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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Overall Rating

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4.1

service

4.0

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4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Good for Groups (13)
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Casual (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Great for Lunch (10)
Special Occasion (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Healthy (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Business Meals (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tapas (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Romantic (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 5, 2017

My favorite menu item here is the chef's platter, a sampling of nine dishes and three pitas. It offers a variety of very good flavors and is surprisingly filling. I usually have it with a glass of wine. While the selection of wines by the glass is small, it is well chosen and reasonably priced. A double espresso finishes of a very nice meal. Alexander, a recent addition to the staff, is very attentive and pleasant. For those who like natural light, the tables by the large windows are great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 3, 2017

I enjoyed the meal but the server seemed to be in a hurry. She made my friend and I feel that she wanted us to leave. While she was prompt with the order, she kept on coming back to take plates off the table before we were ready to finish our meal. The restaurant wasn't busy and the
other patrons didn't seem to be pressured to leave as we were.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The Mouzat recipe has changed from the tomato base and rice it used to have. The artichokes and potatoes do not work as well, unfortunately. The small plates we chose were all good.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 21, 2017

The bartender was great and suggested different wines for me! I was happy I made the extra drive!! Will be back next time I'm in town!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The food was good but the restaurant was freezing, over air conditioned, and the service was very slow. We sat for a long time with menus and then for a long time once we finished our food.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 16, 2017

I have patronized and enjoyed the downtown Lebanese Taverna for decades but had never gone to the one in Bethesda. A different ambience -- spiffier and more modern -- but the same great food and cheerful service.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The chef's platter, which consists of nine small vegetarian dishes, offers not only a variety of very good flavors, but is a good value at $14. The list of wines by the glass is brief, but is well chosen and reasonably priced. The Allan Scott sauvignon blanc is a standout. For those who like an espresso after a meal, the restaurant serves a robust one. While I like brown as a color, there can be too much of it: brown floors, brown walls, brown furniture. I prefer a table by the large windows so I can see the variety of colors and movement of Arlington Road. The service is attentive, but not intrusive.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Food was average at best. Service was attentive. Ran out of pickles yesterday so no fried pickles available. Nobody knows there's a Giant 3 doors down? Go get some!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Fantastic food. All authentic and beautifully plated and delicious

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We had family visiting from out of town and we wanted to treat them to a nice night out in Bethesda. We were seated immediately however it took a while for a waiter to come greet us, bring us menus, water, etc. (mind you the restaurant was very empty). We asked someone to please have a waiter come to our table and when he finally came over he asked "what do you want?" as if we were bothering him! I was so appalled by his demeanor that I wanted to immediately leave but for the sake of my hungry family members I kept my cool. We did let him know he was being rude and he slightly changed his attitude and we had another waiter attend to us. All in all, the food was very delicious and came out rather quickly. I personally would not want to dine here again because of such poor service. However, the food is very good so if you have the patience to deal with staff that seems bothered to serve you then this is the place for you but I'll take my money elsewhere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Really delicious Middle East food in a nice reasonably quiet setting.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Most of my party of 6 liked the food and thought it was a good dinner choice. All felt the service was terrible, un-attentive, disorganized, unresponsive. For some, the food was overcooked and delivered warm, not hot, not cold -- hard to both overcook and not serve hot but they managed. Clientele suggestions this is a popular liked ethnic place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Little chilly but overall great experience! The food was delicious but server hovered over much.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Server was not very attentive, she seemed distracted

Food was okay

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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