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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a special $85 prix-fixe 5-courses dinner menu that will feature a variety of unique dishes. Starting at 10pm, we will have a DJ, late night bites and a complimentary sparkling toast at midnight. *Please note we are only serving our $85 prix-fixe menu on New Year's Eve.*

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 8530 People Are Saying
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NQ
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Really bad service. The food was either salty or no flavor at all. Not recommending it for the value.

SB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent, service attentive

BS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great start to finish

R
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First, the food was outstanding. What put a mark on the experience was that it was
too loud to hold a conversation. Also the booth we were seated in was pretty
uncomfortable. Felt like we were sitting on rocks and was very low, too low, to the table.

C
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time - great food and great service. Bonus points for calling me because I left my credit card in the payment folder

H
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We make sure to come each time we’re in DC.

s
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oyamel has consistently excellent and creative Mexican food. This time, for example, I had a sweet potato “tamale” with guajillo sauce and black beans, along with a more traditional (superbly made) guacamole. And the agua frescas are refreshing and not too sweet. I come here nearly every time I return to DC (where I went to Oyamel weekly). Highly recommended.

M
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been coming here for years and depending on what you order, the food is excellent. The service is always great and our waitperson, Carin, was exceptional. The front-end host, Mr. Gray, always makes us feel welcome. We have found that the discusses prepared with less of the sauces are best. While flavorful, the sauces can sometimes be overpowering. The meatball dish has great flavor but they were tough on this last occasion. The ceviche is always excellent, no matter what fish is the specialty. The menu is far reaching and the specialty margaritas and tequila list are outstanding

TO
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With a group of 6 for dinner, we let the waitress recommend the dishes. Each dish was great, enjoyed by all.

DJ
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, excellent service, tasty food, on the pricey side compared to the quantity of food.

GP
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
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! 😋

M
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great time so I can't note everything here but most memorable was being seated at the time of the reservation (happens less and less these days) and GREAT service.

ZH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The tapas style foods are delicious but a bit pricey. The guacamole was quite bland but I guess it depends on who is making it. A great place, yes, but not on a regular basis. The cocktails are also very small and pricey as well. I enjoyed it but the portions are too small and too overpriced. Jaleo is way better for prices. Oyamel is a bit over rated. The decor and ambience is great and I guess you pay for that in the food.

h
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

GF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
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 on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great ladies night!

c
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and food !

LL
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
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 on November 6, 2019
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 on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

IA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

l
Portland
106 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
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 on November 5, 2019
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!!

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.

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.

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

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