Guapo's

4.4
44 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Good for Birthdays

We believe a great dining experience begins with family. At our restaurants we combine great atmosphere with friendly staff and quality food. We hope the efforts of our family owned business reflect in the experience our guests have and make you feel right at home and part of our family.


Our Specialties include Fajitas and Margaritas, and our salsa has been awarded as the best salsa in the area





Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Tex-Mex, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(301) 656-0888
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Catering Available. Please call (866)350-4400 for more information
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Parking details
Parking lot on 4707 Highland Avenue
Parking garage on 8216 Woodmont Avenue
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine
What 44 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Like the Gaithersburg locations better, but thought with World Cup and it being father's day it would be slammed. They don't use open table and Bethesda does. Will wait it out in Gaithersburg next time.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The food was great. My food was so tasty, I couldn't stop eating it even though I was full.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Birthday and mother’s day

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The service was excellent and prompt, food was hot and delicious! Exceptional team

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Best Mexican food I have had!!! The presentation was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Did such a great job making the birthday girl feel special! Love Guapo’s!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Food, service, prices were all exceptional! Definitely be back!!!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Amazing food! Great flavours. Excellent portion size. Lovely presentation.
Waiter, Hector, was also above average with his personal service. Thanks for the great experience for these Canadians.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Fast and yummy

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great setting...great service...great food! I even bought a quart of salsa to take home! Awesome experience!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

great food! great margaritas! people waiting to get in

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food wasn’t that great. Not authentic Mexican. I expected more.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Nice restaurant,good food,good service.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Two different songs blaring at once 😬

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

I had such a good time for my birtbday. Drinks and food are both excellent!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

My family and I love coming here. We are never disappointed when we come the waiters are always nice and on point. Maria is the waitress we get normally and she is fantastic. Keep up the amazing work.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Met at Guapo’s for an after work dinner. Great space to do this and the food was good and reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Always good

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The food is really good (even if the proportion are really big). The ambiance is very friendly, very noisy but if you're looking for good food+having fun+chill I would recommend this place.

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2018

We’ve loved the guapos in shirlington, so when we found ourselves in Bethesda, we figured we would try it. Probably the WORST service I’ve received at a restaurant. It seemed they were staffed for a regular Sunday evening, not one where the Monday was a national holiday and it was packed. We were asked if we were ready to order twice before our appetizers arrived. When my main course came out, the rest of my family’s food wasn’t served until a full ten minutes later. There was no recognition of the awful service, or any offer to accommodate us in any way. What an embarrassment for Guapos.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Staff was great and very attentive even though it was a busy evening. The food is always good and my kids love to eat here. It can get a little noisy at times.

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2.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Guapo’s claims they don’t take reservations, and the hostesses had never heard of open table. You guys need to talk to each other, or take Guapo’s off your app.

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Guano's is a family staple. We have been there too many times to count. The chips and margaritas are good. The taco salad, quesadillas, and enchiladas are favorites. One odd thing about our most recent visit---the restaurant seemed to be in the middle of a renovation. The top half of the walls was re-done. But the bottom half was mostly hardie board. It was odd. I'm not sure I've ever seen a restaurant operating partially finished. But the place was packed--so I guess they made the right move being open the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Overall, I say go to Guapos. Pro-tip: always sit in the front section (closest to Wisconsin Ave.), because the back area is weird and drafty.

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Nice mexican resturant but Very Loud hard to have conversation with anyone hearing aid/issue without shouting... Fun for birthday or other celebration... nothing special about food average/good Tex-mexican

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2017

Though it was rainy and cold outside, it was worth the travel, I love Guapo's! The food was A-mazing, definitely what my friend I needed that night. And the service was really great for that time of night.

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2.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Can’t compare to Cactus Cantina or Rosa Mexicano. It was alright but will not go back! Margaritas were very weak, we ordered 3pitchers of Margaritas but weren’t good. If you are a Mexican restaurant you should know how to make Margarita. Best thing was Guacamole:)

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent food, generous portions, good margaritas.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Really hard to hear in the space but excellent food and service with great value

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2017

Our first time at this restaurant and it was very very good!
when we come back to DC we will eat here again!

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2.0Dined on September 1, 2017

The food had a uniform flavor without layers. I had the crispy shelled beef and chicken tacos, which were under flavored. My friend had the mixed seafood ceviche, and the flavors were bright and delicious. The chips are too thin and broke when dipped in the chili con queso, which, btw, looked like velveeta and rotel. Finally, the damn servers kept coming every few minutes to ask how we were doing. Every. Server. Easy, buddies. Let us actually swallow a bite before you accost us.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Whenever we come to DC from South Carolina to visit our daughter we always go to Guapos and it never disappoints. Food is always delicious and service is great

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2017

My Mom's Bday!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2017

Really excellent service. Food was fantastic. Lots of couples and families. Fresh salsa was the best we've had.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2017

We weren't expecting the decibels. Had not been here in decades. Most of our favorite Mexican places are not in Bethesda. The exception is Tia Queta's and we'd been there recently, so decided to try Guapo's. Very loud bar scene on the way in. A tortilla machine in the entry hall was a good sign. We were happy with the food. The chips were light and crispy, the cheese nachos actually arranged -not a hot mess like in some places. Nice touch having the guac/sour cream/pico on a separate plate to add as desired. Our chile rellenos and shrimp Veracruz were nicely done and more refined than you'd expect in this spot. Service was if anything a little slow, which was not a problem. In this setting I'd be more concerned if it were fast. I can see how they've held out here all these years. But in a corner table against a wall we measured 95 dB, dropping only to 80 or so later on. As the head of the American Speech Hearing & Language Assoc. wrote recently in the Post, why must restaurants see extreme noise as a positive sign of so-called liveliness?

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2017

We stayed in Bethesda during a weekend stop in the DC area. Guapos was conveniently located to the hotel, and decently priced. We enjoyed a pitcher of margarita with dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2017

Every trip to Guapo's is outstanding! And the pollo criollo brings me back time and time again. I never get tired of it!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2017

My family loves Guapos on Wisconsin Ave. It is our go-to for casual dining. Staff is very friendly and food is great. Best salsa while you wait for your meal. It is a bit loud, but we can still hear one another.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2017

This is a very loud Guapos with stone walls and floors amplifying the noise. If you don't mind it, the food is good and a great value. But it's kind of hard to talk if you want to do that during your meal.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2017

Fast and friendly service. Good food and excellent Margarita ($5) for happy hour.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

First time back in over 13 years. Used to eat their Seafood Enchiladas - went back with my (then boyfriend), now husband (& kids) and my meal as well as atmosphere was just as great! Thank you Guapos!

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