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Guardado's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.guardadosnico.com
  • Phone: (301) 986-4920
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Latin American, 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 (877) 634-1926
  • 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 & Promotions: 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 WinnerSpanish
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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!!!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • " 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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "great tapas, loved the salmon, the spinach, the stuffed red peppers. One of the best Flans I ever had."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • " We have been here a few times. Very consistent,good food. Enjoyed our server too"
    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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Three friends enjoyed sharing tapas this past Saturday night. Great service, incredible food.....love the mushrooms with onion and garlic, grilled salmon, and potatoes!!!!"
    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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Enjoyed our dinner, but none of the dishes were noteworthy. I must say though that the wait staff was VERY accomodating. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The food was remarkably bland. A bit of salt and some basic grace notes would have helped lift the experience. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "the tapas were wonderful! it was a little loud for a large table."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We love Guardado's -- it is definitely a neighborhood gem, although we drive all the way from Fairfax. The service is always friendly, professional, and competent, and the ambiance pleasant. Best of all, though, is the food -- wonderful tapas and paellas. Although the wine list is relatively small, the selections are superb and fairly priced. This time, in addition to several tapas -- croquetas (two orders!), endivias, pinchitos, and calamares fritos -- we also ordered an entree of vieiras (sea scallops) in a lobster sauce. They too were delicious -- cooked just right and the sauce was not heavy. Guardado's is truly a gem."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Excellent tapas of all sorts, with a former chef from Jaleo making his own fine mark in a less congested setting. Seven of us had attended Imagination Stage around the corner, so we could park once in the adjoining garage, walk to the restaurant after the performance and have a lovely dinner with no hassle. The four kids had never had tapas but ate everything in sight, and the variety of food allowed them their own preferences with an ability to experiment. The service was excellent. Our amazing server, Cindy AKA Lola, kept full dishes and drink refills coming while whisking away what we were done with. The cerviche was only so-so, but all else was amazing. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Although the service wasn't the greatest (the server forgot to bring our wine and someone else found it for us), the food more than made up for it. The black rice paella was particularly outstanding, with perfectly cooked chunks of chicken and andouille sausage as well as shrimp. The "tapas" are generously sized, more like half-portions, and three per person are more than enough. We went on a Tuesday, so bottles of wine were half price. The sparkling rose we chose was semi-dry and very pleasing. Given the very modest prices (for Bethesda), we expect to be back many times."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Been here many times, while the menu is not as vast as La Tasca or other tappa restaurants, everything served here is always very good. Service was a little slow after we finished plates and took a bit for dessert and to get the check but we were not in a big rush so no issues. The Tres Leche cake for dessert is a must. No other cake has come close to this one at other places."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The waitress was a delight, the food was wonderful, and I was able to introduce another set of friends to a wonderful restaurant! Love the ceviche, polla a la parilla, and the calamares salteados. The paellas are always great too."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "As always, Guardados is top of the line! It is so consistently good! GRACIAS Nico y Reyna......."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Guardado's is a cozy, not fancy, family-owned restaurant in the Woodmont triangle section of Bethesda, with easy parking across the street in a county garage. We enjoyed sharing a variety of tapas, although they also have entrees such as paella. Reliably good food, and I love their latte and flan. I believe the chef-owner trained under Jose Andres."
    Dined on 4/9/2014