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Oyamel, Washington, DC
Award-winning

Oyamel

4.6
4.6
9219 Reviews
$30 and under
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. 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 101 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (202) 628-1005
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Omar Rodriguez
  • Private party facilities
    At Oyamel, it feels like a fiesta the moment you walk through the door. Our bright spaces and vibrant décor paired with savory Mexican bites and unique cocktails come together to create an event you’ll never forget.
  • Private party contact
    Coleen Bendig: (202) 638-1910
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Cross street
    D Street
  • Parking details
    There are ample public lots in the Gallery Place/Chinatown/Penn Quarter area. Metered street parking is also available.
  • Public transit
    Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro or Archives/Navy Memorial
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Agave Festival Kick-Off Party - Early Bird

    $99.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 29, 2024 only
    Oyamel's annual celebration of agave spirits is back! Join us for an exciting start to Agave Festival and enjoy unlimited signature cocktails, spirit tastings, passed bites, and chef's stations. Plus, celebrate our favorite tequila and mezcal producers, and learn all about the world of agave from their brand representatives. Doors will open at 7pm! Interested in our VIP ticket? Get early access to the party, plus a private session with our beverage experts! The VIP event will begin at 6pm, with the main event running from 7pm to 10pm. Ticket price includes all food and drinks!
  • Agave Festival Kick-Off Party - General Admission

    $120.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 29, 2024 only
    Oyamel's annual celebration of agave spirits is back! Join us for an exciting start to Agave Festival and enjoy unlimited signature cocktails, spirit tastings, passed bites, and chef's stations. Plus, celebrate our favorite tequila and mezcal producers, and learn all about the world of agave from their brand representatives. This event will begin at 7pm and end at 10pm. Ticket price includes all food and drinks!
  • Agave Festival Kick-Off Party - VIP

    $150.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 29, 2024 only
    Oyamel's annual celebration of agave spirits is back! Join us for an exciting start to Agave Festival and enjoy unlimited signature cocktails, spirit tastings, passed bites, and chef's stations. Plus, celebrate our favorite tequila and mezcal producers, and learn all about the world of agave from their brand representatives. VIP ticket holders will enjoy early access to the event with an intimate tasting experience and extra time to learn from our partner brands. The VIP event will begin at 6pm, with the main event running from 7pm to 10pm. Ticket price includes all food and drinks!

What 9,219 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mexican

  • District of Columbia

    Most Booked

9,219 Reviews
  1. easterner1

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The fish dishes were very good, while the desserts were somewhat disappointing. The meal used ingredients that wouldn’t be used elsewhere, making it an adventure. All in all, a good restaurant, well attended.

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  2. RebeccaB

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The pork belly was tough and unlike any I’ve ever had. The tres leche was average. I’ve had better. The guac, ceviche, steak mole were good. Margaritas were good but tiny.. Our waiter was good.

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  3. Martha

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I loved the color, energy and service, which was gracious, efficient and responsive. The food was good - especially the guacamole and brussel sprouts. With the energy comes a lot of noise which was the only downside. The value was also great, as were the drinks.’we loved our waiter!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome dinner! Service was great too. Will go back.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrible service.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, amazing drinks, nice server! Was really happy to know there's a specific gluten free menu and now a separate fryer for people with gluten issues!

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  7. Asgi

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was amazing liteeally best melted cheese ever. The service was also amazing

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  8. ebc0

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The guacamole was good, and the chips were delicious. The drinks were good. The service was great, and one party member was vegan, so they brought her a special menu, which was very nice. The appetizers/small plates were good; we loved the beet salad, Brussels sprouts, and pumpkin seed-based spread. The ceviche was good as well. The tacos were fine but not as good as the other items!

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  9. Lisa

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. Great place to start off a girlfriend’s weekend! Will come back again and again!

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  10. JaneS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience at Oyamel. I highly recommend it.

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  11. Ellie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was Emily, and she was lovely and helped make our anniversary a perfect night 😊

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  12. BonnieK

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always excellent! Their menu is consistent with lots of variety!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our 545 reservation wasn’t available until 610 so we had to rush our meal. The restaurant was also very loud so people were yelling to have a conversation. Food was really good though

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  14. TeriH

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a favorite - you just can't go wrong! Guac and Margs for National Margarita day was spot on.

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  15. KarenD

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the best meal I've ever had! You have to try their ceviche! It's out of this world. We also had the Briskette with tortillas - DELISH! We loved the ambiance. The entire vibe was perfect for a date night. Best food and service!

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  16. JacekN

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very high quality of food. Prepared meticulously in-house. Great, true, genuine Mexican.

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  17. AlexandraD

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    At oyamel you are guaranteed to have outstanding food, service, and the decorations are beautiful

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  18. Mash

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, location, and ambiance. Great servers & staff, quick service!

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  19. Sandra

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic atmosphere, service and food. We have been here a few time and it’s always consistently good.

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  20. RashmiS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    This is a very busy restaurant so really not a relaxing place. The service was very poor. Food was fine. I don't think I will be coming back anytime soon.

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  21. jmidatlantic

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Loved the food, loved the place, hated the noise. And we were in a "quiet" section. Most of our conversation was "what?" or "sorry, I didn't hear that." Next time we'll try it for a late lunch, because the food was outstanding.

