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8401 Connecticut Ave, Ste LL, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-5835
+1 301-652-8684
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Duarte Rebolo was born in Madeira Island, Portugal, a popular European...
Duarte Rebolo was born in Madeira Island, Portugal, a popular European tourist spot. His career in restaurant service began there and so far has spanned about 25 years. He left Madeira to work for Celebrity Cruise Lines. It was here that he worked with world renowned Grand Chef Michel Roux. It was here that he met his wife Linda, and decided to move to the Washington area. While here in Washington, he worked at The Water Gate Hotel with Jean Louis Pallidin until Jean Louis Left. At this point the Pallidin became Aquarelle and the Chef was Robert Weidemaier. Duarte continued to work at The Watergate until his dream of opening his own restaurant came true. Tavira opened in November of 1999. The cuisine is primarily traditional Portuguese, as well as Mediterranean dishes. It has been given favorable reviews from the Washington Post, Washington Diplomat, The Gazette, Bethesda Magazine and Washingtonian Magazine 100 Very Best Restaurants. Duarte's professionalism, attention to detail and hard work will make you Dining experience a deligtful virtual escape to Portugal
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Casual Elegant

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Visitor rating
  • 35
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A Good Experience with a Few Dubious Notes

We were a party of four, two of whom had previously ordered and paid for a prix fixe three course meal. The other two, my wife and myself, were in possession of a $20-off coupon. We were informed that the policy of the restaurant was one check per table regardless; we accepted that -- with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
melvinius
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Reservations
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We were a party of four, two of whom had previously ordered and paid for a prix fixe three course meal. The other two, my wife and myself, were in possession of a $20-off coupon. We were informed that the policy of the restaurant was one check per table regardless; we accepted that -- with slightly raised eyebrows. The waiter... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

First time to Tavira was last Saturday, January 31. The three of us all agreed our food was very good. We had an early reservation (6:15 p.m.) and the restaurant was half full when we got there, maybe 2/3 full when we left. Our waiter (Rene?) was very good with recommendations and overall service. The fish dishes were terrific. We... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I debated over the rating for a long period of time. After reading the review you may feel my rating based on my experience is a bit harsh, but to actually experience it in person, I was completely appaulled! First, let me start off by saying that I purchased a Groupon dinner for two. It has a preselected menu which... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I've driven right by Tavira for years and never went in. We had dinner there and the food was good. So was the atmosphere. It lost points on the service. We asked to have the whole fish filleted in the kitchen so the squeamish diner did not have to see it. They said it had to be table side! We... More 

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Silver Spring, MD
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

It takes a little magic to turn the basement of an office building into a comfortable European restaurant, and Tavira has it. Service is solicitous without being intrusive. Bartender makes the best sangria in town--order a pitcher for the table. Food is delicious. And it's not too loud--a lovely place to go if you want to be able to actually... More 

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Fort Washington, Maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I love this restaurant! When I go in alone, I sit at the bar and the owner always stops and talks with me, the food is ALWAYS great, and the service is always as good as the food! I always get one of the daily specials of which there are normally at least 4 choices...in addition to the great menu!... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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188 reviews 188 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Tavira is the fourth restaurant to occupy this space, and clearly the best. The first tenancy was called Mrs. Carmack’s and was quite successful, though not nearly as elegant. It closed only upon the dear lady’s death. The next two were quite short-lived, and now we have Tavira, which Mrs Too and Ben consider top shelf by any measure. It... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We rang in the new year w our first visit to Tavira. What a great experience! Very pleasant setting - we were in one of several side rooms off the main dining room - great for a romantic evening. Wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. Menu was fixed b/c of the holiday w 4-5 choices for each course. We... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We enjoyed a lovely dinner, excellently prepared and beautifully served. It was a wonderful evening.

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Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Spent an excellent night at Tavira recently for a birthday dinner. Our group was a full-spirited 12 and the staff at Tavira didn't miss a beat with a group that size. We had to change our reservation more than once with additional people joining us and each time was handled with ease. We had a wide range of experience with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8401 Connecticut Ave, Ste LL, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-5835
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Chevy Chase
  • Phone Number: +1 301-652-8684

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Duarte Rebolo was born in Madeira Island, Portugal, a popular European tourist spot. His career in restaurant service began there and so far has spanned about 25 years. He left Madeira to work for Celebrity Cruise Lines. It was here that he worked with world renowned Grand Chef Michel Roux. It was here that he met his wife Linda, and decided to move to the Washington area. While here in Washington, he worked at The Water Gate Hotel with Jean Louis Pallidin until Jean Louis Left. At this point the Pallidin became Aquarelle and the Chef was Robert Weidemaier. Duarte continued to work at The Watergate until his dream of opening his own restaurant came true. Tavira opened in November of 1999. The cuisine is primarily traditional Portuguese, as well as Mediterranean dishes. It has been given favorable reviews from the Washington Post, Washington Diplomat, The Gazette, Bethesda Magazine and Washingtonian Magazine 100 Very Best Restaurants. Duarte's professionalism, attention to detail and hard work will make you Dining experience a deligtful virtual escape to Portugal
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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