Lebanese Taverna Cafes

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933 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20910 933 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring Directions
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Monday - Friday
$4 Miller Lite
$4 Heineken
$4 Lebanese White Pizza
$4 Falafel
$4 Seasoned Fries
$4 Manakish Zaatar
$4 Roasted Olives
$5 Taverna Signature Cocktails
$5 Wine by the Glass
$5 Draft Beer
$5 Fatayer Trio
$5 Shawarma Sliders
$5 Artichokes
$6 Rail Drinks
$6 Endless Hommus
$6 Baba Ghanoush
$6 Maanek
$6 Kibbeh

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Report | 17 days ago
We were very impressed with the Bethesda Lebanese Taverna, lovely space and decor and excellent foods.
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Report | 16 days ago
The service wasn't the greatest but the food was good.
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We had a great experience. Our waiter was most pleasant and the food was plentiful and delicious!
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Report | 16 days ago
good Lebanese food
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Report | 16 days ago
Great vegetarian options and great mezza.
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Report | 17 days ago
Lovely good and great service.
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Report | 18 days ago
Excellent food, good service
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Report | 18 days ago
very popular on weekends, get there early for dinner, parking can be difficult.
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Report | 16 days ago
All the food is delicious, the service is great.
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Report | 17 days ago
The shrimp entree was wonderful, fresh and flavorful. Go!
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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 cafe 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 cafes 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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