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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Cozy (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Romantic (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Worth the Drive (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Business Meals (2)
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Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 14, 2017

We were 8 people although we thought we would be ten. We used the private room and it was wonderful. We could enjoy conversation, the food was delicious and our waiter was charming. The wine and margaritas were also enjoyed by all. I would highly recommend Guardados for a small group or any other occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 13, 2017

The food and service were great and all. Just the kitchen closes at like 9, so after 8:30 you can't get Paella which was disappointing. But, try it out. The food is great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 11, 2017

I haven't been there in a couple of years and thought the portions were a little small compared to the past. Friendly staff but could have used another server on the night we were there. Very interesting tapas

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Always love this place bc food authentic, affordable. It's casual and relaxed. Good sangria.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Tapas, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Every tapas selection we tried was fantastic. Simple fried plantains were amazing! Great mojitos! Small seating area so not much room between tables and kind of loud but warm and friendly service. Small issues for the excellent food. Food was delivered quickly. Tres Leches cake was light, perfectly sweetened, and delicious. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Ok food and ambience. Better options available in the area

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 25, 2017

We loved our paella and our waiter made the meal feel like we were in Spain!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Have been to Guadardo's several times and always enjoy the food and excellent service. Guess there's nothing to be done if I happen to go on a night with noisy kids

Tags: Authentic, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2017

The paella negra barely had any squid ink in it so it tasted bland. Plus it was over baked. It took over 1/2 hour to receive our drinks and in the meant time, we were rudely informed by the woman running the dining room that we couldn't have bread until we ordered. Problem was, our waiter was deep in the weeds and didn't come to our table.

Roasted and stuffed red peppers were excellent as was the broiled octopus but everything else was not as good as our first experience. Stick with beer and wine at this place as the drinks are terrible and will unreasonably slow the meal down.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Always such a delicious treat. The dishes we had were all terrific and the atmosphere was upbeat.

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Guardado's never fails to make us happy! The food is uniformly good and the prices very reasonable. Order the paella as soon as you arrive as it takes 30 minutes for them to prepare it.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Always a great evening with great food and wonderful ambience at very good prices.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Our second visit and there will definitely be a third. A bit slow at first but they were admittedly slammed, and once things eased up so did the pace thru the kitchen. Despite this I would rate the wait staff as terrific. Great food, reasonably priced. Amazing tortilla de chorizo -- we ordered three! Flan was also amazing!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 4, 2017

This was our first...and last...time eating at Guardado's. The sangria was terrible, and we should have known to leave right then. The two tapas we had were awful--gummy croquetas and un-seasoned steak. The paella was bad also, featuring overcooked shrimp.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Some of the dishes were OK but the portabello tasted a bit woody and the sautéed squid was rather rubbery. Very old clientele

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 22, 2017

As always, the food and mojitos were outstanding. The food is served hot and comes out as tapas should, as they are ready. And the mojitos use real mint and a lot of it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tapas, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Took us early and stayed open on the Day Without Immigrants. Our server doubled as hostess, and couldn't have been more accommodating. Dessert was wonderful. Nice bathroom. Very pleased with our choice.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The paella was really tasty with shrimp,sausage and different vegetables. The sangria was just perfect, with bits of fruits floating around in my glass! The fried plantains were wonderful! and the flan was silky and delicious! Our server was very knowledgable about everything on the menu and very friendly. The restaurant is a little tight, the tables are really close together but this can be expected in Bethesda. No problem finding parking across the street. We will be going back again soon!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2017

An unexpected gem of Spanish cuisine in downtown Bethesda. Each of the 8 tapas we ordered was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2017

We had a delightful evening, table for 8 in the back room. No loud ambient noise. Service was excellent, food delightful and we were not pressured to depart. We were there for three hours. Will definitely do this again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2017

What a delightful happy hour with amazing food. The staff was attentive and the fellow diners were even fun!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Guardado's is a favorite for me and my girlfriend, and we love eating there. The paella is beyond description!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Guardado's is a longstanding family favorite. consistently reliable great food from a terrific family run restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Glad we made reservations as Guardados was packed the night before Inauguration. Service was slow as a result, but the food was terrific as always and we were in no hurry. Paella is always wonderful, and we had a few tapas and sangria while waiting for it to arrive. This is our favorite tapas spot as it is small, friendly, family-owned and has plenty of parking across the street.

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Authentic, Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2017

I have been going to Guardado's since they opened. It has continued to improve. The food is excellent and the prices are very reasonable ....value for money.

Tags: Fun, Quick Bite, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Guardado's is always our go-to restaurant when we want a "comfort" meal - a meal we know will be cooked with care and served with a smile. They just celebrated their 10th anniversary which is an incredible milestone for any restaurant, large or small. I wish them another 10 years of success.

Tags: Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Love this place! Always good. Very good value and a wonderful experience!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Staff were gracious, and admitted us early when we arrived 10 minutes before opening time. We enjoyed tapas and shared some excellent desserts, and generally had a very pleasant dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Good like it. Very especial night New Year's Eve. I really like it.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Always delicious food - great paella- and warm, fine service at this family owned tapas restaurant. Excellent value!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We visited Guardano's for the first time this past New Year's Eve. We were pleasantly surprised by how good the food was--very tasty, fresh, and beautifully presented. The service and atmosphere were also really nice. The dining room is small and intimate and had a really nice buzz. Overall, it was a great dining experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

The food is always amazing. Never disappoints.... Service is always great, I would highly recommend. We are there at least 2 times a month.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

I have taken friends here several times. Each time we have enjoyed the friendly service and great small plates which come hot to the table. It is family friendly and parents should feel comfortable about taking small children; they have more variety on the kids' menu than several other restaurants. All in all I would recommend this place to my friends any time.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Casual, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Guardado's serves amazing Spanish tapas and wonderful paellas. We had the seafood paella (marinera) and it came loaded. We also loved the paella negra, with squid ink and yummy chorizos. It was DELICIOUS. Everything we ordered tasted authentic and amazing, especially the croquetas, the gambas al ajillo, the pinchitos, and the jamón serrano con queso manchego. The sangría was delicious and half price on Wednesdays. I can't say enough good things about this place. It's family owned and the staff is treated like family as well. Just go and try it for yourself.

Tags: Disabled Access, Cozy, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Tapas, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Love this restaurant for it's neighborhood feel, consistently wonderful food and attentive, friendly service. Our go to place for special occasions and to bring out-of-town friends. Everyone is always impressed by this quaint, family owned restaurant amongst the impersonal, well-known chef restaurants of Bethesda. There is a county parking garage directly across the street which is free on the weekends. Always plenty of parking.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Fun, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2016

great food and really great service. the paella was outstanding
octopus tapas one of the best

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Food was good. Ambience and lighting was nice. Service was very lacking. Not very friendly.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2016

We have been to many Bethesda restaurants over the years, but somehow missed Guardado's.
All four of us in our party were thrilled with the food and the service. It was an accidental find when looking for a place for a casual dinner. It is now on our short "go-to" list for dining in Bethesda. We all recommend it highly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 10, 2016

This was a great restaurant, excellent food & service. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2016

I always love Guardado's, whether it is dining with a friend or with a small group of friends. Wonderful choice of delicious tapas, excellent paellas, nice wine list, friendly and easy service, a lovely experience. Always such satisfying food and a satisfying experience. Nico, Reyna, and Jesus, along with other staff, make this a very good restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Tapas, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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