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Oyamel

4.6
7271 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Sunday – Wednesday: 11 AM – midnight
Thursday – Saturday: 11 AM – 2 AM

Lunch menu available:
Monday – Friday: 11 AM – 3 PM

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 11 AM – 3 PM

Hora Feliz:
Monday – Friday: 4 PM – 6 PM

Late Night Menu:
Thursday – Saturday: 11 PM – 2 AM
Sunday – Wednesday: 10 PM – midnight
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Phone number
(202) 628-1005
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jose Andres; Head Chef, Omar Rodriguez
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Catering
Catering on a whole new level; José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com, or call us at (202) 628-1005.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
D Street
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Parking details
There are ample public lots in the Gallery Place/Chinatown/Penn Quarter area. Metered street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter on the yellow and green lines; Gallery Place/Chinatown on the red, yellow and green lines.
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Special events & promotions
Oyamel is the ideal venue for your next event. Our Butterfly Bar can accommodate groups of up to 70 guests. Oyamel also features a lovely private dining room that accommodates 50 guests. For large parties, full or partial buyouts of the restaurant (accommodating 250 guests) can be arranged.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 7271 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

business meeting, quiet enough to talk, but still had energy; food was very fun and alot of sharing around the table

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Disappointed with the moijos they did not have mint in them initially and it seemed like they were water down tasted like lemon juice.
Quality of the chicken quesadillas was not something we had anticipated
the food took very long to come
Server was great though very nice n accommodating

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Great Guacamole, unusual and very good tacos. The mole sauce on the tamale was a little sweet.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was excellent. Service was outstanding, water glasses never empty and our waiter made excellent food and cocktail recommendations. It was much louder than I expected even based on reading other reviews. Definitely would return here.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was just amazing

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Food was amazing. Service was lacking.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Server was slow in bringing our wine and order. She was distracted by complaints from a adjacent table. Food was good- wine excellent

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1.0Dined 7 days ago

service was very slow food was awful burnt brussal sprouts

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Four of us shared 8 dishes, including guacamole, for Mothers' Day lunch. We all found it outstanding -- and our two guests were visiting from Santa Fe (and therefore had higher than usual expectations). Everything was of very high quality and met with the group's approval. The chef's special beans were a particular favorite. One person did not care for the texture of the cactus leaves but said that was a "quibble" and clearly a subjective judgement. All in all, a fine success.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was great! Fish tacos were a favorite! Great atmosphere but a little loud. Would highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

There was a slightly hiccup with our order, but our waitress was an absolute delight. I will definitely recommend to anyone traveling to DC!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Don't recommend the steak. Most expensive plate on menu and definitely not worth the cost. Other things were tasty but not cheap. But is is a nice place for friends gathering.

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Prices on menu deceiving. Have to order at least 2 entrees per person . Turned out to be pricey for such a casual place.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Tapas style, but the plates are large enough that you don't really have to break the bank to get a tasty and filling dinner. 3 dishes and 4 tacos for 2 was just right. Sea bass ceviche is excellent. Yummy pork belly tacos. Get the freshly dining-room made guacamole! Well worth the $15 and enough for 2.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

As always, our guacamole & other dishes were excellent. And our blood orange margaritas were to die for!

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We were a little surprised we needed a reservation for lunch. Glad we quickly pulled out the open table all while standing in the restaurant and booked one!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

The chicken enchiladas at lunch were delicious and the carnitas taco never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

