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100 Best Restaurants 2012: Cava
From soulful bistros to high-gloss steakhouses, there's lots of good eating in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)

Cava Mezze - Rockville
Address: 9713 Traville Gateway Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-309-9090
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Greek/Mediterranean
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 2 PM and 5 to 10 PM; Friday 11:30 AM to 2 PM and 5 to 11 PM; Saturday 5 to 11 PM; Sunday 11 to 2 PM and 5 to 10 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Lamb sliders with tzatziki; watermelon with mint and feta; meatballs in tomato sauce; avgolemono soup; Disco Fries, a sort of Greek sloppy joe, with cinnamon-spiced braised lamb; Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts; loukoumades, or Greek doughnuts.
Price Details: Mezze, $3.95 to $10.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Food Specials
Happy Hour Details:
All day Monday and Tuesday.
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays


There are as many places to graze on small plates as there are tweets at a rock concert. This multi-venue venture from three Montgomery County natives brings a hearty, old-school feel to the genre. The moody lighting and exposed brick are staples of many a resto-lounge, but the warm welcome and unassuming vibe aren't as common. The blue-jeaned, black-T-shirted servers earnestly inquire about your happiness as if this were a family-style Greek diner. The kitchen's handiwork reinforces the something-old/something-new theme, packaging dishes from the Greek isles into stylized miniatures without stinting on the garlic.

What to get: Roasted-red-pepper dip; taramasalata; haloumi-cheese sliders; grilled lamb chops with crisped potatoes; spicy lamb sliders; the day's fish, simply grilled with lemon and herbs; grilled baby octopus; braised meatballs in tomato sauce; disco fries; Bolognese over pappardelle; Greek yogurt with honey.

Rockville location open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner. DC location open Monday for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Clarendon location open Monday for dinner, Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.

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