Guardado's
Guardado's

Guardado's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.guardadosnico.com/
  • Phone: 3019864920x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jose Nicolas Guardado
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We do offer catering for more information call Reyna 240-478-8783 or 301-986-4920 or e-mail reynagg@guardadosnico.com or check our catering menu on line at www.guardadosnico.com and click CATERING.
  • Private Party Facilities: If you are looking for a private room for your very special event, birthday or business, we have it for you. We have a special package at a very reasonable price. You can also create your own package.
  • Private Party Contact: Reyna Guardado 8776341926
  • Entertainment: We have live music every Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm. For more information go to http://www.guardadosnico.com/specials.html
  • Special Events: Join our Happy Hour Tue-Fri $3 beers from 4-7pm. 1/2 price on all bottles of Wines on Tuesdays. Thursdays $4 Margaritas, Mojitos & Sangria. For more information call us @ (301)986-4920 or visit us at www.guardadosnico.com www.guardadosnico.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Old Georgetown RD
  • Public Transit: ride-on 34
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public meter parking in front of the restaurant. Free parking in the garage on Saturdays and Sundays, but it is not free on the street.
A word from Guardado's
Guardado's serves up authentic, flavorful dishes from Spain and Latin America, in a casual and inviting atmosphere, in the heart of Bethesda, Maryland. We now offer Brunch on Sundays

Chef Nicolas Guardado and his wife Reyna opened Guardado's Restaurant in 2007. Guardado brought with him a wealth of experience, rising through the ranks at local-area tapas restaurant Jaleo to a seasoned head chef.

Now, he is infusing that knowledge into his own restaurant, as well as adding some popular Latin American entrees and some traditional dishes from his native Salvadorean background to Guardado's extensive menu.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
Guardado's reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (19)good for groups (16)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (8)special occasion (6)romantic (4)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were surprised with Guardado's. It was the first time we were there and the ambiance and the food were great! A nice alternative to other tapas restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Very casual restaurant. Everything we order was great! Looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classically fabulous
    KirstenA
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Guardados is always a go-to spot for us. You can count on great food and fast, friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great paella!
    laughingloon
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was our first time at Guardado's and we will go back. there was a house wine for $5/glass, and it was good enough to order another. For appetizers, we ordered a hot spinach salad and a mushroom dish which was a special, and both were delicious. Then we shared the Paella Casera, which we will definitely order again. We ate about half of it and had the rest for dinner the next night. Really good! The waiter was courteous, friendly, and efficient. The wait staff really hustles! It was very busy even at 6 pm ( on a Saturday), but we could easily talk and hear each other. Nice ambiance....not fancy, but homey and comfortable. A great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small but good
    NoVAandMD
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Even though Jaleo is nearby, we come to Guardado's for some very good Spanish meals. The chorizo & shrimp appetizer is delicious. Service is personal, portions are large enough for a second take-home meal. We'll be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Dependable
    JohnGalt
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Lunch or dinner it is a comfortable place to dine for a large group or just a couple. The ceviche is second to none and you may be lucky if they have puposas that day. The service is attentive in this family fun restaurants and the tapas-nature of the restaurant relieves the pressure of having to schedule the delivery of the courses. I have been going there many times since it opened years ago and have rarely been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great authentic Spanish restaurant. If you're after good, affordable food without pretense - this is the place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite place in Bethesda
    julesthefoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I've never written a restaurant review before, but Guardados deserves a review. I've been coming here for years, and they have some of the best tapas ever. It's family owned and everything is amazing--the tapas, sangria, paella--and all of it is reasonably priced. Sometimes they have live music, and the small size of the restaurant gives it a cozy and comfortable feeling. I always recommend Guardados to all of my friends that come to visit--don't miss this place!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly a neighborhood gem
    NB41VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food, mostly creative delicious tapas, mixed with larger entrees in a homey, comfortable neighborhood setting. Only weakness is friendly, but slow, inattentive service. I go back regularly anyway.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas
    gilamonnster
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My son [15] and I were visting Bethesda and local friends highly recommended this restaurant. There is another Tapas place in the area but they prefer this one. I wasn't disappointed, nor was my son with the seafood entree he ordered, who happens to be picky. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    gapake
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food is always consistently good and the mojitos are the best. My husband loves the mojitos with dark rum and I think you cannot beat the Mango Mojito. They have a great variety of tapas and everyone is good. We especially love the croquetas and papas fritas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic delicious -moderate price
