The first time I ate at oyamel I was blown away by the experience, and am less and less impressed with each return trip. We made a reservation on open table and requested a "quiet, comfortable table" in the dining area (because if you get sat near the bar you'll go deaf. We got sat at the world's tiniest 2 top near the ceviche bar between a xenophobic couple where the man hated everything and two women gabbing it up about divorce. I requested to move to a booth that had just come available, and the second of two rude hosts said "that booth was requested." (so not sure what open table reservations are worth)
The menu periodically changes, and not for the better. The better vegetarian dishes (like street corn) are gone - leaving everything basically in quesadilla form or mushroom tacos. It's a heavy & disappointing assortment now. Since I can no longer drink, I was looking forward to dessert - a nice warm chocolate cake with chili powder or churros or anything really. They offered various ice creams and flan. We got the cafe de olla and it was okay - mostly cold and goopy.
Our server was great, but out of the last five times I've been to oyamel I would say I come away progressively more disappointed and it's not worth the price or the hype anymore.
We loved it. Not your typical Mexican restaurant where u leave bloated and full. This was excellent fulfilling dishes that tantalized your palate. Enjoyed by 4 picky women above 50 ( barely) lol. Go if you can you won’t be disappointed.
The food & drink was excellent, but the service was slow.
Took my team of 6 there for lunch on a Monday. Service was excellent - very knowledgeable server who was also attentive without being intrusive. Food was very good, though I thought it was a little expensive for the portion sizes. I realize it is a tapas-like place, but since you need to order 2 or 3 items to feel satisfied, it would be nice if each item was a little less expensive. Overall, we enjoyed it and would come back.
Oyamel cocktail was superb
Food was good but the wait service left something to be desired. We were seated for at least 15 minutes before our server was interested in taking any information from us. He immediately asked if we were ready to order our meals. No eye contact. We hadn’t even had a chance to give a drink order. Either he was having a bad day or was annoyed that two people at our table were under 10. I was looking forward to eating at a Jose Andres restaurant for the first time.
I love Oyamel and have been here many times, but on this particular trip I felt that the service was a little off. We weren’t very needy, but when we were ready to order something we always had to flag down our waitress. It wasn’t the busiest I’ve seen it, either. The food is always delicious, and never disappoints! Love the tacos and the guacamole the some of the best I have ever had.
Suggested dinner here for some out-of-town friends recently. The place was busy at 4:00 PM, so I was glad we had a reservation. We ordered tapas-style and drinks, which was enough food for a couple of hours but I was hungry again later, and unfortunately several of the "mild" options were spicy. The experience was fine — certainly the service was excellent — but I probably wouldn't make a point of returning.
Food was amazing and the staff was very accommodating and friendly!!
Excellent restaurant. Had a small issue with one of my dishes and the manager spoke to me and apologized. She comped the entree from my bill. Overall fun and inviting restaurant with excellent food and service.
Amazing cocktails & deserts. Food was good too!
As someone with a taste for good Mexican food, I thought Oyamel was terrific. I judge my Mexican restaurants first on salsa and second on mole. Both were wonderful, especially the salsa with a slightly smokey flavor.
Service gets a knock solely because it was packed. Food was wonderful, ambiance was excellent and the margaritas were incredibly tasty’
Great service, but the food was not seasoned very will. My favorites were the salad, brussel sprouts, and carnita tacos.
This was my first time at Oyamel in several years. I recalled the food being very good in the past, but this time I was quite disappointed. The grilled cactus paddles were soggy and unappealing, the albondigas were bland, and the multiple tacos I had were tiny, greasy and unremarkable. The service was the saving grace -- the staff were very attentive to my fiance's nut allergy and in general very responsive and swift.
Overall I really enjoyed Oyamel. The waitress suggested three or four small plate each. I would say if you get the guacamole, which is really good by the way, you really only need three or four small plates total per couple. I thought the fundido queso was very good but the meatballs and plantains not so much. The meatballs were very dry and The sauce that comes with the plan teens looks and smells like tar and does not taste much better. I will go back for the chips and salsa and guacamole and margaritas though
Olaf was perfect. Attentive and charming.
As always, service and food great.
Even late on a midweek evening, the noise was deafening. We could barely hear people at our table. Too bad, as food and drink were good and service attentive.
Totally loved it!
I really enjoyed this restaurant! I went for lunch and can't wait to go back for a happy hour as it had such a great young vibe.
LOVE THIS PLACE! It takes me one hour and 20 minutes driving there, but it worths every minute of my trip.
Amazing food! Great service and wonderful drinks! Definitely a must!
The food was wonderful and never disappoints. After not having been there for a year or so, it did strike me that the restaurant needs some serious maintenance. Bathrooms old and not very clean; top of wood cabinet in bath water damaged; decal on back of dining chair half peeled off, walls scuffed, etc.
Great menu, with wide range of authentic and interesting Mexican dishes. Lovely and fun design and ambiance. Carpet and furniture may need refreshing soon... Good service staff, tables bused promptly. Servers very knowledgeable about menu and ingredients, including bar and cocktail menu.
Service was horrible. Took forever to get drinks delivered. The food was not good or fresh.
Very good as always. The food is great and the ambiance is cool. Totally recommended
We visited Oyamel after a play at the Lansburgh Theater. The restaurant is right down the block and very convenient. MAKE A RESERVATION! It is critical to make a reservation on weekends. The wait was 1 1/2 hours without one.
The food was good. We had a variety of tacos which were between $4.00 and $5.00. The guacamole appetizer was $15.00. It was very good. We ate for about $40.00 for two people in downtown DC, not a bad price.
It is noisy and busy, so if you are looking for a quite dinner this is not the place. However, if you want to be in a vibrant environment you will love this place.
Loved the Oyamel Experience menu--and especially the pleasant, helpful server, who despite a huge, noisy, cherry blossom crowd, never seemed rushed or hectic. And special thanks, from these two seniors, for the spacious corner booth that gave a semblance of quiet! We loved it.
Very delicious and great tasting plate sizes. The pomegranate margarita was amazing!
I stop here every time I'm in DC. The pork belly is amazing. The table side guacamole is excellent and just fun to order! The freshness of the ingredients in the tacos is what keeps me coming back. The "salt air" margaritas are delicious as well. The service never disappoints.
Enjoyed a wonderful brunch with my friend. The food was incredible. Their Ceviche is to die for. Servers encourage you to try new dishes and give you their honest input. I had cactus paddles and they were tasty. My go to drink is the pomegranate margarita.
It was amazing !!
Loved Oyamel. High end Mexican food in the middle of a business city. Go for the food, because you cannot find anything else like this within a couple days' drive. BUT don't go if you want to talk. We are giving up on Oyamel. It is oppressively noisy. Always has been noisy at end of the day. My wife and I figure that Management sees this as a plus for Millenial and tourista diner attraction. But it just was not pleasant anymore. If we crave Mexican food in the neighborhood, we'll just go up the block to Jaleo. On a nice day you can sit outside -- even traffic noise is mellower than our old favorite's ambience.
Some of the food tasted different than it usual does. Other than that it was still really good.
We had a difficult time getting reservations, so 4:45 was it with 2 days notice. A very unusual menu, which is of course what we would be looking for on vacation. Food was good, and service was good, but be aware of the happy hour type crowd at this time of day, as the restaurant, particularly if you were seated near the bar.... gets VERY loud. So loud that having a conversation with the person seated across from you is impossible. Perhaps this would tone down after 7, so it might be "date-worthy" later, I don't know.
Well, the best Margarita ever (Oyamel margarita). Great chip / salsa, good guacamole. Guacamole bar and ceviche bar. Service was good, bar service was good. Food was great! It gets crazy at happy hour, for good reason. Absolutely will go back.
“Energetic” is a ridiculous way to describe the noise level. “Deafening” is much more accurate. “Annoying” would also be more accurate. “Unpleasant” would probably be the best way.