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Guardado's

4.7
4.7
1321 Reviews
$30 and under
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.
We have patio now for dining in!

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Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00 - 9:00pm Friday - Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Phone number

    (301) 986-4920

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jose Nicolas Guardado

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Bethesda / Chevy Chase

  • Cross street

    Old Georgetown RD

  • 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. <br />

  • Public transit

    ride-on 34

  • Entertainment

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

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,321 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Spanish

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Best Value

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Fit for Foodies

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We’ve been going to Guardado’s for years and love it. We drive 45 minutes just for this restaurant. Authentic family owned Spanish restaurant with fabulous tapas and drinks. Highly recommended.

  2. H

    Hangsik

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful place, nice and yummy foods. Convenient location with a parking structure just in front of the restaurant (free parking during weekends). Strongly recommend.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    From the gazpacho to the tapas plates to the flan for dessert, it was a real treat!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3

    I took my family to Guardino to celebrate my birthday, and it was perfect to be able to share a family paella pan. The ceviche was the best I’ve had, and the gambas al ajillo esta muy perfecto!

  5. CK

    ChuckK

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    The tapas is top notch, as well as the flan. The paella was moist, but a little bland.

  6. M

    Monica

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent! My favorite tapas restaurant in the area. We look forward to our next visit!

  7. A

    Amir

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent as always! Friendly staff and delicious food.

  8. i

    ilikewine

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    So happy this place is still around!

  9. U

    Unhappy

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    The rice in the paella was mushy and the paella was too salty. The stuffed plantains was not “stuffed”; it was beef mixed with plantains. The octopus and potatoes was perfect. The vegetables were bland. The staff was friendly.

  10. n

    nancyjow

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great neighborhood gem. Food is consistently good

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great birthday celebration! They even put a candle in the mango sorbet! Great service - food was delicious and came out promptly.

  12. CW

    CaroleW

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent, fresh & well prepared food. Service was cheerful & efficient.

  13. MW

    MelissaW

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great sangria and food! Good value -reasonably priced. Definitely going back!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible dinner. Not only was every dish outstanding, the Salvadoran owners stayed and talked with us after dinner and couldn’t be nicer. We’ll be back very soon!

  15. HK

    HarryK

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best since the arrival of Covid. Would have been great without the Covid impact.

  16. R

    Rikki

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    The food is still amazing, but the staff is all new since the pandemic. This used to be a place for a leisurely meal with friendly, efficient staff, but now everything is rushed and the new wait staff can’t be bothered with anything outside their own plans, don’t listen well and blame the customer. There were six of us, arriving in three groups and speaking four different languages, yet the waiter presented the entire bill to the middle-aged man - and then insisted that we had not told him to split the check initially so he couldn’t do it at the end. The payment device had a split-check function but he could not take three minutes to use it. In addition, two items we asked him for never arrived. Maybe it all saved him time, but his colleague who fixed the payment was not so lucky. Once again we had to battle assumptions made in haste, this time to avoid paying the whole bill twice. But the food was plentiful and amazing, as always, and this was my favorite restaurant pre-pandemic. We’ll likely give it another try and specify payment arrangements every time we order something. Hope the staff will be better trained by then.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Food is always delicious and it has a friendly atmosphere in on quieter block.

  18. BR

    BillR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Found this place for Mothers Day for our family of 9. Food was authentic Spanish, delicious tapas and the gazpacho was to die for! We will come here again for sure!

  19. KW

    KrisW

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service are excellent. Everyone is treated like old friends by all the staff. Definitely a favorite for a low-key delicious meal!

  20. CC

    CatC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Kindly and fast service. The food came quickly and was utterly delicious.

  21. T

    Traveler55

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I live in New York, but travel to Bethesda several times a year. On those visits I always make it a point to go to Guardado's. The food is excellent and the service is great. I highly recommend this restaurant.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The meal was fantastic, we thoroughly enjoyed everything including the house made flan for desert. Can’t wait to come back!

