OR Call us at 732.776.8556. Please note that Reservations are NOT available on Tuesday and Sunday evenings because the restaurant is closed.

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Eat Well, Feel Your Best

Welcome to Cavé (Kah-vey) Bistro. Our gluten free, farm to table menu uses mainly organic produce and grass fed, grass finished pasture raised meats, poultry and fresh local and wild seafood.

We offer a creative menu of delicious foods made from scratch with care and using only the freshest ingredients available. Enjoy our top-notch, friendly service and satisfy your palate with innovative dishes that you won’t find anywhere else. Join us for date night, lunch with your co-workers, or dinner out with friends and family. We’re all about fresh, delicious foods that taste great and will leave you feeling satisfied.

At Cavé, you won’t miss the bread basket. Our menu satisfies mostly everyone and is a favorite of people with gluten sensitives and discerning foodies who care enough about the food that they eat to look and feel their best. Many who were self identified as reluctant to eat “healthy” have expressed their pleasant surprise after dining with us. We are proud of our reputation for serving delicious, clean foods and of the high ratings and reviews that we have earned one table at a time on Yelp, Google and Trip Advisor.

Our foods are thoughtfully sourced by suppliers and specialty purveyors that include local and regional farms and fisheries who share our high standards for quality, humane treatment and handling, environmental consciousness and sustainability. In fact, Cavé is one of a handful of restaurants that has qualified as a Surfrider Foundation Jersey Shore Ocean Friendly Restaurant. We love the beach and our ocean and are proud to support its health and cleanliness.

We are proud to serve fine foods and beverages


(732) 776-8556



515 Sylvania Avenue
Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ 07717


Mon 12-4, 5-9p                       Tues CLOSED
Wed - Fri Lunch 11:30a–4p Dinner 5-9p                    

Sat 11-4, 5-9p
Sun 9a–2p                       

Reservations recommended.     732-776-8556





Eat Well, Feel Your Best.

Stay on track and meet your health goals. Enjoy healthy and delicious gluten free meals all week long. Our customers tell us they taste better than the rest.


Eat for health and weight loss by simply eating nutritiously and in healthy portions. Our regulars tell us they feel and look better when they consistently eat well.  When it comes to quality, Chef Doug uses grass fed and grass finished meats, pasture-raised poultry, wild game and seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts and produce carefully sourced from local farms, fisheries and specialty purveyors. Cavé Meals are gluten free, grain free and guilt free!


Each week,  Chef Doug and his talented team cook up house made healthy dishes made from scratch using the same high-quality ingredients used at Cavé Bistro. The menu is seasonal and rotates each week.


Each Friday and Sunday, Chef Doug sends an email to all subscribers with the menu and ordering instructions. To place an order, simply reply via email. Orders are confirmed each SUNDAY afternoon for Monday pick up. 

  • A minimum order of 8 meals (4-day supply of lunch and dinner) is required to place an order.- $100

  • Select up to two substitutions (optional) by doubling up on any other two meals

  • Order as many extra meals as you wish ($12.50 per)

  • Add any of our baked goods or bone broth onto your weekly order

  • Email confirmations for each order are sent on Sunday mornings

  • Pick up at Cavé each Monday during business hours


Order by Sunday at noon by simply replying to the weekly email. Confirmation emails for each order are sent on Sunday mornings. Orders may be picked up during business hours each Monday, 12-9 pm.

Eight high quality, gluten free protein-packed meals costs just $100. Pay with cash, check or by credit card at the time of pick-up.  

Questions? Send Chef Doug an email.

Photo Credit: Laurie Glasser Photography

Photo Credit: Laurie Glasser Photography

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Executive Chef/Owner Douglas Stehle  Photo Credit:  Laurie Glasser Photography

Executive Chef/Owner Douglas Stehle

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I love this place. The future of healthy dining...This chef is passionate about where his food comes from and is not just adapting to trends.”
— Steve G - Yelp
Cave is fantastic! And Doug is a supremely talented chef. If Doug could cook every meal for me, it would be a dream.
— Jonathan G.C.


Following his own healthy transformation, award-winning chef Doug Stehle shares his passion for eating well and feeling well.

