Oyamel

4.6
8227 reviews
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Mexican
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 Omar Rodriguez takes traditional ingredients and techniques and elevates them to deliver dishes and drinks with exceptional creativity and refinement.
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PZ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

OUTSTANDING FOOD LIKE ALWAYS, AMBIANCE WAS GREAT. The service was not the best this time, our server was not attentive of our needs, I have to ask three times to get water refills. I PUT A NOTE IN MY RESERVATION THAT WE WERE CELEBRATING MY WIFE’S BIRTHDAY, NOBODY EVEN MENTION ANYTHING TO US. LOVED ALL JOSE ANDRES RESTAURANTS, but the service this time did not leave me happy.

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LN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really great food, but our seating was in a high traffic area and it was a bit hard to hear. Maybe there's an echo in the corner?

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J
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Honestly, you can’t get better than this. Very great food. I’m not joking, one of the best restaurants I’ve Ben to that’s Mexican. It was crowded, like most restaurants in Washington. The noise was literally crazy. When I say deafening, I’m not joking. The noise just didn’t make it fun to be in. I would highly recommend the food

Please add noise dampeners

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MC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Oyamel Experience, which is basically a tasting menu and cocktail pairing. It was excellent, but a lot of food. Come hungry and skip the homemade guacamole so you have room for the food. Excellent evening!

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TM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good but small portions. Service was slow so we couldn't order more in a timely fashion. Foam drinks were fancy but underwhelming. Guac was delicious. It was extremely loud. But good for a celebration.

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H
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!! Excellent food, fantastic atmosphere and super accommodating with food allergies and comprehensive Allergen menu!

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JW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single aspect is amazing, I recommend often and without any reservations (do make one!)

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MD
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Party atmosphere, great service, good food. The bathroom is hard to get to.

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WL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow and elusive. Typically I don’t love overdone menu explanation or suggestive selling but in this case we ended up underinformed and underfed. Weren’t told that the Ropa Vieja enchiladas were served a la carte so just received a small plate of two enchiladas and nothing else. A bit meager. When paying, after giving card, server brought back the check for our order but a credit card slip that was roughly double our check amount. Quickly rectified but if I hadn’t paid attention would have paid double for our little lunch.

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MR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food. I try to eat here every time I visit D.C. You can't go wrong with any of the food or drinks. One of the best in D.C.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific as always!

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r
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with attentive service. Plates are intended to be shared but start slow because the portions are generous. Mole in particular is delicious and the guacamole is consistently excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

If we had a better waiter it might have been a more positive experience. He did not come to the table unless we flagged him down. He needs to learn that is what gets the tips. It was entirely too noisy to converse. Won't be back.

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OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We had a terrific time just a few weeks go, but this time we’re a party of six, it was not an enjoyable experience! Had to wait a long time for the table, even though we had a reso. The server got a third of our drink order and the same throughout the evening with everything else. Hasta la vista!

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MJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as usual!
Bravo Chef Andres!

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Munich
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food, nice staff

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks.

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B
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a foodie with high standards, Oyamel is hands down, one of the best fusion Mexican cuisine places that I have ever eaten at. Everything on the menu is amazing, from the food to the drinks. Highly recommend for all occasions.

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MC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - amazing guacamole done on the spot! -, super friendly service, fantastic atmosphere!

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WH
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure-great food, great drinks, great staff!

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

My husband and I went to Oyamel with high expectations- it's a Jose Andres restaurant and what's not to love about this guy and his food? This place doesn't live up to Jose's reputation. The food is meh (mostly bland). It's SO loud. My husband and I had to yell at each other across a tiny table the entire time. We were seated right next to a waiter's station where they check in the orders and deal with checks etc so there was someone talking/dropping things/whatever constantly. Our waiter was pushing to get our orders, he spilled stuff (chips, water) on us and yelled in my face across our table from the station to get someone's attention. Otherwise he was nice (ha ha) but altogether we just did not enjoy our experience. Maybe next time.

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s
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We go here all the time. The food and service is consistently good. We really love this place!

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H
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Front hostesses very efficient. Waitress friendly and efficient. House “Mole” dish not available. Would recommend for good Mexican food.

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R
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For my wife’s birthday. Terrific meal and drinks. A Mexican restaurant unlike any others.

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Y
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful decor and staff. Two thumbs up!

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e
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food and drinks are always fantastic. The place is usually crowded and noisy, as it was on the early Monday evening that we were there. Our waiter was a little disengaged, and we didn’t get the specials menu for the day. We will go back, and we will ask for a quiet table.

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BC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!!! A delightful experience!! And BEST guacamole I have ever had 😋

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MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and excellent service! It gets very loud though and we ended up shouting to hear one another which was not ideal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My friend had never been to Oyamel so she was really excited. We got guacamole and both got tacos. Everything was amazing and I can’t wait to return.

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NC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there for lunch. The food was delicious and the whole experience was great. I would recommend.

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W
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Third trip to Oyamel, and I'm getting to know my way around the brunch menu! We had a dish I would describe as nachos with a fried organic egg, ham and cheese tortillas, Brussels sprouts and their ever-fabulous guacamole. Of course, we took half of it home to extend the deliciousness!

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M
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very warm in the restaurant which made it very uncomfortable.

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J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the best guacamole ever! We will definitely be returning soon.

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LP
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Tacos are inconsistent. Sometimes the meat is thinly sliced or shredded and delicious, other times it is thick and chewy.

The guacamole and chicken rice soup have always been terrific.

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E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exquisite. Oyamel is one of the pearls of DC and anyone who is a fan of fine Mexican dining should already have plans to go there.

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SV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The server never came back until the end of the meal to see if we wanted a second drink but by that time I already had lost my patience and ordered drinks at the bar separate from our table ticket. Luckily the server realized what had happened and took those last two drinks off my check since he realized he was not present as he should have been.

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CP
London
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

The tacos were ok nothing to rave about. The service was very slow took a long time to get anything.

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p
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best guacamole in the world. Great service. Great drinks and food- wish I lived closer

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SG
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Mexican food I have had till date. the beef ribs and the cactus leaves were the winners!!!

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E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good. Tacos were common. I ordered a lamb taco and there was no meat to be found. Rice and bean dishes were delicious. Complimentary chips and salsa a nice way to review extensive menu. The sound level was higher than noisy. Very difficult to hear dinner partner and servers.
Servers were eager to please and efficient.

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