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Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda
Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda
  • Address:
    7141 Arlington Road
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    Bethesda / Chevy Chase
  • Cuisine:
    Middle Eastern
    Price: $30 and under

Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lebanesetaverna.com
  • Email: info@lebanesetaverna.com
  • Phone: (301) 951-8681
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Daily : 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Brunch - Saturday & Sunday 11:30am -4:00pm

    Monday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm -10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Happy Hour:
    Monday - Friday 4:00pm -7:00pm in the lounge and bar. Appetizers and drinks $4-$6
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let us bring Lebanese Taverna to you! Catering by LT, our full service catering division, offers our authentic Middle Eastern cuisine as well as seasonal American dish with Middle Eastern flavors. From the food, the rentals and the servers Catering by LT will make your event memorable. The Catering Department can be contacted by calling (703) 841-1503 or by email at events@cateringbylt.com
  • Entertainment: International Karaoke - Saturdays beginning at 10:30pm. Arabic, English and French
  • Special Events & Promotions: Happy Hour Monday - Friday 5-7pm at the Bar and Lounge featuring selected mezza plates and alcoholic beverages ranging from $4.00 - $6.00. Endless Hommus $6.00

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arlington and Elm
  • Public Transit: The Bethesda Circulator stops right in front of the restaurant on Arlington Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in the garage on Elm Street. Parking is $2.00 per hour.
A word from Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda
Located in the trendy and fashionable Bethesda Row, Lebanese Taverna serves authentic Middle Eastern fare in a casual yet stylish setting. The menu boasts over 25 appetizers and salads as well as a variety of grilled lamb, beef, chicken and fish entrees. There is a large selection of vegetarian dishes, too. To complement your dining experience, choose from our award-winning wine list or specialty cocktails. The restaurant is child-friendly and great for groups of all sizes.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
Diner Reviews
  • "This used to be a favorite, but it's resting upon its laurels. Or maybe we have simply come to expect more. There are so many other restaurants in Bethesda that offer more of everything for the buck..."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Without a doubt, the DC location is superior to the Md. location in pretty much every way. 1. The food is shockingly better. We recently went to the Bethesda location, and, in most basic, the fatteh was tasteless, the salmon was overcooked, and the rest generally not as good as the restaurant is expected to be. 2. The service was non-existent. The place was not crowded, but the waitress was not available, so I had to flag her down twice for routine things (i.e. ready to order + please-for-the-love-after-two-hours-give-us-the-check)"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Disappointed with the management, two couples in our party, we each arrived with a groupon and the restaurant wouldn't honor both even tho we had separate checks. Very disappointing. We had, each couple bought 3 groupons EACH, so excited to return to LT several times. Enthusiasm now dimmed."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Food was good not great, atmosphere is comfortable. Table service just OK."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I have been to this Restaurant and their lebanese Tavera in Rockville many times and the food is always excellent-Thank you nice job as usual"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "we dine at Lebanese Taverna frequently and always enjoy the food and service. During our last visit, on a busy Saturday evening, they also had a private party and our waiter was serving us and the party so the service was extremely slow, our waiter kept apologizing, however, the management should really have an extra server or two for occasions like these."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Restaurant is quite nice and the food is good if you pick the right thing, however, parking in downtown Bethesda is a problem."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Always a good bet, food and service remain consistent. Tends to be on the salty side, so if you don't like salty or have health issues, ask that food be prepared with less salt. Service is good, there seem to be plenty of waiters/servers around so you are not likely to be ignored. The place can get busy quickly, then before you know it, it has emptied out. Would be nice if they had some parking validation for the nearby garage..."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This may be the best Lebanese Taverna in the DC area. Good Middle Eastern food at reasonable prices. Great service."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Consistency is important in the restaurant business. I have dined here at least four times and never had a bad dish or bad service. The food is always fresh and tasty. Simply prepared, nicely presented with an excellent service staff. I enjoy this restaurant and recommend it to friends."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal here. The food was delicious, and the service was outstanding. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Every bite was wonderful - the shrimp entree was perfectly fresh and perfectly prepared; the lamb shank entree was also delicious.The creme brulee was the best this foodie has ever had.Service was also wonderful, attentive without being obtrusive.We were able to reserve a table and get seated immediately after arrival, too."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This may be an aberration, as I've eaten here before. But it seemed that the server didn't know much about the menu and didn't even seem to understand simple requests or questions. One diner in our group even changed her order because when she asked if a dish could be made without a certain allergen, she was not sure if the server understood -- and no one wanted to race around for an epipen It was like saying the difference Sam Adams and Bud is the brand. If this were a greasy spoon with an ever changing coterie of temp workers, that would be one thing. But the Taverna has been long known for its gracious and knowledgeable service. I'll chalk this up to an off-night, but I hope management takes notice of these issues."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The dinner was very good. The sound level was tolerable and much less than some of the other Bethesda restaurants. We each had a different assortment platter that included many of the offerings on the menu. With a few exceptions everything was quite good and gave us an opportunity to try many different food options that were available. Maybe not at peak busy time, this is a nice neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was great (very helpful waiter). Atmosphere was very lively and festive."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Lebanese Taverna is a winner, every dish is so tasty, and the variety offered is tremendous. We had an especially knowledgeable servor who was superb as well."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Yet another nice, delicious dining experience at Leb. Tav. The bread is deliciously warm - nice that it comes in white and whole wheat - and the accompanying herb and olive oil dip is very tasty. My husband and I both ordered the salmon entree and the salmon was nicely grilled but even better were the accompanying bulgur pilaf and grilled veggies (especially small onions). We always split the molten chocolate cake dessert and, as usual, it was gorgeous with marshmallow and pistachio ice cream accompaniments. Great service as usual too. Our waiter, this time, was Ahtman (sp?). We love the fact that the chain is family owned."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I love LebTav. It's one of my favorite restaurants that I crave if I haven't recently visited. We started w/ hommus and I had the lamb fatteh. So good. Service was a little slow even though they weren't busy, which is uncharacteristic, but they were friendly as always."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We first visited the Lebanese Taverna in Arlington and returned regularly throughout my daughter's childhood. When we moved back to the District, we missed our Arlington haunt, but then found a branch in Bethesda, We were thrilled and immediately booked a table. The food was as good or better than usual, especially my vegetarian entree. Parking is easy in the next door ramp. Ambience is modern and quiet. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food. Unfortunately, a wife of one of the owners was practicing her less than stellar Top 40 karaoke skills in the middle of the restaurant for over 45 minutes. It was clearly disturbing all of the patrons and the wait staff, but that didn't seem to matter."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I have eaten at Lebanese Taverna before, but this was the first time we went for dinner during the weekend. The restaurant was packed and this negatively affected both service and quality of food. It took very long for someone to come and take our drinks order, and 30 minutes on, we were still waiting for our drinks. As the crowds left, our service improved; but the food remained less than stellar...Disappointing..."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Came for my birthday dinner as many friends had recommended it. The food was quite good barring the one dish that I ordered (The Fatteh) which was not well explained by the waiter and therefore paled in comparison to the other dishes. The service was severely lacking. We waited at least 5-10 minutes after being seated before our waiter came by to greet us. After taking our dinner orders, it took about an hour to receive the food. In that time, the waiter did not come by to check on us or give us an update on the food status. Although it was a busy Friday night, I feel that the he could have at least kept us updated."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Of all of the area Lebanese Taverna restaurants, I like the Bethesda branch the best. The food is excellent!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Met friends for dinner. I'm vegan and the waiter said that the MEHSHI BEL ZEIT dish is vegan. It's seasonal vegetables stuffed with rice pilaf and topped with tomato sauce. The vegetables I had were a stuffed green pepper, stuffed zucchini, & stuffed yellow squash. It was delicious. I like a little spice so ordered the CONDIMENT TRIO which consists of harissa, tahini and garlic paste and used the harissa to add a little spice. I'd definitely recommend the dish. Of course they have delicious falafel that's vegan option as well. The service was excellent as well."