The Parva
The Parva

The Parva

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theparvarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3013126488
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 1:00pm - 9pm Sunday: 1:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, South American, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Edwin Balcazar
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The Parva Restaurant Bar & Restaurant has a widely open experience with catering and event planning since the origin of this corporation has started as a Caterer in the DC metro area.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Parva Restaurant Bar & Lounge has a beautiful set up with 2 floors. First floor has a very nice low lighting, nice table seating and a very attractive decor. Second floor has open space for private events, open seating, cocktail and others.
  • Private Party Contact: JC Balcazar 3014493827
  • Entertainment: The Parva Restaurant Bar & Lounge has two different ambiance from a nice looking dining to a relaxing lounge. The Lounge is located on the second floor and it has a completely different feeling as you walk in.
  • Special Events: The lounge is available for any type of special events from Birthdays to Weddings. The 2nd floor space can seat 80 and standing 160 persons. The entire both floors are available as well that can seat over 200 and standing 300 persons.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairmont Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty Street Parking on woodmont ave. Also there is a parking lot on the left side of Woodmont Ave coming from Wisconsin Ave. The parking is located by the Columbia Bank. There is minimum charge of $1.00 per hour or $3.00 after 5pm. Please call us for any further information.
A word from The Parva
As more South Americans venture north with their cooking traditions and ingredients in hand, North Americans are getting the chance to sample these new foods and flavors. THE PARVA RESTAURANT BAR & LOUNGE has the Nuevo Latino cuisine as one example of the global gastronomic exchange that happens today, a fusion of traditional Latin flavors with global food trends. The rest of the world has become interested in the cuisines of South America, and new combinations will emerge. But the time-honored culinary traditions of Latin America remain intact. If you have not explored them already, new or old, don't miss out. You will fall in love with South American food. Our Chef now showcase Andean products such as alpaca meat, grains like quinoa and kiwicha, and unusual tubers such as yuca and maca in sophisticated new ways.
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The Parva reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (9)neighborhood gem (8)special occasion (7)kid-friendly (6)fit for foodies (5)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • communication is key
    arthur
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had plans for our families to have dinner but we were never told of the closed.kitchen until we arrive with a party of 7. It would have been nice to receive a call prior to arrival noting that the kitchen was not open for full menu
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    Nano
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food is ok but the place was empty on a Saturday night and the waiter kept forgetting our order :(
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant surprise
    Agoodfind
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Good bargain and good food. Nice menu variety. Excellent monitors. Portions generous. We will definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really liked it
    neighborVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This was our 2nd time there. The food and service are great. The only flaw was a group of 8 very loud young people near us. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We are regulars now!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The Parva is a great place for a girl's night out or romantic dinner with someone special. The food is amazing and service is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in a semi-noisy setting
    badler
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We went to The Parva as it was recommended [our favorite local steak rest had closed]. The food was prepared well, the suggestions from the waitress were superb as were the Mojitos. I read some bad reviews on Yelp but needed to see if it was true. If not for the OVERLY loud gal seated next to us, my dinner and evening would have been much better. [I know more about her than I cared to know]. But my steak was very tender and prepared exactly as I ordered with a chimichurri sauce to compliment the dinner. Not sure how I felt about the smashed and baked plantains, as I prefer them to be roasted and sweet. Overall I was very happy and if parking was not a huge problem, as it is in downtown Bethesda, I would gladly return! maybe on a Sunday.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The mixed appetizers were very good. Drinks were fast, good alcohol, but mix was a little off on 1.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mojitos and More
    Tryinitall
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Peruvian and Columbian dishes plus some inventive vegetarian entrees. The appetizer/ small plates were perfect for our group of four. Nice mix of meat, sauces, plantain and frites. I had the chicken soup which was a perfect follow up. The seafood pastas seemed a bit heavy to me. The mojito and pisco sour were both fabulous.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great South American food
    Foodaholic
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Unpretentious, but comfortable ambience. Attentive, friendly service. Outstanding dinner selection at moderate prices; advertised as Peruvian, but actually representative of various South American cuisines. Half-price wines on Tuesdays not expected, much appreciated! We shall return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 106 reviews are from the The Parva reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great food! The servers were very nice and the food was absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent South America Cuisine
    Jackson
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Parva takes traditional dishes and makes them better. You start with small pieces of the most delicious cornbread even and it just gets better from there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleased
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I hope others discover this gem, it doesn't seem to be as busy as it potentially could be.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem in Bethesda
    espi123
