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Oyamel, Washington, DC

Oyamel

4.7
4.7
9010 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. 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

    José Andrés; Head Chef, Omar Rodriguez

  • 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 (202) 628-1005.

  • Private party facilities

    Let’s Get The Party Started! At Oyamel, it feels like a fiesta the moment you walk through the door.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Party Coordinator: (202) 810-8284

  • 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

    Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter on the yellow and green lines; Gallery Place/Chinatown on the red, yellow and green lines.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, 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

What 9,010 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mexican

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  1. MDfoodie

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good and inventive, service attentive and informative. The noise level is very high, which I find more annoying than "energetic", but I would still recommend it based on quality and service. Just don't plan any intimate conversations.
  2. VickyW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent and the food was amazing!
  3. Dave

    Baltimore

    45 reviews

    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    A great lunch.
  4. DCfoodie

    Baltimore

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They get everything right at Oyamel. The atmosphere is relaxed, convivial. The wait staff are first rate. If you can't remember what was that great dish I had last time, you order something else and it becomes the great dish you want to remember next time. (This time it was the trout that looked like steak when I got it.) I like to bring out of town guests here.
  5. Elizabeth

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration w my son Wonderful food and atmosphere
  6. LawrenceG

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    An adventurous take on mesoamerican cuisine. Some dishes are oversauced but most are what you would expect. A lack of wait staff but relatively empty weekday lunch crowd made up for that.
  7. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My wife loves the restaurant, we go every year, love the food!
  8. beeg

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Looking for authentic Mexican, this is a guarantee neighborhood gem, amazing food and great staff.
  9. FranciscoM

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply, best restaurant in DC Food is amazing and all the people in there is so friendly
  10. JMR28

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting from NYC…EXCELLENT service (server - one of the BEST ever!) and food. The NYC version DOESN’T COME CLOSE!!!!!!! Blue corn tortillas…please bring to us…
  11. CuriousCarnivore

    Washington DC

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wait staff and reception were excellent. Very attentive. Very noisy. For conversation. Food very good but enchilada was somewhat dry and not hot. Seemed like it had been reheated. Disappointing.
  12. Tommy

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Probably some of the best Mexican food ive had in a while and def one of the best spots in DC
  13. Sandya6

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am a strict vegetarian, and I still find so many options for myself here. One can throw a dart blindfolded at any item and know that it will be amazing. I love Oyamel, and José Andrės, 💜.
  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service! We will definitely return, everything was perfectly balanced from the amazing guacamole,margaritas and food on the tasting menu!
  15. thomass

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner experience. Restaurant week menu, delicious. Oyamel has yet to disappoint!
  16. Rafa

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    It was good but better Mexican food for cost could be found somewhere else
  17. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great fresh guacamole and chips. Margaritas tastee but small for their price. Yeah that is restaurant way these days charge more and provide less. Tacos were great and fresh. Service was perfect
  18. becc

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch with girlfriends and the blood orange mimosas were the best
  19. MichaelB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Did restaurant week and it was phenomenal!!
  20. ElenaF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was delightful
  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and value for Restaurant Week. Generous portions and delicious food.
  22. Lindsey

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Service was good and the ambience was fine, albeit loud in there. The food was the big let down. Everything was so bland. I've never had pork woth so little flavor.
  23. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding and food was delicious! Great choice for an impromptu gathering with my friends!
  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Awful, unprofessional, sloppy
  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Food was delicious but there weren’t a lot of beef or seafood options (not including octopus). They recommend 2-3 plates per guest however, the serving sizes are small and cost $13-$15 per plate. The quesadilla for example was really just two tacos kinda sealed closed with cheese. The tortillas were also grainy and left a lot to be desired. I know corn tortillas are traditional however, a flour tortilla option would’ve been nice. The issue for me was the service. We had a reservation and still waited about 15-20 mins to be seated. Then when we were sat we waited another 15-20 mins for our server. He arrived empty handed with not even a pitcher of water. It wasn’t until another 15 mins that we were able to flag him down for water then he only filled 3 of our 4 glasses. For an appetizer, we ordered queso and the guacamole and our server forgot the guacamole so we waited again for that. Once we did receive our guacamole it was delicious and worth the $16 to me. We had to ask for our check multiple times and once we did receive it, there were items on there that shouldn’t have been. This used to be one of my favorite restaurants downtown but value and the service was just not worth it. I understand everyone is short staffed however if you aren’t able to meet demand maybe offer take out service only or close sections of the restaurant.
  26. DeborahO

