Oyamel

4.8
9049 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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vipMeMe
Pittsburgh
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good, and unusually interesting Mexican food. Sat outdoors, which was pleasant

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vipTucker
Philadelphia
261 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Oyamel is in full gear and every dish we ordered was outstanding.

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vipJeff
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food at Oyamel is consistently superb, and the value is hard to beat!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, quaint and peaceful. Our servers were excellent and attentive. Highly recommend

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curtisaa
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time in the outdoor seating area. The food was amazing as always, and the staff was all very friendly and responsive. Also appreciated the staff requiring guests to wear masks whenever indoors, as some are still not vaccinated. Kudos!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caps playoff game

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slemon
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious, and our server Andres was delightful!

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LuIs
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall not as good as expected from past visits. The service was equally less impressive than usual. The food was mostly good. Highlights were the quesadilla de chicharrón, platillo de suadero, and the agua fresca de Tamarindo. Delicious!

The appetizer tacos of chicharrón came almost at the end of the meal. The tortillas holding those tacos together were soggy as though they had been sitting a while. They should double them up if they hadn’t been waiting for service and are just that wet fresh out of the kitchen.

We ordered guacamole spicy as an add-on appetizer. It arrived with very little Serrano chile in it and was not spicy at all. I asked to have it spiced up, and the waiter asked if he could bring some habanero to add to it. That was a surprising suggestion considering habanero is a different type of spice than Serrano. I would have expected more Serrano to be added. But I agreed to try it. The waiter brought habanero salsa to add to the guacamole. I told him I thought he had offered chopped habanero to add. He said they didn’t have chopped habanero. I reluctantly agreed to add the salsa to the guacamole. The salsa kind of ruined the guacamole as the texture and taste changed completely. The waiters solution to fixing the guacamole signified to me that he doesn’t really know the food they serve or how important all the elements are to keeping the standard to each dish consistent.

The waiter asked how the guacamole was. I told the waiter the guacamole wasn’t good that way and that Rosa Mexicana’s was even better (which isn’t saying much) and was surprising because Oyamel’s food is usually perfect. Later the waiter asked if the water was better than Rosa’s. I told him it was, but probably only because they’ve been closed for a year and their water is probably rusty from not flowing all that time. Snark gets snark.

I would still go back but this visit was a bit disappointing and could be indicative of standards dropping due to the pandemic.

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NormanC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!! Ceviche was great as were the shrimp. Place had a cool vibe and the campy Lady Vampire/Wrestling movie was a hoot!!

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nicholasb
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We were not very happy being seated in what felt like an alleyway. Would have preferred to be out front. The tent situation felt stuffy and boxed in for someone with some anxiety around tight spaces. Ambiance was definitely negatively impacted.

That said, we enjoyed our ceviche verde and margaritas quite a bit.

I ordered one of each taco, including the special and was pleasantly surprised by the vegetarian options. The lambs quarter and asparagus taco was excellent!

I will say the bean tacos tasted burnt. Almost as if the pot of beans was burnt at the bottom and tainted the entire batch. Not a great taco.

Beef taco was under seasoned and a bit bland.

Fish taco was very good as well.

This is our second trip to Oyamel. Next time I will ask to be seated out front and will avoid the tacos as there are better options on the menu.

Service was great and we definitely felt taken care of if not a little disappointed in our seating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The food was delicious but our server was incredibly rude and dismissive.

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RMfoodie
Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic mezcal selection and mezcal cocktails -- authentic Mexican cuisine -- would definitely go back

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MWen
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, drinks, service, and atmosphere. Can't wait to go back.

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JDavis
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great to see a restaurant that has managed to incorporate excellent safety procedures during the pandemic. Our servers were energetic and enthusiastic! The food was delicious and the drinks were the right amount of fancy. I had the brisket special and will be back for that dish. All in all a great experience, and bravo!

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GeorgeA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never disappoints! Love coming here with family...service is outstanding

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Lyma
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.The margaritas are incredible. Good job on social distancing tables.

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RDozier
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, drinks, and superb staff. This is a must go place. Great place for a date or just hanging with family and friends. Definitely make the trip back Oyamel.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, spicy margaritas & first time experience!

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KathyF
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ceviche is fantastic! Highly recommend the guacamole. Tacos were fresh and very tasty. One of our favorite spots when in DC for a Caps game!!

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Mayita
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place to celebrate my husband’s birthday and book launch in Amazon. ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The drinks were amazing!

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vipGordo
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great tacos.

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vipJamie
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried this place for Cinco De Mayo and it was really tasty! The food was great and our waiter was so friendly and helpful! Everything I had was amazing. The only thing I was not impressed with was the Guac- maybe they have someone new making it or the person wasn't paying attention to the recipe- It was basically a bowl of smashed avocado with nothing else it. The salsa was delicious!

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vipKenzieS
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered Oyamel only a few months ago and have been 3 or 4 times now. It is one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in the area! You have to get the queso fundido and try all of the margaritas. Our favorite is the serrano, but you can't go wrong with any of them. The salt air foam on some of them is delicious! For food, we love the beef tacos and the arrachera. They also had a lamb taco on special once that was amazing. Honestly, you can't go wrong with anything you order!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing! Service was good as well!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is absolutely one of our family’s favorite places to eat in DC. They have great options for our meat eaters and vegetarian. The service was fabulous and food as always delicious

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SHEMICA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Stephanie was FANTASTIC . We will return for her service alone . The guacamole was so nice we had to order it twice!!! I would recommend it to a friend or an enemy! It was superb

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Masi
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food tapas style. Drinks were good but small for the price. With tapas you get to try a good variety of food.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is becoming one of my new favorites. Tasty and affordable and nice service.

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KelT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch experience! My friends were so late and the staff was still welcoming and accommodating. They are doing a great job managing COVID safety and the food was delicious as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was a gem.

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Cami
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time! We loved the huevos rancheros for brunch and the margarita with salt foam! The guacamole was some of the best we have ever had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Socially distant & the guacamole was great

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MarianneF
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Great food. Excellent service. Can't wait to go back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very covid safe! Enjoyed eating an amazing meal in a fun environment!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best happy hours in the city. Service is always perfect. And fantastic mezcal selection.

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vipGodfather
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good brunch!

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HeatherM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a quiet Sunday brunch! Love the decor. The tortillas chips are best I have ever eaten. Guacamole is a must-try!

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vipAndrea
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in DC. Great atmosphere and delicious, fun food with lots of options.
Great social distancing practice with well-spaced tables and boots as well as plexiglass shields make dining indoor feel safe if eating outdoor is not an option (and there plenty of space outdoor)!

One of the most amazing features is the complimentary salsa and chips.

Last time we dined, I enjoyed the guacamole, Coliflor frito, Arrachera, and the must have tacos - Chilorio de res and Cochinita

Great margaritas - both Mezcal and traditional Oyamel

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Reno
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Our server was wonderful as well-she was very attentive and recommended items based on our interests. We were very pleased to celebrate a birthday dinner here! Will definitely recommend this establishment to others!

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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 4.8 stars by 9049 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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