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  22. ruthiet

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Stopped in for late lunch after a visit to the National Gallery of Art. Was pleasantly surprised to find a brunch menu, good on the weekends until 3, in addition to the regular menu with which we were familiar. Asked for some guidance from our waiter and decided to try the chorizo tacos from the brunch menu which were yummy. We also enjoyed the barbecue tacos and the Brussels sprouts. We saved room for the churros but alas they were all gone by the time we ordered. Next time.

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  23. MegK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place for a casual lunch or dinner. Excellent food. Perhaps offer more dessert choices.

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  24. GabrielaA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints. Blood orange margaritas were nice and potent. The guacamole and queso fundido disappeared as soon as they hit the table. All the tacos were exquisite, as were the tamales and Brussels sprouts and cauliflower dishes. The desserts were scrumptious, as usual.

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  25. YvetteC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Instead of the brunch menu, we opted to order from the regular menu instead as we wanted to try a variety of different things. We went for the bistec con mole coloradito, cochinita pibil tacos, pescado baja california tacos, and quesadilla con chicharones. Lastly, go for the guac when it's offered...you won't be disappointed.

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  26. Johnny

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was uneven; some dishes were very good (but not mind-blowing) while others ranged from unremarkable to downright bad. Given the inconsistent quality, the meal was not worth the price. We waited 40 minutes past our reservation time to be seated without any explanation or apology, just a “we’re clearing tables now, should be soon” when we checked in. The highlight of the meal was the attentive service of the waitstaff, but overall the experience was poor. It’s probably a fine place for drinks, but if actually care about the food I don’t recommend you waste your time or money.

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  27. MessiahP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very well service & accommodating on all levels. Will return soon

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  28. Jason

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, really good ambiance. Food was very tasty.

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  29. Carolina

    Miami

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Disappointed. Noisy and the food was below expectations.

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  30. Deee

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a bit loud but our group was in a corner and it helped. The food was good. Took a while to get drinks but they were good when we got them.

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  31. RJJF

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a lovely lunch, servers were attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Food was good, the sweet potato tamales were devine as an appetizer to share. I would recommend them. Tacos were creative and tasty. Restaurant does get loud even when half full.

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  32. marleyl

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chef’s menu was amazing, and our sever she was great. Knowledgeable, nice and just overall pleasant.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    While this place had good food and a nice environment, this place is not a Michelin Star nor Michelin Guide worthy. Service was comparable to TGIF on a good night. We ordered a Wagyu course and he it was definitely low grade Wagyu at best. Their Lobster & Scallop Ceviche was really good as well as their sea urchin taco. Overall good place but over priced for what they offer.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique twist to street Mexican food! Service was great, and I definitely would go here again!

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  35. DJGonzalez

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was good. We had an 8:30 appt be we not seated by close to 9 because they were delayed due to Valentines day. We opted to get the table next to the entrance because they said it would be another 15 mins (which is what they had told us when were arrived around 8:40). Food options were limited to a valentines day only 5 course menu at $95 per person. I was also not expecting that either, so it limited our food options. The food was hit or miss, but we were limited to option provided. The staff was really great and attentive. The quality of customer service here is always very high. They were also playing La Bamba on a loop which was just fun to see in the background. I've been to Oyamel several times and would recommend it in general, but if this was a one time experience, I would probably would not have recommended it again based on this experience. I would say, go on a regular night but avoid on Valentine Day.

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  36. Kierstin

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I hosted a client dinner here for 7 in their Butterfly Room and had an amazing experience. We had the 5 course tasting menu and the food was excellent. I couldn't wait to bring my husband and decided to go for Valentine's Day. They served a preset menu as their only food option for the occasion and by the time we ordered (8pm reservation), they had run out of a few items which was frustrating. The food we did get was missing seasoning and wasn't made with the same care. If a restaurant is only going to offer certain menu items, food selections should be more available and prepared well.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Valentines Pre fix menu was terrible. Sadly regular menu wasn’t available, experience overall wasn’t great.

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  38. HarleyOnTheHill

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I were there for Valentine’s Day. Had an excellent dinner.

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  39. FirsttheBread

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oyamel was reliably great for Valentine's Day. We also introduced my brother-in-law to the restaurant - had a great evening. Service was (as always) attentive and prompt, but not intrusive. The food was also what we have come to expect from Oyamel (which is why we chose this restaurant for a special occasion dinner) - we all tried new things and enjoyed every course. I didn't even do irreparable damage to my diet! One new thing on this visit was being seated in the glass-enclosed dining area at the rear of the restaurant - we always enjoy the lively ambience and street views towards the front of the house, but in company with a diner new to Oyamel, the 'back room' made conversation easy and pleasant.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    INCREDIBLE! Great atmosphere, amazing food. Don’t miss out on the table side guacamole and definitely save room for the desserts. We got both tres leches and the coffee themed dessert and they were mouth watering.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Oyamel using the Order Online button. Oyamel also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Oyamel also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 628-1005.

Oyamel is rated 4.6 stars by 9219 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 101 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Oyamel

401 7th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20004

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross street
    D Street
  • Neighborhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    There are ample public lots in the Gallery Place/Chinatown/Penn Quarter area. Metered street parking is also available.
  • Public transit
    Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro or Archives/Navy Memorial
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Omar Rodriguez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 628-1005
  • Private party facilities
    At Oyamel, it feels like a fiesta the moment you walk through the door. Our bright spaces and vibrant décor paired with savory Mexican bites and unique cocktails come together to create an event you’ll never forget.
  • Private party contact
    Coleen Bendig: (202) 638-1910
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