Tavira
Tavira

Tavira

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tavirarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (301) 652-8684
  • 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 WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Tavira reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (45)special occasion (44)romantic (35)fit for foodies (32)good for groups (14)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (6)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    After we were seated, it took 20 minutes and many requests to get the waiter to our table. Once he came, he was very gracious, but hard to get hold of. Although the food was good, the lack of service will keep me from coming back to Tavira.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Mike
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Have never been disappointed. Service and food have always been outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food/Fabulous service
    ellapwd
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The staff was so attentive. They were very helpful with recommendations for the perfect glass of wine to just the right dessert. The atmosphere did not seem to be meant for children. I would probably hesitate before taking young children. The food was so wonderful. For people who are unsure about Portuguese food, I would recommend reading the online menu. This restaurant is on the pricier side, but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner experience
    Sandy
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Finished a wonderful dinner at Tavira...the food, atmosphere and service was very good...The pork was tender and flavorful...and the wine suggested by the waiter was superb....We all enjoyed his selection since it did not "break the bank"....Would come back...again and again..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice restaurant
    mickey
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Tavira is a nice restaurant and very attractive.. We went on the late side (7:30) so by 8:00 it wasn't so crowded which was nice if you have a hearing probelm.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Return to Tavira
    JoeD
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I recommend this restaurant for lunch or dinner. I find it to be a pleasant place to dine. The ambiance is pleasant, the food very good, and the service is attentive , polite, patient and helpful,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful staff!
    NovieReigns
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We had a wonderful time at dinner. We were attended to by a great staff of personable servers and were given great recommendations for our entrees.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portuguese Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    great food, excellent service, just portions very small
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Travira remains an undiscovered gem
    unionlawyerVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Had an excellent meal with my companion. Best to order off the specials and focus on seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Portuguese Restaurant
    Caroline
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The menu is writing in Portuguese and English and the ambience is really Portuguese: portuguese tiles on the wall, portuguese music, portuguese china. Delicious "bacalhao".
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday night after theatre
    DonBVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We met friends at Tavira after a matinee at Round House on a Sunday night. Pleasantly full and good for conversation. Food, as always, was very good. We were all pleased.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely anniversary dinner
    katt
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I've been to Tavira several times, and this time I brought my husband with me to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Tavira is one of the few places around where the noise level is low enough to allow quiet conversation. That, coupled with the small rooms and decor, make it a good choice for a romantic meal. The food was excellent, in keeping with my past visits, and the service was attentive without being intrusive. One of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a lovely evening
    Bloomfield
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great service, lovely ambience, wonderful portuguese/brazilian music (check for music days) that creates a lovely setting for a special evening. The food is a combination of Portuguese and international and delicious! Save room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Music
    Deckmonkey
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The music was terrific. Two guitars and a bass fit the context well - a quite dining experience - but the quality of the musicians was extraordinary. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland
    RWoodBVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    While the ingredients used are very good, the cautious use of herbs and spices resulted in a bland seafood entree. The list of wines by the glass is not only very brief, but lacking in appeal. A robotic wait staff rounded out the total blandness.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An excellent choice.
    whatmikeylikes
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Had eaten here a few times before. We took a friend here for birthday dinner. We were seated at table of our choice. The service was friendly and very, very attentive. The ambience was great as we wanted a quiet place where conversation would be easy. We each ordered a different fish and we all liked the presentation, as well as the flavors. Servings were ample. We each were able to find a wine or cocktail of choice. Also appetizers and dessert were great. After dinner libation recommended by our waiter was excellent. A perfect ending to a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had better
    Datenight
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food portion is very small. The food it self was ok. Had a lot better. The location is weird it's in a basement of an office building. We had fish and steak and they were small portions like I mentioned and didn't have a lot of flavor to it. I am Portuguese and I must say I was disappointed with this restaurant. The side of rice that I asked for didn't have any flavor because it was made for the sea food rice they had in the menu. So they made the rice and left the seafood part out. Leaving the rice with no taste. Staff was very nice. But overall I wouldn't go back for more.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant Dinner
    GSWinMaryland
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    It was a quiet Wednesday evening and the server and staff were pleasant and the food arrived quickly. My companion's dinner was quite good, mine was a bit salty for my taste. The experience was overall good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food - Wrong Menus
    NotaSteakhouseSteakVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We haven't been here in a long time, but wanted to try it again as its where my wife and I had our 1st date. Food was still wonderful - w Mediterranean flavors - but the waiter gave us the wrong menus (dinner menus during lunchtime) which means we missed all the lunch options, ordered dishes that were a LOT more expensive than we had planned to spend for lunch, and paid higher prices than we should have. Of course we only discovered this on our way out. But I attribute this to waiter error. And again, the food was still just as wonderful as our 1st date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holly
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Always excellent well prepared seafood and wonderful friendly service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Regional Cuisine, Tough Location
    dcfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A glimpse at its menu reads traditional Portugese and offers dishes to convince you to return and try something found no where in the area. Unfortunately, my group was let down by the appetizers; the shrimp was over cooked, as was the calamari. Most entrees made up for this; the cornish hen with piri piri was good, as was the dorade. One in our group ordered the monkfish, which I personally found to be mealy, but she enjoyed. The wine menu offered a variety of regions, and the menu kept to low cost of Portugese wines. The service, while missing in action at times, was professional and surprisingly well spoken. The location provides for plenty of parking, but the restaurant and its decor are suspended in a very dated office building planted.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old Europe
    anneVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I love the ambiance of Tavira's with fine china and beautifully set table. Our salads were delicious and fresh and dorado was good. Sabayon was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting Menu / Value
    LeelynVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great portuguese menu. Terrific price fixe value. The soups were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 376 reviews are from the Tavira reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate