Oyamel

4.7
9142 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.

Experiences

  • New Year's Eve Experience

    $95.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    New Year’s Eve Chef’s Experience Menu Celebrate the arrival of the new year with Oyamel’s Chef’s Experience menu, a one-night-only prix fixe menu created by Head Chef Omar Rodriguez. Featuring selections from Oyamel’s 2021 Chef’s Dinner series, special ingredients like truffles, caviar, and wagyu beef, plus guest favorite dishes, this five-course menu is the ideal start to your celebration of 2022. No New Year’s is complete without drinks – add a special beverage package to your meal for the ultimate Oyamel experience. ¡Salud!

Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 9142 people are saying
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RonaldB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was easy to find. The inside was very noisy, but comfortable. I had reservation for outside, which was quite and intimate. The service was great. The Waiter asked if it was our first time and we answered yes. He explained about the place, food and drinks. He was very polite and professional. I enjoyed his helpfulness and politeness. The food was good. I enjoyed the food very much, very tasteful and favors. Great place to eat.

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PapaKilo
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Overall excellent! Accoustics are not good and don't lend to easy conversations amongst people even at the same table. Ambiance is decent. Food is excellent, as is service.

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vipLDubs
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I love this restaurant by chef José Andrés in DC, but the service was not what I have come to expect from previous visits. Food was great, per usual, but we felt unnecessarily rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food was disappointing.

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CameyO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food and quick service before the hockey game. We’ll be back!

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vipCalpike
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the chef's tasting menu ($65 for about 10 tastes). Was actually more food than we could finish and so took some home. Best tastes were the Ceviche and the Chicharrone tacos. Don't skip the guacamole and chips. Mezcal cocktails were excellent. We appreciated not being rushed and we spent a bit over 2 hours enjoying our meal.

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AuraA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time we are definitely coming back
I had the best Margaritas and food was absolutely delicious

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YogaFan
Richmond
81 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious small plates. The spicy shrimp dish was particularly good. Our server was pleasant and helpful.

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vipBostonDiner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious, authentic Mexican food in a great atmosphere. Great spot to stop before or after an event at the Capital One Center.

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vipspatzdo
Washington DC
142 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pre Caps game. Good margaritas. The beat salad was super as were the brussel sprouts. The tacos fell apart and were hard to eat. Good service.

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Angel
Indiana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food overall; however the chicken tamale did not have as much flavor as other offerings

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andreaa
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best margaritas in DC. I love the food here. Good service.

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VictorPatelDC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was quite impressed by the delicious food, excellent service, variety of items on the menu, and the overall energy of this restaurant. Each item we ordered was very flavorful and artfully presented. The ambiance of the restaurant was also very well decorated to exhibit the energy and culture of Mexico City. Highly recommend everyone try this restaurant and other restaurants by Jose Andres.

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Margaret
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was wonderful! Margaritas are the best in DC

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Twensj
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Visited twice and have found the food and drinks to be ok. The chips and salsa are very flavorful. However, the actual food and drinks paid for are just ok. I’ve had better tacos, quesadillas, and margaritas from other restaurants around DC. I decided to try it a second time because I thought maybe I wasn’t feeling well the first time, but it simply confirmed that the food’s really just ok. I do agree that the service and ambiance are great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

overall fine

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Cait
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was great, service attentive. Try the Chefs tasting menu-there were too many great items to choose ourselves so loved this option and went home even with leftovers!

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Freha
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I have been a fan of Oyamel for ever but was quite disappointed with the food this time. Quality has dropped

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vipLizS
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great chicken rice soup a d chicken enchiladas

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AntonioVega
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente sabor. De verdad como si estuviera en Mexico. Volvemos de seguro!

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vipFoodieChuck
Columbus
104 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Having lived in Texas and being spoiled on both Tex-Mex and Mexican, it was solid but not great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, even better margs.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! We had the perfect “nook” seat for our slightly larger party, and everything from food to drinks was excellent!

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vipTangowood
Washington DC
151 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Because my hearing isn't good, I'd asked for a relatively quiet table. Which is exactly what we got, in a window alcove. The restaurant's accommodation was even more impressive because the place was packed, yet we were given this table for four een though there were only two of us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the tapas style so we could try a lot of different foods. Also, the tequila was great!

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delp
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and ambiance were incredible! Only downside was their website claimed they require COVID-19 vaccination for indoor dining, and I called to confirm that was true. I was told it was, but at arrival no one asked for my vaccine card. As a rather anxious diner, that didn’t make me feel very secure. Nonetheless a great dining experience!

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vipBasic
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious. Wash DC fave.

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Clare
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love Oyamel and go all the time. This recent visit was fine but we felt like they created a table in what used to be a walk way for waiters right at the foot of a staircase, and in front of a service station so there was quite a bit of traffic going around us. Otherwise, it would have been a great experience!

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yanke753
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh provided exceptional service behind the bar. We'll be back not just because the food was great, but the service was fantastic! Thank you.

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LANative
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful, especially the food!

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BarC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around! Food is amazing, plus friendly and attentive service. Dessert will astound foodies. Had Oaxacan chocolate custard with chocolate sorbet, passion fruit gelatin, chocolate and pumpkin seed crumble and fresh passion fruit. Tried it paired with Crema de Mezcal, Del Maguey’s combination of Miel de Maguey and Mezcal San Luis del Rio is smoky with just a hint of sweetness. Interesting, unexpected flavor combinations. Did we mention the house margaritas? Another wonderful surprise!

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vipZZ1026
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Was super crowded due to a concert at the arena, but they were well staffed and provided excellent service in spite of the large number of people. Food was excellent as always

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AlanK
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mushroom taco was amazingly delicious! And the complimentary tortilla chips were much better than most.

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vipNataliaA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food, and overall experience were outstanding.

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AliciaH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, recommendations and service were all outstanding. You're missing out if you don't make this a regular visit in the District.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Food is delicious!

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MLpartyof5
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ordered the tasting menu as we felt adventurous. Great things we would not have otherwise tried.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal - everything we ordered was superb! Matt, our server, was second to none! We will be back, no question!!!

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JWH514
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Have the margarita pitcher - you won’t regret it!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hockey pre game

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 4.7 stars by 9142 OpenTable diners.

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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