Guardados is in the Bethesda triangle, but pretty much at the edge of the restaurant area. We go there for lunch often, and it is quiet and welcoming. The waiter Tomas is great when asked for recommendations. There are luncheon specials (something new - under $10 and sometimes $7 or $8), but the regular lunch prices are relatively inexpensive even if you don't order one of the specials. The food is excellent, and pretty much prepared after you order (not ahead of time). The chef will make minor changes (e.g. using mushrooms instead of peppers). The staff is friendly, helpful, and efficient. I was told that they are very busy Friday and Sat nights, and they have live music (guitar) one night per week (Thursday, I think). I strongly recommend this if you are really hungry and want very good value for money. I personally like the Casear salad plus a sandwich, but usually have to take 1/2 of the sandwich home for dinner.
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