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I had accidentally booked my table for the long night but Johnny the maître d' was very accommodating. Well we ended up sitting at a bar table Tommy made sure that we were pleased, and as always the food and service was excellent! Our favorite are the kibbeh appetizers and the lamb ouzi."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Wednesday date nite with great ambience. Beautiful architecture and soft lighting, great place to talk and nice bar scene for mingling. Service was good and the lamb shank and lamb kebabs- med rare delicious! Easy access to public parking and reasonably price entrees. Would go back!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The hummus and baba ghanjouj are favorites. The kibbeh sandwich was a little dry but I added some of the oil with zataar to improve the moistness. I asked our server to remove the red onions from the side salad and he didn't but that was the only misstep, service-wise (he seemed very young). The dining room is large so can accommodate all manner of guests, from a couple to a large group. The bar area is also large which is a nice option if you want a more casual setting."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "As before, we enjoyed our dining experience in the Bethesda Lebanese Taverna. Good menu, attentive service and delicious food."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We always enjoy Lebanese Taverna, but this Valentine's Day it may have been too much for the wait staff. Our appetizers were in the pre fix meal were mixed up twice. We like the ones we received, but would have probably enjoyed the ones we ordered even better! I think better preparation for a holiday special would have been in order. Regardless, the food was very good and we will return soon."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Loved the place.lovely ambience, good service &Great food!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We have been to Lebanese Taverna many times. The food is always fabulous. This is easily one of our go-to faves."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Consistency is the key to a great dining experience. As always, Lebanese Taverna pleased on all levels...great food, outstanding service (attentive, but not intrusive). I particularly love that they are sensitive to diners with gluten allergies, so ask for the GF crackers if you want to enjoy the best hummus and baba ganoush in the city!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Meal was great. Waiter was very attentive. For lunch it was a very good portion."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We had a pitcher of sangria and had several starters, the wait staff was vert attentive, we actually used a group on for this visit and it was great. I had not been to this location before the I highly recommend the Chef's platter."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "My Favourite mediterranean food in Bethesda ! I love their appetizers and everything else on the menu ! Whether on a romantic date or a big party Lebanese Taverna is a great place to go ... Highly recommended !"
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "I've done Lebanese Taverna several times, but I've never done it for lunch. I was so delighted with the lunch menu and brunch options, I don't know I'll ever go back for dinner. It was fantastic! My friend and I got five appetizers. We got some cheese bread, the doughnuts, the egg fritters, the kibbeh (my personal favorite) and pumpkin kibbeh. Delicious, as always! Very friendly service. Thank you!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Made a reservation several days in advance to celebrate friends 30th wedding anniversary, requested a nice table, away from the bar, kitchen, and serving areas. Called the day of the reservation to confirm the request. Despite arriving on time, we had a 20 minute wait before being seated. Offered a table next to the center service counter, directly across from a stack of used dishes (complete with bones), silverware, glasses, etc. Complained to a manager. He apologized, and we were seated at an appropriate table after another 20 minute wait. Fortunately, the excellent food offset the front-end experience. The manager? Never saw him again, never stopped by to even offer a complimentary drink or dessert."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great find in Bethesda, where you can get an amazing meal for not a super sky-high price. Love the atmosphere, and I've never had a bad meal here. Great gluten free options!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Always good, and good service. A pleasure to keep eating here."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We got a sampler to be shared among four people, but ended up bringing three boxes home with us. The food was delicious, and covered a good variety of Lebanese cuisine. I tried the arak, even though I'm not a huge fan of licorice. I didn't really like it, but can't hold that against them - I just wanted to try it since I'd never had it before. Our waiter was very helpful, kept the pita bread full, as well as our water (a big plus in my book). The decor was very interesting, particularly the lighting. And the price was not bad, either. Not counting drinks, it came out to about $25 per person."
    Dined on 1/18/2014