About Guardado's

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.

4918 Del Ray Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00 - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Old Georgetown RD

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 986-4920

Website:
http://www.guardados.com/

Entertainment:
We have live music every Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm and
Haft Sangria all day & Night!

Catering:
We do offer catering for more information call Reyna 240-478-8783 or 301-986-4920 or e-mail reyna@guardados.com or check our catering menu on line at www.guardados9.com and click CATERING.

Parking Details:
Public meter parking in front of the restaurant. Free parking in the garage on Saturdays and Sundays, but it is not free on the street.

Public Transit:
ride-on 34

Executive Chef:
Jose Nicolas Guardado

Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, “Guardado's” can accommodate all your special event needs

Private Party Contact:
Reyna Guardado: (877) 634-1926

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Join our Happy Hour Tue-Fri $3 beers from 4-7pm. 1/2 price on all bottles of Wines on Tuesdays. Thursdays $4 Margaritas, Mojitos & Sangria. For more information call us @ (301)986-4920 or visit us at www.guardados.com

Guardado's Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

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4.1

value

4.5

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Cozy (9)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

This was our third visit to Guardado's. As before, the food was excellent. Our waiter wasn't very attentive, but food was served correctly. This was our anniversary and I noted that in Open Table, but there was no recognition of that when we arrived.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

We love Guardado’s! This visit we tried two new-to-us tapas. That’s hard to do because we already have a list of favorites. As always, an excellent meal!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Tomas is great. He knows the menu and makes good recommendations, especially if you have food allergies. The food is high quality and prepared fresh for you. Try it, you'll like it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This lively little spot serves some of the best tapas around. Everything we ordered was delicious. It is consistently one of my favorites.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This place never disappoints! It’s great food and very friendly staff every time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

The spinach salad was very good. The mashed potatoes were very flavorful. The lamb chops were a little undercooked. The shrimp was seasoned good with garlic and butter. Overall a nice experience.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

great neighborhood restaurant with very good food at reasonable prices

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food. Small authentic place. Very pleasant service. We ordered the tapas, and some ceviche. Flan and tres leches cake for dessert. Everyone loved the food and added this place to repeat list. Likely to become a favorite place to come enjoy a meal with friends

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

One of the best steaks i have ever had. Side dishes were delicious as well.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Once Guardado's came to my attention, I went there to eat every chance I got.

In particular, I enjoy treating friends to meals there in celebration of special occasions.

Never ever have I been disappointed by the quality of the food or the level of service! Both are deservedly praiseworthy.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Having come back from some time in Madrid and Andalusia some months ago, my husband and I love to make a meal of tapas. We were delighted with Guardado's! It's a block off the beaten path of one of Bethesda's restaurant pockets, and a jewel. Simple but bright and pleasant decor, knowledgeable, friendly but non-obtrusive service, and each little dish was as well prepared as it possibly could have been, creative and delicious, with appropriate portions. The waiter brought out each dish as it was ready, so all was fresh, and we had the pleasure of a new surprise every few minutes. This is now our local tapas spot!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Consistently good food and sticks. Nice happy hour offerings.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Two Women shared three tapas (or small plates) a tender steak, a mushroom and shrimp dish and an endive, mandarin orange and delicious cheese salad. (On other visits I've had the wonderful lamb chops. I also love a fabulous dessert ---tres leches cake.) This time we had flan for dessert. My friend, from Florida, was amazed at how reasonable our check was.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent food, tremendous value, very good service, always consistent. This place flies under the radar and might be the best Tapas in the DC area. Price wise=excellent, food quality is great. Always have had a very very satisfying meal and experience here, not flashy, not expensive an excellent neighborhood restaurant that deserves to be on your list!

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Every now and then, our teen boys just want a pile of pasta, so my wife and I give it to them and find a restaurant on short notice. On these nights, Guardados is always among the 3-4 at the top of our list. With their tapas menu, two people enjoy a lot of different tastes. Each dish is invariably delicious, and compared to the big names with similar menu styles, their prices are quite reasonable. The staff is always gracious, eager to please, helpful with specific suggestions and genuine. The decor is not meant to impress. It feels like a local place, and that's appealing for spouse night out. Your money is going to the quality and preparation of the food--a great value. We love Guardados and are grateful it's in our neighborhood.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Guardado's is always a great choice. The food and service are terrific -- great if you just want to do small plates but entrees are also very good. I've been going there for years and have never been disappointed.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 6, 2017

They were very accommodating regarding choice of table. The server was very informative and gave us good advice about over-ordering. We had a variety of appetizers plus one person chose a dinner, instead. We enjoyed everything we ordered!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Restaurant seems unorganized little bit, however foods was great. And price seems right for the dishes. My ‘go to’ tapas in Bethesda.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Once again Guardado's does not disappoint -- the food is always fabulous! I periodically try a new dish and realize that I now have another favorite. There is a wide range of tapas so you can accommodate vegetarians as well as meat eaters. My only suggestion/criticism is to make sure that the tapas are accompanied by serving spoons -- I frequently had to ask for them!

Tags: Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Excellent tapas with great service. Sunday parking was easy and free.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

The host was very attentive. Our server was very attentive as well, checking on us periodically. The food was deliciously cooked. It was awesome first time visit!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2017

I love this restaurant for eating tapas and paella.

Tags: Quick Bite, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2017

a charming small place where you can hear one another and have good food. not fancy, not expensive, but just right to have dinner and catch up.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Just dropped in for a quick quiet dinner. Had gazpacho, stuffed mushrooms, paella plus paella and was quite satisfied. Nice place!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We had an excellent meal with great salads, tapas and paella.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

There's another spot nearby that's better known for tapas. For a change, we went a few weeks back. More variety, perhaps more refinement, but in the end, just not as satisfying. We love everything at Guardado's, from the frittata to the croquettas to the chorizos etc. And you can't beat the price for the quality. Good service and location. Always a great meal. (Family-friendly, too! Tonight was my son's birthday and given the chance to pick anything, this was it. And it lived up to the occasion.)

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Our first time. What a wonderful restaurant. It's an instant fav!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The tapas were delicious and the service was great, very friendly and sincere. We will return for another meal!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

We had a great time at Guardados, staff was very friendly, food was great!! Will be going back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Awesome! As always! Wife and I did restaurant week and ordered 8 tapas plus 2 desserts! Needless to say, we could not finish it all so took home leftovers. The tapas were great as well as the desserts: tres leches and homemade flan. We definitely recommend Guardado's even if it's not for restaurant week.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Healthy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Always something new and interesting. The stuffed endives were delicious, and so was their ceviche.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We went to Guardado's for Restaurant Week. Terrific food. We tried eight tapas of which 6 of the 8 were great. The steak tapas was grisly and devoid of taste and the calamari was just ok. All in all a good value with excellent food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Tapas, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Terrific food!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 1, 2017

One hour wait for food upon ordering was upsetting and unacceptable

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great food and attentive service!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Restaurant is a little tight, but the plates keep coming and the prices are reasonable. We only had tapas, but we ate a lot of the menu. Very authentic Spanish menu.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 21, 2017

First time visit to the restaurant. Dishes we ordered were tasty and prices were very reasonable. Will go again if visiting in the neighborhood.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Most of everything was perfect

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Good service except when the waiter forgot to bring a drink. Nice ambiance and menu selections.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Casual, Authentic, Spicy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Food was ordinary but quite expensive. Calamari dipping sauce was bland; paella was plentiful for 3 but rice was mushy and rather bland. Only the Chorizo in the paella was flavorful. Overall an expensive bit only ordinary culinary experience.

Tags: Casual, Tapas
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