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Guardado's

4.5
1026 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates
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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
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Phone number
(301) 986-4920
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jose Nicolas Guardado
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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
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Private party contact
Reyna Guardado: (877) 634-1926
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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.
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Cross street
Old Georgetown RD
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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.
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Public transit
ride-on 34
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Entertainment
We have live music every Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm and
Haft Sangria all day & Night!
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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
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1026 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
3.9
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Love the food and reasonable. We eat at Guardado's a few times per month. Great neighborhood restaurant.

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BonnieF (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Guardados staff and ambience always make one feel at home. AND the food is incomparable!

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FindingFood (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Wife and I enjoyed our meal here. Service was excellent and had some wonderful tapas.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food and service was quick after a slow start.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This is a very cozy restaurant with wonderful tapas. It's small so it's a little crowded when it's full and the service can be a little slow - but it's all worth it. The owner is delightful and always around if we need anything.

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vipBandido (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

A very cozy, family-run restaurant with friendly service. Authentic tapas, with a good mix of Iberian and Latin American offerings. Very tasty, reasonably sized servings; good value for money.

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M520 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Very nice. Will be back.

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FormerWaiter (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

One of our family's favorite regular places. Great little neighborhood restaurants.

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DanielH (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Great paella, cozy but somewhat noisy when there are groups

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vipKerryLoves2Eat (Baltimore)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Dinner started well. The tapas were delicious. Then the paella arrived. The first few bites were delicious. And then the 4” hair, intertwined in the vegetables and rice, killed the experience. The waiter and manager were challenging us about the hair. They asked where it was and my wife had to tell them it was twisted in the bite she spat on a plate. The manager forgot the most basic truth: the customer is ALWAYS right. Sadly we will not be coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

This our favorite tapas place in the neighborhood, where my wife and I visit regularly, often with another couple. We recommend especially the ceviche and the shrimps with oil.

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vipdcdining2014 (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

We always come on THURSDAY's b/c there is a guitarist. ON other days, it would be nice to have soft music in the background . . . . .thank you.

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vipSusannah61 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

We went to Guardado's for restaurant week. What a great offer--four tapas plus a dessert for $25. We enjoyed the tapas, but needed to take some home because they were so plentiful. It's a small restaurant with a dedicated clientele loyal to the family-owned business. What a find!

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vipDCEater (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

We have eaten there many times now, and their food is always made from fresh ingredients and tastes delicious. Their cuisine is excellent! Although the tapas are terrific, try the paella sometime.

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vipFoodie12 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food as always! We enjoy their tapas and the wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly as always!

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vipMCats (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Tapas and paella are delicious. Wine choices excellent. A great place for one or two people or a group of four or five or more. Warm, friendly service. Clearly a neighborhood gem although we drive from Fairfax to go to Guardado's.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

The food, ambiance, service and value were great, and with parking right across the street. Go and enjoy.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Guardado's is a local favorite. The food is always excellent, no matter what we order. The atmosphere is perfect if you want to have dinner with friends and not want to have a problem with noise level. And the personnel are very attentive. You can't miss at Guardado's.

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JaneC (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was excellent, delicious Paella & wonderful wine! Service was attentive, the atmosphere was comfortable. We will definitely be back!

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Double03plus4 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

The tapas were delicious & an excellent value. The staff was friendly, helpful, & attentive. We have passed the restaurant when walking in Bethesda but this was our first time eating tbere. Tbe live music wasn't too loud for us to have a conversation. All around a lovely experience & we'll be back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent choice of tapas with friendly and fast service. Each food selection was prepared well with vibrant flavors.

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vipSMR1989 (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

I wanted to love this restaurant. It's 'cozy', but we were squished into a small area with two tables of 4. The tables nearest the door. It was noisy and claustrophobic. Our waiter was horrible. We saw very little of him. The woman helping him took care of us.
Our favorite tapas were the mussels, the spinach with raisins and the chicken thighs and shrimp with rosemary. The chicken dish was spectacular. Then we shared a paella valencia which was good.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2017

Quaint restaurant with amazing food. Can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

One of our favorites in Bethesda, food is always amazing!

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vipBjanemcg (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

We really like Guardados. We we're there awhile back and remember Ed the cozy, quiet atmosphere and good food. Tonight I was so pleased with the house Cabernet and the service was exemplary. We will return.

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vipTommyflats (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent little restaurant that seems to be hidden by the other flashier restaurants in and around Bethesda. Definitely worth checking out.

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MusicBear (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

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!

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vipB20817 (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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vipJackie (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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