Duarte Rebolo was born in Madeira Island, Madeira, a popular European tourist spot in the Atlantic Ocean. His career in restaurant service began there and so far has spanned about 20 years. Duarte left Madeira to work for Celebrity Cruise Lines. It was there that he worked with world-renowned Chef Michel Roux. While at Celebrity he met his wife Linda and decided to move to the Washington D.C. area.
In Washington D.C. Duarte worked with Jean Louis Pallidin at Watergate. Pallidin became Aquarelle and the chef was Robert Weidemaier. Duarte continued to work at the Watergate until his dream of opening his own restaurant came true.
Tavira restaurant opened its doors in November of 1999. The name Tavira comes from a beautiful place in Portugal. Since opening Tavira has been included in Washingtonian Magazine's 100 Very Best Restaurants and rated very good to excellent by Zagat. Tavira has also been mentioned nationally in Gourmet Magazine, Bethesda Magazine and received favorable reviews from The Washington Post, Washington Times, The Gazette, Washington Diplomat and other local newspapers. Duarte's professionalism, attention to detail and hard work will make your dining experience a delightful virtual escape to Portugal.
While Tavira may be located in the lower level of an office building, the spacious lounge at its entrance has the feel of a breezy Mediterranean café with a couple of more formal roomy ancillary dining rooms attached. Jazzy, lyrical samba wafts just above the din of the dining rooms. The attentive wait staff is both experienced and entertaining when explaining the menu's standard items and daily specials, all written in Portuguese with descriptions in English.
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.
Average Price ( Per Person ):$30 - $60
Alcoholic Beverages:Full Bar
Cuisine:Portuguese, Eastern Mediterranean
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