Guardado's

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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.
We have patio now for dining in!

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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.3
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susanr
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

It is always a pleasure to come to Guardado's. The food is good and the service is so friendly. This is the kind of place to support during the virus problem. Family owned and deserving of your business.

Plus the flan is wonderfully light and the patatas bravas are crispy. Comfort food.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was superb. We love the paella negra. The tapas are also very good. This is our third visit and we always enjoyed our experience. We will definitely come back again.

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vipRobyn
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food at Guardados is consistently delicious with friendly and helpful waitstaff. Excellent selection of food and specialty cocktails. Highly recommend.

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JohnM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place to celebrate an occasion. Food was perfectly cooked and a better deal than more known tapas restaurants. Next time I would order a paella in advance (35 minute wait), since the zarzuela was excellent.

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TomW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time and the Wednesday half price sangria was amazing !

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Preston
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had our usual fantastic meal! Tapas and paella followed by fried plantains for dessert. As always, make a reservation.

CA
CynthiaA
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great and the service was too! The menu has a wide variety of options. We opted to share a variety of tapas but there are many entrees to choose from. Definitely will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

We will not be back. All the proteins were severely overcooked. All 8 of our tapas came out at the same time, so things got cold by the time we got to them. Just not too flavorful...

LM
LissetteM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience...always! Guardado’s is our little place to enjoy meals especially on special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was awesome and food was great

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vipPhil
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been coming to this restaurant since they opened - always excellent. Food, service all outstanding.

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vipEKJM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

A pleasant, simple, neighborhood Spanish restaurant with very good food, very good service, and excellent value.

JF
vipJonF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food
Excellent Value , Highly Recommend

EC
vipEdwinC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

All the tapas we had were very good and the service was very friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great birthday celebration !

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viparjminium
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Service a bit slow. Food not as fully of flavor as similar food at other tapas places

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vipKloud9
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Met another couple and was thrilled to find that Guardado’s extended restaurant week offers.

Portions were much bigger than expected, tasted outstanding and service was excellent.

The value, even if it weren’t restaurant week was. Wry good. We each ordered four tapas and a dessert. We shared everything and was thrilled with our own choices, as well as our friends choices.

We’ll be back!

AD
AnneD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

It was fine. Not bad; not great. Nothing special. Paella was a little greasy. Shrimp was good.

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vipJanine
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Who knew there was this wonderful restaurant in our neighborhood. The food was wonderful. Have to go back soon!

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vipDavidT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Best tapas in DC, by far.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great food, fast service. Unfortunately, the garlic shrimp was not cooked correctly this time (we had tried it before and it was delicious). On this occasion, the alcohol in the garlic shrimp sauce had not been cooked down, therefore the dish tasted bitter and was watery. All other dishes were great. Highly recommend the octopus, calamari, chorizo, NY steak, and potatoes. The flan is excellent dessert.

DL
DaphneL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we were there to celebrate a birthday. the food is delicious. they have an excellent staff. very friendly. a very well run restaurant. flamenco music on thurs! we've been to the restaurant 3 times now. will be back again!

SH
vipSusanH
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

Service was terrible! We had a party of six and everyone ordered four tapas each - #1 person received all four at once; #s 2 - 5 received two each; #6 received none. Of course, we started to wait but our food got cold. We asked many times when the rest of the food would be coming. 55 minutes later - #s 2 -5 received one more tapa. 95 minutes the rest of the food arrived. You would think a 'tapa' place would know how to send the orders out so that you could enjoy sharing and eating hot food. Needless to . say, we w ill not be returning there.

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Marylandcrab
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Wonderful tasty meal and excellent service. Highly recommend for a nice evening out.

ER
EmanR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Very comfortable, casual restaurant with a wonderful use of space. Live music on Thursday nights is another nice feature. The food was delicious and the service was solid. I would highly recommend.

MM
ManuelM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Very good Spanish food. Excellent paella and varied group of tapas to choose from which were of high quality. My favorite restaurant in Bethesda.

MB
MatthewB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Guardado's is that rare restaurant in the area that really feels like a family owned business. You can tell the really care. The food is outstanding as is the service.

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vipIntelqubed
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had to get here early in the new as this is one of my favorite restaurants. It is run by a family so the staffing is consistent and the service is the same. Sat at the bar and was able to enjoy several items on the tapas menu. In the mood for seafood tapas so we explored several of the options on the menu. The octopus was particularly good. They also have a reasonably priced, good wine list. This still remains one of my favorite places.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Guardado’s is one my family’s favorite restaurants. The food is always yummy and the staff treat you like family. We spend every NYE at Guardado’s and they always deliver a great experience.

DH
vipDebbiH
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

We love the food here! The lamb chop appetizer and garlic shrimp appetizer were so delicious. And they make the most wonderful paella. The most difficult thing is choosing which to order. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic!

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newtotown
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, a great meal. It used to be off the radar but judging by Saturday night, this neighborhood gem has been discovered. I am happy for them! Well deserved.

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WesG
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect place for tapas and paella. We had a fabulous meal.

PC
PaulC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Charming little family-owned restaurant. Very good value. One or two dishes were a little on the oily side. Excellent choices of tapas.

PB
PompaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impromptu dinner at the best family friendly Tapas place. Once you try their paella you will be spoiled for life. Not to mention their amazing tapas dishes.
Absolutely love this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

It was excellent.

DD
vipDeferentialDiner
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very friendly restaurant with a family feel neighborhood vibe, yet top-quality delicious food. Service was attentive and warm and helpful and fast.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews