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Oyamel
Oyamel

Oyamel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oyamel.com
  • Phone: (202) 628-1005
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jose Andres; Head Chef, Omar Rodriguez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering on a whole new level José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com, or call us at (301) 913-0003.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a private dining room that accommodate up to 50 guests and cocktail reception up to 75 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Felicia Perez (202) 638-0202
  • Special Events & Promotions: Our Butterfly Bar can accommodate groups of up to 20 guests. Oyamel also features a lovely private dining room that accommodates 50 guests. For large parties, full or partial buyouts of the restaurant, accommodating 175 guests, can be arranged.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: D Street
  • Public Transit: Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter on the yellow and green lines; Gallery Place/Chinatown on the red, yellow and green lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are ample public lots in the Gallery Place/Chinatown/Penn Quarter area. Metered street parking is also available.
A word from Oyamel
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana combines Mexico’s rich regional culinary traditions with modern urban fare. Guests experience an array of antijitos—traditional Mexican snack or small plates—along with authentic tacos, ceviches and an impressive selection of cocktails and tequilas. This is like no Mexican food you have ever experienced. Under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés, Head Chef Colin King takes traditional ingredients and techniques and elevates them to deliver dishes and drinks with exceptional creativity and refinement.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We caught the tail end of Restaurant Week at Oyamel. The food was excellent and service was quick. However, the courses did not come out in the order we had anticipated (i.e., as listed on the menu). Yes, dessert came last. But one of us got the main before the soup. And as my wife was finishing her main, the waitstaff delivered her salad. If the waitstaff had explained this when we ordered, we did not hear it. In fact, it was difficult to hear anything at Oyamel. Too loud."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Awesome as always and service impecable. The standard friendly greeting from Stanley who always makes you feel like family. A Penn Quarter favourite!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "I would highly recommend Queso with chorizo which came with best tortillas I have ever had!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We went during Restaurant Week and could not have been more pleased! Food, service, and ambience was perfect. Especially try the table made guacamole (we had spicy and while it had a good kick, it wasn't overbearing either), ceviche (scallops, bass), pozole verde, and tres leches for dessert! I cannot wait to return!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Oyamel never disappoints. I think we secretly wanted our son to go to college in D.C. just so we have an excuse to eat at Oyamel. We ordered 21 tacos between three of us and gobbled up every bit. The carnitas tacos are to die for!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "First time visitors, we got lost in the extensive menu and were completely delighted at the gluten and dairy free menu. Our vegetarian daughter also found many things that she wanted to order. Our waiter was there to serve us and took good care of us though at times he seemed rushed and we felt a little rushed as well. The place was bustling. We loved the tacos and homemade salsa; the make-it-at-your-table guacamole was terrific, as were the homemade tortilla chips. We ordered a bevy of delightful dishes, our favorite being the ceviche tuna and our least favorite being the poblano chicken, good but not what we expected. There's tons to choose from ...try it, you'll like it!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Oyamel since they moved from Crystal City years ago. We ordered from the restaurant week menu and the food was excellent. The stand-out dish for me was the shrimp with black garlic. Other outstanding dishes were the scallops, the ceviche, and the tamal verde. All three tacos were also excellent. The only minor complaint about service was that the first two courses came out too fast, so that we had half a dozen dishes delivered almost at the same time."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Oyamel continues to provide unique and outstanding Mexican dishes, unlike the run-of-the-mill Tex Mex places around town. If you can avoid the excellent but pricey drinks, the prices are reasonable."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Had lunch after a bisit to the museums on the mall. Great meal during Restaurant Week."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Awesome Cevices, we tried almost all kinds! Service is REALLY slow and you may need to get up and search around to find your waiter, and when you do, they pretend as if nothing has happened! Took us 20 min to get our drinks AFTER we ordered. Overall service is poor but food is great!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Having spent much time in DF and Southern Mexico, the picante heat was overpowering, by Mexican standards. Shouldn't need Crema Mexicana to eat quesadillas!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed the food and the small plates were just the right size. They offer a nice range of choices. It is nice way to put together a multicourse meal. Not the stereotypical Mexican fare. The margaritas were delicious. As much as I liked the food, the place was too noisy to hold a conversation easily. We were there for dinner on a Saturday night so it was relatively crowded. The servers were busy, but service was still good. Not a place for a romantic, quiet, long dinner."