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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P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

CA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome and food was great

P
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

EK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

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

JF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food
Excellent Value , Highly Recommend

EC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great birthday celebration !

a
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

K
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on January 22, 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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

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

J
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DT
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best tapas in DC, by far.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 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
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 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
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 11, 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.

M
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

ER
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 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
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 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.

I
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on January 2, 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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 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
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

n
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 21, 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.

WG
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 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.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was excellent.

DD
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 23, 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
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, very reasonable, friendly service

LP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Terrific neighborhood restaurant that provides good food at great value.

B
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All the food was good, the service was personable and attentive, and the overall experience cheerful and cozy after a movie in the nearby cinema.

n
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a great meal with obviously freshly made food. Incredible value. We had a group of 7 and all had a great time and a great meal.

J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was a Saturday night dinner that turned out well. Cervich is exceptional and all other food was very good. We have been many times and the food is consistently good a reasonable prices

P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The restaurant detracts from the experience by imposing small extras like 30 cents for an additional tortilla and $1 for a dollop of sour cream on dishes where these items are necessary. They should develop a price structure that makes this unnecessary.

MB
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was looking for a nice place, not to loud, to have a conversation with friends. This was the place. The food and serve were good and the price was reasonable. Big public parking lot right across the street. The staff was very pleasant. The menu choices were broad, and there was a williingness to accomodate and adjust for allergies. Would certainly go again.

RK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable! Perhaps our favorite place in Bethesda.

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