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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.
Chevy Chase, 20815-5803
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
Chevy Chase Lake Dr
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Every 2 Friday of the month, sign up for the Tavira - email/list http://tavirarestaurant.com/signupform.html
Free parking! -- evening garage parking, too
Private Party Contact:
Duarte: (301) 652-8684
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Tavira Ratings and Reviews
Monk fish melted in mouth, salted cod (a rare find) was found to be first rate, Steak (NY Strip) was succulent. Vegetables cooked to that perfect "al dente" and puree'd veg soup was first rate.
No room left for dessert... sigh.
Wait staff were attentive...
Tavira is quiet (yea!) and food is excellent: not necessarily trendy, just very good ingredients cooked with skill and plated appropriately.
Tavira is a Portuguese restaurant in a most unlikely location -- an office building in the MD suburbs. The food wasn't that unusual -- though we loved the prominence of fish -- but the setting and service were lovely: quiet, elegant, attentive but unobtrusive service. The restaurant had a surprising number of diners for a suburban location and week night, which recommends it as a good spot for a nice dinner.
We have lived within 5 miles of Tavira, which is just off Conn Ave near the CityBikes store, for a decade and finally stopped for dinner last week. What a find! The staff is charming, the rooms are comfortable with great ambiance (we were in one of the smaller side rooms, which would be great for a group to reserve), and we all loved our very fresh fish (only suggestion was to make more fishes dishes without shrimp for those who don't eat shrimp). Wine was good, too, and everything was very nicely priced
If you've never been there, it's a bit of a challenge finding Tavira in the basement of an office building. But once you do, the food choices are numerous and tasty, and the ambiance is pleasant. I encourage checking out their menu online before you go. There are many choices and it's helpful to have an idea of what your options are. All in all, it was a delicious meal.
My wife and I have been going to Tavira for over a decade, but unfortunately the quality has been going down. They used to serve whole grilled fish with terrific sides and excellent sangria. Now the food is mostly bland with the sides lumped all together on the main plate. For New Year's eve, the choices were very limited and not well presented. I ordered a Corvina, which was a tasteless filet (years ago you would have gotten the whole fish, cooked with the skin as in Portugal), and my wife ordered a filet mignon, which was only average. You would never know this was a Portuguese restaurant, as the authentic flair and detailed attention to the food preparation is gone. Whole grilled sardines and roasted duck used to be wonderful. Now, the sardines are rarely ever on the menu and the duck has lost its special preparation. The sangria might as well be fruit juice, as there's very little alcohol in it anymore. Real shame. This restaurant used to be a unique gem.
This Portuguese/continent restaurant has the kind of old-school charm that's become hard to find. There is always a long list of specials, with many that repeat regularly, and the kitchen does a good job with them. Good appetizer choices are the grilled calamari and the crab-stuffed avocado. Seafood is always fresh, and meat is well prepared. For desserts, the fried milk is a good one you'd be hard pressed to find elsewhere. The wine list is good. The wait staff are professionals who can make good wine recommendations. Tavira is not easy to find, but it's worth it. Parking is very convenient--you can enter the restaurant through a free parking garage.
I used to work i n the building where Tavira is and thought it was pretty good then. So a couple friends and I decided to try it now for lunch. Still the same beautiful, quiet restaurant. However, we could hardly understand our waiter and just guessed at what he was saying since we all knew what we were having. I ordered the Cobb Salad (one of my favorites) and asked for ranch dressing on the side. I've never seen a cobb salad that looked like the one they served. It did have eggs and bacon and the chicken was thin strips of very dry chicken. No avacado, no tomato. He brought me the dressing and it definitely was not ranch. Unless it had gone sour. I didn't complain because it was just too hard communicating with the waiter. I'm well aware that I should have asked to talk to the manager. I'm wondering if this experience is proof of the saying 'never eat fish in a restaurant on Mondays - you'll get what's left over from the weekend. Granted, it wasn't fish but the chicken MUST have been the leftovers.
Tavira is a wonderful restaurant in the Chevy Chase/Kensington area. The food is Mediterranean and there are always a number of fish and meat dishes (and at least one vegetarian dish). We've been going there for years and there is little turnover in the wait staff; they are very friendly and knowledgeable. We are usually in one of the small back rooms which is very quiet and wonderful for special conversations or events.
