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8401 Connecticut Ave, Ste LL, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-5803
+1 301-652-8684
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11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Mon 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Silver Spring
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65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tavira has a lot going for it - free nighttime indoor parking, a large dinner menu with daily specials, a fine, moderately priced wine list and great service. Four of us dined there on a recent Sunday night and the dinners included hake (cod) and beef medallions, with appetizers that varied from Gazpacho and salads, to sautéed shrimp in wine... More 

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Thank DaveHMaryland
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 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Portuguese and Mediterranean restaurant in the heart of Chevy Chase is a jewel. The décor takes one to the Europe with the spices of the Middle East. The food is great, everything taste delicious, the cod fish is fresh, and the salmon is wild. This word “wild” salmon is becoming like dinosaur most of the time some finest restaurant... More 

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Thank mariejosebonhomme
Kensington, Maryland
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The treatment of fish and seafood is delicate, tasteful and uniquely Portuguese. We've been coming here for years and never had a bad meal. There are a variety of house wines to compliment every dish. The desserts are delicious and often accompanied by a complimentary glass of Port. Tavira is the best kept secret of Chevy Chase!

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Thank Jb8nbau
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 

Potomac, Maryland
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84 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner at Tavira for the first time this month. We ordered the first Salt Cod entree on the menu and the Corvina daily special. Both were excellent ! The service and atmosphere were also first class. The only disappointment was that there was only one (1) Portuguese red wine available by the glass. Parking for dinner in the... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tavira is a gem. This charming restaurant provides excellent food in quiet elegance. We ordered lamb shank and cod (bacalao) and loved it. The lamb was served with risotto and the fish with potatoes, onions, and other vegetables. The bar was neat and orderly, which is a must for us. The service was very professional. I highly recommend it.

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Thank Nancy S
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 

Chevy Chase, Maryland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The atmospher was lovely, the service very good. The food was very good, but too rich for me--too much sauce with too much oil, cream (I think). I recommend it, with the caveat that if you can't tolerate much fat, you might want to rethink.

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Thank vcharro
Montijo, Portugal
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141 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We were recommended by some friends to visit this restaurant, as it was the only portuguese restaurant in the region. What a disappointment. The cuisine has nothing to do with the flavours and dishes we are used to taste. Improvising is not the best option to get clients. Having a portuguese name in the restaurant is not enough to be... More 

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Thank Jorge C
dlreb, Owner at Tavira, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! On behalf of everyone at Tavira, I would like to extend a warm thank you for choosing to dine with us recently. At Tavira, we are committed to delivering operational excellence to all of our guests. We pride ourselves on our hospitality, personalized service and the highest quality food. This is why your... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

At Ira is what you would expect from a top notch restaurant. Excellent service, great menu and daily specials that star. And let 's not forget their homemade sangria, delightful and not overly sweet as other places make it. Their signature salad featuring roasted beets and hearts of palm with mixed greens was accompanied by a light vinaigrette dressing t... More 

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Thank Michael S
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 

Washington Dc
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Located in the basement of an office building, this restaurant has managed to survive its sort of isolated location because of its great food and great service. It's a place for romantic date or to just have a long conversation. It's a lovely and peaceful atmosphere. Tables are nicely spaced and you can actually talk in a normal voice. It's... More 

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Thank momandmore
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 

Seaford, Delaware
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191 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I have eaten here several times over the last 15 years, and have never had a bad meal. Forgive me for not being able to repeat the names of dishes, but all of the fish and seafood meals are wonderful. The grilled calamari and mussels appetizers are not to be missed! Wonderful wine selections and yummy desserts to top it... More 

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Thank wlk902
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 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Cuisine
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8401 Connecticut Ave, Ste LL, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-5803
  • 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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