Oyamel

4.7
9135 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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vipNicoleM
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with a larger group for my birthday. Service, atmosphere and food were all excellent. Awesome pomegranate margaritas!

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vipDCfoodfan
Washington DC
162 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always. My midwest cousins loved the food and ambiance

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious! And the service was great

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LeeL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent option for good food... small portions, but the taste makes up for the size. Creative drinks... definitely recommend.

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vipvawriter
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Good food and cocktails. Service was adequate but not great.

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vipGems
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Don’t believe the hype. Waitress wasn’t interested in doing her job waste of time and money. Food isn’t even good. Update your menu

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ThomasB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oyamel is a place we really like to go, great food and service! recommend 100%

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a nice meal outside under the tent. Great service and a good meal.

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vipHawkeye
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and customer service! Will be returning for more!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and fantastic service! Jan made this a wonderful experience!

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vipDrCAT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oyamel is great - excellent service and great variety of foods and drinks! Everything seems fresh and is tasty! The chips and guacamole didn't seem as freshly made this time, but I'm sure it was an aberration, so not a huge deal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oyamel never fails! I took some friends from out of town here and they loved it. One of the best restaurants in DC!

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vipMaryF
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
The service was amazing
Great place

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vipmegw
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service I’ve had in years. Professional and great personality

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vipBritBri
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our food was well seasoned. I really liked my pomegranate margarita with salt foam. My only complaint is with the rice, as it was undercooked.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Visiting daughter who lives in DC

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!

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RyanB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We had a party of 4 and each tried multiple dishes, per the server's recommendation. All but 2 of the dishes were either subpar or just unpleasant. The 2 others were okay at best. We were excited about several of the menu options when ordering but they all fell flat. A few were just weird. Brussel sprouts were underdone with an odd initial taste and an even worse aftertaste. Corn truffle quesadilla was just strange and off-putting. Chicken tacos were dry. Shredded beef tacos reminded me of sloppy joes. Fish tacos were meh. Chicken quesadilla for a kid was okay, but not on the menu (they don't have an official kids menu). Tamal verde was nothing special and something I could get elsewhere at half the cost and it would be better. Chips were very thick and hard. Salsa was too spicy and flavor was different than any salsa I've had before, but not in a good way. Server was attentive and professional and manager was nice. The food just wasn't good, and we eat a lot of Mexican food. The restaurant appeared to be divided into a front and back section, with different decor in both. The rear area looked for intimate and formal. The front seemed more casual and chaotic. We were in the front and, from what I saw, I think I recommend asking to be seated in the back if you go. I never leave restaurant reviews and generally give places the benefit of the doubt, but we left paying over $115 (pre-tip) and had several bad dishes. It just wasn't for us. We wouldn't go back, despite the good service.

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nicholasb
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wonderful food as usual. Ceviche verde is a favorite. Arrachera was very flavorful and complex if not slightly overcooked. Camerones Mojo is a must have!! Truly a lovely dish.
Overall, great drinks and wonderful service.


As an aside:

I do not recommend sitting outside during a rain storm. It isn't Oyamel's fault but by the end of the meal we were sitting in a torrent along the curb and were sprayed by a couple of cars passing by. The tent held up well and we were mostly dry until the gutters started flowing.

Again, no fault of Oyamel's at all.

Pleasant experience overall and we'll be back...although maybe next time if it's threatening rain, we'll stay inside.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful server and food!

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MarioDR
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, some of the best tacos and margaritas in the DMV!!!

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Clydesdale
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The actual food and presentation is wonderful. Very well priced and absolutely wonderful taste. Felt the service didn't quite keep up with the quality of the food but it was quite a hectic day for the staff so it was probably a little busier than normal. Wouldn't hesitate to go back again.

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AmyB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Love the churros. Also the chillaques are excellent.

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vipNicky259
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was an ok experience. The food was alright, especially for the price. Don’t think we’ll come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always delicious food😀

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Pelican701
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing guacamole- tapas style options. We had enchiladas, fish tacos and pork belly quesadilla…YUM! Also great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! We were visiting and went there twice. Great chips and salsa. We had the chicken tacos both times and they were fantastic.

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vipCOB1
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outdoors and enjoyed the time at Oyamel. As always, excellent service.

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vipMicheleh
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guacamole is great. Drinks awesome. Miss paella.

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Veronika
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Try the salty air margaritas! So unique and tasty, everything was wonderful

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vipEleanorH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Innovative and tasty food, beautifully presented. Busy and packed, so service can be a bit slow at peak hours

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naturalfoodie
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went for Father’s Day and chose outdoor dining option. The ambiance was subpar but the food and service was good. They can easily improve the ambiance by adding better looking furniture or just some decent table cloth!

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VFlo
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, loved the flavor and heat of the cauliflower. Octopus done perfectly.

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Gill
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, perfect salt-air margs, and a delightful ambiance! The plexiglass barriers between tables didn't detract from the environment and actually made it so that we couldn't hear conversations from the tables next to us.

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AnissaB
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Delicious food and great service!
Some items were a little pricey.

AR
vipAlysonR
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish Tacos 🌮 Best in town hands down

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OurFamLovesFood
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful late lunch we enjoyed on a bustling Saturday afternoon at Oyamel! The Mexican Mimosas were great, the chilaquiles off the brunch menu were so tasty, and the service was friendly and attentive. My husband ordered four different tacos and enjoyed the fish taco most. Manager Hector was very kind to us, answering all our kiddo’s questions about the impressive candelabra and giving her a choice of dessert, on the house! If in D.C. again, we’ll go back to Oyamel!

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DanielleE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are on the patio and got the oyamel multi course experience menu! We loved it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food and service was very good but when the hostess sat us, she told us we had an hour and 45 minutes to use the table. That did not make us happy

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

fried pork belly quesadillas were really really good. and the margaritas

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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 4.7 stars by 9135 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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