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Permanently Closed - Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda

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888 reviews
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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
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  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan
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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
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Phone number
(301) 951-8681
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Lebanese Taverna Bethesda is the perfect location for your rehearsal dinner, bar/bat mitzvah luncheon, networking reception or business gathering.
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Private party contact
Cherish Carswell: (703) 841-1502
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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
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Cross street
Arlington and Elm
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Parking details
Parking is available in the garage on Elm Street. Parking is $2.00 per hour.
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Public transit
The Bethesda Circulator stops right in front of the restaurant on Arlington Road
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Entertainment
International Karaoke - 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10:30pm. Arabic, English and French
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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
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
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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We have loved Lebanese Taverna Bethesda for many years and are very distressed that it is closing. Run by a local family, you always receive a warm welcome and delicious food. We have also often used their catering services and the food is wonderful and the staff in the catering section are always extremely accommodating. The Bethesda restaurant will be sorely missed but we will be sure to go dine at the other locations.

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We have enjoyed meals here before. However, our waiter was very unaccommodating. My guest asked for a schwarma sandwich with no fries and instead a salad. The waiter would not provide the sandwich without the fries even though we offered to pay for the salad separately. My wife ordered the beet salad. the waiter automatically said we don't have it as not in season. He allegedly went back to the kitchen and said it was ok to order the beet salad. We ordered tea after the meal, which the waiter did not bring until we had paid the check and had to remind him about the tea. My guest ordered salmon which she said was inedible.
Quite frankly we will have to think long and hard about our other options before returning to this restaurant.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Eggplant dish was not identified as being fried and it was deep-fried. We arrived for our 7:00 p.m. reservation and were seated without being told that our friends were already there. We waited 20 minutes before calling them, only to find out they'd been seated elsewhere. Very poor attention to detail. Food was fair but nothing special.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

A good meal was had by all! We dined after a movie on a Sunday and it was quiet - not crowded. We enjoyed our meal and the waiter was helpful. Two thumbs up!

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Hadn’t dined here in awhile. Food was mediocre except for the hummus, which in consistently good.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went to the Lebanese Taverna for Valentines. Great food and great service.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great experience we’ll be back.

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1.0Dined on January 24, 2018

The service was poor from the way the hostess greeted us to the look of surprise on the face of the server when asked if the grilled vegetables were supposed to be served hot. The lamb skewers were tough, the fish dry and overall the meal was not good. My guest and I attempted to top if off with desert (Italian coffee w/Amaretto) This restaurant did not have Amaretto.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Had tabbouleh (salad menu), pumpkin kibble, chicken samosas, grape leaves (mezze menu), everything was fine. I always have the tabbouleh here as it is much better than what can found at other restaurants. Good service, no lags (was a slow night). Dessert okay, decided to try something new, don't remember what it was called but had coconut and pistachios. It was supposed to have some ice cream but I think it had completely melted by the time it arrived. Have had the chocolate lava cake and another with sesame and cheese, both of which were much better.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Very pleasant meal. Not fussy. Casual. Good food. Fair prices. Attentive service. Nothing stellar or especially noteworthy but everyone enjoyed their meal and we will return when in the mood for middle eastern cuisine. Plenty of reasonable parking in adjacent underground lot. Preferable to dealing with congestion in county lot up the street.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

At lunch on a Friday, the restaurant was lightly populated, quiet and pleasant--especially at
our table next to the big window facing westward. We were well attended by our waiter.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 30, 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.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 11, 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!

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5.0Dined on November 30, 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!

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food and wonderful and kind service!

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3.0Dined on November 25, 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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4.0Dined on November 19, 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.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent service and tasty food - something for everyone!

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on November 5, 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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