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This is a fabulous restaurants. Vegetables dishes are great. Huge variety. Desserts are out of tis world."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "It was Restaurant Week and we order the special menu servings. It was a whole lotta food and we could hardly finish but very tasty and delicious. From the tacos to the dessert. No disappointing course. We will be back!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We went for lunch following a visit to the National Gallery. The ambience was very pleasant, colorful, fun. The place was bustling even at about 4:30 in the afternoon. We were expecting a lot from the reviews and reputation, but found the drinks particularly overpriced and underwhelming. We ordered the special cocktail - peach/basil margaritas. We were told it was made with fresh peaches, so at $12, we expected a very large, frozen or thicker concoction but this was mostly ice with not that much drink. I ordered the mushroom taco which sounded really good on the menu, but the flavor was lacking. The swiss chard item was very salty and had way too many cranberries and raisins in it. Overall, not very impressed."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was average and the service was very good, however the restaurant was so loud that we couldn't hear the server and had to yell to have a conversation. With everyone in the resaurant yelling, we couldn't enjoy the experience. It also didn't help that we had the worse table in the restaurant, next to the kitchen."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Excellent food and service, as usual. One of DC's best restaurants."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We are here during restaurant week and since we were in a group of four people we tried every thing on the restaurant week menu. It was all delicious. The taco course was good but they are not the best tacos I've ever had not the best tacos in the area. The chicken tamal with green sauce impressed me the most because usually I am not a fan but I really liked this one. Over all I liked the restaurant and would return, but it's pretty expensive for the portion size (we ordered one thing off the regular menu)."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The only negative was the lunch took too long. I have eaten at Oyamel several times. The cerviche for Restaurant Week was yummy and spicy. The chicken tamale was just okay. I wish there was more of the one tiny taco I had, it was very good. It is nice that for RW you get a dessert. I had the pan con tres leche."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I had never been to Oyamel before, but had heard good things. When I made the reservation, I didn't even realize it was restaurant week. Generally speaking, I am disappointed with restaurant week menus, but Oyamel's was just outstanding. It was essentially a 5-course tasting menu with 4 solid options for each course (except 2 for desert). I found it difficult to choose between the options, but it seems as though I couldn't go wrong. The brussel sprouts were fantastic as was the ceviche. I enjoyed the energetic scene paired with good food. I would highly recommend Oyamel for a fun night out."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Outstanding ceviche, delectable tacos, devine drinks. Jose Andres is a genius."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I'm a lover of ALL Mexican food and this place lived up to my expectations! The service was outstanding as was the food. Be sure to order the guacamole made fresh right at your table. And I wasn't a huge fan of ceviche but now I am! Try the Ceviche estilo Culiacán. It was incredible!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Went here with my friend for lunch during restaurant week. The food here does not taste remotely close to authentic Mexican food. Food was prepared with ingredients to promote the idea of fusion but instead made the flavor taste way off. For example we ordered tees leches cake and it was flavored with coffee. Additionally, the cold gazpacho wasn't a soup- it was a melon salad. Not worth spending your money on a meal that tastes off in an attempt to be creatively mexican. I'm never coming back."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Pleasant wait staff and especially enjoyed-the gaspacho, the pozole verde and the beef taco (chilorio de res). The gaspacho has a wonderful flavor that I was not expecting. You can actually make a meal of just the pork and hominy soup-so good. The beef in the beef taco was the most tender and flavorful I've ever had. The pescadillo sinaloa and the tres leches cake were also really good! However, we were very disappointed with the meatballs in chipotle sauce and the pork taco. The meatballs tasted like canned corn beef hash and the meat in the pork taco was not tender enough and waaaaay too salty. The sauce for the meatballs were delicious though and we used the tortillas they provided to scoop up that delicious chipotle sauce."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Very little worthwhile Mexican food in DC, with the extreme exception of this exquisite restaurant! While presented in an upscale, funkier manner than normal, the food at Oyamel is absolutely spot-on authentic in flavors, types of dishes presented, and accompanying beverages such as tequila and mezcal, an my Mexican spouse was thrilled with everything offered. Oyamel is great at showing that Mexican food is nuanced, colorful and fresh rather than the glopped-up TexMex plate of refried beans, hard-shell tacos, and molten cheese normally dished up throughout the U.S. Service was seamless and the colorful setting and small plates make this great for a group outing. It's too noisy to have deep conversation, but makes for a lot of energy!