Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda
Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda

Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda

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

    Dinner:
    Sunday - Monday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday - Wednesday: 4:00pm -9:30pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm


    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 - 3rd Saturday of each month 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
97 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (42)fit for foodies (36)neighborhood gem (33)great for lunch (28)special occasion (21)kid-friendly (16)romantic (15)great for brunch (10)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)notable wine list (3)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great place to eat on a regular basis.
    MiguelS
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Great ambiance, friendly staff, moderate prices, and timely service. We have a one year old daughter and have always been accommodated even during peak hours. We have made this establishment one of our regulars.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was terrific. Restaurant was quite noisey and service was spotty. I woul recommend this place to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very full & happy tummies!
    FancyNancyVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Have only had lunch here so this was our 1st dinner. We had Hummus, artichokes, curry, kabob's and grilled lamb. We were stuffed but decided to go with some desserts- they were amazing!!! We loved everything! Surprised they were not full on a Friday night. Beautiful restaurant, great food and great service, we will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food is the reason to come
    RWoodBVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Both the traditional hommus and the baba ganoush were very good as usual. Unfortunately, the kibbeh nayeh , which I added on this occasion, was lacking in seasoning. The wine list is brief, but well chosen. The server seemed inexperienced, bringing the wrong beverage order, failing to clear dishes, and ignoring a spill. The huge space feels institutional. That is the reason I prefer to sit by a window so that I can see out. While I noted that in my reservation, my request was ignored until I called attention to it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Six of us had a lovely meal, beautifully presented. The staff was cordial and attentive. We would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent choice of plates
    JaJa
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We returned with friends visiting. We took the lamb kebab, the lamb shank, and shawarma. All plates were well presented, and very tasty. We had a glass of wine: good. The prices are reasonable for the quality of the food. We also liked the ambiance and the roomy space. We will gladly return to the Lebanese Taverna; and recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ZeldaVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Good mid eastern food. Well prepared. Noticed a number of large parties enjoying themselves.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    Rafa
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    One of my favorite go to eating places in Bethesda. Healthy options such as tabouleh, beet salad and others, good fish, lamb and chicken dishes. Excellent flexible service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was extremely slow
    mom2boysVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Not sure why as there was only one other table occupied when we were there. People who came in after us were served before us. The service is usually much better than that.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No record of reservation.
    picpicVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Lebanese taverna had no record of my reservation. Able to be seated anyway.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lousy Service but the food was good
    Eatingoutsville
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Our group of ten was nicely placed in the back so we could be in a quieter area. The food was what we expected and was good. The problems were all related to lack of service. We received 2 menus for 10 people. Our waiter would disappear for 15-20 minutes at a time. We had to hunt him down to order drinks. We had to ask others to have him come over to order. All this made everything very slow. It's a shame that the service so negatively impacted an otherwise lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We were a larger party (8) and our waiter suggested the family style menu, where for a set price, they bring 3-4 appetizers and the mixed grill and serve it family style. Everything was delicious; the kibbe, hummus, grilled lamb, chicken and kefta. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Food substantially below sister restaurant at Conn and Calvert
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DELICIOUS
    AIHSSB
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Delicious food! I always love going to dinner at The Lebanese Taverna
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    gouris
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Overall, not a great experience. Food was fine, enjoyed the outdoor seating. Service was poor. Waited almost an hour for entrée, which I didn't mind, except waiter did not return at any time to check on us during the hour. Entrée was placed on table, and before I could ask for tabasco, waiter was gone, not to return until table was cleared.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rebel704VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I always eat at the Lebanese Taverna in Tyson's. I like that one a bit better. The service here was not as attentive and the portions seemed to be smaller. That said, it still is a good restaurant and I love the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food and Service
    Kappy
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A friend and I had dinner there on Tuesday night 9/9/14. We started off with hot bread dipped in oil. Then we shared 4 small kibbeh. I had chicken shwarma and a salad. All the food was hot and tasty. What was remarkable was that I told the waiter I could not have a dairy dressing on the salad. When he brought it out, he said they made it with a dairy salad and he told the cooks to exchange it for a non-dairy salad on the side. The food was real good and for a $12 sandwich and salad, you couldn't beat it. I really like this restaurant in the heart of Bethesda and we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good experience
    Kak48
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have eaten several times at the Lebanese Taverna on Connecticut Avenue near the zoo in Washinton, D.C., but were unable to get a table this time, so we drove on to Bethesda and enjoyed the meal nearly as much. The restaurant is attractive though the ambience is not quite as inviting at the Bethesda location. The food was delicious but a bit overpriced for the portion sizes. Warning on parking: the area was quite busy on Saturday night and the parking garage recommended by the restaurant was full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 68 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 566 reviews are from the Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    GettysburgGal
    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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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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