TO BRING HEART, HEALTH, AND HUMANITY TO FOOD.
We believe in:
Serving delicious food that helps more people eat well and live well.
Taking care of the people and things that feed us: the earth, farmers, purveyors, and team members.
Food as a unifier, for a more diverse yet inclusive world, where all are welcome.
CAVA IS GROUNDED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN WAY OF LIFE, WHERE FOOD IS AT THE CENTER OF CULTURE AND CONNECTION.
Ike Grigoropoulos, Chef Dimitri Moshovitis, and Ted Xenohristos have known each other since they were six. They were often found goofing off in their Greek church’s Sunday School class, before heading to their respective parents’ homes for a big Sunday lunch, typically full of slow-roasted lamb, lemony potatoes, lots of olives, and bowls of tzatziki. Food and hospitality was always coursing through their veins, thanks to growing up as sons of first-generation immigrants who all valued making room at the table for all their family and friends. Later in life, they cared deeply about creating restaurants that paid homage to the Mediterranean traditions they grew up with, where food equals connection, and what’s good for you is also what tastes good too. They, along with co-founder Brett Schulman, opened CAVA in 2010 to share the food they loved in an accessible fast-casual format.
It’s not only about the food, though. CAVA’s inspiration is rooted in the entire Mediterranean meal experience, notably that feeling-so-cared-for genuine expression of hospitality and warmth. Which is why, at CAVA, generosity is our cornerstone.
GENEROSITY TO OUR GUESTS
We serve delicious, healthy, and affordable meals. Individual customization is core to the CAVA experience: yes to choosing from an abundant spread, with unlimited toppings and free side pitas. Basically, it’s all about complete satisfaction here.
GENEROSITY TO OUR TEAM MEMBERS
Our founders watched their parents work tirelessly in a service industry that didn’t support them as well as it could have (second jobs, long hours…). At CAVA, we wanted to create a better pathway for our employees, where working in the restaurant industry can lead to viable, long-term careers. We offer entry-level jobs that pay above the minimum wage, paid-time off, 401(k) matching plans, and more.
GENEROSITY TO OUR COMMUNITY
We open dozens of new restaurants each year and as we do, we open our doors one day early to feed lunch and dinner to anyone in the community, free of charge. We’re eager to meet our neighbors and welcome all to share a meal with us! During Community Days, we also partner with and sponsor a local nonprofit.
WE MAKE FOOD THAT TASTES GOOD AND MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD.
We are inspired by our Mediterranean roots, where deliciousness and health are inseparable.
Sacrificing health for flavor? Or flavor for health? Not at CAVA—no compromises here. After all, Mediterranean families have been perfecting this way of eating for a mere 4,000 years.
WE START WITH FRESH, HIGH QUALITY INGREDIENTS, ALWAYS.
Think meaty-yet-tender Kalamata olives from the southern Peloponnese region of Greece, and pita made with freshly milled flours and sprouted grains. We don’t take shortcuts when it comes to sourcing and are working toward a goal of using only antibiotic-free proteins.
WE ENCOURAGE DISCOVERY THROUGH FOOD.
We offer a lot of bold, Mediterranean flavor combinations for a wide range of palates. That means spicy harissa, tender braised lamb, herbaceous skhug, crispy falafel, creamy tzatziki, grilled meatballs, smoky roasted eggplant dip, and more.
WE OFFER MEDITERRANEAN-INSPIRED FOOD WHEREVER YOU ARE.
Serious hummus craving? We’ve got you covered. Our dips, spreads, and sauces are available at Whole Foods and other grocery retailers nationwide, so you can prepare healthy meals at home.
IN ALL OF OUR RELATIONSHIPS, WE PRIORITIZE LASTING VALUE FOR OUR GUESTS, THE EARTH, AND OUR PARTNERS.
WE FIRMLY BELIEVE IN RELATIONSHIPS OVER TRANSACTIONS, PARTNERING WITH DIVERSE SUPPLIERS THAT SHARE A COMMON SET OF VALUES.
OUR OLIVE OIL
We’re proud to work with Stavros Manolakos, an olive oil sommelier and our Greek olive and olive oil supplier since the early days. For generations, his family has owned and farmed the land where our olives are grown. Our two businesses have grown together: As demand has increased, Stavros has been able to invest in his local community and build a larger facility—in the same region where our founders are from, no less!
OUR SPROUTED GRAIN PITA
Damascus Bakery has 80 years of pita-perfecting experience. When seeking out a better pita, we knew exactly where to go. Old tradition meets a brand new sprouted grain pita recipe: just what we wanted.
OUR PRESERVED LEMON PASTE
New York Shuk is an immigrant-owned producer of Middle Eastern pantry staples. We collaborated with them to create our preserved lemon vinaigrette, a guest favorite (so tangy!). We share a similar ethos of staying close to one’s culinary roots while serving a growing audience. Plus, their products are expertly sourced and extremely good.