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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Tavira reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (45)neighborhood gem (40)fit for foodies (33)romantic (33)notable wine list (13)good for groups (11)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • A hidden gem
    JM758VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Not in a great location but don't judge Tavira by the outside. Inside, it is a beautiful little restaurant with amazing food, quality service, and romantic ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet, good meal
    olive
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We like Tavira for spur-of-the-moment quiet dinners out. It's a crystal & linen venue without being pretentious; Business casual attire is suitable. We're not wine 'connoisseurs' but have always liked what we tried. The menu is creative, well-prepared and dishes attractively presented;we are frequently attracted to one of the evening's specials. Offerings range from veggie to fish, fowl and meats; We are frequently attracted to one of the evening's specials. Unlike some nice restaurants it is also adequately lit (neither glaring fluorescents, nor shadowy candlelight), a personal preference. It's small and most of the tables are for 2 or 4, but they have a couple private rooms which will accommodate small groups of, maybe, 10.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great European dining experience
    Paul
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Portuguese cuisine. Outstanding food, service, and atmosphere. Easy parking. The four of us talked for about an hour after we had finished eating, but the restaurant staff didn't even hint we needed to leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, 2-b-desired locatn
    OHBoyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The clam appetizer, veal & seafood pasta entree are some of the best tasting - very flavorful not too salty. The warm, chewy w crunchy crust bread, OMG can feed up on those! Be aware! So good. The lower level windowless location in an office building is less ideal for a restaurant/chef with such great caliber.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    gapake
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have been going to Tavira for over 20 years and the food is always good. There are not too many Portugese restaurants in the area so it is always a treat. They have a great menu but we seem to always get something off the Specials for the Day. The fish dishes cannot be beat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    foodlover123
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We enjoyed every minute. It is a beautiful restaurant to dine in and the atmosphere is wonderful. We loved the food and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing much to write about
    MabelDodge
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The service was excellent, but then we were one of three tables that night. The gazpacho was wonderful; the rest of the meal just OK. I think maybe the cook has too heavy a hand with the fish or else would benefit from fresh rather than frozen fish.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 40th wedding anni. with family
    terry
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Wonderful relaxing evening the food was excellant and we always love the sherry at the end of the meal
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We went early on a Monday evening, purposely. Asked to be seated in a quiet spot because of hearing problems and were cheerfully accommodated. I'd describe the ambience as comfortable and warm. My daughter was disappointed that the several cod dishes were unavailable because a party of twenty at the lunch hour had consumed it all. I happily enjoyed the liver and onions that I was after. Service was fine. We had a good time and would go back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chevy Chase Secret
    sbmcreat
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Tavira is not visible from the street but it is a hidden gem in the BF Saul building on Connecticut Ave in Chevy Chase, MD. It is a very nice place for a special visit. Food was very good and you can easily converse with anyone at your table. It is a worthwhile outing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table for 6
    DivesDiningAdventures
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went out for dinner Saturday. Originally a party of 4... had to make last minute additions to our reservation. Open Table made that very simple. Some members of our party started with glasses of wine along with a couple of orders of the grilled calamari appetizer special, which was really delicious (a nice char/grilled flavor) and the Caldo Verde (a potato-based, green soup). The wine list is extensive and by the glass/bottle. 3 members of our dinner party had the Piri piri cornish hen, they expressed that ,though spicy, it was really good. 2 members had the monk fish, DELICIOUS!! I had the veal, also very good. For dessert we shared 5 of their desserts: the flan, chocolate mousse, bread pudding, fried milk and creme brulee. Great dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Even better now
    sequoiaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is my second dinner at Tavira. The first was 7-8 years ago. It was good then. It was very good now. The octopus appetizer was excellent. The artichoke and squid appetizers were good. The lamb shank was very good but the Piri Piri chicken was not tender and not very good. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    Jessica
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I don't understand why Taviea isn't packed every day. The food is excellent and accurately reflects Portuguese cuisine. They do right by seafood, and the device is attentive but not overwhelming. The place is pretty in a slightly old-fashioned way. Ok, so it is in the basement of a nondescript office building far from the culinary centers and hot spots. That shouldn't stop you unless you're more interested in scene than food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful find!
    friendofGus
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We've lived near Taviar for many years but never thought to go there. Finally went on a whim and were pleasantly surprised. The Portugese food was delicious, the waiters attentive, and the ambience delightful - considering that it is a restaurant in a basement.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm impressed every time.
    melillobm
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Every time I eat at Tavira I ask myself why I don't come there more often. The food is amazing. I haven't been disappointed, ever. I highly recommend the beef medallions. Friends I take there rave about the food as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My dinner experience was excellent. We certainly plan to come back :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service and Great Food
    Jojo
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had an excellent dinner at Tavira last Friday night. Both the food and the service went well beyond even our high expectations. It is a Portuguese restaurant and the menu is delightful. I have rarely had more attentive service. And to cap it all, there was a great 3 member music ensemble that provided lively instrumental and vocal talent. We will be sure to eat there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Main Courses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Good bread, tasty desserts, a pleasant ambience, and very good service, but the main courses were disappointing. The fish (cod) was bony. And the chicken in hot sauce, though tasty, was scrawny and bony as well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was okay
    lsawVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We were looking for a spot close to Rockville because we were going to a play up that way. We chose this because it was Portuguese, which isn't something we get often. It's in a strange location. Not close to anything else and in a bank building that isn't very attractive. The inside is better. The service was excellent. Our waiter, very friendly and helpful. The food was good, but not amazing. One of the steaks we got (the ribeye) was very charred. I liked it, but everyone else at the table said it tasted burned. The NY Strip was much better, said they. I got the Hen Piri Piri, which was good (not really that spicy) - but again, nothing to go back for really. The duck special was the same - good, but not amazing.
