Editors' pick

Tavira

Portuguese
$$$$ ($15-$24)
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Editorial Review

2011 Fall Dining Guide
By Tom Sietsema
Sunday, October 16, 2011

My young waiter suggests I might enjoy tonight's appetizer special of grilled baby squid with lime. "If you don't like it," he says earnestly, "I'll eat it and bring you something else." I can always count on engaging service at Tavira. But another lure of this basement restaurant in Chevy Chase is something more rare: the chance to feast on the rustic food of Portugal. I'm talking golden, fluffy-centered cod fritters; spicy roast chicken with a field of hot potato chips; fish staged with chorizo and chickpeas; and the justly famous soup of shredded kale, potatoes and sausage known as caldo verde. The low-ceilinged dining room is showing its dozen years, but there's no denying Tavira's sense of hospitality. As a companion and I are making short work of a sumptuous poached pear and a jiggling flan, we receive another treat: shots of port, on the house, just because.

Reader Reviews

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Great food and service

We went to Tavira to take advantage of a Groupon, but our experience was so good that we plan to go back. The appetizers and entrees we ordered were all delicious. I particularly enjoyed the grilled calamari appetizer (grilled octopus is usually on the menu but wasn't available that night) and the paella I had for dinner. The waiter was attentive and kind, and our water glasses refilled often. There were musicians playing on this Friday night, which was very enjoyable and added to the ambience. Altogether a great experience, although don't expect a budget meal here.