Oyamel

4.7
7748 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance - loved the decor and unique colors. Best service - waiter was very patient and friendly. Delicious food - even the free chips/dips were super tasty. Smoky drinks. I might go again this week for the restaurant week special!

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SS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything here is delicious. From the start, with chips and salsa and lime foam margaritas, you know you're going to want to try everything on the menu. My boyfriend and I went here for resturant week which was great because we got to try a little bit of everything. Highlights were definitely the Ceviche con Citricos (you're going to want to drink the citrus marinade...it's amazing) and the Flan de Camote.

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for restaurant week and everything we had was delicious! It was slow but also with restaurant seek it’s very understandable

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E
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff are very accommodating when we want to change our seat, server is always asking ask what else, do we need .

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TP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for a birthday celebration!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing especially the ceviche... out of this world!!!

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C
Washington DC
551 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

William did a great job once again. Chicken soup and ribs were extraordinary!

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l
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service by Oscar. Knows menu very well. Made our experience perfect.

Casa Noble Reposado margaritas- delicious.

Very busy at 9:30 pm on a Saturday night. Hail to Jose Andres!

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FR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the menu selection and variations, tasted great, good chips, guac, and drinks too!

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D
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food excellent as always!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Poor service; mediocre food.

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DN
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Server was very attentive - sorry I don't remember his name!

A little too noisy.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Overhyped. Nothing was bad but nothing was good either. The meatballs taste like chef boyardee. Very disappointing

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SW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Our server this time was inattentive and very unfriendly, but I will always come back for the great food, the great vibe, and salt air margaritas. Suadero and Al Pastor Tacos are a must, and the guac is made in house--not quite worth the $15 price tag but still delicious.

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JD
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Oyamel on a date night with the hubs before a show at the Lansburgh. We did the tasting menu with the tasting drinks as well. We were thrilled with everything. The food was outstanding and the drinks even better. My husband's family is from Mexico so he is usually critical of Mexican restaurants but he couldn't have been more impressed. Cant wait to go back.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I have eaten at Oyamel several times in the past and have never been disappointed. The food comes hot to the table and is what is expected from the menu description. I usually try different food selections each time. This time I ordered the pork- stuffed pepper with goat cheese sauce and pomegranate seeds. Overall, a good meal.

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s
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Bustling restaurant with creative menu options, such as goat tacos. The cocktails were amazing!! My only critique is that the menu is a bit difficult to read, and in addition, it was hard to determine what were entrees and what was ala carte, unless you guessed based on price. I ordered Al Pastor tacos and then realized the tacos are ala carte. Better organization of the menu could improve ease of ordering.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

it’s so cute

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Naples
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Greeted very welcomely, drinks from the bar were served promptly while our group waited. Issue with closing out drink order. We were seated early. Guests loved the table ambiance. Tables were close together and servers were having to awkwardly tend to the table. Food was authentic, to order, and hot. One error in taking the order. Overall was very good. Will be back.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! We had the Oyamel Experience tasting menu, which was excellent and an exceptional value. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely return.

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KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of our favorite restaurants - anywhere! From the salsa to start to the cactus paddles to the gulf shrimp to the coffee ice cream, we were wowed and delighted. We keep coming back and encourage those who have yet to experience Oyamel to give it a try; it’s fantastic!

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CO
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Oyamel is a nice variation on typical Mexican food. Small plates encourage sharing so you can try multiple items on the varied menu. Start with a few dishes and order as you go so that you can reorder what you liked and save room for dessert. Again, order desserts to share so you can have multi-flavorful meal.

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AV
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oyamel never disappoints! Everything is great!!! The ceviches are very fresh and have different textures which I love. The tacos are very flavorful and the meats are very tender. Love the refried beans!!!!

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NO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, fun drinks, and wonderful service. One of our DC favorites!!

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DC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent variety of small plates which also cater well for people with allergies. Food is reasonably priced and we found the waiter to be knowledgeable, helpful and attentive.
Our meal was at 11am on New Years day, and it may have been quieter than normal.
The small tacos also allow you to sample a range of flavors, or cater to someone who is not very hungry.

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JO
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food, the waiter was attentive and hilarious!

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HJ
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family of 6 (ages 14 to 50) enjoyed our pre-theatre (Woolly Mammoth) dinner at Oyamel. The drinks were tasty (Mojitos, beer, wine), the guac DELICIOUS, the smoked chipotle salsa amazing and we loved our entrees, all of which were creative twists on traditional Mexican food. I was the only one who ordered a salad--and it was superb! Hearts of palms shredded like jicama, radishes, grapefruit, etc, all mixed in a deliciously light dressing. The entrees are on the small side, but with our healthy portions of guac and chips before dinner, they were just want we needed. The icing on the cake was the total with a generous tip was well under $200 for 6 people, appetizers, entrees and drinks....totally worth it! Fun vibe, too. We'll be back!

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k
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food and the vibe. Server/service was surprisingly professional despite the crush of customers at 5:30 on Sunday night. Very impressed.

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VM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had a wonderful time. We were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was and the options available.

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KS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Family trip to the theater

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D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

When we want Mexican food this is our go to place. Food is as close to real Mexican as you can get in DC. Offers beer and wine from Mexico too. Service was excellent. Noisy, like most every restaurant in DC, but at corner we could talk without shouting and leaning over the table.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I was unimpressed considering the hype and reviews for the restaurant. The guacamole didn’t have much flavor or special kick. And the tacos were disappointing. I had a chicken taco which was dry/unseasoned and the fish taco was far too greasy and bland. I really wanted to like this place, but sadly no.

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A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Experience!!

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CD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing lunch. Wonderful food and pomegranate margaritas, Mexican coffee. Service was also excellent. Let’s also not forget the beautiful decor. A must dîne!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

The receptionist and barman were rude and appeared overwhelmed and inpatient. Very unlike Oyamel.

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MT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in DC. Great vegan options.

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g
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I visited with our 2 little ones (2 and 4 yrs old). Everyone was great to make them feel welcome, find us a seat in a crowded place that would work for us. the food and drinks were amazing......can't wait to go back!

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AC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, as always. From the margaritas, to the enchiladas, to the chapulines, the food is excellent.

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C
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We recently visited with our college aged children and had a great experience. Enjoyed the tapas sized meals and trying new things! Server was very engaged and happy!

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