This is a great spot for a special occasion - the professional waitstaff will take care of you and make you feel like the old days - multi-course, nothing fusion or edgy, just quality fine dining with fresh Portuguese fare including classics like lamb chops, liver, all manner of fish.
Decent Portuguese food, nice quiet ambience. My paella dish was marred by use of a cheap kind of long-grain rice instead of the short-grain rice that makes the dish special. Very hard to get into the building at night - only one door in this large office building works, and there are no signs on the locked doors directing you to the right one.
Tavira is hidden away in the bottom floor of an office building and you enter through the parking garage. But once you are inside, you forget that you are in a windowless space. The restaurant is lovely, quiet, and spacious. There are several ante rooms suitable for private parties. The food is spectacular. The waiter recited at least 8 appetizer specials and as many main courses, mostly involving fresh fish. This is in addition to a menu of Portuguese dishes. Every dish we ate was both special and a special. I had hake, a rare find. It was served with a delicious broth along with clams and mussels. It was unusual and delicious. Even a relatively common appetizer, avocado stuffed with crabmeat, was exceptionally well prepared with an original dressing. I will do my best to introduce many of my friends to this place.
This was our first time with Portuguese food and we were excited to try it. The place is nicely decorated and the staff was friendly and helpful. The staff recommended different types of food to us as we were not familiar with the cuisine. We tried several different appetizers and mains and of course desserts. Each item was well made and flavorful. The cuisine reminded us a bit of spanish food and some mediterranean flavors. We will definitely go back if we're in the area.
Grilled calmari appetizer, fabulous. Monk fish special, spectacular. Arroz Valencia, unbeatable. Our waiter, Pepe was professional, knowledgeable, attentive without being over bearing, truly loved his restaurant and made us want to return to samle more of Tavira's incredible fare. Finally, the prices were very reasonable for the quality and preparation of the food, the very definition of great value.
We've been there several times - mostly in the company of another couple with whom we want to talk. Talk is the operative word. Despite the fact that the room was crowded on a Saturday evening, the decibel level was low enough for us to hear each other without straining. It made for a relaxed and pleasant evening, something increasingly rare in local restaurants.
The food is very good - nothing actually outstanding, but nothing less than good. Definitely for traditionalists with lots of fish (very nicely done and the Dorade is boned at the table by an expert). The vegetables that accompany the meals are still crunchy, not mushy, and nicely seasoned.
Portions are also important - enough food, but we left after an appetizer, main course and dessert feeling as if we were full, but not overstuffed -- something else that is increasingly rare in local restaurants. That may also have to do with the fact that we felt able to linger over our food and talk - the relatively quiet atmosphere encouraged slowing down the whole process and letting one course settle before another arrived.
Dinner took two hours - not to be recommended with small children (nothing here lends itself to small children. We have four kids - all grown now - and this would never have made my list of recommended when they were little. White tablecloths, no crayons, etc.) but a pleasant way to spend an evening with (adult) friends.
The restaurant was empty, only another table was occupied. Of course service was prompt & food OK.
Plenty of parking but being in the basement of an office building it was a bit difficult to find. If taking the elevator customer has to cross a covered parking garage, otherwise need to use stairs. Nice decor.
The service was good. The ambiance was verry nice. This would be a good place for a romantic dinner, though the restaurant was pretty empty, so don't know how it would be on a busy night. The food was mixed. We had the Pasteis de Bacalhau, a fried cod croquette. It contained lots of cod but was very oily and didn't have much taste. We both had dinner specials. My wife had hake with shrimp, clams, and mussels. The side was saffron rice. The the seafood was mostly good though the shrimp were a little over done and the sauce was flat. The saffron rice was very wet and had little taste. I had the lamb shank with a risotto and pea side. It was tasty and the lamb fell off the bone. Though both entrees were good, we don't think they were worth the premium price charged as the special.
Overall, our meal was so-so and we're not likely to go back.
The entrance to the restaurant is not well marked and was difficult to find, especially since we arrive after the main building was closed.
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