Cava Mezze Grill

9 ratings
$ • Greek Restaurant
62% of 8 votes say it's celiac friendly
1222 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Top Reviews


Celiac

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The waitress was knowledgeable and took extra steps to make sure that the food was GF. There weren't a lot of options and the servings are small so I left a bit hungry but the chicken that I got was good

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for lunch
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 3 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Very good food, only a few items contained gluten and they were easy to avoid. Food was made right in front of you so that helped us feel safe! Lots of options as well.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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GF items are marked but it's very easy to get glutened from cross contamination. Used to be easier to avoid but they now spread most of the line ingredients directly on pita and mix it back in.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten Free Features

  • Allergen List
  • Appetizers
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Soup

Categories

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Greek
  • Healthy
  • Keto Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Vegan Friendly

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Celiac

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So many options for people with Celiac! Not to mention it's delicious and filling! All foods are clearly marked as to what allergens they contain online - which makes choosing easy!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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So delicious and all the gluten-free items easily marked. I would highly recommend this facility.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Loved Cava! Fresh, full of flavor food!! Great for anyone, not just gluten free. Very knowledgeable staff, great service. Would definitely recommend and visit again!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff is very knowledgeable about ingredient list. There are breadcrumbs in the regular meatballs, but not in the lamb meatballs. Mix and match your own entree on top of a base (different kinds of greens, white basmati, brown basmati, black lentils) and add the toppings you like. Great beverage selection too.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Celiac

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When I told server I have celiac she immediately removed gloves, washed her hands, out on new gloves, retrieved my greens from an unopened container and personally put on all my toppings. Even though the only gluten item is the pita all it takes is touching pita and then greens. I was very impressed that she knew what to do even before I asked. Plus the food is fab!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Not safe. The salads are served with gloves that handle wheat. The spreads/dips have knives in them that are used to spread on pita. I ask the server to change gloves and serve me from a fresh bag of lettuce. I no longer get the dips (eg hummus) due to the cross-contamination. Despite these precautions, my dishes have tested positive for gluten (Nima sensor) on my last 3 visits. I give up.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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The staff was very helpful and cautious. They changed their gloves immediately upon learning of my issue, and rather than passing things down the line they had one staff member take care of everything for me so as to make sure my needs were met.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Don’t go to this location during lunch rush if you are Celiac. While the menu is clear, the options are plentiful, and the staff is knowledgeable, when it gets busy they just shout at you and send you down an assembly line. In other build your own style restaurants (Chipotle etc) one person will take your order down the line to prevent cross contamination. I was lucky to hit the place right after a staff switch, so everyone has fresh gloves but there was no good way to ensure my food was safe. Other Cava experiences in less busy atmosphere make me still want to come back when it is not quite as busy.

Not celiac

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Make sure to ask them to change their gloves before you start ordering. Most staff have been accommodating but some have not (in which cases I’ve left and gone somewhere else). Food is delicious. I emailed to ask which items would be safe for me as I have other allergies and they sent back a great list and explained which things I could and could not eat and why. Overall, a fast and yummy meal as long as they change their gloves.

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