Oyamel

4.8
9110 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.

As part of phase 2 reopening, we have limited patio and indoor seating for parties of 6 or less. We cannot guarantee a request for patio seating. We are open for dinner Wednesday – Sunday. Visit oyamel.com/commitment/ for more information on our commitment to our guests. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipcygnus
Tallahassee
47 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mexican restaurant. Food was very good and awesome drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food as always. I’d love to see more plant based options in the menu. The pomegranate margarita is probably the best margarita I’ve ever had.

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DanielleB
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of intriguing flavors, especially the salsa. Margaritas were excellent. The small plates were a nice way to try a variety of foods.

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Usnthem
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Maybe it’s just because of my age, but didn’t like the assumption that I would use my phone that look at the menu. Also the noise level at restaurants seems to be increasing. We go out with friends this have conversation as well as share a meal. Having to shout is not enjoyable.

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PamelaS
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, our server, Haydee, was very friendly. Great experience again at a José Andrés restaurant. We will be back.

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IsiahM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to take the family. Food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. my Yelp review of Oyamel stands! Awesome.

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vipGenieB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new favorite restaurant. I knew the food was going to be good just by the salsa dip. I got the chefs tasting menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Poor outdoor seating and very small portions. Good taste and quality food

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Jan was the best waiter I've ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is amazing. My husband and I got the 5 choices for $40 (4 entrees and 1 dessert), and it was well worth it. They constantly having people clearing the tables so they don’t get too cluttered. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone, and will definitely be returning.

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vipAlysonR
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Good food

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LCTrout
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a wonderful and innovative meal! Excellent options for vegetarians as well. Also, the salt foam on margaritas should be mandatory!

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Vette
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon arriving (early) for dinner, we were seated right away. When I said that we were celebrating a 40th wedding anniversary, the host gave us a great window-seated table. Our waitress, Cynthia, was very patient with our party (of 4) as we explained our allergies and/or food restrictions. She guided us step-by-step throughout the extended menu. The group ended up selecting the grilled trout, octopus, and shrimp in garlic sauce. We complimented these dishes with Brussels sprouts, refried beans, chicken tacos and fruit salads. EVERYTHING was good!!! After being apprehensive about going to Oyamel because I can’t eat too spicy foods, I was so pleasantly surprised at how much we ALL enjoyed our selections. Thanks goes out to our GREAT waitress, Cynthia.

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LauraV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I planned a group lunch for 15 women. Planning and coordinating the menu and event was seamless. The food was delicious and fun. The service and waitstaff were exceptional.

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MarshallP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small plate mex mex. Every dish was special…seriously so good. Cocktails were great and best tequila list I’ve seen in a long time. Service was perfect

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Not sure what’s happened to Oyamel during the pandemic but it’s not good. Chicken in the tamale and enchilada tasted like it came from a can. The shrimp had the texture of something defrosted, and all of the dishes lacked spice and heat. Used to really enjoy their food, hopefully they come back to their old stature.

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AudreyA
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We enjoyed our meal at Oyamel! The atmosphere just felt a little more rushed and chaotic than usual. We ordered the chicarron tacos which were ok.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Not what it used to be, average service, smaller menu, less flavor

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CharlesB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We sat outside which was much nicer than expected. The wait staff was great - there when needed but never hovered. The food was fantastic. Just remember that menu items are small and the prices add up quickly. That is especially true for the drinks: they are amazing, but not cheap. My wife ordered a pitcher of margaritas for our table and I ordered a second, me not realizing the price. The bill was a bit of a shocker. Oyamel is fantastic for a drink and a light snack, but pace yourself.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat to dine here in addition to getting out and enjoying the day. The food was delicious! I love that it was more than traditional Mexican fare. The roasted Brussel Sprouts w a Mexican twist were amazing! My husband ordered the trout w roasted cauliflower/broccoli. His plate was finished clean!! It was a bit noisy, but we could carry on a conversation easily enough. We’ll definitely be back. With all the good Jose Andrés is doing in the world, it felt doubly good to eat here and support his business.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is absolutely incredible! Guacamole is worth the price! Margaritas are also spot on

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Gaby1321
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Place was nicely decorated, people were really nice, food leaves more to desire except the rum tres leches, that was to die for! The chicken taco was very bland. Not sure if I’ll return here.