  23. M

    Mitchcumstein

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food and service. I would highly recommend.

  24. JL

    JoshL

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome food, great service, good value. Niko, Reina and Jesus are the best at what they do.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this family owned restaurant. Great food

  26. S

    Spike

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I've always ordered the tapas at Guardado's and they are all excellent. So I never tried anything else on the menu until last night. My friend suggested we share a paella, and I went along. It was SO GOOD that I think I'll order it again next time, and tell all my friends about it. No matter what you order the food is superb.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had an amazing dinner, dessert and cocktails.

  28. MD

    MikeinDC

    Washington DC

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    First time at Guardardo’s for a family dinner. We were greeted with an exceptionally warm welcome and our server was very helpful in navigating the large menu. We opted for lots of tapas and then one of the paellas- all excellent! We’ll be back!

  29. R

    Robyn

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have been dining at Guardados for years, and it is one of our favorite restaurants. The food here is consistently delicious, and the service is always friendly and efficient. The variety of choices is extensive for both food and drink and the prices reasonable for what you get. Highly recommend this restaurant—you won’t be disappointed!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Deliciously cooked food, amazing variety of tapas. Lamb and beef dishes were well seasoned and cooked to perfection.

  31. JE

    JEAN

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Restaurants are first and foremost all about FOOD! Guardado's adheres strictly to this very definition. Excellent food all around, fresh and plentiful. Service was also great, friendly and attentive. The place could use a makeover, but it is clean and quite acceptable, especially if such a makeover results in price increases... The prices are reasonable. In short, Guardado's continues to maintain its ranking as one of the DMV areas true gems!

  32. J

    Jenlotus

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I love this little restaurant! It was the service was great! And the food is what I would expect from a Spanish Tapas restaurant! We will be back again to try the paella!

  33. I

    Intelqubed

    Washington DC

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time dining back here in a very long time. Had several small plates. Started with the scallops with portabella mushroom. The scallops were perfectly done. Also had the grill calamari which were very tender and very garlicky. The salmon was also very tender and well presented. The highlight was the grilled lamb chops with a reduction sauce. Had them prepared medium and they were excellently. Overall the service is provided by staff that have been there a long time and they are consistently excellent. I will return the next time I am in the area.

  34. CE

    CE360

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    The food and service were great. The restaurant was a bit too noisy to have a quiet chat, but it’s good to see people out having fun.

  35. M

    Molly

    Washington DC

    144 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly personal. Lovely, tasty food. Small makes sharing delightful. So many small plates to share makes the food fun for everyone.

  36. AH

    AviH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The food is always fresh and tasty. The spices are spot on.

  37. m

    moonbelly

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Friendly, attentive service and fresh, delicious tapas... just like always!

  38. DV

    DonnaV

    Washington DC

    134 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    134 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Happy to be back after getting only takeout all these months. Love the food here. We had a selection of tapas - salads, fish, vegetables. The service was friendly and well-timed. List of wines by the glass was short but adequate, and the prices for both food and drinks were quite reasonable. It's a small place and we heard too much of our fellow diners' conversation, the only reason for a downgrade in ambience.

  39. i

    ilikewine

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Food was delicious and the tapas portions were very generous. Very attentive and friendly service. Prices extremely reasonable. Glad to have rediscovered this place!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Guardado’s is a small family owned restaurant, and is my favorite in Bethesda. Varied menu with something for everyone’s tastes. Nice size portions, and good value.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Guardado's using the Order Online button. Guardado's also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Guardado's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 986-4920.

Guardado's is rated 4.7 stars by 1321 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Guardado's

4918 Del Ray Ave Bethesda, MD 20814

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Old Georgetown RD

  • Neighborhood

    Bethesda / Chevy Chase

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00 - 9:00pm Friday - Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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. <br />

  • Public transit

    ride-on 34

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jose Nicolas Guardado

  • Entertainment

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

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (301) 986-4920

  • 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.

  • 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

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