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The Cave

4435 McGrath St., Ste. 301 (Telephone Rd.) Send to Phone
Small plates and self-serve wine pairing come together in a decidedly rustic setting.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Lunch Sat., Dinner Tues.-Sat.
  • Parking lot
  • Dress code: Casual

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The Cave Restaurant Review

: A dimly lit grotto in an industrial neighborhood hardly seems the place for tender paillard of lamb. Add state-of-the-art Enomatic wine dispensers and a small plates menu designed for pairing, and you have one of Ventura County’s most ambitious food and wine enterprises. A well-stocked wine shop serves as a foyer to the restaurant, aptly named The Cave: stone-like walls, cozy lighting and sleek black tables create an ambience of high-tech intimacy. Customers purchase a chip-embedded card that enables them to serve themselves one-, three- and five-ounce pours of 32 wines at the push of a button. Chef Sheme Santiago mixes up the menu to match the featured wines, creating dishes such as charred salmon cakes, clam and mussel fresca, calamari risotto and pizzas. There are also a few nice cheese plates, as well as house-made desserts including chocolate brûlée with port nut cluster.

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