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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.
Washington, DC 20004
Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Thursday – Saturday: 11 AM – 2 AM
Sunday – Wednesday: 11 AM – midnight
Lunch menu available Mon. – Fri. from 11 AM – 3 PM
Brunch Sat. & Sun. 11 AM – 3 PM
Hora Feliz Mon. – Fri., 4 PM – 6 PM
Late Night Menu:
Thursday – Saturday, 11 PM – 2 AM
Sunday – Wednesday, 10 PM – midnight
$30 and under
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Catering on a whole new level; José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com, or call us at (202) 628-1005.
There are ample public lots in the Gallery Place/Chinatown/Penn Quarter area. Metered street parking is also available.
Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter on the yellow and green lines; Gallery Place/Chinatown on the red, yellow and green lines.
Jose Andres; Head Chef, Omar Rodriguez
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Oyamel is the ideal venue for your next event. Our Butterfly Bar can accommodate groups of up to 70 guests. Oyamel also features a lovely private dining room that accommodates 50 guests. For large parties, full or partial buyouts of the restaurant (accommodating 250 guests) can be arranged.
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Oyamel Ratings and Reviews
The food was great an so was the service. The concept of serving tapas makes a lot of sense, if the quality is right, and at Oyamel the quality is right. Serious problems: The seats in the booths are uncomfortable and they are too small for tall people. Also, when sitting close to a window one is hit by very cold air. The noise level is high, but bearable. - We respect and admire Jose Andrès for his stand on social issues. When we come again we will for a table more in center. Problem then: noise.
This was my first time at Oyamel and my five colleagues and I all really enjoyed the meal. He menu was terrific, everything really tasty. My only complaint: the temperature in the room. As warm and festive as the restaurant is, I was surprised at how cold the restaurant was. I was wishing I had gloves on to eat. Other than that, it was great.
It's been a couple of years since I was last at Oyamel and it still an enjoyable and tasty place for high-quality Mexican food in the Jose Andres style. This time both my guest and I had the Torta's, which where excellent, and the made-to-order guacamole, also superb.
If I have any complaints about Oyamel, it is that I find the menu a bit difficult. The typesetting is distracting and the flow can make it hard to make decisions during a limited-time lunch.
As always, tasty and interesting food. I like to take out of town friends here since it is a unique restaurant. Service was attentive and friendly. My only complaint is the high noise level--music was blaring, with heavy bass--very hard to converse even at raised voice levels. It is always a lively place, which I like, but it doesn't need music to compete with the din.
I had not been to Oyamel recently and once again found it a terrific restaurant. Everything on the menu that I have tried is excellent, and there are many options to satisfy everyone. It offers perhaps upscale Mexican food, but it is genuine Mexican food and worth the drive . They even had my favorite Mexican beer!! I will return more often.
Where do I begin... I have never tasted such flavor in Mexican food!!! You can literally order anything here and it will taste great. The atmosphere is fun and lively, the servers are friendly and knowledgeable of the menu, and the food came out in a timely manner. Only problem I had was when the waiter pressured us to order drinks when we didn't want to do so, it was too early and we weren't ready. He seemed dry for the rest of the night because of it. Otherwise, fantastic! Would recommend
The food here is great. However, the guacamole is not good and not worth the money. Also, I have eaten here many times and the waiters are VERY pushy. Over selling the guacamole and pushing us to buy more drinks - even when we clearly express we do not seek to drink anymore. The staff should back off a little bit. However, the food is worth it!
We can't visit DC and not visit a Jose Andres restaurant. This one is so vibrant...fun decor, friendly and helpful staff and most importantly, delicious food. The two of us enjoyed five small plates and left completely stuffed. The Papas al mole was our favorite. Although the pork belly quesadilla was also great. The Oyamel Margarita with the "salt air" was really good. We really appreciated the great service too.
Went to Oyamel for an early dinner, with a two suburban tweens and a 7 month old. My older kids are not such adventurous eaters, but the small plates made it possible for them to try a lot. They both found dishes they loved! I was so sad that my favorite tamal verde is no longer on the menu, but the pollo mole tamal was a yummy substitute. I even branched out and had the ceviche too. I've been celebrating my birthday at Oyamel for years. It's a wonderful place.
I've been to Oyamel several times before and thought it was fine, but the new menu is really a step up. Very much enjoyed the new options and dessert was divine. Only complaint was the noise level which was enough to break the sound barrier. Really impossible to have a civilized conversation.
Nice place, good ambience, great vibe. Service was good with a knowledgeable waiter. Tapas (single tapa for $4-5 each) were very good, especially the goat filled one. Guacamole was good but scallop ceviche was disappointing, marinade was nice & Limey but scallops were small and wimpy soft. Do not miss the Oyamel margarita which was outstanding.
The food was amazing and so were the drinks. We had their signature Margarita with the lime foam and it was really good.
The service could have been improved. Our waitress didn't check on us often and we wanted to order several more rounds of drinks but didn't because time was becoming an issue. It also took a long time to get drinks and appetizers - to the point where it almost seemed like an oversight, not just a busy kitchen. Our table of 5 ordered about 16 small plates and two items were never brought out and neither was one person's drink.
My mom is Mexican and really wanted to go, clearly both of us hoping for really spectacular foods. I fear people go for José Andrés and prestige... Also, the lunch menu where one can select two "antojitos" and a taco-- far too much food. I left albondigas because I was full and left my taco because it was bland. I wish we had gone to Jaleo.
The portions are small for the price and some of the dishes are too spicy - in that the spice overwhelms the taste of the food itself, particularly the ceviches which feature very fresh fish, which you can't taste. The place is great and the servers excellent but it is a pricey experience for not much food - or drink!
We have dined and lunched at Oyamel multiple times over the past five (six?) years. Fantastic every time. My wife eats gluten free, and that can be boring or a hardship at many restaurants, but not at Oyamel. Plan your reservations in advance - this is a spot that continues to have fans and newbies flowing in at all hours, lunch or dinner - you wouldn't want to find yourself on the outside looking in at all the fun and food!
A group of us went here for dinner, post-theater. It was great. The homemade chips, salsa and guacamole was outstanding. The ceviche was great, our cocktails were delicious and we enjoyed all five plates that we ordered and shared. It was busy at 5:30 on a Friday night and there was already a wait for a table or to get a seat at the bar, so I would highly recommend making a reservation. It was our first time to the restaurant, but won't be our last.
I was slightly disappointed by this restaurant. We ordered several ceviches and while most were good one was very fishy. In addition the service felt slightly rushed. The staff kept removing/asking us to hand over plates while we were still eating. Also while we were still eating our meal, for example one person in our party was literally mid taco bite, we were being asked if we wanted dessert and when we said no we were told they would get us the check.
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