A great experience every time.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Love your restaurants. This is my first time here and I am still impressed with the entire experience--food, wait staff, ambiance, and more!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Try the speciality house margaritas with the special sea salt foam!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I went for my wife’s birthday and it was amazing. Great table, awesome waiter, amazing food! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Went for Cinco de Mayo, but had been hearing about this place and wanting to go for a while. Menu was decently sized. Lots of vegetarian options and lots of tacos and ceviches. I LOVE ceviche, so I was happy. The guac is really good too and the perfect appetizer. I really loved that the tacos come individually because it allowed you to effectively get "small plates" and try more things. With such a large menu I frankly expected to find more things that really jumped out at me, but a lot of the things in the taco, veggie, and meat sections seemed kind of basic. We had the slow roasted pork taco and the fried fish taco and they were good, but nothing to write home about. Had the corn quesadilla from the veggie section and it was FANTASTIC. I didn't even tell my boyfriend it was vegetarian because I didn't want him to pre-judge (he prefers some carne!) but he loved it!!! Also the gambas/shrimp were out of this world! (I'm a shrimp lover, but they were seasoned and cooked so well). I will probably go back again and try more types of tacos and more types of ceviche, and get the shrimp dish and the corn quesadilla again!

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Not a great experience. Waited 15 minutes past reservation time to be seated. Service was not the best. Part of our order never arrived and server didn't check in until we were ready to leave. Restaurant was not clean. Carpeting filthy.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent menu. Puts together a very interesting approach of the Mexican cuisine

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great restaurants, we did the Oyamel experience and they made it dairy free for 1 person, vegan for one and regular for the 3rd. A ton of food - worth the cost - and delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great food, the drinks were thoughtful take on the traditional. Will definitely return again and again.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The staff is very nice and the carnitas tacos are my top happy hour choice.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

The atmosphere is energetic and the house margarita with salt foam is amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Wow! Amazing. The seviche was plentiful with six types of fish from which to choose - like a sashimi moriawase - The short ribs delicious - the hand made guacomole spicy and fresh. Cool interior design, helpful waitstaff. Really excellent all around!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Great drinks, food and vibe! First time at Oyamel and we loved it.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Oyamel is a great place for a high-energy meal or drinks. The design and decor are beautiful, they have lots of cool drinks with interesting ingredients and the food is excellent. We’ve been here several times and each visit is good. It’s best to plan ahead and make a reservation a. Outlet weeks in advance or you might have to wait more than an hour to get in.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

First time visiting. They do definitely deserve best Margarita in DC. Jose's favorite with the salted foam was off the chart great. Guacamole was very disappointing. It was like avocado with nothing else in it. Rest of the food was very good. Hard to give a Mexican restaurant good marks for food when they make a tasteless guacamole. We're definitely going back but probably just for the Margaritas. Very noisy but we could still talk.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We came before a Wizard game and they treated us right. We had lots of margaritas and good tacos. Great start but bad game. Wizard eliminated...

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Top notch as always. Chicken soup and mild guacamole are a great combination. Terrific service.

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1.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The waiter upsold at every opportunity and when we ordered guacamole, he brought 2 of the largest, most expensive. And when we inquired about the tacos he said none of them were good...but the tacos were delicious. Poor poor service.

This use to be my go to recommendation for out of town guests but not anymore. Poor service can make a great restaurant fail. And for Oyamel it does.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We went here to celebrate an anniversary and they gave us a complimentary champagne “toast”, which was two full glasses of champagne. The food is incredible- we ate so much that we didn’t even have room for dessert! The atmosphere was very fun and our waiter was great. We will definitely be coming back here!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Authentic and quality food. It doesn’t get better then this.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Oyamel is one of my favorite "go-to" restaurants in Penn Quarter. It is always fun, and a great way to try authentic Mexican cuisine that hasn't been "Tex"ed or "Cal"ed. This was my first time going for lunch and I found the $20 lunch menu, where you choose 3 items, a very cost effective way to go and a great way to sample some of the best Oyamel has to offer. Food was spicy with delicious use of mole, black garlic and other less common ingredients. Tried the mescal flight "Single Villages of Ron Cooper" from Oaxaca and was delighted by the very distinct taste profiles of the 3 mezcales. This should be on every foodies "must do" list.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Oyamel is a quirky, yet completely satisfying, dining experience. Love margaritas? Covered. Love tacos that are steps above what are found at other Mexican restaurants? Plenty of that here. Refreshing salads? The “gazpacho” is a salad of jicama, cucumber and orange that is as bright as a summer afternoon. Will definitely go back many times.

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