You should not miss this gem!
Guardado's is one of our favorite restaurants in the area. The food is consistently delicious, the service is attentive and the staff is friendly. We have introduced many friends to this gem and they also have become regular patrons. Parking is right across the street in a county lot that always has available spaces on the weekend.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, outstanding. One
As always, outstanding. One of DC area's finest! Gracias
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
I enjoyed lunch here very much - large selection of tapas, well prepared, & friendly service. Excellent value. Hidden in Bethesda - seek them out!
4/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have tried numerous good
We have tried numerous good restaurants in Bethesda, and Guardado's was a great find. Good food, good service, and good ambiance - good for a nice evening/dinner out, especially with friends, family, and/or date so you can sample the tapas. We will definitely be back.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Favorite Restaurant in Bethesda
Guardado's has wonderful food, and great, personal service. It has never disappointed.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
All of the food was delicious and reasonably priced. Only complaint was that not all of the food came out together.
But once we got it, it was very good.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food. Wonderful and
Great food. Wonderful and broad selection of tapas. Great value. Warm family run restaurant. A rarity in this town.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect as always
We have dined at Guardado's several times and have never been disappointed. The staff is always friendly and attentive. The food is excellent. We branched out and tried the filet Mignon with a mushroom sauce tapas which was grilled perfectly, very tender and complemented nicely by the light mushroom sauce. The Chorizo and Vegatables taps was unexpectedly light and delicious. We also tried the Paella Casera instead of our usual Valenciana. The mix of the shrimp, chicken and sausage was very pleasant and we'll definitely try that again. The children enjoyed their quesadillas which came quickly which is always greatly appreciated. We'll be back again soon.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply the best!
Simiply the best! Never a meal less than outstanding! Tapa selection fabulous! Hosts and staff wonderful!
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful tapas, family environment
Wonderful tapas, family environment. Great people. A wonderful experience at good price.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our favorite place for tapas.
Our favorite place for tapas. A quiet, pleasant dining atmosphere. The staff is friendly and helpful. Enjoy going there often.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service & wonderful tapas. Very relaxed and friendly.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We are regulars to Guardado's and they have specials for different times of the year. Definitely should try the specials. They a mini black ink paella which was very good, tasty and flavorful.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took very picky 85 year old who complains about everything. Said she didn't like tapas just paella. We arrived and she tortured the lovely waitress with questions about the different paellas and then finally ordered her own, which is big enough for 3. 8 year old wanted tapas so he and I ordered tapas. The 85 year old proceeded to try all of the tapas and wanted 2nds. She had the paella marinara with seafood and didn't complain once. The owner is great and responde by phone to my special requests on open table reservation. Service was prompt and patient. The vegetarian paella was delicious - plenty of vegetarian entrees available. We hate eating out with her because she complains so this was really worth a rave review. Great food!
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Guardaro's is a gem. They have delectable food and outstanding service. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys gourmet dining.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's been about 7 years I believe since we had the great pleasure of discovering "Guardados"... Seven years of excellent dining and warm atmosphere provided by the owners and their staff. We are so fortunate to have this level of sustained excellence such a short distance from our home. We dine there no less than twice a month. Hope to continue... Thanks, Nico y Reyna...
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
very good Spanish dishes
In comparison to Spanish dishes from San Francisco B44, this restaurant offered no less than if not better taste.
We ordered the paella marinera ahead of time and asked it to be ready 10 minutes after our arrival time ,we arrived on time but the paella.wasn't served until 18 minutes later. But I won't hold negative against them, I still consider the services was excellent. This is because their quick responsiveness to our requests.
We also ordered 4 papas dishes. They were good but I won't give them excellent rating.
