Lebanese Taverna

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115 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850 115 Gibbs Street, Rockville Directions
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Report | 23 days ago
Good service but bland for my taste
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Report | a month ago
The staff there are terrific and the food is healthy and a nice diversion from other ethnic restaurants. The kibbe is now my favorite as I used to only oder the 1/2 chicken plate.
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Report | a month ago
As soon as I walked in the restaurant on Rockville Pike, manager Malloon welcomed me (and all the customers)with a smile. Staff is always friendly and makes the customer feel like home.
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Report | 2 months ago
They gave me hard time accepting my Groupon even though it was 22 days away from expiring. And above that, food was not even good. I love Lebanese food and I would say I have had better, a lot better.
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Report | 2 months ago
Staff were very nice and accommodating in trying to resolve a problem I was having with an e-gift card. Food was good, as always. The company's technology could use some improvement; I've frequently had problems with it at various locations and often they say they can't accept any vouchers or e-gift cards because the system is down.
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Report | 2 months ago
Creamy, balanced hummus, crispy kibbeh & felafel. Fast service, love their rectangular pita.
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Report | 2 months ago
Good food. Quick service. Very casual atmosphere. I just wish that they had a beer tap!
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Report | 3 months ago
Great food. Nice people.
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Report | 3 months ago
Customer service at this location is great and Inlove the food, especially the Anna's platter. :)
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Report | 3 months ago
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In the dead of night in 1976, the Abi-Najm family boarded a cargo ship bringing only what they could carry; an escape from Civil War in Lebanon called for a quick getaway. They traveled across the ocean to safety in Arlington, Virginia, where they were able to open a small restaurant in 1979. To save money, they changed the eatery’s name from “Athenian Taverna” to “Lebanese Taverna” so that they only had to update one word on the eatery’s marquee.

From these modest beginnings grew a series of eateries that today comprises of six restaurants and four quick-service cafés, all still operated by the Abi-Najm clan. One look at the menu explains the success: chicken shawarma, spicy hummus, lamb tartare—all Lebanese staples that helped the restaurant earn a spot on Northern Virginia magazine's list of 25 Iconic Eats. There's even kibbeh, or stuffed meatballs, which blend ground beef, lamb, almonds, and pine nuts into fried spheres suitable for felling miniature bowling pins on top of the table before entrees arrive. The decor is as striking as the cuisine; inside the Bethesda location, light filters through the colored glass lanterns that decorate the dining room.

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