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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Went for restaurant week and had issues getting our food out in time.

OO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at oyamel is amazing. We had 5 courses and every single course impressed me.

OT
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mole was out of this world. Just amazing!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service at Oyamel is always outstanding. Despite having a reservation at 7:45, Oyamel didn’t haven’t a table ready until after 8. To compensate, the service gave us free guacamole and made sure to always check on my table for water and additional food/drinks. Definitely will come back!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We were seated and 20 mins went by without being served water. We were surrounded by waitstaff and no one even looked our way to ask if we were being helped - despite our bare table. My friend had to go serve himself water. And I had to go ask the hostess to please find a/our server. A total “not my job” attitude from the hostess stand to the waitstaff. The service was abominable.

T
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

If you don’t have your order ready exactly when the server requests it, expect to wait

M
Richmond
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have been to several of Jose Andres' restaurants and we loved each of them but Oyamel won our hearts. The flavors of all the dishes were different and amazing! The soup was served with avocado and tasted divine! The Oyamel Margarita arrived with a salty foam instead of the usual salt rim... The ceviche con citricos was tacitly tart-sour enough to be de-li-cious. It was bass in an habanero-pineapple base....amazing! The Pescadilla Sinaloa arrived as a kind of an empanada and it tasted totally different to the previous dishes. That's what amazed us: the uniqueness of each dish! And to top the lunch in Jose Andres' style, came the Pastel Tres leches with these delicious pineapple gelatin cubes served with a scoop of caramel ice cream and milk espuma!! Outstanding! Hats off!!

FL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The food was great, service was ok, great value, noisy space but livable.

KN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Restaurant Week and the menu was amazing. Brussel Sprouts are delicious and the cake for dessert with the caramel ice cream...Yum! Highly recommend this restaurant and experience!

KO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great authentic Mexican food; not the Americanized version or TexMex. Big fan of Jose Andres!

BG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

the food and service were great, but there are a couple of things that I believe you can improve.
1. It took too long between courses.

JJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week lunch. Food was very tasty and the service was outstanding. Definitely worth visiting.

FF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Completely satisfied. Restaurant week menu was great.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went during restaurant week, and it was amazing! Ceviche con citricos and cochinita pibil were fabulous!

CO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch during restaurant week. Nice selection of choices on the menu and each course was delicious. Service was good too.

KK
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Must get the beef short ribs! Absolutely fall-off-the-bone tender delicious goodness.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and better food. Drinks are strong!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great dinner to begin an evening downtown with family and friends.

EW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for the first time this weekend. Found a high top table, which are first come first serve. Food and service were both great. The $63 for the pitcher of margaritas seemed high, but they were not your average drink and we got 6 out of the pitcher.

M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food!! Really loved the ceviches! They were the best I’ve ever had. Very fresh fish and well balanced. Also, the hot chocolate was the best I’ve ever had. The mole potatoes so good and the stuffed poblano amazing! Salt foam margaritas are a must

y
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We decided to go to Oyamel for my brothers birthday since he had never been. It will be my 10th time going. I have loved Oyamel since it first opened. I do wish they would add more items to their menu, specifically more authentic Mexican sides and more taco options. The service is always wonderful here.

F
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great every time

RB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was very salty

J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was spectacular. Every dish was delicious and the server was incredibly helpful in making selections. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the oyamel experience and it was a very enjoyable culinary experience - I’d recommend it - two couples very fun evening

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with friends and out a candle on a cake for birthdays! Thanks for the great service and food!

JV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was all great! Food, service ambiance. The guacamole was a little bit expensive for what it was, but the rest was perfect

CI
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our small group of friends were delighted to be seated at that lovely glass table in front of the large picture window. Our server was Jonathon, who was attentive, patient and fun. Our group ranged from dedicated carnivores to vegetarians, with preferences ranging from bland to super spicey. We all loved our selections, the salsa, guacamole and homemade chips, and those amazing foamy pomegranate margaritas! Wish there was an Oyamel in California!

LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Their pozole rioja is terrific. My only disappointment was in ordering cafe con leche they brought me coffee and a small serving of cold milk!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a delicious meal at Oyamel, one of Jose Andres’s best restaurants.

RP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food and drinks!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous experience at Oyamel. Great food, great drinks, great service! We visited 3 of José Andres’ restaurants while visiting DC and this was our fave!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best place in town for great margaritas and delicious Mexican food. It is just simply a great experience every time.

D
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance! Can’t wait to return again and again!!!

VM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

this was the perfect place for New Years brunch. i got a mimosa which was a perfect pairing for the ceviche coctel costena. the meal was the the staff was friendly and helpful.

KC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was the highlight of the evening--a five-course NYE dinner. The service (we waited +30 mins for to be sat after our 9:30 reservation, our server seemed incredibly annoyed, and we felt very rushed through the 5 courses) and price ($85/person) left us less-than-impressed. Sure--it was NYE and we expected a crowd, but for the price we paid, we definitely didn't appreciate waiting +30 mins to be sat, being given free margaritas by a host because they were "sorry to keep us waiting," (for which our server was visibly annoyed) and then being charged as much as we were and seeing our server so infrequently.

HS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

As a Mexican restaurant, there should have been Mexican music to reflect the rich Mexican history and culture. Instead, there was loud acid rock type music that was inappropriate for a Mexican restaurant. Even latin, salsa music would have been better. Be consistent with the food and music!

RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Went there on a double date since we heard such great reviews and love other Jose Andres restaurants. Unfortunately was disappointed with the menu and meal. The dishes were all ok but nothing stood out and for that price point it didn’t seem worth it. Margaritas and service was great tho, just a little disappointed in the entrees!

j
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group came for the NYE celebration and we really enjoyed everything from the food and service, to the DJ and champagne toast at midnight!

k
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5