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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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Good for Groups (11)
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Good for Birthdays (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
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)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (2)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 13, 2017

First time visit and plan to return soon, despite the 40+ min distance from us. Creative and interesting Mediterranean dishes as well as old standbys! Very nice modern, upscale decor.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 12, 2017

The hostess wasn't at her station. When she appeared she asked "do you want to be seated?" When I said I did, she turned and walked away. I suppose I was supposed to follow her. She didn't say, "please follow me," "sorry for the wait," "right this way," nothing.
We were a party of 4. The floor and our chairs were strewn with food and drink straw wrappers. Our waitress noticed this and said "oh yeah. Kids were seated here before you." She brushed off one of the chairs at our table, and left the trash on the floor at our feet. No effort was made to clean the mess and no apology came. No one seemed to care about the appearance of their dining area.
We ordered appetizers, entrees, cocktails and wine. It took a long time to flag down our waitress to take our order. We ordered more sangria when we ordered our entrees - it never came. We finally had to flag her down to get the wine and some water, which arrived minutes before the check. She also didn't split the check, even though she said she would.
The bottom line is, the food at Lebanese Taverna is quite good, but from the door to the check, the service is not good. Our party of 4 agreed we aren't likely to return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Overrated-food quality not consistent with price. Tysons restaurant has better food

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Nothing outstanding to write about. Didn't love the ambiance and the food was simply OK. Will not go out of my way to go back.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 4, 2017

It is sad to see a restaurant that started as such a wonderful family restaurant in Arlington devolve into its current state. Loutish service and gross food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

When we arrived, the restaurant was almost empty, so we were surprised that after more than 5 minutes we had to wave down a waiter and ask for service. Once our waiter did attend to us, the service was fine--but it's annoying to be in an empty restaurant and be basically ignored. Still, would recommend Lebanese Taverna. The food is consistently delicious, and the white sangria is excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2017

My friend and I had a wonderful dining experience at Lebanese Taverna. The food, wines, dessert and service were 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. Our server was amazing and made great recommendations for all of our courses and they were spot on! The Lamb Fatteh, Kibbeh and Baklava Cheesecake were very delicious!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Excellent food. Nice atmosphere. Had a nice get-together with friends and were able to talk.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Dining on a Wednesday night in near empty restaurant. The surroundings are elegant, but the food pedestrian. Appetizers came out quickly, but the entree delivery was delayed by who knows what. Our waitress kept apologizing. Unfortunately when the food arrived it was at room temperature. Good selection of Lebanese red wines. Baklava was delicious.

Tags: Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Had dinner here outside during Bethesda Row restaurant week, and it was totally pleasant. Really good food, not THAT affordable, and the outdoor seating isn't ideal — wobbly, vaguely on the sidewalk, etc. That said, it was a really nice casual date and the portions were big enough that we had leftovers for lunch the next day. I'll probably be back (especially because I live next door) but won't make it a priority.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 17, 2017

They were not busy and the food was not as good as it has been in the past. All in all there are bettthesda.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 17, 2017

It's time to replace the cushions and/or renovate, 4/20/17 Bethesda, MD

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Dining at Lebanese Taverna was a great way to celebrate Greek Easter without the necessity of cooking at home. It was like eating at Grandma's!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Really good and nice! Food is delicious

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Easy public pay-parking, nice walkable neighborhood. Great food and service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2017

We always enjoy our meals at Lebanese Taverna: wonderful service, too.
Great value for excellent foo.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 9, 2017

the services it was bad most of food below expectation even some order it was out of it the bread it was not as to the expectation the price it was highs before it use to be better than this vist

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Excellent choice for those interested in sampling Middle Eastern cuisine.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 5, 2017

The food is consistently very good, including both the quality of the ingredients and the preparation. Two small plates (Arnabeet and shakshouky on this occasion) costing $8 each are enough for one person at lunch unless it is the major meal of the day, aas this meal was. I added Kibbeh Nayeh, my favorite lamb dish, for a filling meal. The list of wines by the glass is brief, but well chosen and reasonably priced. The service is uneven from one visit to another, but it was very good on this occasion. I love the seats by the large windows because there is lots of natural light. The interior of the restaurant is rather dark, in large part due to the dark brown finishes.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Service a bit rushed, not much knowledge of available draft beer and food was good but not great. A bit disappointing.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Pleasant surprise visiting from out of town. Food was delicious.

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great food, busy, noisy

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Great first date location! Appetizers were very good. Food was a little slow coming.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 10, 2017

All guests commented on value. There is no way they felt the amount of food presented was worth $60 a head. Nothing wrong with the quality but definite disconnect with the value. It felt like we were charged more than double what we actually ate.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 10, 2017

So disappointing. We went for a birthday dinner but there was nothing to celebrate about the food. The hummus combo was no better than what you would buy at a grocery store. The salmon entree was dry and overcooked. The zucchini entree lacked any seasoning. We have not been to the restaurant in a long time. We will not be going back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Great value for money with excellent food that is authentic...highly recommended!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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