8401 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase
Impressed with the covid precautions. Wonderful and welcoming staff. We enjoyed the Saturday night specials, shrimp bisque, grilled calamari, lamb.shank.and corvina. A good Portuguese white wine matched our food selections well. It was good to get out and enjoy a Saturday night date with my hubby.
My wife and I had been wanting to try this place ever since we came back from Portugal in September 2019 but then COVID hit not long after then. We finally went yesterday and the food and service were excellent. They also did a great job with following COVID protocols with well-spaced tables, sanitizer bottles at each table and individually-wrapped silverware. We'll definitely be making our way back here.
This is unquestionably one of the most pleasant restaurants in the region. Every time I go there I am highly happy. They hold their very high standard service and the topmost level of dishes they serve. You can never go wrong with this place. Highly recommended.
The saudade was too much not to have some Portuguese food, and we couldn't have a better family lunch. Started with grilled lulas, and choriço assado. We had bacalhau several ways, pasta with seafood, and the house beef - some are house recipes. Portuguese wine and beer complemented the meals. We ended with several deserts including a pastel de nata and a galão. Nicest owner you'll meet-he was everything today. Truly a Portuguese experience at it's best. If you are Portuguese, visited, or are planning to go this will be a great place to have a small taste of Portugal. We'll definitely come back and will recommend to anybody.
I wanted to give this place a better rating but... My wife and I were the only people in the restaurant and the waiter got the order wrong. Come on man. Write it down. Plus I had to go looking for the waiter to tell him the order was wrong. He did attempt to fix it but I did not want to wait while my wife sat eating in front of me. My food(wrong order) was decent but my wife's steak was very tough. She barely ate any of it. When I was a waiter and I saw someone barely eat their meal I would ask if there was anything wrong with it and try to make it right. They didn't ask anything Just boxed it up to go. I'm not sure if this was their way of trying to make it up to us but they brought us two glasses of port on the house. Problem is we ordered two glasses of port for an after dinner drink. So now we are sitting there with four glasses of port. That's a lot of port to down when you are basically ready to leave. Nothing was compensated on the bill.
My daughter and I had another outstanding dinner at Tavira last evening...my rockfish entree was superior and her Corvina fish filet topped with shrimp was unbeatable...Our server Marco was great. Over the years I have enjoyed many meals at Tavira and I look forward to many more lunches and dinners there. Duarte is the owner and greets us warmly wheneverhe sees us. Margo
Yesterday was the first time we went to this fine restaurant. But It is no doubt not the last time. We had a good time with the efficient service, with the first-rate food and booze and with the friendly charge. We will no doubt go back there soon.
Service good. My steak was cold and full of grizzle. Took particular exception to the fact that the server was so enchanted by our daughter he ignored the fact that it was my 65th birthday and catered to her adnauseum. Seems to me a server would pay more attention to the senior member of the party, at least out of respect!
Just amazing Portuguese food. It was all good. The Pernil Madeirensa, too me, was the winner if I had to choose the best dish. The meat just fell off the bone. You will not be disappointed! Duarte was splendid and an amazing host. Can I give 6 stars? -Pedro & Miguel
Fantastic food, wine, ambience, and staff. You will think that you are in Portugal! A hidden gem in Bethesda/Chevy Chase. Thank you for treating all your customers like family and for cooking up the best portugese cuisine. I absolutely crave your soups and seafood. Support Tavira!!!
My top site for quality Portuguese food. Looking forward to a return visit. This place has many good reviews for a reason.
I just want to say that 5 stars is not enough to rate this place because it should be 10 stars ,I have no words to express my gratitude to the owner and staff of TAVIRA restaurant ,we had our wedding reception there on 08/22/2020 and it was amazing how great they worked it out ,everyone love the food, we love the food the place was so welcoming, beautiful ,elegant we all fall in love with the place .I want to thank you Mr Duarte for all you've done for us that day ,you made it so special that we will never forget from the bottom of my heart I thank you God bless you and we wish you the very best because you are so professional at what you do and your staff are the best ,I will recommend this place to everyone, they will make your special day more than special ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
I am so glad I finally stumbled into Tavira because it did not disappoint! Located in the basement of a nondescript office building, the restaurant and bar have a charming mid-90s-quasi-Euro decor that brings back good memories of simpler times. The Portuguese menu offers a variety of prix fixe options (which are an amazing deal...3 course meals in the $25-$33 range) and a wide a la carte menu as well. Our $33 meal was awesome, beginning with a big pot of mussels in a zesty tomato both for my other half and a delicious kale and chorizo soup for me. We both had the same entree which was a beautiful grilled skewer of monkfish, shrimp, scallop, onions, and peppers served over saffron rice. Dessert included a chocolate cake and a caramel flan. Service was very attentive and polished. Also for COVID they are taking safety very seriously: sterilized and wrapped flatware and hand sanitizer on every table. We were so impressed and can't wait to come back!
The food was appealing both to the palate and the eyes. Everything was prepared with great skill and care. The wait staff is pleasant and always there when needed. Great special occasion place. Worth the cost for such an incredible experience.
8401 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815