurant didn' seem exceptionally busy. We tried 4 dishes and each was delicious.

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vipGulp
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of our local favorites. Great food, wonderful atmosphere.

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Gillokingo
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience3

The food was atrocious and our server was “away with the birds”.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The restaurant is in a beautiful location but really need improvement. The outdoor area is like a Macdonald patio. Food was ok but nothing special.

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CaliforniaGirl
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! They have the best red sangria!
Everything was 5 star!

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Cava Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 565 OpenTable diners.