Guardado's

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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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PC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Charming little family-owned restaurant. Very good value. One or two dishes were a little on the oily side. Excellent choices of tapas.

PB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impromptu dinner at the best family friendly Tapas place. Once you try their paella you will be spoiled for life. Not to mention their amazing tapas dishes.
Absolutely love this place.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was excellent.

DD
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly restaurant with a family feel neighborhood vibe, yet top-quality delicious food. Service was attentive and warm and helpful and fast.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, very reasonable, friendly service

LP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Terrific neighborhood restaurant that provides good food at great value.

B
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All the food was good, the service was personable and attentive, and the overall experience cheerful and cozy after a movie in the nearby cinema.

n
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a great meal with obviously freshly made food. Incredible value. We had a group of 7 and all had a great time and a great meal.

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was a Saturday night dinner that turned out well. Cervich is exceptional and all other food was very good. We have been many times and the food is consistently good a reasonable prices

P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The restaurant detracts from the experience by imposing small extras like 30 cents for an additional tortilla and $1 for a dollop of sour cream on dishes where these items are necessary. They should develop a price structure that makes this unnecessary.

MB
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was looking for a nice place, not to loud, to have a conversation with friends. This was the place. The food and serve were good and the price was reasonable. Big public parking lot right across the street. The staff was very pleasant. The menu choices were broad, and there was a williingness to accomodate and adjust for allergies. Would certainly go again.

RK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable! Perhaps our favorite place in Bethesda.

D
Sydney / NSW
133 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Food was tasty and came very quickly. Restaurant seemed slow but it was a Sunday night. Liked our server and had a good time.

B
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a very good restaurant with excellent food run by a family. The tapas are delicious, equal to any in town. My only criticism is that it is usually very noisy. On our last visit it was not completely booked and therefore the noise was moderate. My favorite tapa is the piquillo (roasted red pepper).

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food! My wife and I felt like we were in Spain again! Had five different tapas - three off the summer menu - all were delicious. Next we’ll get paella.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our ‘go to’ place whenever visitors come over or we celebrate a birthday. Exceptional food, excellent service and authentic ambience. We have always had a wonderful meal and friends and family still talk about the delicious the steak and tilapia!

W
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going back often, developing menu favorites.
Rather keep this place neighborhood secret than broadcast to the world.

G
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best little gem near downtown Bethesda MD. Great service and food is delicious at a good value

n
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food is very flavorful and reasonably priced. I suspect that most is fresh made. Enjoyed a great meal with my mother on her 87th birthday. She thanked me for being so thoughtful (6 stars).

HK
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Guardado's on a neighbors recommendation. IT was excellent. A very good selection of TAPAS. We're going back SOON.

SW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Year after year, Guardado's restaurant keeps the quality of its food and service !! We enjoy going there for the best tapas and paella of Bethesda!

CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guardado is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is great, the staff is friendly and helpful, attractive furnishing, parking across the street

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
37 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

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
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

RB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

A
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

1
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Estupenda cena de despedida con amigos .

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j
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

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