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Review of Guardado's

Guardado's
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Ranked #37 of 347 Restaurants in Bethesda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Spanish, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Old Georgetown RD
Transit: ride-on 34
D.C.
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“always a treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

Guardado's is one of our favorite places in Bethesda...and we have been there many times...today it was for the annual buffet...such a treat...the food is excellent...we really like their sangria...it is a family-run business and a very friendly place to go

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JohnWK
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Bethesda, Maryland
Level Contributor
126 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Intimate Spanish/South of the Border retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Maryland54
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Delicious and Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Remy S
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San Diego, California
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wonderful Paella”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 334JimW
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Baltimore, Maryland
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“So-so Quality for Spanish Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bmenano
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