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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (26)
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Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Cozy (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Romantic (7)
Fun (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Healthy (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Bar Seating (3)
Quick Bite (3)
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Vegan (1)
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 (Naples)·Dined on April 30, 2011

Our party of 4 was unanimous in deciding this restaurant goes onto our "frequent eating" list. The relaxed atmosphere coupled with excellent service and only moderate noise made this a pleasant place to enjoy good food,wine and conversation. Among the memorable food of the evening was a salad, endivias rellenas which was composed of goat cheese on endive leaves garnished with orange slices. The wine list, while small, has some excellent choices to go with the food. The seafood paella had an excellent flavor, a bit light on the seafood, but very tasty. We'll definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 24, 2011

My four children and I went to Guardado's for and Easter Brunch Buffet. The food was very good, but there was not much of it. There were only two pieces of Frenc toast left, the salad was scanty and the buffet in general was very poorly stocked. The service was slow and unfriendly. For a meal at $21 dollars a person, we were not pleased with the quantity of food or the quality of service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 23, 2011

Delicious food and good solid service. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2011

Unfortunately, what would have been a very good dining experience was tarnished by a oblivious customer who with her newborn in a car-seat carrier, plowed along the edge of our table as she was heading to the table immediately next to us, knocking a full glass of water and a half-full jar of sangria into our paella as well as on my pants. The manager/owner was quick and did everything right. While the restaurant is not entirely at fault, the incident took away a lot from our dining experience. I recommend that when tables are placed so close to each other, that customers are politely warned as they are seated, to mind the other table (as common sense as this may be to the rest of the world).

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2011

We had eight different tapas and the paella valenciana, all very good. This is a great addition to the neighborhood restaurant scene.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2011

Lovely place, terrific food, friendly staff. An all round winner!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2011

We've been there twice with small groups (of 6 or 8) in the last four months and had a great experience each time. The food is excellent, with a very interesting variety of tapas, both hot and cold, at very reasonable prices. The service is friendly, though the first time we were there it was sometimes inattentive. Notably, they have a kid-friendly menu, which is very low low or no cost for children under 8 on weekdays. The restaurant is small, so it has the feel of a friendly neighborhood place. We are certain to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2011

good selection of tapas, well prepared. Was a wonderful place to have lunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 12, 2011

A great restaurant - outstanding food, service was better than outstanding

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 9, 2011

Excellent food and service. It was a great experience overall. Will definitely be back again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 6, 2011

We went to Guardado's for a special occasion after reading that it compared favorably to Jaleo for tapas. Don't believe it. The only thing we had that was outstanding was the spinach with orange slices. Everything else was ordinary. Not bad, just nothing to write home about. And if we hadn't had a coupon, I'd be complaining that it was way overpriced. The waiter was surly, the atmosphere dull. Won't be going back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 3, 2011

The food was good ad so was the service. Parking on Sunday evening was no hassle at all.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 2, 2011

Very good and authentic Spanish and South American food. Menu is a mix of entrees and tapas (several of which are half-portions of the entrees). Some items, such as the paella and the zarzuela de mariscso (seafood stew) take a bit longer to prepare, especially on a crowded Saturday night. With the kitchen churning out a lot of small plates, we experienced a few problems with the waiter's assistant (who spoke very little English) bringing plates to the table that we didn't order. No problemo - these few missteps were quickly corrected. This is a VERY small neighborhood restaurant, and a group of 8 will find themselves in close quarters.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 2, 2011

Everything was great except the calamari. The plantain cheesesteak was okay, but it was too big to be tapas. I would highly recommend this quaint, vibrant restaraunt.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 2, 2011

we love guardados...and this time, we had their sangria and it was very very good. love the tapas. next time want to call ahead and have the paella.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 2, 2011

food was good, selection good, service was acceptable but slow at times and attentive at others. volume of clients likely taxed wait staff while bus staff was attentive and provided water and cleared table timely.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2011

good place for a good Spainsh food - nothing fancy but staff very friendly and nice

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2011

After my daughter came back from a trip to Spain, we went looking for a Tapas Bar to share a little of the experience with her. Guardado's was the place we chose, an it was wonderful. Excellent food, great service, quiet atmosphere, I would definitely recommend this little place in Bethesda for anyone looking for a taste of Spain.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 25, 2011

Food was excellent, though service was a bit slow.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 23, 2011

we had a great time good food and great service we will be back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 22, 2011

There were five of us for lunch, so we decided to order five dishes and share them all. Everything was delicious and well prepared. Service was excellent and we felt very welcomed and appreciated. I would certainly recommend this restaurant for a terrific meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 19, 2011

enjoyed the atmosphere and food a lot. Wait staff very friendly and nice. would recommend it as neighborhood Gem.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 19, 2011

