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Taste of Portugal in Chevy Chase @ Tavira

  • May 23, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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==> NEW MEMBERS or 1st TIME EVENT GO-ERS, if you have questions about the group, RSVPs, or the overall dining event process, visit our FAQs and our No-Show Policy.

==> RSVP Cancellation Cutoff for this Event is Thursday 8pm, 5/22. (Late Cancel applies after this)


Zagat Writes...

"So what" if it's in the "basement of a bank" – where else to keep a "neighborhood treasure" ask acolytes of this "wonderful" Portuguese "hideaway" in Chevy Chase, where "magicians with fish" and meat make "outstanding" dishes appear from the kitchen; the "attentive" staff suggests Med wines for a "white-tablecloth" meal in an "old-world" setting complete with "high" prices (bargain-hunters suggest the three-course daily prix fixe).

 Washingtonian Writes...

Here is traditional Portuguese cuisine served in a gracious Old World dining room. Similar to Spanish cuisine in the way Greek and Lebanese cooking are similar, Portuguese fare does have its own distinctive quality. This is best seen in preparations like Ameijoas na Cataplana, a stew of clams, sausage, presunto, and olive oil; the well-known caldo verde, a soup of puréed potatoes, kale, and Portuguese sausage; and cod fritters.

The Portuguese make much of cod. It shows up shredded and sautéed with olives, egg, and straw potatoes, and grilled with garlic and onions. Grilled chicken is made more interesting with the spicy pepper sauce known as piri piri, and grilled meats usually involve a sauce or demi-glace of sherry or port. The best of these are grilled lamb chops with port-wine sauce, a veal chop with dry sherry, and a New York strip with Madeira.

Seared steak topped with an egg is worth getting for the house-made potato chips, and calf's liver with onions and bacon is humble yet savory fare. Paella is probably best eaten elsewhere. A red-wine-poached pear with honey cinnamon ice cream is the winning dessert. The wine list is mostly Portuguese and Spanish, and reasonably priced.

Preview Dinner menu here.


==> Tax/Tip combo is our required 30% tax/tip policy ( see the FAQs for more details)
==> Limited to 15 slots

See you there!



CLOSEST METRO (Not within walking distance - take bus or taxi from metro stop if taking metro)Bethesda [Red Line]. 

For directions using the Metro, try using the Trip Planner at the WMATA website.

Need to Contact the Restaurant? [i.e. confirm location, notify to the group if running late, etc.]. Text on your phone to 466453 (GOOGLE) and type the restaurant name + the city/state in the message body. Google Business Services will text you back with the address and phone #!


1. Limited to 15 slots.

2. If you RSVP "YES" please make sure you can definitely make it. With 3,900+ members and limited seating, we cannot afford no-shows. It's unfair to the other members who would like to attend and also to the organizers who have to explain to the restaurant why the reserved # of guests didn't show (can damage our reputation). No-Show rules apply.

3. Event already full?, waitlist for the event!. Use the Waitlist option (the Organizer for each event will enable this as needed). Also, check back regularly as attendees have been known to cancel up to Noon the day of the event.

4. Billing (add 30% tax/tip to your bill). Remember, include the required 30% for tip / tax in addition to the food / beverages you order as defined in our FAQs.

5. NEW MEMBERS or 1st TIME EVENT GO-ERS, if you have questions about the group, RSVPs, or the overall dining event process, visit our FAQs and our No-Show Policy.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I just received notice of being moved off waist. It's 726 pm

    May 23, 2014

    • Stephen A.

      No problem if you can't make it. Had a late cancelation.

      May 23, 2014

  • Ann M.

    I'm on my way ... There in a few min

    May 23, 2014

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