Cave´New American Cuisine

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

We use grassfed meats, pasture-raised poultry, wild game and a variety of seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts and produce carefully sourced from local farms, fisheries and other specialty purveyors who have high standards for quality and care.

Chef Doug prepares and serves up innovative dishes based on a simple philosophy - eat like our ancestors did, only better! This simple hunter/gatherer lifestyle 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

We do not accept reservations.



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 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. 


No time to shop, prep or cook during the busy work week?

Enjoy Cavé’s delicious meals at home as a personal chef client. Getting on Chef Doug’s personal client list is as easy as placing your order online each week. Like the meals you enjoy at the restaurant, as a personal chef client your meals will always be fresh, never frozen. Each meal is housemade from scratch by Doug and his team from the finest ingredients available. Gluten free, dairy free and grain free. Chef Doug never cuts corners, which means his personal chef clients benefit from the same careful sourcing of whole foods from local farms and other specialty purveyors.

Cavé Personal Chef How it works

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 restaurant. The menu is seasonal and rotates each week. For more info, click here.


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

Monday Pick up

Order by Sunday at noon by simply replying to the weekly email.  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.


Each 8-meal order is $100. Orders may be paid with cash, check or by credit card at the time of pick-up.  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 email list. 

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Private Parties & Events

Make it unforgettable

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

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! 


GRASS FED ANGUS BEEF PATTY, HERITAGE BACON, FRESH AVOCADO, HOUSE MADE PRIMAL MAYO SERVED ON A KNOW BETTER GRAIN FREE BUN (Know Better buns are non-GMO, grain-free, gluten, wheat, dairy, peanut, soy, yeast and GUILT-free!)


We've finally found a paleo friendly bread that is good enough to put a burger on! This is a third pound grassfed Angus burger with avocado, heritage bacon, and house made primal mayo...this is part of our new summer menu.

Thanks to KNOW Foods for hooking us up with the buns....good stuff!

Want to order KNOW BETTER buns, muffins, donuts, cookies, pasta and more for your own house? Access KNOW Foods retail site. 



FRESH BAKED GRAIN FREE WAFFLES, GRASSFED BUTTER AND VIRGIN COCONUT OIL. USING A GREAT PRODUCT FROM KNOW FOODS (Know products are non-GMO, grain-free, gluten, wheat, dairy, peanut, soy, yeast and GUILT-free!) Weekends Only.


Cavé Press and Reviews

"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