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“Intimate Spanish/South of the Border retreat” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Guardado's

Guardado's
4918 Del Ray Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2512
301-986-4920
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Ranked #11 of 297 restaurants in Bethesda
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Latin, Spanish, Tapas, Salvadoran
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Old Georgetown RD
Transit: ride-on 34
Bethesda, Maryland
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Intimate Spanish/South of the Border retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Cozier and much friendlier than its larger, pricier rival in town, Jaleo, and tucked off the beat and path in downtown Bethesda, this restaurant does wonderful tapas, entrees and more. Smaller does, of course, mean fewer selections, but it's a great place for a romantic getaway. The staff is very friendly and attentive.

Visited February 2013
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Reading, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Delicious and Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

I've spent lots of time in Latin America and Spain, and Guardados is a great combination of both. If you're looking for authentic food, this isn't it exactly. It's a delicious fusion of both, but if your heart is set on truly Spanish food, you may be a little disappointed. However, if you go in with an open mind, it is a fun experience with interesting, delicious food. I recommend you talk with your waiter (all the servers are really nice and friendly) about what tapas you're interested in, and they'll help you choose the best ones for you. Similarly, they can recommend wines to go with your meal. If you don't like their recommendations, they'll give you something else without hard feelings. I've eaten here twice now and both experiences have been equally great. The bill may end up being a little more than expected, but for a tapas restaurant, the prices are very reasonable.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Wonderful Paella”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

It's pretty hard to find authentic paella anywhere in our local area, but Guardado's is definitely one restaurant that fits the bill. It's best to call ahead and order it as it'll take 45 minutes to prepare from the time ordered. Although the 45 minutes can be sent drinking sangria and tasting their delicious tapas. I've been to Guardado's at least 10 times now both for lunch and dinner and it definitely ranks as one of Bethesda's best!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore, Maryland
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“So-so Quality for Spanish Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

My wife and I were very excited about eating at this restaurant because we love Spanish food. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were very promptly seated and ordered a glass of Malbec (which was the best thing on the menu). After we ordered and received the gambas al ajillo (which were better than most), we received our chorizo with manchego cheese on top. This chorizo tasted more like sausage, which a chorizo should not. After that we received our paella, which was desperately lacking in spices. In addition, the seafood tasted like it was old (overly fishy flavor-and I love seafood). The "icing on the cake" so to speak was the shrimp that still had its veins, which I would expect a restaurant to have already deveined. Normally we would have stayed for coffee and dessert, but this time we opted to leave after the main course. If you want a nice atmosphere and ok quality food, feel free to stop by Guardado's.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Great Spanish/Portuguese in Bethesda”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Looking for a casual, neighborhood spot? A small, family-run restaurant instead of one of the hip, crowded chains? Then try Guardado's. We felt welcomed into someone's home. The hostess and waitstaff were unfailingly polite and attentive. Our food was terrific. The paella is enough for 4 if you have a few tapas while you wait. Best sangria I have had in a long time. My wife and I are so glad to have found Guardados and plan to return with family and friends.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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