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vipLauraC
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about our experience! Will definitely be back and recommend to others!

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MichaelaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding. Absolutely delicious food. Every dish was awesome. Portion sizes are a bit on the small side which I kind of expect from any nice restaurant. Also it was a bit louder than expected which was a little problem for our group. Overall 10/10 would go again for the food. And Jose Andres who is the patron saint of DC

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vipNoONEuKNO
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food. Great restaurant. Like everywhere else, Oyamel is striving to “come back”. They are down 8 wait staff. So there’s a lag is service. IT IS NOT THEIR FAULT. But be prepared to wait a bit longer than you did the last time you were there, “before”. The staff is OUTSTANDING. And it is worth the wait.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual margaritas and guac were great. The rest of the meal was solid and interesting. The really outstanding part of the experience was the customer service. Initially seated at an awkward table when restaurant was not full. Floor manager noticed and offered to move us without having to ask. Attention to customer comfort and experience alone will keep me.coming back.

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NatashaA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can taste the freshness in the food. Nobody makes better guacamole. Even the chips can't be beat. But it's the creativity that shines through in every dish. We tried several ceviches, an assortment of tacos, and a green mole that was the most unusual mole I've ever had. It tasted like springtime. We also tried all 4 desserts, and even though I am not usually a fan of tres leches, Oyamel's is an exception. The details made the dishes true knockouts.

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DavidF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night out with friends with delicious food and a very Covid-friendly environment.

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vipStevenL
Birmingham
38 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always enjoy eating at this place. Every time I go to DC we go here. It did not disappoint.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was very mediocre. Service was not upto par. We had been here 5 years ago but the standards are the same. Menu is also as innovative as before. Big disappointment.

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Chris
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oyamel was amazing last night! Joshua explained the menu so helpfully and was so considerate throughout the evening. Can’t wait to dine here again soon.

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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Was a great meet up with an old friend. The server was awesome in remembering food allergies/dislikes and making suggestions when asked!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food!!

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beliz
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The two of us that ate at Oyamel are both vegan (for medical reasons) which is why we chose this restaurant because of their flexibility with special diets. Our waitress was very good and made a note about our vegan needs and my sesame allergy. However, two of our dishes came to us with a creme sauce, ignoring our special requests. It was very disappointing. The waitress twice had to bring back our food and we had to wait for our dishes to be remade. So, clearly if you are on a special diet or have allergies, you must be very vigilant because the chef is not paying attention. I have eaten at Oyamel before and they paid attention, but this last visit was very disappointing.

Chef Jose Andres is absolutely amazing and I think he would not be pleased that his staff did not follow the needs of the clients. I'm hoping this review will make a difference because Oyamel is truly a wonderful restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Overall the experience was a 3/5. It’s confusing how they were able to split the tacos but not the mimosas, which lead to the server providing an awful explanation on what was going on and happening. The server messed up the bill and tried to cover it up, but did it poorly. The food and drinks were amazing!

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Semi
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give it ten- stars, I would. Larissa was amazing! She suggested great shareable meals for the table and delicious drinks. Thank you for everything, and happy early birthday!

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Miriam
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My friend and I had a lovely time at Oyamel (as always). I had mentioned that we were celebrating her birthday and the server brought our dessert with a candle so she could make a wish.
This friend and I have a tradition of celebrating our birthdays either at Jaleo or Oyamel. It is just right for us.
Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!! amazing and unique flavors

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu was wonderful and our waiter was a great guide through all the treasure Oyamel have to offer.

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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 4.8 stars by 9110 OpenTable diners.

Oyamel does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thinkfoodgroup.myguestaccount.com/guest/egift.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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