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Tavira

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Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
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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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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Went to Tavira in April 2015 with a Groupon. Hard to find as it's in the basement of an office building. Charming and cozy with a great menu. Food was outstanding as was the service. Vowed to be back and went with a different friend in December 2015. Had the same waiter who recognized me and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
tlenihan
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Falls Church, Virginia
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Falls Church, Virginia
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to Tavira in April 2015 with a Groupon. Hard to find as it's in the basement of an office building. Charming and cozy with a great menu. Food was outstanding as was the service. Vowed to be back and went with a different friend in December 2015. Had the same waiter who recognized me and welcomed me back! Tried... More 

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Glen Echo
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was looking for someplace different to take my family for dinner and I'm glad to have found Tavira. Hidden in a nondescript office building, once inside you are treated to a professional ambiance and highly delectable Portuguese fare. The someleir and waiter were very sweet with our bickering grandparents.. Price point is appropriate.. Overall a very positive experience.

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Thank Mop Z
Columbia, Maryland
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Great location and parking. The space had a quiet ambiance with nice decorations. Wait staff was helpful. We had the fish and lamb dishes. Both offerings were fresh and tasty. Tavira has really earned those numerous awards with this fine Mediterranean fare. Don't forget to look at online coupon sites to help with the check.

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1 Thank lynnojohnson
Arlington, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I hosted a company holiday party at the restaurant.We had an amazing time. The food, the ambiance, the service, everything was superb. We couldn't ask for a better time!

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Thank KAMILA M
Potomac, Maryland
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Very good food, with variety of fish and meat dishes. Friendly helpful service Easy to find and easy parking

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Kensington, Maryland
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Tavira provides an elegant dining experience for a less than reasonable price. Decor is serene, service is attentive, cuisine is genuine Portugese, and recommendations from the wine list are just right. All four of us had cod in various preparations, all elegantly plated and delicious.

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1 Thank WILLIAM B
Gaithersburg, Maryland
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Tavira is a first class restaurant. The food is absolutely amazing, as is the service. Our waiter, Alvaro, was very attentive, knowledgeable about the menu selections, the specials and their methods of preparation. My wife (family from Madeira) and I are always happy to recommend Tavira to friends and family. Tavira has an extensive wine list and their Vinho Verdes... More 

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1 Thank Lloyd B
Chevy Chase, Maryland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Tavira is in the most nondescript location. The entrance is in a parking garage of an office building. A big surprise awaits! The interior is beautiful, the tables nicely spaced, and the place is quiet and conducive to conversation. The first clue to how wonderful the meal would be was our interaction with a knowledgeable, friendly, top-notch waiter. He recited... More 

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1 Thank Elliott M
Silver Spring, Maryland
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

My father's mother was born in the Azores, so we decided to take my parents to Tavira for their 62nd anniversary. Hearing Fado as we entered, brought back memories of Lisbon. Dinner is served on beautiful Portuguese dishware. Great service, I was surprised at how fast our appetizers arrived. I chose the artichokes with linguica, followed by Franga Piri-Piri. The... More 

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1 Thank 03Mikme
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Wonderful cuisine and service. Our group of 22 could not have been more pleased with the service or menu at Tavira. Every detail of our luncheon was taken care of in an efficient manner and to everyone's liking. We would definitely return to Tavira. Ellen L.

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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, European, Portuguese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Families with children

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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