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Cava Restaurant & Bar

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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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Antigua and Barbuda
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131 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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620 reviews
425 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Aliso Viejo, California
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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
B'ham, AL
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

The eggplant quesadilla is probably one of the best tapas ever! Really enjoyed their margaritas as well! Nice patio to sit and enjoy the beautiful area and weather.

Thank MagnoliaC
Charleston, South Carolina
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147 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

A good location in Montecito California allowing for a stroll around the lower village. Both inside and outside tables are available. Wide menu of tasteful Mexican dishes. I tried the Halibut Veracruzano that was a little overdone for fresh fish. The Margaritas were tasty but not too strong. Quiet surroundings allow for intimate discussions. Service was excellent. Reasonable prices.

Thank Snooge42
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113 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

When visiting Montecito, you should try this place, if you like Mexican food. We had 3 appetizers, and it was enough to feed the two of us. The shrimp and the tamales were excellent. The restaurant was very warm when we visited, and we were able to get a seat outside, where it was cooler. The staff was very helpful,... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We were very disappointed in this visit to Cava. The chips were not fresh as usual The salsas were great! The rest of our meal was just okay. Probably won't go back

Thank glarrance
Arbroath, United Kingdom
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256 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

A lunch stop here on a cycle ride out from Santa Barbara. Our server was really nice and friendly, the salsa and beans they serve you while you wait for your order is really tasty, and the tapas we ordered were delicious. Prawns in garlic and tortilla espanole were cooked perfectly and very tasty. A lovely spot to sit and... More 

Thank ethoscon
Santa Barbara, California
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67 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

I love Mexican food, and have tried all the good ones. This is definitely top five. Service is always good.

Thank mickmankowski

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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, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids
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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