    LStern
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We look forward to returning and trying a different Paella and other tapas. We had four people and shared four tapas and a full-sized paella. Next time, if mini paella is offered we would get that and 6 tapas. Relaxed ambiance, good service with knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, food spotty
    NkssVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went here for tapas with our 5-year old on a Saturday evening. The service was wonderful and they took a lot of care to keep our son happy. There was also a great and affordable kids menu. But the food was hit or miss. They seem to do the best with seafood: we had a delicious ceviche, and the hot octopus with fried potatoes was very flavorful. There was also a very good hot spinach dish with raisins, almonds, and oranges. But we were unimpressed with the croquetas which were quite dry and somewhat bland, and a pork chop that also lacked flavor.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first times a charm
    dbeersfineart
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had never been here and ended up postponing our arrival until 8. Even at that hour, the place was packed and we were glad to have made reservations. Many families, a group, couples old and young, it was as eclectic a mix of patrons as you can imagine - all seemed energized and happy. A good strong vibe. Food was perfect, hot, and served quickly. Price was modest. We will be back. A special place worthy of status as a regular choice for us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Lucca
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    great tapas, loved the salmon, the spinach, the stuffed red peppers. One of the best Flans I ever had.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice meal
    DateVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have been here a few times. Very consistent,good food. Enjoyed our server too
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basic food, worse service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The gazpacho was uninspired, and the tapas meat dishes were BIG hunks of meat covered in pretty typical sauces. After our food arrived, the waiter did not visit our table again until it was time to try to sell us a dessert, then after delivering the check he took forever to pick up our credit card so we could leave. I would not visit again--there are much better choices available for Spanish cuisine.
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  • Great Food without Hype
    OpolisVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We love Guardado's and eat there regularly. It's like Jaleo, but with better food and no hype. The service is excellent, and the tapas always top-notch. We have our favorites from the regular menu, but all of the specials we've tried have been great as well. It's family-owned and operated, and we like that it feels like a neighborhood spot where we're always welcome. The interior is not glamorous, but it's comfortable, and not too noisy unless the place is really crowded. Good drinks, and the food comes quickly. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off-night perhaps?
    Taglawdc
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Appetizer croquettes were like Tater Tots. Gamba (sausage) was nicely seasoned. Paella was too bland, overcook and lacking in seafood content to even merit comment. Where did their ratings come from?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really nice
    Chocolatefan
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have been looking for an unpretentious, down homey Spanish restaurant and we finally found one. Tucked away, busy, but not crazy busy, good food and great service, guard adios is a place we will make a regular spot.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • large portions
    bujold
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The plantain dishes could be cut in half in size while reducing the cost only a third since they are supposed to be tapas. Overall terrific. Compares well to Jaleo's! Great mojoito.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Bethesda Favorite
    MikeW
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    There are many great dining choices in Bethesda, so why do I keep returning to Guardado's? The answer is simply that the food is really good. Whether you plan to order a dinner or a few tapas you will certainly find making choices difficult, but you will be rewarded no matter what. The service is friendly and efficient. The price is quite moderate. Guardado's is a regular stop during my travels to Bethesda.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible experience
    Piti
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I took my 4 senior staff. The owner, Reina, who greeted us, made an unappropriate remark about my physical look. We arrived during happy hour, and one of my staff asked for the list of coctails for the happy hour. Reina rushed my staff telling her that it is on the manu and walked away. It took a long time to get our drinks. The tapas we ordered arrived cold. The sea food paella was tasteless and cold. Nobady came to ask us if everything was fine. When we received the bill, the staff who ordered a Cosmopolitan drink, noticed that the price has been charged as regular and not as a happy hour fee. When we talked to Reina about it, she insinuated that my staff was "stupid" to believe that a Cosmopolitan drink will be so inexpensive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good neighborhood tapas
    NB41VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Fresh ingredients , great variety, in wonderful tapas and very good paella. The owners -- chef and manager-- work hard to make this a cozy neighborhood gem. Only failure is the sporadic quality of service, which although friendly, is inefficient and inexperienced.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 680 reviews are from the Guardado's reviews archive.
  • neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We love this neighborhod restaurant. Ms. Reyna is always there to greet her customers with a smile. My husband and I have been many times but took our kids for the first time, and they loved it, too. The food is fresh and delicious, and the service is excellent. One of our neighborhood favorites.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful find in Bethesda
    cuisineArt
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Found this one on Open Table, and after reading the reviews, decided to head over to Bethesda for a last minute Friday night dinner. The place is small, but the large groups left after their happy hour gathering time. That left families and couples who like to chat and eat in a small (but not too small) eatery. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and happy to help you decide on which of the many tapas to order. The items we ordered were yummy, not overly salted as in other tapas places, and the price is less than similar tapas restaurants. Definitely headed back to Guardados, and recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Tapas!
    safetylawyerVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We dined here before a show in Bethesda and were impressed with the quality of the food. We tried a variety of tapas ... The mussels were fresh, flavorful and abundant ... Scallops in lobster sauce and shrimp with garlic were also impressive. The pork was the only tapas that failed (dry meat) but the vegetarian tapas were also great, as was the smooth version of gazpacho (not chunky). I'll be coming back here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Go-To Guarantee
    Freshmints
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    When we want to celebrate with friends, eat great food and have a laughing good time, we head to Guardado's. This last time we decided to take our three kids (6 and 4) to celebrate our anniversary. With tapas you know you can always find something everyone will like. My kids gobbled up mussels and octopus. They loved the papas fritas. And the staff and service was friendly and helpful. We always have a great meal and a great time there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was excellent and service was the best we've had in some time. Our server easily managed our party of 14 including teenagers!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great birthday party
    ecvandy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I took a group of 6 on a Friday evening. We ordered lots of tapas and a paella. We had plenty, taking home some paella. We had sangria, margaritas, and soft drinks. It was all wonderful with the most delightful server. I go to Guardado's at least 3 or 4 times/year. It is a favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Real Spanish
    GringoandLatina
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We wanted authentic paella and got it, although it was slightly under seasoned. Lots of fresh seafood. We also had excellent tapas. Wine by glass selections were limited, but I my Spanish red was very good. Service was informal but attentive. Ambiance -- not so much, but reminded of a neighborhood restaurant in Latin America. We were just an older couple, but there were families with ages from young teens to grandparents enjoying meals.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Enjoyable
    DCNative
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My wife and I had dinner there on a Saturday night. It is hardly what I would describe as an elegant dining room, but the food was excellent and the wait staff helpful, friendly, efficient and courteous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Expoerience
    diningforfun
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Three friends enjoyed sharing tapas this past Saturday night. Great service, incredible food.....love the mushrooms with onion and garlic, grilled salmon, and potatoes!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!
    Yummy
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Thanks Guardado! We had a great time. The service was great and the food was even better!! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good but not great
    calypsoVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Enjoyed our dinner, but none of the dishes were noteworthy. I must say though that the wait staff was VERY accomodating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where's the spice of life?
    BebopVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food was remarkably bland. A bit of salt and some basic grace notes would have helped lift the experience.
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  • Mother's Day dinner
    LaMarVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The place was rocking for Mother's Day; fortunately the staff was able to keep up the pace admirably. No long waits or missed orders. Mamacita and I enjoyed our meals very much. Fajitas and lomo saltado (without fries? First time I've seen that.), with omelet (tortilla) tapa to start. Tile floors ensure a din when the place is as crowded as it was, making conversation a challenge. She wants to return very soon to do a tapas meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find, Throughly Enjoyed Meal
    ttsurf
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great service, great tapas for Mothers' Day Brunch. Partner and I enjoyed everything we ordered and service was very attentive without being intrusive. Nice family atmosphere. Enjoyed it so much we ordered a dinner, seafood paella to go. Excellent, a tasty and filling meal w/fresh and generous seafood. Will definitely be back. As a new transplant to the area and partner lived in Madrid for a couple of years so, this will definitely be a go-to place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Black paella
    kshrewsbury
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    the tapas were wonderful! it was a little loud for a large table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I always go here!
    MaestraKKVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I love this place -- family-run, friendly, offer great deals every day and on special days (I got the $4 premium margarita and 2 of the $5 tapas specials on a Thursday), and best of all, the food is great. The ceviche is wonderful -- I've introduced it to many friends! And one friend in particular will never leave before getting his 3 leches cake! We often go before rehearsal and they are great about getting us out on time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet