Oyamel

4.7
9106 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.

ThinkFoodGroup requires all our staff to be fully vaccinated. We request all guests over 12 years of age who are dining indoors to be fully vaccinated.

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Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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RobertoG
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful food. The chef’s tasting menu is amazing.

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vipStephen
Washington DC
159 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Oyamel used to be the best Mexican restaurant in the DC area and it was a favorite of mine. Sadly, the pandemic has taken its toll. The menu is dramatically reduced and the remaining dishes are not as well-prepared as before. Portions were small and service was slow. The wait staff was very nice, but the kitchen is not up to its previous high standards. The price was very high for what we got. I hope that Jose Andres will work his magic and restore Oyamel to its previous glory as we move into a recovery from the worst of the pandemic.

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SueP
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the many things I adore about Jose Andreas' restaurants is that they are all equally wonderful! Oyamel is the Mexican version & it is amazing. Start with a ceviche or two (we have the special atun pacifico & the ceviche roja), add a salad (the beets were awesome!) and a vegetable (cauliflower & brussel sprouts, so good) and finish up with some tacos. The margaritas were perfection, the tres leche cake was just the right amount and the coffee was very strong, just the way I like it.

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vipMyronL
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I sat outside on a somewhat chilly day. Oyamel had outdoor heaters, so it was quite comfortable. I paid by credit card and cycled the 2 miles home. When I arrived, I had a message from Oyamel that I had left my credit card. I was very happy it was able to track down my phone number and call me ASAP. I went immediately back and retrieved it.

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PaulaE
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous flavor combinations - imaginative and SO delicious! What a treat! ❤️

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WorlddinersX2
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff very accommodating to my request for quieter table. Lively decor and atmosphere. Waitstaff did exceptionally well on a very busy rainy Saturday afternoon.

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KirstinT
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent except for the music blaring, even outside! WHY?

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vipSteveC
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre-theater option, across the street from Shakespeare Theaters. Outstanding food and drinks, and quick service made for a good evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had dinner outside. The tents work well and they did a good job of trying to create a nice dining atmosphere; even though you are right on the street. The food was excellent. The enchiladas were a big hit at the table. The service was great as well; it was rather busy and our drinks and food came out quickly.

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MichelleT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The ceviche was extremely fishy, leaving a terrible aftertaste. I never had a bad meal here, so I was quite surprised. I regretted bringing my friend here that night because I had hyped it so much. I will not recommend this restaurant in the future. I will come again only because of past meals, but this time started off bad, and went downhill from there when the staff asked us to switch tables. The rest of the meal was okay. The only good thing was seeing my friend that I haven’t seen since the pandemic began. Only wish the meal was perfect.

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GlennK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Mexican restaurant with a flair and nice vibe. Don't stick with a stand-by...try anyone of the outstanding dishes. I have never had the anything twice and have always thrilled with everything. Service is and has always been impeccable.

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EdgarC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It’s a nice go-to place for office lunches and meeting friends.

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ShannonA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Delicious food. Appropriate portions. Too much up selling.

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vipWayneK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a night out or pre-Caps game dinner (Capital One Arena is two blocks away).

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the tequila flight. Our server Ezra was great

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MollyO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I were in DC for a quick 24 hour trip and Oyamel was one of the highlights. I made the rez last week bc Oyamel looked like it hade several vegetarian options for my daughter. We got to our reservation too early after finishing museums earlier than expected and they seated us soon after our arrival even though they seemed pretty busy. The service was so so good. The mojitos were the best we’d ever had with interesting and gorgeous foam concoction on top. Definitely the best and most interesting Mexican food we have ever had! We will be back and definitely will recommend.

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TexasFran
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, including the margaritas!!!

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sallygjack
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and great food, as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We returned to Oyamel to celebrate my husband’s birthday and, though we’ve been many times before, found this experience not worth the trip. The chips were stale and hard (always had been our favorite!) and the guacamole was bland and not thick at all. I think they forgot a seasoning or lime juice. The drinks were excellent as they always had been, but the food was okay at best. My husband’s half sandwich was actually difficult to cut through..the bread was that stale. Lastly, the side booths by the windows need an upgrade FOR SURE. Super uncomfortable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food was pretty bad . I expected much better

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IsraelG
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, good food, excellent service. Had a delicious dinner.

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vipMira
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menu us original and full of flavorful options. Presention and taste was very good. I'll go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was AMAZING

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MeaganW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great margaritas and food. Went at happy hour and it was perfect. We were able to try multiple items that were the perfect portion

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GregI
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Innovative and delicious Mexican tapas with very comfortable outdoor dining area. Would readily come back.

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Dibr
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service. Highly recommend the tasting menu

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Darling
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it. The food was so good. Great value for the menu pricing. I highly recommend Oyamel!

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cajintl
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Mexican cuisine h!as never been this good outside San Diego/Mexico City.
We did the Chef's selection and the dishes, presentations, and dialog behin each dish was delightful. The pairings were right on and from state. We had a Latin lunch - 2/5 hours and left happy and very full. This is our first time back in 2 years (COVID) and the service and quality of the meals has not suffered. We will be back.

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LizH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner on the outside patio- thankfully it was still a warm night on 10/2. There is the noise from the city roads, but it didn't bother us. The server we had was very attentive and helpful. We tried dishes that we would not normally make on our own and it was very good! The pricing is a bit high for cocktails in our opinion- the one glass of margarita for $ 13.00 seemed a bit unreasonable to us. It would be nice to see them offer a smaller tasting experience as the one on the menu sounded like too much food. We ended up ordering a few of each thing and didn't leave hungry. Overall great experience!

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Alina
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my margarita! Best margarita ever! I will be coming for another!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Service was great. Liked Mexican small plates idea. Pomegranate margarita was divine!

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Jwd55
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A promise to my husband of excellent Mexican food during a recent weekend in DC landed us at Oyamel. We are fans of Jose Andres, so this was a no-brainer. The small plates approach allowed us to try out lots of interesting selections. Our 2 favorites (of 6 total) included the octopus and then the pork belly quesadilla. Although delish, don’t waste too much of your appetite on the chips and salsa. We ate outside, and service was pretty attentive. Didn’t care for the foamy mojito. We hadn’t eaten here for many years but won’t wait that long again…

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Un guacamole et une margarita maison à tomber. D’excellents produits et beaucoup de créativité (seuls les desserts sont un peu décevants) Des prix plus que raisonnables pour DC. Un grand OUI !

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WesleyJ
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good variety of choices! Guacamole was outstanding! Service terrific!

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PegH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GET THE FISH TACOS AND THE MEATBALLS AND DON'T FORGET THE GUAC AND A MARGARITA! YOU WON'T BE SORRY!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good meal! A little noisy in the restaurant but the food was amazing and the margaritas are the best in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. We sat inside but didn’t feel like we were too close to anyone else. We will definitely be back again!

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Pastrami
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We showed up 15 minutes early for our reservation and weren’t seated until 30 minutes after our scheduled time. Other than that, everything was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food!

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MarianneH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been here in years and had forgotton what a great restaurant this is. Sadly, the area around Capitol One Arena is a dining desert with few good choices. Happily, this is one of them!

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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 4.7 stars by 9106 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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