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Guardado's
Guardado's

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
    Dinner:
    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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "the tapas were wonderful! it was a little loud for a large table."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We had tapas rather than an entree, which we have done with other area restaurants. The waitstaff were very knowledgable in their recommendations for the dishes as well as the accompanying wine. However, we were very surprised at the very small tapas. We had intended to make our meal of them but the price/portion made us hesitate to order more. It would have turned into a very expensive meal. Because we liked the food we will likely return, but instead of tapas will order an entree; these seemed more attractive."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "we have visited Guardados many times and the array of Tapas and Salads offerred can please every palate with great options for those who are vegetarians or only eat fish and not meat. Friendly family-run restaurant with Reyna at the front of the house making everyone welcome"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This place is one of my favorite local restaurants. It is almost walking distance from where I live, and it is usually my go to restaurant when introducing friends to new restaurants which are close by and regretfully overlooked for being slightly out of the way. This place has incredible food, great service, and a very friendly atmosphere! It's always worth a visit."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We found Guardados by accident through a Groupon purchase a couple years ago. It has continued to be one of our go-to restaurants. The restaurant is not lavishly decorated like Jaleo or La Tasca but I could care less when the food is this real (I find them slightly pretentious anyway). The service is always extremely friendly with amazing, traditional Spanish and Latin American Food. The wine list is full of Spanish wines and very reasonably priced. I'm not very fond of the sangria but that is a personal preference. Don't miss the ceviche, gambas al ajillo, and chorizo fundido."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "My husband and I swear we have to get here more often every time we go to Guardado's. We get wonderful service, a lively yet comfortable atmosphere, and fabulous food! The chicken thighs with olives and stuffed pimentos are old favorites. The lamb chops and asparagus specials both lovely. I tried the spinach with citrus and it was heavenly. Just what I needed for a flavorful infusion of leafy green vitamins. The family that runs this neighborhood gem deserve accolades for holding quality and service to such high standards even while getting busier and busier as the word gets out."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "In general, food good, good wine list, busy night (Saturday) and waiters overwhelmed."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Service was terrible, food was very expensive--the portions of seafood was very small . I would not recommend it"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The service was disappointing especially for Valentines Day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had 15 tapas plates, and every one was a top shelf winner!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Experience was mixed. The service was very very very slow. We were there nearly 3 hours while we waited for the dishes to come out. Even the prepared foods took time to bring out. The food however was pretty good. The food is served in small dishes in Tapas style. Most of the dishes were excellent, the Lobster soup was just okay, it was not a creamy lobster soup that I prefer. Despite being extremely slow we may give them another chance."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We go here almost weekly. The food is great and the service is friendly and attentive. A great neighborhood restaurant that does the best cerviche I have ever had."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Not much from the outside, but friendly and comfortable inside. Very please with quality of the tapas tried. Paella was moist and tasty."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My girlfriends and I had a great meal here! I especially liked the endive with oranges and goat cheese, charizo and the salmon with olives and capers. The price was great too! We shared about 10 small plates and each of us had a drink. After splitting the bill thereways iI paid under $30. I would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We enjoy Guardado's ambiance as the place is quaint and rustic ..very romantic and a big plus is that the food is great !"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We like tapas and Guardado's offers good tapas at reasonable prices in the heart of Bethesda. Service was good and we had a great meal."
    Dined on 2/1/2014