Tavira
Tavira

Tavira

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tavirarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3016528684x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Portuguese
  • Executive Chef: Duarte Rebolo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Duarte 3016528684x
  • Entertainment: Every 2 Friday of the month, sign up for the Tavira - email/list http://tavirarestaurant.com/signupform.html

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chevy Chase Lake Dr
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking! -- evening garage parking, too
A word from Tavira
Duarte Rebolo was born in Madeira Island, Madeira, a popular European tourist spot in the Atlantic Ocean. His career in restaurant service began there and so far has spanned about 20 years. Tavira restaurant opened its doors in November of 1999. The name Tavira comes from a beautiful place in Portugal. Since opening Tavira has been included in Washingtonian Magazine's 100 Very Best Restaurants and rated very good to excellent by Zagat. Tavira has also been mentioned nationally in Gourmet Magazine, Bethesda Magazine and received favorable reviews from The Washington Post, Washington Times, The Gazette, Washington Diplomat and other local newspapers. Duarte's professionalism, attention to detail and hard work will make your dining experience a delightful virtual escape to Portugal.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Tavira reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (39)neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (29)romantic (29)notable wine list (13)good for groups (8)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • lovely quaint place
    jrockVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Easy free parking was a great plus, and were impressed by very charming dining room decorated for the holidays and they even have 2 smaller private rooms, one with a fireplace, super cute! The live music was setting up as we were leaving (around 7pm) and the musicians even played a song that my daughter got to sing to mind you it was early, before the rush. The server and server assistants were so warm and obliging. My elderly parents loved it and have been to Tavira and loved talking all about it with the staff. Our server had been there almost 10 years or more and was extremely knowledgeable, plates were all nicely portioned- perfect for us. the largest portion was an amazing pork shank i believe, incredible as it fell off the bone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet place, great food
    pryornetVIP
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    As always, a nice place for great portuguese dishes, especially seafood. Brings a portuguese speaking clientele, which is always a good sign.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portuguese food with s flair
    BMilt
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    This restaurant is in the lower level of an office building. After hours the front entrance is locked and you have to enter through a side door with a security guard. It CAN be confusing. Tavira has a strong European sense--not simply Portuguese. I had Medallions of Beef with Madeira which was superb although a tad overdone. My wife has a sirloin which was perfect. The menu has an extensive offering of Cod and other fish. Our dining partners both had fish and were very complimentary. I had a pimento salad with goat cheese that was marvelous. They have a nice wine list with Portuguese, Spanish and European offerings. Our waiter was Portuguese who had lived in Angola and Spain as well as Portugal and was friendly, informative and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Portuguese Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    If you love Portuguese Cuisine, this is the ideal restaurant to dine. Excelent codfish cooked in the Portuguese way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite.
    gapake
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We have been going to Tavira ever since it opened. The food is always great and the service is very good. The red Sangria is my favorite drink. We never order from the menu because the specials are always so good. Can't go wrong with any fish dish and the steaks are always so tender and good. The liver was over cooked on our last visit though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    This was my third visit and it just gets better. The band is wonderful. I love have the music while dining.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite a surprise!
    JeffN
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    We took a chance on this restaurant and it's odd location in the basement of an office building. But, what we found was a favorite restaurant. It is charming. The food is prepared with great care. The service has always been outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tops at Tavira
    JoeD
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Been here several times and never disappointed. Pleasant, yet refined but not a pretentious atmosphere, with great choice on the menu and in the daily specials. Give it a try....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Portuguese Dinner!
    Padraic
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Joined two business colleagues for dinner. We were highly impressed with the service and the food! We mostly focused on traditional Portuguese dishes, two fish, one pork, all of which were delicious. There were many reasonably-priced wines as well, and again we chose Portuguese, which were excellent. Because of long conversation (which is easy there), we were the last to leave, and the staff was exceedingly patient with us! Kudos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Mike
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Have been to Tavira several times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basement Bravura
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Nestled in the ground floor of an office building in Chevy Chase, this warmly decorated restaurant dishes up consistently good Mediterranean fare with an emphasis on Portuguese salted-cod. Our group also had other seafood dishes as well as roasted pork shank, and all were excellently prepared. The desserts were fantastic as well. We have been coming here for over 20 years and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ROMANTIC DINNER
    really
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    AMBIANCE was amazing even though the location of restaurant was a lil weird to find.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but pricey
    outandabout
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Top quality food in a very relaxed setting (unusual for the area!). A bit pricey for what one would expect, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Portuguese food
    AmocomidaVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Very nicely decorated restaurant with good food and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - fair service
    irishmkate
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Food was great, but service was slow. It took us twenty minutes to get the check - and they forgot our dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was first rate and
    Juts1
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The food was first rate and the service was outstanding. They do excellent fish and seafood dishes. This is the second time we have been there and will come back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent experience
    customer
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Again, we enjoyed our time at Tavira as well as the ambience, food and service. We will return! Our companions felt the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely restaurtant and charming sta
    Edward
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    This restaurant has some delightfull atmosphere rivaled only by its' excellent wait staff. The wine list is perfect and the the Portuguese cuisine was delicious. If you are a fish lover this is a wonderful dining choice. The salad with fresh sardines is out of this world. We followed our waiters recomendations and had no regrets. I look forward to another visti to try out some other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll Be Back
    Groupie
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Tavira is a consistently good restaurant. The food has always been great and the wait staff helpful. I have been there many times with my ladies group and all agree that it is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special restaurant
    DRBMHD
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    This is my favorite restaurant...Beautiful atmosphere, professional yet warm and humble service, hardworking,hospitable,and generous owner. The food is YUMMY. Delicious appetizers and desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time coming here. Great
    1stTimer
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    First time coming here. Great place with not too much noise. Worth going to again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tavira: good food; needs ambience
    ricloe
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Food was excellent. Service was friendly and fairly attentive. The Leche Frita de Avo was one of the best deserts I have ever had. Arroz Valencia y the Corvina were excellent. Deserves a better setting. It is clean, etc., but not cozy or romantic.
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  • great variety, long list of
    xfootdoc
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    great variety, long list of specials, very friendly service , never disappoints
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic
    jennyb
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Loved our meal. My hubby(born in Portugal) is always in search of an authentic Portuguese restaurant, hard to find where we live. We visit NYC & DC a lot but the so called Portuguese restaurants there have some hipster influence & falls short of the authentic experience we look for. My hubby was raised on his momma's homestyle cooking from the old country and he was more than happy with this place. The Bisteca de la Casa was terrific and so was the seafood stew(Mariscada), that I had. The sangria was just like we make it. The only thing I noticed was the bread served before the meal was generic and not the saloio rolls I would have liked to see. The flan and orange bread pudding desserts were heavenly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Mediterranean Food
    zippymdVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    Excellent Mediterranean Food with a Flair. Seafood excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised
    JeffN
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    I was very surprised by how much I liked this restaurant. The food and service were wonderful. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Alone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    I dined alone & unlike many other restaurants this experience was very enjoyable.The wait staff were friendly, attentive, & helpful. This was a first visit & first time enjoying Portuguese cuisine; the waiter helped me choose an entree & wine-both delicious. Another waiter, not my waiter but his assistant (apologies for lack of terminology) suggested a dessert that was by far the highlight of the entire meal-Leite Frita. Maybe I've been sheltered but, it was one of the most unique desserts I have ever enjoyed-light, crispy & melted in my mouth-the citrus sauce was outstanding-definitely a new found fav! The evening ended with a complimentary port and that too would be worth a return visit-I hope to enjoy Tavira many times in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lousy food, expensive price absolut
    aabidosis
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    lousy food, expensive price absolutely not justified on the quality of this kind of lousy food. I am thoroughly disappointed. This was my first visit to this restaurant but also my last! I would make sure my friends not making the same mistake as I have.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Holiday surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    Had a friend in from out of town and were worried that we couldn't deliver an impressive meal on a holiday. Tavira really came through on a quiet Labor Day evening. The Corrado (sp?) fish special was stellar as was the lamb shank. Our guest was very pleased with the monkfish and the gazpacho so dinner was a total success.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Portuguese dream
    diningdeb
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    A relaxed and welcoming, softly elegant atmosphere. The staff and owner/chef are there to please and have you feel as family. Especially appreciated are the mussels and seafood, but our meat eating companions were equally pleased. Parking is easy and to have a place for quiet conversation with great food and good wine is a find. Families welcome too !