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The restaurant was very clean and the staff was very polite and attentive. After some great wine and food we found out the upstairs was a night club and we decided to finish the night with some Salsa dancing. Great hidden Gem from the beaten path.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vincygal
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The restaurant was relatively empty but I found it troubling that when we arrived they had placed our dining companions at the back of the restaurant between the bathrooms and the kitchen. I did not want to make a fuss as the people we were meeting were already seated. Given that there were other open tables and we had made a reservation I thought that this was very unsettling for me. The waitress was less than helpful when we had questions regarding the menu. We dine all the time in the Bethesda area and I was somewhat embarrassed as we had made the reservation. One of my friends asked about my experience and I simply told her don't waste your time you can get good mojitos anywhere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second Visit to The Parva,
    CambodiaD
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Second Visit to The Parva, but first time eating in the restaurant. Our first time was attending a birthday party in the upstairs lounge area. The upstairs is small with nice white booth seating on the back wall. Music selection wasn't the best (weird mix of top 40 pop and latin with bad transitioning) Our dinner meal was pretty good. Not very busy for a nice friday night. We stated with appetizers. Beef empanadas are great, shrimp apepas were kind of bland. Chips/salsa/guacamole was standard. Pisco sour drink was good. Entrees were La Pais Moderna and some shrimp dish. The Pais Moderna was good. Lots of meat, tostones which were ok, rice and beans with a soft egg went well. We had the triple chocolate desert. Too sweet for us, but good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • on fire
    GalsVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    good food & plenty, 2 years new, modern interior, superior service, don't miss the fire with the dessert
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food. Very authentic
    TNapeVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Amazing food. Very authentic and delicious. Night club upstairs that is also a lot of fun. HIGHLY recommend for food (anytime) or late night dancing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Parva - Perfect Gourmet Meals
    SherryAva
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Our dinner for 7 people was fun with many interesting and reasonably priced items on the menu. The Flaming Pineapple Desert was a big hit and fun talking point for the whole group. Everyone loved their meal. Our servers were attentive and accommodated all of our needs including making a dish minus the octopus for one in our group and customizing the coffee for another. The only caution is that this isn't a restaurant to go to when you are in a hurry. Each meal is prepared individually so patience will be rewarded if you have the time to wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ambiance/Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I learned of this restaurant via Groupon, however after enjoying an amazing authentic Latin dinner and outstanding service (the hostess/server greeted me by name, was very personable and attentive throughout the evening); I will definitely come back again and tell others about this neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    Pleased
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I certainly hope this new restaurant is successful. The food was very good, service was so kind, and portions more than adequate. I had never heard about The Parva until I bought the Living Social but will be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    Adri
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    The food was delicious, the natural juices are wonderful , and the service is excellent .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall our experience here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Overall our experience here was good. The service was polite, kind, and informative. However, there was only one server for the whole restaurant that evening. At times we needed something (spicy salsa) but no one was available. When the server came by we no longer needed it (finished out appetizers). I ordered the passion fruit juice- it was delicious and refreshing. The food we had was fresh (esp the veggies that came with the entrees) and the veg items were well seasoned (medley of squash/carrot, brown beans). But the appetizers and main meat items lacked a flavor/punch that we expected from Latin American cuisine. We requested hot sauce with our entrees, but it wasn't the same without the food being made with the flavor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place, disappointing food
    Turner
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food could have been a lot better and it looked like it was prepackaged and frozen. My girlfriend asked if they could take out the peppers from her arroz con pollo and they said it all comes together and you can't do that. The flan was also disappointing as it also looked like it was a frozen tv dinner. Nice atmosphere but some disappointing food. The waitress was nice. The inside is very small actually but interesting decor. Don't judge it by the dumpy look it has outside. Its a cheap place to go but I still recommend it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad choice for my date
    Erk79
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I took my date to Parva and everything went well until another couple decided that bring a baby out for valentines day dinner would be a good ideal. After 15 mins of trying to talk to my date over a crying baby, the staff did not say anything to the people. This killed the romantic night I set up. When you are paying good money for a place that has a automatic gratuity, I tend to expect that they respect 99% of the customers and ask for the people with the crying baby to either quiet the baby or leave. The food was good and the staff was very nice, but the crying baby thing has me never going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, friendly service
    Lisa
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I went for dinner with my husband and we thought the food was great. There weren't too many people, but there was only one server running around. She did a great job, but I never got to ask some questions I had since she was so busy. Overall, we had a great experience and will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    NYCmama
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Good food, good service - a real neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quinoa Risotto wow!
