Oyamel

4.7
8902 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were really excellent and we really appreciated the staff. Will definitely go again to try more items off the menu!

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JoannaG
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even during a pandemic, Oyamel continues to deliver high quality service and outstanding food in a lower-risk setting.

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vipJimJam328
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

First time here and like all Jose Andres places the taste is great. HH is until 6 and we got there right before and it was great to get a pitcher of margarita. Btw the pitcher was alot of drinks a good 6 or 8, not too much ice like other places too. We got the queso which wasn't really queso. It was a tougher and thicker cheese - still great flavor. The tacos were unique. The Pork and Beef ones tasted like Indian food to me (I'm north Indian and it was definitely like my mom's cooking). Overall great, I'm glad they have outdoor sitting and heaters during covid times. Can't wait to go post post-covid era because the inside looked real nice!!

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NathanY
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best tequileria in the area by far. Alan and the entire staff were fantastic.

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ChrisH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jan as our server & Hector the manager were fast & very personable. Food is AWESOME...especially the Camarones that come in a black garlic sauce!

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Josh
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Food was perfect. Recommendations from waitress was great!

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IrmaA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great from the beginning to the end. We really enjoy all the variety of tapas they have on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both excellent. Highly recommend.

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Felicia
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in the tent and had a lovely experience. Our server Jan was kind, attentive and hospitable. The restaurant followed COVID regulations very well. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular, very accommodating to dietary needs! Great service! Will be back again

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vipRAMONV
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is excellent. We lived in Mexico 6 years and this restaurant has managed to replicate the typical Mexican cuisine with the ingredients and flavors. We highly recommend it, and it is good value for money. By the way, the guacamole is done in the moment, really fresh-just made. And very good service and COVID protocols

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SpencerU
Berlin
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish mix of fresh flavors and unique twist on Mexican Classics

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vipRachelQC
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the food to the drinks to the service exceeded our expectations - we had such a great night and will be sure to return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always :)

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CeciliaH
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Beautiful guacamole, ceviche and quesadillas. Not so good the rest!

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vipNicholaR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was pretty mediocre and service was okay. Wouldn’t go again.

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SydneyW
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Oyamel is great but the Caldo tlalpeño was way over salted.

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BrianM
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It began with a warm greeting at the door and just got better from there. The place has the potential to be lively and fun, but, of course the Corona messed that up. It was pretty empty and their safety procedures were top notch. The menu was fun - traditional dishes with modern touches. We shared the octopus, I had the duck dish, and my girlfriend had three tacos - chicken, mushroom, and pork. The mushroom and pork were outstanding, the chicken was chicken ;) The duck was a special and it was amazing - melt in your mouth, interesting, lively, with no one flavor overpowering another. The octopus was tender and had a delicious smokiness from the salsa negra balanced with a not overly sweet potato puree. Sounds all la ti da, but I really think everyone will find something they will enjoy on this menu. The drinks were good, but seemed a bit pricey - that being said the food prices were more than reasonable and it is Penn Quarter after all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal. Great service from Jan Michael. Very safety focused environment. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Covid precautions! Food was excellent, as always!

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vipEricR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service, as always! You can count on Oyamel for a great meal.

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Alex
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with COVID-19, it's still my favorite restaurant in DC. We sat outside and the service was great.

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RobertH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service especially with the current COVID restrictions.

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AlenaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it here. Oyamel had a great outdoor seating, and was able to make sure we got a table there since we aren't comfortable sitting inside. The food was great and so was the service

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FlaviaD
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, affordable price, very nice staff. Pretty decoration and comfortable seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent with socially distant seating and COVID precautions. Food was outstanding and cocktails amazing. Their salt air marg is my favorite!

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vipPaul
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to Oyamel most weekends since their much-anticipated pandemic reopening. They've made lots of improvements in terms of separating tables from each other, opening up outdoor space, providing heaters, the mandatory logistical changes...everything works like a charm and each weekend has been better than the last. The food remains an explosion of favor - I can certainly speak to the chilaquiles, quesadillas huitlacoche, cochinita tacos, and of course the guacamole. Excellent service across the board as well; I give it my highest recommendation

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IvanE
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambience, and overall quality was amazing. Oyamel continues to be my go-to Mexican restaurant for all of my special occaisons.

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vipMichelle
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was mediocre. The tacos were pretty boring and predictable. I had the oysters on tostadas for dia de muerta. It was a decent treatment. But none of the food stood out. The margaritas were delicious though, and overall a decent dining experience with my hubs. The plexi glass and covid handling was well done.

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JoseC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent taste and service!

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LaurenFowler2020
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
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
26 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
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
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
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 on October 24, 2020
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 on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food great atmosphere great service. Wonderful day!

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Nadia
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
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 on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipWoody
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
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 on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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vipCraig
Washington DC
753 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was terrific as always. Great food and service. Well worth it, can’t wait to go back.

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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 4.7 stars by 8902 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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