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Tavira

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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 - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Voorhees, New Jersey
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68 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Some classmates got together for a mini-reunion, including 2 women who missed our 50th reunion last year. First we had drinks in the bar while waiting for our 7:30 reservation in a small, private dining room. The waitstaff was very attentive, quick to bring ice water and several baskets of warm bread and dishes of whipped butter. I started with... More 

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1 Thank Lu F
dlreb, Owner at Tavira, responded to this review

On behalf of our Tavira staff, I would like to thank you for the kind words. Please come back to vist again. More 

Rockville, Maryland
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360 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really interesting menu and specials, but really seem to not provide anything really good. Each item was a disappointment To the overly chewy calamari appetizer to tough and fatty duck entree. They use jarred garlic heavily in their spinach that makes it overpowering in the garlic with a strange taste. The expensive fish specials turned out to be overcooked. Result... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were given a gift certificate to Tavira so we made a reservation.Tavira is in the basement of 8401 Connecticut Avenue.It is an intimate setting with wall murals of Portugal. We had the trout and grilled salmon and they were both very good reasonably priced at about $20 each.The vegetables were very tasty.We had creme brulee for dessery.Excellent service.We recommend... More 

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dlreb, Owner at Tavira, responded to this review

Thanks so much for sharing your experience. We take a lot of pride in the quality of our food and service, and it's nice to know you were impressed. I appreciate the good words and hope to have you at our table again soon! Best wishes Duarte R Rebolo More 

MD
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to Tavira several times and used to always enjoy it and the service was always great. Our last few experiences have slowly gone downhill. The last time the waiter was not the usual Man and he was not attentive or good. He actually walked away while in the middle of taking our order to attend to another... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This gem is on the lower level of a business building in Chevy Chase. Terrific Portuguese food! The Bacalhau á Pobre and Bacalhau á Jardinheira were fabulous!

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Washington DC Metro
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As many reviewers have noted, Tavira is in a very odd location. It is my understanding that it is very popular at lunch for business professionals meeting clients or colleagues. I was there for dinner (when parking is easy, free and abundant). Tavira makes an excellent first impression - I would say it could be a "special occasion" restaurant. The... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We were there recently for a group event. Unfortunately we were squeezed together and it was noisy and uncomfortable, although the food was very good. We have eaten there many times as just a couple or with several friends and it was much more enjoyable.

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Los Angeles, California
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

It is located in an office building but once you go down stairs the experience begins.. The Sangria was great,, As far as the appetizers we could not decide at first between whats on the menu and the specials big decision my wi fe had the mussels i had the grilled calamari they we both fantastic.. As for dinner the... More 

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3 Thank Rod R
dlreb, Owner at Tavira, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write your review. I'm glad you and your Wife enjoyed your visit! It's great to know you received wonderful service from your waiter. We're always happy to accommodate you in any way we can. I'll be sure to pass your compliments along to my team. They all work hard and will be happy to... More 

Crofton, Maryland
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64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Food was attractively presented, but quality was disappointing. I ordered the shrimp bisque soup and the pork shank. The soup was too strong and the pork shank was almost all bone and fat. Service was excellent, but the food was not. Atmosphere is very nice. My fiancee ordered the ravioli, which was very good.

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dlreb, Owner at Tavira, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for rating us on TripAdvisor. We're sorry that our food didn’t meet your expectations. We sincerely hope that you will visit us again and give us a chance to leave a better impression. Best regards! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

My first time dining here. I have been driving by the restaurant for the past 5 years and decided last minute to dine there. Food and service was excellent. The waiter and servers were very nice as well as helpful and curteous. Their food was very good and served with timeliness but not rushed. 2 gentlemen were playing guitar while... More 

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dlreb, Owner at Tavira, responded to this review

Thanks so much for sharing your experience. We take a lot of pride in the quality of our food and service, and it's nice to know you were impressed. I appreciate the good words and hope to have you at our table again soon! Best wishes Duarte R Rebolo More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Portuguese, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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
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

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