Cava

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1310 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Latin / Spanish

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About

Cava is a small-plates restaurant whose eclectic cuisine showcases Doug Penfold's culinary depth, with an emphasis on Iberian and Latin American flavours.

With a "nose-to-tail" sensibility, and a long-term devotion to sustainable and ethical ingredients, Cava maintains it's reputation as a destination restaurant who balances responsibility with a memorable dining experience.

Designed to underscore the elemental relationship between food and wine, the simple, charming room has traditional table seating for 66 as well as a bar seating for 10.

Most recent accolades include Cava being ranked in the top 10 on Joanne Kates' Top 100 Restaurants of 2016.

A frequently changing menu offers inventive interpretations of familiar culinary themes with over 40 wines by the glass and over 200 different bottles to enhance the experience.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(416) 979-9918
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Doug Penfold
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
St. Clair
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Parking Details
Convenient, indoor, handicapped accessible public parking is available behind Delisle Court, with entrances on Heath Street and Delisle Avenue.
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Public Transit
St. Clair subway station is located two blocks south of Cava on the south east corner of Yonge & St. Clair
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1310 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EI
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic end to a legacy! This was the end of a truly great culinary experience in TO

h
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best of Toronto. Going to miss this location. Can’t wait for what’s next.

DM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Cava- wish they were not moving. I hop the new space will be a bit quieter. Thanks for the years so far.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food, as always, was delicious. The service was nice and friendly, but inconsistent. It took a long time for drinks and such good food without wine or a cocktail is not as much fun!

SH
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our server Lucas was great. He recommended a nice wine in our price range that went well with the food. The foie gras (expensive but worth it) and the octopus were standouts. The maitake mushroom was memorable. We were three and shared all of the dishes and each arrived in good timing so we were were not overloaded all at once.

OT
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hope to see you soon in your new location wherever it may be.

JM
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The Gamay Poached Foie Gras was amazing! We also had a really friendly British waiter who taught our group how to make flowers and animals using our table napkins. Very entertaining!

P
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious! Great service with helpful suggestions and good pace of bringing out the various dishes. Really enjoyed the cocktails too!! Look forward to our next visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The place is great

NK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food here is just amazing. Every dish was incredible - the scallops and the pulpo in particular are impeccable!

AV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cava was great. The food was delicious and our service was extremely helpful from all of the staff -- wine selection to dietary accommodations. It made for a great experience.

O
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Birthday dinner for a friend.

M
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We tried the “trust me” menu and thought it was fantastic....gastronomic delight. The service was attentive and professional .... timing of everything was to perfection . Great night and will look forward to our next evening .
Thank you!

k
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service.
We were treated to an amazing tour of Spanish flavors.
From the opening Cava, to the closing Sherry we savoured each sip and bite.

R
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Wonderfully varied menu that had a lot of options for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Wide range of pre dinner sherries and knowledgeable servers. Spain focused wine list with many interesting by the glass options. If an indicator of a good restaurant is wanting to try everything on the menu and then making a note to come back, then the chef and service team has succeeded.

c
Toronto
76 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The menu has changed since I was last there and sadly there is no longer the wheat berry salad but still plenty of delicious choices. Sablefish and sardines were outstanding and as always many wonderful veggie side dishes.
Service is friendly and attentive.
Cava is always a great dining choice.

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first visit to Cava will not be our last. The vegetarian options were delicious and we loved the tapas style allowing us to sample them all. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and attentive. We loved everything about Cava.

J
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Overall it was good, but I would not suggest dining her during the hot summer months. They had one air conditioning unit at the back, that did not cool the restaurant. I never complain about heat, but when your cheese platter comes out and all the cheese is sweating because its too warm, you know. The sable fish was outstanding and I would most definitely recommend this if you enjoy miso black cod. Other dishes were good as well. Overall good, but unfortunately the heat really hindered our experience. If they add another air con unit on the other side of the restaurant, it would make a world of difference.

Cava
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thank you very much for visiting us. We regret that your experience was impacted negatively by our air conditioning failing us during the recent heatwave. We were able to fix the issue, and we would love to have you visit us again now that the room is more comfortable.

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C
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent place to take visitors from overseas. The small plates concept was perfect - we shared everything with only a small taste of each for each. While we were reading the menu, the waiter offered us to have "the house" choose what we would have. We agreed. After notifying him of some dietary restrictions, it went ahead. After some 8 or 9 separate items, we said it was enough. This was all perfect, as we had a surprise each time. It was all an inducement to talk and renew with the offerings as a catalyst. Isn't that the function of a quality restaurant?

MA
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Had a wonderful birthday celebration at Cava. Food and company were excellent!

AB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great choice of food and wine. Service is excellent

GA
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great date night. The waiter selected great wines and various dishes to share and try. Loved this restaurant and will definitely go again.

OT
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience

RM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was wonderful! Waiter spoke fast and seemed impersonal. Pricey.

F
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

good menu and they keep updating it. Been a few times and never disappointed. Service is always top notch. Can be a bit noisy depending on the crowd as the space is quite compact with lots of sound "bounce back" mirrors.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food and very very nice wine! Would go back any day for more.

k
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took food picky Japanese friends and they all love it.

OT
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Another great dinner at Cava. The food is just so good here and the service is outstanding.

EJ
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we enjoyed everything, Kyle is an amazing host! we will enjoy Cava many years to come

FB
Toronto
169 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

They have an absolutely fabulous wine list from Spain and Portugal. The staff really know and understand the wine profiles so take advantage of their skills in match a bottle of wine to the foods you are ordering. The food from start to finish is really amazing. We loved each and every dish. The eggplant and scallop dishes were particularly excellent. The service was fabulous as well. We can't wait to go back.

T
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice night out. The food was tasty and well prepared and our waiter was lovely.

DW
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The tapas were very good especially the eggplant which I am not normally fond of and the service was good although the place was half empty

F
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Cava is great for an evening of dining with friends, but also perfect for pre or post evening performance grazing. We nipped in for our favourite pinchos and a glass of wine. Try the Super Gildas and Shishito peppers - our favourites. We also love some of the newer veggie items. The asparagus and mushroom dishes were superb. Great Friendly service as always.
One teeny disappointment: our favourite Cavas were out of stock. Hope the Reventos de Nit is back soon.

GF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The service was excellent. Each item was fantastic. I have a lactose allergy and the chef was completely accommodating. The noise level was not a problem ... able to carry a conversation.
Will be back!

O
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Some outstanding dishes with pleasantly surprising flavour combinations, mixed in with some more traditional flavour profile plates. Service ranged from okay to excellent depending on how hectic things were in the restaurant. I make at least one yearly trip to Cava and have never been disappointed. Always good value.

GT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific food and great servers. An anniversary dinner made special.

RH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great food, attentive service fair value for price but not excellent.

b
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Cava had great sharing plates. Some good vegetarian options. Great atmosphere! We had to wait a few minutes for our table, but the staff made us feel welcome with some Cava while we waited.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I just love my visits to Cava. The food, coupled with the wines, are outstanding. I'm always left wanting more of the unique tastes and textures.

M
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing! Staff very friendly and accommodating, will definitely recommend to friends!
Thank you!

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