Innovative farm-to-table paleo dishes

Welcome to Cavé (Kah-vey)! This rare gem serves a seasonal farm-to-table menu of healthy dishes made from scratch, served in an intimate and casual space.

Cavé serves grassfed meats, pasture-raised poultry, wild game and seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts and produce carefully sourced from local farms, fisheries and specialty purveyors. Ingredients are carefully sourced from ethically farmed and humanely raised meats and poultry from local farms and specialty purveyors such as Griggstown Farm, Joyce Farms, Silver Fern Farms, Merino Alpine Lamb, Alomar Iberico Pork and Smiling Earth Mushrooms.

Chef Doug prepares and serves his own creations of innovative dishes based on a simple philosophy - eat like our ancestors did, only better! All items are based around the Paleolithic - or "caveman" lifestyle, but one need not be a crossfit athlete or paleo enthusiast to enjoy and benefit from Cavé's menu! If you like tasty whole foods, exotic game and fish, chances are you'll like the menu.

This simple hunter/gatherer lifestyle promotes healthy eating by eliminating the harmful food products our bodies are not designed to efficiently or safely ingest. Using only the finest ingredients, Cavé will satisfy your hunger and palate with one-of-a-kind dishes that won't leave you feeling uncomfortable or bloated. 

Cavé is 100% gluten free,  grain free and dairy free with one exception. Our signature Uncle Mike's NextLevel™ Coffee is made with pure grass fed butter (and extra virgin coconut oil), which is widely accepted by those living the paleo lifestyle.

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.”
— Steven G - Facebook Review 2017
Best meal I have had out in a long time! Definitely coming back for sure!
— Michelle P, Facebook Review 2017


(732) 776-8556



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


Mon closed                         Tues 10a–3p
Wed -Sat Lunch 11a–4p, Dinner 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

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 paleo.

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.  Leveraging his classic French culinary training with his knowledge of the paleo diet, Doug adapted. He was determined to bring healthy and delicious meals to the Jersey shore, and in 2012, Doug introduced a personal chef service of prepared meals for athletes and other health-conscious folks. 

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. 

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?

Cavé’s personal chef clients stay enjoy delicious healthy meals at home and on-the-go. Keep on track all week long to meet your health and weight goals. Getting on Chef Doug’s personal client list is as easy as placing your order online each week.  Each meal is housemade from scratch by Doug and his team from the finest ingredients available.  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.

 A Jersey Shore Original

“Farm to table” meal service owned & operated by a professional chef

Cavé’s personal chef service has evolved over the years from an exclusive group of crossfit and other athletes looking to perform their best, to a diverse group of folks who are interested in looking and feeling their best. His personal chef service remains true to Doug’s founding principles: to provide delicious, healthy dishes made from scratch prepared by trained, professional chefs using the same high-quality ingredients used by Cavé restaurant.

How it works

Twice weekly, 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.  Choose from several Cavé signature dishes like grassfed beef and pork bolognese over zucchini noodles, or create your own by pairing a protein such as Herb Roasted Pasture Raised Local Chicken with a veggie, such as duck-fat roasted brussel sprouts (a fan favorite!)


  • A minimum of 6 meals (3-day supply of lunch and dinner) is required to place an order.
  • Pick up at Cavé or delivery to your home or office.

Monday Pick up / Delivery

Orders submitted between 3:01pm Tuesday and 11am Sunday will be ready for pick up or delivery the following Monday.  

Pick up window is between 5-6:30 pm and Delivery between 12 pm - 3 pm. 

Wednesday Pick up / Delivery

Orders submitted between 11:01am Sunday and 3pm Tuesday will be ready for pick up each Wednesday 11 am - 9 pm and delivery between 12 pm - 3 pm.

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

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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. 


Cavé Press and Reviews

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