Overall impression we had is that we were satisfied but we will only go back every couple months if we stay in the neighborhood long enough.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love this restaurant and have been coming all the time since moving to Bethesda. The food is excellent, they offer specials frequently and the service is always good. I have brought my family, many friends and a few colleagues here and everyone has had a great time. Gazpacho, ceviche, and the flan are particular favorites of my family!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
It keeps improving
I have been a regular at Guardado's since it opened. It is family owned and operated, so sometimes the service is not as polished as in fancier restaurants, but they are very friendly and will go out of their way to provide a good experience. Mainly, the food is excellent, and consistently so. The menu has continued to expand, but no so fast that they have lost their Spanish focus. This is the best paella around, excellent tapas, and fine sangria.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
When we have friends or family
When we have friends or family in town, we bring them to Guardado's. The food is always great and fresh. Service is always great and whoever we bring they leave happy and glad that we brought them to our favorite spot.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently good food and
Consistently good food and good service at reasonable prices. Seasonal menu changes are interesting. Especially like the cerviche!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, great tapas
Friendly staff, delicious, varied selection of tapas. Reasonable prices. Hope to go back soon!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant in Bethesda is a bit off the beaten path on Del Ray (next to Hard Times Cafe) and may not look like much but the food and service are excellent ranging from outstanding tapas to authentic paella (be prepared to wait about 30 minutes since it is made to order and excellent paella can't be rushed). One of the best parts, which anyone who frequently dines in Bethesda will appreciate, is the big empty public parking garage directly across the street with meters (only 80 cents per hour)!! Perfect for a casual dinner out if you're just looking for a great meal or with kids.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always.... our favorite among favorites. This time, particularly, we enjoyed several dishes we were savoring for the first time and they were terrific. So, we can only repeat ourselves - terrific, wonderful.... favorite among favorites. And that's just the food!!!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
All the food was great except for the way too salty ceviche. Flan was superb, sangria tasty. On a quieter street which is away from the crowded hubbub and difficult parking of many Bethesda area restaurant locations. Guitarist was good, just a bit loud at times. Service friendly and attentive.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food in a family-run restaurant on the quiet side of Bethesda, with parking always available in the public garage directly across the street. Can't beat the tapas and sangria!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went during happy hour and they have a selected menu of $5 tapas as well as $4 mojitos, sangrias,etc. I was just disappointed for like two seconds because I thought all the tapas were $5 at happy hour. Despite that I still ordered what I wanted...shrimp, pimientos, papa fritas, chorizo fundido, ceviche, tortilla española, and more. All the tapas I just listed were amazing especially the tortilla española. The only tapa that I got that wasnt up to par was the calamari. I've gotten it before but this time a friend ordered it and it tasted the same way, a little chewy and tough. However, overall I love the venue and the food. I think even without happy hour the tapas are reasonably priced at $7.50 so I will go again.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great mom and pop restaurant! The tapas are so tasty. Be sure to try the mussels. The sauce is delicious. Be sure to use your bread to sop up the sauce. You won't be sorry.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We finally made it for happy hour and totally impressed with our drinks. Got to try the happy hour.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The tapas were the star! It was busy and they were understaffed so our server had a hard time keeping up, but the busboys were so friendly and helpful which made up for it. We share the seafood paella as well, which was dry and bland. Would return, but stick with all tapas next time.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
a delish surprise
A friend recommended Guardado's when I asked for suggestion of places away from Bethesda's homogenous and well-worn strip of restaurants. We weren't dsappointed. We had a cople of bottles of a lovely Tempranillo, and several tapas - all very well made. The atmosphere is that of a neighbourhood place, with regular customers and a nice relaxed feel.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Guardado's is a small neighborhood restaurant. The tapas are tasty, the Rioja is good. The service is personal and friendly. Wine is half price on Tuesdays. Enjoy.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot, Paella was delicious and perfect to share, scallop on grilled portobello with basil was delicious. Small wine list but some good choices if you are knowledgeable about Spanish wines, reasonably priced across the board! Just go see for yourself!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood restaurant!!
