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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The happy hour was great! 2$$ tacos are the best part- the pork one was yummy!! The guacamole was amazing ( the spiciest one is the one to go with), the rose margarita and classic are my go to.

A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We went for restaurant week and the food was amazing! The service, however was sub par. We arrived before our reservation and we were seated 15 minutes after the reservation time. I have been to busy restaurants and have been seated right away. Also the host stand staff seemed to be very unorganized and uninformed when I asked them questions. It felt as though they did not care about my questions or did not want to take the time to answer them. Our server often forgot about our table and hardly came to check on us. She also failed to inform us that the guac was going to be extra, aside from the restaurant week menu. Overall, I would come back for the food but I hope the service is better next time.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food as always. Service was a little slow but it was restaurant week so it was understandable.

KK
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! It was restaurant week so we had multiple courses! The service was wonderful.

OT
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Oyamel is usually a home run for us, so we usually look forward to our visits each time. I understand they are always super busy, but these past two visits were quite disappointing service wise. Each time we were seated ~15-20 minutes after our confirmed reservation times. In addition, once we were seated it felt like staff were throwing food at us in an attempt to flip our tables quickly. Again, I get y'all are busy, but there has to be a way to pace things out better starting at the beginning of the night.

RD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for lunch during restaurant week and were extremely impressed. Creative menu and fresh, amazing Mexican food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I’ve been here many times and always enjoy it! Great food, cocktails and service. Came for lunch this time and did the restaurant week lunch plus some extras and it was great! My only complaint was how fast it seemed they were trying to get people out. We had not even started our dessert yet and we were brought the check without asking. Additionally, they seemed eager to take plates even when we were not done. Never had that happen before here aside from that it was another great experience at Oyamel!

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the vibe and pretty decor. Upbeat atmosphere, great place to grab small bites and margs with friends or a fun date night.

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

very loud and crowded restaurant but amazing food and lovely interior decorating.

OO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mole was out of this world. Just amazing!

MD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service, food and experience! Looking forward to going back

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
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 on January 16, 2020
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 on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

M
Richmond
42 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
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 on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

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

KN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
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 on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

BG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
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.

OT
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For my taste, Oyamel is one of the best restaurants in DC. If you’re considering passing it over because you’ve had plenty of “Mexican food”, reconsider — this is almost certainly different than anything you’ve had before. Because of the small plate format, it’s a great place to explore the menu. The service is outstanding. The ambiance is also great, but it frequently borders on too loud, particularly on the north side (left side facing the restaurant from the outside). If you’re dining with people who are sensitive to loud noise, request a table in the back room — it’s worth a little extra wait.

JJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Completely satisfied. Restaurant week menu was great.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

CO
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
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 on January 13, 2020
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