Oyamel

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$30 and under
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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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OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative, tasty and convivial

B
Denver
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Waitress did not accurately describe how spicy the food was.

J
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I liked the interior. Staffs were nice. We l liked the guacamole but was salty. We will ask for no salt next time. Spicy guacamole was deliciously spicy and we loved it. Other food was generally a bit salty to our taste, but we loved the flavor. Agua fresca was went well with the spicy guacamole. I would have liked it less sweet, but they were not too sweet. My friends loved the thin chips

KD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 80th Birthday celebration with the Ladies Who Lunch Bunch from D.C. Superior Court. We are all retired now but always get together on each other’s birthday! It truly was wonderful. I chose Oyamel because I just love the entire experience. Our waitress was especially attentive and absolutely wonderful. The food, as usual, was outstanding. My congrats to Chef Jose Andres. The ladies and I are convinced that Jose Andres should win this year’s Noble Peace Prize. He is a wonderful human being. I have never met him but he freely feeds those who have less than. Amazing man! We went to Zaytinya another time for one of the other ladies and had the same experience. I know Chef Jose Andres owns this establishment also. Thank you for a very memorable time!

MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food tasted amazing! We got there on time and 2 minutes later we were seated. I like that a lot. The food is serve as tapas style, it gave us a chance to try different plates and the presentation and flavor was really good. I will definitely come back again.

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

Also the best. Best food, margaritas & service.

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious, chips need help-too greasy. Place is well designed and staff was knowledgeable.

C
Nashville
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and so was the food!!

LI
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our Dc faves!!!

JS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food - casual dining with a great vibe. Guacamole and salsa are the best I've tasted.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time eating here and it hasn’t disappointed yet! I already look forward to the next time!

ES
Nashville
29 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service at the bar was great. The El Catrin drink was awesome and the fish and mushroom tacos were delicious. I will definitely return on my next trip to DC.

g
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

While some dishes did taste really good (quesadilla, brussel sprouts and the shrimp recommended), others dishes fell flat in flavor and there was no cohesion from one dish to the next. I wish the food was as fantastic as the service we received because our server was very kind and knowledgeable on the menu which was very helpful to us.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated in the back room so it was quiet and pleasant. Great food, great service, fun place.

CW
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your host is fabulous as always! Delish food (still my fav Brussel Sprouts in the area) and atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dessert was amazing!! Café de la Olla

MA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Oyamel margarita is amazing! The food was delicious with interesting combinations of flavors. The noise level is high so don’t plan a quiet night out here, but a fun, vibrant place for a night out with friends.

R
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was very crowded, as expected, but the noise level was very high. We sat in a booth and as soon as I sat down I felt as if I needed to request a phone book to sit on, as either the seat was very low, or the table was very high. I'm 5 foot 8 inches tall. The food and the service were wonderful. I would like to return.

PC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Yes, I would recommend Oyamel, but with caveats. It's not cheap. It's not filling. Drinks are tiny. The place is REALLY loud, like, you're going to be shouting to your table neighbor just to be heard. A bit too "energetic" for this laid-back Californian.

The food, what there is of it, is quite good. Starting with the chips and salsa, adding guacamole. Very nice complement to a (tiny) margarita or a (really tiny) mojito. (What? No sangrias???)

You'll need at least 2 of their tapas plates to feel at all satisfied. Our first pair of plates were the chicken tamale w/mole sauce and the chicken enciladas (2). Both were very good. Our second pair of plates were two brisket tacos. Also very good.

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great authentic and inventive Mexican food, but uncomfortable booth seating - too low and very hard. So either get them to fix the booth seats or get a table, but you'll love the food.

GM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was refreshingly different and I enjoyed the adventure. Food was delicious. Lots of choices.

V
London
19 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A meal at Oyamel is almost always delicious. Worth putting up with the inevitable high noise levels at lunch time!

JA
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The grasshopper tacos are the reason we came here. Definitely an attraction for people with adventurous tastes. I came with a date, and we both had experience eating "unusual" meals, so that was a draw. The grasshopper tacos were very interesting, like eating a crunchy vegetable. They were overly salty though, but just the right amount of spice. The margaritas were good too. We ordered the sandia (watermelon) salad, and it was the right level of spicy along with sweet. The plating for the salad could have been better, or maybe it would have looked better served in a bowl. Ambiance was good. I did see a worrying number of poor reviews for this restaurant on Yelp, but thankfully our experience was good. We ordered other "mainstream" tacos to counter our bold grasshopper taco experiment, and I have to say these tacos -- goat, chicken -- didn't taste that much different from any other soft taco from other similar restaurants. Our server was attentive and good about recommending drink pairings. Our food also came out at a reasonable time given that it was dinner rush. In all, we had a very good experience and I would definitely recommend.

A
Washington DC
112 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first trip to Oyamel, although the friends I met for lunch had both been before. The decor is delightful, with all sorts of butterflies - painted on the windows, floating from mobile sculptures - very fresh and inviting. The service was excellent - our server did a great job of explaining the menu and answering questions. The food is truly outstanding, although expensive. I would definitely return for a special occasion.

HN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a pleasant dinner. The food was tasty although somewhat pricy for the portions. Service was excellent.

JB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, great tapas!

OP
Cancun
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was tasty, specially the atún ceviche!!

IJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. Our server was very knowledgable and helpful. I honestly don't think the guacamole is worth the price. Everything else was, though. My favorites were the ahi tuna ceviche and the brisket taco. Others in my group loved the chicken enchiladas. The desserts were so creative and yummy!

P
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been Oyamel before, but never sat in the back room until now. As we were together with old friends who just moved back to DC, it was great to be able to talk, not scream to be heard, and able to hear all in the conversation.
The food and service were excellent, as always.

C
Washington DC
658 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice as always.

B
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tuna ceviche is one of the best dishes I’ve ever had in my life. And I’ve probably ordered it about 50 times. I loved the chayote salad but I remember when you used to slice it thinner and fan it out in a line on a rectangle plate and I liked that presentation better.

m
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Every single dish was fantastic, if a little smaller than expected. Some of the best guacamole we'd ever had. And the mole was wonderfully rich and chocolatey. We were feeling a little adventurous, but weren't up for trying a whole taco with crickets, so our waiter brought us a half teaspoon full or so - enough for us all to try them. They were surprisingly tasty! Might even try the taco next time.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and very attentive service!

C
London
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh food, tasty, authentic

G
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

You can't beat the $20 three course lunch. The food was delicious and plentiful and the service was fast and friendly. I believe that it's important to support Jose Andres in any way I can so that he can continue his great work helping people.

g
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was pretty good, went for the “fast lunch” of several items for $20. The place was full.

b
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, the cultural Experience meal was worth every bit of money... so many new flavors and so much food... ps I didnt even know guacamole could be that good.

GL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food. My favorite was the tres leches cake. Outstanding service.

NY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food at Oyamel is delicious. It is also a place where people with celiac disease and food allergies can dine with confidence that their needs will be safely addressed. Three cheers for Oyamel!

C
Washington DC
658 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional! Guacamole is terrific. Chicken soup as well. Great service.

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