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  • Amusebouche
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We really enjoyed the fish we had for dinner at Tavira. The service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portuguese gem in Chevy Chase
    DRBMHD
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I love this restaurant..owner, staff, cuisine and ambiance are special.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants. We can count on very good food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic and delicious
    Nikkigee
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food, wine, and service here is fantastic. Authentic and delicious Portuguese food in a quiet and classic/old-fashioned atmosphere. Tavira is also one of my favorite places for seafood in this area, as well, as they have a great selection between the standard menu and specials. Haven't found many restaurants like this in the DC area, and it's a welcome change! The location might seem odd, but the food and service make me a repeat customer.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent for lunch
    goodeats
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Extensive menu, great food and good service. It never seems to be crowded so is quiet enough you can carry on a conversation with your tablemates.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good vibes
    Sophie
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I have dined at Tavira on several occasions and have always enjoyed it. The menu is ample and whatever I have chosen has been well-prepared. The restaurant is very attractive and the service good. I shall return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Lunch on a weekday. 11.45. The place was completely empty. At noon two more people arrived. Our server was condescending to the elderly lady who was with us. He rushed us by picking up all le the silverware while some of us were finishing our main dishes. All in all, a very negative experience. If nothing else, the waiters need to be properly trained.
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  • outstanding
    ljbar
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Came here for a graduation dinner. Food was excellent. Grilled calamari was a favorite. Loved the pimento salad and the steak. Our waiter Pepe was informative and professional. We will return if we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost in Translation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I must note that our previous experience at Tavira was EXCELLENT. This trip however left something to be desired. Part of that was my error in ordering the cornish hen in a piri piri sauce. It is impossible to maintain good table etiquette while eating those suckers. Therefore, I requested that the remains on my plate be wrapped up so that I might take it home and consume it like a wild beast in private. The busboy did not speak a speck of English and he threw it out. Husband had the swordfish and says it was excellent. I however left hungry. They did re-fire another 1/2 hen that I took home...kuddos to the restaurant for that.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First visit
    OctDiner
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I don't know how we didn't know about Tavira before but we'll be back. Superb Portuguese food, well prepared, well seasoned and delicious. The location is pretty obscure but it's worth seeking out - just inside the Beltway on Connecticut Ave, in the lower level of a generic office building. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • better than 4 stars
    stoveovenVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Ok, this place was a little difficult to find but worth it. There were four in our party and 3 out of the 4 thought the food was fantastic. Unfortunately the last member of our group was not a fan. That is why I cant give it a five star rating. I had two specials the calamari and the dorado. Both were excellent, well prepared flavorful and healthy. The relatively decent prices for wine made the experience that more special as we could easily afford to choose a very nice selection to accompany our meal without breaking the bank. I would definitely recommend this place and will be back soon on my own.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mixed Reveiws
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The waist staff was very attentive, although it seemed our table busser was new and did not know the best times to step in. In our party of 5 two of us loved our dishes (the beef medallions were spectacular), two thought it was ok, and one did not like theirs. Overall we had a good time and enjoyed the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Portuguese Restaurant
    JBKROOSTER
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is a great restaurant with fine Portuguese dishes. The service is top notch. I recommend the fish dishes and the duck. As good as it gets!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great All Around
    DCFabGirl
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I took my family (group of six) for Mother's Day after reviewing all the review on OpenTable. Our experience was very similar to all the positive reviews here. Our overall experience was very pleasant with the staff (very attentive and knowledgeable) and especially food. I ordered the Brozini fish, day's special which was amazingly delicious with a well balanced taste! Plus dish ingredients was superb and fresh. We were surprised by its freshness for a restaurant which is tucked in a basement of an office building! I highly recommend Tavira as you will be pleased by your experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food like in Portugal!
    Nomis
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Will definitely go back. We were a group of six and we all had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Petrus
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    In addition to the wide choice of meats and seafood available on the regular dinner menu, there were several daily specials. The food was well prepared, with fresh ingredients, and just the right amount of seasoning. The wait staff were knowledgeable and helpful,attentive but without making you feel rushed in any way. Ww definitely plan to return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 352 reviews are from the Tavira reviews archive.
  • Awesome place
    Slav
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    THis is a great out of the way place that I highly recommend. The food, especially the fish is awesome and authentic Portuguese. We have been here several times and always been pleased. THe staff and service is fantastic, the place is quiet enough so you can talk and it is always full of people enjoying themselves.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent and unique
    Baltimoretim
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    If you get tired of the same Mediterranean fare, Tavira could be the perfect place for you. Incredible food, and a very affordable, but excellent, wine list. One of the best meals I've had in the DC area.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Ndoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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  • Never disappointing
    Jaime
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We have eaten at Tavira numerous times -- The food is delicious and the service is very attentive and not the least bit pushy or rushed. If you want a delicious meal, in a very relaxed atmosphere, we would highly recommend Tavira. Muito obrigado.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful leisurely lunch
    calmingwaters
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    I loved the quiet, small atmosphere, the wait staff were gracious, prompt & answered our questions. The table setting was beautifully presented. For once, a person wasn't assaulted with the blare of loud music which now is supposed to be considered "background" music but isn't. My friend had the soup special; Minestrones Soup, which looked divine, she said it was not only delicious but filling. I ordered the Calves Liver Steak (something I don't have very often & do enjoy when it's well prepared) with mashed potatoes & fresh stream vegetables. My meal was cooked perfectly & the amount was just enough. Though the lunch prices may be a little high; for the atmosphere, food quality & service, I personally felt it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.