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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4.6
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GP
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great. Service was amicable but dishes were a bit slow emerging from the kitchen. Love love love the Mexican tapas here - another gem in the José Andrés food emporium! 😋

h
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and the place was packed. I’m vegetarian and had lots of options

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal and incredible service on our visit!

GF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small plates of intense flavors that entice, entertain and prove very satisfying. Busy restaurants, well staffed, good people watching and delicious food. Most enjoyable.

ED
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great ladies night!

c
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! We had high expectations and we weren't disappointed. Best margarita I've ever had! Loved everything: ceviche, tamal, chicken enchiladas, dessert! Just outstanding in every way! Can't wait to go back.

LL
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I love this restaurants but it is VERY loud. The food is excellent and the staff is very friendly and well trained. My only complaint, beside the noise, is that when I make a reservation I usually have to wait 15 to 20 minutes for my table.

J
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food were terrific . The guacamole made on site was delicious too. Knowing it is owned by Jose Andres made it even more special

SB
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it. I love it. I love it. I love it. I love it.

IA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you, Carmelo our server was great. Food and drinks were great.

l
Portland
105 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We dine out often, so I have a good sense of relative value in meals out. For a restaurant at which tacos are highlighted, Oyamel’s were not impressive in terms of flavor and quality. We ordered widely, and some dishes were more successful. Everything, however, arrived after having cooled off too much. We would not return or recommend to others.

S
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Vegetables and tacos were excellent. Shrimp was overcooked. Very loud on a weekday evening and hard to talk to a table of four. Good service.

r
Houston
88 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my favorite restaurant in DC. The Mexico City themed food is wonderful as are the various varietals of margaritas.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family visit

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place rocks. Authentic gourmet Mexican and fabulous margaritas

L
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious and the service good. Chips and salsa very tasty. Tacos yummy. Classic margarita perfect. Decor is very attractive but the restaurant is too noisy. All too common these days, unfortunately. Don’t need the music. Too loud even without the music.

N
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Oyamel seems to have gone down hill over the years. Space could use a refresh, tacos were just "eh" and my husbands breakfast was pretty non memorable as well. The service was hit or miss and overall just not as good as it used to be, it's a shame!

KO
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Another excellent meal!!

AO
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh! Everything was delicious and interesting. Even the drinks were worth savoring. Loved the seat in the window. Service was great despite the packed house. We love Oyamel and look forward to returning.

j
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was wonderful, the staff all helped and even though it was mobbed from the Nationals parade, we still got our food quickly and it was amazing. Everything we got was delicious.

SL
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious and unique menu items. Great choice. I will definitely be back.

CH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere!

HU
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We both had the $20 lunch special. Mole tomale, shrimp dish and smoked pork tacos and the tres leche and chocolate mousse desserts. Everything was delicious. The layered chocolate dessert (milk chocolate mousse, passion fruit gelee, dark cookie crumbles and dark chocolate mousse was the best dessert I've had in a while. And the savory food was excellent as well. Also want to mention the chips - 2 baskets - they didn't even need the salsa - great salt and peppery taste without - addictive. Will definitely return.

MW
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My guests and I loved Oyamel. The food was terrific, and the service was outstanding. Our server, Anya, couldn’t have been more helpful, and the manager ((Danielle) made us feel very welcome. Special thanks to both of them.

AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is phenomenal! Our waitress was very knowledgeable of the menu which helped narrow down the many awesome options. I loved the family-style dishes because it allowed our group to try many different things. The salted foam margarita is a must - absolutely amazing!

SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nos sentamos en la barra para aprovechar la happy hour. El camarero fue sensacional, la jarra de margarita deliciosa y la comida exquisita. Es la 4ª vez que voy a DC y la 4ª vez que visito el restaurante. Nunca decepciona

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IM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Would highly recommend Oyamel for their excellent food. The service was great but a tad slow. The noise level is pretty high to the point where we could not hear the server talk to us. But the food outweighs the ambiance related issues. Highly recommend

E
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special dinner was enhanced by the great food and staff at this Jose Andres gem. Will definitely be returning soon

SS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good. Delivery was inconsistent. The noise level is very loud.

j
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is really good. The only problem we had was pacing was faster than I care for. Even with ordering guacamole starter and then in 3 parts we were in and out in less than an hour.

KM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Oyamel's food is as tasty as its interior is beautiful, which if you have been there, means the food is incredibly delicious!

EF
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Oyamel was wonderful!!

d
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The food is overall good. The fresh guacamole was nice. Meal items came out quickly and presentation was nice. The service was however slow. The server wasn’t attentive in several areas. Then when trying to have a conversation, the server was disruptive.

JJ
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. I’m so glad we got the guacamole!!! It was awesome. I think we’ll go back one more time before we leave DC.

l
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our very favorite restaurants in DC.
The food is incredible and it is a joyful place to be with family and friends!

C
Washington DC
675 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Everything was exceptional. Great service, great food, outstanding drinks!

JT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch date per usual. Dzenana was a wonderful waitress. Our reservation was at 12....we didn’t leave until 3. We were having so much fun we literally lost track of time. Also, Stanley was a gracious host. We’re sure gonna miss him when we leaves!!!

M
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Highly recommend! Had the Experience menu with the drinks! Reasonably priced and food And drinks were Outstanding

A
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, great service, affordable beer. Unfortunately the prices are hardly as Mexican as the food (I miss the 3 peso tacos from CDMX!)!

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salt foam margaritas are magical and delicious. If you like sushi or ceviche, order 2-3 of the ceviche varieties: each is unique and delectable! Try the nutty flavorful Chapulines taco (yes, grasshopper—be bold!). The short ribs, lengua taco, pozole, queso fundido, and guacamole (of course) are my favorite go-tos. The ambiance and service make Oyamel ideal for entertaining special guests.

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