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Cava Restaurant & Bar

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$$ - $$$
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1212 Coast Village Rd, Montecito, CA 93108-2719 (Middle Road)
+1 805-969-8500
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Santa Barbara, California
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334 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cava is always a fun place and if you like Mexican food you can find something you like. Really good variety of options. Sitting outside in good weather is a treat. The booths are cozy and the place is comfortable. The service can be frustrating. Even when it isn't busy waiters forget to get things you ask for and they... More 

Thank expectquality1942
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had lunch at Cava with three friends. It was a nice day so we sat on the patio in front of the restaurant. We ordered guacamole for the table and it was very good. I had the fish tacos and I enjoyed them. Another person in my party had the taco soup and said it was one of the... More 

Thank Helen F
Martinez, Georgia
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good variety of quality Mexican food available. Have had a number of different dishes and found that all are good. Good service and drinks as well.

Thank jamespK4196GK
New York City, New York
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a Mexican lunch. If the weather cooperates sit on the front terrace. Try the Vegetable Quesadilla; haven't ever seen this option before...great.

Thank KenNYC150
Rancho Cucamonga, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We stopped at this cute little place for a quick bite to eat. Had the soup and Cava burger which were TASTY! I would've liked to had dinner here, however, we had dinner plans elsewhere that night. Will stop in again next visit to Santa Barbara and do dinner next time!

Thank Kimberlyg120
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125 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We wandered in here on Valentine's Day without reservations, but the host moved a table around to squeeze us in. Service was attentive and efficient despite the incredibly busy nice. And as if that wasn't enough, the food was fantastic.

Thank EydneW
Antigua and Barbuda
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142 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Very clean, and inviting seating. Even a table for two by the fireplace. Personal service, and Great food at reasonable prices. Their corn, bean, salsa is fresh and complimentary. Diverse selection, so something for everyone.

Thank Eliz102
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Flavourful food, amazing service. Best ribs I have ever had. Same with the mashed potatoes. Clean quality food. So fresh! Pet friendly outdoor patio. I cannot say enough. It is a destination place every time we are in the area.

Thank michelemcgregor
Santa Barbara, California
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630 reviews
436 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

A very popular place so reservations are a must in the evenings. A really fine array of tapas to choose from, but also a large number of entrees to consider. Service is above average. Delightful guitarist as background music. Reasonably priced and recommended for dining in the lower village of Montecito.

1 Thank Waterloonie
Aliso Viejo, California
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Boutique gourmet Mexican food. Well thought out menu offers diverse culinary selection. Service was great. Cocktails and wine were adequate in taste and value. Prices a little steep but portions were sharable. Heat lamps and small water feature create a cozy front patio atmosphere.

Thank BarbaricDerek

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1212 Coast Village Rd, Montecito, CA 93108-2719
    (Middle Road)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Montecito
  • Phone Number: +1 805-969-8500
Experience the bold flavors of superb Latin cuisine from Spain, Mexico and South America in a romantic setting in the village of Montecito. Sunflower colored walls, original artwork, cozy fireplace, relaxed outdoor terraza and a beautiful bar and Tapas lounge to sip Sangria with friends while listening to live Spanish guitars.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?