About Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda

Located in the trendy and fashionable Bethesda Row, Lebanese Taverna serves authentic Middle Eastern fare in a casual yet stylish setting. The menu boasts over 25 appetizers and salads as well as a variety of grilled lamb, beef, chicken and fish entrees. There is a large selection of vegetarian dishes, too. To complement your dining experience, choose from our award-winning wine list or specialty cocktails. The restaurant is child-friendly and great for groups of all sizes.

7141 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:

Sunday: 12Noon - 9:00pm

Monday: 11:30am - 9:00pm

Tuesday -Thursday: 11:30am - 9:30pm

Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

Saturday: 12Noon - 10:00pm


Happy Hour:
Monday - Friday 4:00pm -7:00pm in the lounge and bar. Appetizers and drinks $4-$7

Cross Street:
Arlington and Elm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 951-8681

Website:
http://www.lebanesetaverna.com/

Entertainment:
International Karaoke - 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10:30pm. Arabic, English and French

Catering:
Let us bring Lebanese Taverna to you! Catering by LT, our full service catering division, offers our authentic Middle Eastern cuisine as well as seasonal American dish with Middle Eastern flavors. From the food, the rentals and the servers Catering by LT will make your event memorable. The Catering Department can be contacted by calling (703) 841-1503 or by email at events@cateringbylt.com

Parking Details:
Parking is available in the garage on Elm Street. Parking is $2.00 per hour.

Public Transit:
The Bethesda Circulator stops right in front of the restaurant on Arlington Road

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour Monday - Friday 5-7pm at the Bar and Lounge featuring selected mezza plates and alcoholic beverages ranging from $4.00 - $6.00. Endless Hommus $6.00

Private Dining

Lebanese Taverna Bethesda is the perfect location for your rehearsal dinner, bar/bat mitzvah luncheon, networking reception or business gathering.

Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.1

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4.1

value

4.1

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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (13)
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Healthy (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Casual (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Business Meals (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Romantic (3)
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Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (2)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Enjoyed the opportunity to have a relaxed dinner in this L.T. Full service restaurant. Have ordered delicious take out from other locations - first time here. Particularly enjoyed lamb w/ artichokes and a lovely Lebanese red wine.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

A blustery day -- the restaurant kept the back room especially cozy and warm.
Our waiter was attentive and when he brought a box for us to pack up our extra falafel sandwiches, he also brought a complimentary bag of warm pitas to go with it. Not sure if other customers would get the same treatment -- if you do, lucky you!

Looking forward to coming again to my fave DC spot.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Spicy, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our overall experience at Lebanese Taverna Bethesda was mixed. While we really enjoyed the appetizers, the lamb entree was overcooked, not something you'd expect for a $29 dish. The biggest turnoff, however, was the service. First, their system showed that our party had already been seated by the time we arrived -- fortunately, they still had an open walk-in table that we were able to sit at. Second, when we were seated (at 7pm) we were told that we had to leave by 9pm because of a private event, which we said was fine. But when it came to our waitress, it was clear that she was trying to rush us, and by the time it was 8pm (1 hour before we were told we had to leave!) she came over and told us to start "wrapping it up", but we could "feel free to finish our drinks"....not exactly the type of service or attitude you'd expect when paying $100+. Other small things, for example the fact that we ordered sangria but the waitress didn't pour even the first glasses, and that I had to keep my coat on because it was so cold, added to the negative experience. I imagine it is probably better on normal nights when there aren't private events, but I probably won't be back to find out.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Delicious food in a stunning room.
Hosted a birthday dinner for 10 people for my mother’s 87th and it couldn’t have been a nicer evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent as always. Great server, wonderful food, and overall wonderful. I love the vegetarian mezza options.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I recommend that the menu include information about allergens like nuts.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

A good standby in Bethesda for a quality meal. Service can be a bit slow, but the food is always tasty. Large restaurant with a lot of space, good for groups.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Lebanese Taverna offers tasty lamb dishes and many different types of hummus. My grandchildren enjoy the pita bread. We all love the friendly service and the great value of our meals.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Enjoyed dining at restaurant but portions were small - generous portion of rice.
Warm pita was good and plentiful.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Fantastic food. Generous portions. Our waiter, George, was knowledgeable, courteous, and gracious... Provided GREAT service! Went to celebrate my wife's birthday with our adult sons. All of us enjoyed the cuisine and atmosphere. Will definitely return!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

my family of 3 thoroughly enjoyed our dinner ! we love the decor as well as our sever who was a new bartender from Serbia I believe . food was outstanding, my 10 year old daughter loved the Tzatziki and taboule. i shared lamb with my daughter and we loved it too. the new bartender was very nice, we would def return!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food and wonderful and kind service!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

When I booked the reservation I indicated that we were celebrating a birthday, yet the server never even mentioned the occasion or asked how we wanted to celebrate.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Choosing this location to celebrate my retirement. Server was attentive until our food came. He barely returned to refill our water and I needed to have more. He seemed to want us to eat then run. Our 7pm reservation should have left ample time to talk but by 9 pm they dimmed the lights, ran the vacuum cleaner as if to alert us to get out. This was not expected and even the other [remaining] table of diners got the hint.

Good food, ample portions but we felt rushed towards the end.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent service and tasty food - something for everyone!

Tags: Tapas, Tasting Menu, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

This location has really nice staff and hosts! They seated our partial group and were so kind throughout our dinner.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Tapas
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food came flying out of the kitchen. We hardly ate the appetizers, before the server brought the meal. The lamb shank was just ok. $$$

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Overall pleased with the exception of my drink order. I ordered the Phoenician drink which didn't come in a martini glass and pomegranate seeds and The drink didn't taste like there was any vodka in it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal out with friends. My GF and I shared two entrees (Curry and Lamb with Grape Leaves) which were excellent. The Baklava was a great close to a wonderful meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is our go-to restaurant whenever we want to have fun with friends and family. It offers options that please both vegetarians and meat-eaters, and special requests are honored to the letter. The food is delicious, and the ambience is friendly and elegant at the same time. We love Lebanese Taverna!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This place level of service and food very much reminds me of a very average diner. Service was lousy to mediocre, food at best was mediocre. We went for a friend get together so we ordered an appetizer of Hummus Trio and four dishes (a bad curry, a pretty bad vegetarian eggplant entre, lamb dish and an average salad with salmon). Veggies (carrots, celery and cucumber) on the side of hummus platter seemed to have been cut a while ago and weren't fresh. Hummus was just ok and dishes were bad.
Waiter didn't bring the chutney which was part of curry entré until we asked. He partially cleaned the table for dessert with a half used tissue that was holding in his hand.....:(

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We usually dine out at the Lebanese Taverna several times a year but we were particularly pleased to dine there on Friday, October, 13, 2017, in support of the restaurants participation in the “Eating for Puerto Rico” on World Food Day fundraising campaign. Keep up the good works.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was excellent, from the warm white and whole wheat pitas to the lamb and shrimp dishes we ordered. Server was very friendly and good-natured, but as she also was attending to a table of 10 nearby, everything we asked for took a loong time, or was only partly done, like bringing a beer or bottle of fizzy water, but not the glass, which then took a long time to request, another long time to arrive, etc. We seemed to spend a lot of time waiting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Another tasty, reasonably priced Mediterranean meal, with the friendliest of servers and hot fresh pita!

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We always enjoy our meals or over abundance of appetizers in lieu of an entree. Food is always consistent and restaurant is warm and inviting.

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great atmosphere. Scrumptious food. Recommend the chef’s selection platter.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Consistently good -- hadn't been in a few years but the prices are reasonable, the food is tasty and there are lots of choices. On a Sun. night at 7 it was very quiet and we could hear one another without straining.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I have been to this restaurant many times. On this visit, our group included meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans. Everyone was happy with the menu offerings. Service was prompt and pleasant. The noise level was high in the section we were seated in, but didn't get in the way of conversation. And there was a quieter area that we could have asked to move to if we had been bothered by the noise. Nearby parking is easy and Metro is nearby. A great place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Vegan, Good for Groups, Healthy
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great place for friends and family dining. Food was great, service was excellent and we all had a great time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Menu is large; plenty of food choices or accamodate varied tastes

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Waitress didn't speak much English; very hard to communicate orders

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Always have a great time and great food here. The location is very convenient, and it is very family friendly.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

We have dined at Lebanese Taverna in Bethesda many times over the past few years, and it has always been dependently a reliable spot for good Middle Eastern food. Based on our experience last night, they have upped their game: the food is even better, and the presentation is most attractive. Best of all was the service we received: attentive, thoughtful, gracious without being obtrusive. An excellent dining experience.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Everything about the restaurant, the waitress, and the food was quite good - except the lamb in my dish was a bit dry.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food at Lebanese Traverna was very good. The room ambiance was cheery, clean, and well lit. There was plenty of space between tables. The waiter was pleasant and efficient. An overall good experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The service was a little bit slow at the beginning due to a lot of customers. The appetizer Humus Trio and Chef Plater was good as usual. The Main dishes were perfect and my guests enjoyed their first experience on Lebanese food.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We go to Lebanese Taverna often, enjoying the food in a nice setting. This time, we had to wait a long while to get seated although we had reservations, as did another pair waitibg for us.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We have been there many times. Just a bad night for service I guess. Way below par.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

A good solid staple for Mediterranean food
Stuffed grape leaves
Chicken kebabs baclava

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic
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