Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda
Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda

Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lebanesetaverna.com/
  • Phone: 3019518681x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Daily : 11:30am - 4:00pm

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

    Dinner:
    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: Vegetarian / Vegan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • 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: 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.
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Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (52)neighborhood gem (49)fit for foodies (40)great for lunch (37)special occasion (32)kid-friendly (28)romantic (17)great for brunch (16)great for outdoor dining (16)scenic view (4)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Delicious Lebanese dining
    Paul
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Outstanding Middle Eastern Food. The mezza menu was extensive, and one could order both from the weekend brunch and regular menus. The service was friendly and helpful.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Graycat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had two friends with us that had never been to the restaurant. They were very impressed with the food and overall we had a superb evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding yet again
    Almostaregular
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Although only almost a regular, we feel we are lucky to have such a nice restaurant to frequent in our neighborhood. The food is always great, likewise the service, and one of the features we like best of all is the sound level - it is so nice to dine in an environment where one can actually talk to and hear one's table companions without either having to raise their voices. We will be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Had my daughter’s 17th family birthday dinner here and after spending hundreds of dollars on food and beverages, I ask if they would validate my parking. They said that since I forgot to ask before I paid my bill that they couldn’t, however I tended to believe they could have if they really wanted to keep my business. Also someone actually started vacuuming the restaurant while we were still eating, and no we didn’t come close to closing the place down!
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  • As Good As Always
    Jordan
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Made a reservation for 6:45, but my party was running a little late. When we called in to move the reservation back 30 minutes, the hostess was very accommodating. The restaurant was not very busy when we got there (it was about 7:15 on a Wednesday). Food came quickly, the waiter was attentive, and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • Ho-hum
    RestondinerVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Maybe by contrast - having lamb just a week earlier at Brabo, the lamb at Lebanese Taverna was unimpressive to put it kindly. The advertised side - roasted summer vegetables, potatoes, ended up to be mostly potatoes, so the order of listing should have been reverse to indicate what was the main ingredient. The food at other locations - Tyson's or Pentagon City seems to be much better, though I have not been there recently. This (Bethesda) location is much larger than the others, but this might be just the problem.
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  • Pleasant Dining
    BethesdaEaterVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Well done Lebanese food with superb pita (warm) bread.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Much Better Than Expected
    ProfessorVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The Lebanese Taverna in Bethesda was chosen for its close proximity to our conference and the desire for ethnic food. We did not expect the quality to be so exceptional that all of us look forward to returning at next opportunity (especially with most of us from the New York City area). It would be impossible to single out specific dishes because we selected various platters of appetizers and grilled octopus, and all were done superbly. Then came the main courses and they were likewise exceptional. What was also impressive was the knowledge of the young waiter who attended our table. He spoke of the food with firsthand knowledge very precisely and with such descriptions, we were all mesmerized. Excellent quality all around.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Francois
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Another nice evening out at Lebanese Taverna. Johnnie and other staff are helpful and friendly. Hot fresh bread with herb dipping sauce is delicious. For appetizers we enjoyed the humus with ground beef and fried Calamari both were yummy. Everyone enjoyed their meal grilled kabobs are a good choice.
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  • Delicious, as always
    RickVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Leb Tav remains one of my favorite restaurants. I had the Ouzi and my wife had the Chicken Shawarma. Both were fantastic as always. The service is a little slow at the Bethesda location, which is never the experience at other Leb Tav's. However all-in Leb Tav is a great place and I will return again and again...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GourmetFoodLover
    GourmetFoodLover
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I love this restaurant...everything is deliciously prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lebanese Taverna Bethesda
    foodlove
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We visited for dinner and were happy with the food and the service. The restaurant has a nice ambience and was quite busy with patrons at the time. The only downside is the difficulty with parking, which is a Bethesda problem during the dinner hour. We were lucky to find parking next door with Colonial parking on Elm Street. However, we were one of the last to be allowed in. It was already full just at about 6:15 PM on a Saturday evening. We would recommend this restaurant highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going downhill
    RWoodBVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I have had lunch at Lebanese Taverna in Bethesda at least six times this year, but it is now off my list. The kitchen has lost its way. Given that there are four dishes on the menu that feature eggplant, the kitchen should be expected to be skilled with it. Instead, the fatteh eggplant was dominated by thick breading and the eggplant itself lacked flavor. The young server, while pleasant, lacked training. If a restaurant is going to serve wines by the glass, a server should at least be able to take an order for a sauvignon blanc without asking the diner to point out the selection on the wine list. The result was the same with regard to a request for a zinfandel.
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  • consistently good
    abc1
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food & service are consistently good. Food & selection are great with seasonal dishes.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Tasty!
    ShepherdParkMom
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Thanks to the great kids menu and falafel appetizer, even my three year old was happy. You must try the feta and watermelon, delish! Wish we could have had outdoor seating away from the front door (it was only 5:15) but that's ok (yes we did ask to be moved, but I don't think the hostess understood) it's ok though, all in a all a nice experience.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Good but disappointing menu range
    PabloInOwingsMills
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I've enjoyed their locations in Baltimore & Cleveland Park, DC. This evening, the entree menu, had unusual choices but not as broadly appealing, and each an unhappy compromise. The lamb shank selected was nothing special. Appetizers were wonderful as was the baklava. The ambiance was pleasant and quiet for business discussions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noon option if time is not an issue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food at Lebanese Taverna is fabulous with a wide option for any type of eater--but don't come looking for service and attentive staff. I think they are understaffed at lunch so it is not that the team does not want to be responsive, they are simply spread too thin to provide high quality service.