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Get the fish tacos. Add the watermelon cocktail- you 'll be in total bliss."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "My colleague and I decided to try this place for happy hour because it had received great reviews both online and through friends. Unfortunately, it is not well-advertised that happy hour is only available at the [very crowded] bar area. The drinks and guac lived up to expectations, but found it hard to enjoy my margaritas knowing I was paying double than originally anticipated."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I went here for lunch during restaurant week. Some of the food was spicy which I didn't realize when ordering so I couldn't eat it. The other food was fried; didn't realize that would be the case either! And service was fair, at best. For lunch, I expect quicker service which we didn't get. 90 minutes later and we were rushing to finish up and get the check. Not sure I'll go again."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Great food, delicious drinks. Our waiter was very good as well. We participated in Restaurant Week and were able to sample the menu. I would love to come back and try more. (We didn't love our desserts, but everything else was on point!) I also didn't realize there was outside dining - would love to sit outside on a nice day with this delicious food."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Oyamel is not your typical Mexican restaurant. Besides being a small plates restaurant, the dishes are a different spin on the usual fare you'll find at a Mexican restaurant. The menu was slightly hard to read, as all of the dishes are in Spanish, with an English description, also making ordering difficult for the average restaurant goer. Highly recommend the carnitas tacos with pork rinds and the tres leches cake with pineapple. Delicious!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This is my second restaurant week at oyamel. It offers a lot of different tastes (4 samples, vs the usual 3). That you don't get in most restaurants. A great find that people remember and enjoy"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food, which I was very excited about, was terrible. Most items were too salty or too spicy. The restaurant was terribly loud, loud enough to where you could barely hear the person across the table from you. I was very excited to try Oyamel, but sadly I will not be returning and will not be recommending to anyone."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I had a great time. Enjoyed the food. I just felt a bit rushed by the staff who tried to remove my plate before I had finished the food."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I had heard such good things about Oyamel and was excited for restaurant week to try it out. Unfortunately, the food was very mediocre - the meat dishes in particular (chicken empanada and shredded beef tacos) tasted bad. Even the dessert (I had the panacota) had a very off smell. Between my husband and I, we had 10 different dishes and we enjoyed only 4 of them."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I met a friend for Restaurant Week and was wowed by the attention of the staff. They were courteous, efficient and got us back to work on time since we were meeting over lunch. I thoroughly enjoyed the meal, the food was delicious!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This was my second time at Oyamel, and it was even better than the first! The guacamole is definitely one of the best I've ever had, if it's not the best! My cocktail (a blood orange, tequila, chile mix) was absolutely amazing and creative. Multiple members of our group are vegetarians and there were soo many options for us. It was refreshing to have so many choices and even specials that we could all order! Would definitely recommend this to a friend!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "If you like Mexican food, you really must treat yourself to a meal at Oyamel. They serve appetizer sized (tapas) meals allowing you to try several different foods -- all great and worthy of another visit. The tableside guacamole is also delicious and the fresh housemade tortillas are the bomb. Fun and friendly staff make the whole experience very worth while."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Oyamel doesn't live up to its hype as a foodie destination--many of the dishes were overly spiced and bland at the same time. One order of roasted brussels sprouts was tangy but delicious; the table ordered a second one, which was over-cooked and much too spicy to taste anything. The noise level is deafening. The service was very friendly but a little slow. It helps to be under 35 to dine there; younger folks might be more tolerant of so-so food and loud noise; the place is very pretty, and set up to be a meet market."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "First visit 2 yr again after referral from a co-worker. Just came back for another visit. Food still great with large, unusual assortment of menu items. This visit, however, the service was less smooth. Yes, we knew that the food would arrive as available but had to ask again for chips and salsa, food not hot on arrival, queso already becoming rubbery etc. Having said that, I would return and order the same items but would ask for a different server and expediter."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Oyamel. It was on our list of places to go for some time, but we just hadn't gotten around to it. We were definitely impressed! This isn't your typical Mexican restaurant; it's tapas style and it's definitely more of Mexican fusion. You can still taste the Mexican/Latin American heritage of the dishes, but they've really done something special to them. The Ceviche de Chamoy and the Goditas de Pato we're table favorites. Oh and can't forget the Margaritas - they're excellent!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014