I love this place!! Just moved to Bethesda and have been looking for my favorite local gem and this is it! The ambiance you want for "any day" dining - casual, comfortable, friendly, with great food. So yummy! Especially the tortilla with chorizo and mushrooms!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy dining at Guadardos
The food and the drinks were delicious, as always. We had not tried the plaintains with cheese before and the dish is very, very good. The owner is very friendly and makes you feel right at home. Service was a little spotty on this visit, so 4 stars instead of 5, but we still enjoyed our dinner even though we had to track the waiter down a few times.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Visited many times, this time with friends from out of town who we had taken here 2 years ago. They had also been to Jaleo. Enjoyed the great food, quieter setting and better prices with really great service that is consistently offered by Guardados.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best en la ciudad! Nico shin
The best ... period! Nico can be counted on to always offer his guets the absolute in fine, tasty, appealing, terrific dining. And his friendly, home-like surrounding makes for an evening to be remembered for wonderful food and an appealing atmosphere. May they shine on us forever!
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Something for everyone!
Our group had a lot of food restrictions -- one vegetarian, one with spice allergies one non-fish-eater, and a couple of just plain picky eaters -- and every one of us LOVED the food!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite place before rehearsals!
I come here directly from the airport and meet some of my singers for tapas before rehearsals in Bethesda. We always have trouble choosing because we love everything! This time (a Friday night) they were pretty busy so service was not quite as quick as usual, but they always get us out in time. Great place!!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Neighborhood Restaurant
We have been going there at least monthly since the restaurant opened years ago. It is our default dining spot since we know we will always get great food, inexpensive wine and drinks and real personal service. The cerviche, mussels, papas fritas, puposas, and gambas are consistently good. Dinner for two can be intimate, but when you have a group, the beauty of a a tapas restaurant really shines, as you can sample so many different dishes.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little Tapas place,
Great little Tapas place, has a real mom and pop feel. Price is decent and the food is fantastic I would definitely recommend it!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
sense of home
This was first time visit and I will be back! Felt like I was entering coming home to a friends house for a delicious dinner. The atmosphere, coziness, attentiveness of the all including the chef, his wife and daughter are a real treasure and treat in the often over hyped Bethesda area. I want it to go so well for the Guardado's but I would also like to keep it somewhat of a secret. That is a real compliment.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
One couple ordered a paella with the knowledge that it takes 35 minutes to prepare. That gave us the perfect excuse for the four of us to order several tapas to fill in the waiting time. It was quite a feast. The portobello mushroom , the Spanish tortilla, stirred spinach were all quite good. Both the paella and the mariscos were worth the wait. And the waiters were friendly without being intrusive and seemed eager to please. A nice evening worth a repeat performance.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great family-owned and operated restaurant. Good selection of tasty tapas; didn't try entrees but will on the next visit. Friendly staff and fun atmosphere.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
More than Tapas
We had been to Guardado's a few times when short on time or not too hungry. Always enjoyed their tapas but thought of it only as a place for a light bite. This time we had full meals (not dessert - no sweet tooth) and I have to say, I could really get to love this place. I had scallops with a green pea risotto and lobster sauce, and it was seriously yummy. For wine, we don't know Riojas so asked for a recommendation - had La Primavera & it was excellent. Only slip-up was we wanted a spinach salad and got a wilted spinach tapa, but can't complain because the combination of flavors was wonderful. The place is small - we were there late on a Sunday, so it wasn't too noisy.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
The paella was outstanding.
The paella was outstanding. I just wish there was a crispy socarat on the bottom. we ordered some additional tapas as well, the pulpo, calamares, and the tortilla con chorizo. they were all very delicious. service was great
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed our meal very much. Pleasant atmosphere. Friendly staff. Will definitely be back.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is amazing -- the Zarzuela de Marisco was amazing, fantastic spinach with raisins, oranges and more, terrific chicken thighs with mushrooms -- We loved it all. The only problem is that the staff was overextended on a busy Saturday night. Small complaint but a little annoying. Still they are overrun because the food is so great and the prices so reasonable. Next till will try the paella, which looked amazing but takes 35 minutes. Have to plan for that.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food at good prices.
Good food at good prices. We enjoyed it very much.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the place
First time at this restaurant, the service was friendly and attentive. The food was great, going back again...
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM