Guardado's

4.6
1196 reviews
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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.
We have patio now for dining in!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Restaurant week menu was extensive and a great value.

S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My third visit to this great restaurant and the food seems to get better every time. Tasty authentic food at good prices. Wonderful service as always.

G
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

One of the best homemade Spanish and Latin American foods style at a reasonable price. Have tapas or full entree plates. Been going there for the last 8 years and love it. Highly recommended

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, whether it is tapas, paella, entrees or desert. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but this will be one of our favorite (if not the favorite) Spanish/Latin place in Moco.

J
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Guardado and it was excellent. We plan to return again for another meal.

MD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

As a Bethesda Restaurant Week special, this was a good deal (sangria, 3 tapas, and dessert for $25). Most of the tapas dishes were nothing special. Oddly, the cerviche dish was served well after the other five dishes had arrived and been largely eaten. Worth stopping in if you happen to be in the area and are looking for inexpensive tapas, but not a restaurant for which I'd go out of my way.

LF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This unassuming restaurant has FABULOUS food. Try the shrimp-stuffed mushrooms. Delicious!

RB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Spanish cuisine is outstanding. Delicious, tasty and wonderful from tapas to main dishes. Love it!!’

IR
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good solid Latin food with some traditional unique Spanish/Portuguese dishes. However, every dish (had 6 tapa and a main) are VERY grease heavy. Sangria was delish.

B
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Guardado’s is one of my favorites that my nephew, who lives in Chevy Chase, did not know about and to thought it was a great find. I always try to go when I have a group of 4 to6 friends so that we can share so many delicious tapas. The prices are incredibly reasonable, and I found a few new dishes as we were ordering for six that will now be on my “favorites” list.

CW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

A
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a great choice to meet friends, or for a special occasion. Many interesting food and drink choices make for an enjoyable meal time after time. You will not be disappointed,

e
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A happy surprise discovering this small place in Bethesda and having excellent tapas for six people, so we got to taste a huge range, and we all loved them all.

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New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Noise level is not just energetic, but almost impossible to hear table-mates with leaning closer to them and raising your voice volume.

BC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great family-run restaurant with attentive service and a great array of tapas and salads catering to many people's taste, and the 3 to 7PM happy hour with great $5 tapas can't be beat.

B
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guardado's in Bethesda is the place you want to go if you're in the mood for tapas and sangria. There is a vast assortment of tapas that include vegetarian, seafood, and meat. The croquettes and shrimp with chorizo are two of my favorites. Also, do not forget to start with a bowl of gazpacho. Algo autentico!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Estupenda cena de despedida con amigos .

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j
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Paella in the area. Always love coming here when I’m in the mood. This place is a great value for their tapas or Paella. Sangria isn’t bad either.

MI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Love this place. Small, family owned restaurant that serves consistently delicious food at extremely reasonable prices.

HM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good restaurant. Best pallea in the area. Strongly recommend~~

SS
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good food at Guardado's. Can be a little loud and it is not fancy but good food and good value.

P
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Very nice staff, but the food was a disappointment.The gazpacho was thin and watery, and the papas bravas were covered in an aioli that didn’t taste like much of anything.

JG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guardado’s is my favorite restaurant because the food is always excellent and the ambience is casual and friendly. It is family owned and operated by the Guardado family. They are always kind and welcoming.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

In our opinion, nothing to get excited about.

s
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I had a gift certificate for Guardado's that was due to expire soon and suggested to my guest that we give this place a try for our business lunch meeting. Food was pretty great overall, but I was not too impressed their Lomo de puerco dish (grilled pork loin with brandy pineapple sauce). The dishes I really enjoyed were their Ensalada de espinacas con camarones (spinach salad with grilled shrimp) and Tortilla con chorizo (Spanish omelet with Spanish sausage). I could not believe how fresh their salad vegetables were and the Spanish sausage omelet was both a delicacy and nice comfort food. Food is not the most authentic Spanish/latin fusion as it is a bit more americanized.

There was nothing wrong with our server - I was simply expecting more due to the high bar that has been set by other restaurants in Bethesda and similar tapas places. I noticed that they have some good deals for their happy hour and I will be returning to take advantage of it for sure.

g
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is fantastic for happy hour. Delicious food, giant portions, great drinks, guitar music on Thursdays. Hidden gem.

j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in a warm, cozy environment. The service was very friendly and prompt. The price was reasonable.

R
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Guardado's a few times mainly for tapas and seafood paella. My wife was born and raised in Spain and says it is the most authentic traditional tasting paella in the area.

JB
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I took my six out of town discriminating foodies to Guardados. We were all delighted with the food and the friendly, helpfulness of the servers. We had a selection of tapas and they were all excellent. We also ordered a Paella and it was as good as any we've had in Spain. I will certainly go again and recommend Guardados to friends.

S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service. Especially enjoyed the live music.

B
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent tapas. A nice mix of Spanish and Latin American dishes. Very friendly service. A lovely little family-run, family-friendly restaurant.

CW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with way more delicious vegetarian options than I expected!

JN
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Spanish tapas! Worth the visit!

KE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food & service. Freezing cold, though - air conditioning on full blast on a cool, cloudy, rainy day.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and ambience! And unbelievably reasonable for superior food and very nicely priced Spanish wines.

ME
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The tapas are great with the stuffed red peppers and spinach scoring very high!
Guardado has become our go-to restaurant in Bethesda.

NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We often go to Guardado's for happy hour and sometimes for special occasions. It is a place where we can enjoy good drinks and food and be able to talk normally; unlike a lot of other places that are so noisy that we have to shout and come out at the end of the evening with a headache.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy Guardado’s. Very good food. Wonderful selection of delicious tapas. Dunking bread into the sauce with the camerones is my favorite. The service is friendly and efficient.

BL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent server as well as the food; however, noise level near our table made it difficult to have a conversation. I fell in love with this restaurant a few months ago, and I have been back many times since. I hope it is not as noisy when I return.

DD
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Spanish tapas restaurant in Bethesda. The food and service is great. We kept needing more bread to soak up the many delicious sauces and they kept bringing it to us. The space is intimate. You can hear your dinner companions. Just a really pleasurable evening.

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