For the health conscious foodie in you 

Welcome to Cavé (Kah-vey) Bistro! We offer a seasonal, farm-to-table gluten free menu of healthy dishes made from scratch by Chef Doug Stehle, served in an intimate, casual bistro space. 

We use grassfed meats, pasture-raised poultry, wild game and a variety of seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts and produce. All foods are carefully sourced from local and regional farms, fisheries and other specialty purveyors who like us, have the highest standards for quality and handling.

Chef Doug follows the simple philosophy to eat like our ancestors did, only better! This simple hunter/gatherer cuisine promotes healthy eating by eliminating processed, preservative-rich  "foods" our bodies are not designed to efficiently or to safely ingest. Simply put, Cavé foods satisfy your hunger and palate with one-of-a-kind nutrient-rich dishes that won't leave you feeling uncomfortable or bloated. 


I am a recently diagnosed celiac doing the paleo autoimmune protocol and was able to eat at Cavé every day over 4th of July weekend without getting sick, without any stress, and without even mentioning that I had celiac disease. The staff is also super friendly and the service was really great. Will definitely be making this my regular spot every time I visit Avon now.
— Larae - Find Me Gluten Free

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(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                       

Dinner Reservations recommended.                    732-776-8556




Reservations are recommended. For same day reservations, phone us at: 732.776.8556, otherwise, click the button below to reserve a table.


Eat well, feel better. 

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.  


Leave calorie counting behind. 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, dairy 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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Executive Chef/Owner Douglas Stehle Photo Credit: Laurie Glasser Photography

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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 paleo 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.

Based on the whole foods diet of our paleolithic ancestors, paleo foods include meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, certain nuts and fruits and other whole foods. 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. Doug 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. 

Have a sweet tooth? Cave´ has the good stuff! 

Introducing a completely new line of paleo-friendly desserts ... melt in your mouth good! Always fresh, always changing it up, ask what's on the dessert menu next time you're in. 


carrot cake 

We seemed to have developed an amazing grain free carrot cake using Ottos Cassava Flour. This is the best carrot cake Chef Doug has ever tasted...period. See if you agree. Made from wholesome ingredients, iced with a vanilla maple Swiss meringue buttercream using organic palm shortening and grassfed butter. It's crazy good!


chocolate BUTTER nut swirl brownieS

Chef Doug played with a new chocolate brownie recipe using Ottos Cassava Flour and the results are truly melt-in-your-mouth good!  Now available with almond and cashew butter swirl! Try one, our customers tells us these grain-free brownies taste better than traditional brownies! 


pumpkin chocolate chip cookie

Introducing the paleo pumpkin chocolate chip cookie. Melts in your mouth! 

VOTE for Cavé in the  NJ Monthly 2018 Jersey Choice Restaurant Poll

It's time to vote in NJ Monthly's 2018 Jersey Choice Restaurant Poll. 

Thanks to all of you for nominating us two years ago, this year Cavé has been included in the best of the best category. Please vote for us!

Access the survey here to cast your vote for Cavé and your other local favorite eateries. Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you in the restaurant for lunch or dinner soon! - Chef Doug and the Cavé Team


What is the paleo diet?

The Paleo diet is eating healthily and a nutritional approach that targets whole, unprocessed foods to stay lean, strong and energetic. According to Rob Wolf,  Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility. Read More at Rob Wolf's website.

What is Whole 30? 

Put simply, the Whole 30 meal plan targets real foods only and avoiding processed foods and any sugar that is not naturally occurring (e.g., high fructose corn syrup). Specifically, eating meats, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, healthy fats and oils and avoiding sugar, grains, most dairy products, legumes, Read more at The Whole30 Website.

Is Cavé's menu Whole 30 compliant?



I'm not on the paleo diet. Will I find something i like at Cavé?

For the most part, yes. Other than our desserts and the use of whole butter in some items, which is usually stated in the description. However, ask your server for details if you are in doubt.

Our baked goods are not Whole 30 compliant because as Chef Doug states, "there is no such thing as a paleo dessert!" Our desserts are paleo friendly because they are grain-free. However, we do use coconut sugar, honey and maple syrup in our various dessert items. If you are on strict Whole 30, avoid desserts, period.

Many of our regular customers are not on the paleo diet. But, they enjoy great tasting, healthy foods made with care by a chef that is passionate and careful about where he sources his ingredients. Only whole grass fed meats, pasture raised poultry, fresh (never farmed) fish, and other whole foods are used at Cavé. We pride ourselves on serving the very best and creative dishes made from scratch in a gluten-free kitchen. Our customers tell us they feel satisfied, not stuffed after enjoying their food. Our meal service customers tell us they feel and look better when using our meal service. But don't take our word for it, Check out our Google reviews and see our food on our Instagram news feed (scroll up!) 


Private events & parties

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