Tavira Restaurant

8401 Connecticut Ave, Lower level garage, 8401 Connecticut Ave LL, Chevy Chase
(301) 652-8684

Recent Reviews

Samantha Monteith

This spot seems like a local institution. They had live music- two guitarists playing in the background. The atmosphere was perfect and the food was really tasty as well. The restaurant is underground with no windows but the murals and lighting make it seem as if you’re transported to Portugal. Overall, an older clientele but a lovely spot.Parking: There’s a free parking lot for customers to use.Wheelchair accessibility: There’s a ramp to enter the restaurant to accommodate those in wheelchairs.

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 4

Service: 4

Recommended dishes: Garlic Prawns, Grilled Calamari, Salad, Caesar Salad, Risotto Frutti Di Mare

Steviejr

High quality food and a really good brunch menu. Highly recommend the lasagna and some of the other brunch item menus. Drinks are good and parking is free.

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Anne S.

Beautiful ambience, nice staff. The food has rich flavors. But, the beef/steak was very tough. For sure this was not marinated in advance. The desserts are delicious, though very small portions.

John Schwab

It's always a welcome treat to indulge a bit on dinner with loved ones, even more so when your hosts put that extra effort into the experience. Such was our experience last night at Tavira—a wonderful evening, top to bottom. You'll learn a bit about Iberia's take on seafood (try the bacalhau jardinheira). Take their word on a good wine pairing, and try the 'pastéis de nata' for dessert to top off your meal!

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Ross W.

Oustanding food & service for a dinner wedding. Servers were attentive, food selection superb, and wines recommended to us were perfect to go with foods ordered. The owner was very friendly, too.

Becky Elkins

Best restaurant in the area!

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Bonnie D.

Tavira has long been my favorite restaurant. Quiet, excellent food and friendly, efficient service. Convenient for parking and handicapped access. European ambiance, and sometimes live classical guitar. Always a lovely evening.

Juan A. B. Belt

I had not been in a while and went last week with another couple. Everyone loved their meals. I had the rockfish, which was very fresh and perfectly cooked. I plan to start going more regularly. An advantage in winter is the parking, which is covered, connected to the restaurant, and free.

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Recommended dishes: Bolo De Chocolate

Mario F Santana

The waiters make a mistake with your order and they become Liars! And ruin your whole night, this is a hangout by the

Atmosphere: 1

Food: 1

Service: 1

Christian Gautrois

We order some calamari but was bland and chewy not good I think was frozen the bread bad quality the service good but not great the codfish was good but too much oil the soup was good the place need some refreshing too old

Atmosphere: 3

Food: 2

Service: 3

G.B. Reed

Great meal. Definitely go for the three course meal. Everything was fantastic. Waiter had what seemed to be four pages of the daily menu specials memorized.Restaurant was a little difficult to find at night, as the entrance is located in the bottom of the parking garage.

Atmosphere: 4

Food: 5

Service: 5

Ivo Krznar

Tavira is unfortunately a typical DC restaurant with low quality, untasty, overpriced food. Pluses: good service, OK ambient. But food is a disgrace. We had calamary, mussels as apetizers; daily choice of fish and veal scallopini as main dishes. All four dishes had no taste. I wonder if the chef ever eats what she/he cooks. But again, there are hundrends or this kind of restaurants in DC unfortunately and people who have never been abroad and have never tried real food give high rating to restaurants that should be out of business

Atmosphere: 3

Food: 1

Service: 4

Leanne Tobias

Have been dining at Tavira for years and love it. Spectacular Portuguese food, excellent service and a comfortable location.High points here include the tempting array of specials — a wide variety of thoughtful seafood and meat dishes and, if you’re not in the mood for the specials, the 3-course prix fixe dinner ($38 as of late 2023 and an excellent value.) The standard a la carte menu can be rewarding, too. Recent winners have included the grilled squid appetizer and swordfish steak specials. The pork shank (available on the prix fixe and a la carte menus) is one of my favorites, as is the iconic clams and chorizo appetizer. Desserts are light and delicious — save room.The servers at Tavira are experts at presenting the list of specials with drama and delivering each course with impeccable timing. Service is thoughtful and attentive.The location is quirky: in the basement of an office building on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase Lake. But tables are well-spaced, the dining area is comfortable and the atmosphere is relaxing.Highly recommended.

Atmosphere: 4

Food: 5

Service: 5

Luiz Sene

Unfortunately, this was not a good experience. My Bacalhau a la grelha was not tasty, with fishbone and raw skin. The price was higher for the quality of the food. Burrata was good also the cocktail Gin Tonic. The Pudim de Leite was not good either.

Atmosphere: 3

Food: 2

Service: 3

Recommended dishes: Salmao Grelhado Grilled Salmon with Potatoes and Vegetables in Lemon-Butter Sauce, Arroz Valenciana

Robert Cox

Plan to go back

Atmosphere: 4

Food: 5

Service: 5

Recommended dishes: Pork Shank, Frango À Piri-Piri

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