Tavira

4.2
578 reviews
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$30 and under
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Portuguese

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About

Tavira is a classy and sophisticated restaurant that specializes in Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant's interior features a spacious, open dining room with warm colors and white linen tablecloths over round tables. Tavira has been serving the area since 1999. It's a great destination for a romantic date or an intimate dinner with family and close friends.

Begin the meal with a classic appetizer like fresh clams with olive oil and white wine, stuffed ravioli with ricotta cheese and tomato cream sauce or sautéed shrimp in white wine and garlic. For the main course at Tavira, choose from a variety of pasta, meat and seafood dishes. Options include penne pasta with sundried tomatoes, olives, artichokes, peppers, roasted garlic and basil oil, fresh calf liver steak with caramelized onions, bacon and aged red wine vinaigrette and grilled rainbow trout served with lemon butter sauce and vegetables.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Portuguese, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Duarte Rebolo
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Private party contact
Duarte: (301) 652-8684
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Cross street
Chevy Chase Lake Dr
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Parking details
Free parking! -- evening garage parking, too
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Entertainment
Every 2 Friday of the month, sign up for the Tavira - email/list http://tavirarestaurant.com/signupform.html
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of the few quiet restaurants in the DC area that also serves very good food. Especially strong on fish dishes.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, nice ambiance!

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GV
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We keep going back because the food never disappoints. The specials are particular stand-outs so listen to the list carefully. Check for the schedule of music; we were treated to a guitar duo on one Saturday night who were fabulous. Parking is easy and the ability to have a conversation with your dining companions is a huge plus.

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S
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTASTIC restaurant with fish rivaling that on the coast of Portugal. Wonderful value as well. Fresh and large portions.

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DR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is simply outstanding....Caldo verde, the most delicious lamb chops and seafood. Excellent desserts that you would not have anywhere else.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh and delicious! Attentive service without suffocating. Excellent wine choices and very knowledgeable wait staff.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. The service was fantastic.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The calf liver steak was out of this world and we really enjoyed their Portuguese wine, service, and live music!

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F
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Excellent waiter

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n
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The meal, Caesar salad w/chicken was quite good. Coffee was just o.k., would not order dessert again. Bread pudding way too sweet and the chocolate mousse was mostly whipped cream from a can.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food although I have never been to Portugal. I have made two visits. I have had the strip steak, which was not very tender. The second time I had the Bacalau with peppers and rice. Lite taste and delicious.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

we have been twice now - and have now decided it is our "go to" restaurant.
we loved it.

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V
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! I definitely would return to try more dishes.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the unique menu and quality of the food.

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s
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A 70th birthday party for seven was turned into a special event. Tavira provided excellent service and the menu and food quality was appreciated by the guests. We will be back!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, service and ambience. Free and very convenient parking. A bit pricey...we got the specials (were not told the price - should have asked, but really shouldn't have to ask). Excellent garlic shrimp appetizer.

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A
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a very nice tiem again at this restaurant, food and service are excellent. I will come back again.

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EI
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I've eaten here numerous times. Every time has been excellent. Whether for drinks and appetizers, a dinner date or a business meal, Tavira always delivers excellent service, a unique menu and delicious food.

It's good to see that I'm not the only one that feels it is worth getting off the beaten path a little. It's not out of the way, but it stands alone, about 1.5 miles from downtown Bethesda. Free parking and hard to believe $7 & $8 lunch take-out options. Completely worth the trip -- every time.

Do yourself and your friends/wife/colleagues a favor, eat at Tavira!

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H
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet, right off the beltway.

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L
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Always a pleasure -- even on a busy Saturday night! The specials were pricey but very well done. My kosher, lactose-allerfic friend had no trouble finding good choices.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, intimate setting with outstanding menu and service!

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W
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Friendly staff. A tad noisy since we were next to music and were there to talk with friends. Hosts should ask before seating.

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r
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had never been to Tavira but were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the exceptional service. And as icing on the cake, there was a guitar duo playing Spanish and Brazilian pieces that we love.

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PT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was not well seasoned; hence, it was boring. The seafood was overcooked. Not worth the price. Not worth going back for more. The service was good while we were the only people there, but it deteriorated when a special party started. I could not get a refill of my water glass, and it took a long time to get our bill, even though we had told the waiter when we arrived that we had a time constraint.

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J
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tavira is a gem. Excellent Portuguese food, fairly priced, in a quiet and pleasant room. As good as many lauded places, and quieter than most.

If it weren't in the basement of a bank building in the burbs it would be mobbed all the time.

Don't miss it.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Only real Portugese restaurant in DC. Great wines and good food. Pleasant service.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always very good cooking and pleasant service. Not much Portuguese cuisine in the area, so it is always nice to have such a reliable restaurant to return to for European/Mediterranean food. Wine list is also reasonably priced with a half-dozen vinho verdes. I had beef medallions in red wine sauce, and my friends had liver, pasta, and a fish of the day. Everyone really enjoyed their food Kudos to the chef. Not a "trendy" or glitzy play, and for those who prefer that, there are many choices in the DC area. In my opinion we need a few more places like Tavira, really good and good value.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! We went to celebrate settling on our house and it was perfect! Wish we had found it sooner, as we are moving out of the area. It would have become a regular visit. Thank you Tavira!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I always enjoy dining here. Never disappointed.

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HD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, the food was delicious. For the most part, so was the service. The only problem with the service was a delay in getting the check and another delay in taking the payment. The service bringing our food was excellent. It was a Friday evening and the restaurant was relatively crowded, so the delays with the check were understandable, although inconvenient.

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s
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

What a hidden gem! Went here for a birthday dinner because we like to try new places, and were pretty wowed. Good size menu with plenty of daily specials. We tried a lot of the offerings between the six of us and not one hit a sour note. Seemed like something for everyone, along with old-school service. I would recommend Tavira to anyone and will happily return.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Took my younger brother and his wife visiting from Portugal for dinner, food is always to our taste at Tavira and they also agreed with me, the free glass of Port at the end was a hit also and a surprise to my brother, as he said very rare or never in restaurants in Portugal.

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OT
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance---table cloths, lovely tableware, etc. The food is excellent; sauces very interesting without bring too heavy---and if one likes fish, they have ecellent choices---but good choices on other items. waiters are very nice. Parking couldnt be more convenient.

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good overall experience. I'm glad that I read in the reviews here ahead of time about the very strange location. The entrances and a parking garage of an office building. In the evenings it is free with plenty of space. The food is very good. I brought a friend who was visiting from Portugal and we were a little disappointed that there were no employees from Portugal other than the owner who was out of town for a month. The muscles were very good. My friend had the salted cod and said it was amazing and just like in Portugal. We went on a very hot evening and it was extremely hot in the restaurant. That took away quite a bit from the ambience but I'm sure on normal days it is much more pleasant. Good selection of Portuguese wines and ports at extremely good prices by the bottle.

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BA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious pork shank & expertly prepared swordfish. Very quiet & intimate restaurant experience

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DC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want to really enjoy a quiet, drawn-out dinner with delicious food in a beautiful European ambiance, Tavira is your place. Not much around Tavira (unless you drive afterwards into DC or across a road to get to Bethesda, but parking is free and you can truly enjoy an evening of reasonably-priced fine dining. Highly recommend the NY Strip Madeira and the famous cod dinner. They have a great prix-fixe too with a nice chocolate cake with mango dessert. Excellent service and we'll definitely be back.

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DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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E
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A pleasant restaurant with a Portuguese menu, good wine selection, and friendly service. It's inside an office building, which makes for very easy parking on the weekend since you can enter the restaurant directly from the parking garage. Good choice on the weekend for people with mobility issues.

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f
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Plus easy parking.A delightful spot. Good food. You can talk at normal voice.
Most pleasant. Pleasant staff.

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DS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A well run, excellent restaurant. We enjoyed the quiet atmosphere and the authentic Portugese food. Highly recommended.

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