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  • freshly prepared food
    Lilly
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Homemade Fresh ingredients .. Good vine selection Great Turkish coffee.. Fresh made breads Good choice for any occasion !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    dbeersfineart
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Leb Tav never disappoints. We ate outside for the first time and there is one essential critique that needs to be addresses, badly. Every single table is on an incline toward the street amd the three point tables are completely unsteady at any angle. You are constantly seeking balance and on "edge" re the tipping potential. It makes for a very unpleasant outdoor dining experience and prohibits you from ordering anything in a tall stem. We had a very tense and unrewarding dinner and will not eat outside ever again at Leb Tav.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jack
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great personnel, good food, wonderful experience, easy parking
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice mid-eastern dinning experience
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great ambience and service along with delicious food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland food and ambiance
    RWoodBVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Lebanese cuisine has been a favorite of mine for nearly four decades, but what Lebanese Taverna in Bethesda serves can only be described as Lebanese inspired. The names and major ingredients remain the same, but the flavors are lacking. The ambiance does not help as it is also bland and institutional. Only the service made the visit enjoyable for my guest and me.
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  • New dishes
    Linda
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    They had some new dishes on the menu. I tried the cauliflower and it was scrumptious. The watermelon and feta was also very good. Made a meal of mezze and it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    sussVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I always would meet friends for a drink with 1-2 appetizers. However this was the first time we sat down for dinner. Food was phenomenal...fine tasting, great presentation, and service was crisp! My bouillabaisse was thebest! Keep it up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Less than pleased
    Suzy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We love this restaurant but the meal and the service was less than good. I ate a dish that I normally eat all the time. I barely recognized it and it was not good. We have even used LT for catering a major event. Not their usual, that is for sure.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Consistently good
    RandyVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We can always count on having a delicious meal at Lebanese Taverna. The hummus and eggplant dips are tasty as are the main entrees. We chose to go with appetizers only and crafted a fun meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Francois
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Nice atmosphere! Hot bread with olive oil and herbs for dipping is wonderful. My husband enjoyed the Grill Kafta ground lamb and ground beef sandwich with a salad and I got the Chef's Platter. Both are good and will get again on another visit.
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  • An Off-Night at a Solid Favorite
    HappyCoupleVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I invited 4 out-of-town guests to dinner. We were too polite to leave but should have. It was clear something was wrong in the kitchen. It took over 30 minutes to get hummus and bread to the table and over 45 minutes to get out dinners. The restaurant was not busy. My schwarma salad was inedible- the chicken was dried out and hard and the dressing tasted funky. The other food seemed okay but I think my guests were simply being kind. I am concerned there was a refrigeration problem. At no time did a manager visit our table even though it was apparent that things were not going well. I was very embarrassed and will not be back for awhile, which is a real shame as I have always enjoyed my meals there.
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  • Not as good as I remember
    Patricia
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I loved the old Bethesda Lebanese Taverna, but this was my first visit to the new one. It is attractive, but was almost empty. The wine was excellent, the lentil soup was good, as was the cauliflower dish, but the fattoush salad was a BIG disappointment - greasy fried pita croutons, a nondescript dressing, and a very skimpy portion for the money. Given that this salad is really easy to make, it turned me off. I doubt I'll return any time soon.
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  • LuLu
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We went to Lebanese Taverna prior to a show at the Kennedy Center because the service is normally good and quick. However, service on a Sunday evening was quite slow, making for a much less relaxed evening. The food was fine, as usual. I also question the automatic gratuity of 18% for a group of 5.
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    good for groups
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  • Nothing exceptional
    Reedb
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We certainly expected a lot more, given the good reviews. The humus was only fair, especially considering that they feature it on the menu. The mixed platter was good. One of us wanted to order sea bass, but we were told that it took about half an hour to prepare. What? Pretty uninspiring overall.
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  • Used to be go to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Franchise expansion has resulted in disappointing outpur from the kitchen. What was once a favorite no longer is. Food just so so.
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  • Birthday Dessert was Great
    Brenda
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Very good and fresh food. First time there and impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Mezza
    jakiVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We came for dinner with a 2 year old and some good friends we hadn't seen. It was a very comfortable place; we had great service; and the humos, labneh, and all the dishes we had were delicious! Definitely was a good pick
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great lamb!
    Francois
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Nice atmosphere, wide selection of food. The lamb loin with green sauce is a favorite dish! There are many great tasting appetizers eat 2-3 to make a meal it is a nice way to eat a variety of foods.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nico
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My father and I ordered the lamb shank which looked great, but arrived cold on the inside. The service was so sparse that we couldn't even ask them to heat it up further. We did receive baklava on the house as an apology, but I would have preferred them to stop by and check in.
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  • Reds
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    A terrific place for a family dinner on a Sunday evening or for a group of friends after the movies any night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty authentic Lebanese taste
    AsianStirFry
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Loved this place for the flavors that are true to Lebanese style cooking!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good food
    RepeatdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Good food as always, other aspects less consistent. Can't help comparing to other familiar Taverna locations (esp Tysons), those have a warmer ambiance & more reliable service - we will try again, since the quality across the restaurants is usually excellent & we may have hit an off night
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • escellent
    oceanmanVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food is always well prepared and very tasty. There were 6 of us and we were very comfortable in a booth....
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate