Cava Mezze - Rockville

9713 Traville Gateway Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850


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

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

Scene: Food Specials

Happy Hour Details:
All day Monday and Tuesday.

Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays

Cheap Eats 2007: Cava

Forget Zorba the Greek clichés. Think instead of the ouzeri you’d find in Athens’s stylish Kolonaki neighborhood.

Mezze rules at this lively restaurant and nightspot owned by three second-generation Greek-Americans. From the tangy grilled baby octopus and the mini souvlakis to the charcoal-grilled loukanika (orange-scented sausage), the cooking is always gutsy and frequently interesting. Doughnut fans will want to indulge in Greece’s take on fried dough: loukoumades kissed with honey and cinnamon.

Portions are generous, and most dishes are under $9. The deal gets even better Mondays with $5 martinis and Tuesdays with half-price bottles of wine, including lots of interesting Greek picks.

Open weekdays for lunch, Monday through Saturday for dinner.