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One member of our party thought there may have been superfluous ingredients in some of the dishes. The food was wonderful. Our service was excellent. The margaritas were delicious and enjoyed the salt air. The chips, salsa and guacamole were tasty and fresh. One member of our party would like to have see more creativity in that area. The coffee desert was much appreciated.
  27. ESP2

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second tom8ne there and I was even more pleased with everything!
  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as always
  29. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jose Andre’s has the gift to make a symphony out of the food A poem with the combination of the perfect ingredients, respecting the ethic flavors and authenticity of Mexican food I’m Mexican, when I want to really sumerge into Mexican authentic food Oyamel tasting menu is my way to go. Tacos de carnitas Michoacán style, the taste to perfection like eating them in the plaza Ceviche, so fresh no need to add nothing , while eating it I went back to Baja in my memories Thank you José Andrés and your team at Oyamel for cooking such great food
  30. spinsterk

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    As always great food and great value. Our favorites were available and as good as I remembered.
  31. MichelleD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delish - but remember, it's small plates. We ordered the brisket that was the base of feeding all of us, plus several small plates.
  32. krichsc

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Service started off slow but did get better. The Guacamole was delicious and we ordered tamales and tacos to share. The chicken tacos were very good but the pork used in the tamales and tacos was dry and tasteless. Overcooked and clearly left under a heat lamp. Very disappointing especially after the server recommended the tamale special- it sounded amazing but was only edible after pouring salsa over it. The dessert pastel de tres leches con pita was fine but not at all what was expected. Overall the restaurant was a letdown. I would go back for happy hour but keep to the guacamole and cocktails.
  33. LauraB

    San Antonio

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    When bringing extra salsa, the bowl was accidentally dropped and splashed. No biggie, accidents happen. Some of the Salsa went into my glass of coke. The glass was not empty. They sell tiny bottles of coke for $6 each, no refills. I told our waiter and all he did was bring me a new glass of ice. He could’ve brought a bottle of coke as well but he didn’t. They do a heavy upsell at this restaurant. When I was ordering my drink, the waiter suggested I order 2 because they are so small. I agreed but he didn’t offer to replace it so I was not a delighted customer.
  34. DCfoodfan

    Washington DC

    171 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    171 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always a good choice for a pre-theater meal. Everything is good!
  35. JimM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Decent food and restaurant. Nothing special .
  36. BigAl

    Washington DC

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food excellent but drinks arrived after we had finished dining. And they were not cocktails
  37. KLFVA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently a great spot for dinner! Try their special Oyamel margarita.
  38. LaceyW

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious, with a lot of variety. Service was attentive. The noise level was very very high.
  39. MariaG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! Highly recommend! Guacamole, mushroom tacos, octopus & margaritas were delicious!
  40. MichaelL

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Service was excellent!! A great evening!!!

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

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 4.7 stars by 9010 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 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Oyamel

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • 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

  • 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

    Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter on the yellow and green lines; Gallery Place/Chinatown on the red, yellow and green lines.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    José Andrés; Head Chef, Omar Rodriguez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, 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

  • 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 (202) 628-1005.

  • Private party facilities

    Let’s Get The Party Started! At Oyamel, it feels like a fiesta the moment you walk through the door.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Party Coordinator: (202) 810-8284

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