Doug Stehle has success as a chef in nearly every facet of the food services industry, from fine dining to catering and food services management at universities and hospitals,

Earlier in his career, Doug managed a large-scale dining operation for Princeton's residential students as Dining Hall Chef and managed the ivy league institution's alumni and special events catering operations for more than a decade. In 2011, Monmouth University recruited Doug as Executive Chef, and later, he served as Executive Chef for Robert Woods Johnson Hospital.

After discovering how much better he felt and looked after adopting a gluten free and dairy free diet, Doug became inspired to create Cavé, which opened as the Jersey Shore’s first gluten free prepared meal service.  The response was positive. Local athletes, fitness buffs, foodies and those who simply cared about how they looked and felt were hooked.

In 2013, Doug expanded, and opened Cavé Bistro, a BYO American style restaurant with a 100% gluten free menu -- and, a mostly dairy free menu. Doug cares deeply about the quality and sustainability of the meats and seafood he serves. He continuously sources the best ingredients available in order to serve the highest quality meals. He also is proud of establishing and maintaining a fun and rewarding restaurant for the entire team to be proud to call their work homes.  Cavé Bistro is one of a handful of the area’s  restaurants that has qualified as a Surfrider Foundation Jersey Shore Ocean Friendly Restaurant.

Doug earned his culinary arts degree at Atlantic County Community College in 1994 and has been a chef for the last 25 years. He has been a silver and bronze medal winner in various American Culinary Federation competitions. But mostly, he is proud of the loyal following he has created and the customers and friends he works so hard to keep satisfied.

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Cavé Gift Cards

Give the gift of well being and good health!

We offer Cavé gift cards in any denomination. These are available as a physical card to be presented, which can be purchased over the phone or in the restaurant. We are happy to mail gift cards anywhere in the continental United States. Otherwise, they can be picked up at the restaurant..

Gift cards may be used in the restaurant, on the Cavé Prepared Meals service, or an upcoming Master Class. To order, please call us during business hours and we’ll process your request 732-776-8556.


Private Dining

Cavé is the perfect spot for smaller, intimate affairs such as birthdays, showers, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, workplace parties, or any special occasion. We can accommodate up to 32 guests who plan to be seated. 

At Cavé, we work with you to make your event unforgettable.  Chef Doug will work with you to plan and prepare a special menu, using the finest ingredients available. We provide an event planner to work with you before and onsite so the event unfolds as you envision, and so you can enjoy yourself, leaving us to accommodate the needs of your guests.  Because of our size, a buyout is required, ensuring our attention is 100% focused on your affair, and the restaurant is exclusively yours for the duration of the event.  

To inquire about booking your private party or event, please email your requirements


Cavé Press and Reviews

21 Must-Try New Jersey Restaurants - Dream Vacation Magazine

Valentine's Day dinner: 5 Shore restaurants to visit on Feb. 14 - Read the full story at the app.

Want to eat healthy? Try these NJ restaurants - Read the full story at the app.

Listen to Chef Doug's interview on “Fat m.e.l.t.ing Radio” podcast for his tips on how to cook clean and for some delicious recipe ideas!

"The best thing to do in each of the Jersey Shore's 47 towns" Read the full story at New Jersey Monthly

Jersey Choice Restaurant Poll 2016: Critics' Pick - Read the results at New Jersey Monthly

Restaurant Review: Cavé" - Read the Review by New Jersey Monthly

"4 restaurants where keeping resolutions is delicious"- Read the full story by Asbury Park Press

"Six shore chefs who are shaping how we eat" Read the full story by Asbury Park Press

"Where to eat now in NJ: The 10 Hottest Restaurants for September" Read the full story at NJ.com

"Avon-by-the-Sea's Cavé: Stone Age food for modern appetites" Read the full story at NJ.com

"Going Caveman in Avon with Cavé" Read the full story at Jersey Bites

"5 Shore Restaurants you Never knew Existed" - Read the full story in The Asbury Park Press

"3 Shore spots for deliciously healthy dining" - Read the full story in The Asbury Park Press

"Top 25 Jersey Shore Hidden Gem Restaurants" - Read the full story at Jersey Shore in Motion