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    I had the porkloin and was surprised that they used canned mushrooms. My husband got the New York strip and called it "OK". The bar is adorned with hokie Christmas lights, and the wall sconce light above my head in the dining room was one of those dripping oil illusions that was popular in the 1970s. Our party of four was squeezed into a tiny, square table with water glasses so big they took up most of the space on the table. Weird. On the upside, our desserts were very good and the service was outstanding. We were quickly seated, and staff was very responsive throughout the evening. Waiters and bus service were exceptional -- maybe they were trying to compensate for the bad food and scenery.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pretty Little Place
    Vasiliki
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Tavira was a lovely experience, both for the ambience and the delicious Portuguese fare. The painted walls and charming décor are suitable for a romantic evening for two or a table full of friends and family. It was absolutely lovely. I had hoped for live music (says on the website they have solo guitar music on Friday nights) but the recorded music that played was perfect and added to the ambiance. The food was delicious. My friend had the veal dish and I had the monkfish and mussels dish and both were very flavorful and filling as well. There's an interesting dessert menu and we tried the house Portuguese red table wine which wasn't bad either. All in all, a lovely place that I would like to return to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthdat celebration for family
    meema4luv
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    I was pleasanly surprised and grateful that our table for seven was situated in a small room off the main dining room. The service was impeccable and friendly. As we have never had an unsatisfactory meal at Tavira, our dinner lived up to our expectations. Each diner had a diffferent meal, so that the food was consistently excellent over a wide spectrum of possibilities. I want to thank you for providing me with happy memories of a dear daughter's birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great restaurant
    frequentdinerout
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    plentiful indoor parking, in addition to excellent restaurant in all respects.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, staff and atmosphere
    Gail
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    This is the 3rd time I've been here for dinner and like it just as much as the 1st time. The food is very good and the staff is friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is really pleasant and attractive, given that it is in a bank building basement and has no windows. It's sort of like being in a grotto or really nice wine cellar. Its location makes it easy to get to and park free at.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good, but you pay for it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    First visit. At first glance, it appears to have reasonable prices. However when one adds in salads, or appetizers, desert, and an alcoholic beverage, it adds substantially to the bill. Food is very good, and selection great as well. Fish of the day, vert fresh. Portions are "europeon"' which would leave some people hungering for more when finished. Overall, a good meal, but a bit on the pricey side.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good choice -
    mariko
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    The place was easy to find and parking was right by the door. The inside is really lovely and I was thinking it would be a great place to come again. We splurged and had appetizers before the dinner “deal.” The gazpacho was very “thin” but the flavor acceptable – my guest's calamari was inedible. It had been marinated in lemon and then grilled – terrible!! It reminded me of the chittlins I had so many years ago – but the chittlins were better. Then came dinner – my guest had salted cod which she enjoyed – though she said she cooked it better at home – I had the Portuguese fish stew. It tasted like canned tomatoes with fish. No seasonings at all – terrible.
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  • Underground Portugal
    DonnaVVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    Tavira is one of our favorites. Enter from the underground parking garage and you are transported to a Portuguese village. The food is superb. We especially love their fish and seafood - always fresh, quality ingredients, beautifully prepared. They list a nice variety of wines and ports. Service is informative, attentive and classy yet friendly. We have been happy with Tavira for business lunches, family celebrations, or just a delightful dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion
    Diningout1960
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Went here for a special occasion and to try the paella. Seafood was undercooked so fish was tough. We have had better. Cod appetizers were extremely oily. Dessert & wine was good.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tavira's Terrific
    dcreader
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    Tucked under an office building in Chevy Chase, Tavira's Portuguese/Mediterranean food is excellent. Fish in particular is great, and so are appetizers and desserts. Service can be a little quirky but always friendly and mostly prompt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.