Cava Restaurant & Bar

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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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R
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

c
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

z
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

D
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

G
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

MM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Good food and great service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

N
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

a
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

JA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

GE
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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.

G
Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

G
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 3

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

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

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.

CG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Esteban was a great server! Attentive and suggested items when asked - and he was spot on!! Pomegranate margarita, yum. BF had the fajita platter. Served sizzling and always fantastic. Halibut was just right and I’m picky about quality seafood. Indoors this time by the fireplace - it may not be working right now but still my favorite little corner table. Feels private and cozy. Lovely celebration dinner!!

JI
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT. THE SERVICE WAS OUTSTANDING. ATTITUDE,FRIENDLINESS AND PROFESSIONALISM WERE GREAT. OUTSIDE DINING VERY NICE.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, nice live music that wasn’t too loud.

R
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food and service was good, the one thing I would have changed was that when we asked for chips and salsa, the server asked if we wanted guacamole too (I said yes because guac is great) but didn’t tell us it would be an extra fee. Even so I expected to get a $2, maybe $5 charge on the check with the bill. That guacamole costs $15. The chips and salsa are free on their own but getting guac is an extra $15! The server didn’t let us know about that and it was ridiculous in my opinion.

Other than that the food is good, worth the trip if you don’t order guac.

JW
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love coming to Cava when we are traveling the coast with our dog, because they offer outdoor seating so we can dine with our pup. The staff is marvelous, and always provide water for our doggy. It's a fun, casual place. We will always come back because of their dog-friendly policy.

JF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Drinks are great; food is delicious. Always a fun time at Cava!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!!! Food, atmosphere, and service. The prices were on point, also.

JD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This restaurant was sub par! Food not worth the long wait, service was terrible and the hostess on the night of July 4th was awful!

LM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cava restaurant. It is a favorite spot for us, welcoming, pleasant and always good food. We came in for hamburgers but ordered fajitas and fish tacos instead. loved them both. Really appreciate the appetizer corn chips and salsa - adds to the fun!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiters and staff super friendly and knowledgeable as always. Love coming here. The food, without a doubt, authentic and genuine flavour. You’re missing out if you don’t try it out. One solid vegan option available of the menu but I’m sure if you ask the kitchen can accommodate other dishes. Live music on point and sets the tone. Love it.

PC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food and general atmosphere were excellent

MK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have loved this restaurant for years! I treated 3 friends and we had a great time on the front patio.

m
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

always a good evening when we go to Cava...great fajitas!!

i
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

food was too piquante. I love spicy but the spices overwhelmed the food. the service was inattentive and poor. waiter couldn't remember what we had asked for after he stepped away from the table. he generally ignored us and rarely checked on our needs. I had to ask for my drink 3 times before he remembered to order it and got no refill. others in our party experienced the same with drinks and other food/service requests.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ceviche and mole. Would come here again for sure.

J
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Overpriced very loud and poor service. First time in a long time we were this disappointed

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner at Cava! The food was delicious and we loved their chips and salsa! Everything was really fresh and delicious!

J
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food with an awesome service

KJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Service is usually very good. We were meeting friends from out of town who we see a couple times a year. There were 4 of us. The food was very good and we really like the ambiance. But the waiter was rushed and obviously impatient with us. We stayed for quite a while because we had after dinner drinks. There were other tables. I didn't care for his pushy attitude. To be clear, this was not usual.

LZ
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cava is a favorite stop when my wife and I go to Montecito, which is frequent. The food is simply delicious, awesome! Our recommendations are the Enchiladas Suizas and the Paella Valenciana .

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have already recommended Cava to several people. The food was great and the service was amazing. Our server was superb..very professional...knew just what we needed before we asked but didn't disturb us in any way. The atmosphere was wonderful...we appreciated having a booth just for two,quiet and cozy! Thanks!

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