Tavira Restaurant

8401 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase
(301) 652-8684

Recent Reviews

Kate Kaminsky Murphy

Unique flavors. Great service.We enjoyed our meal. All of our party of three chose the prix fixe menu. There was a good selection of appetizers, mains, and desserts. The mussel appetizer was something special.Enjoy.

Jane Lyons

So delicious! Not many Portuguese restaurants around here, so this was a treat. Amazing bread, apps, entree, and the pastel de nata was INCREDIBLE. Fancy and good for a date night! Parking a little confusing.

Jim Tarrant

Went to Tavira tonight for my wife’s Groundhog’s Day birthday. The experience was excellent. The staff took all the proper CDC pandemic precautions but of course, the food was the star. We had some of the specials, which featured fish (though not only so). We had grilled mahi-mahi and grilled branzino both of which featured roast potatoes and spinach. The mahi-mahi also had grilled shrimp accompanying it. The fish were cooked to perfection: moist and flaking with a delicious pan sauce (I think it was). The young spinach leaves were braised in a delicious garlic mix, which was so flavorful and light.We also had appetizers. I had the grilled calamari, which were right at the point of being cooked sufficiently but not tuned into rubber bands. My wife had the burrata cheese (made from buffalo) with a delicious cherry sauce topping. Both were also very good. Finally, we had a tiramisu cake dessert. Divine.The wait staff were attentive and informative. The restaurant was not crowded but had a steady stream of customers the whole time we were there. Altogether, a very nice dining experience.

Bryan Riley

Good food, great service, fantastic birthday dinner!! The (grilled) calamari was arguably the best I've ever had. Although this was my first experience with Portuguese food it definitely will not be my last. Thank you again!!


The food was good but the atmosphere and off. The decor looked like an old cheesy Italian restaurant mixed with a garden party.


Had a private party for a birthday with about 25 people after congregating at the bar while people arrived. Lovely place, staff was excellent, (Horace!) drinks were great, but wished they had a little more selections for liquor and I felt like they were pressuring us to order the specials so we all ordered the same so the chef only had to make a few things, buuut the food was excellent (liver!) and I would absolutely go back.


Dined last night with another couple and everything was first class from beginning to end. Food and service were superb. Special thanks to our waiter, Horace who has been there since the restaurant opened in 1999. He explained the specials of the night clearly, and there were many which made the selections for each of us at our table difficult. I opted for the braised lamb shanks and they were mouthwatering as was the calamari appetizer. Soft live music was an added treat and enhanced the complete dining experience. We will return for sure!!!

Michael Webert

We traveled to Portugal before covid and fell in love with the food. Tavira is a wonderful place to find authentic Portuguese cuisine near home! The service was excellent and the food delicious. I’m incredibly happy to have a place like this nearby.I highly recommend the Medalhoes de Bife and the poached pear. The pastel de nata was also almost as good as the ones we got in Lisbon.


This is easily one of the best restaurants I've been to in the DMV. absolutely delicious from beginning to end. we started with burata, served over arugula and topped with a tomato jam that was both sweet and savory and complemented the creamy burata perfect. an incredible combination of flavors. we also had some tasty Portuguese rolls. my main course was the Bife Madeira steak. Madeira sauce was like a red wine sauce with either tomatoes or red pepper. it was incredible. rich, strong umami flavor complimented the steak and vegetables perfectly. this was the perfect meal. and the atmosphere was lovely. quiet with low lighting and the soft sound of Portuguese music in the background. staff was lovely and extremely hospitable. so glad we decided to eat here.


We were stuck in traffic on the beltway and beyond hungry. We decided to get out of traffic and eat at the nearest restaurant. And, that is how we stumbled upon this lovely restaurant. Our waiter was eager to please! The fish special, the bacalhau and salmon were all beautifully prepared. And to top it all off, a taste of dessert port to cap our meal.

Danusia Hubah

What a hidden gem! I visited recently for the first time, not knowing what to expect and was blown away! The dinner was amazing, elegantly prepared and so delicious, the dining room was beautiful, and the service was so fantastic. I went with a tasting menu, and every dish was more delicious than the last. Truly fantastic. Highly recommend!

Diana Domingues

A GEM!... The food is so delicious with generous portions. The restaurant is beautiful and the service very professional and friendly. Always a special experience.

Christopher L

We have been twice now and totally enjoyed both times. Excellent food, friendly service and nice atmosphere. We will return [email protected]


Wine, Food and staff are wonder. Special thanks to Mr. Hauraz (sorry if I spelled your name incorrectly:). Despite the great food and service the traffic was slow and I realized that their restaurant is inside of the building not right at the sidewalk. I hope this help everyone who is looking for a good food and wine get a chance to visit it.

Kim Randolph

I had a small reunion with some friends who I went to high school with in Portugal. It was an absolutely perfect evening; the ambience, the service and of course the food. Everything was wonderful. I will definitely come back.

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