This gem of a restaurant will easily make my Top 5 best restaurants for 2011. Both the food and especially the service were five star. The tapas were surprisingly delicious and mouth-watering. The best one was the sweet-tasting plaintain stuffed with chicken. And the to-die-for tres leches dessert made us glad that we didn't opt to stand in line at Georgetown Cupcakes!The hostess and waiter were both friendly, smiling and attentive. All of the bus people were quick and non intrusive. I even had a dropped table napkin replaced within 5 seconds of dropping it.We also noticed that the place was packed at 6 pm on a Saturday. And there was a line forming at the door when we left. One doesn't see this often and this early in the evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 17, 2011

Guardado’s is very reminiscent of many neighborhood restaurants in Europe. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, the food tastes fresh and is expertly prepared, and the wait staff does not impart a sense of urgency for table turnover. A definite gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 17, 2011

Croquetas are the best we have ever had -- New York, DC, Philly, Spain. Other tapas are excellent too! Always such a pleasant and enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 12, 2011

We've been here many times and always enjoy it. The food is very good,the service is wonderful - can be a bit slow when busy but all of the staff is wonderful and working hard. And the plus side of this is that they never rush you. For good food, good value and an enjoyable, casual dinner, a great place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 11, 2011

The restaurant wasn't crowded for a Saturday night, which was why we were puzzled that our waiter was rarely available. The entrees were good, and a couple of the tapas we tried were great such as the Ensalada de Mango, Manzana, con Queso Manchego and the shrimp sauteed with garlic (though it was rather small), while other tapas were just okay such as the Calamares Fritos. We would have liked to have had the chance to try more authentic Spanish flavors.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 11, 2011

They were busy - it was Friday. the three of us thought the tapas were far superior to the Paella - which lacked flavor and was a bit dry. the servers were extremely competent, noticing when water needed to be replenished, bread was running out and more. We will go back - but only order tapas.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 5, 2011

Food was wonderful, and when service was received it was great. However we did have to wait awhile for our table despite having a reservation and then a long time for our food once the order was place. Staff was good about providing sangria on the house to apologize for our wait and providing additional bread when requested to snack on as we awaited the arrival of our food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 4, 2011

food is tasty, OK price, with small portion.
However, you don't need to order so much becasue spanish food is very heavy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 4, 2011

Just simply outstanding. Great food, friendly service and ambiance. A real value and a delightful culinary experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 27, 2011

I had heard of Guardado's previously, but made my first visit because I got a great deal from OpenTable. To summarize, it was a great experience and I will be back. There were two of us, and we shared five tapas between us and split a slice of the chocolate mousse cake. I was very happy with every dish - we had the octopus salad, ceviche, mussels, stuffed peppers and salmon. By comparison, the salmon was a little bland and unexciting, but still good. Our service was impeccable and the restaurant owner, who greeted us as we entered, stopped by to chat toward the end of the meal. Great, personal service and very good food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 27, 2011

The food was very good...fresh, well-prepared, flavorful...but the service was HORRENDOUS! We waited 25 minutes before drink orders were taken (and this after asking 2 different busboys to please ask our waiter to pass by our table) and then the food arrived before the drinks. This place would be an excellent find if the service improved. We were there on a Sunday night, for a 7 pm reservation. It was our first time, so I don't know if the service is always so lacking, but it sure was on this night! Can recommend the restaurant only with the caveat that you should prepare yourself for a long night!

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 (Omaha)·Dined on February 27, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised by Guardado's. I went with my husband and parents and we only ordered tapas. My husband wishes now that he would have ordered an entree, but he's a big eater and didn't know what to expect with the Tapas' serving size. The tapas were amazing; had the perfect amount of Garlic and butter in every dish. My two fav tapas were the mushrooms and the scallop over portobello, but of course it was all very delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 27, 2011

I have mixed feelings regarding my dining experience. The food was good, but it wasn't spectacular. When asked whether I would return, my answer would be maybe.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 26, 2011

We went there with my son and his friend. We enjoyed the food. They were very busy the night we went and had to wait for the table. They gave us complementary drinks while we waited. It was a nice neighborhood restaraunt. My son and his friend went back again later.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 26, 2011

I've never been to Spain, but if I were visiting a tapas place in Spain, Guardado's is what I would expect it to be like. It is an intimate setting and the food is very good. My favorite dishes are the cheese plate and the stuffed red peppers. The food is not, however, a-culinary-materpiece-make-you-fall-out-of-your-chair-fantastic. But it is a much more enjoyable tapas experience than Jaleo. Recommend.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 26, 2011

We had a pretty good time overall. The tapas and paella were good; fajitas and some of the other food was only so-so. The hostess was very friendly and the service was quick. Make sure to make a reservation -- the restaurant was very popular and we would have had to wait otherwise!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 26, 2011

Disappointed with the Valencian Paella which was pale and had no saffron flavor which is the key ingedient of a Paella. Service was slow. I won't be going back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 26, 2011

Liked the two tapas we ordered as appetizers - ceviche and shrimp with chorizo - even better than our entrees. I ordered my Lomo Salteado rare, but it came well done and a bit tough. Still tasty with the vegetables. Nice atmosphere. The African American hostess was great - very friendly but professional and a positive attitude.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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