Oyamel

4.6
8015 reviews
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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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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Anniversary

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NF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was terrible. Too salty and overseasoned

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G
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service is fast and responsive. The portion sizes are on the smaller side but the taste is fantastic. The margaritas are next level! I would definitely recommend Oyamel and hopefully will return some day.

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

The food at Oyamel is AMAZING! If you are a meat eater, do yourself a favor and order the ribs! Also the foam salt margarita, will ruin traditional margaritas for you! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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e
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Next time I’m in DC, Oyamel is on the list. Such a great restaurant would definitely recommend eating here!

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was excellent, except the music, it was like a guitar bass nightmare and the temperature was a bit colder than desirable 67F

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks are always great. I have Celiac Disease, and they make sure to take precautions and offer a gluten-free menu.

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was disappointing

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

The host and server were very accommodating. I’m glad we made reservations. The guacamole was excellent as always.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The only reason they got an overall one star, and not a zero, was because of the guacamole. The service was horrendous, as was the atmosphere. I do feel badly for the servers. They are not responsible for the management of the restaurant.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We love Oyamel! This was the first time taking our little girls there. They love it now too! The food and atmosphere are awesome! Service was great too! And we appreciated super yummy dessert for my birthday!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious, small plates, 3 dishes plus the guacamole (which was excellent & pricey) with the chips was enough for 2.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday celebration for my business partner of 25 yesrs

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A
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food, friendly staff and joyfull interior decoration. A bit noisy. One of my favorite places in DC

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KP
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot for dinner, solid happy hour. Best guacamole I’ve had in ages. Tried the grasshopper tacos. Not for everyone, but not bad either!

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P
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wait staff excellent, food fantastic.

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DC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the excellent tasting menu at Oyamel - it was great, varied and a lot of food!

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DC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Almost every dish was over salted. Some were hard to eat as prepared. I like this restaurant but either today was extra salt day or I forgot what the normal preparation is.

Service was very good.

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BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good choice when in DC. Reservations are must. It is always packed with locals, which is a good sign.

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c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Based on the food this time, no. The quality of food has definitely gone down,

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was inedible, other than guac. We didnt even finish The huevos rancheros and the churros- when you cant convince people to eat already paid for sugary fried bread- youre doing something horribly wrong. We were there before opening by 5 mins and the receptionist unlocked the door but didnt open. Just walked away. Also, it didnt seem clean at all which is why we didnt have any ceviche.

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N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Fun, cool vibe. Great ambiance and beautiful decor. Their small plates concept is great for sharing on a date or in groups and you get the opportunity to try a lot on the menu.

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ON
New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, amazing food and kind sounds...

Thank you guys

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LC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always. My friends and I had a wonderful time!

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ST
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was a busy day which was reflected in the service. Value for $ was mixed on portion size but no much blew me away on taste.

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CO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great for after theater - no problems with reservation, attractive & creative venue, very affectionate and helpful service, fantastic food. One problem: the noise level. I know this is a problem at many DC restaurants - we had to shout across the table to have a conversation. Other than that all a ten. Love the papier mache animals on the ceiling, the ribs, and our attentive waitstaff.

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LT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Meals are ALWAYS delicious. Great service. Lots of diverse choices.

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KR
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Oyamel before a Caps game, and it will now be our go-to pre-game dining spot.
Excellent menu selections, excellent food & cocktails, great service, and wonderful setting.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you like Real and creative Mexican food, this is the place. Tex Mex this is not.

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SR
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pleasant place to meet up or have a bite before theater.

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DR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere and spectacularly delicious food. Inside was noisy, but we sit outside. The food came fast, the service was excellent, just be prepared for small plates. The upside of small plates is that you can get some variety, or eat less if you're not so hungry. I ordered just 2 small plates, plus shared their wonderful guacamole, and that was plenty for that occasion (early supper).

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Enjoyed the food although some of the items that my daughter ordered were too spicy for her liking so a warning from the server might have been helpful. Also it seemed that the service wasn't as attentive as it could have been, though we did get out in a reasonable amount of time. The restaurant is VERY loud!

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I used to love Oyamel and I still the food is excellent...for adults... hadnt been to Oyamel with my daughter before this last occasion, and it's just not kid friendly, aside from the noise level. The service was really slow, and the waiter just didn't understand that chile for most kids is too spicy. I LOVE spicy foods and my daughter does not like traditional bland/fried kids menu items, but she doesn't like chile. Anyhow, we won't be back as a family as a result of the service and menu not being kid-friendly.

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JC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Full gluten free (and other allergen) menu. Tons of options. I am celiac and didn't have any issues. Great service.

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h
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The host is wonderful and worth every return visit. He is so welcoming.
The food is consistently delicious.
Only complaint is that it was a bit noisy.
Will always return as it is always a treat.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A fun place to catch up with an old friend. The server was helpful with making suggestions & the food was yummy.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitstaff

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BA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were at a table in the back room, which was dark, but quieter than being in the front. Our table ordered a pitcher of margaritas and 12 tapa plates for 4 people. The service was good and the food was delicious and the ambiance was a lot of fun (particularly after the margaritas). We will return.

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AB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It’s hard to find quality Mexican food. Oyamel delivers, but really, why at such a high price? It’s hard to enjoy tiny quesadillas.

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