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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MB
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoyable! Perhaps our favorite place in Bethesda.

D
Sydney / NSW
130 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

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
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

n
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
24 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
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
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
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
2 reviews
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
37 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
15 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
12 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.

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