Cavé Bistro

4.7
55 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Paleo Friendly
“You are what you eat.” We couldn’t agree more! That’s one of the reasons that we we carefully source our ingredients from local and regional farms, fisheries and specialty purveyors who share our standards for quality and handling. Our entire menu is made in-house, from scratch using nature’s finest. There is nothing artificial in our kitchen ever. We do not cut corners or skimp. We care about what you eat, and strive to provide you and your loved ones with food that makes it easy for you to look and feel your best.
We use only grass fed and pasture raised meats, local and wild seafood and mainly organic produce. All of our food is gluten free, wheat free, soy free, and, mostly dairy free, with the exception of ghee and grass fed butter used in certain dishes and our Next Level coffee.
Cavé is one of a handful of Jersey Shore restaurants that has qualified as a Surfrider Foundation Jersey Shore Ocean Friendly Restaurant.
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WS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five of us were there celebrating a friend's birthday and we all LOVED it! I had the marrow beef burger which was perfectly done, juicy and delicious. The fries were outstanding. Two of us had the burrata salad and we agreed that it was the best we've had anywhere. The heirloom tomatoes were from from a local farm, they were tasty and perfectly ripe. My SIL had the brisket tostones and grassfed beef sliders and loved those. The birthday girl got the butter nut brownie and mmm'd her way through it so quickly i couldn't steal a bite. The menu is creative and the food is very high quality, everything on our plate was fresh and delicious. The owner/chef is very welcoming and the food was prepared and served with great care. Cavé is a cozy, one-of-a-kind restaurant with friendly, attentive service and bustling with "regulars" who seemed to come in a steady flow on a Wednesday summer evening.

MC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfection!! My daughter and I love this place and Doug's cooking!

TF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Doug consistently knocks it out of the park every time! This is hands-down our favorite restaurant

MF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cave’s grilled octopus never disappoints ! We also enjoyed the fresh tuna with watermelon sauce.

e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Everything was very satisfactory. My meal was chicken curry - it was delicious and very unique.

JG
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Sometimes the service is so bad, no level of food or price can make up for the shabby experience. Cave Bistro is such a place.
First, the waiter never offered us beverages (it's a BYO place, so that's rather simple to do). Next, the first course came with an 'allergic' ingredient sitting in the salad. When the waiter was called back, he apologized, but brought back the same plate with the problem just picked out of the salad, not a new one.
Then in the midst of eating all our appetizers, the main course appears. Duh, isn't this covered by Restaurant 101 ... don't overlap the courses unless requested?
The piece d' resistance was when we were got up to leave and the restaurant was winding down for the evening, they chose to turn on the air conditioning. Really!?!
This was all a shame because the food was actually tasty.

B
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go there several times a month and love the place

SK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. My teenage son didn’t want the salad that came with his burger and after the food was delivered he asked for an order of a side of fries. The waiter told us that it wasn’t possible to order a side of fries (even though three of us were eating fries). They don’t sell it that way. Odd.

Cavé Bistro
Responded on 9 August 2019

Glad you enjoyed the food! We have a tiny fryer filled with duck fat...we don't offer stand alone sides of fries on the menu because if we did, we would never be able to keep up with the demand and all of the fries would come out soggy due to the overworked fryer. So, we only prepare fries with the 2 entrees that come with fries. The Bison burger comes with the salad because it's already served on a bed of Sweet Potato Hash. Hope this helps! :)

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S
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Could almost just do appetizers for a meal they were so good, but went for the dinners as well but left no room for dessert unfortunately because they looked really good. Nice variety of seafood and land fare, nice salads, etc. First time there, glad we gave it a try!!! Will be back.

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The grouper was delicious. The next level coffee awesome. Would go back.

HC
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

Although the food was very good we were in and out in 45 minutes!!! We placed our order and the appetizer came in Seconds!! No time to relax or rest or catch our breath and entrees were placed before us. Not the experience we hoped for. Much too fast. This was our first visit to Cave and will be our last time, as we witnessed the same much too speedy service at a table that was seated after us. Too bad as the food was quite good.

RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, a favorite of all time!!

B
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going for years. Always one of our favorite restaurants in this area. Love the food- the specials are also very good! Also, very unique place you can find a variety of chairs, tables and even a few pillows.

s
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Almost everything we ate was really delicious. I was disappointed in the halibut special as the fish was dry. The small salad it comes with was tasty but it wasn't substantial enough. The desserts looked great, but we opted to go for ice cream elsewhere since we were still a bit hungry.

G
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the grain-free options that this restaurant provides! Hard to come by.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently excellent food.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing & the waiter was extremely nice. I will definitely be back soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Menu too small. Food delicious. Single waiter for about 24 people. Not enough staff. Open table asked if it was a special occasion...why

DG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a last minute decision on a Wednesday night after work to have dinner at Cavé Bistro in Avon-by-the-Sea with my sister. Even though we made an Open Table reservation, I was surprised as there was no wait as Avon is a quaint, popular beach town on the Jersey Shore. The owner told me that Wednesday’s are a good bet for a quiet dinner (most weeks). The bistro is very clean and not a lot of frills, much like the food on the menu. That is not a criticism by any means, but a refreshing change when out to dinner. All the food is gluten free and paleo friendly. My sister had the burger with truffle fries that was absolutely delicious. At the suggestion of the owner, I had the Iberian pork with baby bok choy & Japanese turnips with a side of roasted cauliflower. Each bite was fresh, tasty and incredibly delicious. We finished off the meal with a homemade Twix bar that tasted like something my Mom would have made when we were kids! We are not people with celiac’s disease or food allergies or sensitivities & enjoyed every bite. I highly recommend Cavé Bistro for anyone who loves clean, healthy & delicious food.

KF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food that’s excellent in preparation. Every time I dine here, I am never disappointed. I’ve brought numerous friends in and they in turn have brought others. Will continue to be one of my favorite places to eat clean and healthy.

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

I would recommend to a friend, with a caveat; the smell and decore say cheap diner, and you will need a broad pallet to accept the limited menu choices & no substitutions. My wife has a sensitive stomach, and when she asked to substitute a vegetable, she was told "no, he won't do that." It does say in the menu to " try not to ask.... ", but I guess that means you have to fight if you need to ask. The server was friendly and knowledgeable, and the food was very well prepared. Although my wife's steak had a little gristle in it, the coffee rub gave it a delicious flavor. The waitress could have come back to check on us once or twice, but at least she was friendly and could tell us some info about menu items. The price may have been a little high for my wife's cut of meat & one of her vegetables was only 2 carrots. My salmon was a good portion, cooked perfectly, over a delicious broccoli & lemon puree, with pea shoots. Pea shoots don't add much substance, and don't enhance the flavor profile of anything. We went on a birthday recommendation for the steak, but afterwards, we felt we should have stuck with our first choice. Has potential, might get better, locals should keep checking on it.

SH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! 100% Gluten free and paleo. But, best of all, the food is fantastic.

G
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been talking about this place non-stop since I ate here! I'm very picky about the types of foods I eat and where they're sourced, which makes eating out sometimes a challenge. But I was totally at ease with Cavé Bistro's menu options. And the taste? AMAZING! I cannot wait to go back again.

TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is amazing. Food, service, ambience. It’s a must to try

MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food and service

g
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

we visit often, every 5 to 6 weeks throughout the year...everything we have ever had (salads, entrees, and desserts) has been spot-on in all respects

n
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great restaurant! Food was delicious. Just be prepared it is on the warmer side inside!

TG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

NY style food, small NJ Bistro prices. Love this place.

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious meal, great service, reasonable price. Will 100% be back.. and soon.

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal once again. Love those colorful sand pail wine buckets. How clever. Cannot wait to return.

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal. Prompt service. Returning next weekend.

SH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant. Food is fantastic. Food is 100% gluten free and paleo and for a change I can safely eat everything on the menu. Well worth going out of your way to eat here. So good that I’ll drive 90 min to eat here.

k
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food at Cave! They use the freshest ingredients and its beyond your expectations! 10 stars!

LM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. The food was amazing and delicious. Highly recommend.

CL
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place food is, amazing atmosphere is amazing, you can’t ask for a simple cozy nice place with really good food.

JL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Many delicious menu options. The server had great recommendations when I shared that I was doing a Whole30 and wanted to make sure I avoided any meals with added sweetener or dairy. I was there 6:15 on a Thursday evening, it was a little over 1/3 full. Everyone seemed relaxed and enjoying the experience.

RW
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent fresh organic food with excellent service to boot! Somehow this gem of a place previously flew under our radar. Glad we finally discovered it. The salads were fresh and flavorful and our entrees sizable portions. Will be back again soon!

K
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything we ordered was terrific. Kelli our waitress was excellent. Can’t believe we hadn’t read or heard about this bistro in the five years it’s been in business. Limited menu but unique wonderful dishes. BYOB! It’s minimalism can definitely use a spruce up

KD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paleo or not you will be surprised at the savory food that is offered. You will be satisfied after finishing your meal and you will walk away looking forward to your next visit.

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