Eat Well, Feel Your Best. 

Welcome to Cavé (Kah-vey) Bistro! Our seasonal, farm-to-table menu uses grass fed and pasture raised meats, local and wild seafood and mainly organic produce. Our menu is 100% gluten free. It is dairy free, with the exception of ghee and grass fed butter in certain dishes.

Our foods are carefully sourced from local and regional farms, fisheries and specialty purveyors who like us, have the highest standards for quality and handling. We are mostly dairy free, with the exception of grass fed butter used in our next level coffee, and certain dishes.

Cavé is one of a handful of Jersey Shore 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.


(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



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

Executive Chef/Owner Douglas Stehle

Photo Credit: Laurie Glasser Photography

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 wholesome, healthy foods at Cavé

Doug Stehle served as chef in nearly every facet of the food services industry. From fine dining and country clubs to universities and hospitals, Doug is deeply experienced in every facet of food services. For over a decade, 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. In 2011, Monmouth University recruited Doug as its Executive Chef, and later, Doug served as Executive Chef for Robert Woods Johnson Hospital. Inspired by his own healthy transformation after adopting the paleo lifestyle, Doug found his passion for creating healthy, but decadently delicious dishes.

Doug had been overweight and suffered from chronic back pain. Frustrated, he learned about the benefits of adopting the paleo lifestyle and decided to try it. The results were transformative. In a little over a year, Doug dropped 30 pounds and lost 3 inches from his waistline. He felt better and noticed that he had more energy, slept more soundly and, his back felt healthy again! He was hooked. So hooked, that he decided to introduce a healthier alternative for local foodies. Determined to demonstrate healthy and delicious go together, in 2012 Doug began the area's first healthy food meal service/personal chef service.

In 2013, Doug expanded on his successful personal chef service and introduced Cave´ restaurant. At Cavé, Doug develops creative recipes to satisfy a variety of palates with seasonal farm-to-table fare served in an intimate, casual environment.  As executive chef, Doug cares deeply about the quality and sustainability of the meats and foods he serves. He sources from regional farms and growers, fisheries and specialty purveyors. At Cavé, Doug and his team serve delicious one-of-a-kind plates simply not be had anywhere else.  Every week new dinner specials are introduced and a chef's tasting menu. 

Doug earned his culinary arts degree at Atlantic County Community College in 1994. Over the course of his career, Doug has won silver and bronze medals in various American Culinary Federation culinary competitions. 

Reserve your table

For same day, call us at 732.776.8556. Reservations are not available on Tuesday and Sunday evenings when the restaurant is closed.

PREPARED MEALS | weekly meal service

Eat Well, Feel Your Best.

Enjoy the great taste of Cavé all week long with Cavé Meals prepared by Chef Doug. Our customers tell us they taste better than the rest. Yes, we are Keto-friendly.


Eat for health and weight loss by simply eating nutritiously and in healthy portions. Our regular customers tell us they feel and look better when they consistently eat well.  When it comes to quality, Chef Doug uses the best ingredients available, including grass fed 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. For more info, click here.


Each Friday and Sunday, Chef Doug sends an email to all subscribers with the following week's menu and ordering instructions. To place an order, simply reply via email. All orders are confirmed each SUNDAY afternoon at noon. 

  • 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 if you wish by doubling up on any other two meals offered that week

  • 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 (see below)


Order by Sunday at noon by simply replying to the weekly email. Confirmation emails for each order will be sent via email reply on Sunday mornings. All orders will be ready for pick-up during Cavé's business hours each Monday, 12-9 pm. Not on the email list? Sign up below.


Eight high quality, protein-packed meals costs just $100. Orders may be paid with cash, check or by credit card at the time of pick-up.  Order a month of meals and save $1/meal for the discounted price of $368. Simply pay for the month up front and you're good to go for the next month.

Questions? Email Chef Doug

Stay on track and meet your health goals. Enjoy healthy and delicious gluten free meals all week long.  Photo Credit: Laurie Glasser Photography

YES, I want in! Add me to Chef Doug’s weekly personal chef list. Each week, he will send you the menu for the upcoming week. If you want in that week, order via email reply and pick up your delicious meals on Monday between 12 noon and 9 pm. 

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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, or an e-gift card to be emailed. We are happy to send gift cards on your behalf via U.S. mail.

Gift cards may be used in the restaurant, or for Cavé Prepared Meals. To order, please call us during business hours and we’ll process your request. 732-776-8586


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

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

Listen to Chef Doug's interview on “Fat 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

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

"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