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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4.5

service

4.3

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4.0

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fun (4)
Romantic (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
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Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
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Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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Live Music (1)
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Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Vegan, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and service was quick after a slow start.

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Tapas, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very nice. Will be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

Tags: Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great paella, cozy but somewhat noisy when there are groups

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Baltimore)·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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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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vip
 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Healthy, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Healthy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Tapas, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Live Music, Comfort Food, Fun, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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

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vip
 (Washington DC)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·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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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Washington DC)·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!

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 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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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Washington DC)·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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vip
 (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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