Guardado's

4.5
1166 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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B
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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

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

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

Great Spanish tapas! Worth the visit!

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KE
Washington DC
5 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BL
Washington DC
7 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.

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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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AG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We liked everything about Guardado’s and plan to go back. It has a cozy relaxing atmosphere, the servers were nice and attentive but didn’t hover. The food was delicious! We had serrano ham with manchego cheese as well as a warm spinach salad for appetizers. Both plates were great. Then the three of us shared the paella casera which was amazing. We took home the leftovers and it was just as good reheated.

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PR
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went for a birthday celebration with a larger group last Sunday. Hostess not very friendly and fairly abrupt during out meal. Server was fine, but also not very attentive. Paella was not as good as previous two times we have been there - and seafood paella had less seafood. Overall, I have to be honest and say we were disappointed in this visit. I'm sure we will give it another try and hope that this was an off night.

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RR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous tapas. Best in the area!

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The paella & sangria were not good!

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CC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing.

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TB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice cozy restaurant. Excellent for dates. Good food. Wine list is decent plus. The one place I'd recommend an upgrade. Not because it was bad, but because I'm just into wines. Definitely will go back.

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R
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I’ve been coming here for years and the food is always excellent. Last night the restaurant was packed and the service which is usually very good was very poor.

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KW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, service was very friendly but a little slow on a busy Saturday night.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding. So glad we happened upon this gem.

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P
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is the best tapas and paella place in the Bethesda area. Be sure to get a reservation on Friday and/or Saturday since it's usually packed. Parking is easy at the garage right across the street.

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience at a place I'd never heard of.

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G
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s our 26th wedding anniversary dinner and it was really nice to have dinner at Guardado’s. The food was yummy and the server is very nice. We are for sure coming back there again.

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J
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have liked this place for a while and it did not disappoint. The four of us ordered 9 small plates although the paella is good to. All were excellent with the conquests maybe a little less so than the others. Save room for the flan. It’s great. The people who work there are friendly. .

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent we dined there many times before and enjoyed it

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KD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there on Saturday noon. Very quite and nice space. I try one tapa and the Pealla. The food is great. Definitely will go there again. The service is also kind and perfect.

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g
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I would like to give 5 stars but the place was too hot for comfort [it was cold outside] and the tables were too cramped and close together for comfort too. It is a simple family place with fantastic food, and everyone seemed to have a good time, but the lighting was too dim for me to read a book and linger over my glass of wine. So I would come back with other people and in a different mood.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very charming...service was friendly and efficient food was excellant we had salmon and scallops dinners..tapas...mussels cheese and lamb chops...flan for dessert...recommended wine was excellant... a very nice evening...

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Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem! Great tapas prepared in short order-literally! Fun for first dates, a quick bite or a mean in a family atmosphere.

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious choices of paella! We had an early reservation which was great because they got very busy around 7pm. Warm neighborhood feel.

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

Food was excellent, but service was lacking. I think there were only 3 servers serving the whole restaurant. When asking for a refill on a beverage, had to ask twice and the 2nd time was made to feel that I was being a problem for requesting a refill. Decor is way out dated, table wasn't level and the floor underneath was on a slope. Would only go back because the food was so good.

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TR
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good, nice folks, a little slow. We'll go back, but not on Saturday night.

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MT
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Enjoyed our previous visit here so were excited to come back. What a disaster. Tables were so close together 3 of us were banged into repeatedly by other patrons. Then the wrong food was brought to our table twice including a paella dish that took 35 minutes to prepare. They finally brought the correct paella dish however they brought it to another table. The server who I believe is the owner could not have been more apologetic at that point because the people waiting for the paella were now starving and weren't any closer to eating than when we sat down an hour earlier. She comped us on dessert and a round of drinks but all in all it was a very bad experience. And to top it off the noise level was not "energetic" it was deafening and we had to lean over our table and talk in louder than full voices in order to hear each other. It's too bad but we won't be back.

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N
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

This was not our first visit. The restaurant was packed. The service, and perhaps the kitchen, was overwhelmed. Our food came out in the wrong order, my first dish was forgotten and came last as a result. Everything was good, the restaurant has a varied menu, we had a quiet table. But the service was disappointing

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NR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Waiter had an attitude, unfriendly, food was blah, ordered paella, which takes 35 minutes to prepare, so rather than waiting, they brought out everyone else’s food first! They were finished eating when mine arrived and the waiter had a smart response! First and last visit

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s
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Paella remains excellent. Tapas have become a little overpriced for what you get.

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SS
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everyone really enjoyed their meals, great restaurant!

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food that tasted authentic, fresh and homemade, warm atmosphere, good service and good prices. Love that the restaurant is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of other restaurants in downtown Bethesda -- a great little jewel waiting to be found. Will definitely come here again.

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PR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very yummy, interesting Spanish/Latin food! Service was also great. The ambiance was very nice but a little chilly (literally)—every time someone opened the door, we old feel the cold air. That would not, by any stretch, keep me from going back, though!

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OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so pleased with our return visit to Guardado's, always one of our favorite restaurants but some distance from where we live. We took some neighbors who had never been before and they were equally delighted. First thing is the friendly, attentive, and highly competent staff. We were able to order one of their specialty cacera paellas, enough for the four of us to share, along with some small tapas (shrimp and sausage, plantains), tasty and very reasonably priced. We also shared a bottle of Spanish wine, an excellent Rueda that was also a bargain. We plan to go back soon.

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f
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointing dinner. Service slow. Food average. It was cold by the time all the components of the meal arrived.

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