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Oyamel, Washington, DC
Award-winning

Oyamel

4.6
4.6
9292 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. 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 114 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (202) 628-1005
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Omar Rodriguez
  • Private party facilities
    At Oyamel, it feels like a fiesta the moment you walk through the door. Our bright spaces and vibrant décor paired with savory Mexican bites and unique cocktails come together to create an event you’ll never forget.
  • Private party contact
    Coleen Bendig: (202) 638-1910
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Cross street
    D Street
  • Parking details
    There are ample public lots in the Gallery Place/Chinatown/Penn Quarter area. Metered street parking is also available.
  • Public transit
    Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro or Archives/Navy Memorial
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 9,292 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mexican

  • District of Columbia

    Mexican

9,292 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the food! So fresh and delicious. Service was great.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We went there on a Sunday afternoon at a not so busy hour and immediately we were served water in a used glass with someone else’s lipstick mark!!!! I was quite paranoid about the hygiene after that. We went to celebrate my brothers bday and ordered a margarita for him that didn’t come until 30 mins, which we ended up canceling because we had finished half the food by that time anyway. Disappointed.

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  3. MargaritasG

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ceviche was great! Ambiance and Staff excellent! Disappointed in the carnitas taco. Did not seem fresh. Other than that, it was a good experience. The cafe de olla dessert was amazing!

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  4. Alice

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Oyamel has fantastic margaritas, chips, and guac. The chicken tamales are especially good. The place is lively and it can be hard to hear each other when across the table.

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  5. Hattiepj

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was OK. Some much better than others Creative and modern Mexican. Music was a bit loud. Can’t really talk, had to yell or scream for other person to hear. Location is good though.

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  6. Miles

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good experience and friendly prompt service. Their classic Oyamel cocktail and pomegranate margarita was good.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I love Jose Andreas’ restaurants, and usually the service is stellar, but today was a huge fail. We sat for 15 minutes before our table was even greeted. Everything took forever. Even once we made management aware of the situation, no one apologized or did anything to remediate the situation. Very disappointing as these restaurants are usually excellent when it comes to service.

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  8. PaulC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wanted to check out our first Jose Andres restaurant. The table side guac is amazing and the cocktails are delicious. We really enjoyed our time there even though it was a bit loud, we still could hear each other and enjoy our delicious meal.

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  9. AugustW

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and excellent salsa, my boyfriend tried grasshoppers for the first time!

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  10. ArlDCDiner

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed the food--an explosion of flavors. The noise level was so high it was too hard to converse.

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  11. StephanieS

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and my server José was so friendly & helpful. He helped me navigate the menu and recommended some wonderful dishes. It was a great experience!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is amazing as always. our server Santy is great. Outstanding job. So polite and attentive. Thank you for a great experience

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  13. ElisabethA

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful dinner! Great food! Really, really good margaritas!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful variety of food for both children and adults.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a favorite. We love the salt foam topped Margaritas. Great service and food too. Visited late in evening on a Tuesday.

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  16. HeatherM

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the creative and delicious vegetarian options. Love this place!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice experience l! The food was so good I loved it

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  18. TomC

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very knowledgeable wait staff. The food is outstanding. Would definitely recommend and hope to come back soon.

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  19. MichaelR

    Los Angeles

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very good modern take on authentic Mexican food. The chips were special- fresh and tasty, the Tamale Rojo was just right spicy and delicious. My grandson loved his Enchilada and ate ceviche for the first time. I think I prefer an ahi tuna over the sea bass, but it was still very good. My only disappointment was the chicken taco. Just my taste buds but it wasn’t as flavorful as the pork tamale.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic! We got 6 of the tacos and the fish was our favorite.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Oyamel, loved the vibrant colors in the restaurant. We had the fresh guac to start, the some tapas plates to go along with a couple of chicken tacos. All items were delicious and if you love drinks especially tequila they had some great margaritas, cocktails and mezcals. Would definitely come back and highly recommend a visit

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  22. ljjh

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I go to Oyamel fairly often, and this time the food seemed even better than ever. It is always a bit loud, but always a delightful dining experience.

