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4918 Del Ray Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2512 (Old Georgetown RD)
+1 301-986-4920
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Germantown, Maryland
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Here is where you get to order many different small dishes to try. On average we order 5 or 6 different dishes. Spanish inspired dishes of meats and vegetables in delicious sauces and spices. A small family friendly restaurant

Thank crackerb0x
Alexandria, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

Excellent menu of multiple tapas and great paellas with a list of good Spanish wines and all of that at a very reasonable price. I recommend their lamb chops and crispy fried potatoes that come with exquisite sauces.

1 Thank Antonio L
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

Okay so we've been going to Guardado's for about 8 years and we go for dinner, anniversary, birthday and NYE celebration. The food is great and you could never get bored of the selection. They definitely try to incorporate new ideas to the selection. Reyna runs the show in front and Nico in the kitchen, both are great and lovely.... More 

Thank Julie H
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137 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017

There are several restaurants in Bethesda serving fine tapas, including Guardado's, but we come here for the paella, which is consistently outstanding. Have a few tapas while you wait for the paella (~30 minutes) and a glass of fresh, homemade sangria. Enjoy the cozy surroundings and the friendly, caring service. An uncrowded parking garage is directly across the street. Make... More 

Thank AgentSmithDC
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

We love this family run place and have gone numerous times over the years when we want great food, with a variety of choices, at a decent price, and without excessive fanfare - a rare combination in Bethesda the sangria comes quickly and gets the group in a great mood.

1 Thank Barbara G
Boston, Massachusetts
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

This is a very casual dining establishment. It has the feel of a restaurant for locals. It does not try to impress with glitz nor glamor. So don't expect the trappings you would find in Jaleo for instance. The menu is overwhelming in terms of range. I would recommend that the owners simplify their menu by staying true to Spanish... More 

1 Thank C J
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

Had drinks and an app, all were good. Beautiful restaurant but don't sit at the bar. There is an old cigar smell. Very friendly and attentive staff especially on a busy night. Would go back for a full dinner, looked and smelled wonderful!

Thank Sara L
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

6 of us ranging from 11-70 years all found the food to be 1st rate at this small Spanish restaurant. Tapas and entrees were well prepared. Ceviche was outstanding. Deserts were a marvel and the wine list had some excellent choices at most reasonable prices. Noise level a little high and service a bit spotty at times. All staff was... More 

Thank Ken N
Bethesda, MD USA
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Guardados never fails to deliver good food at a fair price. We've been coming here regularly over the past two years and have had their tapas, paella, and fajitas. All are good values for the money and delicious. My favorites are the chorizo fundido and the Espinacias with oranges and almonds. With a small bowl of Gazpacho, it's a full... More 

Thank Alan G
Germantown, Maryland
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

I had seen lots of positive reviews for Guardado's and even considered going there for New Year's last year. I'm glad I didn't. I tried this place for the first time on Saturday night. The ambience left a lot to be desired. The place had no ambience. The football game was on the TV. My group was confused about TV's... More 

Thank mfg2006

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Spanish, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4918 Del Ray Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2512
    (Old Georgetown RD)
  • Public Transportation: ride-on 34
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +1 301-986-4920

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?