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About Tavira

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.

8401 Connecticut Ave
0
Chevy Chase, 20815-5803
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Portuguese, Mediterranean

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

Cross Street:
Chevy Chase Lake Dr

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:

Website:
http://www.tavirarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Every 2 Friday of the month, sign up for the Tavira - email/list http://tavirarestaurant.com/signupform.html

Parking Details:
Free parking! -- evening garage parking, too

Executive Chef:
Duarte Rebolo

Private Party Contact:
Duarte: (301) 652-8684

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Tavira Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Excellent dinner and interesting collection of wines, particularly Portuguese possibilities. And it was wonderful to be able to have a conversation with having to raise one's voice to be heard.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2016

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2016

The food was scrumptious and the service just attentive enough. When my husband ordered a glass of port after dinner, the host offered a free small glass for me--a very nice touch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2016

This is our 4th time here. Food is consistently good, as is the service. The atmosphere is pleasant and you can actually converse across the table at a reasonable volume. Excellent for a special occasion or romantic dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2016

Tavira is a delightful dining experience. Wonderful seafood, excellent salads. Service is perfect: attentive and solicitous, but never intrusive. We are going back soon and taking our friends!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Interesting food and wine choice. The wait staff is knowledgeble, but not too attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2015

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2015

We recently celebrated my dad's birthday at Tavira. The food was excellent and our server was attentive and patient. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2015

The menu is varied and gives many choices.
The service was very spotty, from a server who completely ignored a question we asked her, to servers who tried to serve us another table's food.
I enjoyed my food.
So my review is mixed.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2015

As always, excellent food and warm welcome. We enjoyed hake, dorade, and classic Portuguese desserts -- but I've never had an unhappy meal at Tavira.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2015

The portions were small and the server could hardly understand us in English. They advertise free parking and tried to deny it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2015

The food was delicious and the presentation was great. My husband had the kebab and he loved how it was displayed and tasted. The restaurant was cozy with adequate lighting. Many cozy places are so dim and dark.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2015

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2015

Great place for fish and seafood cooked mediterranean style. Very consistent in the quality of dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2015

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2015

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2015

We had a very nice dinner at Tavira recently, the food and the service was great. We would definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2015

White tablecloths & nice table settings, charger plates (where else are you going to get that!), attentive but not bothersome staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2015

located in an office building, we thoroughly enjoyed the Sangria (yum) and our different
appetizers and selections. Friendly and accommodating staff. I'll return the next time I'm at NIH.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2015

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2015

We went to celebrate my wife's birthday. Food and service were excellent. The only disappointment was that we had indicated the occasion on our reservation, but nothing was said or done by the restaurant staff to acknowledge the event.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2015

The food was well prepared and enjoyed greatly. But we had problems understanding the waiter.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2015

We returned to Tavira for a second year, celebrating our 22 wedding anniversary. We were again very pleased with the food, wine, and ambiance. Thank you, Tavira!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2015

My favorite place; had a great time 29th anniversary dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 5, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2015

The $25 prix fixe menu (Sun-Thu) is a great value. A lovely quiet restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 28, 2015

The atmosphere was cool, the food delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2015

Good experience at Tavira. Lovely place, quiet, easy access and parking, great service and, best of all, really good food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2015

Our party of four had four different entrees and all were perfect. The waiter was elegant and experienced, the ambiance was lovely, the location is convenient to the Beltway on Connecticut Avenue, and parking is ample and free. Perfect!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 27, 2015

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2015

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 19, 2015

The service is always excellent as it was yesterday. I had a marinated lamb sandwich and I found the meat was a little too well done. A little bit blackened on some edges. So would not get that particular dish again. My husband enjoyed his fish dish.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2015

The service is fantastic, the food is good, and you can actually hear the conversation among your table conversants.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 22, 2015

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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