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  23. JohnK

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Unique and great food in a vibrant and fun environment. Cocktails were outstanding, and the decor fun. Service was slow. We went on a Saturday prior to a hockey match so made a reservation (recommended move). While there was a crowd was waiting to be seated. Water and chips hit the table quickly, but after that service was rather slow. Waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable of both the food and drink menu, just very busy. The unique and well made food was the star of the show. Had beef tong taco, pulled pork taco, and the grasshopper taco (it's a thing). All tasted great. My wife went with the mushroom taco, the fish taco, and the chicken taco and enjoyed each one. For drinks I had a mojito which was outstanding, especially the house made froth, my wife took advantage of the extensive toquilla options. We plan to go back.

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  24. DCInsider

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oyamel is always a treat. The menu is varied and definitely takes you into Mexican cuisine and away from the tex-mex that is so ubiquitous in the US (think grasshopper & cactus tacos). The drinks, the servers and the ambience make this place an absolute must while in DC.

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  25. MissFoodie

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was slow and tacos arrived soggy. The cerviche and guacamole were good.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Family friendly

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Tacos were just ok. Price wasn’t bad per taco, so that’s something.

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  28. DirkD

    Wilmington

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oyamel once again served delicious entrees and drinks! Tamal Rojo was of huge potions and soft to cut. Pomegranate and Oyamel drinks were perfect. Only criticism is that the Tres Leches cakes size noticeably gotten smaller in the last year. The price was UNREASONABLE!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun night out last night in DC must make reservation. Sat in a timely manner. Great service. Allowed for accommodation of 11 year old. Ambience was fun. Food was amazing. Highly recommend

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    First timer diner while visiting DC. The ambiance was quite pleasant and authentically and colorfully decorated. I found the food to be good, nothing spectacular. They recommended selecting three items as the portion sizes were like “tapas”. I assumed that meant we would be sharing as in a typical Spanish restaurant but that was not the case. It just seemed to be the wrong type of food to share. We ordered the tamales and some tacos which were good. We also ordered a vegetarian option of black beans with melted cheese. The presentation was unappealing and the consistency was dry. I was not surprised that the taste matched the delivery. Drinks both alcoholic and non were overloaded with ice, very little product. The value received did not equal the price paid.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oyamel was OUTSTANDING! The menu offered fantastic choices. The service was phenomenal! The speed of food delivery was great! This restaurant lived up to every bit of the hype!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Stuttgart

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The guacamole was amazing and the margaritas were super fresh and tasty. Highly recommend both.

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  33. LisaH

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined here for a birthday dinner. Our server, Sammy G, was outstanding! He made great recommendations for us. I have a food allergy, and he took the time and effort to find out which menu items to avoid. Definitely recommend, and we will be back again!

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  34. DavidE

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very disappointing, especially after having eaten at Zaytinya a couple of days before. Ceviche was almost too salty to eat, Grasshopper Tacos had so much salt that it burned my mouth and the gazpacho was mediocre.

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  35. MK6102

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was awesome!! Super efficient and had great recommendations. She made our experience very enjoyable. The food was wonderful and the margaritas were on point.

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  36. Jacq

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, fun vibes and great food all around. Especially loved the guac and the ceviche!

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  37. JMO1

    Washington DC

    63 reviews

    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and excellent food. We did the tasting menu. A lot of food, but great selection. Go with an appetite!

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  38. MichaelR

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Mexican food but too noisy to hold easy conversation.

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  39. ScottD

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food. We especially enjoyed the ceviche. Our server did a great job taking us through the menu

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent and trumps any other consideration!!

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FAQs

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 4.6 stars by 9292 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 114 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Oyamel

401 7th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20004

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross street
    D Street
  • Neighborhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    There are ample public lots in the Gallery Place/Chinatown/Penn Quarter area. Metered street parking is also available.
  • Public transit
    Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro or Archives/Navy Memorial
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Omar Rodriguez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 628-1005
  • Private party facilities
    At Oyamel, it feels like a fiesta the moment you walk through the door. Our bright spaces and vibrant décor paired with savory Mexican bites and unique cocktails come together to create an event you’ll never forget.
  • Private party contact
    Coleen Bendig: (202) 638-1910
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