    Adam
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This dish is so good, it will be hard for me to try anything else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Completed our anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Best restaurant I have ever dined in. Great food , warm atmosphere and immaculate service completed the night for my wife and I 4th year anniversary. Will definetly return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Latin Food in Bethesda
    AuburnRhys
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Too bad The Parva is just past Woodmont Triangle and a little off the beaten track, because it's certainly worth a visit. Interesting menu goes beyond the usual Latino dishes. Excellent black sausage appetizer with lovely crispy baby potatoes, gambas al ajillo in creme sauce that are to die for (never had garlic shrimp in creme sauce before but am now an afficianado), and fresh ceviche. They didn't skimp on the margarita's tequila either. They were out of a couple things I wanted to try, but what we had was fine stuff. Prices were reasonable. Low key ambience in a pretty room. Attentive service. They have great discounts during happy hours. Check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Bethesda Gem
    JulieGVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Wide selection of different Latin American dishes from various countries - Peru, Mexico, Cuba. Tasty.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unimpressed
    Reviewer
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Food was mediocre. Drinks were good. TVs around room with a fireplace dvd.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
    sara
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    This place was awesome. Food was amazing, the staff was amazing. Nothing but great things to say about this place. Will def go back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Dining Experience
    PickyEater57
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My first time here was New Year's Eve. I ate early. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Food was outstanding. I'm not a big fan of French Fries and they like to serve them in the two dishes I tried. I would of preferred a differently prepared potato dish. However, the fries were crispy and tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    KEArion
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    All in all, I like the food at Parva, and the mojitos are very good. They have great dinner deals for during the week, but you can't get those on Friday or Saturday nights. The restaurant is very under-staffed, so the service can be slow, although all of the wait staff are very friendly.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    KEArion
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    The only reason I went to Parva in the first place is because I had a living social deal. The first thing I noticed was that the restaurant was understaffed; no one was there to seat us, and when we walked in, we saw absolutely NO staff members: no bar tender, no waiters/waitresses, etc. After seating ourselves, a waitress introduced herself and was very helpful with the menu. But she also was the bartender, so the service was slow. I also received my tilapia WITH THE HEAD still on the fish. We were also over-charged on the drinks. I didn't end up using the living social deal (our waitress said it would be better to save that for a Friday or Saturday when there are no food specials), so I WILL be back to use the deal, but that's it.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My husband and I had a Living
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    My husband and I had a Living Social voucher to use, hence trying The Parva. The meal was one of the best we've had in a long time. The service was excellent. Our waitress was very attentive. We will definitely return (even without the voucher!!). I highly recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, friendly staff.
    Lindsay
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Great food, friendly staff. Right in downtown Bethesda. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELICIOUS FOOD!
    Be156
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    My boyfriend and I finally Parva out the other night and our meals were DELICIOUS! I had a quinoa mushroom risotto and I can honestly say that it was one of the best dishes I've ever had. Seriously I have not stopped thinking about it. I immediately came home and got more coupons and am already plotting my next visit. As if the meals weren't good enough, the service was outstanding. Maria was our server and she was so sweet and checked in at all the right times without being intrusive. The busser was also super friendly and on top of things the entire meal!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Colombia in Bethesda
    neighborVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Very nice to find a Latino restaurant outside of Adams Morgan. The food was very good and the staff all seemed to really appreciate that we liked it. We'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TVs all over the place. It
    EatoutalotVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    TVs all over the place. It actually is laid out more like a bar than a restaurant. Despite the unappealing surroundings, the food was very good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate