Oyamel

4.6
8870 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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LaurenFowler2020
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff took a lot of measures for sanitation and cleanliness. The food was incredible and service was fast & attentive. Would definitely eat there again.

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vipPaul
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always treated like family at Oyamel and this time was no exception. The staff collectively had a very nice gesture toward my family that we deeply appreciate. I'd like to especially mention servers Jan Michel and Nacho for their particularly nice disposition that day!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was amazing and accommodated our early arrival. The service was on point and the food was delicious. Definitely recommend the Brussels sprouts and the enchiladas. Wife had the pomegranate margarita that she still talks about. We’re already planning another visit!

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vipehenley00
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience at Oyamel. It's one of our favorite DC restaurants, as it never fails for good food, drinks and ambiance. We love the Chilorio de res taco, and we tried the Frijoles refritos con queso for the first time and it was amazing! I think the Pollo a la parrilla flavor could be improved, as it's pretty simple. Also, the sweet potato in the Taco de Camote con pipian de cacahuates could have been cooked a little more, as it was a little less cooked than we prefer our potatoes to be. As always, the Salt Air Margaritas were delicious. Service was great, we dined outside and it started to sprinkle ever so slightly and they opened an umbrella up right away for us.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food great atmosphere great service. Wonderful day!

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Nadia
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here, so yummy. Indoor seating is super safe with plexi glass between each table. Great selection at the bar. Great brunch menu. The GUAC omg so good. Weirdly cool water glasses lol

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HappyPlace
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite place for a really good Mezcal Margarita and delicious food.

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vipWoody
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I had a date and haven't been here in 2yrs. The drinks were as good as we remember and food was fantastic. It was a great experience for us as it was 2yrs ago.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Restaurant was pretty empty but food was great although it’s quite pricey

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WhitneyW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, as always.

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vipGinaG
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oyamel is our favorite restaurant in the City. The food is always wonderful and they have the best margaritas around. We sat outside and despite a little rain the umbrella and a wind screen kept us dry. Despite the weather the service was great as well. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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Momof4
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my - Oyamel is fabulous. We devoured the menu bite by bite and everything we had was so fresh and flavorful. Such a wonderful treat!

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vipspinsterk
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The outside tables were really in the street but the fairy lights and umbrellas made it attractive. It was a warm evening and very pleasant. The food was excellent as usual and the masks we all wore were unobtrusive and the sanitation standards impressive. We felt safe. Had as great a meal as we always have and resolved that this was the way to eat in future until covid passed. The margaritas were great and we took comfort in the fact that alcohol is a disinfectant and ordered a second round. We are very very cautious but the measures taken were reassuring and we will return.

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MarkM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining-in since COVID-19. The experience was great. Restaurant occupancy was appropriately limited, staff wore masks and gloves, hand sanitizer was available to all, social distancing was good, especially with the plexiglass screens separating tables. Food and drinks were great as always.

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JamesW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, Margaritas, and service. However we were put in the back dining room which is not very attractive and not very well lit.

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DavidJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Drinks. Outstanding service and it did not break the bank. This earns my loyalty and I will be back.

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vipBj2277
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oyamel is wonderful every time I visit. I recommend the Brussels sprouts, meatballs, steak, and cilantro rice. The chicken soup is also to die for!

Service was great and the tables are set up with ample social distancing currently.

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susanc
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delightful and delicious experience at Oyamel!!! It is my favorite place to go!!!

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vipPaul
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around as usual. Outdoor dining space works really well!

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vipmacattack
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to my dogs! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!

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vipDrCAT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! They food and drinks were excellent, top notch!! Our server was so attentive and made great suggestions on both food and cocktails. All the staff were great! Highly recommend !

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Manny
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, the service was friendly and attentive, and the drinks were perfectly made. Can't wait to come back!

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vipdavidf
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Don’t you hate it when you are seated and people arrive after you and receive service and drinks before you even see your server. Or your server forgets part of your order. The food is great the drinks are better. Definitely worth another try at bat.

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LaurenR
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating my birthday at Oyamel was really special. Hector our waiter was very very friendly and he even brought out a little cake with a candle on it! The place was quiet and our party felt safe as most people were dining outside. The food and mimosas were really good although this place is accustomed to serving small plates so I would be mindful of that and to prepare to order multiple things.

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vipRiouxT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt the experience was great and especially in the outdoor patio area. The protocols were good and felt we could still enjoy our time in a safe way.

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TinaM
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Very disappointed about this restaurant.
We went hungry home. Very small portions and food without a good taste. We had such a beautiful day and just wanted to eat a good food for dinner.
I will never come back. And it was so freezing inside.

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VictoriaC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Guacamole was yummy! A few of our tacos were just ok but the lamb taco special was amazingly spicy and flavorful! The tres Le he cake was a dessert that I will think about forever! What was that sauce made of? Caramel? Pineapple? Lime? Wow! Amazing. Wonderful dining experience for a casual lunch. Service was nice. Great hostess adjusted our table for our needs. Waiter was quick and kind. I really enjoyed myself there. Thank you.

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vipPaul
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job by Felipe, Anya, and all the front desk hostesses - they always treat us with the utmost courtesy

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LuisI
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the bet Mexican Restaurant in Washington and the US!!!!

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vipfabfoodfan
Greensboro
30 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals and cocktails were perfectly prepared and delicious, service was exemplary, server was following proper COVID-19 precautions. We love supporting one of José Andres’ restaurants. It’s the least we can do as we all witness his compassion, goodness and generosity with World Central Kitchen.

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vipPaul
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by Jonathan, and also special thanks to Jean Michel

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mexican food is outstanding one of the best food I ever had. I have travelled to Latin America and visited Mexico. I live in Boston Massachusetts and it is very hard to find the outstanding Latin Mexico food. It is a very nice interior and sidewalk eating.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food and lots of vegetarian options!
The Margaritas are tasty too!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was phenomenal from the hostess to the server and water service. The food service was fast. The bartender presented our margarita flights with background and history of the tequilas. Food itself was fresh and delicious. Highly recommend this gem of a restaurant.

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LuluM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The cochinita pibil taco was delicious.
The beef taco is also good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great as always.
Our server Hector was the bomb. Outside seating on 7th was crowded and noisy.

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KarenO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter made excellent recommendations on what to order.

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DiningDiva
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We were greeted promptly,y and escorted to the outdoor seating set up on the sidewalk. The restaurant provided well spaced seating enclosed with a picket fence and festive lights. Although we were in the open air, the atmosphere was intimate and pleasant. Our waitress provided excellent service and offered suggestions for the meal items. She was attentive but not intrusive. The meal itself was a little disappointing. We ordered shared plates which were plenty for two. Unfortunately the meatballs were dry and the the fish taco somewhat bland. The chicken enchiladas were the high spot, and we would order them again. The crispy Brussels sprouts were also good. The chips and salsa were delicious.
We were happy to return to the DC dining scene once again. (We live in Maryland.)

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viptamad
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

BEST margarita ever. Their classic!

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You can order delivery directly from Oyamel using the Order Online button. Oyamel also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Oyamel also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 628-1005.

Oyamel is rated 4.6 stars by 8870 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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